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Top Leptin and Weight Loss Stories of the Past Year

Leptin continues to be the key to weight management and healthy weight loss and is how you lose inches.  Below is a handy index so you can quickly look up articles of interest to you.  To see the full article, click on the headline.  The first three links are basic articles explaining leptin.  Then there is a section of feature length articles that explain leptin in the context of various important health issues.  Following that is the interesting news stories of the past year.  Numerous scientific references are embedded within articles as links.

What is Leptin?

(Monday, January 12, 2009) – I have spent more than twenty years on the front lines of clinical nutrition helping thousands of people solve very difficult health problems – naturally.  In all these years I have never encountered more powerful principles of health than those relating to leptin. 

The Five Rules of The Leptin Diet®

(Monday, January 12, 2009) – There are five simple rules that form the core of the Leptin Diet®.  The quality of the food you eat is of course important.  What is interesting about the Leptin Diet is that it is just as important when you eat as what you eat. 

The Mastering Leptin Lifestyle

(Monday, January 12, 2009) – In order to really take charge of leptin you have to actively manage it.  Think of leptin as the conductor of your orchestra; will you play beautiful music or does your body suffer from out of tune noise?

Key Leptin and Weight Loss Feature ArticlesInsulin, Leptin, and Blood Sugar – Why Diabetic Medication Fails

(Thursday, January 22, 2009) – Type II diabetes is a difficult metabolic problem.  It is a national embarrassment that so many of our young people are becoming type II diabetic.  It is a national disgrace that millions of type II diabetic patients are being injured with commonly used diabetic medications that are known to make their metabolic situation worse.

Leptin, Thyroid, and Weight Loss

(Thursday, January 15, 2009) – It is very common that individuals who are overweight have a majority of the symptoms associated with a hypothyroid-like condition.  This is especially true for those who have a history of yo-yo dieting or have difficulty losing weight by cutting back on calories and trying to exercise more.

Oprah’s Thyroid Problem Explained

(Wednesday, January 14, 2009) – Oprah is creating a lot of buzz after gaining forty pounds and simultaneously claiming she solved her thyroid problem.  Her statements sent internet bloggers into a frenzy.  How did she get off her thyroid medication?  Did she really solve her thyroid problem?  Isn’t this just a temporary break from a sinister and permanent thyroid illness?  If her thyroid is in such great shape why did she pile on forty pounds? 

How Protein Helps Weight Loss

(Monday, December 15, 2008) – The amount of quality protein in your diet is the single most important calorie that influences your metabolic rate, favorably influencing weight loss.  Quality protein also helps you sustain muscle during weight loss, improve muscle fitness, improve immunity, improve antioxidant function, build HDL Cholesterol High-density lipoprotein that is one of five lipoproteins that enable cholesterol and triglycerides to be transported within the bloodstream to the liver and to the adrenals, ovaries, or testes for the production of steroid hormones. , and enhance insulin and leptin function – all of which contribute toward optimal weight management efforts over time.

Fiber, Leptin, and Weight Loss

(Saturday, January 10, 2009) – Dietary fiber is one of the fundamentals of a healthy diet.  In terms of using fiber to support weight management, I recommend 35 – 50 grams of fiber per day (men on the higher side), based on information presented in this article.  A lack of adequate dietary fiber will eventually stall any weight-loss efforts.

Jump Start Your Weight Loss in 2009

(Sunday, January 11, 2009) – It’s time now to clear out the holiday sludge, get your appetite back under control, and kick your metabolism into gear.  There is no better way to do this than my favorite quick weight loss plan, a modified diet plan that is high in quality protein and fiber.

Tips to Solve Common Weight Loss Issues

(Tuesday, May 20, 2008) – The Leptin Diet, consistent exercise, a healthy lifestyle, and stress management skills are the foundation for successful weight loss.  In many cases dietary supplements can be used to augment various metabolic problems that otherwise slow or impede progress.  The following is a list of the typical challenges you are most likely to encounter while trying to lose weight, along with the most common reason for the problem and the basic solution that usually helps. 

How to Control Food Cravings

(Sunday, April 20, 2008) – Staying on a healthy diet is based on your ability to stay in charge of what goes into your mouth.  As most people know, this is easier said than done.  Just about every person needing to lose weight knows what they are supposed to be eating.  When you do it right you don’t have to worry about eating too much because you simply don’t want to.

Leptin Breaking News and Leptin-Related Nutrient ArticlesGuar Gum: The Fiber with a Swagger

(Friday, January 09, 2009) – Guar gum is a unique soluble fiber, a type of non-digestible complex carbohydrate that holds water as it forms a gel in your digestive tract.  This may have some rather profound effects on your metabolism, including the reduction of total cholesterol, lowering triglycerides, increasing HDL Cholesterol High-density lipoprotein that is one of five lipoproteins that enable cholesterol and triglycerides to be transported within the bloodstream to the liver and to the adrenals, ovaries, or testes for the production of steroid hormones. , stabilizing blood sugar response to a meal, reducing digestive inflammation, curbing appetite, and assisting efforts at weight loss.

Leptin Problems Cause Psoriasis

(Sunday, December 21, 2008) – How leptin works in your body has a profound influence on many aspects of your health.  Individuals with psoriasis have leptin resistance (higher than normal levels of leptin in their blood), regardless of their body weight. 

Oprah’s Weight Is National News – Again

(Wednesday, December 10, 2008) – I have warned repeatedly that no person can win a willpower battle with out-of-control leptin.  Oprah is the living proof, the yo-yo dieter who is the poster child for leptin problems.

Sweet Taste and Food Obsession

(Monday, December 08, 2008) – New research confirms that the more sweets you eat the more likely it is that your tongue’s sweet sensors are disturbed, causing you to eat even greater amounts of sweets just to get a satisfied sweet sensation.  Unfortunately, this craving for sweet pleasure is accompanied by eating too many calories in general and thus weight gain is likely.

Liver Fat is a Super-Size Problem

(Sunday, December 07, 2008) – The progressive and improper accumulation of fat in your liver is a key marker that accurately reflects obesity-related disease risk.  This is true regardless of where you gain fat. 

Obesity Punches Thyroid Gland in the Nose

(Saturday, December 06, 2008) – Many believe that a sluggish thyroid has led to obesity.  A new study in children shows the opposite – that obesity inflames the thyroid leading to potentially life-long thyroid problems if the weight is not lost.

Higher Protein Helps Weight Loss

(Tuesday, November 25, 2008) – A new study shows that ensuring a higher percentage of calories from protein, when you are trying to lose weight, helps your body burn fat more efficiently.  Controlling for glycemic index did not provide additional benefits; a stable base of protein was the key.

Is Resveratrol the Fountain of Youth?

(Monday, November 24, 2008) – There are a lot of great anti-aging and metabolism boosting nutrients: DHA Docosahexaenoic acid Essential omega 3 fatty acid integral to the health of all cell membranes, nerve and brain function. Must be gotten through the diet via cold water oceanic fish or some very limited plant sources or taken as a supplement., pantethine, acetyl-l-carnitine, carnosine, R-alpha lipoic acid, grape seed extracts – the list goes on and on.  In fact, most nutrients help cells function better and thus live longer.  So, why is resveratrol Natural phenol or type of antioxidant found in red grapes, red wine. Research has shown beneficial effects as anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory agents along with supporting healthy blood sugar and cardiovasculature function. vying for the position as King of the anti-aging nutrients – with a potent fat-burning twist thrown in for good measure?

The Obesity-Leptin Path to Heart Disease

(Thursday, November 20, 2008) – New research shows that obesity causes heart disease even if the obese person does not have high cholesterol or diabetes.  Using advanced nanosensor technology researchers at Ohio University were able for the first time to pinpoint several mechanisms in humans that link obesity to heart disease.  The findings center around the fat-hormone leptin, which I have written extensively about in several books.

The Larger Your Stomach the Sooner You Die

(Wednesday, November 19, 2008) – Obesity is no laughing matter.  A European-wide study published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine leaves no doubt about the risk of your waistline to your health – regardless of any other health issues you do or don’t have. 

Grape Seed Extract’s Powerful Cardio Protection

(Friday, November 14, 2008) – Red Grape Seed Extracts (GSE) are a powerful cardio-protective compound.  It has been known for some time that they strengthen arteries/capillaries, offer rather dramatic antioxidant protection for your arteries and heart, and through a number of mechanisms reduce the likelihood that plaque will form in your arteries. 

Lack of Sleep Raises Obesity Risk 4 Fold in Kids

(Wednesday, November 05, 2008) – A new study looking at sleep duration in 1138 children age 6 found that less than 10 hours of sleep on a regular basis increased the risk of obesity 420%. 

Pleasure, Brain Pain, and Food Desire

(Monday, October 20, 2008) – Dopamine is an important nerve transmitter involved with reward.  It is released when you eat, so that you know eating is good and thus you will survive.  Some individuals don’t release a normal amount, thus they eat more to get the same feeling of satisfaction that someone else gets eating less food.  A new study with advanced brain imaging while milkshakes were being consumed has proved this point.

Solve Snoring, Cut Fat and Increase Exercise

(Sunday, October 19, 2008) – Snoring is a common problem that interferes with the health of the person who snores and the person who is disturbed by their partner snoring.  A new study indicates that those with the worst problems eat the most junk fat, whether they are overweight or not.

How High Fructose Corn Syrup Causes Obesity

(Friday, October 17, 2008) – I have repeatedly stated that high fructose corn syrup should be banned from the food supply.  A new study confirms the diabolical nature of this substance to induce leptin resistance and consequent obesity – and future heart disease and diabetes. 

Preventing Obesity-Related Fatty Liver Damage

(Tuesday, October 14, 2008) – Your liver is the metabolic brain of your body, the workhorse that processes, stores, and distributes every calorie you consume.  Your liver must also work right for you to clear toxins of any kind, as well as to make bile for digestive purposes.  As your liver function deteriorates, so goes your health in general.  A new study shows that the nutrient NAC (N-Acetyl Cysteine) can prevent the adverse progression of liver deterioration that would be typical in any person that is overweight.

Keeping Weight Off

(Saturday, October 11, 2008) – Losing weight is hard enough, keeping it off is even harder.  New research shows that even after maintaining an amount of weight loss for greater than one year, basal metabolism may still be in “hibernation” mode.

Lacking Friendly Flora Linked to Obesity

(Friday, October 10, 2008) – An emerging body of scientific data suggests that a lack of friendly flora in your digestive tract contributes to storing excess fat and becoming overweight.  Researchers tested this in pregnant women, measuring the gut flora over the course of their pregnancy (in both overweight women and normal weight women).

Colon Cancer, Obesity, and Inflammation

(Sunday, October 05, 2008) – Several new studies into colon cancer have identified early changes that turn on wrong gene switches that in turn cause colon cancer.  One study links obesity to colon cancer, the other study links digestive inflammation to colon cancer.  The good news is that by taking proactive steps these adverse changes can be easily stopped.

Viral Infections and Weight Loss, Breaking News

(Saturday, October 04, 2008) – New research proves for the first time that viral infections activate the synthesis of fatty acids in human metabolism.  In turn these fatty acids are used by the viruses to build the envelope that protects them, a process that is vital for viral replication.  The researchers found that reducing fatty acid synthesis with drugs dramatically reduced viral replication.  I find this study fascinating, but for different reasons.  The information helps to explain why some people have very resistant weight problems, as low grade viral infections would keep a person’s metabolism making fat instead of breaking it down to use for fuel.

Circulatory Health and Baby Fat Cells

(Saturday, September 27, 2008) – New research indicates that problems with endothelial cells Single layer of cells that line the internal lining of blood vessels. They are involved with control of vascular tone and blood pressures along with exchange fo gas and metabolic products and extravasation of immune compounds. may trigger baby fat cells to grow up too fast, regardless of diet, opening up a whole new angle on the weight loss issue.

What Are Your Baby Fat Cells Doing?

(Friday, September 26, 2008) – Until recently nobody knew exactly where your baby fat cells lived.  In a new study clever scientists engineered mice so that baby fat cells would glow green, allowing them to pinpoint their exact location and to follow their development.

Lack of Sleep, Stress, Adrenals, and Obesity

(Thursday, September 25, 2008) – A new study points out that the lack of sleep, all by itself, is enough to inappropriately raise cortisol later in the day.  As I explained last week, too much cortisol turns off fat burning gene switches in your liver, leading to obesity risk.

How Stress Causes a Fatty Liver

(Wednesday, September 17, 2008) – New research has for the first time pinpointed the precise mechanism explaining how excess cortisol results in a fatty liver. 

Pregnancy Nutrition Influences Future Obesity

(Saturday, September 13, 2008) – Mother’s have a profound affect on the future health of their children, including the risk for obesity.  Fetal programming and early infant development are times when the nervous system is “hard wiring” patterns that will have heavy influence for a lifetime.

A New Leptin Link to Fertility

(Thursday, September 04, 2008) – Brand new research has established that when leptin registers properly in your brain, signifying nutritional adequacy, an energetic gene switch is thrown called TORC1.  TORC1 then activates multiple genes associated robust energy use, including genes that enable a woman to become pregnant (KISS1).

Obesity and Brain Aging

(Sunday, August 31, 2008) – This week the New England Journal of Medicine published a groundbreaking study linking low levels of BDNF (Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor) to obesity.

Do You Have Sick Fat?

(Wednesday, August 27, 2008) – After a detailed molecular analysis of the fat of obese individuals compared to the fat of lean individuals it was discovered that the obese fat contained so many abnormalities relating to poor metabolic function that the researchers described it as “sick fat.”

A Whole New Meaning of Fatty Arteries

(Monday, August 25, 2008) – A new study shows that fat around your arteries is a direct predictor of plaque within your arteries.

The Prenatal Programming of Diabetes

(Sunday, August 24, 2008) – A new study in mice indicates that a diet too high in fat programs several generations of mice to be at higher risk of diabetes even if they do not eat a high fat diet. 

Food Pyramid Found Guilty

(Saturday, August 23, 2008) – The government-sponsored food pyramid has been linked to the obesity epidemic for some time.  I have said for many years that if you want to look like a pyramid then eat like one.  The refined and excess carbohydrate plan that is the food pyramid has just been dealt a death blow.

Ear Infections Set the Stage for Future Obesity

(Wednesday, August 20, 2008) – Researchers at the American Psychological Association’s annual meeting presented multiple studies linking the frequency of childhood ear infections to the risk of obesity.

Your Sweet Tooth and Obesity

(Monday, August 18, 2008) – Individuals are deluded to think that drinking beverages containing no-calorie sweeteners will help them lose weight or at least not gain weight.  A new study continues to debunk this myth. 

MSG Intake Linked to Human Obesity

(Sunday, August 17, 2008) – The near-useless FDA has said for a long time that the ingestion of MSG was safe, and so it is used as an addictive flavor additive in countless processed and branded foods in the United States.  A new study of Chinese citizens says otherwise, showing that ingestion of MSG is directly linked to obesity.

Coordination, Thyroid, and Obesity

(Friday, August 15, 2008) – Early impairment of nerve-related function is a clear risk for developing later-life obesity, so concludes new research published in the British Journal of Medicine. 

Obese Southern States Drive Drug Costs

(Wednesday, August 13, 2008) – In the politically correct egalitarian world of “health care for everyone” very little attention is paid to the concept of personal responsibility, much less how any such plan would actually be paid for.  If you take care of yourself should you be obligated to pay for those who intentionally do not? 

Appetite Drives Obesity in Children

(Thursday, July 17, 2008) – A new study closely tracks the relationship of appetite to the development of obesity in children, hoping to shed light on why some kids don’t get fat and others do.  The researchers found that as a child’s waistline gets larger, the full signal is blunted or delayed and the desire for food intake increases.

Calcium and Vitamin D for Fat Burning

(Thursday, July 03, 2008) – A new study in overweight women shows that 900 mg per day of supplemental calcium increases their ability to burn fat for fuel.  This ability is enhanced by vitamin D status.

Train Your “Bitter Tooth” to Prevent Obesity

(Wednesday, July 02, 2008) – Too many Americans are addicted to sweet taste and have an adversely altered taste perception.  On the flip side of this coin is a more neutral reaction to bitter-tasting vegetables.  New research in children shows that those with an increased aversion to bitter taste are six times more likely to become obese – a problem that is aggravated if their mother is also overweight.

Weekends Add Pounds – Healthy Tips for the 4th

(Tuesday, July 01, 2008) – New research confirms what many of you already know: whatever weight you managed to lose during the week is gained back on the weekend, resulting in Monday morning gloom as you look at the scale.  Saturdays are king of fat intake, topping all other days of the week.

Obesity, Immunity, and Premature Death

(Friday, June 27, 2008) – It is convenient for modern medicine to separate a patient’s problems into neatly divided specialty areas so that problems can be micro-analyzed by various specialists.  This is convenient for treating, diagnosing, referring, and drug dispensing.  This system generates income for the sickness industry but it often fails to understand the highly integrated nature of any problem you may be having. 

Waist to Height Ratio – Is your Stomach Too Large?

(Thursday, June 26, 2008) – A new simple way to judge waistline size and health has emerged that applies to children, adults, and either sex.  The goal is to keep your waist size to less than ½ your height.  Just figure out your height in inches and divide by two.

Does Low Leptin Doom Dieting?

(Sunday, June 22, 2008) – The drug industry is doing everything in its power to get leptin drugs on the market for some type of widespread weight-loss angle.  The problem is that such drugs don’t work, because just about everyone who is overweight makes too much leptin.  This was apparent back in 2002 when there were only 5000 leptin studies, now there are 14,000.  Consumer beware – researchers paid by Big Pharma are actively and intentionally creating a twisted misrepresentation relating to how leptin works, solely to sell drugs.

Regular Aerobics Decreases Appetite, Boosts Brain

(Wednesday, June 18, 2008) – Researchers documented that a potent brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) was significantly boosted by 3 months of aerobic exercise – and the higher its level the less a person wants to eat and the greater their weight loss.  This is the first time BDNF levels have been linked to appetite suppression – a significant finding.

Hunger Hormone Helps Alleviate Stress and Depression

(Monday, June 16, 2008) – In a strange twist of events your stomach’s hunger hormone, ghrelin, may help to protect you against stress-induced anxiety and depression.  This “gift” of protection comes at a price – eating too much food in response to stress.  This new information shows just how powerful stress eating can be, as this type of survival signaling is wired to your core subconscious brain.

Lack of Sleep Causes Excess Carbohydrate Consumption

(Thursday, June 12, 2008) – Fail to get enough restful sleep and the next day you will crave and eat too many carbohydrates – even getting drawn into the evil of snacking. 

High Protein Meals Reduce Appetite

(Monday, June 09, 2008) – Studies detailing the effects of protein on rat brain neuro-circuitry have shown that higher protein meals increase your subconscious brains satiety signals, helping you feel full. 

Dairy Prevents Bone Loss During Weight Loss

(Friday, June 06, 2008) – A diet of lean protein and low fat dairy, along with vegetables and fruit, was able to stop bone loss during weight loss – something that our government’s food pyramid guidelines could not do.  Study participants consume 30% of their calories from protein, while the food pyramid recommends only 10% of calories from protein.

Sugar Addiction Drives Childhood Obesity

(Wednesday, June 04, 2008) – It’s obvious to just about anyone that excess sugar consumption makes you fat.  Now we even have data to prove that excessive sugar consumption, mostly from sweetened drinks like soda, is up at a rate that would require a 1 hour jog per day just to burn of the extra calories.

Pine Nut Oil Reduces Food Desire

(Monday, June 02, 2008) – Two new studies confirm the helpful role of Pine Nut Oil to reduce the desire to eat larger portions. 

Q10 Boosts Muscle Function and Exercise Performance

(Sunday, June 01, 2008) – Researchers at Baylor University tested 200 mg per day of Q10 in a group of trained and unconditioned male and female participants.  A single dose of Q10 boosted the level of this important energizing nutrient in the blood, which correlated directly to muscle levels of Q10 and the ability of muscles to use oxygen. 

Do You Eat What You Know You Should Be Eating?

(Saturday, May 31, 2008) – There appears to be a very large disconnect between what a person knows they should be eating and what they tend to eat.  New research is demonstrating that emotional states of feeling, otherwise known as stress eating, take priority over logic when it comes to consuming food.

Refined Carbohydrates and the Fast Track to Disease

(Thursday, May 29, 2008) – A new study shows just how deadly refined carbohydrates are – even for a healthy person.  One serving given to a lean and healthy young adult is adequate to triple the inflammatory response to the surge in glucose.

MSG Can Make You Fat

(Wednesday, May 28, 2008) – A new study involving Chinese citizens found that MSG intake of 330 mg a day doubled the risk for obesity, independent of diet and exercise.

Stress, Subordination, and Cravings

(Saturday, May 17, 2008) – Research on female monkeys shows that those in a subservient role and under chronic stress ate significantly more food resulting in weight gain, compared to the female monkeys in the dominating role.  New research on humans does show that women with poor stress management skills will keep eating after they are full simply to make negative emotional feelings go away. 

Your Stomach and Cardiovascular Health

(Thursday, May 15, 2008) – Just about everyone now realizes that the size of your waistline reflects your degree of cardiovascular risk.  A new angle on the issue has emerged and it has to do with your stomach itself, as opposed to the amount of extra belly fat.  It has to do with your stomach’s hunger signal, ghrelin.

Digestive Inflammation and Food Cravings

(Thursday, May 15, 2008) – Several new lines of research are showing that ghrelin levels are elevated during digestive distress in an effort to coordinate repair of your digestive tract. 
The adverse side effect of elevated ghrelin is that your appetite will elevate and you will eat more food, making you gain weight.

Looking Back for Answers on Stress Eating

(Wednesday, May 14, 2008) – A great deal of eating behavior is buried in subconscious brain circuitry that was developed in your early life.  Such programming is more like computer hardware than software, which is why many of us struggle to “change the eating programs.”

Obesity Increases the Risk for Mental Decline

(Monday, May 12, 2008) – A new study shows that obese individuals have a 40% increased risk for dementia and an 80% increased risk for Alzheimer’s.  Significant mental decline affects 10% of the elderly population and rates of Alzheimer’s are up 20% – consistent with the increase in obesity.  There is no reason this has to happen.

Ghrelin Elevated by Sluggish Thyroid Function

(Monday, May 12, 2008) – When you eat less food, especially on a diet, there comes a time when weight loss slows down.  At this time you will start getting an increase in hunger that is coming from a hormone signal in your stomach called ghrelin.  New research shows that ghrelin levels go up (meaning increased hunger) as thyroid function is impaired and becomes sluggish.

Big Pharma Eyes Your Stomach

(Monday, May 12, 2008) – Scientists inject ghrelin (pronounced GRAY-lin) into the blood of normal weight people.  While measuring their brain activity these subjects are shown pictures of food and the ghrelin makes them drool.  Core animal pleasure is activated.  Yes, they must have it.  Stimulus-response, a modern Pavlovian dog experiment.

The Sugar and High Fructose Corn Syrup Path to Disease

(Saturday, May 10, 2008) – In a recent study it came as a surprise to researchers when they found that sucrose and high fructose corn syrup elevated blood triglycerides much higher than did fructose over a 24-hour period.  This little problem throws a monkey wrench in the idea that all simple sugars are more or less the same.  It explains one main contributor to obesity and heart disease.

Detoxification During Weight Loss

(Thursday, May 08, 2008) – Every person in American is being exposed to a wide variety of fat soluble toxins that tend to bio-accumulate in their fat as they get older.  Managing your detoxification systems properly as you lose weight can be an important determining factor in how much progress you make and whether of not you reach an optimal goal weight.

Calcium, Fat, and Weight Loss – Resolving the Confusion

(Monday, May 05, 2008) – A variety of reports in the past decade have indicated that calcium may be a helpful weight loss nutrient.  This prompted the dairy industry to widely promote milk as a weight loss food.  On May 5, 2008 a press release reports on an article that will soon appear in the Nutritional Reviews journal that states “neither dairy nor calcium intake promotes weight loss.” For consumers this simply becomes another “butter vs. margarine” or “are eggs good or bad” dilemma.  Extra calcium is one tool that can actually help many people to lose weight in a healthy way.

Obesity, IL6, and the Cause of Heart Failure

(Saturday, May 03, 2008) – Extra fat does a lot more than clog arteries.  Inflammatory proteins coming from fat directly damage the heart – whether you feel just fine or not.  That is the conclusion of new John Hopkins Medicine research tracking 7000 obese men and women across the United States – watching them descend from no heart disease into poor cardiovascular health.

Living by Fast Food is Dangerous to Your health

(Wednesday, April 30, 2008) – The data is now in and it is not good for the junk food industry.  The more fast food and convenience store outlets in your neighborhood the more likely you are to be obese and diabetic.  The study, Designed for Disease: the Link Between Local Food Environments and Obesity and Diabetes, was conducted in California but certainly applies though out U.S.

Leptin, Adiponectin, and Kidney Disease

(Sunday, April 27, 2008) – New research now shows that the drop in a fat hormone called adiponectin Protein hormone that modulates metabolism including glucose and fatty acid catabolism. High levels are associated with low body fat. is associated with an inflammatory-driven decline in kidney function.  By fixing leptin problems adiponectin Protein hormone that modulates metabolism including glucose and fatty acid catabolism. High levels are associated with low body fat. can be elevated to natural levels and the risk for kidney disease can be lowered.

Is Obesity the Chicken or the Egg for Disease Risk?

(Tuesday, April 22, 2008) – Novel mice experiments carried out by researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center are helping to clarify the relationship of fat and disease.  Mice bred not to be able to store fat, which were then fed a high fat diet, became diabetic and diseased much faster than the mice who could store the surplus calories as fat.

The Key Foods to Eat Organic

(Sunday, April 20, 2008) – It remains a considerable challenge for the American public to find fresh food of adequate quality.  We all know we should eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, but many of them are contaminated with pesticides, fungicides, and insecticides.  Virtually all chemicals used work by poisoning the nervous system of the pest, meaning they are fat-soluble and able to irritate the lining of your arteries and cross your blood brain barrier.  Levels far below what causes cancer are able to initiate metabolic disruption, thyroid dysfunction, and cardiovascular irritation.

Guess What? – A Fat Stomach Craves Food

(Thursday, April 17, 2008) – It was just discovered that belly fat cells make an appetite signal which increases as you become overweight, causing you to crave more food, which makes you even fatter in the abdominal area, in turn causing you to crave even more food.

How to Get Rid of Cellulite

(Sunday, April 13, 2008) – While there is no quick fix for cellulite, there are definite things you can do to stop the problem from getting worse and even improve the appearance of the problem.

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Dietary Supplements to help lose inches!

 

Dietary supplements are one of the best ways to naturally support your metabolism to run more efficiently and to help you lose inches. When combined with a healthy diet and proper eating pattern (the Leptin Diet®) and exercise, you create an opportunity to burn calories in a more optimal way.  The problem for many consumers is knowing which dietary supplements are likely to be of help, especially considering the fact that numerous weight loss scams saturate the WEB, radio ads, and TV ads and infomercials. None of which will help you lose inches.

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Any product that claims you can lose a certain number of pounds by taking it is a blatant fraud.  Such claims really get out of hand when it is implied you don’t need to improve your diet or exercise to gain the benefits of such wonder pills.  Current examples of the wild imaginations of slippery marketers center around products based on acai berry, hoodia, and Irvingia.

On the other side of the coin is the federal government, with the rather blatant goal of propping up Big Pharma drugs and weight loss surgeries, while actively suppressing knowledge on the subject of metabolism.  They do this even though an obesity epidemic has occurred on the watch of their Food Pyramid goons.

These people think that eating less and exercising more is the only official way to lose weight.  Our government pays for “expert” puppets to make false proclamations about metabolism, based on the rate that calories burn in an oven.  Apparently they forgot to notice there is considerable calorie burning variance based on the health, fitness, timing of eating, and quality of food – let alone the role of dietary supplements as cofactors for numerous metabolic processes involved in calorie burning.

Unless you are a couch potato on a junk food diet, once you start exercising more you will need to eat more or you won’t have any energy.  You can only get so far exercising more and eating less – as the strategy itself tends to induce low leptin “starvation metabolism” over time, in turn setting up the yo-yo diet response long before you ever get to your goal weight.

Individuals should understand that the role of is not a quick fix, rather it is a tool.  While leptin is the key hormone to get on track and keep on track, millions of chemistry reactions must work in harmony for weight loss to occur.

A common sense approach to this issue is the best way to go.  Of course, you will need to watch what you eat and consistently exercise.  Following the Five Rules of the Leptin Diet is a really good idea, as it creates the potential for your body to burn calories more efficiently.

Any nutrient that help you make energy better will help you burn calories, thus the most basic nutrient for anyone is a high quality multiple vitamin such as Daily Energy Multi.  The key calorie to increase is protein that is high in branch chain amino acids.  The next most important food type to boost is fiber, especially soluble fiber as in LeptiFiber or Fiber Helper.

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Fiber, Leptin, and Weight Loss

Dietary fiber is one of the fundamentals of a healthy diet.  Although it is a form of complex carbohydrate, it is so complex that it is not digestible for use as energy like other carbohydrates (fruit, bread, pasta, etc.).  This can confuse consumers a bit and keep them from losing inches, as fiber “calories” must be listed as carbohydrates on food and supplement labels, yet they are actually a “no calorie” type of food.

Our government recommends 25 grams of fiber per day.  Americans eating the typical refined-food diet get about half that amount but are able to lose inches.  The American Cancer Society recommends 20 – 35 grams of fiber per day, based on research indicating that higher fiber intake may reduce the risk of various forms of cancer.  The FDA allows a health claim for certain types of fiber, like psyllium and oats, for the reduction of heart disease.  Several Wellness Resources fiber-containing products qualify for this heart-friendly claim (Fiber Helper and Daily Protein Plus – Original).

In terms of using fiber to support weight management I recommend 35 – 50 grams of fiber per day (men on the higher side), based on information presented in this article.  A lack of adequate dietary fiber will eventually stall any weight-loss efforts.

There are two forms of fiber, water-soluble and water-insoluble. 

Insoluble fiber is typically in skins of fruit and structural components of grains and vegetables.  It provides bulk to your stools and helps your colon contents move along in a timely manner, helping to clear toxins and prevent constipation.  Whole wheat and other whole grains contain large amounts of insoluble fiber. 

Most vegetables are a mix of insoluble and soluble fiber.  The structural, tougher fibers are insoluble, whereas the pulpy parts are soluble.  Fruits are mostly soluble fiber, unless you are eating the skins (like an apple skin which is insoluble).  Other common soluble fibers include oat bran, oatmeal, barley, and legumes.  Psyllium, a frequently used fiber supplement, is 70% soluble fiber and 10% insoluble fiber.  Soluble fiber intake supports healthy cholesterol and blood sugar metabolism.

As a general rule of thumb a diet high in fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, legumes, and whole grains is vital for getting adequate dietary fiber, being healthy, and living longer.  Conversely, the American junk food and fast food industry is famous for churning out garbage food that produces obesity, diabetes, breast cancer, and early death – in part due to the lack of fiber.

How Fiber Helps Weight Loss and Leptin

Obesity is at epidemic levels in America, partly due to the lack of fiber in the American diet.  Both insoluble and soluble fibers help you to feel fuller, so that you don’t want to eat as much food that contains calories.  Insoluble fiber tends to promote bowels moving along, the bulk or size of your stools, and ease of bowel movements (reducing constipation and hemorrhoids).  Soluble fiber slows gastric emptying while stimulating digestive enzyme release, thus enabling better digestion of food as well as slowing the rate of calorie surge into your blood resulting in better metabolic control. 

Both types of fiber help weight loss by acting as a “sponge” for toxic waste which is vital to get out during the weight-loss process.  It is important to realize that stored fat is not only a warehouse for surplus calories but also a storage bin for excess fat-soluble toxins and pollution – which must come back out again when you lose weight.  If you can’t get these out of your body correctly as they re-enter your bloodstream, then you run the risk of getting poisoned while you try to lose weight.  In some cases your body will not give up a toxic layer of fat, as a defense mechanism, so you don’t get poisoned (meaning you will be stuck at a toxic-based weight-loss plateau). 

While nutrients that help your liver (Daily Balancer), lymph (Immune Plus), or bind toxins in your GI tract (like Chlorella) can be very helpful during weight loss efforts – the most basic toxin-absorbing compound is adequate dietary fiber.  Fiber helps to sequester bile acids as they enter your digestive tract, and it is these cholesterol-containing bile acids that also contain the fat-soluble toxins that your liver is excreting.  Thus, a lack of fiber in general and constipation in particular will cause you to become too toxic as you try to lose weight – problems which bring weight loss to a halt.

While you need both types of fiber to assist weight loss, a case can be made that soluble fiber is the most important.  This is because soluble fiber, by regulating the pace of calorie digestion and release into your bloodstream, has a profound effect of blood glucose, insulin, and leptin.

Leptin is the key hormone that must be considered by any person seeking to lose weight – more important than thyroid, insulin, growth hormone, and adrenal hormones – because it controls all of them!

When you eat a meal you release insulin to transport calories.  Insulin transports some of those calories (regardless of your body weight) to your white adipose tissue.  When blood sugar arrives in the insulin taxi cab at your white adipose tissue it stimulates your fat cells into action which make some leptin.  This leptin enters your blood, goes up to your brain, and when leptin levels get high enough (meaning you’ve eaten enough), leptin tells your brain you are have had enough to eat and feel satisfied. 

Once your brain gets the leptin-driven full signal then all other hormonal systems, such as thyroid, are given a green light and energy production and metabolism run at an optimal pace (as your subconscious brain knows you aren’t starving).  At the same time, the higher levels of leptin signal your pancreas to quit making insulin, thus completing the feeding and calorie transport process.  This is the normal way your body handles a meal, transports the calories to needed places, and tells you that you are full.

When you lack dietary fiber at a meal, then carbohydrate calories rush into your blood with too large a spike.  This causes an excess surge of insulin, and an excess production of leptin by fat cells.  At the same time, insulin, having too much sugar on its hands, starts making triglycerides that are now at higher than optimal levels in your blood.  These extra triglycerides clog leptin receptors at your blood-brain barrier, preventing leptin from getting into your brain and you from getting a full signal on a normal amount of food.  This means you have to eat more food to eventually get a leptin-driven full signal, resulting in weight gain.  If you do this on a regular basis you develop insulin resistance and leptin resistance.

If you eat less food, so that your brain doesn’t really get the leptin-driven full signal, then your body thinks it is starving and your metabolism is not given a green light, again resulting in weight gain even from lower calorie intake.  People stuck in this rut are darned if they do and darned if they don’t.  Any person who is overweight and cannot easily lose weight is stuck in one of these two patterns of insulin and leptin inefficiency.

Adequate soluble fiber can go a long way towards breaking you out of this metabolic rut, cutting your desire for food, and helping you get normal leptin-driven full signals eating less food.  Science shows that when this is happening your blood glucose levels are better, insulin resistance is improved, and leptin works better.

One study evaluating metabolically obese women (women with too much abdominal fat even if their total weight was OK) found that one key difference was they lacked fiber in their diet.  This lack of fiber was associated with increased inflammation coming from white adipose tissue (TNFa Cytokine involved with systemic inflammation and regulation of immune cells. It is able to induce cell death, and inhibits tumorigenesis and viral replication. When dysfunctional it is associated with a number of disease processes. and IL6), elevated triglycerides, elevated blood pressure, insulin resistance, and elevated leptin (leptin resistance).  On top of that these women had more of the potentially plaque-forming small particles of LDL and more oxidized LDL (LDL that is damaged and also more likely to form plaque.)

Another study showed that Kellogg’s Corn Flakes sugar-shocked healthy volunteers, compared to a higher fiber cereal.  The higher fiber meal enabled a better insulin response, which resulted in more normal leptin response.  The Corn Flakes meal was a metabolic disaster – even for a healthy person. This is more evidence that the makers of refined and sugar-laden junk grains are setting up a clear path to leptin problems and obesity for Americans.

It is a national disgrace that young people are becoming type II diabetic from their overweight conditions.  One study in young Japanese women, ages 18-20, found that the lack of fiber was directly associated with obesity risk.  In another study of young Japanese diabetic women, ages 18-22, it was found that the only diet variable that was associated with high levels of leptin (leptin resistance) was dietary fiber intake.  The lower their intake of dietary fiber, the worse their leptin levels.  This was true regardless of body mass index.

It is vital to follow the Five Rules of the Leptin Diet in order to lose weight healthfully.  Additionally, having adequate soluble fiber and high quality protein are two of the key issues that make sustained weight loss possible – because they help improve the function of leptin – the key hormone that determines if calories will make you fat or be metabolized as fuel.

The Wellness Resources Fiber Products

In my years of experience with many dieters, appetite is optimally suppressed by a fiber intake ranging from 35 – 50 grams of fiber per day.  How much you personally need is easy to judge, because when you get enough you have far less desire to over eat or eat food in response to stress. 

The challenge for any dieter is cutting back on carbohydrates while trying to increase fiber intake.  During a reduced-calorie diet it is common that dieters will have two servings of fruit per day, usually breakfast and lunch, and two servings of vegetables per day, usually lunch and dinner or both at dinner.  A serving of fruit or vegetables averages about 4 grams of fiber per serving.  Assuming four servings per day, that is 16 grams of fiber. 

One cup of oatmeal or two slices of whole wheat toast also have 4 grams of fiber.  Legumes and bran cereal have about 8 grams of fiber per serving.  If you are trying to lose weight you will typically need to limit this type of food to one serving per day, or 4-8 grams of fiber.

Even though this adds up to 20-24 grams of fiber, it is not enough fiber for most overweight people to feel satisfied.  It might be enough fiber for a normal weight person with a normal appetite and good leptin balance, but if you are overweight this amount of fiber won’t keep you from circling the refrigerator and looking for food after your dinner is complete.

Whole wheat fiber and bread products are a horrible way to boost fiber in your diet when you are trying to lose weight (one serving a day is fine).  This type of fiber is mostly insoluble fiber and what you really need to boost up is soluble fiber intake.  Secondly, the carbohydrate calorie content of these foods becomes excessive for weight loss when they are over-consumed, aggravating problems of insulin and leptin resistance. 

This leaves you with fruit as a choice for more soluble fiber, but you really don’t want any more fruit-sugar calories either (beyond two servings).  That leaves vegetables.  Eat as many as you like to make your fiber amount, if you want to, except the high-sugar carrots, corn, and peas (use spices as desired to make them taste better, not large amounts of salad dressing).

It is far easier to use no-calorie supplemental fiber to increase your fiber intake, reduce your appetite, and boost your metabolic efficiency.  The problem with most fiber products on the market is that they taste terrible, gel up too much when they are mixed, and/or contain natural or artificial sweeteners that throw their own monkey wrench into your leptin-taste system.

I have designed two specialty fiber products, Fiber Helper and LeptiFiber, both very high in soluble fiber (8-9 grams of soluble fiber per heaping tablespoon).  Both products mix easily in water or a protein drink, do not gel up and gag you, have little taste, and have no added sweeteners of any kind.

Fiber Helper is comprised of Nutrim® oat bran, arabinogalactan fiber, and small particle psyllium seed husk.  The oat and psyllium in this product qualify for the FDA’s approved health claim, which is as follows:

“Soluble fiber from foods such as oats and psyllium, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease. A serving of Fiber Helper supplies .75 grams of the needed 3 grams of oat beta glucan soluble fiber from oats and 3.5 grams of the needed 7 grams of soluble fiber from psyllium necessary per day to have this affect. Thus, 1 serving provides 75% of the soluble fiber per day for this FDA approved health claim.”

Nutrim oat bran was originally developed and patented by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It has long been known that oat soluble-fiber beta-glucans support the maintenance of healthy cholesterol, triglyceride, and blood sugar.  Nutrim not only concentrates these important beta glucans, but also provides a smooth mouth feel with a mild oat flavor, making it the best form of oat beta glucan to easily consume.

Arabinogalactan fiber, which is in both Fiber Helper and LeptiFiber, is a glyconutrient of 6 parts galactose to 1 part arabinose, with small amounts of glucuronic acid arranged in a highly branched configuration.  This highly branched structure is slowly fermented, meaning that this type of fiber does not cause gas and bloating.  It has been proven to have high digestive tolerance in dosages up to 30 grams per day, though fiber-related benefits have been demonstrated at the dose of 5 grams per day (the serving size in either Fiber Helper or LeptiFiber).  It has been shown to increase the production of friendly flora and important colon-protecting short chain fatty acids, while decreasing the production of unfriendly flora and ammonia.

We include psyllium in this product because it is one of the better soluble fibers that also promotes stool bulk and regularity.  It is very important to keep your bowels moving forward during weight loss.  We use specially filtered small-particle psyllium, which reduces the gelling and clumpiness that is associated with other psyllium products. 

This unique mix of three fibers in Fiber Helper is a premier fiber supplement, with documented support for a variety of health needs – including regularity.  One serving has 10 grams of dietary fiber, 9 of which are soluble.  The overall product is easy mixing with a mild oat flavor.

Our other fiber product is called LeptiFiber.  This is a combination of the arabinogalactan fiber described above and partially hydrolyzed guar gum fiber – another great soluble fiber source.  We made this second fiber product for several reasons:
1)  Some people do not tolerate psyllium or oats, so it is an additional high-quality fiber alternative.
2)  Both fibers in LeptiFiber dissolve almost completely in water and leave little taste, making them very easy to mix in any beverage.
3)  This makes LeptiFiber an easy to use product before your largest meals of the day, a great way to naturally reduce appetite, feel full on less food, and maintain your diet.
4)  We also made it in capsules so you can take it with you to work and easily use it before lunch, in the middle of the afternoon, or before coming home for dinner (take 5-10 capsules at a time to get a good fiber dose – 600 mg per capsule).

Whenever you are increasing soluble fiber intake it is best to do so gradually, enabling your lower colon to get used to the extra fiber.  It is natural that soluble fiber will increase metabolic activity in your lower colon, which is quite good for you.  If you do it too fast you may get gas or bloating.  If so, cut back, let your system calm down, and then gradually increase intake to the desired level that supports appetite control and improved metabolism.

The Power of Increasing Quality Protein and Fiber

In addition to adding quality fiber to your diet, the other basic change that favors weight loss is increasing quality protein that is rich in branch chain amino acids, such as optimally filtered whey protein.  Unlike most other amino acids, branch chain amino acids are metabolized in your muscle.  They enhance insulin signaling to your muscles, also boost CCK to help regulate your appetite, natural stimulate your liver into metabolic gear, and prevent muscle wasting during weight loss. 

To reach the weight-loss boosting amount of protein, you need between three-fourths of your ideal weight up to three-fourths of your actual weight, in grams of protein per day.  To optimize weight management efforts and stabilize your energy and appetite, it is vital to start your day with a high protein meal.  For example, if you are someone who likes oatmeal, oat bran, or a wheat bran cereal for breakfast to help with your fiber intake, you are better off having that meal at lunch or dinner – or you could have a protein smoothie along with the fiber-containing cereal.  For a comprehensive review of protein during weight loss please read my feature article, How Protein Helps Weight Loss. 

Soluble fiber taken with fine quality whey protein enhances the digestion and absorption of the protein, as the fiber holds the protein in the stomach and small intestine longer, while enhancing the release of digestive enzymes.

I have designed three specialty whey protein, soluble fiber, and antioxidant powdered drinks for mixing with a spoon or in a blender to make a smoothie.  These are called Daily Protein Plus.

The Original formula of Daily Protein Plus contains 21 grams of protein, 7.5 grams of Nutrim oat bran, and 900 mg of high antioxidant mangosteen whole fruit powder (ORAC

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Tips to Solve Common Weight Loss Issues

The Leptin Diet, consistent exercise, a healthy lifestyle, and stress management skills are the foundation for successful weight loss.  In many cases dietary supplements can be used to augment various metabolic problems that otherwise slow or impede progress to lose inches.  These can be used as “tools” to help keep your energy up, cravings at bay, hormones working better, and metabolism engaged properly in calorie burning.  Dietary supplements make progress easier for most and are quite helpful for getting started, staying on track, or breaking through a weight-loss plateau, or helping you lose the inchesthat you have always wanted to lose!

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Detoxification During Weight Loss

Every person in American is being exposed to a wide variety of fat soluble toxins that tend to bio-accumulate in their fat as they get older.  Before I explain the importance of let me first convince you that this problem applies to virtually everyone.

Once upon a time our Environmental Protection Agency (EPA Eicosapentanoic acid. Type of long chain essential fatty acid – Omega 3 oil. Works in concert with DHA. Must gotten through food sources such as deep cold water fish or some limited plant sources or taken as a supplement. ) conducted a program called the National Human Adipose Tissue Survey (NHATS).  In 1982 and again in 1987 it analyzed human fat samples from cadavers from across the country – looking for the types of toxins that accumulate in human fat.  Four industrial solvents and one dioxin were found in 100% of the fat samples.  Another 9 chemicals, including 3 more dioxins and 1 furan were found in over 90% of the fat samples.  In general, 83% of the fat samples contained PCBs.  Tracking this data was mandated by law, the funding for which was conveniently cut from the budget by the Reagan administration (unfortunately that administration, like all since, have been pollution friendly).  The final reports are now mysteriously missing from the above EPA Eicosapentanoic acid. Type of long chain essential fatty acid – Omega 3 oil. Works in concert with DHA. Must gotten through food sources such as deep cold water fish or some limited plant sources or taken as a supplement. website, but were reported on rather thoroughly in Alternative Medicine Review, and dioxin and furan levels from this data were specifically analyzed by the American Public Health Association.

This problem appears to be getting much worse as pollution around the globe continues to grow, paralleling the rapid global epidemic of obesity.  These chemicals accumulate in the food chain in animal, dairy, and fish – which are then consumed by humans.  We don’t actually know how bad the exposure is right now, but PBCs last hundreds of years and decompose into even more toxic dioxins and furans (dioxins and furans are also produced as part of industrial pollution today).  We do know that a 2007 EPA Eicosapentanoic acid. Type of long chain essential fatty acid – Omega 3 oil. Works in concert with DHA. Must gotten through food sources such as deep cold water fish or some limited plant sources or taken as a supplement. report shows that farm soil across America is polluted with PCBs and related chemicals. 

It is now very clear that when you lose weight toxic PCBs and related compounds are released from stored fat and are in higher levels in your blood – and it has been shown they can depress the function of your thyroid.  The more weight you lose the more exposure there is. 

PCBs are particularly hard on women (as they naturally have a higher percentage of body fat) and have been linked to diabetes risk in women.  PCBs also bind to estrogen receptors and can double the risk of breast cancer in premenopausal women and quadruple it in postmenopausal women who are genetically susceptible (up to 17% of the Caucasian female population).  The NHATS study of human fat samples also showed that common pesticide exposure (but not PCBs) was linked to increased risk for non Hodgkin’s lymphoma Cancer in the lymphatic cells of the immune system. .

Detoxification and Weight Loss

Managing your detoxification systems properly as you lose weight can be an important determining factor in how much progress you make and whether of not you reach an optimal goal weight.

White adipose tissue, where your extra pounds are stored, is in many ways a defense mechanism against excess – keeping such excesses away from vital organs like your heart, liver, and kidneys.  For example, excessive fatty acids are extremely toxic to cells and can easily kill them, which is why they get stored in a safe location in the first place when excess food is consumed.

A similar problem occurs with fat soluble toxins.  These come from air pollution (formaldehyde), food (mold toxins and PCBs), pesticides on food, alcohol excess, digestive/sinus toxicity issues from overgrowth of Candida or bacteria (acetaldehyde), and many others.  Fat soluble toxins at low levels disturb thyroid function, reproduction, liver function, and general cell health. 

Toxin excess is a common reason for rapid weight gain, both as a defense mechanism and because the toxins are crashing metabolism.  Individuals can gain 25 – 50 pounds in a year when acute toxin challenges go unmanaged.

Thus, toxins are stuffed into your fat in the first place to get them away from your metabolism.  When they are in your circulation they can readily disrupt your metabolism, causing weight gain.  Yet, as you lose weight they go back into your circulation.  You must effectively clear them or you will feel crummy, fatigued, irritable, and/or simply not lose any weight.

Sometimes you will lose weight just fine for a while and then you hit a toxic layer of fat.  You didn’t change your diet or exercise – possibly there was a bit more stress – but now you are in a toxic slow down.  Your weight loss will stop or you will start gaining weight as your body now holds water in an effort to dilute the poisons.  If you get frustrated you’ll start eating more, which will actually make you feel much better, as the toxins will be packaged back up into fat and sent back to storage.  Of course, you won’t feel much better next time you look at the scale. 

Some individuals have a baseline of being too toxic with clogged plumbing as they try to embark upon weight loss efforts.  Weight loss under such circumstances is incredibly difficult and such individuals need to start out not only by improving diet quality, following the Leptin Diet, and doing moderate exercise, but also focusing on their personal detoxification needs.

Diet-related Detox Tips

1)Food in excess, whether it contains toxins or not, is toxic to your body.  Too much protein produces too much ammonia, too much fat clogs vital functions and directly kills cells, too much sugar caramelizes and cements cells.  The same food that is your friend can be your enemy when consumed in excess.  Eat to live, don’t live to eat. 

2)Reduce or eliminate non-organic foods.  Almost all pesticides on produce are fat soluble toxins and you need as few as possible coming into your body newly from the food you are eating.  At the same time you need fresh fruit, vegetables, and moderate whole grains so you get enough dietary fiber to help clear toxins from your GI tract.

3)Eat more fresh food.  Packaged foods often use content that are two – three growing seasons old – which have a much higher likelihood of containing fat soluble mold-derived mycotoxins. This will all keep you from being able tolose inches.  Prepared convenience meals contain some of the lowest quality food ingredients possible.  Learn to love your raw and lightly steamed/cooked vegetables.  Take the time to prepare real food for yourself and your family.  Food is part of family and culture.  Flavor and freshness are your friends; excess salt, fat, and sugar are not.

4)If you really struggle with toxins you may need to reduce dairy, meat, eggs, salmon, tuna, other toxic fish, etc.  Tip:  Use extra lemons when eating any fatty fish – the citric acid in lemons helps chelate To bind, attach to. Chelation may be bind onto various toxins or may be used to transport nutrients into cells for healthier metabolism. toxins including mercury and PCBs.  Eating organically raised produce or fish from clean waters is likely to have less chemicals, including PCBs.

5)You must eat while you are losing weight so don’t get too paranoid about toxins in food. You will start to lose inchesin no time. Only try eliminating a category of food (like dairy or red meat) if you are stuck and just can’t seem to make progress even though you are doing everything else right.  In general it’s a numbers game; eat better more often – especially when progress slows.  Your body can readily handle a certain amount of toxicity.  The issue is important, so pay attention.

Dietary Supplements and Weight Loss Detoxification

By far the most important substance to have in your diet during weight loss is adequate fiber – which is a general toxin absorbing substance. This will help you lose inches.  It is common to eat less bread or whole grains on a diet, which may lower your fiber too low to keep your bowels moving well.  If your bowels slow down while you are dieting or you start to feel too toxic, then first try some extra fiber. 

My favorite product for this is Fiber Helper™ which provides a great source of three different soluble fibers that help absorb toxic waste.

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Why does stress cause weight gain? How To Lose Inches!

Why does stress so often lead to overeating or going off our diets, when all you want to do is lose those inches. There are many reasons; let’s start with a bit of biochemistry, focusing on the hormone coritsol.

Cortisol, a glucocorticoid (steroid hormone), is produced from cholesterol in the two adrenal glands that reside atop each kidney. Itis normally released into the body in response to events and circumstances such aswaking up in the morning, exercising, and acute stress.

The following is a typical example of how the stress response operates as its intended survival mechanism:

You’re faced with a stressor.
The adrenal glands secrete cortisol.Cortisol prepares the body for a fight-or-flight response by flooding it with glucose, supplying an immediate energy source to large muscles.Cortisol turns off insulin production in an attempt to prevent glucose from being stored, so that it is used right away..making it harder to lose inches. Cortisol narrows the arteries while epinephrine (another similar hormone) increases heart rate, both of which force blood to pump harder and faster.The individual addresses and resolves the situation.Hormone levels (ideally) return to normal.So what’s the problem? In short, the theory is that with our ever-stressed, fast-paced lifestyle, our bodies are pumping out cortisol almost constantly, which can wreak havoc on our health and keep us from losing inches. Sure, it’s all good when your source of stress is a boulder rolling down a mountain, coming straight toward your head; the body uses cortisol to propel you to action and move out of the way. But when the stress comes in smaller (but almost constant) doses, like a rude comment from a relative, or running out of time while cooking for a crowd, our bodies become overburdened with these hormones.

So how can repeated elevation of cortisol can lead to weight gain or adding inches? One way is via stimulating the body to deposit extra fat. Cortisol can mobilize triglycerides (precursors of body fat) from storageand relocate them to visceral fat cells (those under the muscle, deepin the abdomen). Cortisol also aids new, small fat cells’ development into maturefat cells, which is controlled by enzymes. More of these enzymes in the fat cells might mean greater amounts of cortisol produced, adding insult to injury (since the adrenals arealready pumping out cortisol).

A second way in which cortisol may be involved in weight gain has to do with regulation of blood sugar. Consistently high bloodglucose levels, along with insulin reduction, lead to cells that arestarved of glucose. But those cells are crying out for energy, and oneway to regulate is to send hunger signals to the brain. This can leadto overeating. And, of course, unused glucose is eventually stored asbody fat.

Another connection is cortisol’s effect on appetite andcravings for high-calorie foods. Studies have demonstrated a directassociation between cortisol levels and calorie intake. Cortisol may directly influence appetite and cravings by direct action in the brain; it alsoindirectly influences appetite by affecting other hormones and stressresponsive factors known to stimulate appetite.

Now that we understand how and why cortisol leads to weight gain, what can we do about it?

Prevention, of course. Learn and identify what factors cause you stress, and take steps to prevent them. For example, if too little sleep stresses you out the next day, go to bed earlier. If holiday shopping is your trigger, then make a list and shop online, or go to the mall during off-hours to avoid the crowds.

Be mindful about real hunger versus stress-induced appetite. This is a toughie for people who tend to eat to deal with stress. Food is comfort when stress takes hold, and the urge to eat feels a lot like real hunger. When you wander into the kitchen or place an order at a restaurant, ask yourself if you’re truly hungry, or if you’re eating for other reasons. If you are truly hungry, it will be easier to eat healthful foods. If you’re stressed, you may crave fatty and/or sweet foods. If we keep in mind that food will NOT solve our problems (and may create more of them), and learn other coping mechanisms for stress, we will be far better off.

Recognize when stress is creeping in, and act. Sometimes stress sneaks up on you. Like you think you’re all set for the holidays, but it seems that every hour someone is placing little demands on you that just keep piling up. Before that pile overwhelms you, say “no” where you can, or solicit help from your friends and family.

Deal gracefully with unexpected stress. Like if you’re cooking for company and you realize last minute that you’re out of a key ingredient. Or you’re wrapping up at work, ready to leave for vacation, and your boss springs on you, “Hey can you do this project by the end of the year?” Take a deep breath and focus on a solution, and once it’s over, don’t dwell!
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Running Tips for Weight Loss, Weight Loss and Running Tips

Have you turned to running as the ultimate answer to weight loss?

But now you are questioning its effectiveness?

Let me help you further.

Running is one of the best ways to lose weight. But you can’t just run and expect to lose weight.

There is another important thing to consider and that is your diet. Keep eating more than your required calorie intake in a day and your body won’t be able to burn the extra calories unless you work extra hard as well.

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