The U.S. federal government may actually be encouraging Americans to be overweight, fat or even obese. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends an adult diet of 2,000 – 2,500 calories daily, with 30% derived from fat. That means, according to the FDA website:
if you eat 2,000 calories a day you can have up to 65 grams of fat per day.
if you eat 2,500 calories a day you can have up to 80 grams of fat per day.
And teenagers (3,000 calories a day) can have up to 100 grams of fat daily.
Thus, according to the federal government, the average person can eat between 65 and 80 grams of fat per day or, if you are a teenager, 100.
Now, if you go to the McDonalds.com website you will see that one Big Mac contains a total of 33 grams of fat. And 2 Big Macs would contain 66 grams of fat, an allowable amount of daily fat.
Therefore, in effect, the U.S. government is telling its citizens (depending on their caloric intake) that it’s perfectly OK to have the equivalent of 2 Big Macs or more every day. I don’t know about you but if I ate like that I’d gain weight. A lot of weight. I’d be looking in the mirror saying “Hello Chubby!” And then I’d have to force myself to run like 50 miles a day just to lose the extra weight and keep it off.
Based on the FDA guidelines the government must want us all to be fat. And, considering the already overweight population and the epidemic of obesity in America, regarding fat content in our diet it looks like the politicians and health officials in Washington are out to lunch. Perhaps at McDonald’s.
Maya Pinion is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles and a contributor to News4Net
-id=2887.htm 128 Health-and-Fitness Weight-Loss Fourteen Reasons Why Dieting Is Bad For Your Health
1. The lower the calories eaten per day, the harder it is for you to get your daily requirements of proteins and vitamins.
2. Dieting makes your body believe it is starving so it starts to save fat, as this is its best way to store energy.
3. Losing weight means digesting your own body tissues instead of food and unfortunately, dieting does not tell your body what parts it needs to digest or which parts to save.
4. Severe dieting causes muscle loss and if you are unlucky the loss may be from your heart with severe consequences.
5. Dieting will make you difficult to live with and your family may want to kill you.
6. Dieting changes your body chemistry and one effect may be bad breath.
7. If you’re a smoker you may smoke even more to dull the hunger pangs.
8. Binge eating, generally with very unsuitable foods often follows dieting.
9. Dieting makes you food obsessed.
10. Breaking a diet often results in guilt, poor self esteem and despair often followed by comfort eating.
11. Dieting emphasises food as a reward or compensation – so called ‘comfort eating’ where food is used to cheer us up or because it’s raining we are somehow entitled to eat lots of sweets or cakes.
12. Dieting lowers the base metabolic rate which means you can live on less food, so when you return to your normal food intake which was already too high, you put on weight even faster than before and will probably end up heavier than before the diet.
13. Dieting does nothing to teach you to eat healthily. Healthy eating does not mean going hungry.
14. Dieting often causes constipation and this concentrates toxins and carcinogens within the bowels and they are present for a longer period. Fruit and vegetables have a positively beneficial effect on the smooth running of your digestive system.
Attention! Read This Before Wasting Hundreds, Possibly Thousands On Expensive Online Fitness Programmes, “Wonder-Cures”, Fad Diets Or Potentially Dangerous Low-Carb Experiments…