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Want to Lose Weight? Ditch Exercise. Diet Is the Only Answer, Says Duke Scientist.

Want to Lose Weight? Ditch Exercise. Diet Is the Only Answer, Says Duke Scientist.

Regular physical activity does not necessarily prevent obesity and individuals who exercise vigorously do not particularly burn more calories, according to Dr. Herman Pontzer. In his book, Burn, Dr. Pontzer explains that diet and depressed caloric intake are the only ways to shed pounds.

Changing Diets – Not Lower Physical Activity or Infectious Disease Burden – May Best Explain Global Childhood Obesity Crisis

Changing Diets – Not Lower Physical Activity or Infectious Disease Burden – May Best Explain Global Childhood Obesity Crisis

Variation in consumption of market-acquired foods outside of the traditional diet — but not in total number of calories burned daily — is reliably related to indigenous Amazonian children’s body fat, according to a study led by Baylor University that offers insight into the global obesity epidemic.

[Lead researcher Dr. Sam Urlacher] explains " 'that change in diet [not lack of exercise] is likely the dominant factor driving the global rise in childhood obesity . . .' "

Being Fat Linked with Worse Heart Health Even in People Who Exercise

Being Fat Linked with Worse Heart Health Even in People Who Exercise

Physical activity does not undo the negative effects of excess body weight on heart health. That’s the finding of a large study published today in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology . . .

Leyla Weighs In: When a Healthy Diet Isn’t Enough—Getting to the Bottom of Stubborn Weight Loss

Leyla Weighs In: When a Healthy Diet Isn’t Enough—Getting to the Bottom of Stubborn Weight Loss

For many patients, it takes more than a healthy diet to win the battle of the bulge. Our practice is typically a last resort for patients who have tried and failed many popular diet programs, from Jenny Craig to Weight Watchers to the South Beach Diet. What can be done for such patients? Should they just give up and accept their extra pounds? Fear not, we say, for there are powerful weapons to use when fighting the battle of the bulge!

Should You Detox to Lose Weight? 6 Toxins That Make You Fat

Should You Detox to Lose Weight? 6 Toxins That Make You Fat

Environmental toxins that cause weight gain are known as obesogens, and they contribute to weight gain by altering fat storage, metabolism, and hormone balance, and can even increase our number of fat cells.

These toxins are found in our food, water, toiletries, make up, perfume, cleaning products, and so much more. And while it can feel overwhelming to try to avoid the chemical soup we live in, there are simple ways you can drastically reduce your toxic load and support detox to lose weight!

Weight Loss Solution (Step by Step)

Weight Loss Solution (Step by Step)

Dr. Jason Fung, MD, fasting and weight loss expert, discusses five steps to lose weight from his book, The Obesity Code, in this video. Numerous factors facilitate weight gain and obesity. Dr. Fung addresses these issues in his five-step plan. By simply following the doctor’s advice, you can start shedding those unwanted, stubborn pounds today.

Being Fat Linked with Worse Heart Health Even in People Who Exercise

Being Fat Linked with Worse Heart Health Even in People Who Exercise

Physical activity does not undo the negative effects of excess body weight on heart health. That’s the finding of a large study published today in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology . . .

Leyla Weighs In: When a Healthy Diet Isn’t Enough—Getting to the Bottom of Stubborn Weight Loss

Leyla Weighs In: When a Healthy Diet Isn’t Enough—Getting to the Bottom of Stubborn Weight Loss

For many patients, it takes more than a healthy diet to win the battle of the bulge. Our practice is typically a last resort for patients who have tried and failed many popular diet programs, from Jenny Craig to Weight Watchers to the South Beach Diet. What can be done for such patients? Should they just give up and accept their extra pounds? Fear not, we say, for there are powerful weapons to use when fighting the battle of the bulge!

Want to Lose Weight? Ditch Exercise. Diet Is the Only Answer, Says Duke Scientist.

Want to Lose Weight? Ditch Exercise. Diet Is the Only Answer, Says Duke Scientist.

Regular physical activity does not necessarily prevent obesity and individuals who exercise vigorously do not particularly burn more calories, according to Dr. Herman Pontzer. In his book, Burn, Dr. Pontzer explains that diet and depressed caloric intake are the only ways to shed pounds.

Changing Diets – Not Lower Physical Activity or Infectious Disease Burden – May Best Explain Global Childhood Obesity Crisis

Changing Diets – Not Lower Physical Activity or Infectious Disease Burden – May Best Explain Global Childhood Obesity Crisis

Variation in consumption of market-acquired foods outside of the traditional diet — but not in total number of calories burned daily — is reliably related to indigenous Amazonian children’s body fat, according to a study led by Baylor University that offers insight into the global obesity epidemic.

[Lead researcher Dr. Sam Urlacher] explains ” ‘that change in diet [not lack of exercise] is likely the dominant factor driving the global rise in childhood obesity . . .’ ” 

Should You Detox to Lose Weight? 6 Toxins That Make You Fat

Should You Detox to Lose Weight? 6 Toxins That Make You Fat

Environmental toxins that cause weight gain are known as obesogens, and they contribute to weight gain by altering fat storage, metabolism, and hormone balance, and can even increase our number of fat cells.

These toxins are found in our food, water, toiletries, make up, perfume, cleaning products, and so much more. And while it can feel overwhelming to try to avoid the chemical soup we live in, there are simple ways you can drastically reduce your toxic load and support detox to lose weight!

Weight Loss Solution (Step by Step)

Weight Loss Solution (Step by Step)

Dr. Jason Fung, MD, fasting and weight loss expert, discusses five steps to lose weight from his book, The Obesity Code, in this video. Numerous factors facilitate weight gain and obesity. Dr. Fung addresses these issues in his five-step plan. By simply following the doctor’s advice, you can start shedding those unwanted, stubborn pounds today. 

Man-boobs (7 Steps to Eliminate Your Moobs)

Man-boobs (7 Steps to Eliminate Your Moobs)

In this video, Dr. Ken Berry, MD, discusses man boobs or moobs. Dr. Berry can tell you firsthand, as he once had man boobs, that this condition is reversible. He dispels the myths regarding how to eliminate man boobs (including the false hope of surgery ultimately correcting this issue when it doesn’t address the cause), delves into the root causes of this condition, and provides proven steps to resolve this issue permanently.

Hormones and Weight Loss: Why Your Diet Isn’t Working

Hormones and Weight Loss: Why Your Diet Isn’t Working

If you are following a weight loss program that tells you exactly what foods to eat, you will probably lose weight. But what happens after one month, six months, or a year?

In general, diets that focus only on cutting calories for weight loss don’t produce long term benefits. People can lose weight, but they can’t keep it off. Or they plateau . . .

The truth is any diet “failure” has very little to do with will power and much more to do with the body compensating for changes. 

How to Fire Up Your Metabolism at Midlife

How to Fire Up Your Metabolism at Midlife

You have probably heard that weight gain at midlife is due to your metabolism slowing down. And research shows that this is partially true: your basal metabolic rate decreases about one to two percent per decade after the age of 20. . . .

Whether you are trying to lose weight at midlife to stave off chronic disease or to just feel your best, I want to dispel some weight loss myths that could be sabotaging your efforts and share my secrets . . .

Top 5 Tips for Weight Loss

Top 5 Tips for Weight Loss

It’s not surprising that weight loss is a common topic of conversation, considering 2 out of every 3 adults in the U.S. are overweight or obese. The annual revenue of the weight loss industry is $20 billion and there are about 108 million people in the U.S. who are currently following a diet. Yet with all the resources, programs, books, and more, we are not seeing a decrease in these numbers. In fact, it’s projected that 47% of the U.S. population will be obese by 2030.

How to Build Muscle and Lose Fat while Fasting

How to Build Muscle and Lose Fat while Fasting

We are genetically programmed to experience periods of fasting and periods of famine. Modern living provides such an abundance of food that we often tend to lean into full-time feasting at the expense of our health. The benefits of fasting are well known, but how do we incorporate it into our modern lives to reap the most of this ancestral practice? Today we explore a practical application to fasting and how to continue building muscle while reaping the benefits . . .

3 Baby Steps to Quit Sugar & Lose Weight

3 Baby Steps to Quit Sugar & Lose Weight

Excessive sugar undermines your health. Chronically high blood sugar and insulin levels have been linked to Alzheimer’s, cancer, heart disease, fatty liver, and diabetes. In this video, Dr. Becky Gillaspy explains that you can’t outrun a poor diet and provides three easy steps that you can implement today to overcome a sugar addiction so as to lose weight and experience improved health.

Natural Treatment Remedies for Weight Gain

Natural Treatment Remedies for Weight Gain

If you are taking in more excess calories and not as active as you used to be, take comfort in the fact you are not alone. That’s right, you are not alone on the train with millions of overweight and obese people on the way to serious sickness.

As we get older, maintaining a normal weight is not easy. Our lifestyle and nutrition have to be close to perfect. Are you ready to shed some pounds, look great AND feel great?

What Is Metabolic Syndrome, and Can You Cure It?

What Is Metabolic Syndrome, and Can You Cure It?

Dr. Ken Berry talks about metabolic syndrome, a condition that afflicts 25% of people throughout the world. Metabolic syndrome increases your risk of heart attack, kidney failure, and numerous other conditions. Dr. Berry explains what metabolic syndrome is and the steps you can take to cure yourself from this disease naturally and permanently.

Are You Leptin Resistant? Here’s How to Know + What to Do about It

Are You Leptin Resistant? Here’s How to Know + What to Do about It

In the United States there are few health issues quite as common as obesity. With nearly 40 percent of American adults being obese the severity of the issue is apparent.

There are many factors that contribute to obesity including poor diet, chronic conditions, and lifestyle issues such as elevated stress and lack of sleep. However, hormonal dysfunction, particularly relating to leptin . . .

Balance Your Hormones, Balance the Scale: 5 Ways to Lose Weight through Natural Hormone Balancing

Balance Your Hormones, Balance the Scale: 5 Ways to Lose Weight through Natural Hormone Balancing

Are you doing everything right, but still struggling to lose weight?

A lot of people seem to think weight loss is just a case of simple math. That all it takes is “eating less and exercising more.”

That the only reason someone is overweight is because of their self-control.

Ladies and gentlemen, that is a lie.

When it comes to burning more calories than you consume, this so-called weight loss . . .

21st Century Weight Loss Strategies<br><i>(Part 1 – Weight Loss Strategies)</i>

21st Century Weight Loss Strategies
(Part 1 – Weight Loss Strategies)

When you apply the weight loss strategies you will learn in this article, you will see the weight come off and stay off. You won’t have to spend hours in the gym or count calories or points in order to accomplish your goals. You will be able to eat tasty foods, move your body appropriately and create a sustainable lifestyle around your busy schedule in order to stay in your best shape.

5 Benefits of a Healing Diet for Reducing Inflammation<br><i>(Part 2 – Weight Loss Strategies)</i>

5 Benefits of a Healing Diet for Reducing Inflammation
(Part 2 – Weight Loss Strategies)

One of the major lifestyle influences that we control to impact our risk of developing chronic disease is the food we consume. Countries with poor dietary habits have higher morbidity and mortality rates. These deaths are linked to the higher prevalence of stroke, diabetes, specific cancer types, heart disease, dental diseases and kidney failure amongst many more deteriorating health conditions.

Food provides biological information . . .

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Children Inherit Around 40 Percent of Parents’ BMI

From an analysis of around 100,000 children from six countries – including the United States – researchers found that around 20 percent of a child’s body mass index (BMI) is inherited from their mother, while a further 20 percent is inherited from their father.

What is more, the team found that the more overweight parents are, the more overweight their child is likely to be.

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Eating Too Much – Not Exercising Too Little – Is the Biggest Driver of Obesity in Children, Finds Study That Compared Western Children to Young Amazonian Hunters

Exercising makes little difference to whether a child becomes fat, according to researchers.

Instead, simply eating too many calories is thought to be the driving force behind obesity.

Scientists compared hunter-gatherer children living in the Amazon rainforest with youngsters from the UK and US.

Youngsters from the Shuar tribe . . .

Father's Weight Is Just as Relevant as the Mother's in Determining a Child's Risk of Obesity

Father’s Weight Is Just as Relevant as the Mother’s in Determining a Child’s Risk of Obesity

It’s not only women who should be concerned about the impact of their weight on their children’s health. A*STAR researchers have identified a set of factors, including the father’s weight, that combine to increase a child’s risk of obesity by up to 11-fold.

The period between conception and a child’s second birthday is crucial in determining his or her future risk of obesity.

The Truth about Diet Restriction and Weight Loss

The Truth about Diet Restriction and Weight Loss

 . . . Diet Restriction and Weight Loss: Calorie Restriction Is a Paradox to Weight Loss

The major concepts behind losing weight being preached by the experts (be it the government, the media, or your average personal trainer) are to eat less and exercise more. We recently explored why exercising more is, in fact, detrimental for healthy hormones (and sustainable weight loss), and indeed: calorie restriction is just as useless . . . 

Ultra-Processed Foods Drive Weight Gain

It’s Not Just Salt, Sugar, Fat: Study Finds Ultra-Processed Foods Drive Weight Gain

Over the past 70 years, ultra-processed foods have come to dominate the U.S. diet. These are foods made from cheap industrial ingredients and engineered to be super-tasty and generally high in fat, sugar and salt.

The rise of ultra-processed foods has coincided with growing rates of obesity, leading many to suspect that they’ve played a big role in our growing waistlines.

Lose Weight After 40

Yes, You Can Lose Weight After 40!

Have you noticed a little extra cushioning on your bottom, belly, and hips and increased difficulty losing those stubborn extra pounds? You are not alone. This is a common problem that women face as they are entering perimenopause and menopause. As a woman over 40 (and turning 50 this year), I understand your concerns. However, as a physician, I know that it is possible to achieve a healthy weight at this time of our lives.

Are Antibiotics Making You Fat?

Are Antibiotics Making You Fat?

I’m writing from the annual meeting of the American College of Nutrition . . .

. . . There is growing evidence that our gut bacteria (our microbiome) impact many aspects of our health, from weight control, to inflammation, to your risk for neurological diseases . . .

How can gut bacteria impact your weight? Well, antibiotics generally kill off many healthy gut bacteria and allow an overgrowth of bacteria that cause us to gain weight.

Why Diet Soft Drinks Actually Make You Fat

Why Diet Soft Drinks Actually Make You Fat

For years, nutritionists and public health experts have focused on the health hazards of sugar and high-fructose corn syrup for their roles raising the risk of type 2 diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. [I]t’s no surprise then that millions of people have turned to . . . diet soft drinks.

The implied promise . . . has been that diet soft drinks should help people lose or maintain their weight.

Well . . . that’s not the case.

The Inflammation-Weight Gain Connection You Need to Know about

The Inflammation-Weight Gain Connection You Need to Know about

We used to think that maintaining a healthy weight was a simple equation. If you needed to lose weight, you were told to simply “eat less and exercise more.” 

These days, however, we know that it’s way more complicated than that. In fact, there are almost endless factors affecting our ability to lose weight, including underlying health conditions, food allergies, chronic stress, and gut microbiome . . .

How to Stop Overeating & Reach Your Healthy Weight: A Doctor Explains

How to Stop Overeating & Reach Your Healthy Weight: A Doctor Explains

Why do most diets fail? It’s not because we’re lazy or lack willpower. Almost every time, the reason diets backfire is because we restrict too much.

When you dramatically reduce your caloric count, your body instantly perceives danger. Your inner alarm system that protects you from starvation kicks in and slows your metabolism. You go into starvation mode and overeat.

How a Paleo Diet Can Reverse Metabolic Syndrome

How a Paleo Diet Can Reverse Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome usually precedes type 2 diabetes and heart disease, two conditions that seem nearly inevitable in our modern society. However, recent research shows that switching to a Paleo diet may reverse metabolic dysfunction. Read on to find how the Paleo diet can improve body weight, lipid panels, and insulin resistance, with positive results in as little as two weeks.

Intermittent Fasting for Beginners

Intermittent Fasting for Beginners

Intermittent fasting is a way to cycle between periods of fasting and eating. It’s currently a very popular method to lose weight and improve health.

Intermittent fasting might actually be an ancient secret of health. It is ancient because it has been practiced throughout all of human history. It’s a secret because this potentially powerful habit had until recently in many ways been virtually forgotten . . .

These Gut Bacteria Prevent Mice from Becoming Obese – What Could That Mean for Us?

These Gut Bacteria Prevent Mice from Becoming Obese – What Could That Mean for Us?

Researchers at University of Utah Health have identified a specific class of bacteria from the gut that prevents mice from becoming obese, suggesting these same microbes may similarly control weight in people. The beneficial bacteria, called Clostridia, are part of the microbiome — collectively trillions of bacteria and other microorganisms that inhabit the intestine.

Candida and Weight Gain

Candida and Weight Gain

One of the many unwelcome symptoms of Candida overgrowth is weight gain, or the difficulty in losing weight. The imbalance of bad bacteria in the gut caused by Candida yeast can slow down your metabolism and disrupt normal detoxification processes, resulting in stubborn weight gain that refuses to budge. Losing weight can seem like an uphill battle, no matter how little you eat or how much . . .

The Anti-Candida Diet: 11 Simple Rules to Follow

The Anti-Candida Diet: 11 Simple Rules to Follow

The anti-Candida diet is a very important part of preventing or reversing a Candida overgrowth.

By avoiding sugary foods, eliminating foods that cause inflammation, and eating foods with probiotic or antifungal properties, you can go a long way towards recovering your gut health.

As your digestive health recovers, you might find relief from many of the symptoms . . .

Americans Sitting More than Ever, Greatly Raising Risk of Early Death

Americans Sitting More than Ever, Greatly Raising Risk of Early Death

Despite all the warnings in recent years that sitting too much is ruining American’s health, most people are doing just as much sitting, or even more, than ever before. . . . The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that from 2001 to 2016 the amount of time that both adults and adolescents living in the U.S. spent sitting has remained “high and stable.”

Weight Loss the Healthy Way

Weight Loss the Healthy Way

You’ve seen plenty of weight loss ads and shelves stocked with the latest miracle fat buster, right? While these fad diets may come and go, the decision to make long-lasting lifestyle changes is what your body truly needs. There’s no secret pill that will help keep the weight off once you’ve reached your goal. Making choices that support your weight loss and maintenance goals will help you stay healthy . . .

Stop Gaining Weight – And Even Shed Those Extra Pounds  -- with These Natural Stress Busters

Stop Gaining Weight – And Even Shed Those Extra Pounds — with These Natural Stress Busters

Many patients come to the Stengler Center . . . for help with their weight.

Often, the people I see are those who’ve been very diligent with their diet and exercise program, yet they still have problems losing weight.

While it’s true that they may need a different diet and exercise program, their unwanted pounds may be rooted in something else: hormonal problems.


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