Lose Weight by Controlling Your Hormones

When we hear the word “hormones,” our first thought is about sex hormones. However, the hormones discussed here are not sex hormones, they are hormones that control or affect our weight. An endocrine hormone is actually any chemical messenger that travels from where it is produced through the bloodstream to another part or parts of the body where it exerts its effect. Our hormones interact with each other to create a fast-acting chemical control system for our entire bodies. For weight control, hormones rule! (more…)

Insulin, Leptin, and Blood Sugar – Why Diabetic Medication Fails

Type 2 diabetes is a difficult metabolic problem. It is a national embarrassment that so many of our young people are becoming type 2 diabetic. It is a national disgrace that millions of type 2 diabetic patients are being injured with commonly used diabetic medications that are known to make their metabolic situation worse.  (more…)

Special hormone released by bone cells plays an important role in blood sugar regulation

Most people have viewed bones as inanimate structures within the body that merely play a role in providing structural integrity to the body. New research is revealing just how dynamic bone structure is to the nervous, immune and endocrine system. A bone released hormone is now considered by researchers one of the foremost players in controlling blood sugar and inflammation. (more…)

The Carbohydrate Hypothesis of Obesity: a Critical Examination

Introduction

I’d like to begin by emphasizing that carbohydrate restriction has helped many people lose body fat and improve their metabolic health.  Although it doesn’t work for everyone, there is no doubt that carbohydrate restriction causes fat loss in many, perhaps even most obese people.  For a subset of people, the results can be very impressive.  I consider that to be a fact at this point, but that’s not what I’ll be discussing here.  (more…)

Leptin-Controlling Lifestyle Factors

Sufficient sleep is one of the most important factors in controlling leptin. Like melatonin, leptin is secreted in the highest amounts at night, and in human subjects deprived of sleep the timing of the leptin secretion peak occurred earlier, disrupting hormonal profiles and encouraging weight gain.24

Consequently, one would think that it would be desirable to increase leptin levels.

However, in most overweight people, leptin levels are actually excessively high due to leptin resistance, a process similar to the concept of insulin resistance.

In addition, circadian changes of blood leptin level in non-obese people are more significant than these changes in obese people.14 Because leptin inhibits cortisol, if leptin is highest first thing in the morning (when it should be at its lowest levels), it may inhibit cortisol production at a time when cortisol is needed to feel awake and energized. (more…)

Five “Scientific” Myths about Fat

When it comes to nutrition, the medical community and so-called scientific studies may be the greatest spreaders of myth and misinformation in the world today. And now they’re at it again.

Scientists have known for nigh on half a decade that the hypothalamuses of overweight animals – including humans — show signs of inflammation, a typical reaction to injury. The crucial question, of course, is whether the inflammation is the result of becoming obese, or does it occur before the obesity occurs and triggers the obesity? And also, as the lead investigator, Michael Schwartz, said, “What is causing the inflammatory response and could that have something to do with the obesity itself?” A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation attempted to answer that question.1

However, as we will discuss later, this study contains a fatal flaw that renders its conclusions moot.

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How Thyroid Problems Cause Insulin Resistance

The plot thickens. How simple it once was for endocrinologists to identify a few organs, like the thyroid, measure their hormones, and then prescribe hormone replacement when seemingly lacking in them. While this method may have been easier, it was often not very helpful in solving the obvious thyroid problems that many experience. (more…)

Snacking Interferes with Weight Loss

Postmenopausal overweight and obese women who snacked between breakfast and lunch during a calorie-restriction weight loss program lost less weight than those who did not snack. This study demonstrates that snacking, at a minimum, creates metabolic inefficiency. Of course, snacking in conjunction with calorie excess is killing Americans at and early age and causing rampant disease. This is more data supporting the Five Rules of The Leptin Diet – rules you should live by for optimal health. (more…)