1009. Debunking Food Myths


You’ve probably heard the myth that snacking is good for you, or about less calories in and more calories out for weight loss. We’ve all heard many myths about food, and in today’s episode, Dr. Martin continues his series on debunking food myths.

Dr. Martin says there’s been a mantra for the last 60 to 70 years about eating less and moving more. The idea of less calories in and more calories out for weight loss is a complete load of bunk. Losing weight isn’t just dependent on calories out, but instead about the types of food you’re putting in your mouth.


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Dr. Martin: Well, good afternoon everyone, and uh, welcome to another program and an afternoon session. Now, look guys, we've done a whole series all week on myths. I think we started on Monday, that was an afternoon session, and we talked about the myths of Vitamin D. We've spent some time this week talking about the myths of veganism and you know, apparently how good it is for you. Well, that's a myth, my friend. It's a myth. And today I want to talk to you about the myth, actually two, and I'm gonna put them together. I wanna talk about the myth of snacking.

Now, I was through the grocery store, okay? I used to hate going to the grocery store, but I like it. My wife doesn't like me in the grocery store because I'm reading labels all the time and it slows things down. But I'm very curious in the grocery store, but I was reading the other day, this was called, Skinny Pop. Have you, I don't know if you've seen it. So it's Skinny popcorn, okay? They're liars, liars, pants on fires, because their whole idea is, first of all, you're just gonna have a light snack. And second of all, the other myth, there's a myth on snacking and whether that's good for you or not. We'll talk about that. The other one is calories in and calories out. Okay? So that's really important to understand. It's calories in and calories out as far as weight loss is a complete load of bunk.

If calories in, in calories out was effective, we'd never have to talk about any other form of weight loss. And physicians, they still love that. Well, you know what? Eat less and move more. And that has been the mantra for the last 60, 70 years. Eat less, move more. It's been a colossal failure because it ain't about calories. And snacking is brought to you by the food companies. The food companies. Now I gotta do this just for a second here, because I saw it, I actually saw it the other day that they're recommending. Now I gotta do a whole program on this, but let me just touch base on this for a second. They're so worried about childhood obesity that they want. I don't know if you guys saw that, because I actually saw it in the mainstream media too. And what they're suggesting, I'm not gonna say it's the first time, but it's the first time that I've seen it where the pharmaceutical companies and the food companies, they don't even try and hide it. They are in complete cahoots together. And you know what it is? Oh, here's what we're gonna do. We have such a problem with childhood obesity. We better nip it in the bud when they're 12 or 13. And here's what they wanna do with it. One, the pharmaceutical companies wanna do medication, weight loss meds. The doctors, they wanna do surgery, digestive surgery. And in behind it all the unholy trinity is the food companies. Because folks, think about this just for a minute. You got a problem, it's called obesity.

What are they saying? 40% of kids are obese and about 60 or 70% of them are overweight. And here's the solution. Let's give them drugs. Let's do surgery and let's not talk about food dice. I just about blew my lid when I read that article. The recommendations for obesity include drugs and surgery. They don't even talk about food, they don't talk about sugar, they don't talk about anything. So if you don't think that's sponsored, if the food companies and the big pharma didn't get together on that, I'm telling you guys, it is incredible. Back to the myths, I had to bring it out because when I saw it the other day, I kind of figured you guys saw it and you were wondering if I was going to talk about it. Well, yeah. Mm-hmm. My blood pressure rolls draw dramatically reading an article like that.

Here you are. The answer to childhood obesity is not surgery. It's not medication for heaven's sakes, it's food. Teach kids, kids are smart. Teach them, it's not even calories. Teach them the dangers of sugar. Get them to read labels. But the food industry, they don't want that. The snacking industry, they don't want that. Oh, you know what? Just have some skinny pop, skinny pop. Here's the problem with them, because you know what it says on skinny pop? Like if you flip the package and you read the package, you know what it says. This is a low calorie food. So if you only have a smaller amount, you're only gonna get a hundred calories or less. That's why it makes a healthy snack, my friend. I'm gonna tell you something, that is one of the worst snacks that you can have when you see a granola bar run.

Granola bars are very unhealthy. You know, look, I love popcorn. I do, but you know, I'm not even under the impression for one second that it's good for me, okay? It's not good for me. I like it. I mean, who doesn't like popcorn? But that doesn't make it good for you. And it certainly does nothing to lose weight. And let me explain them. When you eat carbohydrates, read the labels. When you eat a carbohydrate, your body has to secrete insulin. Why? Because that carbohydrates gonna be turned into sugars in nanoseconds, okay? Just the way it is. Carbs are turned to sugars rapidly, okay? So I don't care if it's skinny pop or fatty pop, what difference does it make? You need insulin. Because insulin is going to be created at the eating of a carbohydrate. And so when you have a snack, you secrete insulin and insulin's got a job to do.

It's going to take that sugar that you created by eating a carb. You, you created a sugar. Nevermind if they added any sugars to it, okay? Nevermind that. If they did, it's even worse because if you read the labels on snacks, go through the grocery store, have a little bit of fun, take some time, read those snacks and you'll see who cares about calories. It has nothing to do with calories. It has everything to do with how much insulin you need. And as long as insulin is present, it's impossible to lose weight. It's impossible to lose fat. It's impossible because one of insulin's job, they are literally jail guards keeping fat in your body. So let me show you something. I'm gonna show you some, a little bit of a graph, okay? You have a snack in the afternoon. And so this line I'm drawing there, can you see it?

You see that little line? Well, you had a snack right here, but insulin's got a job to do. So it's not like, okay, you had a snack, insulin secreted, and then insulin goes away. No, it doesn't work like that. Insulin lasts even with a snack for about two hours in your body. So what happens is insulin is taking that sugar and storing it in your body as fat, impossible to lose weight. So snacking is a bunch of bunk. It's not true. Why are we at the Martin clinic often talking about intermittent fasting? You see the idea with fasting? I'm gonna come back to insulin again, okay? You see my little line? Do you see it? You see it, you see it? Okay. For those listening on a podcast, I just got my yellow notepad out and I drew a line. And insulin is not a little dot, it's a line because it takes about two hours to do its work or more depending on what you eat.

And as long as insulin is present, you can't, you can't, you can't get rid of fat. Insulin won't let fat escape. So you know they're lying to you, friend. I'm just having a little snack. I know, but you need insulin. The key is not calories. I don't care if it's low calories. Skinny pop was a low calorie popcorn compared to normal popcorn. I guess regular popcorn, it doesn't matter. It doesn't matter. You still need insulin. And as long as insulin is present, as long as insulin is present, you can't lose fat as long as insulin is present. Why do we like intermittent fasting? Because when you intermittent fast, here's my favorite. Intermittent fast, okay? People ask me that all the time. Here's what I like to do. Stop eating. Don't eat at night. Try and finish your supper around five o'clock earlier. The better. Earlier the better.

Okay? It's not always possible for all people, but I'll just say it earlier, the better. Okay? So if you stop eating around, let's say you stopped at five o'clock, you didn't eat again till eight 10, even better, 10 o'clock in the morning. Well, what happens? Okay, so after you got about two or three hours of insulin. Insulin was around doing its job, turning carb, depending on what you eat. Of course, if you eat the reset, eggs, meat and cheese, you don't hardly need any insulin. You don't. So insulin, you're giving it a holiday, you're so it's even better. But let's say you had some carbs at supper time, okay? But if you stop eating, count two hours past that because insulin's got a job to do and then you give a rest of for insulin. Now your body can burn fat as fuel before you could not burn fat as fuel.

Why? Because insulin was present. That is the advantage of intermittent fasting. And the disadvantage, the disadvantage of calories in and calories out. The disadvantage of snacking. Snacking is one of the worst things you can do for insulin and for weight loss or whatever. You know what, you know, just keep your metabolism going. So have little snacks brought to you by the food industry. Isn't that crazy? But once you understand how your body works, how the body's physiology works here, the Martin Clinic, we are huge on hormones and insulin is a hormone. And when you understand how insulin works, its job, it has to do the fact that after you're eating insulin is still around depending on what you're eating. So it's not calories, it's nutrition value. The denser your nutrition value is, the less insulin you need to use. It's not calories in, calories on.

We have had a colossal failure now for so long, like, and you know, just eat less and move more, eat less, and move more. Uh, no. And I'll tell you something. If any of you guys, and lot of you even know this, if you've got any kind of hormonal issues, thyroid, cortisol, estrogen, guess what? Those are, those are fat producing hormones. They got the can't help it. They can't help but pour on fat into your body. And so I never look at weight loss as calories in and calories out. And by the way, you can't out exercise a bad diet. You just can't. So you wanna know myths, there's two of them right there. And it's funny, the grocery store was meant to push the myths. The grocery store, the middle aisles, where you're going to get your snacks. Oh, Dr. Martin, it's granola. That must be good for me. It's, it's granola, I don't care. It's bad for you. Ah, you understand that. Really, really, really, really important to understand that. Okay, guys, thank you so much, we appreciate you so much. Thank you for tuning in on an afternoon session. We love you dearly. Talk to you soon.

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