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When I started to read Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis, my first thought was that it didn’t go far enough. The book’s main message is to avoid wheat and we will be much healthier. Not only will we lose weight, but we will also be able to manage our diabetes much better. But just wheat? Not all grains, which the paleo diet eliminates? Not starches, the enemy of low-carb? No Wheat! When I began to follow a very low-carb diet after reading Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution by Dr. Richard K. Bernstein and Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes, I eliminated almost all starch from my diet. Almost all. Eventually, I did eliminate all wheat, but not until I had followed a very low-carb diet for several years. That’s a key difference. On a very low-carb diet you can, of course, eat a teeny weeny bit of wheat. For example, when my natural foods store would offer samples of guacamole, until this year I would use a cracker as a carrier. Wheat Belly is about eliminating all...
What is Trans Fat?
A large number of manufacturers began adding trans fat to processed food about twenty-five years ago as a means to extend shelf life. About eighty percent of trans fat in the American diet comes from partially hydrogenated vegetable oil produced in factories.
Trans fats are artificial fats that can be made when hydrogen is added to liquid oil and then pressurized. Trans fats are in cookies, crackers, potato chips, and many other products for public purchase. Trans fats can extend product shelf life for years but also raise the risk for heart disease and obesity. They also contribute to elevated cholesterol levels and a drop in healthy HDL cholesterol. Trans Fat and Childhood Obesity A Canadian all-party commons committee expressed concerns that its current generation of children could expect poorer health outcomes and a shorter lifespan than their parents and cited obesity as the cause. It was noted that twenty-eight percent of Canadians between the age of two ...
I was reading the paper this morning when this headline caught my eye -- “Sprinting is better than jogging: Study finds that short bursts can help men lose weight faster.” I found the story interesting and wanted to share the findings with you so you can enhance your own workout.
The study out of the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia found that eight-second bursts of intense exercise repeated periodically for 20 minutes helped overweight men lose four pounds over a 12-week period. Furthermore, this interval-type of exercise program resulted in a 17-percent reduction in the amount of fat stored around the men’s liver, kidneys and other internal organs. This fat is associated with an increased risk for cardiovascular disease. These findings, as reported by Bloomberg News , have been published in the Journal of Obesity.
The Australian researchers focused on 45 inactive men who were in their 20s. The group was split into two groups – an exercise gr...
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