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How a Nutrient-Dense Diet Fights Fat 

While blasting calories away at the gym does help offset some of what we consume, it’s not the primary answer to fighting fat. 

Ask any of our most successful clients, and they will all simultaneously tell you proper nutrition is the ticket. 

Have you not quite bought into that approach? Read on to see just how this model is possible. 

Still skeptical? Try making these shifts in your diet for just 30 days (Heck, even 10 days!), and see how your life (and pant size) changes.


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Are Hormones to Blame for Weight Regain?

While we most often talk about weight loss, weight loss maintenance can be just as significant a challenge in many circumstances.

The prospect of long-term weight management can feel like a continual, intimidating and emotional struggle for many of us.

How many times have we reached a weight goal, only to return to where we started - or a few steps back - only a few months later? How many times have we resolved that this time would be the last time?

Is it just our willpower and our choices, or does our physiology figure into the picture as well? When we talk about weight maintenance (or regain), do hormones play a part? What does that mean for our ongoing efforts?


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Diabetic Directive: 6 Steps to Take Post-Diagnosis

One in four readers of this post may have diabetes. 

Complications from diabetes remains the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. Many other medical conditions that are leading causes of death are worsened when diabetes is also part of the equation. 

Each year, nearly two million Americans are diagnosed with some form of diabetes – most of them with type 2 or “adult-onset” diabetes. In all, it’s estimated over twenty million people have been diagnosed with the disease, with another eight million or so who are undiagnosed (unaware they have the condition). (PDF)


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7 Ways Stress Causes Fat Gain 

Stress is part of life - good stress, bad stress, and various versions of in-between stress.

Without stress, there is no life. There's nothing for our bodies to adapt to. The real problem most of us have, however, is too much stress in relation to our ability to bounce back from it. In short, we don't have enough chance to build resilience.

Don’t get me wrong. Some stress and some cortisol are necessary – even good (at the right times, under the right circumstances, for limited durations).

It's excess stress, which I’ll call distress, that takes a toll on us - our health and even our weight. In my experience, there are several ways stress negatively impacts body composition. When we understand the body's reaction and our potential choices, however, we can develop better resilience and ideally spend more time in a state of eustress.

Let's break down how stress acts on the body's metabolism and related systems. 

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What's the Real Impact of Glucose Imbalance?

If you answer yes or “unsure” to more than three of the following questions, this article is for you.

  • Are you irritable if you miss a meal - or jittery/anxious if you go more than 4 hours without food?
  • Do you crave carbohydrates (e.g. bread, potatoes, or pasta) or sweets excessively (daily)?
  • Are you calmer after eating?
  • Have you been diagnosed with diabetes, insulin resistance, or metabolic syndrome?
  • Are you more than 20 pounds over your ideal body weight with the majority of weight gain around your mid-section?
  • Do you have an elevated waist to hip ratio?
  • Do you have sporadic energy boosts and drops throughout the day?
  • Do you feel unusual thirst or hunger?
  • Do you get a headache if you go too long without eating?
  • Is your fasting blood sugar above 90mg/dL?

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What Your Doctor Isn’t Telling You about Diabetes

In a few years, it may appear completely normal to have diabetes.

You read that correctly – it’s likely you won’t be normal (in the sense of average) unless you’re being treated for diabetes (or pre-diabetes). The scariest part? Your kids may be in the highest risk category for this new “normal.”

Diabetes is a disease state in which the body cannot regulate blood glucose concentrations by normal physiologic processes.

There are two main types of the disease – type 1 being the less common variety characterized by the inability to produce a key hormone to regulate blood sugar (insulin), and the more common type 2 characterized by abnormal blood sugars due to insulin resistance (and eventual loss of the ability to produce enough insulin). Type 3 diabetes is a more recent term proposed to describe altered glucose metabolism in the brain, which seems closely related to the development and progression of Alzheimer’s disease.


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Insulin and Fat Storage

Written By Tom Nikkola - Director of Nutrition & Weight Management

We left off last week with the question, “What prevents fat from leaving the fat cell?” If you missed out on it, you may want to read The Futility of Low-Calorie Diets.

To quickly recap, we talked about the fact that your body has two main fuels: glucose (sugar) or fat. The preferred source of fuel is fat, but under certain circumstances, we can shift the body to using more sugar rather than fat. At times, such as being chased by a rabid dog, this is a good thing. However, it’s not a good thing if sugar remains the main fuel for most of the day. Relying on sugar means you’re not burning fat.

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