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Jump Start Weight Loss with These Tips

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Originally Posted April 2016Updated January 2020 Many people struggle with weight loss because they do not recognize or are unaware of the factors working against them. Pseudoscientific therapies, physiological stressors, and bodily dysfunction are just some of the most common barriers to weight loss. Fortunately, it may be possible to overcome these troubles by learning more about them and taking the appropriate steps to avoid or resolve them. In this article we will touch on a handful of weight-influencing factors that if improved, can notably boost your weight loss efforts. Human Chorionic Gonadotropin Therapy Most miracle therapies that claim to provide quick and easy weight loss are shams. However, there are some approaches that have a well-documented history of success and safety. One example being Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) therapy.  For over 60 years hCG has been safely used to enhance and accelerate weight loss. HCG is a naturally occurring hormone […]

5 Thyroid Lies Your Endocrinologist May Try to Tell You

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Originally Posted January 2015Updated September 2019 Endocrinologists, whose “specialization” is the endocrine system — which includes the thyroid gland — are sometimes the worst offenders when it comes to providing dubious information about your thyroid diagnosis and treatment. Get smart, and discover the five lies that your endocrinologist may try to tell you. 1. “Your TSH is Normal.” Integrative doctors consider the Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) test to be only one of many tests to diagnose and manage thyroid disease. TSH, however, is considered the “gold standard” test by many endocrinologists. Too bad they don’t even agree on the cutoff points for the reference range for this test. Learn about what’s in a complete thyroid panel and get a FREE lab slip here. Some endocrinologists consider any number within the reference range (it’s around .40 to 4.0 at many US labs) “normal,” and others feel that TSH must be as […]

Jump Start Weight Loss with These Tips

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At the same time, there are many people who eat healthy, unprocessed food and exercise but are still overweight. That is because there may be many other stressors and dysfunctions in the body, which need to be discovered and solved. And there may be also many surprising ways to jump start weight loss, which you haven’t considered before. The Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) HCG has been safely used to enhance and accelerate weight loss for over 60 years. HCG is a naturally occurring hormone produced in large quantities during the early stages of pregnancy. This hormone allows the body to mobilize fat and use it as energy for both mother and baby. For weight loss, research suggests a significantly less dose or injection (approximately 125 IU to 200 IU) results in a weight loss of a pound per day, and often more, when accompanied by a very low calorie diet […]

Leptin: The Secret Behind its Affect on Weight Loss

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Only then will you be able to enjoy long-term ideal weight. Here, we’ll take a look at the role leptin plays in all of this. Leptin and Obesity One of the most important hormones responsible for hunger, metabolism, reproduction, fat management and energy production is leptin. Leptin is made by fat cells in proportion to body fat mass, so more body fat means you’ll be producing more leptin. Without proper leptin response, you will not feel satisfied from your meals. In overweight people, there is an increase of fat mass and a corresponding increase in circulating leptin. In such cases the appropriate response of reducing food intake and increasing energy expenditure doesn’t happen, and this suggests a state of leptin resistance. This leptin resistance results in a leptin deficiency in the hypothalamus and so multiple mechanisms are activated to increase fat stores, as the body perceives this as a state of starvation. Inflammation […]

Is Your Metabolism Wrecked From Dieting?

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Dieting and Counting Calories Many people still believe that counting calories is what’s going to bring the much dreamed about weight loss. In reality, calories are great deceivers. That’s because everyone’s metabolism is different and absorbs calories differently. And the way in which the calorie values of foods are determined has no relation to the way our bodies process them. Calories are an unreliable measure of the energy potential in our food and bear no relation to how nourishing the food is. All foods contain calories to one degree or another, but not all foods contain nourishment. Nourishment is important because that’s the minerals, vitamins and trace elements the body needs to build and replace millions of cells that die every day, and to fuel the metabolism of cells. Calories don’t build cells or make them work more efficiently. Although there are times when caloric intake/portion control are warranted and necessary, […]

Weight Loss Tips for Thyroid Patients

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Many times the very thyroid dysfunction is the one that prevents you from losing weight! Indeed, it’s a vicious cycle! Throw insulin resistance in the “mix” and the matter gets even more complicated. Still, there are many important things you can do to break this cycle. Weight Loss Tips Solving insulin resistance When suffering from hypothyroidism, everything in your system slows down right down to your cells. The body’s ability to process carbohydrates slows down too, as does your cell’s ability to absorb blood sugar. The brain, organs and muscles run off of glucose, the body’s preferred source of fuel. If your cells do not get the adequate amounts of glucose into them, you can’t produce energy to help run your body. Hormones are not produced optimally, brain function does not work properly and every system of your body suffers, including the ability to sleep, lose weight, immune and stress […]

Another Reason to Avoid Artificial Sweeteners: Hashimoto’s Disease

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We’ve talked about new research that shows that artificial sweeteners do not help with weight loss. In fact, they actually contribute to weight gain and difficulty losing weight. We also pointed out the link between diet sodas — which use artificial sweeteners — and the link to metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, and type 2 diabetes. Now, a new study has given us another reason to avoid artificial sweeteners: Hashimoto’s disease.   Mary Shomon has posted about the new study, which showed a correlation between artificial sweeteners and elevated TSH levels in Hashimoto’s patients. In comparison to antibody-negative people without Hashimoto’s disease, the antibody-positive patients were also far more likely to be using artificial sweeteners on a daily basis. 

Walk Faster to Get Fit and Accelerate Weight Loss

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New studies have shown that you can improve your health by simply moving around for two minutes out of each hour you are sitting.  A new study reveals you can boost exercise benefits if you take a little more time—and effort—with each step you take. Walk a Little Faster and a Little Longer Research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine evaluates the effect of exercise on abdominal obesity and glucose intolerance. Abdominal fat is composed primarily of visceral fat.  Packed between internal organs and within the torso, visceral fat is also known as a “pot belly.”  It causes the belly to protrude, or hang, over the waistline.  A contributor to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and asthma, abdominal obesity is no joke. Glucose intolerance leads to insulin resistance and is a harbinger of type 2 diabetes.  There is no question that any effort expended to reduce incidence of cardiovascular disease and […]

Want To Lose Weight? Sleep!

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Researchers have learned that sub-chronic sleep restriction — 4 hours of sleep or less in an evening — causes insulin resistance. And, when compared to normal sleep — defined as 8 hours in an evening — sleep restriction wreaks hormonal havoc. First, it caused insulin sensitivity to decrease by 25%. Second, the stress hormone cortisol increased by 21%. This means that shortchanging yourself on sleep can substantially reduce your insulin sensitivity. This increases the risk of weight gain, metabolic syndrome, and eventually, type 2 diabetes. At the same time, increased cortisol can also make your belly fat cells more receptive — causing you to have more belly fat. Increasing cortisol can also lower your sex hormones, and add to adrenal imbalances and adrenal insufficiency. Lack of sleep also negatively affects thyroid hormones, hunger hormones, and other hormones. So, if you want to balance hormones and lose weight, here’s Step One: […]

Is Intermittent Fasting a Key to Weight Loss?

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We know that full-on fasting – such as ultra-low calorie diets, or low-cal juice cleanses — tend to lower the metabolism and bring down the metabolic set-point, especially in people with thyroid issues such as hypothyroidism. But research has shown that short-term fasting does not have this permanent impact on metabolism, while potentially offering a number of other benefits. A 2013 study from the British Journal of Diabetes and Vascular Disease found that IF diets can help combat diabetes and heart disease, lowering blood pressure, reducing insulin levels, and resulting in weight loss. More recently, Yale School of Medicine researchers discovered that a compound produced by the body when fasting can actually block responses that are involved in various inflammatory disorders. Beta-hydroxybutyrate (BHB) is produced when fasting, restricting calories, or on a ultra-low carbohydrate ketogenic diet. BHB inhibits the production of a protein that plays a key role in inflammation […]

Want to Lose Weight? Cut Out Artificial Sweeteners!

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In initial animal studies, the research found that all of the artificial sweeteners caused increased blood sugar. Their theory was that the sweeteners change gut microbes — the bacteria in the stomach that, when balanced, help with proper digestion. By transplanting microbes from artificial-sweetening using mice to germ-free mice, they were able to create glucose intolerance. They went on to study a small group of people as well. The volunteers were healthy, and not consumers of artificial sweeteners. After consuming artificial sweeteners for 6 days at a regular dose, more than half developed impaired glucose tolerance — none had improved glucose tolerance. The medical term for this is NAS-induced dysbiosis — meaning that non-caloric artificial sweeteners have caused an imbalance in the digestive and gut bacteria, that then increases glucose intolerance, and the risk of metabolic problems, including metabolic syndrome and pre-diabetes. What happens when the sweeteners change your bacterial […]

13 Numbers About Your Health That You Need To Know

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2.5 OR LOWER Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) levels above 2.5 are considered to be suspicious for subclinical hypothyroidism by many integrative physicians. The “normal” reference range for the TSH test tends to run from .3 to 4.5, and many patients with levels above 2.5 are told their thyroid is “normal,” while their physicians fail to test to actual circulating thyroid hormone (Free T4, Free T3) or the thyroid antibodies that can detect an autoimmune thyroid disease. 1.3 OR HIGHER The Free T4 test measures the available amount of the T4 storage hormone available to be converted into T3, the active thyroid hormone. While the reference range at many labs runs from .8 to 2.8 ng/dL, integrative physicians have found that most patients feel best when their level falls into the top half of the range, at a level of 1.3 or higher. 3.2 OR HIGHER The Free T3 test measures […]