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How to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

…holiday weight gain of 5–10 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Although that’s an exaggeration, people who struggle with their weight tend to also experience more weight gain during the holiday season than at any other time of year, and they also tend to keep the weight gain on. Now,…

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Weight Loss and the Yo-Yo Phenomenon

…up to two months (even after you start eating normally), when you do return to a normal caloric intake, your slower metabolic rate ensures rapid weight gain, often exceeding your original weight. If you start yet another diet, determined to lose those excess pounds “once and for all,” you’ll find…

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Debunking the Myth About Daily Weigh-Ins

…pounds during a two-year period. Meanwhile, normal weight people were likely to get on the scale just once a month and experienced a 2.4 pound weight gain during that same period. In another study, researchers enrolled more than 3,000 overweight people who were on weight loss or weight maintenance programs…

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Outsmart Your Body's Response to Holiday Goodies

…to stay away from foods made with flour, sugar, and other high-glycemic carbohydrates since they contribute to insulin resistance, diabetes, and weight gain. But I also know that avoiding high-glycemic carbs is easier said than done for most of us—especially at this time of year when holiday cookies…

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Create a Morning Ritual for the Diabesity Challenge

…burning fat at a high rate. And you’ll continue in this mode until you eat again at lunchtime. Meditation and Prayer Stress plays a large role in weight gain, as well as the inability to lose weight. I’ve found that meditation and/or prayer is a great way to combat stress. Meditation, once considered…

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Manage Diabetes by Limiting Saturated and Trans Fats

…processed and most fast foods, can wreak havoc on your body. As early as the 1920s, it was demonstrated that a high-saturated fat diet not only causes weight gain, but also decreases insulin sensitivity. A more recent British study also found that cutting back on saturated fats in meat and whole dairy makes…

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Steps to Stave Off Sarcopenia

We all notice the changes that come on with aging: thinning skin, graying hair, decreased near vision, and weight gain. But the change that has perhaps the most far-reaching implications in terms of day-to-day physical functioning is one that sneaks up on most of us unnoticed. It's the gradual, unrelenting…

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Four Simple Steps to Improve Cognitive Function

…for dementia and decreased cognitive function. Saturated fat fuels inflammation. Potatoes, breads, and sweets precipitate insulin resistance and weight gain. And processed foods are devoid of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients that nourish the brain. Improve Cognitive Function With Diet Taking the…

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7 Signs and Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

…widespread adverse effects on your health and well-being. Common Signs and Symptoms of Hypothyroidism * Fatigue, despite getting adequate sleep * Weight gain and an inability to lose weight * High cholesterol or triglycerides * Depression that won’t go away * Chronic constipation * Dry skin or thinning…

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Maintain Blood Sugar Levels Naturally

…control on Diabeta (a sulfonylurea drug), but she was concerned about side effects—as she should have been. Drugs in this class are associated with weight gain, elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and an increased risk of heart disease. During her week at the Back to Health Program, Alice was weaned…

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10 Easy Prevention Tips That Can Keep You Healthy

…your diet. Sodas, most breads, baked goods, snack foods, and other refined carbohydrates wreak havoc with blood sugar levels and contribute to weight gain. * Avoid saturated fats and trans fatty acids. Red meat, deep-fried foods, and anything made with hydrogenated oils (margarine, shortening, store…

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The Dangers of Diabetes Drugs

…foreign agents. As such, they affect your body in unnatural ways. The most common side effects of drugs prescribed to people managing diabetes are weight gain, gastrointestinal upset, and, sometimes serious liver problems. But that’s not all. In early studies, one diabetes drug in particular (Avandia…

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Diabesity Challenge Tip: Veg Out!

…helps curb your appetite and fills you up, so you are less inclined to reach for the starchy and sugary treats that likely contributed to your weight gain in the first place. This week, aim to include at least one new vegetable in your culinary repertoire. For an easy and delicious side dish, sauté…

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Healthy Diet Plan: Proper Serving Sizes

While appropriate food choices are essential when following a healthy diet plan, quantity is just as important as quality. Overeating leads to weight gain, and excess weight is a known risk factor for insulin resistance and blood sugar problems. That’s why I want to share some general guidelines on…

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Simple Thyroid Testing You Can Do at Home

Last week, we discussed how hypothyroidism can contribute to weight gain. And now I’d like to tell about thyroid testing to determine if you have low thyroid function. The gold standard for the diagnosis of hypothyroidism is the thyrotropin test, highly sensitive thyroid testing that measures blood…

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6 Surprising Benefits of Vitamin D

…worse the arthritis. * Testosterone levels. Low testosterone levels are a known risk factor for several conditions including depression, fatigue, weight gain, bone loss, metabolic syndrome, and reduced libido. A study from the Harvard School of Public Health found that higher levels of vitamin D correlated…

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Your Summer To-Do List for Better Health

…dietary changes can make in your health. First, eliminate sugar and white flour, which can wreak havoc with your blood sugar levels and contribute to weight gain. Second, avoid trans-fatty acids, deep-fried foods, and anything made with hydrogenated oils—all of which raise your risk of heart disease. You’ll…

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Diabetes and Obesity

…effects on insulin secretion and beta-cell growth. At the same time, the high levels of insulin (a common characteristic of type 2 diabetes) promote weight gain. That’s because insulin is the body’s primary fat-storage hormone—it ushers fat as well as glucose into the cells. So the higher your insulin…

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