“Healthy” won’t take off the weight.

Eating a “healthy” diet doesn’t take off weight. Operating your body on a deficit is how weight comes off. “Sensible” eating will indeed help KEEP the weight off, but you have to get there first. Chomping down on hoards of healthy food is not the answer. Empty the stockroom. You lose weight by emptying your stock room – your fat […]

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Counting and measuring weight and well being.

We can control almost everything these days, it seems. Except for that one nagging thing over which we’d most like to be dictator. Our weight. No amount of kicking and screaming will give us full control of that. We have grown attached to the unfounded belief that we can determine our weight – our health – by carefuly measuring EVERY morsel […]

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Walk for your weight, wander for your mind.

Daily outdoor physical activity works wonders for your brain. It’s true. In his well-known book Spark, John Ratey writes, “Getting old is unavoidable but falling apart is not.” There is an intricate connection between physical and mental health. Mental health will decline rapidly without physical activity. For your mental health alone, you must move everyday – especially as you get […]

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Pinning the weight on the packaging

It has recently come to light that it is NOT the junk we eat that makes us fat, but rather the PACKAGING it comes in. Whew! Thank god for that. I can finally start eating Oreos all day as long as I buy them at the bulk store rather than in the usual packaging. You can drink all the pop […]

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Give your knees what they need

If you’ve ever loaded too much weight onto a shelf and watched the screws pull out of the wall, or piled too many books onto a bookcase as it sags sideways, you know that joints can only hold so much weight before they fail. The knees are no different. Your legs are designed to support your weight, and the knees are […]

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Calorie ignorance is not bliss

“Obese girls consumed an excess of 850 calories daily compared to healthy weight girls.” Dr. Kevin Hall, of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, discovered this in his recent research. As discussed in this morning’s Globe article, the study also found that while boys would often shed the extra weight through puberty, girls carried it forward […]

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Is Obesity a Disease?

Last month the American Medical Association labelled obesity as a disease. Is this what we have come to? Are we so unwilling to take a closer look at what we eat, how we eat, WHY we eat what we do, where we are getting our information from, what habits we are passing onto our children? It’s easier to label something […]

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Pop a pill for perfect health

“Too often, medical guidelines for physicians are written by researchers who receive some form of compensation from pharmaceutical companies,” says Alan Cassels, a pharmaceutical policy researcher at the University of Victoria. It’s bad enough that the drug companies and scientists are lying in the same bed, but it is scary when doctors also crawl under the covers. In a culture […]

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Weights first, then cardio

Which to do first, weights or cardio ? The ideal order is strength training…THEN aerobic activity. You can burn FAT during aerobic activity (cardio), but you CAN NOT burn fat during anaerobic activity (weights), and since you will ALWAYS burn whatever glucose is available in your bloodstream FIRST, you want to ensure that once that runs out, the next thing […]

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So How MUCH Fat Should you Eat? NOT handfuls of nuts.

Fat is more calorie-dense than protein and carbohydrates.But it will do your blood sugar and hormones a great deed. It has 9 calories per gram while both protein and fat have 4 calories per gram. You WANT it at all your meals, but keep in mind that the calories DO add up quickly. A tablespoon of olive oil is what you want […]

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Five Words for You to Live By

Before I go into specific topics, let’s get some basics down. The inner mechanisms of the body are complex. Food chemistry is complicated. In this blog I will slowly explain and uncover everything that relates to the science of the body and of food. I will also keep reminding you of simple, standard principles that it all comes back to. […]

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Train the Brain, Shed the Weight

Weight loss is an integration of science and math. The same goes for weight gain. The math of calories consumed and burned works in synchronicity with the science of hormones determining when calories are used and stored. But if weight balance was as easy as pie, people wouldn’t have such trouble resisting another piece of pie. What is it that […]

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Protein keeps you lean

Protein stabilizes your blood sugar levels, meaning that the carbohydrates you eat will enter the bloodstream more slowly when eaten with higher protein foods. For example, cottage cheese with fruit will slow the rate at which the fruit enters your bloodstream. This is a VERY important thing to remember with regards to insulin sensitivity and weight loss. Protein will help […]

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Wrapping your head around weight loss

Weight loss and our brain One of the most powerful opponents to your weight loss campaign is your own brain. No matter how healthful or desirable it IS to shed the fat that is weighing you (and your life) down, your mind will tell you otherwise. There is a psychological component to weight loss that can not be overlooked. Ignoring […]

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Slow and steady cardio can win the race

• Weight loss STAYS OFF with physical activity. Diet alone is not enough to keep weight off. Those who lose weight and keep it off permanently exercise 3 to 5 times per week.  • The key to weight loss… is to be burning more fat fuel then we are taking in. As it is body fat that you are trying […]

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The body is a machine – Learn how it works

As people on the go, you have full schedules and overworking minds. Your days are spent running from one thing to the next, inhaling food when you are starving and snacking on whatever you can find. You spend the time on things that are for other people, for family, for financial gain. You take very little time to take care […]

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Why Fat Is Premium Fuel

The body has an amazing (and annoying) ability to store fat, even when you make all efforts to keep your calorie tally low. Recently, we have seen a trendy return to calorie counting, thanks to the colourful marketing of “100 calorie snacks”. Not surprisingly, all of these quick crack snacks are processed, packaged carbohydrate products. The blatant lie you are […]

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