Why Trying To Eat Smaller Portions is Futile
It is meaningless to compare foods by weight or portion size. Here is an example to illustrate why. If you take one teaspoon of melted butter and add it to a glass of hot water, you could argue that the drink you have created is 98% fat free based on weight. However the fact remains … 100 % of the drinks calories come from fat (the butter). Its irrelevant how much water you add … and how you subsequently claim how low the percentage of fat is . The calorie content of the drink would remain the same. In fact, if a food’s weight were important, it would be easy to lose weight, we would just have to drink more water. The water would trigger the weight receptors in the digestive tract and our appetite would diminish. Unfortunately, this is not the way our body’s appestat — the brain centre in the hypothalamus that controls food intake is controlled. The appestat is influenced, not by the weight of the food but rather by the bulk, calories and the nutrient fulfilment. Since the foods Americans consume are so calorie-rich, we have all been trying to diet by eating small portions of low-nutrient foods. We not only have to suffer hunger but also wind up with perverted cravings because we are nutrient-deficient.
The appestat is a part of our brain that is most interesting for weight watchers and scientists alike. Have you ever wondered why you can’t eat just one chip or cookie? Eat a chip and you taste salt. Once the chip hits your blood stream, the appestat wonders “Where are the nutrients?” The message to keep munching is looped and mounds of calorie-dense junk are consumed. You aren’t full because nutrients are missing — so you keep eating. Refined sugar, salt, artificial sweeteners, MSG and high fructose corn syrup seem to numb the appestat. Only when we eat the correct balance of nutrients do we experience satiety. Without the right kind of fats and proteins and by consuming too many grains, we set ourselves up for cravings and binging. Food companies know what these additives do, spiking their “food” and spending millions to convince us how good it is. They work hard to be sure nobody can eat “just one.” It’s no accident you can’t! Americans oblige, spending billions, literally starving their way to obesity — the epicenter of diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer.
To feel satisfied, we need to consume a certain level of calories every day. Question … what do you consider to be a typical portion size? Your probably thinking of a piece of steak or maybe a portion of pasta. Well think again! If you want to lose weight, become and stay thin and enjoy excellent health you need to eat huge portions of green foods. Compared with animal products, the portions sizes you can eat … with LESS calories are huge. IMPORTANT: a key to your success and a corner stone of the Food & Dietz .com masterplan is eating large portions of super healthy foods. Ignore bogus “nutrient – weight ratios” … these are designed by the food and drink industry to confuse the uninformed and hide just how nutrient deficient processed food really is. They also use these ratio’s to make animal sourced food appear “not so bad” (not as fatty).
For example, a Burger King bacon double cheeseburger is clearly not a low-fat food! If we calculate its percentage of fat by weight and include the ketchup and the bun, we can accurately state that it is only 18 percent fat (over 80 percent fat-free). However, as a percentage of calories it is 54 percent fat, and the hamburger patty alone is 68 percent fat. McDonald’s McLean burger was advertised a few years back as 91 percent fat-free using the same numbers trick, when in fact 49 percent of its calories came from fat. Likewise, so-called low-fat 2 percent milk is not really 2 percent fat. Thirty-five percent of its calories come from fat. They can call it 98 percent fat-free (by weight) only because of its water content. Low-fat milk is not a low-fat product at all, and neither are low-fat cheeses and other low-fat animal foods when you recalculate their fat on a per calorie percentage basis. Incidentally, 49 percent of the calories in whole milk come from fat.
Promoting nutrient analysis of foods by weight instead of by calorie became a great way to keep excess calories, cholesterol, and saturated fat in the diet — a terrific strategy to create a nation with an epidemic of obesity, heart disease, and cancer. Some foreign enemy out to destroy America could not have devised a more effective and insidious plot. How ironic that this was the program designed by our own government , promoted with our own tax dollars, and justified on the ground that it served the public interest! With all the scientific data available today, including massive investigatory studies on human health and diet, you would think that people would know which foods are best to eat, but most people are still confused about diet and nutrition. Why? Part of the problem is that most of us are slow to make changes, especially when they involve personal habits and family traditions. Most people do not embrace change. They are more comfortable with familiarity and cling to long-held but incorrect information. In spite of a vast increase in nutritional information, much of it is contradictory and has led to only more confusion.
How can this dangerous and illogical situation exist. You get a clue when you consider that the US government annually spends over $20 billion on price supports that benefit the dairy, beef, and veal industries. This money is given to farmers to artificially reduce the cost of crops used to feed cows, thereby helping to reduce the prices we pay for dairy foods, fowl, and meat. Fruits and vegetables grown primarily for human consumption are specifically excluded from USDA price supports. Out of one pocket, we pay billions of our tax dollars to support the production of expensive, disease-causing foods. Out of the other pocket, we pay medical bills that are too high because our overweight population consumes too much of these rich, disease-causing foods. Our tax dollars are actually used to make our society sicker and keep our health insurance costs high!