What’s really the enemy when it comes to the skyrocketing rate of obesity in the nation? Sugar and grains, celebrity trainer Vinnie Tortorich says in his new book: “Fitness Confidential: Adventures in the Weight Loss Game” (click for details).
Contending that those carbohydrates are “killing you,” Vinnie wants to send a message to the nation: All that “garbage” in fast foods and junk foods need to be put where they belong. And that’s in the trash, not in your body.
Vinnie believes that the food manufacturers have filled our stores with so much unhealthy food that we’re confused by choices – and we’re making the wrong choices.
“It was all pretty harmless when it was just a little extra corn and bread. Our bodies could handle it. But, over time, it’s ended up in everything. Like the Kardashians,” Vinnie comments.
As a result, “we’re flooded with that garbage in such unprecedented quantities, our bodies don’t know what to do with it, and so we convert it to fat and store it,” says Vinnie.
And for those who think adults are the ones impacted, consider this fact: Half of Vinnie’s clients are children. From this vantage point, he has a message for parents: Kick the carbohydrates.
“I’m not telling parents they can’t give their kids a sandwich,” he told the New York Daily News, but carb-loading sets them up for “a lifetime of misery.”
A sample day of meals:
- eggs and bacon at breakfast
- a salad with protein for lunch or dinner
- snacks such as olives or avocado
- when you eat out, toss the bread
However, when it comes to specific diet camps, such as vegan versus Paleo, Vinnie doesn’t believe in the excessive devotion that some dieters evidence.
“Those two are religions at this point,” he says, explaining that his eating style most resembles the Mediterranean diet.
And he’s not alone in taking the stance against sugar and grains. Neurologist Dr. David Perlmutter wants to separate the wheat from the chaff and toss it all out (along with sugar) by contending that these carbohydrates lead to problems ranging from obesity to Alzheimer’s, as detailed in his book “Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar–Your Brain’s Silent Killers” (click for details).
Then there’s cardiologist Dr. William Davis. His message: Lose the wheat and win at weight loss, as described his best-selling book “Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health” (click for details).