Category Archives: Weight Loss

Midnight Snack Attack

dreamstime_m_44677110There is much confusion about the subject of night time eating. Research shows that eating at night can lead to a greater weight gain – even when total calories consumed are the same. Eating at night can have a variety of reasons – not related to hunger or the need to consume nutritious foods – it is a habit

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most likely to satisfy cravings or coping with boredom, fatigue and/or stress.

These late night snacks have a tendency of not being controlled and often consist of large amounts of high calorie foods such as chips, nuts, cookies and sweets. It is easy to lose track of the amount eaten while watching TV or sitting in front of a computer. It is easy to consume a large bag of chips, a carton of cookies with some soda to wash it down.

Night time, when no one is around to see you eat – may be the time you allow yourself to indulge in your favorite high calorie snacks and drinks. Don’t let your guard down after eating healthy all day just to ruin it during these few hours of relaxation.

Besides the extra calories, eating too close to bedtime may cause indigestion and prevent you from having a good night’s sleep. Going to sleep on a full stomach can add to your waist line and hold on longer to the calories consumed.

When choosing what foods to include in your late evening or midnight snack, it is important that you consider the amount of calories, since left-over calories (un-burned energy) is easily stored as fat. At any time, when you’re not expending much energy, you are much more likely to gain the extra weight.

YoYo Dieting

More and more people are feeling the pressure of society to be thinner and they make decisions to temporary follow a strict weight loss program or to increase physical activity. Continue reading

The act of losing weight – especially loss of muscle mass will inevitably result in a change of metabolism and will reduce the number of calories burned under the same conditions once regular eating or a more sedentary lifestyle is resumed.

Most people will regain the weight lost plus an additional few pounds. Repeated dieting is counter productive and continued yoyo dieting may substantially promote an increase in body fat over time.

The emphasis should not be on body weight or body fat- but should include a healthy lifestyle in relation to food choices and the motivation to participate in regular physical activity and exercise.

More and more people feeling the pressure of society to be thinner.

Dieting and Muscle Loss

dreamstime_m_34471783During and after weight loss the body fights back. Losing weight is not a natural process and it perceives that there is a shortage of food and switches to starvation mode.

This triggers a slowing down of your metabolism to conserve energy and encourages fat storage by increasing hunger and irresistible cravings for carbs, sugar and fats. Continue reading

Repeated dieting attempts add more pounds with every cycle and the very act of weight loss – weight gain and the temporary restriction of certain foods and food groups or portions will only increase its appeal, which in turn will lead to over-eating and more weight gain.

Frequent dieting is not the solution. The greater the muscle loss during the weight loss period, the more fat a person will gain once normal eating habits are resumed. This can also account for an increase in soft body mass and cellulite.

There is no simple solution, but it is important to maintain muscle mass by eating an adequate amount of protein and to balance food intake with energy demand.

Sudden Weight Gain

dreamstime_l_19724110Sudden weight gain is defined as gaining two or more pounds in one week. The common reasons for excess weight are either eating too much food or exercising too little. This is not always the case, there are other conditions that can either temporally contribute to weight gain or to slowly add on the pounds. Continue reading

People come in all sizes and shapes and some are prone to gaining weight easier than others. Some people are genetically pre-programmed to be heavier and larger in size and genetics may contribute up to 60% to body size and weight, a larger frame or an endomorphic body type which translates into a fuller, rounder figure.

Another reason is that some people have a slower metabolism and therefore gain weight easily but there are other conditions that can increase your weight which are not diet related and need to be addressed.

The Ultimate Weight Loss Formula

dreamstime_xxl_4758205There is a way to lose weight quickly and safely. The average person will gain approximately two pounds per year and that doesn’t seem to be much of a concern, but over the period of 10 years this amounts to about 20 pounds, over 20 years to 40 pounds and over a period of 30 years it can add up to 60 pounds. Continue reading

One day you look in the mirror and you ask yourself “How did this happen”. You know the answer. Even if you have been following a reasonably healthy lifestyle,
metabolism and a more sedentary lifestyle can make you gain weight in all the wrong places.

The HCG weight loss program has helped millions of people to lose the extra pounds. Some have achieved a weight loss of up to 30 pounds in 30 days without feeling hungry or deprived. Our specially formulated natural blend has helped our clients to lose the weight and to keep it off.

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Fasting to Kick-Start your Weight Loss

dreamstime_m_5546688Fasting can play an important part in getting you started to lose weight and is beneficial for overweight and obese individuals. A fast can last as little as 12 hours or can be extended to a period of 7 days.

Intermittent fasting has been embraced by many religions as a form of cleansing and great ancient personalities like Plato, Socrates, Aristotle, Leonardo Da Vinci, and Continue reading

Pythagoras promoted water fasting as a way to remove toxins and impurities from the body.

Research has shown that fasting may reset your immune system and in the process, increase mental clarity.  It is, however, important to stay hydrated during the fasting period and drinking lots of water is recommended.

One of the easiest ways to get started is with a 24 hour fast, starting at noon after lunch, skip dinner that day and breakfast the next morning and you can eat lunch again after the 24-hour period. Drink lots of water – stay occupied or meditate and you will benefit by having better focus, more energy and a great start towards a weight loss program and a healthier lifestyle..

Fat Cells and Starvation

33-dreamstime_m_9166716In the past people were dependent on the skills of the hunter, the knowledge of the gatherers to find edible roots, berries, mushrooms and other vegetation and most of all they depended on nature to provide a suitable climate for fruits and vegetables to grow. Continue reading

When famine strikes, food is in short supply and survival depends on stored fat deposits in the body. Fat cells are found mostly underneath the skin and the concentration of the extra storage areas depends on your gender. Men tend to carry extra body fat in the chest area and the midsection giving the appearance of an apple shape.

Women are more likely to accumulate body fat in the breast area, waist, hips and buttocks creating the appearance of a pear-shape

The function of fat cells is to provide protection and energy when food is in short supply. Our bodies are always using energy, even when we sleep and this energy is supplied by the foods we eat or from the reserves in the fat cells.

When food is available again, these depleted storage areas or fat cells are then ready to fill up again, preparing for the next starvation cycle or famine and the cycle continues.

This explains why it is almost impossible to lose weight and to keep it off. The body is seeing weight loss as a threat to survival and is trying to prepare for the next famine or food shortage and with every new attempt to lose weight the fat cells are getting bigger and more efficient to store additional reserves.

The Hidden Causes of Weight Gain

dreamstime_m_37662822Have you recently stepped on the scale and noticed a weight gain of a few pounds? You are certain that you haven’t made any changes to your lifestyle and you have not been eating more than usual.

Unintended weight gain is always a concern and while too much food and too little exercise account for most weigh
gains, there are other conditions that can contribute to the extra pounds. Continue reading

Weight is affected by calorie intake, activity level, overall health, age, gender, hormones, lifestyle, allergies, nutritional deficiencies, medications and stress.

We know obesity rates have been climbing steadily and according to research about 70 percent of adults are now overweight or obese. More people are spending hours on computers, social media and hours in front of televisions.

Even household chores such as cooking, cleaning, lawn maintenance and the likes have evolved to require minimum effort.  Automatic appliances are more efficient and reliable in providing everyday comforts without the need for human energy.

To stay healthy, slim and fit requires eating real food, maintaining an active lifestyle and some discipline to resist the processed and nutritionally depleted substitutes.



Real Foods

26-dreamstime_m_384968-1When foods are depleted of their natural nutrients the consequences are poor health and/or unwanted weight gain. Those getting the least amount of nutrition will gain the most and those with the highest intake of vitamins and minerals are able to stabilize and balance their weight more easily. Continue reading

Low  nutrient levels can trigger uncontrollable cravings that make it almost impossible to resist the temptations of eating large amounts of foods without satisfying the need for the  nutrients our bodies require on a daily basis.

Once we understand that poor nutrition plays an important role in maintaining a healthy weight we need to make certain that we consume adequate amounts of essential nutrients every single day to avoid fatigue and to avoid a slow metabolism with its many side effects.

We can get our daily nutrients from 6 to 8 servings of fruits and vegetables along with proteins such as meat, chicken, eggs, fish, seafood and healthy fats.

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. Continue reading

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 Four Basic Female Body Shapes

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????The female figure is a combination of a woman’s skeletal structure and the quantity and distribution of muscle and fat. A woman’s body type is often expressed by bust, waist and hip measurements.

Estrogen level have a significant impact on a female’s body shape, especially during the productive years. Besides other functions, estrogen promotes the development of female secondary sexual characteristics, such as breasts and the widening of the hips.

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Height will also affect the appearance of the figure and a taller woman with similar measurements to a shorter counterpart will look slimmer and less curvaceous since the distance between the measuring points is at greater distance.

Independent of fat composition, weight and height, female bodies are categorized into four elementary geometric shapes with a wide variety of actual sizes within each shape.

Rectangular – if the waist measurement is less than 9 inches smaller than the hips and bust measurement with body fat being distributed in the abdominal area, the buttocks, chest and face, creating a typical rectangular shape.

Apple Shape – these women have broader shoulders compared to narrower hips and slim thighs with fat distribution in the abdominal area, the chest and the face.

Triangle Shape – the hip measurement is greater than the bust measurement and the fat deposits tend to go to the buttocks, hips and thighs. This body type supports a larger rear end, thicker thighs and a smaller chest.

Hourglass – the hips and bust measurements are almost equal with a narrow waist. Body fat distribution tends to be around both, the upper and lower body. This body type enlarges the arms, chest, hips and rear before the waist and the upper abdominal area.

A study conducted in 2005 found that 46% of females were rectangular shaped, about 20% were tringle shaped, 14 % were triangle shaped and only 8% fell into the category of hourglass shaped and the rest was a combination of shapes.

Which Diet Works Best?

dreamstime_s_20487190-best-dietThere are many different weight loss plans and products available today. Most will give you some results while others are strictly a temporary fad created by someone’s imagination. Most restrictions

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of high fat, high carbs and high sugar will temporarily work and could give you the desired results if you could only stick to it long enough and modify your overall eating habits.

Diets like the Atkin’s Diet, South Beach Diet, Dukan, Paleo and many others are based on restricting carbohydrate intake or at least eliminating processed carbs such as white flour and sugar. However the reality is that most diets will not eliminate the cravings for your favorite foods and do not allow you to fully enjoy social activities centered on entertainment and food.

The biggest problem is the psychological aspect of changing our habits from indulging in foods we love and the comfort we derive from them to a more disciplined approach of making choices and to plan for healthy meals in advance.

So – what is the best diet? … THE ONE THAT WORKS FOR YOU!

The search continues for a miracle pill to cure obesity which would allow you to have your cake and lose weight at the same time. And that is the reason we keep on searching for the newest and latest weight loss program with the hope to find an easy solution to one of the most widespread health hazards of modern times. In most cases restricting the foods we love would also take care of extra weight gain.

There is lots of information available on how to change your eating habits. A diet is a great way to start eliminating some unwanted pounds, but it is a change in lifestyle that will permanently keep you at a desired weight.


The Net Carb Solution to Weight Loss

Most 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. Continue reading

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.

The Raw Food Diet

Raw Food DietThe original diet of humans was only raw food, before the discovery of fire and unnatural processing. A raw food diet is more powerful than most medicines, since natural nutrition is full of powerful nutrients and free of chemical additives or preservatives.

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diet, named for ancient humans in extreme conditions, who consumed raw food of their local environment. Grains were not part of their diet and today, they are still not part of a raw food diet. Meat, eggs, vegetables, nuts, seeds, beneficial oils and limited fruits or berries are included.

Because cooking destroys or weakens the most potent nutrients, a raw food diet is considered an alternative medicine approach to strengthen the immune system and obtain optimal levels of nutrition. Organic and chemical-free options are the best choices.

To adapt to the Caveman, or Paleolithic diet, meat may be cooked medium-rare, eggs may be served with a runny yolk and vegetables may be juiced, for easier digestion. Butter, milk and two servings of fruit may be consumed, daily. Unlike a vegetarian diet, plenty of protein is included.

By definition, raw food should be unheated and uncooked, non-homogenized and unprocessed, in order to preserve enzymes, vitamins and minerals. Other alternative treatments, such as parasitic cleansing or heavy metal detoxification, are also beneficial. A raw food diet can cure disorders where other remedies have failed-including prescription medicines.


Fats – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Fats - the good, the badEating 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. Continue reading

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 hydrogenated oils 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 trans-fats and hydrogenated oils. 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.

Leptin and Obesity

Leptin and ObesityOne 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. Continue reading

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……

Bulimia and Anorexia

Bulimia and AnorexiaBulimia is the secret practice of eating, usually to excess and then either vomiting or taking bowel purging substances to ensure evacuation the next day or sooner. Bulimics tend to believe they are in control of their body and follow strict rituals of elimination. Continue reading

The bulimic may be well informed and know the fat, sugar, salt content and calories in an amazing amount of foods. They may use all kinds of vitamins and supplements and are often experts on metabolism, digestion and disorders of the gut. They are a virtual resource of health related information.

Bulimics and anorexics are extreme perfectionists and are not happy with their appearance. They are terrified of what might happen to their bodies if they stop their practice, they feel it is out of their control to discontinue their habit. Bulimics believe they are too smart to be caught. They are the chameleons of the nutrition world, as they appear to be like all of us, but in fact are very different.

Bulimics and anorexics need isolation to carry out their starving, binging and purging, as it is not a socially accepted activity. Those that are affected most by bulimia or anorexia are individuals in a situation, which is dependent on looking good which includes actors, models, dancers and sometimes high profile public personalities and teenagers.

To break these habits it is important to support the individual with encouragement and an environment of supervision, creating self confidence and acceptance.

Syndrome X

Syndrome XIf you are putting on weight around the waistline despite healthy eating habits. If you feel constantly tired, relying on snacks or coffee to get you through the day? The problem might be Syndrome X. Continue reading

A commonly accepted definition of Syndrome X, also referred to as metabolic syndrome, might be a generalized disorder whose four main symptoms are hyperglycemia (a greater than normal amount of glucose in the blood)  hyper-lipidemia (an excess level of blood fat), hypertension (characterized by elevated blood pressure) and central obesity. Presenting two of the above is generally considered the diagnosis criteria for this disorder.

The main risk factors are:

Stress – recent research indicates prolonged stress can be an underlying cause of metabolic syndrome by upsetting the hormonal balance of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, causing high cortisol levels to circulate, raising glucose and insulin levels, which in turn cause insulin-mediated effects on adipose (fat) tissue.

Central obesity – is a key feature of the syndrome, reflecting the fact that the syndrome’s prevalence is driven by the strong relationship between waist circumference and increasing fat deposits. However, despite the importance of obesity, patients who are of normal weight may also be insulin-resistant and have syndrome X.

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Sedentary lifestyle and physical inactivity – many components of metabolic syndrome are associated with a sedentary lifestyle, including increased adipose tissue, reduced HDL cholesterol and a trend toward increased triglycerides, blood pressure, and glucose levels.

Aging – Although the syndrome affects both men and women in the same way, women are particularly vulnerable, especially after middle age and with respect to that demographic, the percentage of women is much higher than that of men.

Symptoms may include muscular weakness, fatigue, dizziness, weight-gain or obesity, cravings for sugar and carbohydrates or stimulants such as coffee, tea or cigarettes.

The good news is that Syndrome X can be managed and the risk factors minimized by changes to lifestyle, nutrition, physical activity, weight reduction and stress management.

Gluten Sensitivity

Gluten SensitivitySymptoms of gluten sensitivity include bloating, abdominal discomfort, pain, diarrhea, or it may present a variety of extra-intestinal symptoms including headaches and migraines, lethargy and tiredness, attention-deficit disorder, hyperactivity, autism, schizophrenia, muscular disturbances as well as bone and joint pain. Continue reading

Gluten is defined as those proteins, commonly found in wheat, triticale, rye, barley or oats to which some persons are intolerant and can develop a sensitivity to at any point in life.

Until recently, the terms gluten sensitivity and celiac disease were used interchangeably. However, emerging research is beginning to identify the differences that exist between celiac disease, wheat allergy and gluten sensitivity. If the medical history of a patient, along with clinical tests, rule out celiac disease and wheat allergy, a diagnosis of gluten sensitivity may be considered. Treatment for all three conditions is a gluten-free diet. The difference being that with wheat allergy drugs may be administered, whereas in the case of celiac disease a gluten-free diet needs to be adopted since even ingesting very small amounts of gluten-containing food could cause damage. In the case of gluten sensitivity, the withdrawal of gluten from the diet may only need to be temporary.

Wheat, in addition to creating gluten sensitivity, is also an appetite stimulant, it makes you want more – more cookies, cupcakes, pretzels, candy, bagels, muffins, tacos, pizza. For some people wheat is addictive much like a drug and can influence behavior and mood. Imagine, something as simple as wheat can effect the central nervous system much like nicotine or crack cocaine. The good news is, research has shown that the drug-like neurological effects can be reversed by eliminating gluten from your diet.

Look and Feel Young, Sexy and Fit

?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Did you know that 90% of people over the age of 35 lose enough muscle every year to burn off an additional 4 pounds of body fat? That means you not only lose the only thing on your body that creates shape, tone, and strength—you also gain more fat every year. Did you know that all of this is reversible at any age? That there are specific ways Continue reading

to, eat, and think that tell your brain to STOP this rapid aging process… and even