A mishmash of information

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I know its winter, but I am thinking of Spring so thats why the above picture.  Today, I want to give you information on a few different subjects which I have been collecting over the past few months and in recent days.  Namely, health and weightloss tips from peer reviewed research and a few other topics which I found interesting.

I hope everyone enjoyed Christmas with their family and friends as I do believe that was our “last Normal” Christmas ever – until we have arrived into the new era of peace, which according to some will be in 2017 – lets hope anyway.

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord….plans to give you hope and a future”. Jeremiah 29:11 

I know this is the time of year that everyone seems to make resolutions for improving their health and well-being so here is what I have found:

Several published studies show restricting carb intake can:

– Reduce body fat more than calorie-restricted low-fat diets
– Lower blood pressure dramatically
– Lower blood sugar and improve symptoms of diabetes much more than low-fat diets,
which also helps you burn more fat
– Increase your good cholesterol (HDL)
– Lower triglycerides significantly more than low-fat diets

Now let’s flip the coin and look at the BAD NEWS about going
low carb:

Whenever you lower carbs in your diet for more than 5 to 7
days at a time, it can lead to a downward spiral of metabolic
problems including:

– Suppressed thyroid output (inefficient conversion of T4 to T3)
– Decreased testosterone production (women need this to burn fat too!)
– Compromised immune system function
– Slower metabolism and potential adrenal fatigue
– Muscle loss
– Slower fat burning and weight loss plateaus
– Leptin resistance (50% LESS fat burning hormone production)

So ya… this list is pretty much everything you want to avoid.

Not to mention, EVERY one of these negative side effects
can be even MORE damaging if you exercise intensely 4 or
5 days of the week.

By increasing carb intake after an aggressive burst of lowering
carbs for a few days (something I’ve coined “pre-cheat” depletion),
you can literally REVERSE every negative side effect from above.

For example, increasing your carbs strategically can give you:

– More efficient thyroid output (increased conversion of T4 to T3)
– Increased testosterone production
– Improved immune system function
– Elevated metabolism and healthier adrenal glands
– Gains in lean muscle
– Faster fat burning
– Better leptin sensitivity (increased levels of fat burning hormones)

The High Carb Day is a 5 day mini cycle that lets you eat whatever you want every 5th day to increase your leptin hormone. (getleanin12)

 

The TOP 7 BIGGEST Food LIES of Mainstream Nutrition

Nutrition Lie #1: Saturated Fats Are Dangerous and CAUSE Heart Attacks

The truth is: saturated fat is NOT unhealthy or fattening.

And saturated fat does NOT cause heart disease, like you’ve probably been told
over and over again.

The facts and numbers don’t lie:

• A meta-analysis published in 2011 that pooled data from 21 studies and
included nearly 348,000 adults, found NO difference in the risks of heart disease
and stroke between people with the lowest and highest intakes of saturated fat [1].

• The Tokealau, Masai and Inuit tribes all consume a diet of 50% or more saturated
fat and report superior cardiovascular health [2].

• Breast milk contains 50% saturated fat. Do you really think this perfect food clogs
newborns’ arteries?

Countless studies now prove saturated fats have NOTHING to do with heart
disease and sickness [3,4].

Refined oils, trans fats, processed foods and sugar DO – just to name a few.

Nutrition Lie #2: Carbs Are Evil and Will Make You Sick and Fat

While it’s 100% accurate that excess consumption of processed carbs and sugar will
make you fat and sick, carbs are NOT necessarily the enemy…

… Especially if you exercise.

Increased consumption of the RIGHT carbs at the RIGHT times (after exercise is best),
can INCREASE metabolic rate, improve conversion of T4 to T3 (thyroid hormones),
increased leptin sensitivity (your #1 fat burning hormone)…

… All while improving your testosterone to estrogen ratio.

Still not convinced? Just look at history.

Groups like the Massas, Kitavans and Tarahumara Indians, as well as the pre-industrialized
Thai, Taiwanese and the rest of Asia during the 20th century thrived on high-carb diets—
and they’re some of the healthiest people in the world.

Carbs have TONS of fat burning and health benefits. You just have to be “smart”
about your carbohydrate intake by using strategies like Carb Cycling.

Nutrition Lie #3: Egg Yolks Are BAD For You

Hopefully you know by now that the yolk is the healthiest part of an egg.

Throwing out the yolk and just eating mostly egg whites makes sense if you’re
trying to limit fat intake, or reduce calories.

But do NOT be afraid of eating egg yolks from farm fresh or free-range eggs.

They’re the most nutrient dense, antioxidant-rich, vitamin and mineral loaded
portion of the egg.

Yolks contain B-vitamins, trace minerals, folate, choline, lutein, EVERY one of the
fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K…. as well as ALL of the essential fatty acids (EFAs).

And if you’re concerned about the cholesterol, don’t be.

It has recently been PROVEN that the cholesterol in the diet doesn’t really raise the
cholesterol in blood.

In fact, whole eggs have been shown to raise the GOOD cholesterol and therefore, they are
NOT associated with increased risk of heart disease [5,6].

Whole eggs are one of the healthiest foods on the planet; just make sure you cook
them in healthy oil, like coconut.

Nutrition Lie #4: Soy Based Plant Foods Are Healthier Than Animal Proteins

Over 81% of Americans have been convinced and deceived into believing that soybean oil
and other soy products like soy milk, soy patties and tofu can help you burn more belly fat.

In reality soy foods could be making your fatter and sicker every time you eat them.

New studies from independent sources now reveal that soy products age you faster,
increase your belly fat and disrupt your hormones.

There are three dangers of soy foods:

1) “Hidden” toxins that screw up your hormones (natural toxins, phytates, enzyme inhibitors,
goitrogens, phytoestrogens, just to name a few).

2) 93% of soy grown in the U.S. is genetically modified by the food giant Monsanto.
Genetic modification that can destroy your immune system and gut health… and has been shown
to cause tumors in mice and rats.

3) Chemical processing that can harm your body and age you FASTER.

Soybean oil, soy protein and other popular forms that are touted as “healthy” are all heavily
processed, which makes them HIGHLY inflammatory and presents ALL kinds of health problems.

Not to mention the FDA doesn’t bother setting a maximum level for the toxins found in soy.

It’s a crapshoot every time you eat this so-called “healthy” plant food. Research
clearly indicates animal proteins are MUCH healthier for our bodies than soy.

Nutrition Lie #5: Salt is “Unhealthy” and Causes High Blood Pressure

Here’s the REAL TRUTH about salt: the fear of salt went mainstream in the 1960s
when Lewis Dahl revealed his study results supposedly “proved” that salt causes
hypertension.

He forced rats to eat the human equivalent of 500 grams of sodium a day, which
caused them to get high blood pressure.

But who REALLY consumes 500 grams of sodium a day? Nobody.

The average daily sodium intake for Americans age 2 years and older
is 3,436 mg, (9) which is 145 times LOWER than the amount this study used.

Here we are more than 40 years later… after the CDC, FDA and all the other
clueless organizations started demonizing salt, not ONE single study has ever
proven that salt causes hypertension – because it doesn’t.

The irony? Avoiding salt can actually lead to insulin resistance [7] and
increased risks of stroke and heart attacks [8].

Nutrition Lie #6: Grains and Whole Wheat Diet Foods are Healthy

Despite its “healthy reputation”, the glycemic index of whole wheat is the HIGHEST
of nearly ALL foods, which means it becomes a fat storing DISASTER every time you eat
over-the-counter whole wheat.

In fact, just two slices of whole wheat bread has been shown to spike your insulin
(fat storing hormone) MORE than table sugar!

This means whole grains are WORSE for your belly fat than soda or candy.

Not to mention, whole wheat and grains contain inflammatory gluten and phytic acid,
which BLOCKS essential minerals in the intestine from being absorbed [9].

Make sure you eat REAL food like potatoes, squash, yams, along with organic
fruits and vegetables INSTEAD of whole wheat or grains.

Nutrition Lie #7: Too Much Protein is Bad for Your Kidneys

Eating a lot of protein is NOT bad for your kidneys (or your bone health).

Research doesn’t show any association of high protein intake with kidney
disease in healthy adults [10,11].

In fact, the exact opposite holds true:

The 2 primary risk factors for kidney failure are diabetes and
high blood pressure.

Eating a high protein diet improves both [12,13].

Adequate protein intake also helps you control your appetite and cravings,
assist in growth and repair of lean muscle, and organ development.

Bottom Line: Higher protein intake is NOT associated with poor metabolic
or kidney health. (from getleanin12)

[1] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20071648
[2] http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/early/2008/06/03/bjsm.2007.044966.abstract
[3] http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/early/2010/01/13/ajcn.2009.27725.abstract
[4] http://www.nutritionjrnl.com/article/S0899-9007(11)00314-5/abstract
[5] http://www.bmj.com/content/346/bmj.e8539
[6] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19369056
[7] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21036373
[8] http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/11/111123132935.htm
[9] http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1046/j.1365-2621.2002.00618.x/full
[10] http://www.jissn.com/content/1/1/45
[11] http://www.nutritionandmetabolism.com/content/2/1/25
[12] http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=201882
[13] http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/78/4/734.short

How Resistant Starch Will Help to Make You Healthier and Thinner

imageOver the past several years there has been an exponential increase in the number of studies linking imbalances or disturbances of the gut microbiota to a wide range of diseases including obesity, inflammatory bowel diseases, depression and anxiety (1,2,3,4,5). One of the best ways to establish and support a healthy gut microbiome is by providing the right “foods” for your gut bacteria. These “foods” are called prebiotics.  More here.

The worst and best alcohols to drink for belly fat – 

Lakanto – Monkfruit Sweetener — just as good as sugar, but no calories

imageSee article here.   I have been using this to replace white sugar and it cooks and tastes the same as sugar, without all the damaging consequences.  This type of sugar is actually a healthy alternative.  I buy it on amazon….although it is a little spendy, it would certainly be worth it if you are diabetic or have a sweet tooth and need to quit the sugars.

painful truth about trainers: Are running shoes a waste of money?
imageThrust enhancers, roll bars, microchips…the $20 billion running – shoe industry wants us to believe that the latest technologies will cushion every stride. Yet in this extract from his controversial new book, Christopher McDougall claims that injury rates for runners are actually on the rise, that everything we’ve been told about running shoes is wrong – and that it might even be better to go barefoot… Read more.

Top 10 Benefits of Kettlebell  Training.image

I recently invested in a few Kettlebells for my winter exercise when I can’t be outside.  I found some very interesting information on kettlebells.  for more go here.

Fat Loss Strategy

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This is the season when everyone wants to lose a few pounds.  I have been doing lots and lots of research on carbs because I love carbs, even though I stay away from regular flour and sugar. .  But for those who can eat carbs in the form of flour here are a few tips for you that may help you keep the weight off or lose a few pounds.

I was reading an article by Shaun Hadsall of “getleanin12” who is a fat loss coach and voted  America’s most- fit health and fitness pro.  His research suggests two carb eating strategies that anybody can follow to never store carbs as fat.

Remember, for EVERY gram of carbohydrates you eat,
your body will hold nearly 3 grams of water…

So if you eat them at the wrong time, your fat cells will
swell up like balloons.

Here’s a simple 2-step “carb eating strategy” anybody
can follow to NEVER store carbs as fat (and a 45 sec
trick to ensure it works every time):

Step 1: Eat your favorite carbs at the optimal time of day

A 2011 study in the journal Obesity found eating carbs later
in the day (vs. earlier in the day) not only leads to greater fat
loss and a slimmer waistline…

It also kills fat storing inflammation.

So simply shift when you eat your carbs from in the morning
(when your fat cells are the most carb sensitive) to later in
the day (when they are the least carb sensitive).

Step 2: Always consume your favorite high carb foods
AFTER exercising and moving

Multiple studies have shown exercise turns your muscles into
sugar vacuums, sucking up carbs to re-fuel your depleted energy
storage tanks…

STOPPING your fat cells from converting these carbs into fat.

In fact, this one technique is so effective, that immediately after
a workout, even full-blown diabetics are able to metabolize carbs
and balance their blood sugar like a non-diabetic.

But what’s the BEST type of workout to prime your body
to burn the MOST fat after eating carbs?  (getleanin12)

Apparently the best workouts are those that use a lot of your muscles at the same time.  For instance doing pushups, planks, squeezes, etc for as long as you can and then rest when you are tired.  Do this for 15 minutes 3 times per week.

Whats better is to get outside and work….when you garden you are using a lot of muscles digging, hauling, moving things around, or raking, mowing, splitting wood, cutting down trees, etc.  …I wish we could get rid of all of the leaf blowers that people use to blow their leaves for hours on end.   I have a leaf blower but I use it to clean up my messes around the garden and that takes only a few minutes.  Yard work is good for us and builds up our muscles.

 

Stop Fat Storage “trick”

I read this article and I found it very interesting, and if it works, then great.  Apparently there has been research on this method.  I myself have tried this by checking my glucose levels, after eating,  and it did indeed bring it down right after a meal. I did not check it immediately, but maybe 45 minutes later.  High glucose levels makes it pretty tough to lose weight, so if your blood sugars are down after a meal, that means there isn’t any fat storage going on.  Your muscles and liver have taken in the glucose.

I will be reposting this article from Shaun Hadsall from getleanin12.com

“What if you could use a silly little trick, which takes only
90 seconds, that will ensure ALL your cheat food (or extra
carbs) gets “re-directed” straight into muscle and liver tissue…

… INSTEAD of being stored as fat?

Well it is possible if you understand how to activate a
metabolic glucose transporter called GLUT 4, which can
help you beat meal-induced insulin release to the punch.

All you have to do is perform short bouts of a few simple
exercises, lasting at least 90 seconds, and you’ll instantly
bring glucose transporter type 4 (GLUT 4) to the surface
of muscle cells.

In conclusion, GLUT4 is a member of glucose transport proteins family. It is found in skeletal muscles, adipose tissue, and heart muscle. GLUT4 is responsible for insulin-regulated glucose disposal. In type 2 diabetes mellitus (NIDDM), insulin-resistance is developed as a result of impairment of GLUT4 trafficking and translocation in the skeletal muscle. Because GLUT4 content is not deteriorated, some researchers are targeting GLUT4 for pharmacological therapy by enhancing glucose disposal in the skeletal muscle. GLUT4-deficient mice developed cardiac hypertrophy; thus, GLUT4 is essential for energy production in heart tissues. Some researchers were able to activate GLUT4 gene expression by using PPARg alone or in combination with C/EBPb and C/EBPd. Many researchers have shown that physical exercise has an effective role in the treatment of NIDDM patients. Physical exercise increases the rate of glucose uptake into the contracting skeletal muscles, which is regulated by GLUT4. see more here.

These super short bouts of muscular contractions will open
the flood gates of your muscle cells for extra carbs and cheat
food calories to flow into, while preventing fat “spillover”.

In other words, you can literally “flip the metabolic switch” so
all these extra calories are siphoned into muscle tissue when
you eat too many carbs or cheat food.

Example: Perform bodyweight movements like:

Body weight squats, burpees, lunges, jump squats, push-ups,
pull-ups, wall push-ups, mountain climbers, etc. for 90 seconds
straight about 15 to 30 min. before eating cheat food, or a
high carb meal.

You’ll wind up with somewhere between 50 to 100 reps total,
but focus mainly on time.

Bonus Tip: Research shows you can also use this same trick
within 90 minutes AFTER a cheat meal or high carb meal to
help get even better results.

WHY is this so important?

Because it’s the weekend and that’s when you’re probably
going to indulge more than you should.

It’s just built into our society.

However, there is a silver lining to all your weekend binges.

This Breakthrough Cornell University Study shows that
people who focus on eating healthier Monday thru Friday,
while letting loose on the weekends stay LEANER.

So, believe it or not, your weekend food benders could hold
the secret to your EASIEST diet ever.”

Get all the details on this new research at this link:

How Weekend Food Binges Hold The Secret To LASTING Fat Loss

Your friend and coach,

Shaun

 

High Intensity Interval Training

High Intensity Interval Training is something that has been around for awhile, but I didn’t find out about it until this past summer.  It made sense and so I began a program for myself.

Basically, it is working smarter, not longer.  Here’s what some of the research says about it.  What I found most interesting is that the research coming out is saying that those long hours on the treadmills, bikes, and what have you only cause your body to wear down and begin aging quicker.  And, who wants that….

By Dr. Mercola

A recent study looked at the heart function of 40 elite long-term endurance athletes after four endurance races of varying lengths.

By measuring cardiac enzymes and taking ultrasounds, the researchers were able to measure the acute effects of extreme exercise on the heart.

They found that:

Right ventricular (RV) function diminished after races
Blood levels of cardiac enzymes (markers for heart injury) increased
The longer the race, the greater the decrease in RV function
12 percent of the athletes had scar tissue in their heart muscle detected on MRI scans one week after the race
The authors of the study concluded that, “intense exercise causes dysfunction of the RV, but not the LV.  More

Although short-term recovery appears complete, chronic changes may remain in many of the most practiced athletes.”

Research Overwhelmingly Supports HIIT

Compelling and ever-mounting research shows that the ideal form of exercise is short bursts of high intensity exercise.

Not only does it beat conventional cardio as the most effective and efficient form of exercise, it also provides health benefits you simply cannot get from regular aerobics, such as a tremendous boost in human growth hormone (HGH), aka the “fitness hormone.”

One study published in the Journal of Obesity2 reported that 12 weeks of HIIT not only can result in significant reductions in total abdominal, trunk, and visceral fat, but also can give you significant increases in fat-free mass and aerobic power.

Other research published in the journal Cell Metabolism3 showed that when healthy but inactive people exercise intensely, even if the exercise is brief, it produces an immediate measurable change in their DNA.

Several of the genes affected by an acute bout of exercise are genes involved in fat metabolism. Specifically, the study suggested that when you exercise your body almost immediately experiences genetic activation that increases the production of fat-busting (lipolytic) enzymes.

Yet another study found that unfit but otherwise healthy middle-aged adults were able to improve their insulin sensitivity and blood sugar regulation after just two weeks of interval training (three sessions per week).4 A follow-up study also found that interval training positively impacted insulin sensitivity. In fact, the study involved people with full-blown type 2 diabetes, and just ONE interval training session was able to improve blood sugar regulation for the next 24 hours  More here.

The Complete Guide to Interval Training [Infographic]

The scientific basis for high-intensity interval training:

 

According to Dr. Jade, There are 4 key biofeedback signals that tell you whether or not you are getting the hormonal effects that will recondition your metabolism during the Metabolic Aftershock workouts. Dr. Jade calls them the B’s and H’s, and they stand for:
* Breathless
* Burning
* Heavy
* Heat
Each of these biofeedback signals is associated with specific hormonal effects. For example, when you are breathless, it’s a sign that catecholamines are being released, which speed your heart rate and open your lungs. They also liberate fat and sugar during your workouts, and, the first step in burning fat is liberating it from fat cells. So the release of catecholamines are a critical step in the fat-burning process.

These B’s and H’s are proof positive the workouts are effective. When you feel breathless, you have that burning sensation in your muscles, your body feels heavy, and your pouring sweat, you can be certain that you are eliciting the metabolic aftershock that will keep you in fat-burning mode for days after your workouts are complete. 

 

 

 

Eat Fat to LOSE Fat

For many years now the propaganda out there was to NOT eat fat, but so much of the research suggests otherwise.  We need fat to burn fat.  Good fats that is.  So what are the good fats that we should be eating?

  • Super Dark Chocolate (at least 72% cacao content or higher)
  • Coconut Milk, Coconut flour, and coconut oil
  • Grass fed (pasture-raised) butter
  • Whole Eggs, including the yolk
  • Grass fed beef or bison
  • Avocados
  • Nuts: Walnuts, Almonds, Pistachios, Pecans, Brazil Nuts, Macadamias, etc.

in 2009 a study published in the Journal Lipids tested the effects of either 2 tablespoons of coconut oil or 2 tablespoons of soybean on a group of women over the span of 28 days.

Results showed that the group that ate the coconut oil had a decrease in abdominal fat while the other group actually had a slight increase in belly fat.  Moreover the coconut oil showed increased HDL (good cholesterol levels, while the soybean oil group had decreased HDL cholesterol and increased LDL “bad cholesterol.

In other studies, the Journal of Nutrition, found that foods high in (MCFA’s) such as  coconut fat, pasture-raised butter, grass-fed beef or bison “prompted a boost in metabolism, increase in energy, decrease in food consumption, reduced body weight and lower body fat mass”.   Furthermore, when MCFA’s are metabolized, ketone bodies are created in the liver which has been shown to have a strong appetite reducing effect. (taken from Mike Geary, the nutrition investigator)

Here’s a great article about the 7 good fats we should eat here.

According to Mike Geary, the nutrition investigator, eating a handful of nuts prior to eating your meal does a couple of things.  First, the healthy fats, fiber and protein sends a signal to your brain to basically reduce your appetite, and second, the fiber, protein and fats will slow down the absorption of any carbohydrates that you might eat with your meal.  This helps to slow down and control your blood sugar response and helps control the insulin response.

Fat Burns Fat
The body needs three macronutrients for energy: Carbohydrates, protein, and fat. A gram of fat packs more than twice the energy of a gram of the other two. “When you don’t have any fat in your diet its like you don’t have fuel to burn calories,” Glassman says. The body requires energy to keep its metabolism properly functioning, and a 2007 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that consuming fatty acids can boost metabolic health.
What’s more, “old” fat stored in the body’s peripheral tissues—around the belly, thighs, or butt (also called subcutaneous fat)—can’t be burned efficiently without “new” fat to help the process, according to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Dietary fat helps break down existing fat by activating PPAR-alpha and fat-burning pathways through the liver. Read more here.

Don’t Fear the Fat

Many doctors, and even the government, tell us to avoid saturated fat because they say it causes heart disease. But Westman joins a growing number of physicians who say saturated fat is good for you.

“I tell my patients not to fear the fat. Eat lots of fat. Fat makes you feel full. There’s no problem with fat,” he said. “In fact, saturated fat, the fat that we’ve been taught not to eat, raises your good cholesterol best of all the foods you can eat.”

Not only is saturated fat the optimal fuel for your brain, it also provides building blocks for cell membranes, hormones, and hormone-like substances.

It acts as carriers for important fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K.
It is required for the conversion of carotene to vitamin A, and for mineral absorption.
It acts as an antiviral agent.
It modulates genetic regulation and helps prevent cancer.
In their new book, Cholesterol Clarity, Westman and Moore explain why we need to rethink what we’ve learned about fat and carbs. They point to new scientific evidence showing inflammation as the main cause of heart disease and other problems.

Inflammation comes from eating too many carbohydrates, not from high cholesterol. Read more here.

Less Carbs, More Fat
For more than half a century, the conventional wisdom among nutritionists and public health officials was that fat is dietary enemy number one – the leading cause of obesity and heart disease.
It appears the wisdom was off. And not just off. Almost entirely backward.
According to a new study from the National Institutes of Health, a diet that reduces carbohydrates in favor of fat – including the saturated fat in meat and butter – improves nearly every health measurement, from reducing our waistlines to keeping our arteries clear, more than the low-fat diets that have been recommended for generations. “The medical establishment got it wrong,” says cardiologist Dennis Goodman, director of Integrative Medicine at New York Medical Associates. “The belief system didn’t pan out.”

Read more: http://www.mensjournal.com/health-fitness/nutrition/why-experts-now-think-you-should-eat-more-fat-20141020#ixzz3NUoipvd9
 

Weight gain, Aging, and Disease

So what do all three of these,  weight gain, aging and disease have in common?    They are all affected by  Sugar and Wheat.  I am not saying that these two foods affect everyone the same way, but if you have some problems with weight, inflammation (disease) or premature aging, it could very well be that sugar and wheat is part of the problem.

10 months ago, I had a lot of inflammation in my body….digestion problems, rising blood sugar numbers, weight issues, acne, skin dryness, itchiness,  fatigue, dizziness, and the list goes on.  I didn’t have a clue as to what my problem was but thats when my search began- intense searching for many hours.  I wanted to get to the bottom of it and I wanted to start feeling human again.

The one thing that I did was cut both sugar and wheat flour from my diet.  At least 95% anyway.     Sugar is considered the silent killer; it is inflammatory and much of the research suggests it is the cause of many of our diseases.  So that had to go.   Moreover, when a person has become insulin resistant your body no longer produces the necessary insulin to take care of the carbs and sugar that you eat everyday, which means the body sends it over to the liver (fatty liver) and then when the liver can’t handle the amount of sugar anymore  it then spills out into the body.

When your blood sugar numbers start going up it becomes increasingly more difficult to lose the weight.  I always thought it was age because I was pretty active, but I blew that diagnosis out of the water.    By changing your diet and bringing your immune system back into balance, the whole equation changes.  All of a sudden the weight starts to drop, your skin becomes softer, wrinkles are not so prevelent, your body isn’t in distress every time you eat something etc.   The simple carbohydrates and sugars are probably the worst culprits for our bodies.  These would include things such as pasta, breads, muffins, cakes, candy,—–all the good stuff.   Quite a few studies have actually shown that wheat flour spikes our blood sugars much higher than regular table sugar.

It is probably safe to say that if you have any type of disease, your body has inflammation issues.    Apparently 80% of our diseases are caused in “the gut” and approximately 60% of our immune system is in “the gut”.

High Fructose Corn Syrup is another matter.  It is known to be quite toxic to our system (unnatural ingredient) and yet it is in nearly all of our products.  Next time you go grocery shopping take a moment and look at the ingredients in the products you buy.  It is literally everywhere.

the link here is the manufacturer of  High Fructose Corn Syrup.  They  debunk the claims that their product is unsafe and try to persuade us to the contrary.  

On the other hand,  Dr. Mark Hyman has this to say:

Five Reasons High Fructose Corn Syrup will Kill You.

“The current media debate about the benefits (or lack of harm) of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in our diet misses the obvious. The average American increased their consumption of HFCS (mostly from sugar sweetened drinks and processed food) from zero to over 60 pounds per person per year.

During that time period, obesity rates have more than tripled and diabetes incidence has increased more than seven fold. Not perhaps the only cause, but a fact that cannot be ignored.

Doubt and confusion are the currency of deception, and they sow the seeds of complacency. These are used skillfully through massive print and television advertising campaigns by the Corn Refiners Association’s attempt to dispel the “myth” that HFCS is harmful and assert through the opinion of “medical and nutrition experts” that it is no different than cane sugar. It is a “natural” product that is a healthy part of our diet when used in moderation.

Except for one problem. When used in moderation it is a major cause of heart disease, obesity, cancer, dementia, liver failure, tooth decay, and more”. For more, click on the link above. (five reasons HFCS will kill you).

How  does wheat play a part in this:  Oh my gosh there is so much out there and so I wll list a few links for you to look at that I think will help you make a decision for yourself…is it worth removing it from your diet or not.  As Greta from Fox News says:  We report, you decide.  Hope she doesn’t mind my using her tag line.

How Wheat (and Gluten) Triggers Weight Gain, Prediabetes, Diabetes and More

This new modern wheat may look like wheat, but it is different in three important ways that all drive obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, dementia and more.

It contains a Super Starch – amylopectin A that is super fattening.
It contains a form of Super Gluten that is super-inflammatory.
It contains forms of a Super Drug that is super-addictive and makes you crave and eat more.
The Super Starch

The Bible says, “Give us this day our daily bread”. Eating bread is nearly a religious commandment. But the Einkorn, heirloom, Biblical wheat of our ancestors is something modern humans never eat.

Instead, we eat dwarf wheat, the product of genetic manipulation and hybridization that created short, stubby, hardy, high yielding wheat plants with much higher amounts of starch and gluten and many more chromosomes coding for all sorts of new odd proteins. The man who engineered this modern wheat won the Nobel Prize – it promised to feed millions of starving around the world. Well, it has, and it has made them fat and sick.

The first major difference of this dwarf wheat is that it contains very high levels of a super starch called amylopectin A. This is how we get big fluffy Wonder Bread and Cinnabons.  To read more, click on the link above (new modern wheat)

Here’s the downside. Two slices of whole wheat bread now raise your blood sugar more than two tablespoons of table sugar.  

“Wheat’s been shown to advance aging and cause wrinkles, but it’s also linked to other skin problems, including herpes-like skin inflammation, oral ulcers, psoriasis, and erythema nodosum, shiny red, hot, painful lesions that usually appear on the shins.
Ticker Trouble
Ironically, the government pushes whole wheat as a healthy way to keep your heart in good shape. Dr. Davis says that no matter what type of wheat, be it organic, stone-ground, sprouted grain, or home-baked, it’s still wheat, a combination of compounds that trigger high blood sugar, visceral fat, unhealthy cholesterol particles in the blood, and inflammation—all bad news for your heart.
Baldness
There are many different causes of baldness, some of them hereditary, some of them side effects of medical treatments like chemotherapy. But one type, alopecia areata, could pertain to eating wheat, Dr. Davis says. Referring to hair loss that occurs in patches, usually from the scalp but sometimes in other parts of the body, too, alopecia areata is fueled by eating wheat and the celiac-like inflammation that flares up in the skin as a result, according to Wheat Belly. Dr. Davis has seen hair growth return in many of his bald patients after they give up wheat—no hair plugs, creams, or surgery required.” (the entire article at link above)

Understanding Gluten: Part 1

“The Greek and Roman Empires were built on the backs of Egyptian wheat. In around A.D 250 , the Greek physician Aretaeus of Cappadocia wrote detailed descriptions of an unnamed disease in his writings. When describing his patients, he referred to them as “koiliakos,” which meant “suffering in the bowels.” The name koiliakos comes from the Greek word “koelia”, which means abdomen. He recommended to his patients suffering from this condition, to change their diet. Even though Aretaeus began to notice something was causing his patients pain and discomfort, he didn’t connect it to grains. This is possibly one of the earliest documentations of what would later be known as Celiac Disease.

In 1843, a physician named Stanislas Tanchou spoke at the Paris Medical Society Conference. He claimed that he could predict the cancer rates in major European cities over the next 50 years. He based his predictions on the percentage of grains being consumed in each major city. What is astonishing is that, over time, his predictions turned out to be correct. In the cities that had the highest grain consumption, cancer rates were the highest. This is in stark contrast to the fact that in populations who did not consume grains, cancer did not exist.” Read More here.

I think this should be a good start for you to research this topic in more depth.

 

Hormonal Imbalances predict where your body stores fat

I came across this article which I think is really interesting and it may be of interest to some of you.  I checked it out for myself and found that this was true for me.    check it out and see if it could be the answer to your weight problems.

One of the reasons that I checked this out for me is because I have found that most of my research on weight loss has alot to do with our hormonal imbalances.  Much of the research has shown that  insulin resistance is one of the biggest culprits of weight gain. check out these sites:

http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/insulin-sensitivity-blast-fat-for-good.htm

http://drhyman.com/blog/2010/05/20/5-steps-to-reversing-type-2-diabetes-and-insulin-resistance/
TARGET Stubborn Fat Deposits with Hormone Balancing Nutrition
Where you store fat on the OUTSIDE of your body tells you a lot about what’s happening on the INSIDE with regards to your hormonal state.      info@nickpineault.com

Below is a body map explaining the connection between WHERE you store body fat and potential hormonal imbalance that may be causing it.

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