Nutrition World is offering a free educational lecture on August 18 by Dr. Kirk Keener on how the body produces fat and how to maintain optimal body weight.
The lecture will be on Saturday, from 1-3 p.
m. Nutrition World is located at 6201 Lee Highway. The lecture will be held in the store's lower level yoga studio, around the corner on Vance Road. The lecture is free, but please call to reserve a seat.
The first part of the lecture will be a presentation of the research of Dr. Tran Tien Chanh, MD, PhD, which focused on the role of the pancreas and insulin production in weight management. After a break, Dr. Keener will answer questions about the material and about the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Diet Dr. Tran Tien Chanh created 25 years ago in France.
According to Ed Jones, owner of Nutrition World, "The program is very intense look at how the body gains and loses weight. We deliberately designed it so that anyone who just wants to learn about the chemistry of what makes us fat can leave during the break without having to hear about the diet program. It is a great program, but we don't want anyone to think we're presenting a disguised sales pitch."
According to Dr. Tran Tien Chanh, the cause of most weight issues in modern society is insulin dysfunction. A diet grossly disproportionate in saturated fats and sugars, such as in breads, cereals, muffins, cakes, pastries, pasta, pizza, rice, corn – very much like the North American diet – causes the pancreas to produce an overabundance of insulin, which stays in the system and puts the blood sugar level in a negative balance. Overproduction of insulin also leads to hypoglycemia or low glycemia, which in turn induces constant sugar cravings and weight gain. Insulin’s primary function is to regulate blood sugar levels, but it is also the hormone that facilitates the transport of fat (triglycerides) into the fat cells. Even worse, it “locks” the fat in the fat cell, preventing it from being used as a source of energy. Now, because the blood sugar has dropped (and the fat can’t be accessed as a fuel source) it creates “sugar cravings" and the vicious cycle begins again. In other words, an over abundance of insulin causes weight gain.