Exercise

Carbs, Sport Drinks and Exercise

Many people drink sports drinks before or after exercising.  These often contain a lot of carbohydrates (Gatorade = 30 grams, Powerade = 25 grams) which are being shown is scientific studies to work against your exercise efforts.  Here is an interesting paper that reviews the benefits of ketogenic diet.  Its an interesting read with some great historical perspective.   Here is the low down. …

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Reduce Carbohydrates to Reduce Obesity

Reduce Carbohydrates to Reduce Obesity – Obesity Simplified Obesity is caused from excessive fat cell growth triggered by high insulin levels from excessive carbohydrate intake. Obesity is not caused by eating too much and exercising too little. Energy Balance is Not the Issue There is no scientific evidence to support the principle that obesity is …

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Does Your Abdomen Stick Out Too Far?

If it does, don’t think you’re alone.  Many Americans are dealing with the same thing.  Patients complain about it to me all the time.  What you may be experiencing is an accumulation of fat within the abdominal cavity (called intra abdominal fat).  And your body may be abnormally storing fat there because the carbohydrates (sugar and starches) in your …

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No Health Benefits From Eating 5 Times A Day

 The Myth Almost everyday a patient tells me they believe eating 5 times a day is important. They remember hearing that eating multiple times a day helps keep their blood sugar up. To make matters worse, patients believe they are suppose to specifically eat carbohydrates throughout the day. I understand why they believe this. I hear and …

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Decreased Weight = Decreased Insurance Costs

Weight loss can significantly decrease your chances of developing diabetes, and also significantly decrease your health insurance premiums. One of the largest health insurers in the nation, UnitedHealth Group, has developed an approach to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and to increase the health of the American public. This program is predicted to …

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How To Prevent Cancer, Diabetes, Heart Attacks and Strokes

In a recent study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, researchers identified 4 factors tied to reduced disease risk: never smoking, having a body mass index (BMI) lower than 30, performing at least 3.5 hours per week of physical activity, and following a healthy diet. Participants with all 4 factors had a 78% lower …

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Jumping on the Exercise Bandwagon

The jump to starting exercise may be easier than most think, but usually the hardest part is jumping off the couch potato train.  Most individuals don’t even think of themselves as couch potatoes, as they are busy with a pressing schedule of a building a career, raising a family, and having an active social life.  Getting started …

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Do You Think 'The Biggest Loser' Is Exploitative?

I do! I’ve watched the show the ‘The Biggest Loser’ a few times and come away each time with the same thought, “This is the most dangerous, manipulative show I’ve ever seen on television.” Medically speaking, to encourage individuals to lose weight at these tremendous rates is very unhealthy and extremely dangerous.  Weight loss experts …

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How Stress Affects The Body

A 2004 study that followed mothers of chronically ill children showed that the stress of caregiving actually caused these women to age faster on a cellular level than did the mothers of healthy children who constituted the control group. When cells divide, the protective caps on the ends of the chromosomes, called telomeres, shorten slightly …

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True or False? Exercise Turns Fat Into Muscle.

False. Fat and muscles are both composed of different types of cells in our bodies. Exercise drives  muscle cells to grow larger.  The energy used during exercise will make the fat cells shrink. And substantially increasing the size of your muscle cells helps to increase the amount of energy your muscle will burn off  throughout …

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Start Here – 6 Steps to Reduce Hunger and Lose Weight

The Science of Hunger is a simple weight loss program I have developed over time for the patients in my medical practice.  This method will help you lose about 1/2-1 lb per week consistently. The Science of Hunger approach is based upon the scientific principle  that our present body weight is dictated by our present …

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Is Obesity a Genetic or a Behavioral Disorder?

Clearly there are strong genetic influences on body fatness.  But what’s really inherited is the rank order of body fatness compared to the the people who have a lifestyle that’s similar to yours. If both your parents were 200 pounds, that does not mean that you are destined to be 200 pounds. But if both …

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Low Levels of Exercise Could Save Your Life

You don’t have to run marathons to reap the benefits. Even moderate exercise can have a significant impact on your long-term wellness. A new study, published in the Journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, followed almost 4,400 middle-aged and older adults for an average of nine years. Participants were categorized into five groups …

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Exercise Is A Poor Strategy for Weight Loss

People think, if they just work out they can lose weight… but what you eat is much more important than how much you exercise when it comes to losing weight! Your net-caloric intake is everything; working out is secondary. Limit your daily calories and you will lose weight!  Stick to my lower carbohydrate reduction/higher protein …

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