Tag: Health

Comparison of Popular Diets

This might seem weird to compare popular “diets” in a blog, but it’s important to remember that we are not just dealing with a reduction of calories when trying to lose weight. We are looking for a way for the body to get nutrient-rich instead of nutrient-poor foods. Most of the “diets” have some positive benefits, but the negative benefits are greater. This includes those negative benefits that don’t allow the body the proper nutrients, […]

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The Role of Water in Weight Loss

If you listen to the television ads, America runs on high fructose corn syrup drinks, like Coca-Cola or Pepsi. Maybe that’s why one-third of Americans are obese or at least, overweight. Gone are the days when most people drink nothing but water, the original no-calorie, sugar-free, no-cholesterol beverage. So can you lose weight by just drinking water? Before I answer this, let’s first look at why water is important in our bodies. Water makes up […]

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Good Fats and Fatty Substances

Fats and oils are part of a healthy diet and play many important roles in the body. Fat provides energy and is a carrier of important nutrients such as vitamins A, D, E, and K and carotenoids derived from¬†vitamin A. But fat can impact the health of our hearts and arteries in a positive or negative way, depending on the types of fat we eat.¬†Doctors and nutritionists¬†recommend getting between 20 and 35 percent of calories […]

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Yo-Yo Dieting: Breaking the Fat Cycle

As I mentioned in an earlier blog, fat cells in obese people behave differently than fat cells in lean individuals. This year it’s expected that 400,000 Americans will die from the effects of excess body fat1. That’s almost the same number of those who have tobacco-related deaths. Excess body fat is a leading contributor to diseases such as cardiovascular, liver, type 2 diabetes and, of course, cancer.1 If you go to any place where there […]

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The Role of Toxins in Obesity

In medical school, future doctors are taught that obesity is simply an imbalance of calories consumed and calories burned. In other words, if we don’t burn the same or more calories than we consume, the better becomes our chances of gaining weight. If this imbalance continues for a long time, we may become obese. This inviolable assumption is being disassembled as more research is being done linking environmental toxins to obesity and diabetes. Research has […]

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