Natural Ketosis Blog Archive

October' 2012

High Sugar and High Carb Diet May Increase Cognitive Impairment

A new study from the National Institute on Aging demonstrates that a lower carbohydrate and lower sugar diet reduces the risk of cognitive impairment. Besides all the other benefits of eating a low carb, low sugar diet, looking after your brain is always something to strive for. Obviously.

CognitiveImpairmentBlogPostTitlePic

The study in question used 1,230 participants whose ages ranged from 70-89. Clearly an older section of society was chosen. Of the entire study population, 940 participants were cognitively unimpaired. These 940 participants were asked to return at a later point for a re-evaluation to assess the rate of cognitive impairment over the course of the study.

Those participants with pre-existing cognitive issues could not be included as it would be impossible to determine what role their diet had in their impairments.

In the space of 4 years- 200 of the original 940 participants without cognitive impairments, were beginning to show mild cognitive problems with memory, language, thinking and judgement.

By the end of the study, a selection of the participants had developed cognitive impairments that were more severe than any expected age-related changes. This point is crucial, as they must differentiate between expected cognitive declines due to age, and those caused or exacerbated by the carbohydrate and sugar rich diet.

Crucially this study shows the harmful effects of eating a diet heavy in sugar and refined carbohydrates, especially on cognitive function. It also indicates a relation to age and the effect of a carbohydrate and sugar rich diet, as the 940 participants called back initially had no cognitive issues.

The study not only showed the damaging effects of refined carbohydrates and cheap sugar, but the benefits of consuming more protein and fat in your diet. The study showed that participants, who consume more protein and fat relative to carbohydrate levels, are less likely to become cognitively impaired.

When fat and protein intake were taken into account, people with the highest carb intake were 3.6x more likely to develop mild cognitive impairments. It may be that a diet rich in protein and fats will help stave off the inherent declines in cognitive function associated with ageing.

So not only will a low carb, high protein diet help you in a wide range of physical areas, but may also help you mentally, especially during the ‘silver years’.

Weight Loss Surgery Seen as a Quick Fix

We have seen in the news today that weight loss surgery as has been sold as ‘quick fix’ for obese patients without adequate consideration of the risks. As with any weight loss method we believe it is highly important for any individual who wants to lose weight to be given full information and support. 

Weight loss surgery is meant to be a last resort for weight loss but it has been claimed that some people haven’t even tried to diet before surgery is advised, and the surgery itself is advertised in overly optimistic terms. There is even one website that offers the patient to win back the cost of the operation if they enter a prize draw – highly ethical!

 

The charity The National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death studied the care given to 381 patients and found that only one in three patients were given counselling before their surgery. There was also a lack of dietary advice and care after the surgery.

It looks as though not everybody thinks that surgery is the best option for weight loss. Below is a comment from the Daily Mail website.

 

Weight Loss Surgery Comment

 

We agree with Ray, there are solutions out there that don't require an operation. A high protein, low carb lifestyle can allow you lose weight without having to undergo surgery.

At The Natural Ketosis Programme, we believe that weight loss is a very personal process that can vary from person to person. We ensure that every customer is given a full consultation and are provided with all the information required to allow them to be fully confident that they are starting a Programme that is best suited to their individual weight loss needs.

We also provide help and expert support throughout your Programme so that you not only lose weight but are also able to maintain your weight loss once you have completed your Programme.

1 in 200 May Be Addicted to Food

A recent article in the Huffington Post has explained how scientists believe that people may suffer from food addiction, much in the same way people suffer from alcohol or drug addiction. This would lead to a complete change in the way psychiatrists view addiction, and in the future- could see food abuse become a diagnosable condition.

foodaddictblogposttitle

The article said that experts believe these individuals were suffering from similar problems as those who compulsively gamble or steal. Currently these disorders are categorised as “impulse control disorders” rather than addictions.

With this new line of understanding concerning an individual’s unhealthy relationship with food, the process of treatment would also change. The article suggests that treatment for food addiction would follow similar avenues as the treatment available to alcohol or drug abusers.

As we at the Natural Ketosis Company advise, you need to change your relationship with food, rather than break it. For us healthy eating is not about eating fewer calories during the day, or even eating less fat. We encourage making the right food choices, which include avoiding foods that are rich in starch and sugar. To help you make the right food choices The Natural Ketosis Company provide a delivered diet service. By delivering diet meals straight to your door, The Natural Ketosis Company take control of your weight loss, which leaves you with less to worry about and more time to concentrate on what matters.

A great comment on the article was posted by ‘sultan4swing’, which voices an opinion much the same as ours.

Foodaddictblogpostcomment1

Interestingly, foods rich in sugar and cheap starch are highly addictive, and do not keep you feeling satiated for long. This means an individual must then consume more food to maintain a full feeling, and are also left craving more of the sugar rich food. In this circumstance you can certainly see a correlation with drug and alcohol dependency.

The article goes on to stress that not all overeaters can justify their eating habits by addiction, as is shown below by the comment from a Dr. Albayrak.

"Food addiction possibly does not refer to a majority of over eaters but only a small sub group with disordered eating behaviours. There may be a prevalence of half a per cent."

We understand how important it is to eat the foods we have evolved to eat.  By eating more like our hunter gather ancestors we are avoiding unnatural, unhealthy and sugar rich foods which can be very addictive.  By eating healthy and natural foods, individuals are less likely to get cravings, like those experienced at the hand of sugary foods.

We would love to hear your opinions on this article and the concept of ‘food addiction’ in general. Voice your opinion in the comments section below.

Diet Pills Return to America

This summer, the first weight loss pills in 13 years received FDA approval and will soon legally hit US markets. A recent article in the Guardian has covered the news. Does this sound too good to be true? Can weight loss really be as simple as swallowing a pill?

Well if the history of weight loss pills is any sort of precursor for the latest batch of wonder pills, users may be in for more than just weight loss.

 

 

 

Pills

 

At the Natural Ketosis Company we understand the appeal of weight loss pills; they can be incredibly tempting given that the weight loss provided by these pills can be significant. We also understand it can be extremely challenging when aiming to lose a large amount of weight, and it can be even more daunting when considering the various choices to lose weight at your disposal.

We adamantly believe that weight loss should always be achieved through completely natural means. By providing our customers with 100% natural food that is low in sugar and starch, our customers lose weight in a completely natural and healthy way without using shakes or pills.

Diet pills also appeal to the side of our personality that want a quick and easy fix to our problems. However the easy route, especially when our health is concerned, is not the best choice. Diet pills have a troubled history with adverse side effects, such as heart attacks and cardiac arrests through their effect on the sympathetic nervous system. Is losing weight worth risking such serious side effects?

Concerning the newly arrived diet pills, the Qsymia and Belviq pills are at the moment only being prescribed to obese people, and to qualify for a prescription of either weight loss pill, the individual must have a body mass index of over 30. Why is this? If these pills have been approved by the FDA, and are safe for individuals with 5+ stone to lose, why would they not be safe for individuals with 2 stone to lose?

An important problem with weight loss pills, aside from the various health concerns is the fact that the dieter is not learning anything about healthy eating, portion size or cooking balanced meals. Weight loss through diet pills is completely unsustainable, as once you stop taking them you are almost certainly going to regain the weight, as you no longer have a chemical suppressing your appetite, or a strange drug playing with serotonin receptors in your brain.

We asked our expert in house nutritionists what they thought about the new weight loss pills Qsymia and Belviq. And they said:

Taking these drugs alone will not achieve weight loss; it will only occur if carried out in conjunction with a reduced calorie diet and an increase in physical activity. Trials have shown a modest weight loss of up to 5% of body weight on average which, in comparison to what you could lose from reducing calorie intake and increasing physical activity alone, is poor. There are also many concerns surrounding these drugs. A number of serious side effects were found to occur in clinical trials assessing both Belviq and Qsymia. These include thoughts of suicide, depression, hallucinations and cognitive impairment.

In a related article, written by ‘PsychCentral’, they state that the medical costs associated with obesity were an estimated $147 billion. The article then went on to state;

“Anything to bring those costs down is likely to become approved for payment by insurance companies.”

The priority for companies that endorse weight loss pills is not on healthy, sustainable weight loss. Instead it is likely to be fast, unhealthy weight loss, in an attempt to quickly reduce the cost of caring for individuals with weight related ailments.

In contrast the ethically aware and empathetic Natural Ketosis Company provide a diet low in cheap starches and sugars, and high in protein that will keep your metabolic rate intact, meaning you are more likely to sustain your weight loss in the long term.

What are your thoughts on weight loss pills, do you agree with us? Is it worth the risk? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.