Is your healthy diet making you a couch potato

You know you should MOVE MORE. The benefits
of moving are profound………….. and being thinner, is just the cherry on the top. Moving
more gives you better bones, better moods, better gene expression, better sugar levels
, better thinking, more muscles, lower blood pressure…. Moving more really is the elixir
for BETTER HEALTH. Unfortunately, you just don’t seem to be able to get motivated enough
to MOVE MORE. You’re a couch potato at heart. Despite your good intentions, you seem to
default to extended periods of time sitting on the couch, on more days than you care to
admit. You can hear those voices, some in your head, some in the media, admonishing
you to JUST EAT LESS & MOVE MORE. You would, if you could. What if your tendency to slothfulness
is not your fault ? Join us for this episode of BETTER BODY CHEMISTRY TV, as we explore
how your “healthy” diet might be turning you into a couch potatoe. Better Body Chemistry
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Remember small things can make a big difference to your health. Let’s define “healthy”
diet… If all you’re eating is lettuce leaves, you won’t be moving much. You do
need fuel to fire up the power stations (your mitochondria) so that you have enough energy,
to actually MOVE. Starving is not a “healthy” diet. EVER ! But that’s not the “healthy”
diet I’m talking about, the “healthy diet” I’m talking about, is a diet in which saturated
fats have been replaced by polyunsaturated fats, PUFA’s for short. It’s supposed
to be good for your heart and recommended by most health gurus. It includes lots of
margarine and vegetable oils. And not so much, meat, eggs and cream. It is very much part
of the modern way of doing things. As is couch potato living. Is there a connection ? Could
the composition of our diet, determine how much we move ? This is the question that a
group of researchers from the University of British Columbia asked. Since there are a
thousands of reasons why humans don’t move as much as they should, which makes answering
the question rather complicated, the team decided to test out their theory on a group
of lab mice. They kicked off their study, by feeding three groups of female mice, different
diets for a period of 6 weeks. Group 1 – ate standard mouse food. This is considered to
be a low fat, high carb diet. Group 2 – ate a special diet, with lots of olive oil. This
is considered a high MUFA diet. And Group 3 – ate a special diet, with lots of corn
oil. This is considered a high PUFA diet. The compositions of the diets were quite different,
but the animals were all consuming the same amount of calories and the researchers ensured
that all three groups of mice got similar levels of vitamins and minerals. After 6 weeks
of mousing around, each mouse spent three days in a high tech cage. The technology in
the cage, allowed the researchers, to keep tabs on mouse metabolism, without the mouse
knowing. (This is important because a big smelly human poking and prodding a mouse,
at intermittent intervals, has the potential to disrupt mouse metabolism). Weight, oxygen
consumption, carbon dioxide production, food consumption, water consumption and spontaneous
locomotor activity (that is how much they moved), were all monitored in the background.
So what happened ? When the team compared mice eating corn oil with mice eating olive
oil, the found, well, they didn’t eat more or less. They didn’t drink more or less.
They didn’t weigh more or less. But they did move less ! And biochemically speaking,
they became insulin resistant, their respiratory exchange ratio decreased and their skeletal
muscles were less inclined to burn fats. In short…………….. the PUFA eating mice
had become couch potatoes. Could this be happening to you ? Maybe. What happens in mice, often
also happens in humans – not always, but often enough to raise a red flag or two. This
research certainly suggests it is time to ask some serious questions about the benefits
and risks of eating lots and lots of PUFAs. If you find yourself lounging about, more
than you should, reducing your consumption of PUFA’s might just get you out of that
chair. Moving more, even a little, is one of the best ways to create BETTER BODY CHEMISTRY
and better health. Interested in discovering more ways to create BETTER BODY CHEMISTRY,
so you optimize your health and the health of your family ? Visit our website WWW.BETTERBODYCHEMISTRY
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to follow and based on real science, not hype. Know someone who seems to be “glued” to
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of BETTER BODY CHEMISTRY TV. Thanks so much for watching and I will see you next time.
Remember small things can make a big difference to your health.