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What’s the Ketogenic Diet and What’s in It?

Posted on 11th Oct 2017 10:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Weight Management, Wellness & Well-being

The ketogenic diet is a low-carb diet often compared to the Atkins diet, as both are based on a drastic reduction in carbs consumption. Per webmd.com, the main premise of the ketogenic diet is to get more calories from protein and fat, and fewer from carbs – which means cutting out sugar, soda, pastries, and white bread, for starters.

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What Is Ketosis and What Does It Do for Us?

Posted on 9th Oct 2017 16:00:00 in Weight Management, Wellness & Well-being

When our body goes into a state of ketosis, it’s not a bad thing. In fact, it’s something many of us choose to bring on ourselves to lose weight. The word ‘ketosis’ might sound like some sort of disease. It isn’t. It is a normal metabolic process in which our body, when short on glucose, instead starts burning stored fats for needed energy. It is a condition that people can initiate by starting a ketogenic diet that is low on carbohydrates and seeks to burn unwanted fat.

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The Sirtfood Diet: Healthy Craze or Just Plain Crazy?

Posted on 1st Sep 2017 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Weight Management

If you are looking to kickstart a weight-loss program with almost-guaranteed success right out the gate, and if you like chocolate and/or wine and/or coffee, and if you have three weeks to spare, then maybe there really is a diet program out there that might appeal to you. There really is such a diet, and it goes by the name of the Sirtfood Diet. Celebrities like singer Adele swear by it – or at least eat by it.

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Belly Fat, Part II: Eat It Away

Posted on 15th Aug 2017 12:00:00 in Weight Management, Wellness & Well-being

Previously in this space we published a blog touching on some key points specific to belly fat. Included in the discussion was a summary of what belly fat is, its potential perils to our health, and several the underlying factors that contribute to it. Knowing those factors gives you a head start on what you can do to avoid belly fat or trim away what already is there.

 

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Live Longer: Trim Away That Belly Fat

Posted on 11th Aug 2017 17:00:00 in Weight Management, Wellness & Well-being

With summer winding down, those of us who vowed to use the nicer weather to eat better and work out more to shed that “beer gut” and reveal that six-pack are running out of time to accomplish that mission – if we haven’t already succeeded. This isn’t just about looking better and buffer in a bathing suit, though. It’s also about our longevity – trimming the belly isn’t just about beach-time vanity, it’s also about our long-term health.

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Why Can’t I Lose Weight?

Posted on 29th Jun 2017 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Weight Management, Wellness & Well-being

Trying to lose weight is like trying to grip a wet and slippery bar of soap – the harder you squeeze, the faster it gets away from you. A lot of weight-loss plans or diets fail because of the instant-gratification conundrum: we want to lose X number of pounds now, even when we know in our heads that any viable plan or diet requires planning, patience and perseverance, yet many of us still won’t see immediate results and will abandon it faster than a New Year’s Resolution.

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What is AMPK and What Does It Do?

Posted on 27th Jun 2017 10:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Weight Management, Wellness & Well-being

When it comes to inducing healthy and effective weight loss, there are a lot of theories and gimmicks floating around. AMPK is no theory or gimmick, however. It’s the real deal. Short for adenosine monophosphate-activated protein kinase, AMPK is an important enzyme that, when activated, is effective at cranking up our metabolism and burning fat.

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What Are the Best Ways to Boost Metabolism?

Posted on 1st Jun 2017 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Weight Management, Wellness & Well-being

What little most of us know about the human body’s metabolism – without the help of a scientific manual – is that a fast metabolism is more conducive to losing weight than a slow metabolism is. That’s good to know for those of us looking to shed a few (or more than a few) pounds. The question is, how can we boost our metabolism without risk to our health, and perhaps even enhance our health in the process?

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What’s Driving Obesity Rates for U.S. Women?

Posted on 31st May 2017 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Weight Management, Wellness & Well-being

Two-thirds of American adults are either obese or overweight, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The obesity rate among women in their 40s and 50s has risen to 42 percent compared to 38 percent among middle-aged men. Across all adult age groups, in terms of obesity rate, women are at 38 percent compared to 34 percent of men – the obesity rate for women is on the rise, while it has plateaued for men.

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What Is Metabolism in the Human Body?

Posted on 25th May 2017 17:00:00 in Weight Management, Wellness & Well-being

‘Metabolism’ is one of those health-related words we often hear in discussions focused on diet, weight and exercise; but do we really know what it means? Metabolism typically is talked about in simplistic terms, as if it’s some sort of biomechanical device that runs our body like an engine powers a car, when all we need to do is fuel it three times a day so we can enjoy the ride. However, there’s more to metabolism than just something to keep revved up if we want to drop the pounds.

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Berberine Spurs Weight Loss from Different Directions

Posted on 21st Apr 2017 13:00:00 in Weight Management, Wellness & Well-being

Berberine is an alkaloid found in a variety of plants, most notably a group of shrubs known as Berberis. It is a compound with a prominent place in traditional Chinese medicine dating back centuries. Berberine’s many uses include regulating blood-sugar and cholesterol levels, reducing harmful inflammation throughout the body, and playing a healthy role in fighting heart disease. Berberine also is a proven success story when it comes to inducing weight loss, and it plays this role well through a variety of functions.

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Cayenne’s Health Benefits Run the Gamut

Posted on 20th Apr 2017 10:00:00 in Weight Management, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

As a spice that adds a delicious kick to almost any entrée, cayenne can be a food connoisseur’s best friend. As a medicinal herb with a history that dates back about 9,000 years, cayenne’s capacity to effect positive health change is nothing short of remarkable – it can be everyone’s best friend.

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Boosting Your Metabolism Can Speed up Weight Loss

Posted on 13th Apr 2017 10:00:00 in Weight Management

Get your motor running. Those were the opening lyrics of a 1960’s hit song by Steppenwolf and the message is just as relevant today. It’s especially true when it comes to burning calories and fat if you want to lose weight. The motor is your metabolism, and the goal is to take the right actions and consume the right foods and drinks to keep your metabolism humming at peak efficiency.

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10 (or More) Things to Know about Protein and Its Intake

Posted on 27th Mar 2017 10:00:00 in Weight Management

Protein isn't just for body builders looking to pump up their muscle mass while sculpting their bodies. It also is an essential substance for everyone of all shapes, sizes, ages and physiques. Proteins serve as the human body's basic building blocks. They are comprised of amino acids whose job it is to build muscles, blood, skin, hair, nails and internal organs, as verywell.com puts it.

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How Berberine Fights Fat in War Against Obesity

Posted on 14th Feb 2017 10:00:00 in Weight Management

Mention obesity in America, and many questions come to mind. How obese is America? How many people are overweight? Are Americans fat? Is obesity considered an epidemic in the U.S.? In short, the answers are, a lot, a bunch, yes and heck yes. We are as a society fat, overweight and obese--there's no other way to put it. The latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that 68 percent of Americans are overweight or obese, and that number is expected to rise to 75 percent by 2020. Wallethub has declared fat as the new normal in America.

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Tips to Help Make You a Weight-loss Winner

Posted on 23rd Jan 2017 12:00:00 in Weight Management

So, it's late January – how are things going with that New Year's resolution; you know, the one about losing X number of pounds in 2017? Add these 19 various actions into your daily routine to help you bust those pounds and lose the weight you've been wanting to recently.

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Berberine Activates the Enzyme AMPK

Posted on 1st Feb 2017 15:52:46 in Weight Management

AMPK and the role berberine plays in activating this all important enzyme. In order to understand Berberine, and why it is now vying for a position as one of the most powerful supplements in the world, it's important to understand adenosine monophosphate-activated protein kinase, or AMPK.

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How To Reduce Belly Fat

Posted on 18th Nov 2016 19:49:48 in Weight Management

As the holidays approach and thoughts of Santa Claus dance in the heads of kids of all ages, three to 103, we think of the guy with the white beard and the big round belly that works better on him than it does on us.

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Lift Weights to Lose Weight

Posted on 26th Oct 2016 12:00:00 in Weight Management

Hold on a sec and let’s get a grip . . . on that barbell or dumbbell. Here’s the skinny when it comes to fat and weight training: lifting weights can be a great way to lose weight and change the shape of your body in several places that will likely have you looking leaner.

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Treat Moderation as the Trick with Halloween Candy

Posted on 24th Oct 2016 12:00:00 in Weight Management

Soon it will be Halloween, one of the few days of the year (think Valentine’s Day and Easter as well) when kids (and us kids at heart) can gorge on candy and other sweets and not worry about what others will think or say. Everyone’s doing it! It really is supposed to be a one-day thing, but between parties at school, trick or treating on October 31 and munching on store-bought candy in the days leading up and then properly ‘disposing’ of leftover sweets in the days that follow, well, it just turns into one long marathon sugar rush.

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Taking a Stand Against Sitting Disease

Posted on 21st Oct 2016 16:00:00 in Weight Management

Are you sitting down? Not for long after you read this. If you haven’t heard about it before, welcome to a relatively new affliction known as “sitting disease.” No, this is not some anti-exotic name given to a debilitating condition caused by a mosquito bite or too much lounging around in the sun; it’s about spending too much time . . . sitting, the physical results of which can be devastating.

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The Skinny on 'Fat but Fit' Offers Hope to the Overweight

Posted on 8th Jul 2015 00:00:00 in Weight Management

How many of us have gone to the gym and gawked at an overweight person going full steam on the weights or the stationary bike, as we try not to stare (or chuckle) while wondering why he or she even bothers? Stifle the laughs, folks: some of us can look in the mirror and ask ourselves the same question.

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Reduce that Gut Before Hitting the Beach

Posted on 26th May 2015 16:22:53 in Weight Management, Wellness & Well-being

Soon it will be June, and that means time to break out the beach umbrellas, stock up on sunscreen and tackle that unsightly body flab before you even think about squeezing back into a bathing suit; to be seen in public, no less.

Full-fledged summer vacation season is just weeks away, but there's still time to shed a few pounds and tone that physique a bit before you hit the sand under the unforgiving bright sunlight of summer. While most springtime weight-loss talk focuses on women and bikinis, let's not forget the guys, complete with beer guts and the elastic vs. drawstrings debate when it comes to swim trunks. Listen up guys (and gals): rushed and reckless is no way to perform a crash course in weight loss. Dropping a dumbbell on your foot or passing out from an ill-advised starvation diet could ruin your Summer of 2015.

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