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We have a Limited Supply of Willpower

Let's say you're sitting in front of a plate of brownies at work, but you resist because you're on a diet. Hedgcock's research shows the next time you're faced with sweets--whether it's later tonight or two days from now--you'll be more likely to cave. Why? Hedgcock believes it's because your self-control is like a muscle: If you use it extensively in the short term, it will wear out and become exhausted. And time is really the only thing that helps it recover.
Posted on October 24, 2012 Read More »

Why Low-GI Diets Don’t Work

The GI, or glycemic index, is based on the blood-sugar response of eating a single food. But when’s the last time you ate only bananas for dinner? You can’t add up the GI index of individual foods in a meal and make a prediction of how your blood sugar will respond. Foods work together to impact blood sugar, and the GI doesn’t take that into account.
Posted on October 17, 2012 Read More »

Is Candida Causing Insulin Resistance?

Proponents of the candida theory blame antibiotics, birth control pills and high sugar diets for yeast overgrowth. There’s even something they call leaky gut syndrome where they claim that Candida migrates from the bowels into body.
Posted on October 10, 2012 Read More »

How to Eat Healthy When You Travel

"It's hard to make healthy choices," says Scott Isaacs, a weight-loss specialist and author of Beat Overeating Now! Take Control of Your Hunger Hormones to Lose Weight Fast. "When they're in the airports and their plane is delayed, they don't want to have an apple. They want to have wings and a beer."
Posted on October 4, 2012 Read More »

Finding the Perfect Thyroid Medication (Part 2)

New research has found that a relatively common genetic mutation can result in impaired ability of the body to convert inactive T4 to active T3. This mutation of the type 2 deiodinase gene known as Thr92Ala predicts decreased responsiveness of symptoms of hypothyroidism to levothyroxine treatment, even if blood tests are normal.
Posted on September 28, 2012 Read More »

Finding the Perfect Thyroid Medication (Part 1)

If there’s a positive aspect about hypothyroidism is that it is treatable. Although it may take time to find the ideal treatment, in my experience, most people do eventually achieve ideal thyroid hormone balance. There is no one-size-fits-all treatment. You need to work with your physician (preferably an endocrinologist) closely to make sure you are taking the right type and the correct dose of thyroid medication.
Posted on September 27, 2012 Read More »

Can Probiotics Help You Lose Weight?

Based on the results of this study, one might conclude that replacing harmful bacteria in the gut to a healthier gut flora might result in a reduction in the components of metabolic syndrome. The hope is that probiotics would result in weight loss, decreased waist circumference, lower blood pressure, lower blood sugar and improved cholesterol profile.
Posted on September 19, 2012 Read More »

How Hormones Sabotage Your Weight Loss

We’re not just talking menopause. Sleep deprivation, stress, and a bad diet can cause imbalances in the chemicals that regulate appetite, metabolism, and fat storage.
Posted on September 10, 2012 Read More »

The Secret to a Faster Metabolism

Although genetics and your age both play a role, recent studies suggest you have plenty of say over how well your metabolism functions.
Posted on September 3, 2012 Read More »

Are the Bacteria in Your Gut Making You Fat?

A new study from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore has shown that certain strains of bacteria are associated with increased risk for the components of metabolic syndrome.
Posted on August 28, 2012 Read More »
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