Your thyroid produces a hormone that controls every cell in your body. It regulates your brain, your heart, your metabolism, and your libido. No other hormone has this kind of power in your body. So when your thyroid is not working well, your body is not working well.
The spice with the scientific name of Cuminum Cyminum is frequently used in Indian, North African, and Mexican cuisine. Its taste is slightly peppery and nutty. It is native to Egypt, and it is often used in curry powder and chili powder. In addition to adding flavor to your food, cumin also belongs in your weight-loss arsenal.
If you’ve tried to navigate the world of weight loss programs, you have probably encountered a lot of contradictory information. There is also enough confusing diet terminology to fill a dictionary, like BMI, GI, LDL, and HDL. If you are not a nutritionist or a dietician, there must be an easier way to figure out what you need to know.
Five different artificial sweeteners are currently on the market, but the most commonly used is aspartame. Aspartame and the other products are marketed to diabetics and people trying to lose weight. Yet research shows they actually cause the problems they claim to solve. Research has proven aspartame increases insulin sensitivity more than sugar. It has also been proven that artificial sweeteners promote weight gain.
There is a lot of confusion about protein. We know bodybuilders need a lot, but what about the rest of us? What does protein do for the average woman or man who just wants to look good and stay healthy?
The answer is: a lot! Protein is the basic building block for the human body. It has been called the scaffolding on which the body is built. We must have protein to build muscle tissue.
Women sometimes worry that eating too much protein will result in building too much muscle. In fact, female anatomy and biology prevent that kind of bulking up. People who want to attain or maintain a slim, healthy body still need plenty of protein, and strong muscle tissue is also necessary to burn fat.
The most abundant protein in the body is collagen. Collagen acts as a glue to hold our bodies together. It is collagen that gives young skin its plump resiliency. Collagen is also found in bones, muscles and tendons.
After the age of 40, however, collagen levels begin to decline. This affects not only skin, but also muscles, including the heart. This is the age when consciously replacing muscle tissue becomes most important, for weight loss and maintenance as well as overall health. One pound of muscle burns 50 to 100 calories a day.
To build the body you want, choose high quality proteins like organic fish, meat and eggs. Eat a variety of legumes like lentils, peas and beans. Three grains high in protein are quinoa, spelt, and amaranth. Add a handful a day of raw nuts and seeds. You can also include yogurt and other dairy products if you tolerate them well.
Protein powder is a helpful way to get protein without cooking. Just add protein powder to a smoothie of vegetables and fruits, along with some almond or coconut milk, some ground flaxseed or chia seed, and a few ice cubes.
Adult women need approximately 46 grams of protein daily, and men need approximately 56 grams daily. Pregnant woman and nursing mothers need about 71 grams daily. If you exercise heavily, add about 50 percent more protein.
Over the past few years there has been a huge upsurge of interest in coconut oil and its numerous benefits. Now health enthusiasts are turning their attention to the next big thing, coconut water. So is coconut water a magic potion? Decide for yourself.
As the new year begins, people across America may be trying to adopt a cleaner, healthier way of eating as part of their health resolutions. Many will be doing this by increasing the quantity of whole, fresh, natural foods in their diet. But there may be a dark side to this “trend”.
Here a few reasons why a whole foods diet may not be great for your lifestyle.
1. Junk and processed foods will start to taste terrible.
You may enjoy them now, but once you clean your taste buds by exposing them frequently to pure, unadulterated foods that have no chemicals on them, you may find that junk foods taste too salty, too sweet, and like a poor imitation of the real thing. If you’re in a deep relationship with your comfort junk foods, you will want to stay far away from whole foods because you and junk food will not like each other very much anymore.
2. You will run out of excuses not to move your body and exercise regularly.
When you fuel your body with clean energy sources, you are probably going to find that you may lose some unwanted pounds without doing anything extra. This may sound good, but unfortunately it’s also going to make you want to get up off the couch, ignore your favorite tv show and go for a jog or to the gym. You’re going to have so much energy you won’t know what to do with it. Be warned.
3. You may have fewer days off from work.
Chances are high that when you’re eating a whole foods diet, your body will slowly and steadily regain its health. While this seems like a positive thing in theory, the reality is that you will no longer be able to call in sick to work on occasion, because you simply won’t be sick that often. If you enjoy taking (legitimate) sick days, definitely stay away from whole foods.
4. You will have to find new reading material.
We all love to spend time in the grocery store aisles, doing daily eye exercises and getting entertainment from reading those microscopically tiny, mile long ingredient lists on packaging. Once you switch to a whole foods diet, you will no longer have that luxury, because you will quit buying all this processed food and start enjoying homemade foods from scratch more. You may have to resort to reading actual books for stress relief.
If any of the above are concerning to you, please, do not even try adopting the whole foods lifestyle, or you may suddenly discover a healthier, more energetic you who enjoys the taste of real food!
Yes, it’s true.
The fact is fats have been demonized by many in the food and medical industry because of bad science.
When the food pyramid was being fashioned in the last 70s, the thought at the time was in order to lose weight you had to cut your fat intake.
“Experts” incorrectly assumed that fat, being higher in calories per gram, was to be avoided if you want to lose weight.
And so they created dietary guidelines around this thought.
Too bad it’s not true.
Take a look at “Fat 101.”
Your body is actually designed to run off of fat as its main energy source.
That’s because when fat is broken down it forms ketones, and ketones are used as an extremely efficient way to energize your body. When the body uses fat as its primary energy source it’s called ketosis.
On the other hand, carbs are an inefficient fuel source. Truth is, when your body encounters carbs it “tucks” them away to use as energy later on. Those carbs actually turn into fat.
Even your brain, which typically uses glucose to operate, does well when it’s deprived of carbs.
Thats because when your body is using only ketones your liver produces a ketone-like substance called beta-hydroxybutyrate (or beta-hydroxybutyric acid). And beta-hydroxybutyrate is an extremely efficient fuel source for your brain.
But to understand how eating fat makes you lose fat you just need to think of your body as a “fat burning machine.”
Most people who eat a diet that is high carb will have constantly fluctuating levels of blood sugar (glucose). When your blood sugar moves up and down as often as it does with a high carb diet, you’ll eat more (because of insulin spikes) and you’ll create more fat.
You see, eating fat doesn’t cause you to store fat. Eating carbs causes you to store fat.
Insulin spikes make your body believe that the food you just ate needs to be stored (as fat) immediately. That’s why carbs are so dangerous for people who want to lose weight.
When you want to lose weight you have to keep your insulin levels flat.
The only way to accomplish this is by eating a diet that is high in both fat and protein, and low in carbs.
Ideally, you’ll want a ratio where fat and protein are 80-90% of your total calories ingested.
And typically you’ll want to consume more fat because it’s easier for your body to turn into energy.
Now you can’t jut eat any kind of fats to make this work for you.
First, you need to eat animal fats, or other healthy fats like coconut oil or olive oil. You also need to avoid inflammatory fats like vegetable oils (soy, grapeseed, canola, soy, peanut). That’s because inflammatory fats like this can cause other adverse health effects, as well as limiting your ability to lose fat.
Animal fats that come from wild caught, pasture raised, grass fed animals will be high in Omega-3s, CLA (a type of fat) and other nutrients that are all associated with weight loss.
And while you’re at it, you need to reduce your intake of one of nature’s hidden “fat makers”…