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Corn Makes You Fat

Here are a few corn-centric truths:

  • Average high-fructose corn syrup consumed by an American in 1970: 0.6 pounds [George A Bray, Samara Joy Nielsen and Barry M Popkin, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 79, No. 4, 537-543, April 2004]
  • Average high-fructose corn syrup consumed by an American in 2000: 73.5 pounds [George A Bray, et al, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 79, No. 4, 537-543, April 2004]
  • Percentage of American children categorized as overweight or obese in 1971: 4 [United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, “Health, United States, 2006, With Chartbook on Trends in the Health of Americans—Table 73: Overweight among children and adolescents 6-19 years of age by sex, age, race, and Hispanic origin, and poverty level: United States, 1963-1965 through 2001-2004”, p. 291.]
  • Percentage of American children categorized as overweight or obese in 2004: 17.5 [ibid]
  • “Insulin resistance is a common feature of the metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Both have reached epidemic proportions worldwide with the global adoption of the westernized diet along with increased consumption of fructose, stemming from the wide and increasing use of high-fructose corn syrup sweeteners. It is well established that fructose is more lipogenic than glucose, and high-fructose diets have been linked to hypertriglyceridemia, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), and insulin resistance.” [Source]
  • Researchers have found new evidence that soft drinks sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) may contribute to the development of diabetes, particularly in children. [Reported at the 234th national meeting of the American Chemical Society]

Even if it’s not HFCS, the chances of you eating some kind of product that was either made with or produced through corn are… well, go ahead and look in your food pantry. Pick up the average box and/or packet. Even if “corn” isn’t there, it’s obstinately there.

This is not likely the corn that originally came from Mexico centuries ago. No, it’s likely a GMO / hybrid that was designed for mass production. It’s nearly impossible to avoid anymore.

If Michelle Obama was really serious about curbing childhood obesity, she’d force corn-based food products off the market. But she won’t. In 2005, federal subsidies spent $9.4 billion in taxpayer money to promote corn production [source], so the chances of her actually curbing the problem at its root are next to zero. As such, the chances of her “Let’s Move” program succeeding in the long run are also next to zero.

Even if kids exercised regularly every day, they’d still continue to make absolutely lousy food choices for themselves – or, worse yet, an uninformed parent would be making those choices for him or her. Even if a child has a “nutritious lunch” at school or at home, you don’t think they’re going to chase it down with a supersized soft drink or some other kind of sugary snack? Hell, even “fruit juices” are comprised of more sugar than they are fruit itself!

I’m not going to say that regular physical activity doesn’t play a role in helping you lose weight, but I am suggesting that the amount of calories that the average person consumes these days is atmospheric. Don’t think you’re safe just by avoiding fast food, though; there’s not a single aisle at the grocery or convenience store which doesn’t shelve some kind of corn-based foodstuff.

Corn is cheap. Corn is convenient. Corn is making YOU fat.

Stop looking to the government to help you (and/or your kids) stay trim. Good food is going to cost you more money, but no more money than you’re going to be spending to support the health issues that your current “food” choices are helping you achieve.

The food industry, supported by the government, are in it for the money – not for your health.

Oh, and do you wanna know how farmers fatten cattle?

Corn. And if they don’t have enough corn on hand? Sugar:

You’re eating what a cow eats to get fat, my friends. You’re eating like a fucking cow, and you keep buying crap-tacular food products that are doing nothing to help you win the battle of the bulge.

Every so often? Fine. Every day? No way.

Tangentially, I’m calling “bullshit” on Pepsi – specifically in regards to their Pepsi’s Refresh marketing campaign. If they REALLY wanted to “refresh” the world, they’d stop producing products that are killing their consumers slowly; they’d eliminate HFCS and move to natural sugars altogether; they’d stop using artificial sweeteners in their “diet” products; they’d stop producing transfat-tainted products; they’d make an effort to produce far more single-serving containers. That would be refreshing in innumerable ways, but I’d never expect it to happen. Pepsi cares as much about your health and diet as they do your choice of fishing tackle.

The only reason companies might care about your health is to make sure you’re around longer… to be able to purchase more of their “food” products which have little-to-no nutritional value to them. Get it?

How to Lose Weight and Watch What You Eat

You’ve read my weight loss tips. It’s been a couple of years since I wrote that, and (for the most part) I’ve been able to maintain that weight. I’ve had minor weight fluctuations since then, but in recent months had noticed a slightly fatter face (and the less couth watching my live stream were quick to point it out to me). I was past my 10 pound threshold, and decided to stop drinking coffee again – a habit that has been nearly impossible to kick, but I hope I’m really past it this time.

Lucky for me, my license for CalorieKing’s software still applied – even on Mac OS X. I fired ‘er up and started keeping track. It’s been a little over a month since I re-started, and I’m incredibly close to my goal weight. It’s been quite simple, thanks to the math and prior knowledge. All you really need to know is how many calories it takes to “live” and lose weight – the rest is just putting that into practice. That’s the hard part. 🙂

The results do speak for themselves (at least, they do to me). I figured it’d take longer to get to this point, but I’m certainly in the home stretch. I won’t likely return to a regular regimen until some point in early 2009, but I’m not sure I’m going to keep using this software while I’m stable (not losing weight, not gaining weight). Maybe that’ll keep me from doing too much or too little over the course of any given day?

Losing weight isn’t always fun, and I’ve never been much on exercise (that’s why I always take the low-impact approach). There is no perfect lifestyle, just a close-to-perfect lifestyle for you. Everybody is different, internally and externally – you have to find your own perfection and your own path. Just… try to find it before it’s too late?

No matter, here’s a demonstration of what I use to help me lose weight and watch what I eat:

It’s the best one out there, for either platform. And if you still haven’t read my weight loss tips yet, there’s no time like the present to do it.

50 Weight Loss Tips

I lost 30 pounds in three months. If you wanted to know how I did it, and how I intend on maintaining my current weight, then these 50 weight loss tips are for you. I’m not an expert, but I do speak from experience. If it helps you attain your own weight loss goals, then I’m happy to have helped (if only to serve as a reinforcement of knowledge you already possess). Most of this, I learned on my own or through close friends and family members. Feel free to add your own tips to this list, too!

If you want even more help, I now have an PDF eBook series available, which includes an ebook version of the diet and weight loss tips that follow. Be sure to download my weight loss ebook before you scoot away! Having these tips on your hard drive or your iPhone will serve as a regular reminder of how to maintain your personal health.

Continue reading 50 Weight Loss Tips

Captain 145

I did it; My weight loss goal has officially been met as of this morning. After a swift 40-minute workout, I stepped on the Tanita scale and weighed in at 145 pounds. Three months ago, I was sitting at a hefty 175lbs. Today, I’m 145lbs – a full 30lbs lighter. I’m so incredibly satisifed with the results, knowing that I’ll likely stabilize in the 140 – 145 range. It certainly took tremendous dedication on my part – but now that I’m in this state, I intend on staying here. My healthier weight will be maintained largely by watching caloric intake, so that even when I’m not able to exercise, I can stay within my body’s daily intake requirements. In some ways, I’m done – my weight loss goal has been achieved. But in many ways, my journey has only begun. It will take a conscious effort not to let myself slip back to where I’m not happy. Thank you, Fatblasters – thank you.

Captain 147

They say a picture says a thousand words, and the differences between these two profiles are quite visible. Consider, however, that the photo on the left was taken a full month into my plan – when I had already lost 15 pounds (160 from 175)! Losing weight isn’t much fun, nor is gaining weight – but in the end, whichever way you have to go, the results should speak for themselves. I’ve lost about 25 pounds of fat in the past three months…

Before and After.jpg

It’s not a “true” before and after photo. If you really care to look, this snapshot was taken two weeks into it (168 from 175). The worst ones came before I started, like at Seattle Mind Camp or Northern Voice. Ponzi thinks I’ve come down as far as I can go – weighing in at 147 yesterday. I believe, however, that I’ll get to between 140 and 145 before all is said and done.

Captain 173

Oh boy. I can’t believe I’m admitting this.

Since moving to Seattle, I’ve gained a whopping 30 pounds. It’s not time to go on a diet – it’s time to remember the lifestyle that put me at 142 well over a year ago. I’ve dropped weight (significantly) twice in my life: the first time (to 123), by low carbing it; the second time (to 142), by watching calorie intake and working out. Third time’s the charm?

I knew something wasn’t right when I accused Wicket of shrinking my pants. Like, half of my closet doesn’t “fit” anymore. Fat sure sneaks up on you quickly, eh? It’s my own fault – my own laziness and ignorance has brought me to this bloated state. I’m not quite Stay-puft Marshmallow Man size, thankfully (no offense to those who are). However, it’s time to nip my fat butt in the bud.

Each time I’ve set out to conquer my weight issues, I’ve learned something new – lessons which (for the most part) have stayed with me throughout the years. When I started low carbing, I stopped drinking sugary drinks outright (not even diet colas pass my lips). I also stopped eating partially hydrogenated foods (those evil trans fats I’ve been warning you about). Been that way ever since the late ’90s. The last weight loss happened through the skilled hands of Ponzi, who helped prepare calorie-conscious meals while I hit the Gazelle / Ab Lounge and quit coffee. Truthfully, I really don’t drink coffee anymore. Mostly. So where did I go “wrong?”

I stopped watching the scale. I had one too many snacks throughout the day. I didn’t watch my meal portions. I picked up a few sweet drinks for brief periods of time (thanks, Starbucks). I stopped working out every day. I stopped thinking about what I was doing, and what “not thinking” was doing to my body. That’s my takeaway this time – that *MUST* be my takeaway.

I’m Captain 173 today, heading down the same path that put me at 142. Gnomedex 4 was my target point (starting somewhere in the low 160s as I recall). I’m shooting for -30lbs by Gnomedex 6 at the end of June 2006. Egads. This is going to be an uphill battle, as I’m not taking any diet supplements or doing anything wacky. “Eat right and exercise” is always the safest, best bet for anybody.

I’ve printed out a simple chart that I’ve taped in front of our bathroom scale upstairs. I’ll be weighing myself in every morning (at roughly the same time every day), recording the weight in the line next to the date. I’ve got a 40-minute routine on the Gazelle every day, followed immediately thereafter by a 5+ minute stint on the Ab Lounge. Meals will be monitored, snacks will be measured. I’ll post my progress here every week.

30 pounds. It’s doable.