JUL 1 - 15, 2004
VOL. 2 ISSUE 13
8, 2004 – Today CBS News ran a story (What
Does Sugar-Free Do To You? ) telling how rats fed artificial sweeteners
ended up consuming 3 times as many calories as rats just fed straight sugar.
is just the latest in a dizzying slew of article based on this or that study
that have recently blamed high-fructose corn syrup, carbohydrates, TV (by
affecting hormone levels,) etc., etc. for leading to our nation’s obesity
And the fact is: 200 million of us are now very overweight, 100 million obese, 25 million morbidly obese. When Osama got 3,000, we went to all out war. But with 25 million in immediate, clear, and present danger, our nation still is not ready to take action.
we at M/I care too much about our nation to not lead the charge.
As we at The Moderate Independent have been saying for well over a
year now, it is enough. There
is no question what the problem is. No studies are needed. We
know why the people of our nation have grown so big, we know what the causes
are and what the solutions are. And
so we are going to lay it all out for you here.
is worse than a war – this is an attempt to stop a genocide.
Please, for the sake of your nation – and yourself – read, and
are ten simple rules that deal with the problem in its entirety and, if
followed, will solve the nation’s obesity problem.
Never eat an artificial sweetener.
one has ever become thin by drinking diet Coke.
In fact, it is virtually always the opposite.
The reality is you can not and do not fool your body.
What you do is get your body thinking it is about to receive lots of
easily useable calories from something sweet, only to have it get upset that
those calories never came. Make
no mistake, your body will get you to consume those calories later.
is our question to you? What
the heck would happen if what you ate or drank wasn’t so sweet?
It takes about a week or two for your body to get used to drinking
plain water instead of soda, juice, or a “diet” beverage. You won’t miss it. And
cake doesn’t need to be some darned sweet either. Just make it with less sugar.
Never, ever, use any artificial sweetener again for any reason.
Get some damned exercise.
is no mystery to this. Eating
or not eating will not do the trick. Even
if you ended up thin, you’d still be unhealthy as heck.
Yes, there was a story online yesterday saying overweight but in
shape people are healthier than thin but inactive people, and how removing
fat with liposuction didn’t improve people’s health at all.
Where have you heard this before?
That’s right, here at M/I.
is not the concern. It’s
being out of shape, inactive, and not eating healthily, and fat is just a
symptom of that. The media loves to kiss your but and give you excuse after
excuse for your condition, one day a fat gene, the next blame this or that
food. I don’t care what size
you are or aren’t, if you don’t get lots of activity regularly, you are
killing yourself early and making yourself suffer horribly until then.
Stop watching TV.
causes obesity. You want to
lose 30 pounds, just stop watching TV.
TV makes you fat and inactive. You
have no control over it. It is
not just something for entertainment, it is a highly addictive drug.
Yes, this is not a joke. TV
is a highly addictive drug that makes you fat, lazy, ill-informed, and which
creates an actual addiction leaving you needing to watch more and more.
It creates an illusion of mental and physical stimulation, all the
while acting as a hypnotic which freezes you in inactivity like a zombie.
witness this actual physical effect of TV, go to a gym and watch a person on
their workout cycle. When they
are working on a machine that doesn’t face any TV, they move quickly
through their exercises, working very actively.
But when they get onto a machine that faces a TV, the time they take
between sets and per machine more than doubles and this person who had just
been very active and focused on their workout repeatedly finds themselves
sitting inactively and open-mouthed staring at the box on the wall.
The TV physically draws their attention with it’s glow and flashing
lights and then physically hypnotizes them into zombie-like inactivity.
Breaking free from TV’s hold to move onto the next task if a
difficult thing, even for these active people.
remember, just 20 years ago TV was just 13 channels (realistically about 7,)
there were no remote controls, not VCR’s or DVD’s, no cable TV, no
Internet. No one sat watching
like we do now. And, of course,
the rise in obesity directly parallels these inventions.
notice something very important: nothing
so far has anything to do with you being defective, genetically deformed,
innately fat, a bad person, lazy in and of yourself.
The inescapable reality is that America’s obesity problem is
cultural – living in America today makes you fat.
Yet for some reason every article and diet attempting to address the
issue deals with individuals or individual habits.
It is absurd. Living
here in this culture makes you fat for the reasons we are listing.
If you lived somewhere else you wouldn’t be fat.
Get some self-respect and stand up to fake food, rip-offs, and bad
There is a new product called Natural Doritos. It is Doritos but without the hydrogenated oil and other cheap, artificial ingredients. The result? You get slightly fewer chips for a slightly higher price, but those chips are made with real corn and cheese (organic even.)
this product summarizes in nutshell why Americans are fat, more than
are two products, seemingly identical.
The look the same, taste about the same.
With one, you get about 20% more chips for 99 cents, the other you
get 20% fewer chips for $1.29. However,
there is another difference. One
is made with absolute crap that fattens you, exposes you to pesticides, and
leaves you even hungrier than before you ate it.
The other has no pesticides, contains natural, high-quality
ingredients, and your body knows when you are done that you have eaten
Americans are taught to never stand up for themselves, to not care about
quality – only the snobby French do that – but only about how big and
cheap food is. We are told we
can’t have food without pesticides or artificial ingredients or things
will be too expensive.
now you see. If we get rid of the pesticides and artificial ingredients,
you get a few less Doritos for a little more money. You know what would happens when things are this way – you
eat slightly less. In fact,
just enough less to get what you need but not be fat.
up to fake cheese, stand up to hydrogenated oils, stand up to “chicken
breast” that is not actual cuts of chicken breast, stand up to ground
meats like burgers that are just ground noses and fat in disguise.
Demand quality. Despite
the scare tactics corporate profiteers have used to scare you into accepting
artificial, low quality crap, making us fear we won’t be able to afford to
eat otherwise, this is not reality. Eating
artificial crap leaves you with larger quantities of garbage that does not
fool your body but instead leaves it, like the rats in the above study,
eating even more in the end to try and get the good stuff it thought it was
getting to begin with.
Eat protein-centered meals with fresh fruits and vegetables.
starch, such as spaghetti, is not useful food.
Pizza is not a main course. Nor
is a fatty hamburger. Atkins in
nonsense and low-fat diets are nonsense.
Don’t worry about carbs or fat, just make sure your meals have some
form of lean protein as the main course.
You can then have spaghetti as a side dish or pizza on a special
occasion, but neither of these are actual food worthy of a meal, and to feed
yourself or your family these things is to attack your and your family’s
health like a mugger in a dark ally.
even eating just lean protein will leave your body craving.
The difference fresh, high-quality vegetables and fresh fruit (no,
not fruit-flavored crap) make are enormous.
Why, because they fill you up, provide roughage, fiber?
No, and enough of this crap about needing to be filled up.
You need to get the right stuff, not be full, ever.
Just do it, have a piece of fresh fruit with a lean protein centered
meal and a decent vegetable and you will see, your body is satisfied more
than twenty cakes ever could fill it up.
Stop letting people overfeed you.
are too damned big, and they are that way just for the sake of extracting
more money from you. You are
willing to accept cheap, crappy ingredients, so giving you larger portions
of them doesn’t cost that much. And,
by doing so, they can charge a whole bunch more.
For Christ’s sake stand up for yourself.
The way I and my wife do it is to always split one meal when we eat
out. You save money and, more importantly that just eating fewer
calories, reset your body’s portion expectation.
full is a maximum. If you were
going to go climbing a mountain or do something very physically active and
not have a chance to get food for a long time while doing it, or if you were
in a society or situation where you might only find substantial food every
few days, then you should fill your belly.
most of us are just going back to the car then to some other inactive
activity (like TV watching.) And
yet still, we always think we should eat until we are full.
“Are you full yet?” is what we ask.
You are allowed, despite what you have been told, to do something
called “thinking.” Yes,
just like when you go to a gas station and decide if you need to fill up or
just a few gallons based on what you have planned, you should do the same
feel hungry before you eat. That
doesn’t mean you need to fill up. Eat
some and wait. Your body will realize you’ve eaten what you are going to
for the time and it will go away. Have
some water, it helps finish off an appetite.
Yes, you are allowed to drink water.
Yes it fills you up. No,
you don’t need to be full, you are not climbing Everst.
Stop being such whiny little wimps.
what you feel some hunger? And?
It is ok. It doesn’t
have been conditioned to think that if we feel some hunger, that means we
must run off and eat. Bull.
Feeling hungry doesn’t even mean necessarily you need food.
Boredom, inactivity cause this sensation.
about sexuality. Many times
during a day you may feel a sexual desire, but you don’t run off and do
something about it every time you feel it.
Yet we act as if if we don’t run and stuff our bellies full of
something every time we feel the slightest hunger sensation we will die.
It is like the bad parent who gives in every time their child whines.
you are allowed to think. Have
been very active or have you been sitting on your butt in some office.
If there is not just reason for the hunger feeling, realize it is
just boredom playing with various want sensations in your body to try and
get you to do something that will stimulate it – reality check: it is unnatural for a body to sit inactively in an office or
in front of a TV. You fend of
the sexual impulses, ignore the hunger ones.
Despite what you have been scared into thinking, nothing happens.
You don’t get an ulcer from acid, you don’t go into hypoglycemic
shock (unless you are one of the very, very few who truly have a blood sugar
condition – something many Americans pretend they have but don’t.)
To placate the aberrant hunger impulse, have a big glass of water
(no, not diet coke.) It calms
the stomach. Then pat yourself
on the back for using your brain to realize you didn’t actually need food
and, instead, do ten jumping jacks or push ups.
What do jumping jacks or push-ups have to do with hunger?
I just said, the hunger pang had nothing to do with actual need for food.
It was the body whining about your inactivity.
Doing even just this amount of exercise gives the body what it truly
was looking for. This is why,
as you will find out, exercise is actually one of the best appetite
suppressants. Try going to the
gym someday after work, when you are really hungry – without eating one of
the “sports bars” they trick you into needlessly eating or drinking
anything besides water. You
will find that your appetite completely disappears.
And, even better, afterwards, when you do eat, you will actually eat
Wouldn’t your body want more food after a workout?
Nope. Because the only
hunger left would be actual hunger, not fake hunger born of boredom.
it’s not just physical activity that cures hunger.
Even mental activity, like, yes, reading an informative or involving
book or playing a game of chess, can serve the same purpose.
Never again let anyone tell you being overweight is genetic, beyond
your control, or only something surgery or some drug can cure.
ancestors, from who we got our genes, were not obese.
In fact, just 20 years ago here in this very country we weren’t.
We started letting them feed us far too large quantities of low
quality food, started sitting on our asses watching far too much TV (and
VCR’s, Cable, and the Internet were just invented within the last 20
years, in case you forgot,) started eating absurdly unbalanced diets, such
as low-fat diets, started drinking artificially sweetened beverages, and
have allowed ourselves to be frightened into believing if we don’t
carefully attend to our “blood sugar levels” by feeding ourselves
constantly we will drop dead. This
is why we are fat. Not genes.
Not lack of stomach surgery. Not
lack of drugs.
even more importantly, as said above, it’s not the fat that’s the
problem. It’s the inactivity
and being out of shape. Staple your stomach all you want, if you don’t get moving
nothing will improve, even if your waistline does.
article, huh? Well, this is no
joke – there is an epidemic that is giving us all horrible diseases,
killing us young, making us feel horrible, and bankrupting our healthcare
system, and we need to address this seriously and right now.
Repeal the 21-year old drinking age and curfews immediately.
does this have to do with anything?
inactivity, inactivity inbred. Young
people want to and should be out dancing all night or riding their bikes or
just being out hanging out with friends.
Instead, they are now required, by law, to do nothing, sit on their
butts in someone’s house eating Doritos and watching videos.
And such force inactivity during the formative years sets the pattern
for life. They will not
suddenly become inclined to go out a lot or go dancing at age 21.
You know how many calories dancing burns and what good exercise it
is. Even more, you know what
the social pressure of “going out” does to people to make them keep
themselves in good shape, and how just “being out” talking with friends
burns lots of energy in and of itself?
Stop waiting for new research or new articles and realize it is in
your control, up to you, and far more of a threat to you and your family
than terrorism ever could be.
takes all of two second for you to realize that is the truth.
200 million of us are very overweight, 100 million obese, 25 million
of us “morbidly obese.” Terrorists
don’t even dream of being able to kill 200 million of us through,
inflicting us with horrible diseases and early death.
But the above problems have accomplished a horror on a scale no one
could ever have imagined.
good news is it is even easier to fight this war than it is to fight the War
on Terror. We know exactly what to attack.
We know what is responsible. We
know how to fix it.
25 million Americans are at risk of immediate death, 100 million at risk in the very near future, 200 million not so far down the road. It is time for our nation to do what we did when just 3,000 people were attacked: mobilize in our own defense.
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