Big (Fixable) MISTAKES People over Age 40 Make With Their Diets

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Fear of Saturated Fat

Saturated fat (SF) increases cholesterol levels. This is true. But does cholesterol promote atherosclerosis? The whole hypothesis is based on correlation, not causation. Yes, increased cholesterol levels are associated with a higher risk of CVD, but they are not causing it. An interplay of factors leads to the formation of plaque.

Recent evidence suggests that chronic inflammation is the critical causative factor in atherosclerosis.

https://www.intechopen.com/books/atherosclerosis-yesterday-today-and-tomorrow/inflammatory-mechanisms-in-atherosclerosis
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26586275/

Fighting Osteoporosis with Calcium from Supplements and Without Adequate Intake of Vitamin D

The risk of osteoporosis is rising with age. As calcium is a building block of bones, it makes sense to supplement it to prevent this process. However, absorption of calcium depends also on levels of vitamin D. Vitamin D is signalling to proteins, which allow calcium transport across the intestinal epithelium.

However, as mentioned previously, outside of bones, calcium can cause problems. A study published in the Journal of American Heart Association assessed a big cohort of 5448 people found that the source of calcium matters. Diet naturally high in calcium has a protective effect against CVD, while supplementation of calcium might increase the risk of coronary artery calcification.

https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/full/10.1161/jaha.116.003815

Consuming Fat Free Dairy or Skimmed Milk Instead of the Whole Products & Not Involving Goat Milk

As the risk of osteoporosis is getting higher with increased age, dairy is a popular prevention thanks to its high calcium concentration. Since 80’s sales of low-fat food are rising as they were advertised as preventative against obesity. As metabolism starts to slow down after the age of 40, the reduced caloric values of low-fat food made it a popular choice in this age group. However, the benefits of low products are questioned now. Indeed, the obesity-fighting mechanism of low-fat dairy is not supported by rapidly increasing rates of worldwide obesity.

In a study published in Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health, 1782 aged 40-60 years were examined 12 years apart. Men who did not develop central obesity consumed significantly more whole milk, butter and whipping cream.

Increasing evidence published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that milk with A1 beta-casein exacerbate gastrointestinal inflammation, which of course interferes with our ability to digest and absorb many nutrients, calcium included.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3656401/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5867544/

Eating Too Quickly

It is not all about what we eat, it is also about how we eat. In our forties and fifties, careers are peaking and the fast-paced world around us hijacks our ability to slow down. However, not slowing downing for a meal is definitely not the best way to save time. In a giant study of various lifestyle habits, which examined 59 717 Japanese people, eating slowly inhibited the development of obesity.

Then, a study from the journal Nutrients attempted to decipher the mechanism behind the benefits of slower eating. Not only the subjectively perceived fullness was higher in slow eaters, the levels of “hunger hormone” ghrelin were lower as well. Slow eaters also ate 25% fewer snacks.

https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/8/1/e019589
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6357517/

Considering Brown Bread a Healthy Food

Yes, the white bread is bad because it has a high glycaemic index (GI) and it is low in fibre. In comparison, brown bread has more nutrients and fibre. However, some types of brown bread can have a glycaemic index of over 70.

Not Checking Contradictions of Your Medicine and Supplements

People are usually given their first prescription medicine in their forties or fifties. This brings new responsibility – checking the possible interactions of the prescribed medicine.

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20 thoughts on “Big (Fixable) MISTAKES People over Age 40 Make With Their Diets

  1. Agoge Diet really took my diet to the next level. Not only diet, but life. I can see improvements in many aspects of my life. Guys, you rock! #Agoge Diet

  2. What's the advice to eat slower? I've been a fast eater my whole life, basically inhaling food, I never thought of it as having negative consequences though. What is the slow eating advice? To just wait longer between bites? Or eat portions, set it aside, and come back to it over a period of time? (like eat 25% of it, wait 2-3 minutes, eat 25%, etc) What's an "ideal" period of time I should be aiming to eat my meals over? 5-10 minutes, 30 minutes? Eat slower is interesting advice, but, as Thomas likes to say, get granular on this for me please!

  3. BRO! I would love to get into full fat dairy but I have to cut calories everywhere possible. I'm 46. I'm fighting the good fight.

  4. My friend just graduated with a biology degree and he told me the same thing. He said to limit my sugar if I'm worried about my cholesterol. I really go overboard on sugar.

  5. Death is better than this type of knoledge any kind of food is bad what can we do hihihi after 40 after 50 full restrictions

  6. Hey Thomas! I’m over 50 and have been doing keto for 1 month. I’m still feeling what I believe is “keto flu” symptoms. I’ve never been so tired and weak in my life. I never feel good since I’ve started keto. I track everything. Calories, all macros using Carb Manager app. Ive even gone 18 hours without eating a couple of times. I stick with mostly clean keto foods and recipes. I’ve done well sticking to it. I’ve lost 8 pounds. Just wondering if it’s common with other people to experience prolonged keto flu symptoms? I’m waiting for that energy boost people report experiencing. I’ve even addressed the possibility of dehydration. I’ve upped water intake and even tried electrolyte supplement. I’m out of ideas. Is there something I’m doing wrong? I’m tired of feeling like crap! Help!

  7. I'm currently transitioning to Keto…I was not eating at all (I'm heavy because I wasn't eating enough- 400calories a day and not sleeping well at night because of a stroke in 2016). I have to find things that I will and can eat because my stomach is finnicky. I have gotten SO much info from you in the past month that I just have to say, Thank you! My hubby has been on Keto since March and has lost 20lbs and is not having to take his insulin, so big bonus and he told me to watch your videos.

  8. Great video, Thomas! I would like to mention that along with D3, people should be taking K2. K2 is actually what drives the extra Ca from the blood stream into the skeleton where it belongs (from what I've understood).

  9. Thomas, I love all your knowledge based advice. What do you know about lectins? My bf and I follow Dr. Gundry’s lectin free diet and some of your recommendations contradict his. I’d love to see a video about lectins!

  10. Important question:
    Can I add wheat grass juice to my fasting liquid with apple cider vinegar and lemon juice?

  11. Metabolic age should be in your title. You cannot say if you hit a certain age then do this, do that etc. Its Metabolic age you should consider. Fact!

  12. Following your videos I have changed my life I don’t consume sugar at all and I have shed 75 pounds am just few pounds less from my goal weight. I have stopped consuming sugar since 9 months and if ever I get huge cravings for sugar I eat pink salt I follow intermittent and keto together and it is life changing for me thank u.

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