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🍽️ Why Are Italians Skinny, If They Eat Lots Of Carbs & Fats?
I got an interesting question the other day:
Dr. Sam, I’m curious to know why people in Italy are so skinny, even though they eat lots of carbohydrates, fats and creams like pasta, bread, pizza, cheese, wine and so forth? Is it their genetics, hormones or something else? I really wish I could eat pizza, pasta and bread all day long, so what’s the secret? =)
Well, since I am part French and Italian and have also lived in Italy, I can give you some insight.
First off, people in Italy are not “so skinny”. There are plenty of overweight people there and that could simply be because of the modern society we all live in. And also, so much of the Western world and life-style has now been adopted by almost all other countries, including Italy.
Food In Italy Is Different Than US
First, the type of foods people eat in Italy, are way different than in the US.
For example, the pizza in Italy is different. It has a thinner crust, less cheese, less meat, more vegetables, herbs and so forth. Thus, it has less calories
However, in the US, the pizza crust is super high in calories. With a TON of cheese crammed into every inch of the pizza, topped with lots of horrible meat like sausages, pepperoni and so forth.
Obviously it tastes great, but the calorie content and type of ingredients is very different.
Different Type Of Milk
Continuing with our pizza example, since it’s my favorite food… In the US, we use horrible milk that’s loaded with casein type 1, while in Italy and other parts of the world like France, they have casein type 2 milk. What’s the difference?…
The milk in America, the Casein type 1, causes stomach problems, gas, bloat and thus, a lot of inflammation. And, inflammation causes fat gain and negative changes in your hormones. It increases cortisol, your stress hormone.
In fact, years ago I used to think it was the lactose that was the problem, the milk sugar. However, I can have goat’s milk and I’m fine. That’s made of casein type 2, not 1.
It’s About Your Fat Burning Hormones
This is just ONE example of how the foods in Italy are different than the US and thus, your body reacts differently.
Thus, different foods produce different hormones in the body – either fat BURNING or fat PRODUCING hormones.
Like I’ve said in the past, it’s all about your hormones.
Italians also eat 3 main meals daily and take their time to eat. They eat slowly. They enjoy their food and do so with friends and family. This produces positive hormones.
While in America, we are eating on the run. We try to eat as much food, in as little time as possible. And many do so while watching TV.
All of this causes you to eat much more food and calories.
In Italy, people also walk a lot more, especially after a meal.
I’ve stated in my previous videos, simply taking a 10-15 walk after each meal, will do wonders for weight loss, improving your blood sugar and reducing stress hormones.
Different Preparation Of Food
Italian foods and the preparation of foods also have much fewer lectins, which again, cause inflammation and hormonal imbalances.
It’s About What They Do NOT Eat
And at the end of the day, it’s not even about what foods they eat – but more so about the foods they do NOT eat or drink.
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