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Foods that seem good….but aren’t so good for you

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Hello Fitness friends. I hope life is treating you well. I wanted to post tonight about foods that seem good for you, but aren’t so good for you. Let’s start with diet soda. I have been known to drink a diet soda or two…I have done some research and it is not good for you.

Diet Soda can cause…

  • An increase in appetite and weight gain. People who drink diet soda are prone to eat more. Artificial sweeteners trick your brain into thinking it’s getting sugar without the calories, but some studies have shown it has the same impact on your blood sugar. We know stable blood sugar leads to fat loss. Unstable blood sugar leads to weight gain, so you can gain weight drinking diet soda.
  • Memory fog. Studies on soda have shown it has the potential to cause brain fog and memory problems.
  • Acids, preservatives can erode your teeth, cause kidney problems, and intestinal issues.

I’ve seen so many uses for soda to clean toilets, corroded batteries, and more…Soda is not our friend.

Wheat Bread can cause….

  • Spikes in blood sugar. I was watching Dr. Oz do a special on wheat bread. It raises your blood sugar the same way a candy bar does. Yikes!
  • Allergic reactions. Wheat bread today has a higher gluten content than it used to. Gluten makes our bread softer, makes you feel full longer, but it’s also causing problems for people. You can have a gluten intolerance and not test positive for Celiac disease. Gluten intolerance can cause headaches, bloating, or other intestinal issues. Gluten causes inflammation in the intestines.

Orange Juice and most juices can cause….

  • Elevated blood sugar! You are better off eating an orange. The amount of sugar in a serving orange juice is close to what’s in a candy bar. Better yet if you have a juicer, run some fresh fruit through it.

Milk can cause….

  • Elevation of blood sugar. Look at the sugar content on your milk carton. We don’t need as much dairy as the commercials say. There is calcium in other foods.
  • Hormone disruption. Some cows are given hormones to increase their production of milk. These hormones can interfere with your hormones. If you must drink milk, shoot for non treated cows milk.

Here are some alternatives…

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Hormones that Promote Weight Loss

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Hi friends, I have not forgotten about you. I told you I would do another post on hormones. There are hormones that can prevent weight loss and there are hormones that can help promote weight loss. I am not recommending you take supplements for your weight loss. Diet and exercise help to keep hormones stable. Talk to you doctor if you believe your hormones are not well-regulated.

Adiponectin, a protein used by the body to regulate metabolism.

Adiponectin is a protein-based hormone produced naturally by the body that manages fat lipids and glucose (blood sugar). The hormone has direct control over the way a body metabolizes insulin, and so adiponectin is believed to play a key role in the management of type 2 diabetes, although research is ongoing. The hormone is abnormally low in obese people, suggesting a healthy diet may contribute to adiponectin production, and that may, in turn, help prevent people form developing diabetes. Adiponectin also reduces inflammation in cell tissue inside blood vessels and so holds some clinical promise in treating cardiovascular disease.

You’ve probably heard of this hormone is relation to raspberry ketones which reportedly causes the fat within your cells to get broken up more effectively, helping your body burn fat faster. This is due to raspberry ketones helping to regulate adiponectin. Supposedly apple cider vinegar also helps as well. Not enough supporting evidence on the research on for these two supplements.
Testosterone is a steroid hormone from the androgen group and is found in mammals, reptiles,birds, and other vertebrates.

In general, androgens promote protein synthesis and growth of those tissues with androgen receptors. Testosterone effects can be classified as virilizing and anabolic, though the distinction is somewhat artificial, as many of the effects can be considered both.

Anabolic effects include growth of muscle mass and strength, increased bone density and strength, and stimulation of linear growth and bone maturation, http://www.wikipedia.com

We can maintain healthy levels of testosterone by weight lifting. The more muscle we have, the more calories we are burning.  If you believe you have low levels of testosterone, get checked out by your primary care physician. I do not recommend taking any supplements to aid with testosterone production.
Three of the best ways you can keep your hormones in check are with diet, exercise, and sleep (6-8 hours). Proper nutrition and weight training (if you are able to) are vital to health. If you believe your hormones are out of whack, talk with your doctor. As stated in the previous post about Hormones that Hinder Weight Loss, you can be doing all you know to do and still not lose weight if the issue is hormonal.
Best of luck to you, and I will hopefully be back to weekly posts now!
Erin
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Hormones that Hinder Weight Loss

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Hello wellness friends. I have not forgotten about you. I hope you are sticking with your program and working out/eating well. Tonight I wanted to talk about hormones. When we think of metabolism, some don’t think that our hormones tell our bodies to lose weight or gain weight. So, it is not simply calories in and calories out all the time. If our hormones are out of whack, we can exercise and workout and gain weight! Let’s start with some definitions.

Disclaimer: I am not a physician. I am a scientist. This site is not set up to diagnose or treat any illness. Consult your Primary Care Physician (PCP) or Endocrinologist (specializing in treating metabolic disorders).

Hormone: A chemical substance produced in the body that controls and regulates the activity of certain cells or organs. Many hormones are secreted by special glands, such as thyroid hormone produced by the thyroid gland. Hormones are essential for every activity of life, including the processes of digestion, metabolism, growth, reproduction, and mood control. Many hormones, such as neurotransmitters, are active in more than one physical process (MedicineNet.com).

Metabolism: The whole range of biochemical processes that occur within a living organism. Metabolism consists of anabolism (the buildup of substances) and catabolism (the breakdown of substances). The term metabolism is commonly used to refer specifically to the breakdown of food and its transformation into energy (MedicineNet.com).

Here are some (not all) of the hormones that may be inhibiting your weight loss.

Thyroid hormones. If you are not producing enough thyroid hormone, you will not be able to lose weight and even on a diet you may gain weight. A condition known as hypothyroidism leads to weight gain, puffy face, intolerance to cold, brittle hair, fatigue, poor muscle tone, and more. If you are working out and eating right and not seeing any results, contact your PCP and have your thyroid hormones checked. A simple blood test (T4 and TSH) will let your doctor know whether you are not producing enough of this hormone.

If you are not producing enough thyroid hormone, your doctor may prescribe synthroid or a generic form of thyroid hormone to help your body return to normal functioning.

Cortisol. It’s also called the stress hormone though synthetic forms are used to treat disease. High, prolonged stress, and even over consumption of salt can trigger the body to produce this lovely hormone. This hormone causes weight gain!

  • Its primary functions are to increase blood sugar through gluconeogenesis; suppress the immune system; and aid in fat, protein and carbohydrate metabolism.It also decreases bone formation. Various synthetic forms of cortisol are used to treat a variety of diseases (Wikipedia).

A great way to combat cortisol is to get plenty of sleep, workout daily (but not excessively), cut back on salt, rest, and find ways to minimize stress. There are many supplements marketed to treat Adrenal Fatigue or excess cortisol. Talk to your PCP before taking supplements. Some can have serious side effects.

Insulin. Stable blood sugar is key for weight loss. Dips and peaks in blood sugar tell the body to store fat. Some people suffer from insulin resistance due to Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (POS) and find it difficult to lose weight.

  • It is a peptide hormone, produced by beta cells of the pancreas, and is central to regulating carbohydrate and fat metabolism in the body. Insulin causes cells in the liver, skeletal muscles, and fat tissue to absorb glucose from the blood (Wikipedia).

Ways we can combat insulin issues. 1. Talk to your doctor if you believe you have diabetes, low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), or POS. 2. Eat healthy. Ditch the sugary foods and opt for fiber, veggies, and lean protein. Don’t eat dessert or foods with loads of sugar alone (causes spikes in blood sugar). Add protein and or fiber to meals with desserts. Cut back or cut out high glycemic foods (white potatoes, bread (white and wheat), white rice). Opt for sweet potatoes, quinoa, greens, and lean proteins.

Ghrelin (Appetite regulator) and Leptin (Full/Not Full). We talked about these hormones before. They tell your body it’s hungry and when it’s full. When these two hormones are out of whack, you feel hungry all the time and never full. Lack of sleep is normally the culprit for messing with the balance of these two hormones.

Try to sleep 6.5 to 8 hours a night! Turn off that computer, TV, smart phone an hour before bed.

Well, my friends I want to end here. I might do a follow-up post on more hormones later like estrogen, testosterone, etc… The summary is this. If you are eating healthy, working out, and do everything right and you’re still not losing weight or seeing improvement-talk to your doctor.

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Keep up the good work! I am cheering for you!! xoxo Erin.

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When Working Out Isn’t Working Out

Good day mates. So, you’ve been working out and the results seem to be minimal. What’s the deal? Well, there are many factors to consider when looking at weight loss and fitness. I am going to share with you some of the things I’ve researched, seen in my own life, and shared with my at work Biggest Loser Contestants.

First things first. Calories in=calories out. If we eat more than our body burns, then we will gain weight. There are some other factors involved that we will discuss today.

Some reasons why you may not be losing weight or seeing results.

1. You haven’t been at it long enough. Most people want instant results or drive through results. We step on the scale and say, “Yes, I’d like to lose 10 pounds by tomorrow, thanks.” Reality is that it takes 3,500 calories spent to lose 1 pound. If you cut 500 calories a day through diet and exercise then you lose about 1 pound a week. 1 to 2 pounds a week is healthy as the slower it comes off, the slower it comes back on. So, keep up the good work and give yourself a few months, not a few days or weeks to see drastic changes.

2. You’re low on muscle mass and muscle burns more calories than fat. Women especially tend to want to skimp on the weights and resistance training for fear of becoming a female hulk. We don’t have the ability to become the female hulk without supplementation or steroids. So, don’t be afraid of muscles. I’ve found circuit training yields the best results-continual working of the muscles intertwined with cardio. Check with your doctor before starting any program especially high intensity workouts.
3. You skip meals (you should eat every 2-4 hours and not after 9 pm). Advice given by my friends who are body builders and fitness models. I have seen the results of their nutrition program and it works. I eat breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinner. I also try to make sure there’s protein and fiber at eat meal so my blood sugar remains stable.
4. Your metabolism is slow because you have been a yo-yo dieter. If you’ve been on and off a diet your entire life, then your body is pretty confused. My cousin lost 120 pounds a few years ago. At first she was eating 1500 calories a day and working out but the pounds weren’t coming off. She went to see a nutritionist and they told her all the diet pills and yo-yo dieting had wrecked her metabolism. She had to eat really clean, exercise twice a day, and not take any diet pills for a few months before her metabolism rebounded. So lesson learned. Quick fix diet pills often help you get the weight off but work against your natural metabolism. When you stop taking them you gain weight, and it’s harder to get it off.
5. You eat food with minimal nutrients. I will say this over and over. All food is not created equal. If you are feeding yourself processed food, sugar, fast food, and tons of alcohol, your body will not respond with burning fat. Most of those foods are either high in sugar, salt, or fat, and little to no vitamins. Think of the body like a car. You wouldn’t pour diet soda into your oil tank. So, don’t do that to your body. Your body needs healthy food to run efficiently. Also if you drink diet soda it works against your weight loss. We’ll discuss that later.
6. You are not drinking water. Water keeps you hydrated and flushes toxins from your body. When you don’t drink water you over tax your liver which is already supposed to be breaking down fat. Your liver metabolizes proteins, fats, and carbohydrates, thus providing energy and nutrients. http://www.healingedge.net/store/article_liver_functions.html.
7. You’re not eating for your unique metabolism. I found out this year that I have a fast oxidizing metabolism. Meaning my body breaks down carbs quickly and therefore I eat them and I am immediately hungry. They increase my hunger. Once I found this out, I began to eat less carbs and more protein and healthy fats. Look up fast, slow, and balanced oxidizing metabolism.

8. You are type-A  or super stressed (stress causes weight gain and it lands on your belly). Stress is killer. Take time to relax.

9. Your thyroid is out of whack  or other hormones are out of whack. Check with your doctor if you’re working out, eating right, and still not losing weight. It could be hormonal. For women PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) will cause you to gain weight.
10. You’re not eating enough food. As stated in the last post less than 1200 for women and 1500 for men is the bare minimum or the body thinks it’s starving. Also, if you’re working out hard, you’ll need fuel for those workouts. We’ll talk about calorie needs in another post. You can look up BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate).
11. You’re not sleeping enough. Sleep is our friend. Lack of sleep leads to stress, overeating, and it messes with our metabolism. Aim for 6-8 hours of sleep per night if you can.
Well, dear friends. I hope this blog continues to help you on your journey to wellness. LMK if there’s any topic you’d like covered. Here’s some motivation for us to keep going!

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