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Obesity: The Enemy Within

Zone Living Dire warnings appear every day. Government officials make impressive speeches about its dangers. Task forces are being assembled. Massive funds are promised. What is the cause of this grave concern? Are we going to war? Yes, we are, and the enemy is obesity.

Many of us have battled extra pounds, and it hasn’t been a particularly successful battle. People without weight problems seem to think the cause of obesity is simply sloth and gluttony. I believe the root cause is something far more insidious, which threatens every organ in the body. And in many people, accumulation of excess body fat initially represents a biological defense response trying to protect our bodies.

This means that all of our efforts to follow the advice of simple slogans such as “eat less and exercise more” may be meaningless, and our current obesity crisis will continue unabated, if not accelerate – unless we attack the problem from a different perspective.

What we see as our current obesity epidemic is only the tip of a vastly more dangerous epidemic of inflammation – not the type of inflammation we can feel, but inflammation that lies below the perception of pain. I call this silent inflammation. It is this type of inflammation that is driving our obesity epidemic and a wide number of other chronic conditions. The underlying cause comes from the increased production of a natural fatty acid called arachidonic acid (AA), which can be incredibly toxic at high enough concentrations. This is the toxic fat that is key to not only understanding our obesity epidemic but also providing the linkage between obesity and chronic conditions.

Oddly enough, accumulation of excess body fat is initially your body’s attempt to protect you, by encapsulating or trapping this toxic fat in your fat cells so it doesn’t attack your other organs. The problem is that the toxic fat doesn’t stay trapped in your fat cells forever. Even though an increase in obesity may initially be your body’s way to try to prevent the spread of toxic fat to other organs, these storage sites for toxic fat can also be the staging areas for its future spread throughout the body.

Once it begins to spill over into the blood, you have Toxic Fat Syndrome. The resulting health problems associated with Toxic Fat Syndrome are relentless. But don’t despair; you can begin to reverse Toxic Fat Syndrome in less than thirty days.

Toxic Fat Syndrome in America did not appear overnight and no one single dietary factor was the cause. This health crisis was generated only when three distinct dietary factors came together simultaneously, creating The Perfect Nutritional Storm. The three factors needed for this Perfect Nutritional Storm are:

  1. Cheap refined carbohydrates
  2. Cheap vegetable oil
  3. Decreased consumption of fish oil

Mankind has always had a trump card against diet-induced inflammation: high consumption of long-chain polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acids from fish and fish oils. These omega-3 fatty acids in high enough concentrations are powerful anti-inflammatory agents. Unfortunately in America, just as the intake of cheap carbohydrates and cheap vegetable oils was increasing, the consumption of long-chain omega-3 from fish oil was dramatically decreasing. An estimated 90 to 95 percent decrease in fish oil consumption has taken place in the last one hundred years. Today the average American is now consuming 125 mg per day of long-chain omega-3 from fish oil while consuming approximately 20,000 mg per day of omega-6 fatty acids coming from cheap vegetable oils.

Once the last nutritional barrier (fish oil rich in omega-3 fatty acids) to prevent a rapid rise in inflammation was removed, all the pieces to generate the Perfect Nutritional Storm were in place to create the current epidemic of Toxic Fat Syndrome in the United States.

The solution to Toxic Fat Syndrome is the same factor that caused it in the first place- your diet. The primary tool for reversing Toxic Fat syndrome is the Zone Diet because you are reducing the level of AA in every cell in the body by reducing the levels of insulin and restricting the intake of omega-6 fatty acids. In the process, you will lose weight. If balancing your plate at every meal seems too difficult, despite the great health benefits, you still have one last opportunity to reverse Toxic Fat Syndrome. This remarkable “wonder drug” is super fish oil (ultra-refined pharmaceutical grade EPA/DHA concentrates from fish oil). Unlike the Zone Diet, which requires some degree of awareness every time you eat, supplementing your diet with enough super fish oil to help reduce Toxic Fat Syndrome takes only fifteen seconds a day and will reduce Toxic Fat Syndrome.  The dietary solution of the Perfect Nutritional Storm is simple, and it can be followed for a lifetime. The end result will be a longer and better life.

To learn more read Toxic Fat by Dr. Barry Sears, published by Thomas Nelson.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. As with any natural product, individual results will vary.

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Dr. Barry SearsDr. Barry Sears is a leader in the field of dietary control of hormonal response. A former research scientist at the Boston University School of Medicine and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dr. Sears has dedicated his efforts over the past 25 years to the study of lipids and their inflammatory role in the development of chronic disease. He holds 13 U.S. Patents in the areas of intravenous drug delivery systems and hormonal regulation for the treatment of cardiovascular disease.

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