A WAY FORWARD FOR THE OVERWEIGHT AND OBESE
A QUICK OVERVIEW
with Dr John Beaney MB BS LRCP MRCS (Retd)
I will be giving you dietary and nutritional advice. It's best I leave medical advice to your own medical advisers
There has been a big increase in non-infectious disease, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, autoimmune disease, dementia and many others. This increase is largely preventable and sometimes reversible. Diet plays a major role in the incidence of all these diseases. Much of what we eat is causing harm.
Restoring a healthy diet will almost certainly help to repair the body and induce significant weight loss
Within days of commencing one of my programs you are likely to need less medication for blood pressure and diabetes. I advise self-monitoring and seeking advice from your GP.
You must take a complete break, both emotionally and physically,
from existing habits that are incompatible with disease resolution.
If necessary, tell your friends and family (and yourself!) you are involved in a clinical trial to reverse emerging health problems. Tell them that, during the trial, you will temporarily be eating from a restricted range of foods.
If you have a smartphone, download the app called Fat Secret: www.fatsecret.com.au and bring it to our first meeting.
With my help, establish a nourishing, satiating and luxurious diet which is VERY low in carbohydrate.
I will show you how 2 or 3 meals a day (with NO snacks) can provide a satisfying diet and all you need of the following:
• Protein from free range animals with fish, cheese, cream and eggs totaling about 80grms a day
• Fat that accompanies the protein will keep you feeling comfortably full – about 60grms a day.
• Above ground vegetables consistent with a total of less than 20grms of carbohydrates (carbs) a day.
• Berries and cream and if desired, dark (85-90%) chocolate within the 20grms of carbs a day limit.
• Salt is less restricted on this way of eating. You may well benefit from extra salt.
• Drink water to satiety. Think water rather than coffee but most people tolerate coffee well.
• Alcohol in excess is not advisable irrespective of your diet. Dry wine and spirits are low in sugar.
• Notably absent are bread, breakfast cereals and potatoes and plant-based vegetable oils including canola and soy.
Many people are taking 300grms of carbs a day. Many more than most can tolerate. Switching to 20grms of carbs a day, known as a well formulated ketogenic diet, is perfectly healthy but it does take time for the body to “upregulate” metabolic pathways that have been lying dormant. The body switches from using carbs as a primary fuel source to using fat. You become a fat burning machine. If you are 30 kilos overweight, you are carrying around about 270,000 calories that are now available to be burned as fuel for the first time. During the transition which can take days, sometimes a week or two, longer for athletes, you are likely to feel a lack of energy and heavy exercise is best avoided. You may experience flu like symptoms. Take plenty of water together with extra salt if you feel the need for it. I will be explaining in much more detail.
Part of my service is to respond promptly to emailed questions or requests for help.