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Monday, April 07, 2008

Heinz Asthoff, a German, eats more than 12,000 calories a day and does not gain any weight because he is not sensitive to salt.

German man suffering from incurable hunger

Extracts from the Telegraph:

"A German has been dubbed "the man with the bottomless stomach" as he binges on over 12,000 calories a day without gaining an ounce in weight.

Heinz Asthoff was struck with an incurable hunger following the death of his wife 22 years ago.

His incredible ability to eat endlessy without getting fat has been the subject of scientific studies and a TV programme in his homeland."

""I can't eat out anymore. Last time I went to a pub I ordered a potato pancake and ended up eating 100 of them. I can't afford it."

He is nearly six feet tall and weighs 15 stone. "My doctors say my stomach is like the mine I worked down for 36 years – black and bottomless," he said.

Doctors confess that they have no idea why his metabolism demands so much food."

"His doctor Henning Huesch said: "He does not have especially high cholesterol, is not physically ill through eating, but is clearly addicted to it."

Mr Asthoff is to undergo more tests at a university clinic near his home next month."

If doctors were not so fixated on the calorie theory of weight gain/loss they would not be looking for a metabolic explanation for why this man does not gain weight despite overeating. - They would realise and acknowledge that overeating does not cause overweight.

It is fluid retention/salt sensitivity/weakened veins that causes weight gain, and dieting increases fluid retention so does not reduce weight in obese people. - People with strong healthy veins and healthy kidneys, like Heinz Asthoff, simply excrete any excess sodium and water via the kidneys and bladder, and excrete any excess fat in the faeces. - Calories are not involved...

So obesity is not caused by overeating! - It is caused by fluid retention and is made worse by dieting.

To reduce fluid retention you need to cut down on salt/sodium - i.e. avoid eating salt and salty food. - Forget about calories! - If you are overweight, you KNOW that dieting does not work! - Cutting down on salt DOES work. - Try it!

Lose weight, reduce your risk of most cancers, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, stroke, heart disease, vascular dementia, osteopenia, osteoporosis, hypercholesterolaemia, depression, liver and kidney problems, and improve your health in many other ways without drugs or expense by eating less salt! - Try it! - You will feel so much better!

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