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Nutrition and Obesity

“Obesity is caused by a metabolic injury that impairs the way your body metabolizes carbohydrates and fat.

Uncontrollable cravings and feeling too tired to exercise are a RESULT of this metabolic injury, not the CAUSE of it.”

In other words…

“Feeling tired and lazy” and “overeating” are SYMPTOMS caused by a metabolic disorder called obesity and NOT the CAUSE of obesity.

This metabolic disorder causes almost all your glucose (ie your energy) to be stored as fat. In this condition almost no fuel is then available for the production of energy in your muscles, organs and brain. This produces a type of “ENERGETIC STARVATION” in which even though you may be consuming adequate calories, your muscles, organs and brain are actually starving. Therefore the body in her wisdom reduces her expenditure of energy (you feel tired and moody) and she increases her appetite, especially for sweets and starches which provide rapidly available energy.

HOW LOW CALORIE DIETS MAKE YOU GAIN WEIGHT

Conventional thinking believes that obesity is caused by taking in more calories than you burn. Hence to lose weight it would appear that reducing caloric intake and increasing caloric expenditure through exercise would resolve the problem. This seems logical, but obviously it is not the answer because it is applied universally and obesity is epidemic.

The truth is that the body is not a machine like a car or plane. In a machine the amount of fuel you put in always produces the same amount of energetic output. Not so with the body. She changes both her appetite and energetic output according to hormonal events that are triggered by the types of foods we eat. Certain types of foods cause us to store energy rather than burn it. They trigger the body into storage mode in which energy is not available therefore hunger and fatigue are triggered. Thus reducing calories in a body whose muscles, brain and organs are already starving causes the body to respond by conserving her energy and increasing her appetite. Exercising produces the same effects.

This means that attempting to force yourself to exercise and eat less cannot bring about sustainable weight loss. They only make you more tired and more hungry and inevitably hunger and fatigue will prevail over willpower. To lose weight and keep it off, you must eliminate the cause of your fatigue and cravings. When you correct this cause you will then NATURALLY lose weight. The cause of this metabolic injury is the eating of certain types of foods, primarily but not only carbohydrates, that cause your body to store all its energy as fat.

I teach you how to discover and then to avoid or reduce those foods that are injurious to your metabolism. I also teach you what specific foods in what amounts to eat in order to heal your metabolic injury.

I determine the correct balance of foods for your metabolism through eating journals, urinalysis and blood work.

The result is that your metabolism shifts from using glucose as its primary fuel to using fat. When this happens you start to live off your stored fat. Because your muscles, organs and brain are being fed by your own body fat you feel nourished. Your appetite and cravings diminish markedly and you have plenty of energy.

WHAT CAUSES THIS METABOLIC INJURY?

Perhaps the main type of food that causes the body to store fat is carbohydrates, especially highly processed carbs such as sugar, high fructose corn syrup, fruit juices, refined flours and the products made from these. High carbohydrate content foods such as breads, pasta, potatoes, grains, starchy squashes and starchy vegetables are also dangerous.

A VERY short explanation of how high carb foods contribute to the metabolic injury that results in obesity is the following. Carbohydrate rich foods, especially the more refined and cooked ones, all trigger insulin. The influence of insulin is to cause carbohydrates to be stored as fat. Eating carbs in excess (for our individual metabolism) for months and years causes insulin to become chronically elevated. This condition goes by many names, hyperinsulinemia, insulin intolerance, insulin resistance, hypoglycemia etc. And this condition is the primary cause of obesity. However there are more factors than merely carbohydrates that contribute to elevated insulin.

Many programs such as Atkins, South Beach Diet and others have produced excellent results by applying low carbohydrate diets. I utilize low carbohydrate eating regimens where appropriate. However this is only one step of my personalized program for weight loss.

All three steps include:

1. Eating the amount and types of carbohydrates, fats and proteins that heal your metabolic injury.

2. Identifying and eliminating your food allergies.

3. Restoring strong digestion and elimination.

(For some clients I also recommend testing and supplementation with bio identical hormones.)

In addition to this nutritional education you learn how to shop, cook and prepare foods and how to eat in all social situations. You also learn to develop the Self-control to be able to actually do this.

About Charley Cropley, N.D.

Charley Cropley, N.D. is a Naturopathic Doctor based in Boulder, Colorado. He teaches his clients to heal their health problems by strengthening their Self-Mastery and Self-Love.