White Fat vs Brown Fat

In humans and mammals two types of adipose tissue or fats are present. Brown fat is mostly found in infants and hibernating mammals – white adipose tissue or white fat is common in adults. One of its functions is to store the extra calories, nutrients and energy and it is also responsible for ever expanding waistlines, muffin tops, love handles and bulging thighs.

In contrast, brown fat expends energy in the form of heat and it is crucial for maintaining body temperature in newborns and hibernating mammals. Brown fat takes up very little space and until recently it was believed that adults had very little or none. With most brown fat cell disappearing as we get older – this explains why our metabolisms also slow down with age.

We know now that brown fat is stimulated by a signal sent to the brain to increase circulation and to release white fat when there is a change to cold temperatures.

One way to activate the brown fat cells is to gradually turn off the hot water towards the end of a shower and to spend another 30 seconds letting the cold water invigorate your neck and shoulders. This will stimulate the brown fat into action and assist in the breakdown of the unhealthy white fat accumulated in all the wrong places.

The Net Carb Solution To Weight Loss

dreamstime_m_25269138-sMost Diets require that you actually count calories, restrict carbohydrates and/or fats during that period. Net Carbs, which represent the total carbohydrate content of the foods minus the fiber content reflect the grams of carbohydrate that significantly impact your blood sugar level.

These are the only carbs you need to count, the only carbs that are important. Foods that are low in Net Carbs such as a variety of vegetables and fruits do not have a significant impact on your blood sugar and are less likely to interfere with weight loss.

As you continue with your weight loss program you can adjust the amount of carbohydrates, in the form of Net Carbs that you are able to tolerate while continuing to lose weight, keep your appetite under control and maintain a healthy level of energy.

With the Net Carb weight loss program it is important to eat at least 40 to 60 grams of protein and another 20 grams of carbohydrates without restricting fats. Up to five meals (3 meals and 2 snacks) can be eaten throughout the day.

It is also of utmost importance to stay well hydrated – 8 glasses of water a day and to eliminate added sugars. To kick start your weight loss and the fat burning process the elimination of most carbohydrates – including fruits – is necessary for the first few days.

Most fish, poultry and meats do not contain any carbs and by adding vegetables such as lettuce, cucumbers, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, cabbage and Brussel sprouts you can enjoy fabulous meals without feeling hungry or deprived.

Another option is our Net Carb weight loss program which includes more than 60 varieties of protein based meals and snacks

Do You Have A Slow Metabolism?

Do you have a slow metabolismDo you know people that can eat whatever they want and never gain an ounce? They have great skin and hair, toned muscles and lots of energy.  And then there are people that eat very little and still put on the pounds.

Often we hear the expression of people having a slow metabolism. What is a slow metabolism – what does it mean to have a slow metabolism? Well – metabolism is the process how your body converts what you eat and drink into the energy. If you are starting to put on weight around the waist without changing your eating habits, that could be a sign of a sluggish metabolism.

And it’s not all about calories – it’s about the type of food we are putting into our bodies along with other factors such as a sedentary life style, a low fitness level and stress.

So – how can we change the way how our bodies metabolize foods? How can we improve and maintain a health gut flora (healthy digestive tract)?

When we maintain a healthy life-
style we feed our internal environment with energy giving, foods rich with healthy bacteria, foods rich with enzymes and nutrition. Foods rich with non-digestible fibers that can increase the growth and activity of beneficial bacteria. It is important to eat fiber – fiber supplied by raw vegetables, fruits and nuts. These fiber-rich foods feed your good bowel flora and your immune system, keep you regular and provide essential nutrients and vitamins.

It is important to eat organically grown fruits and vegetables. Not genetically modified – to avoid the pesticides and other unhealthy methods of growing our produce and fruits. Some fruits with thick skins or the ones that have to be peeled can be bought from conventional growers. They include oranges, grapefruits, bananas and kiwi fruit.

The best option is to buy your vegetables and fruits in season from a farmers market or from a source you can trust.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Eating healthy is a challenge with so many different food choices available.  If you think that fat is responsible for your weight gain you are right, but there are other factors. Being over-weight is much more complicated and cannot be blamed on fats alone.

It’s simple, people who get little physical activity and eat a diet high in calories are going to gain weight. Hereditary factors, age, sex, and lifestyle also play part and contribute to weight-gain.

Eating more calories from fats, carbohydrates, protein, and alcohol than you burn off leads to excessive weight gain.Fat is calorie-dense, at 9 calories per gram, while carbs and protein have only 4 calories per gram, and alcohol has 7 calories per gram.

It’s easy to overeat on fats because it is part of most of our favorite foods – as in French fries, most processed foods, cakes, cookies, chocolate, ice cream, steaks, and cheese.

But it’s easy to get confused about good fats vs. bad fats and how much fat we should eat. Would all of our weight loss problems be solved if we just eliminated fat from our diets? Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. We actually need fats, we can’t live without them.

In fact fats are an important part of a healthy diet, they provide essential fatty acids, deliver fat-soluble vitamins, and are a great source of energy. They play a big part in helping you manage your moods, keep you mentally fit and control your weight.

Bad fats, such as trans fats and saturated fats have been blamed for weight gain, clogged arteries, and inflammation, while good fats such as the mono unsaturated fats, polyunsaturated fats, and omega-3s have the opposite effect. The number one fats to avoid or to reduce are the saturated fats. These fats are often difficult to detect and make up 30 to 40 % of the typical North American diet. Look at the labels – look at the ingredients.

Successful weight loss and healthy weight management.

It is important to look at a plan that includes strategies for a proven weight loss method followed by a maintenance or lifestyle program to maintain weight loss. There is nothing more disappointing than regaining the weight after an enormous amount of dedication and hard work to lose the extra pounds has been made. Long term success requires permanent changes in behavior, eating habits and physical activity.

Many conditions that contribute to excess weight and obesity are related to over eating, high sugar and fat intake, inactivity, hormonal changes, medications and stress. Obesity is not just a cosmetic factor it is a chronic medical condition, defined by excess body fat and has reached epidemic proportions in North America. It can lead to diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and has been associated with an increased risk of numerous other health conditions.

Diet is the practice of eating foods in a regulated fashion to decrease, maintain, or increase body weight and may include supplements. Typically a diet or weight loss plan has a beginning and an end when the desired goal is reached. Weight loss typically involves the loss of fat, water and muscle. Muscle loss during weight loss can be restricted by regularly lifting weights or by incorporating other strength-oriented activities and by maintaining sufficient protein intake.

To maintain long term weight loss is the more difficult part and should include transition periods from the diet plan to a permanent lifestyle change to  healthier and smarter food choices, some type of exercise, drinking adequate amounts of water and maintaining a positive outlook. Maintaining a healthy weight is beneficial to the physical and emotional well being and essential for the prevention of disease. In addition it may provide increased self-esteem, improved mood and motivation. More….

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Chocolate Cravings

If that craving for chocolate sometimes feels like it is coming from deep in your gut, that’s because it may be. A small study points to a biological basis for chocolate craving that has major implications for your health and weight and is linked to the type of bacteria living in people’s digestive system. Everyone has a vast community of microbes in their gut, but people who crave daily chocolate show signs of having different colonies than people who are immune to chocolate’s allure.

That may be the case for other foods too. Many people crave sugar, carbohydrates, caffeine or alcohol, sometimes on a daily basis. Call it lack of willpower, bad habits or addiction, the fact remains that some people find the urge to consume these treats too difficult to resist.

A desire for the sweet taste is quite natural and finding pleasure and a sense of satisfaction should be enjoyed occasionally with foods that do not cause health problems, obesity or premature aging. However a constant craving for these foods may point to intestinal flora imbalances.

Candida is often a factor, causing disturbances in the digestive tract, resulting in cravings, fatigue, low energy, a compromised immune system, indigestion, acid reflux, gas or bloating, and more. Dietary changes, probiotics and cleansing can be helpful in restoring a healthy balance.     Read more …  

Digestion Starts in the Mouth

dreamstime_s_684917During a person=s lifetime, more than 30 tons of food pass through the digestive tract.

It is important to chew food thoroughly before swallowing it because digestion begins in the mouth. Enzymes are able to alkalize food, break down toxins and activate microbial activity. These enzymes in the saliva are responsible for breaking down the starches, proteins and fats into smaller molecules that the cells in the body can use for energy. When food is chewed properly, the enzymes in the saliva have the opportunity to break down these foods and make it taste better (especially starches) and requires less work for the stomach.

The digestive tract is vitally important for total body health and must be healthy or the rest of the body suffers. It is 25-30 feet long, starts at the mouth and ends at the rectum. The gut=s function includes digesting food into microscopic particles and absorption and conversion of these particles into energy. The digestive tract has three phases: breaking down food, absorbing nutrients, and eliminating waste. Digestion is a complex process turning food we eat into the energy we need to survive.

Additionally, research has shown how chewing can prompt the nervous system to relay information to the gastrointestinal system to expedite the process of digestion. For example, stimulation of the taste receptors can signal the stomach lining to produce hydrochloric acid that helps in the breakdown of protein. Additionally, chewing signals the pancreas to prepare to secrete enzymes and bicarbonate into the lumen of the small intestines. The process of chewing also activates signaling messages to the rest of the gastrointestinal system that triggers it to begin the entire digestive process.

Yet, the contribution of chewing to aid digestion does not even stop there. Chewing helps strengthening of jaw muscles (stomach meridian begins in the face), helps complexion by increasing circulation and calms the nervous system – slow chewing is centering and grounding and promotes a more balanced/relaxed state.  Read more…

 

 

 

Hypothyroidism: an unsuspected cause of fatigue and obesity

An unsuspecting cause of fatigue and obesity could be hypothyroidism. When the thyroid gland is underperforming, the deficiency can lead to other symptoms or conditions, including hypoglycemia, hypertension, depression, arthritis, insomnia and heart attack. Fatigue and obesity may be the most common complaints, but few medical doctors immediately detect hypothyroidism, as the cause.

While medical doctors rely on blood thyroid function tests to monitor the function of the thyroid gland, these tests can result in normal ranges. Severe cases of hypothyroidism may be indicated by body temperature tests, but cold hands and feet or low basal body temperature can be attributed to other causes.

Alternative medicine treatments can uncover hypothyroidism and balance the body’s minerals, for optimal levels of thyroid hormone production. Preventing conditions that contribute to sluggish thyroid hormone production is part of the healing process. Iodine, Zinc, Iron and Selenium are required for a healthy thyroid.

Heavy metal toxicity can cause imbalances, since thyroid enzymes are highly sensitive to certain metals, such as mercury. Dental problems can lead to hypothyroidism for this reason, but they are often overlooked, making them an unsuspecting cause. Biological dentistry allows the replacement of silver-mercury amalgams, with non-toxic materials.

Alternative treatments for hypothyroidism include heavy metal detoxification. Holistic approaches are safer than unnatural treatments, since medications can introduce other toxins. Revolutionary technologies can be used to diagnose and treat the unsuspecting causes of hypothyroidism.

Natural body detoxification, elimination of food allergies or adding nutritional supplements may be all that’s needed. Proper diet and alternative healing therapies can relieve symptoms of hypothyroidism, including obesity, fatigue or accelerated aging.

 

Weight-loss

dreamstime_m_57081121-sTo lose weight one must obviously consume fewer calories than are expended. However to specifically target fat loss other factors must be taken into consideration along with a program to maintain this weight-loss. The body has three sources of energy from which to draw to meet its metabolic needs: carbohydrates (sugars), lipids (fats) and proteins.

It draws on these reserves in a very specific order – first burning carbohydrates. Once these are exhausted, then and only then will it turn to the protein (muscle) and fat reserves. Fats are exactly what you want to burn in order to lose weight. Muscles, or proteins, on the other hand, are what you want to preserve at all cost. That is why a poorly designed diet results in fat and muscle loss.

The body has fat cells and protein cells. It has no carbohydrate cells and will look for energy, irrespective of whether that energy comes from carbohydrates, fat or muscles. It is essential to provide the necessary amount of nutrients to prevent muscle loss and maximize fat loss.

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Leptin and Obesity

One would think that eating too much would result in an abundance of nutritional support for cells. But being overweight and undernourished at the same time is a reality that is just beginning to be understood.

Overweight people often suffer from gross malnutrition because the nutritional values of the basic foods available to us have been steadily dropping. Excessive caloric intake from too many processed white foods, with the fiber removed along with many vitamins and minerals, is the fast track to leptin resistance. Since it is hard to overeat so-called natural foods, excess calories usually come from junk foods. Dieters are not just starving themselves of calories, they are starving themselves of vital nutrients on top of already existing mineral deficiencies.

Leptin is a hormone that triggers a sense of feeling full. A leptin deficiency can cause overeating, leading to obesity and obesity-related deficiencies. Most people do not have a leptin deficiency – they have a leptin resistance, which is a serious health issue. Essentially they are overfeeding their body but the perception from the brain is that they are starving because they are actually missing vital nutrients such as magnesium. New research finds that these hungry brain cells then release “feed me” signals, which drive up hunger, slow down metabolism and therefore cause diets to fail.

When leptin is working properly, it prevents nutrient spillover by telling insulin to shut off. Every time excess food is eaten (more than what the body needs for energy) leptin and insulin levels surge. Leptin resistance leads to insulin resistance which further establishes leptin resistance. Syndrome X, also known as metabolic syndrome, is a combination of insulin resistance, leptin resistance and glucose intolerance. More……

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