Double whammy: Chemicals found in everyday products such as fast food wrappers found to sabotage metabolism, contribute to weight gain

Gains made from weight loss diets and regular exercise can be compromised by chemicals in the utensils and packaging used to prepare and store otherwise healthy food. This is the conclusion of a Harvard-led study that found a correlation between obesogens and weight increase among dieters.

The technical term for obesogens is “perfluoroalkyl substances” (PFAS). They are a class of chemicals that have been used in food wrappers, pots, pans, and other consumer and industrial products for the last 60 years. Called “obesogens” because of their disruptive effect on the body’s normal way of regulating weight, PFASs can lower the resting metabolic rate (RMR) of people, causing their bodies to burn fewer  calories while they are at rest. People with low RMR will gain weight more easily unless they adjust their food intake to account for the imbalance in their metabolism.

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Everything You Need to Know About Ketosis

Ketosis may help contribute towards weight loss.

Ketosis is a metabolic state in which your body uses fat, rather than sugar, for energy. Your body shifts into ketosis when your blood sugar is low, and the glycogen in your muscles has been depleted. Typically, this happens when you eat a low carb diet or fast from food altogether for a prolonged period. Ketosis is usually heralded as a fast and effective way to lose body fat. Research suggests that ketosis may positively affect health in other ways, as well.

How Does Ketosis Work?

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High-fat Ketogenic Diet for Weight Loss

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by Paul Fassa
Health Impact News

Ever since the inception of the high-carb low-fat diet for heart health promoted in the U.S. since the 1960s, obesity has continued to climb exponentially. For over a half century, health “authorities” have claimed that consuming saturated fats would make you fat.

It’s not true.

Despite national compliance to the lipid theory for heart disease dogma from media, medicine, and government, obesity rates among the low and no-fat consumers have climbed exponentially, even among young children, and heart disease has remained the number one cause of death from disease.

Fat Dogma Diminishing Slowly as Processed Carbs and Oils Truth is Revealed

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Skip Meals To Live Longer And Lose Weight

Skip Meals To Live Longer And Lose Weight

Three square meals a day used to be the definition of healthy eating.  But no more.  New research shows that skipping meals here and there turns on longevity genes and can lead to a longer and healthier life.

Studies in animals have shown that drastically restricting calories or fasting extends lifespan and improves age-related diseases.  But it wasn’t clear whether people could achieve the same results.

After all, fasting on a long-term basis or restricting calories over a period of years would be a difficult lifestyle for most people to maintain.  (more…)

Ginger: The Herb For Everything?

Whatever Happened to my #1 Herb for Pretty Much Everything?

Weight loss? Check.  Antibacterial? Check.  Liver Protection? Check.  Is there anything ginger can’t do?

As we approach spring, marketing madness will of course strip us of our sensibility and convince us that now is the time for change.  A new year; a new you.  Weight loss fads and a detox in the box is just what the doctor ordered, isn’t it?  “Come one, come all; choose your potion, swallow your pill, take your natural products to prevent you from getting ill.”  Plus, as the bitter face chilling cold of the Great White North begins to etch at our bones, our deepening desire to stay warm, active, and support our immune system (and sanity) becomes ever apparent.   We turn to our natural health care providers (Television and Google) in hopes of gaining calm within a storm of confusion.  Is it the carrot diet, bread and water diet, the one meat only diet, or the no diet?  Maybe it’s the “see food” or “no food” diet. I just want to know what ever happened to my number one, simple, inexpensive, unbelievably reliable and scientifically validated herb that I, along with rest of the world pretty much used to use for everything.

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How To Use Coconut Oil For Weight Loss

One of the biggest questions I get about coconut oil is, “how do I eat it and what does it do?” And “why didn’t it do that for me?” You want to lose weight, cut fat, have energy and stomp all over the world daily. You want to break down cubicles and smash stop signs at will. You’ve heard Coconut Oil can help you do this, but you’ve tried it, and it didn’t seem to work. Or your friend tried it and said it didn’t work. Or you just have no clue what’s happening with it and suspect it’s just another fad.

I wrote this to clear the air for you.

What I want to do with this article is discuss exactly how I eat it and why it probably works the way it does for me (and why it can fail someone). This is divided up into the theory of what is likely causing it to be a success or failure for weight loss and improved mental clarity, as well as how to ingest and what to expect. Coconut oil is the only real diet hack I know of. This stuff can give you literal wings. (more…)

How Avocado Can Help with Weight Management

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by Dr. Mercola

Eliminating grain carbs is one of the best and easiest ways to normalize your weight and support your health, but when you cut down on non-vegetable carbs, you need to increase your intake of healthy fats.

Avocados are an excellent source. They’re especially rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fat that is easily burned for energy, which you need more of once you start to remove those carbs.

Improved weight management is in fact one of the health benefits of avocado consumption, according to recent research, and its high-fat, low-sugar content is part and parcel of this effect.

On most days, I will add a whole avocado to my salad, which I eat for lunch. This increases my healthy fat and calorie intake without seriously increasing my protein or carbohydrate intake. Since avocados are also high in potassium, they will also help balance your vitally important potassium to sodium ratio.

Avocado for Lunch May Help You Manage Your Weight

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Curcumin Helps Menopausal Women Mitigate Metabolic Alterations And Lose Fat

Curcumin is a compound found in the spice turmeric which gives it a natural pigment. It has been linked to a range of health benefits, and now researchers have found it helps mitigate metabolic and oxidative alterations caused by hormone deprivation in events such as menopause.

Intake of curcumin at ‘physiologically attainable’ doses have recently been reported to slow the development of many disease including cancer. It even outperforms pharmaceuticals without side effects.

Previous research in the European Journal of Nutrition suggests that curcumin may be useful for the treatment and prevention of obesity-related chronic diseases, as the interactions of curcumin with several signal transduction pathways — the process by which biological functions are recognized — also reverse insulin resistance, hyperglycemia, hyperlipidemia, and other inflammatory symptoms associated with obesity and metabolic disorders.

Researchers from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul published a report in the Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity journal that outlines how curcumin may reverse aging symptoms, such as bone loss and weight gain, associated with post-menopausal animals and humans.

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Apple Cider Vinegar Isn’t A Fad, It’s A Weight Loss Weapon Against Stubborn Belly Fat

It’s raw, organic, and unfiltered; Apple Cider Vinegar is going to be your ultimate favourite here on, because of a multitude of reasons, weight loss being just one of them.

Apple Cider VinegarYes, this magical new fluid in town will make you shed those extra kilos. Picture courtesy: suarappti.blogspot.in.

Rightly touted as the new ‘super fluid’ that has become an obsession with millions, Apple Cider Vinegar, popularly called ACV, is a quick way to an effective energy rake-up. A miracle product that can be used in a large number of ways, ACV can possibly do everything from lowering your cholesterol to helping you shed weight to even polishing your furniture.

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