Diabesity-Challenge

Diabesity Challenge Tip: Distraction is Key During Indoor Exercise

Winter is prime time to fall off the exercise wagon. But the most effective way of staying on track, especially when you’re forced to exercise indoors, is distraction. Riding an exercise bike, using a stair-stepper, or running or walking on a treadmill can be beyond boring. The best way for me…

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Diabesity Challenge Tip: Make a Commitment to Health

Each year, I remind you of the importance of choosing New Year’s resolutions that will improve your health. And while making these resolutions is easy, sticking to them can be anything but. If you have resolved to lose weight and reverse diabetes, you need to focus on how you are going to…

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Diabesity Challenge Tip: Stretch Your Mind And Body With Yoga

It’s no secret that many people are emotional eaters. When times get tough, deadlines are looming, or the demands of friends and family are overwhelming, you head to the refrigerator (or freezer or cupboard). For many people, figuring out how to break the emotional eating/stress cycle can be…

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Diabesity Challenge Tip: Let the Sun Shine In

When you really think about it, the principle behind weight loss is pretty simply: eat less and exercise more. But there are nutrient deficiencies that can affect your weight, and one of those involves good old vitamin D. Blood levels of this vitamin are inversely associated with insulin resistance,…

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Diabesity Challenge Tip: Thank You and Keep Up the Great Work

I hope you’ve enjoyed participating in my Diabesity Challenge. More important, I hope you’ve have terrific success! As the challenge ends, our battle with diabetes and obesity does not. If you know someone who has problems with weight or blood sugar control, please encourage them to…

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Just Say No to Diet Drugs

I am often asked which diet drugs I recommend to patients trying to lose weight, and my advice is simple: None. And the reason? They are often dangerous for your health. Instead of looking for a magic bullet, try improving your diet and exercising more. You should also focus on supplements that help…

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The Benefits of HCA Supplements

If you are participating in my Diabesity Challenge, you may be interested in supplements that help suppress appetite and facilitate weight loss. One of my favorites is hydroxycitric acid, or HCA. HCA is an extract from Garcinia cambogia, a fruit native to India. An HCA supplement reduces hunger…

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Weight Loss and the Yo-Yo Phenomenon

The yo-yo phenomenon is the predictable effect of crash dieting. Here’s how it happens: When you go on a very low-calorie diet, say 800 calories or less per day, the weight comes off rapidly at first. But this extreme calorie-cutting causes your metabolism to slow down to conserve energy.…

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Give Yourself the Gift of Good Health

The best give of all is the gift of great health and, as it turns out, it’s one you can give yourself. I’d like to share a few success stories from the Whitaker Wellness Institute. As these men and women show, successful, lasting weight loss can be a reality. R.J.F, an incredibly…

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Burning Energy and Losing Weight

Let’s quickly take a look at how the body burns energy. The preferred high-octane fuel of the body is carbohydrate in the form of glucose. Between meals, when there’s no fresh supply of glucose in your blood, energy is derived from your glycogen stores. Once these limited stores are…

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Commit to Get Fit

It’s a new year and you know what that means—it’s time to make that healthy weight loss resolution a reality. In addition to taking part in my Diabesity Challenge, you should start—and stick with—an exercise regimen. Here are a few tips to help get you going. * Sign a…

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