Counting Calories is Out of Date

The Thyroid Secret Summit

These are my notes from this speaker in this summit for more information please visit the speakers web page linked below.

Healing Thyroid Disease With Food

Dr. Jonny Bowden PhD, CNS
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The calorie diet of eat less, exercise more, doesn’t work because the body doesn’t work like that. The body is more like a chemistry set, what you take in has a hormonal effect and the hormones are really what drives weight gain or weight loss. It’s true for people with thyroid disorders or without thyroid disorders. This notion that calories are king and calories determine whether or not we gain weight, and exercise by burning up more calories determines that, is really out of date. It doesn’t really take into account the very complex things that happen hormonally as a result of certain foods. Example, one thousand calories of sushi versus one thousand calories of cauliflower are going to have profoundly different effects on the body. One thousand calories from protein will effect hormones like insulin differently that one thousand calories from fat or carbs and the calorie model does not make that distinction.

That’s the real fallacy of thinking that it’s all about how much you exercise and how many calories you take in. It’s not that calories don’t count, they’re not really the star of the show anymore, it’s not the whole story. What’s left out of the calories in calories out model is very significant and that’s what most people are not aware of. They are thinking I’m eating less calories but of the calories you are eating are driving fat storage hormones through the roof, it’s going to be fiendishly difficult to loose weight even if you can keep your calories down.

Now if you keep them low enough you go in survival and you eat three hundred calories a day you’re going to loose weight but no one can sustain that. It requires a tremendous amount of willpower and it’s just not a natural way to manipulate your hormones that you will be in a fat burning mode and it will be easier to do.There is no one diet that’s going to fit everybody, I believe in biochemical individuality, metabolic individuality, hormonal individuality, we are all very different and we have to honor that. Foods that raise hormones that cause you to store weight are probably not going to be a great idea if you’re trying to loose weight, and that’s precisely what people have been told to do for the last forty years.

If you look at the hormone insulin which is just one of many players in the whole hormonal symphony, but a very important one when it comes to fat loss. The job of insulin is to take sugar out of the bloodstream, where it can be dangerous if it’s elevated, and escort that into the muscle cell where it could be used for energy. Insulin is kind of a sugar wrangler, you eat a meal your sugar goes up and the pancreas excretes some insulin. The insulin comes along and takes that blood sugar into the muscles. What happens is that over time if there isn’t much activity and there isn’t much need for cellular energy the cells start to be resistant and they start to listen less to insulin. When there is constant blood sugar going up and constant knocking on the cells door let us in, after a while they ignore it.

Now this insulin has this high sugar payload that it has to take somewhere because it’s trying to protect the body from high levels of sugar, which can be very complicating. And can lead to diabetes and can increase the risk for Alzheimer’s and do all kinds of other mischief. So insulin is trying to get rid of it and the fat cells say we’ll take it and now you start gaining weight. After a while even the fat cells say no more and now you’ve got full blown high blood sugar and high insulin and you’re pretty close to diabetes. Insulin is the fat storage hormone, what foods would have the most effect on it, forget the calories, carbohydrates have the most profound effect. They raise blood sugar the greatest amount, the fastest amount, and they cause the greatest insulin release. Protein has an effect on insulin and can have an effect on blood sugar but it’s minor compared to carbohydrates.

The one macronutrient being protein, fat and carbs, that has no effect on blood sugar or insulin is fat and that’s the one macronutrient we have been told to stay away from. When you think of the insanity of telling people who want to loose weight to eat most of their calories from the one macronutrient that drives their fat storage hormone through the roof. And to stay away from the macronutrient that does nothing to the fat storage, you see the Alice in Wonderland nature of the dietary advice we have been given for the last forty years. It doesn’t take into account the myriad of influences of how the body uses calories.
Dr. Bowden recommended looking up a study titled, Effects of low carbohydrate diet therapy in overweight subject with autoimmune thyroiditis: possible synergism with ChREPB
This is a 2016 Italian study that was done with 180 patients with thyroid disease. This study showed that a low carb diet free of dairy products, bread and pasta, significantly reduced thyroid antibodies in patients weight over the course of just three weeks. The researchers compared this diet to a low calorie diet that is usually recommended to thyroid patients and found that the low calorie diet actually caused an increase in weight. This information will take ten years to reach your doctor.


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