Thursday, December 27, 2012

Lifetime Carbohydrate Load

At the CRBCM we believe that stricter recommendations about carbohydrate reduction in diet should be instituted sooner in life. Certainly, by the time you are 20 to 25 years of age, there should be a sharp decrease in the daily sugar portion. Most adult growth has occurred by then and transition to open obesity initiates from there.
"I am gaining weight and find it difficult to lose it even with exercise". There is no weight loss without a sharp decrease in carbohydrates! We need to start believing that after a certain age: "You just have had all the carbohydrates in your life". We need to have carbohydrate charts able to tell us that we have consumed 60 percent of our lifetime carbohydrate requirement.   People will understand this! They will know where they stand. We also believe that exercise, despite its important accomplishments, to be mainly a weight maintenance strategy, unless you are a top runner/bodybuilder. Other benefits of exercise are more important: they include improvement in fighting cancer progression. So keep it up!
One needs to workout for hours to lose weight significantly. And in our busy life, one finds time and impetus hard to come by. Exercise must be individualized to be successful, but communities offer less and less individualized care. People with extensive arthritis most likely end up stopping exercising altogether. We have no program adjusted for them. Those on oxygen also stop exercising; again they need some individualized program. Our disabled need adjusted programs. Diet remains an integral part to exercise for health preservation!

To expand the idea, we believe physicians should provide patients with a lifetime health chart to tell them where they stand as compared to a 90-year old person. We can debate all night long, but 90 years is pretty good. I know that those close or past this age will feel excluded. I remember the oncologists in a conference room trying to define who is an "Elderly". Every few years, as we all become older, we keep pushing that elderly-age to stay out!

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