Eating More Protein Helps Keep Fat Off

Posted on November 24, 2008. Filed under: weightloss | Tags: , , , , , , , |

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An Australian study into diets that help to move fat deposits or keep fat off altogether has found that eating higher protein meals helps to burn fat more efficiently, especially for those who are already overweight or obese.

“Study participants were put on two protein-enriched meals and one standard meal, which all contained the same number of kilojoules. The two protein-enriched meals differed in the type of carbohydrate they contained – either high- or low-GI. The amount of kilojoules subjects burnt was then measured.

The high-protein meals led to the greatest level of fat oxidation. This plan included a cheese and tomato omelette for breakfast, and a beef, chutney and salad sandwich, with a tub of low-fat yoghurt, for lunch.

“We found a clear relationship between body composition and the effect of dietary protein on fat oxidation. Our bodies burn energy and use fat differently, and we need to take this into account when planning our diets,’ said Dr. Batterman who works at the Smart Foods Centre at the University of Wollongong.” Medical News Today

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Metabolic Syndrome Leptin and Insulin Resistance Taking Over

Posted on November 10, 2008. Filed under: health, weightloss | Tags: , , , , , , |


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A study in the October Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, official publication of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM reports that statistics for Metabolic Syndrome (leptin and/or insulin resistance), could be as high as 1 in 4 American workers!

This cluster of resistance syndromes that result in premature aging, heart disease, obesity, diabetes and other inflammatory and immune system challenges is affecting so many people in the western world or who take on our western diet.

Metabolic syndrome is defined as having at least three of five disease risk factors: large waist circumference (more than 40 inches for men and 35 inches for women), high triglyceride levels, reduced levels of high-density cholesterol (HDL, or “good” cholesterol), high blood pressure, and high glucose levels. People with metabolic syndrome are at high risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.

In the workplace sample, men and women had similar rates of metabolic syndrome, although men had a higher average number of risk factors. As the number of risk factors increased, so did the rate of lifestyle health risks such as obesity, low physical activity, high stress, and smoking. Workers with metabolic syndrome were also more likely to rate their own health as fair to poor, compared to workers with fewer risk factors.

Workers with more risk factors missed more work days because of illness. The percentage of workers with three or more sick days in the previous year increased from 25 percent for those with no risk factors to 39 percent for those with all five risk factors.

Metabolic syndrome was not linked to increased “presenteeism”-days the employee was at work but performing at less than full capacity because of health reasons. There was a trend toward higher rates of short-term disability, but this was not significant.

Affecting approximately 69 million U.S. adults, metabolic syndrome has major health and economic consequences. The new study is one of the first to examine the effects of metabolic syndrome in the working population.

The results draw attention to the high rate and impact of metabolic syndrome among U.S. workers. Dr. Burton and colleagues call for further studies to assess the impact of metabolic syndrome in the workforce, as well as to evaluate programs to identify and treat these high-risk workers.” Medical News Today

Another report states that studies into Metabolic Syndromes show that increasing your intake of calcium rich foods and getting some exercise could cut your risk of ending up with these health challenges and even manage them well enough to get off your medication.

“Health behaviors also appeared to have a significant influence. The researchers found that adults who reported little or no daily exercise had nearly twice the risk of developing the condition.

In addition, adults who failed to consume calcium-rich foods regularly had about 1.5 times the risk of developing metabolic syndrome, compared to adults who ate calcium-rich diets.” Medical News Today

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Dean Ornish on Heart Disease, Diet, Cancer and AIDS

Posted on October 18, 2008. Filed under: health, weightloss | Tags: , , , , , |

Dean Ornish and his interesting lecture on why we have heart disease, why it is our major killer and simple ways to reverse it and regain your health.

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7 Easy Weight Loss Tips

Posted on October 5, 2008. Filed under: weightloss | Tags: , , , , |

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If you are carrying any extra weight going on a diet and exercising can seem like climbing to the top of a very high mountain with a big rubber band tied round your waist holding you back. Go on picture that! 🙂

I don’t recommend diets at all, and these simple tips will hopefully make it easier for you to take it one step at a time and remove the big rubber band 🙂

  1. Eat great life giving foods. What are they? Life giving foods are still filled with the energy of life, so they are still alive. So eat lots of fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts, and proteins in other words nutrient dense foods. Eat them fresh or as fresh as possible and cook them as little as possible, even meat well done has lost most of its goodness (the only exception is chicken which must be cooked well as it often harbours salmonella).
  2. Wipe out the ‘white stuff’. White stuff simply put is anything processed or refined, take them out of your diet altogether or as much as possible and that includes: white bread, chips, white pasta, cakes, biscuits (cookies), deserts, lollies (candy), soft drinks (soda), chocolate (dark over 70% is ok), hot chips (fries), and anything else that is made of white grains or nasty hydrogenated fats.
  3. Eat in. This makes it a lot easier to control your food and your portion size and there is a lot less temptation as long as you have removed that white stuff from your home altogether.
  4. Eat well and eat lots. What? As long as you are eating fruit, vegetables, nuts and protein you can eat plenty, this is NOT about dieting this is about eating well and changing your lifestyle. Nuts, fruit and veges can be a great way to snack, think of: carrot sticks, apple pieces, unsalted mixed nuts (I like to buy a bag of almonds, brazil nuts, walnuts and pepitas and keep a snack bag of them in my handbag for emergency snacking), even whey protein makes an ideal snack (ice cold water, chocolate flavoured whey protein concentrate and isolate and some berries, blend and drink YUM).
  5. Move. Leave your car in your driveway and save on petrol, walk as many places as you can and encourage your kids to do the same. Take the time to walk them to school and spend some quality time with them on the way. Put on some great music, something that really gets you into your groove and do your housework while dancing (my favourite and my housework almost seems to do itself). Clean your bathroom more often scrubbing is great as it also provides a type of shaking or vibration which can mobilise fat cells.
  6. Do it with a friend. Sometimes losing weight can be very lonely, so find a friend and do it together. Keep each other motivated and keep is social, like dancing it makes the hard times easier and go faster. Better yet both of you join a program either online or in your area so that you have even more people to call on for help when you are feeling down.
  7. Know yourself. The most important of all, know why you want to lose that weightmake it a goal you want to reach for, something in your future that feels like a reward “I don’t want to be fat any more,” just doesn’t cut it. You want something real, tangible and exciting to reach for like a carrot in front of a donkey. Know what your biggest stumbling blocks are and avoid them, make sure you are ready for them when they appear and have a plan of action for when they do. If you have planned ahead for those times when you will want to quit or give in to temptation and have a plan of action, you will come through the other side stronger and slimmer.

It is much easier to follow a plan and have an idea of where you want to be in a certain amount of time and how you are going to get there. It’s just like planning a trip away you plan it, you book it and you know where your going and why and how you are going to get there. Change your lifestyle and welcome the slimmer, fitter and healthier you into your life.

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The Evolution of Food and Fitness

Posted on August 11, 2008. Filed under: health | Tags: , , , , , , , |

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Over the years the ‘right’ path to health and fitness has been governed just as much by adaptation to our environment as our evolution has. We have adapted to new knowledge, availability, technology and more in our minds, bodies and diets and this course of action hasn’t necessarily been in our best interests as we have found; that just because it is available at this time of year (our of season) a food is not really at its nutritious best, an exercise program is not necessarily better for us than another, and just because a vitamin comes in pill form does not necessarily make it more efficient for our body to metabolise.

In fact many of our ‘new ways’ or evolutionary behaviours have resulted in more poor health, less activity and things like soil depletion which robs our food of its nutritious goodness necessitating that we get our vitamins and minerals from pills which are harder for our body to absorb and utilise.

This incisive post by Letha Hedady tells the story so well: “Food, fitness and the Environment.”

What do we need to do about this, use more whole food sources of your nutrition, this may be a whole food supplement as our grown foods do not contain all the nutrition we need any more as our soils across the world are so depleted. So look for a Superfood that has been grown organically and in optimum conditions to add to your diet and ditch most of the pills you have in your cupboard. The only pills I truly recommend are Fish Oil, as they can be a mercury free way of getting the all important Omega 3 fatty acids into your diet.

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Diet Drinks Linked to Heart Disease and Insulin Resistance

Posted on February 26, 2008. Filed under: Fitness, health, weightloss, wellbeing | Tags: , , , , , , |

Eating two or more servings a day of red meat increases your risk of metabolic syndrome by 25 percent, compared to those who have two servings of red meat each week, a new study found.

Drinking diet soda also increased the risk of metabolic syndrome.

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of risk factors such as excessive fat around your waist, high cholesterol, high blood sugar and high blood pressure, all of which can raise your risk of heart disease and diabetes.

The researchers examined the diets of over 9,500 people between the ages of 45 and 64. They were categorized into two groups: a “western-pattern diet” that included processed meat, fried foods and red meat, or a “prudent-pattern diet” that included more fruits and vegetables, poultry and fish.

They concluded that lots of meat, fried foods and diet soda increase your risk of heart disease.

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