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THE CAUSES OF OBESITY: HOW CALORIES COUNT

In Part II of this book we're going to look at how you can solve your weight problem, but we won't be dealing in calories. However, in order to understand the problems behind obesity, you should know that most processed and fast foods are calorie-dense simply because they're high in fat. Fat gives us nine calories per unit of weight, while carbohydrates and proteins supply us with only four. Thus the secret to losing weight is not to count calories but to count grams of fat and sugar. It seems easy enough to limit our high-fat food choices, but, to paraphrase a potato chip commercial, "It's hard to eat just one." Fat makes everything taste better, and the food industry exploits this fact with every new high-fat food product that it markets.

Sweetening processed foods also increases their addictive quality, enticing us to eat more refined carbohydrates than we should. Our cravings for simple sugars override our desire for natural fare; hence, we eat far fewer fresh fruits and vegetables than we need. The body is a complex organism that will send satisfaction signals to the central nervous system once it gets the nutrients it needs. If we eat too many natural sweets, our bodies have a built-in mechanism that will stop us, so, for instance, we won't find ourselves bingeing on raisins—we'll eat a reasonable quantity and then put them away. This won't occur, however, when we eat empty calories from refined sugars or fats. The body doesn't respond to nonnutritious foods with satisfaction, and in its quest for nutrients, the drive to eat heightens rather than disappears. That's why, while it's nearly impossible to eat too much fruit, we can easily devour a box of cookies or several candy bars.

The extra calories we get from eating excess fat are likely to be stored when we lead a sedentary lifestyle, as so many of us do in this automobile-replete society. The new inventions created to make our lives ever easier also result in our becoming ever more sedentary. We click a remote control, for example, instead of getting up to change channels. We shop over the Internet, without even leaving our homes. With such a dramatic increase in the fat calorie content of our diets and a marked decrease in the amount of physical activity in our lives, the pressing question shouldn't be "Why are so many people fat?" but rather "How does anyone manage to stay thin?"

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