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NEW BOOK: Downsizing Your Body

What happened to America?

Americans have grown in girth but we were lean and slim in the 1950's &60's ... without even trying. What changed? The new book explains why Americans can't control their weight while japanese and mediterranean populations remain slim.

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This is one of the most important books - if not actually the most important book - to come out this year. While it appears to be about losing weight, or as the title says, Downsizing Your Body, it is really about so much more than that: living longer, living healthier, and avoiding the disease "traps" that surround us all. Clearly written, easily understood, this book is for everyone, slim or obese, healthy or sick. I very much recommend this to all. ~Scott Tips, President of the National Health Federation

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Health Talk with Dr.Ronald Hoffman

February 10, 2010, WOR NewsTalk Radio 710

Bill Sardi, author of 'Downsizing Your Body' stops by Health Talk to discuss how the industrial food complex breeds fat Americans. Tune in to hear how you can help

Bill Sardi

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As a health journalist, I try to write about health, not necessarily disease. I attempt to apply critical thinking to today's failed efforts to address health issues, such as the failed approaches to control obesity.

  • FAQ

    • Q. Why did you write this book?

      A. There are too many books that want you to count calories, or are nothing more than recipe books. We must understand the industrial food complex altered our food chain and fed America like lab rats. We have been bred to be fat. Once we catch on what happened, we will have a better chance at finally conquering what has now been termed the diabesity epidemic. So many Americans are running to the gym and cutting out fats in the diet, and still can’t lose weight. The problem is, as books go, this one will likely get lost in a sea of diet books that get published every year. So the impact a book like this will have is to be determined. But for those who read it, it covers new ground.

    • Q. Do we need to be lean to be healthy?

      A. Well, that is a fallacy, and the book shows those who carry a few extra pounds actually live longer. Certainly, in the senior years, there is the problem of wasting away, losing muscle mass, etc. Senior adults who carry a few more pounds of weight are likely to live longer.

    • Q. Is your book saying non-caloric sweeteners and non-fat foods are a flop?

      A. In the laboratory, those artificial sweeteners actually end up producing fat animals. Look, the Japanese don’t read diet books. You don’t see artificial sweeteners in their homes or restaurants. This is purely an American phenomenon. And has it worked? No. The Japanese are not as hungry. And they aren’t as hungry because they don’t have as much iron in their diet. The French have lots of iron in their diet, but they have the equalizer, red wine.

    • Q. Which diet best parallels what your book talks about? The Atkins diet? The South Beach diet? Which one?

      A. Controlled studies show all diet plans are equally ineffective. Can you believe it? These diet plans are missing something. That is why this book is about.

    • Q. You book is “victim talk.” Are we all victims of the American industrial food complex, as you describe it?

      A. Well, yes, we have also been mistakenly coached to blame ourselves for uncontrolled consumption of food. That gets the food producers off the hook. But how do you blame a lab rat for eating what is placed in front of him? The food producers are working feverishly every day to design foods that we will overeat. They have successfully designed cookies that we will eat till the bag is empty. They know how to do this. Cookies turn on the brain’s reward center, the very center of the brain’s pleasure center that is stimulated when we have bedroom activity. Self-control has been disengaged intentionally by what they have placed in our foods.

    • Q. What about genetics? Can’t we inherit fat genes?

      A. Well, there is the mistaken idea that there is nothing that can be done, that my whole family was overweight and it is just in our genes. But look back in the family photo album and you will find pictures of very lean ancestors. We confuse what is genetic or inherited from what is familial. We eat at the same table, drink the same water, develop the same food habits. Look at Asians, they go to Asian restaurants. Hispanics go to Mexican restaurants. We eat the food that is familiar. Look at married couples. They begin to resemble each other in girth and body size. They eat the same foods. Foods actually switch genes on or off, something called epigenetics. We can control our genes to some extent. The French do this every day with their red wine, the Japanese with their green tea.

    • Q. Basically, what are Americans doing wrong?

      A. We have to learn to eat for the period of life we are in. During childhood growth, we need lots of food and lots of iron-rich and calcium-rich foods, to build bone, collagen and red blood cells. Once full growth is achieved, we have to ease up on these types of foods. The problem is the females still are anemic and need iron and calcium to replace what is lost in their monthly cycle and in baby making. So women, who do the cooking for the family, make meals that satisfy their hunger cravings, but this is not the ideal diet for their male spouses. Someone asked me, why do the Greek monks on Mount Athos in Greece live so long and healthy? I answer, “because they don’t have any women cooking for them.” Women need to alter their diet, shifting to low-iron and low-calcium foods as the change of life occurs. In late life, we have to coax older adults to eat. They actually implant MSG into foods designed for seniors to get them to eat more.

    • Q. You book, like others, extols whole grains. So why is your book different?

      A. Well, the public needs to understand the definition of whole grains in America is influenced by commercial interests. Whole grain foods may have no bran factor in it. Americans hear about adding fiber to their diet, but this is a nebulous term. You need to replace the missing bran factor. The book explains all this. The problem is, you can go into a so-called health food store today and buy white break, refined white sugar, and where is the bran?

    • Q. What will the average dietician say about your book?

      A. I can hear it now. Dieticians will quickly jump on to write a review and warn the public about my book, that it will result in widespread anemia. Most dieticians are female, and they speak within the context of their own experience, as females who really need to overcome anemia during their fertile years. They haven’t a clue that the diet they espouse is actually deadly to full-grown males.

    • Q. You talk about hormones controlling hunger at the end of your book. Tell us more about that?

      A. Well, females have biologically determined hunger levels. Nature makes fertile females more hungry as their hormone levels rise and they prepare for conception. Every woman knows there are three days a month they feel like eating everything in the refrigerator. Women’s hunger levels are up and down as their hormone levels rise and fall. If women would eat more vegetarian meals during that time of the month, their cycles would be shorter and their hormone levels would be lower, like what we see in Japan. The phytoestrogens in the Japanese diet help even-out hormone levels too. We also need to understand, females are designed to have rapid-fire babies, one after another. This would keep them lean. But instead women are having one or two babies, and their hormone levels are up, which raises their hunger levels, but there is no baby on-board to feed. So they become wide as the front door. Women have to get their hormone levels under control after their last baby is born. Otherwise they are going to become estrogen-dominant and have to replace the wardrobe in their closet.

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