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Obesity during Adolescence Linked to Increased Risk of Stroke as an Adult

Obesity during Adolescence Linked to Increased Risk of Stroke as an Adult

Higher body mass index (BMI), characteristic of overweight and obese individuals, relative to a low-normal BMI during teenage years and young adulthood drastically raises the risk of experiencing a stroke before age 50. The research, published in the journal Stroke, indicated that even individuals with BMIs in the high-normal range exhibited an increased likelihood of stroke compared to their low-normal BMI counterparts. Type 2 diabetes prevalence did not explain the elevated risks observed.

Paleo for Weight Loss

Paleo for Weight Loss

Sixty-nine percent of Americans are overweight or obese. Excess weight raises the risk of numerous chronic health conditions, including hypertension, cardiovascular disease, erectile dysfunction, cancer, type 2 diabetes, and many other maladies. Weight loss requires achieving an energy deficit, which a paleo diet affords, and research shows that it facilitates healthy weight loss. Rich in high-fibrous foods that provide maximum nourishment and are satiating, paleo is an effective means to lower calories without feeling deprived and shed unwanted pounds.

You've Cut Carbs... Now What Do You Eat?

You’ve Cut Carbs… Now What Do You Eat?

A high carbohydrate diet spikes insulin and blood glucose levels, facilitating fat storage. Consequently, to stay lean, eliminating processed dietary carbohydrates is prudent. This can create a void for many. Some try to substitute breads, candy, and cereals with protein but this too poses a problem, as excessive protein is converted to glucose and therefore its overconsumption will cause weight gain. However, eating fiber-rich plant foods and wholesome fats is satisfying and beneficial, keeping one svelte and nicely supplanting processed carbs.

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, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).

“One cannot be ‘fat but healthy’,” said study author Dr. Alejandro Lucia of the European University, Madrid, Spain.

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 . . .' "

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.

You’ve Cut Carbs… Now What Do You Eat?

You've Cut Carbs... Now What Do You Eat?

A high carbohydrate diet spikes insulin and blood glucose levels, facilitating fat storage. Consequently, to stay lean, eliminating processed dietary carbohydrates is prudent. This can create a void for many. Some try to substitute breads, candy, and cereals with protein but this too poses a problem, as excessive protein is converted to glucose and therefore its overconsumption will cause weight gain. However, eating fiber-rich plant foods and wholesome fats is satisfying and beneficial, keeping one svelte and nicely supplanting processed carbs.

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, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).

“One cannot be ‘fat but healthy’,” said study author Dr. Alejandro Lucia of the European University, Madrid, Spain.

Obesity during Adolescence Linked to Increased Risk of Stroke as an Adult

Obesity during Adolescence Linked to Increased Risk of Stroke as an Adult

Higher body mass index (BMI), characteristic of overweight and obese individuals, relative to a low-normal BMI during teenage years and young adulthood drastically raises the risk of experiencing a stroke before age 50. The research, published in the journal Stroke, indicated that even individuals with BMIs in the high-normal range exhibited an increased likelihood of stroke compared to their low-normal BMI counterparts. Type 2 diabetes prevalence did not explain the elevated risks observed.

Paleo for Weight Loss

Paleo for Weight Loss

Sixty-nine percent of Americans are overweight or obese. Excess weight raises the risk of numerous chronic health conditions, including hypertension, cardiovascular disease, erectile dysfunction, cancer, type 2 diabetes, and many other maladies. Weight loss requires achieving an energy deficit, which a paleo diet affords, and research shows that it facilitates healthy weight loss. Rich in high-fibrous foods that provide maximum nourishment and are satiating, paleo is an effective means to lower calories without feeling deprived and shed unwanted 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 . . .' "

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.

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.

20 Fat-Burning Foods that Help You Lose Weight

20 Fat-Burning Foods that Help You Lose Weight

Chowing down on nutrient-dense, fat-burning foods and drinks can help you drop pounds and also improve your health in many ways. For example, a healthy, balanced diet may be able to reverse diabetes and reduce your risk of obesity and other health problems including certain types of cancer.

Plus, when you ask the average person about his or her personal goals, all too often there’s a common theme: wanting to lose weight . . .

26 Weight Loss Tips That Are Actually Evidenced-Based

26 Weight Loss Tips That Are Actually Evidenced-Based

The weight loss industry is full of myths.

People are often advised to do all sorts of crazy things, most of which have no evidence behind them.

However, over the years, scientists have found a number of strategies that seem to be effective.

Here are 26 weight loss tips that are actually evidence-based.

Is Diet Soda Bad for You? Here’s What It Does to Your Body

Is Diet Soda Bad for You? Here’s What It Does to Your Body

Is diet soda bad for you? Or does it actually help you lose weight?

A Purdue researcher says public health officials should tell people to avoid diet soda much like they do with regular, sugar-sweetened soda. Susan E. Swithers, PhD, a professor of psychological sciences and a behavioral neuroscientist at Purdue says warnings may need to be expanded to include limiting intake of all sweeteners . . .

The Connection between Dust & Weight Gain You Need to Know about

The Connection between Dust & Weight Gain You Need to Know about

Spring cleaning season is upon us! In the coming weeks, mbg will be sharing some of the easiest, most effective tips and tricks we’ve heard for nixing germs at home.

PSA for anyone thinking of skimping on spring cleaning this year: Household dust may contribute to fat cell growth, according to research . . .

The Most Damaging Food Lie We Have Ever Been Told

The Most Damaging Food Lie We Have Ever Been Told

Other than the lie that fat makes you fat and causes heart disease . . . the biggest lie that has caused endless suffering for tens of millions of people is that to lose weight you need to eat less and exercise more.

This lie goes something like this: All calories are the same. . . . If you eat more than you burn you will gain weight. If you eat less than you burn you will lose weight.

The Dos and Don’ts of Keeping the Weight Off

The Dos and Don’ts of Keeping the Weight Off

If you’ve lost all the weight you want to lose, congratulations—you did it! When you get that beautiful belly you desire, you’re going to feel lots of emotions. You’re going to feel proud, relieved, sexy, and happy. But you know what else you may feel? A little scared.

Why? Because you’ve succeeded temporarily at diets before, but then you’ve put the weight right back on.

Can Collagen Really Help You Lose Weight?

Can Collagen Really Help You Lose Weight?

Ongoing research about collagen, protein shows that it may help with weight loss.

One of the biggest concerns many of us have as we get older is: weight management. Maintaining a healthy weight is a lifelong struggle for many and can get harder as we get older. In fact, statistics show that 70% of American adults are overweight, and half of those adults are obese.

Research Shows Periods of “Mini” Fasting Can Protect against Obesity and Diabetes

Research Shows Periods of “Mini” Fasting Can Protect against Obesity and Diabetes

If you’re doing my 10-Day Belly Slimdown right now, you know that one big key to success is limiting your eating to just seven hours each day—what I call mini-fasting, a.k.a. time-restricted eating or intermittent fasting. Time-restricted eating (as scientists call it) is a cornerstone of my plan because research shows that it’s an incredibly powerful way to stay slim.

Glycemic Index: Determining High vs Low Glycemic Foods

Glycemic Index: Determining High vs Low Glycemic Foods

Did you know that according to the large-scale Nurses’ Health Study, women eating the highest glycemic load diets were much more likely to develop type 2 diabetes or heart disease compared to women of the same age with the lowest glycemic load diets? This is a pretty startling statistic, especially considering the rapid rise in foods high on the glycemic index . . .

Fasting for a Purpose: A Five-Day Water Fast

Fasting for a Purpose: A Five-Day Water Fast

You have decided to embark on your first five-day water fast! Congratulations! You may be experiencing many fears surrounding this. These fears are mainly because of all the unknowns. How will l feel? What can I expect each day? My best advice is to set your healing intentions and write them down. Focus on them, and truly believe that this is going to help you on your journey to feeling amazing!

Breaking a Fast: Post Fast Eating Strategies

Breaking a Fast: Post Fast Eating Strategies

As you all know, I’m a huge fan of fasting, and all the amazing health benefits. Fasting is one of the best ways to heal the body from the inside out, and part of my Multi-Therapeutic Approach (MTA) to good health. I intermittent fast daily, but I also believe block fasting is something most of us should do at least once per year. However, how does one go about safely breaking a fast?

Adult Obesity

Adult Obesity

A Global Look at Rising Obesity Rates

Obesity has truly become a worldwide problem, affecting countries rich and poor. So just how many men, women, and children are overweight or obese? It’s a natural question-and a surprisingly hard one for researchers to answer. The problem’s vast. The data, from some regions, quite spotty. . . . But all point to tremendous increases in global obesity rates over the past three decades . . .

Low-Carb Diet: A Beginner’s Guide

Low-Carb Diet: A Beginner’s Guide

Made famous by the Atkins Diet and other similar weight-loss plans, low-carb diets are most well-known for shedding pounds fast.  . . . [R]esearch suggests that a balanced low-carb diet poses few health risks if done right.

In fact, certain low-carb diets, such as the ketogenic diet, have been shown to not only be very effective for weight loss, but also for improving other health markers . . .

How to Fix Your Gut Bacteria and Lose Weight

How to Fix Your Gut Bacteria and Lose Weight

“I read somewhere that a high-fat diet can damage your gut bacteria and promote weight gain,” writes this week’s house call. “Should I be concerned if I’m eating a high-fat diet?”

It is true that what you eat can affect your gut bacteria . . . Indeed, some studies demonstrate that high-fat diets can adversely affect your gut flora and promote inflammation and weight gain. However . . .  

OMAD: The Latest Intermittent Fasting Trend for Calmed Inflammation + Increased Longevity

OMAD: The Latest Intermittent Fasting Trend for Calmed Inflammation + Increased Longevity

Simplicity: It’s not a new idea, but it’s certainly a trend in a culture saturated by excess.  . . . People are beginning to explore the concept that less is more . . . [C]onsider the growing fascination with tiny homes, or limiting clothes to a certain number of items. There is no doubt we are looking to simplify our lives.

This simplification can easily be applied to how we eat . . .

Separating Fat from Fiction: 10 Fat Facts You Need to Know – Dr. Hyman

Separating Fat from Fiction: 10 Fat Facts You Need to Know – Dr. Hyman

“Everyone seems to be talking about fat these days. That fat somehow is good now and can help with weight loss and disease prevention. How can that be true when for decades we all were told that fat was the bad guy? What are its benefits? Are there any downsides to eating more fat?”

[This] [i]s a recent question I received and it comes at the perfect time. I have just finished writing my new book . . .

Are Some Carbs Better than Others? Yes! Here’s My Carb Scale

Are Some Carbs Better than Others? Yes! Here’s My Carb Scale

These days, we’re all big on rating things—whether it’s restaurants, movies, or the books we buy on Amazon. So today, I’m going to tap into this trend and post my own ratings for one food group in particular: CARBS. As you’ll see, I’m giving some high-carb foods a big thumbs-down, and others a big thumbs-up.

Is Sugar Bad for You? Here’s How It Destroys Your Body

Is Sugar Bad for You? Here’s How It Destroys Your Body

Is sugar bad for you? Can it really have a head-to-toe impact on the human body? When we’re talking about added sugar, the answer is a resounding “yes.” Although the sugar industry has actively fought to change public opinion about the health effects of sugar, we now know today that sugar impacts just about every organ system in the body. And not in a good way.

What and When to Eat to Reduce Insulin

What and When to Eat to Reduce Insulin

Here’s a startling truth. I can make you fat. Actually, I can make anybody fat. How? I simply prescribe insulin injections. Giving people extra insulin inevitably leads to weight gain. In type 1 diabetes, when insulin levels are extremely low, patients lose weight no matter how many calories they eat. Give insulin – gain weight. No insulin – lose weight (even to the point of death). The implication is clear.

What’s Wrong with the BMI Chart + the Better Tool to Measure Body Weight

What’s Wrong with the BMI Chart + the Better Tool to Measure Body Weight

Back in 1980, only around 10 percent to 14 percent of adults globally older than 20 years old were considered obese. Fast-forward to today and the number of those struggling with obesity is around 30 percent. Considering the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that worldwide prevalence of obesity has more than doubled since the 1980s . . .

Being Healthy Is More than a Number on the Scale

Being Healthy Is More than a Number on the Scale

I know that being slim is at the top of your wish list, and it’s a big deal for me as well. Nothing in the world makes me happier than pulling on that new pair of skinny jeans and discovering that it fits like a glove—woo hoo! When it comes to good health, however, I know that being at my ideal weight is just part of the picture. That’s because being truly healthy is a lifestyle . . .

10 Nutrients That Can Help You Burn Fat

10 Nutrients That Can Help You Burn Fat

Two thirds of Americans are overweight with 40 percent of us being obese or extremely obese.  It’s no wonder that so many of us search for weight loss magic bullets . . .This post isn’t about a list of magical nutrients . . . Instead, it’s a list of nutrients with important roles in fat burning that are important to understand because being deficient in any one of these could be holding your weight loss progress back.

Binge Eating Disorder Causes (+ 5 Natural Ways to Help Stop Binging)

Binge Eating Disorder Causes (+ 5 Natural Ways to Help Stop Binging)

Binge eating disorder (BED) is a somewhat common type of eating disorder — affecting middle-aged women more than any other group — that’s different than other well-known eating disorders like anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa, although it has some things in common with both. What is “binge eating” (or binging) exactly, and how is binge eating disorder defined?

4 Reasons Why It’s Really Hard to Maintain Weight Loss

4 Reasons Why It’s Really Hard to Maintain Weight Loss

. . . and 5 strategies that actually work

If you’re considering going on a diet to lose weight, beware — research shows that for many people, the net effect of diets is weight gain

This is not to say that diets don’t work — they do. Most people who go on a diet lose weight, usually through some combination of eating less and eating differently. 

But the weight comes back . . .

7 Surprising Things That Are Making You Hold on to Weight

7 Surprising Things That Are Making You Hold on to Weight

You watch what you eat, boycott finishing your kids’ leftovers, and even manage to squeeze in a few workouts each week. Despite all of your valiant efforts, the number on the scale remains maddeningly stuck. That’s because, as we kind of suspected all along, the latest research shows that there is so much more to weight loss than sticking to a calorie target.

9 Benefits of Human Growth Hormone, Including More Muscle & Less Fat

9 Benefits of Human Growth Hormone, Including More Muscle & Less Fat

If you’re a sports fan, you’ve probably heard of human growth hormone — more commonly known as HGH — and associate it with cheating and steroid use.

However, did you know that HGH is a natural testosterone booster that’s produced on its own and provides many important benefits? It’s true.

Is human growth hormone good for you?

Natural HGH benefits are major. It’s actually vital to cellular growth . . .

Symptoms of Mold Exposure

How to Detox Your Body from Mold

Mold is an insidious problem that is a growing concern in the modern health world. This mold isn’t the kind that grows on food, but rather the biotoxic black mold that grows behind the walls and floorboards, and wreaks havoc on the human body. This type of mold is a silent killer that is triggering a host of hormonal problems, and driving autoimmune disease.


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