Wellness

Wellness is Balance

Wellness is a state of balance: no insulin spikes, no ups-and- downs in energy. Such a balance is not achieved by intense weight-loss dieting, least of all by keto diets, which intentionally unbalance the body.

Jean Brillat-Savarin was the early advocate of low carb diets. In The Physiology of Taste (1825), he said that “the chief causes of obesity [are] the floury and starchy substances which man makes the prime ingredients of his daily nourishment….[A]ll animals that live on farinaceous food grow fat willy-nilly; and man is no exception to this universal rule.” Banting’s campaign against refined carbohydrates was so popular that for a time, dieting was called “banting,” as if there were no other approach than low carb. In more recent years, low carb diets proved very effective in the treatment of intractable epilepsy, and were wildly popular in the 1990s in the form of the Atkins diet.

For many of us, however, low-carb is both unnecessary and a real challenge. Yes, we’ll lose weight – because there’s no bread to put butter on, no pasta, no spuds. But not for long! Low carb diets often result in fast weight regain, sometimes more than was lost – what has been called “yoyo dieting,” and is proven to be far worse for you than simply staying overweight.

Weight is hormonally controlled, and an optimal diet manages the individual’s hormones so that energy is maintained and weight is lost gradually and permanently. No one diet will suit everyone. The Bluecoat  Group LLC advocates an approach based on the work of Rolls, Seligman, and Wansink. Talk to us about an individualized wellness program.