Dependence on food is a serious disease that many do not recognize. Eating in secrecy and guilt after eating meals are a few of the first symptoms of food addiction. It is usually caused by carbohydrates because they release serotonin, the hormone of happiness.
The need for food even though you’re not hungry or eating because of emotions are signs of food addiction, according to a survey of American Dietetic Association. Continue reading
Maybe this is one you haven’t tried yet? Have you heard of the Sex Diet? Regular sexual activity contributes to weight loss. On average, a half-hour of sex burns 150-350 calories, and for weight loss is recommended to practice it from three to five times a week.
This activity can be compared with a half-hour walking, running or lifting weights. Orgasm, which is a good cardio workout, burns 60-100 calories, and half an hour of kissing and cuddling up to 90 calories.
Going to the gym or exercising at home is often seen as a tedious obligation. Many don’t know that sexual activity brings the same benefits as any other physical activity. Besides it giving pleasure, sex improves mood, sleep and overall quality of life, reduces stress, relieves pain, gives you energy, helps in weight loss, and it is far from a boring and difficult activity.
During sex, all the muscles are in motion, including the legs, thighs, arms, shoulders and lower abdomen, and if sex is longer you’ll burn more calories. Changing the position requires more power and delivers twice as many benefits from simple exercise and having a partner who is more active in sex, burns more calories. Continue reading
Have you tried the Yogurt Diet yet? Numerous studies have proven that diets with reduced calcium lead to faster weight gain because fat cells become larger. With the addition of low-fat yogurt to your daily diet, you accelerate weight loss and decrease the size of your stomach.
Scientists have proven if obese adults consume three meals with fat-free yogurt, they lose 22% more weight and 61% more body fat than people who not get enough calcium through nutrition. People who drink yogurt lose 81% more fat from their belly than people who don’t drink yogurt. Professor Michael Zemel, a nutritionist from the University of the State of Tennessee, says that this yogurt-diet is two times more efficient to maintain muscle mass, because when people follow a diet to lose weight they want to lose fat, not muscle tissue.
What Vitamins are in Yogurt?
Yogurt gives you plenty of protein and lots of vitamins B2, B12, calcium, zinc and other nutrients that are very hard to find in other types of food, especially all in one place. Vitamin B2 is necessary for proper cellular respiration and getting energy from carbohydrates, fats and some amino acids. Vitamin B12 is essential for the growth and development of cells. Yogurt is also very important in maintaining normal intestinal flora. (See our recent article on the Microbiome and your weight).
The caloric value of yogurt depends on the type of milk from which it was prepared. For example, 100 grams of whole milk yogurt has about 150 kcal (627kJ), while one produced by fermenting nonfat milk provides only 45 kcal (190 kJ). The addition of fruit and sugar increases the caloric value.
Light or full-fat yogurt?
10 mg of full-fat yogurt without any additives contains about 150 cal. Nutritionists unanimously confirm its nutritional value which has been known since antiquity. The difference between full-fat whole yogurt and light yogurt is in amount of fat and caloric value. Light yogurt is only recommended if you’re concerned about excessive fat in the blood or excessive thickness. Full-fat yogurt contains many vitamins, including vitamin D which plays important role in the binding of calcium in the body and its maintaining bone structure. Therefore, it is better for children, pregnant women, nursing mothers and the elderly to give priority to full-fat yogurt. Light yogurt has about 45 cal. If you add fruit or sugar to light yogurt, caloric value rises to 80 cal.
A yogurt-diet needs at least 15-30 days to speed up weight loss. You will improve your digestion, immunity, protect yourself from candida, improve skin appearance and provide nutrients. You should daily eat about 500 grams of yogurt, 300 grams of fruit (citrus, apples, bananas, pomegranates…), 100 grams of meat (non-fat turkey or chicken) and 300 grams of vegetables (cabbage, tomatoes, cucumbers, radishes, carrots, beans…).
The Yogurt-diet is simple, practical and applicable in daily life, especially for busy people who don’t have time to prepare a complex menu that requires most diet regime. The Yogurt-diet point is that the central daily meal (lunch) contains one non-fat yogurt combined with fruit, it may be a seasonal fruit or any other fruit of your choice, but definitely bananas which would saturate your body. The Yogurt-diet lasts for a month, but it can be used as a way to keep the weight off.
Older women with low levels of vitamin D in the blood, compared with women with adequate levels of this vitamin, might be more prone to weight gain, show results of research published in the Journal of Women’s Health.
The five-year study conducted with 4600 women older than 65 years showed that women with insufficient levels of vitamin D in the blood weighed about two kilograms more than those who have a satisfactory level.
In addition, women with vitamin D deficiency before the research had higher body weight than women with normal levels.
Women with vitamin D deficiency are more likely to become overweight
So your body can produce vitamin D, your skin should be exposed to sunlight. Specifically, a normal balanced diet contains very little vitamin D. That’s why deficiency of vitamin D is a growing problem among certain groups of people: the elderly people or people who are placed in institutions, people with darker skin color, and those who are covered by clothing for cultural or religious reasons.
How much of this vitamin you need depends on the color of your skin, sun exposure, age and diet. If you have a lighter skin, it may be sufficient for you to be exposed to the summer sun for about 5 minutes per day, and if you have darker skin, you may need up to 20 minutes each day.
This study couldn’t confirm if low vitamin D causes weight gain or is just its reflection, but there are theories that deficit could be a cause of obesity because fat cells have receptors for the vitamin D. Also, if your little one doesn’t get enough sunlight vitamin, there is a chance they will fight with extra pounds and even with obesity.
Experts at the University of Michigan have found that children with vitamin D deficiency had the most fat in the abdominal region, and also gain weight faster than with children who have more vitamin D.
What to Eat for More Vitamin D
There are very few foods that contain vitamin D: fatty fish (tuna, salmon, sardines and mackerel), beef liver, cheese, eggs (egg yolks), certain types of enriched milk and margarine. These healthy foods are good to include in your diet even if you think you don’t need to worry about a lack of vitamin D. Vitamin D works best when is taken with vitamin A and fish-liver oil is the best natural source of vitamin A and D.
Except gaining weight, vitamin D deficiency is linked to many diseases such as osteoporosis, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia, and some autoimmune disorders. Expert advice, talk to your primary care doctors about the need to consume dietary supplements (additional vitamins).
The Institute of Medicine has recently increased the recommended daily intake of vitamin D to 600 IU (international units) for people from 1-70 years, and 800 IU for people older than 70 years. Today, the phenomenon of the lack of vitamin D you can see everywhere in the world, especially in developing countries further north, but even areas with large amounts of sun are no exception.
Several studies are now pointing to the possibility that your microbiome, or all of the bacteria that live on and in your body, may hold key positions in determining your weight. Microbes outnumber your human cells by ten-fold. That means there is more of them than you. Our microbiome is established our first year of life through the birth canal, diet, and antibiotic use.
Microbiome and Antibiotics
One study explored children who took a lot of antibiotics as babies and found that they were more likely to be overweight. This would seem to make sense if the antibiotics “took out” all of the gut flora, both good and bad, then there is a possibility that losing some of those good bacteria has an adverse effect.
After all, bacteria help us to digest food, provide vitamins, and protect us from other pathogens. If these bacteria get destroyed, you could have problems such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and now perhaps, obesity. (How to cleanse your digestive tract safely)
While the studies into this interesting field continue, you may want to repopulate your intestinal flora. There are some very simple things you can do such as eating more fermented foods like sauerkraut or kimchi.
There are also pro biotic pills and yogurt you can have daily to help regulate your gut. Other things that influence the human microbiome are pesticides, pollutants, and chemicals so eating clean and organic might be an option to improve your flora.
Green Coffee extract has gained quite a bit of attention recently especially after it was featured on an episode of the Dr. Oz show. If you have watched the show in the past, you know that Dr. Oz is a certified and well respected heart surgeon who often highlights various weight loss and other products on his show.
As with many things he mentions, this was a big surge of searches for green coffee beans and weight loss after he discussed its possible benefits.
In addition to Dr. Oz discussing the benefits of green coffee beans, Dr. Joe Vinson performed a double blind study to further examine the possible effects of the green coffee bean on weight loss.
Dr. Joe Vinson of the University of Scranton presented results of research in March 2012 whereby he performed a randomized double-blind placebo-controlled crossover study which found a significant correlation between consumption of green coffee and weight loss. Vinson thinks that the weight loss may be due to chlorogenic acid… (Wikipedia.org)
What Is Green Coffee
Basically green coffee is what you have prior to coffee beans being dried, roasted and turned into coffee that you see at the average supermarket. They are unprocessed and contain many different components that can impact both health and weight.
Jillian Michaels was robbed recently and the scariest part is that she was at home and had no idea that there was an intruder inside.
According to recent media reports, a thief broke into the Biggest Loser trainer’s home and made off with several items including the keys to her Bentley.
Michaels explained that when she woke up she noticed that the keys to her car were missing. After going outside, she could see that her car was clearly gone.
Police were actually able to recover the vehicle after a short chase but unfortunately the thief crashed it into a pole.
As for Jillian, it looks like she is not all that concerned about the items that were stolen from her since she tweeted to her fans “stuff is just stuff after all.”
That’s a good attitude to have but probably much easier if you can afford to cruise around in a Bentley.
UPDATE: A 29 year old man by the name of Gerjuan Harmon was charged Friday with first degree burglary, grand theft auto, evading an officer, and a host of other charges in the robbery of Jillian Michaels.
I recently had a doctor friend tell me he was able to lose weight by taking a capsule of cinnamon every morning. I have heard of the thermogenic benefits of cinnamon before but I never heard it from a doctor’s mouth.
This guy lost about 40 pounds but I will say, I also know he started running as well. Still I was intrigued and started to look into it a bit more.
Studies Show Cinnamon Helps Control Blood Sugar
According to the Mayo Clinic, there have been some studies that show cinnamon has beneficial effects on regulating blood sugar. When you really think about how energy (or food) in your body turns into fat, understanding how glucose and insulin operate is really important when you are trying to lose weight. Continue reading
If you spend any time reading weight loss and fitness sites online, you have probably come across some discussions about Vitamix professional blenders and how important they can be in helping you to lose weight.
Unlike the old cheapo blenders of the past, Vitamix, and other models like Blendtec, are high quality machines that have become must have items in many kitchens across the world. The sheer power of a Vitamix gives it the ability to do things that ordinary food processors struggle to accomplish. Continue reading
As a big supporter of Jillian Michaels, we are happy to see her family growing with the addition of her daughter Lukensia, 2, and her son Phoenix, just a few weeks old. Jillian adopted Lukensia from Haiti in what was a long and sometimes stressful ordeal.
Then, in an interesting turn of events, Jillian’s partner, Heidi Rhoades, gave birth to their son Phoenix around the same time (5/3). So from no babies to 2 babies and wala, instant family.