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Mind “The Low Fat” Labels…

The idea that eating less fat can keep you healthy, a notion very popular with the medical establishment in the mid 1980s, seemed to make sense. Experts were working with the data available at the time – they saw saturated fat had more calories and raised the bad (LDL) cholesterol. Today fat is still often the diet bad guy and you’re still likely to see “low fat” and “fat free” on many of food labels.

While our cholesterol levels, and total intake of saturated fats has gone down, the numbers of obese people in this country has continued to rise. How can we be eating less fat but getting fatter? One potential reason is the unintended effect when you eat something labeled “low fat”; people tend to eat more of it – up to 50% more according to Cornell researchers.

Those who are overweight are particularly at risk to falling for the deceptive “low fat” and “fat free” labels. These people tended to take in 60 more calories than do those who are thinner.

More recent work in this area has found that if you take saturated fat from the diet it needs to be replaced with something that’s better for you. Now we understand that polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats are actually good for you. Also, nutritionists know that fat satisfies appetite longer, so you end up eating less. Most people don’t make the healthy switch when it comes to fats.

In 2010 an important meta-analysis looked at the association between saturated fat and the risk of heart disease, stroke and cardiovascular disease. The analysis included 21 different studies. The conclusion was that there is not enough evidence to say that saturated fat raises the risk for stroke, heart and cardiovascular disease. More research needs to be done to tell us about the risks for specific age and sex groups.

The findings may stem from the fact that people replaced the saturated fat with carbs. When you up the carbs in your diet it can cause other problems and raise your risk for cardiovascular disease. This research points out the mistake it was to try and lower saturated fats by replacing them with processed carbs – this didn’t do any of us any favors. It would be better to replace saturated fats with healthier polyunsaturated ones, but there’s still a lot to learn before we have a complete picture of how fats operate in the body.

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In 2013 another study, known as the Sydney Diet Heart Study, found that the benefits of polyunsaturated fatty acids have not been established. The work found that in those with higher amounts of omega-3 compared to omega-6 got beneficial results, where research that had the omega-6 content higher didn’t show any benefit. You can see the challenge this message is to deliver to people.

Total fat intake isn’t a good reflection of your health. Your best bet is to stay away from refined grains, too many sugars, starches, sugar laden drinks, processed meats and foods that have lots of trans fats or are loaded with salt. Replace these foods with healthy vegetable fats, oils, fruits and veggies, nuts, whole grains, fish, yogurt and modest amounts of cheese. Eat healthy and forget keeping track of fat.

To your good health,

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The Top 7 Diet Mistakes To Avoid

Trying to lose weight is tough, calling for consistent effort, patience and a good measure of plain old willpower. What makes weight loss even more of a challenge is that there’s so much advice out there, it’s hard to know what to follow, what to ignore.

Experts insist that the foundation of successful weight loss is a healthy, calorie controlled eating plan combined with regular exercise. There’s nothing fancy… no “secret”. To lose weight you need to make permanent changes in the way you eat, the way you live and care for your body in order to succeed in getting (and keeping) the pounds off.

Here are seven common diet mistakes to avoid…

MISTAKE 1: Banishing your favorite foods. By eliminating your favorite things, you make them even more powerful, more tempting. You need to allow an indulgence once in a while, limiting your portions, taking time to really taste and enjoy what you’re eating, you can short circuit the “cheating” idea.

MISTAKE 2: Banishing whole categories of food. Your body needs some of everything, carbs, fats and protein to be balanced and healthy. Any plan that has you completely eliminate one of these groups can cause you trouble long term. Remember when fats were bad? That spawned many sugar filled, refined carbs and we all gained weight in record numbers. Balance is key.

MISTAKE 3: Expecting too much, too soon. The experts agree that healthy, lasting weight loss should be no more than a pound or two each week. If you’re expecting more than this, you’ll get discouraged at the healthy results you’re getting. When it comes to weight loss, slow but steady wins the race.

MISTAKE 4: Skipping meals. This sounds like a great way to cut out some calories, but it ends up causing you to eat more later on. Try to eat when you’re hungry, but not totally ravenous, to keep your hunger, and the portions you consume, in line.

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MISTAKE 5: Eating too few calories. It’s tempting, when going for rapid weight loss, to skimp on the calories, but this isn’t a good strategy. Diets that have too few calories, also offer too few nutrients. Keep your calories to 1,200 a day for healthy weight management.

MISTAKE 6: Eating because your diet plan says so. If the diet plan you choose has you eating every two or three hours, and you’re not hungry, you don’t have to eat. Forcing yourself isn’t a good thing. You need to learn to recognize your own internal signal of hunger and respond. If you’re hungry, eat sensibly, if you’re not, don’t.

MISTAKE 7: Expecting exercise to give you an “eat all you want” pass. Workouts and watching calories go together when it comes to weight loss, but to see a drop in pounds from exercise you need to step up the intensity a lot. It’s easy to over estimate what you burn and then eat more than you should to balance that out. Unless you worked out (hard) for an hour or more, the most you need to replenish yourself with is water.

Steer clear of these common diet blunders and you’ll be less frustrated… less likely to give up your efforts. Before long you’ll be seeing the results you’ve always wanted, feeling better than you ever dreamed.

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The 34 Words Which keep Your Weight Down

In today’s technology obsessed world it’s no surprise that weight loss apps are so popular, but according to new research, the old school pencil and paper work just as well when it comes to losing weight. Food journals are an important, but often overlooked, tool in your weight loss battle that can really have an impact on your results. The power of journaling has most recently been supported by data coming out of the long-term Look AHEAD obesity project, an 11-year study that was funded by the National Institute of Health.

Among the 550 participants in the study who kept records of what they ate, those who wrote at least 34 words a day lost the most amount of weight. On average, these subjects dropped 12% of the weight they started at over the year they were tracked. The key is to use lots of words. When the level of detail in the journal went under 33 words, the average weight loss dropped to as low as 9% of starting weight.

Some smart tips on food journaling…

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Write every single thing you eat or drink down, right away.

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Include what you’re doing while you’re eating.

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Describe how you felt while eating.

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Be honest because no one has to see it but you.

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At the end of each day, look at how your emotions impacted your eating.

When it comes to your food journal, details really count. So instead of listing cereal, milk and banana for breakfast, write the brand name of the cereal, the amount you’re having, the kind of milk and the amount and even the size of the banana. Include the amount of calories of each. It might sound like a lot of work, but as you do it more, you’ll get faster at recording all you’re eating and drinking.

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As you see, food journaling ups your awareness of what, how much, and why you eat. This helps you cut out that mindless eating, and show you areas where you might make changes. Food journals also identify triggers to overeating that you can modify (like stress) or avoid (like idle time in front of the TV). You might be surprised to find some surprising sources of calories, what you’re drinking or snacking on. The good news is that food journals help you see this and thus make changes that truly impact the calories you take in per day, and thus your weight.

The time and effort you put into food journaling is worth it in terms of weight loss, many well done weight loss studies support this idea. Keeping a food journal will help you monitor (and stay accountable) for everything you put into your mouth. You’ll get into the habit, rather quickly, of writing everything you eat or drink in your journal. For some, the act of just writing things down is enough. Many decide not to eat something because they don’t want to write it down.

Another great journaling tip, that’s also totally low-tech, is pairing up with a buddy who is trying to lose weight. This kind of support really helps. You can share your daily food journal entries with each other; you might even text after every meal and then talk by phone (or in person) each day.

To your good health,

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Play The Game: Wear A Pedometer

Walking is one of the safest, most effective workouts there is, and we all know we should be doing more of it. But following through isn’t always easy though a new study may hold the key to helping people take more steps every day – wearing a pedometer. The research on the effectiveness of pedometers evaluated two different prescriptions for physical activity in older patients and appeared in the respected Annals of Family Medicine.

The study on walking included 330 non-active seniors (65+) living in New Zealand whose walking rates were tracked for over a year. At the start of the study, all the subjects were considered healthy enough to be active, but most said they actually got little exercise. The subjects were randomly assigned to either be given a pedometer or not and encouraged to follow the country’s “Green Prescription” for being active. The initiative is focused on trying to get people to do at least 30 minutes of moderately intense activity every day. Both groups also got a visit with a primary care physician and a total of 3 counseling sessions by phone over the following 12 weeks. All this was aimed at getting them up and moving.

At the end of the year, both groups had gotten more active. But, those who had been given the pedometers nearly doubled – 50 minutes vs. 28 minutes – their weekly time spent walking compared to those who hadn’t gotten the devices. The older adults got more active just by wearing these devices. They could check their progress during the day against goals for being active that they’d decided upon earlier.

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Also of note, while neither group lost weight, both groups did see big improvements in blood pressure.

Why did the pedometers work? According to study lead author Gregory Kolt, the head of the School of Science and Health at the University of Western Sydney in Australia, wearing these devices does let you see how active you are. And since they are both affordable and accessible, pedometers are likely to be a great addition to public health efforts to get people up and exercising.

Pedometers are able to sense your body motion and keep count of your footsteps. That number is converted into distance by knowing the typical length of your stride. Wearing one can be a great motivator that you can wear all the time, or just when you’re out for a walk.

When it comes to choosing a pedometer, investigate the different types (i.e. accelerometer, coiled spring or hairspring mechanism), think about what you want it to do (total daily steps, workout tracking) and how you’ll wear the device. Size and comfort are key, especially if you’re tracking total steps in a day. You want a secure clip mechanism so you don’t lose the pedometer and the display should be easily read without having to take off the device to do so. Most important of all, if there’s a reset button, be sure it’s in a place where you won’t hit it by accident during your regular activities. As you might expect, there are apps that work like pedometers, but like the device itself, they have their pluses and minuses.

Science knows that being inactive is responsible for many chronic health problems, which is why your health care team are always asking about activity level. Now we see that actively keeping track of your walking might get people to do more, without even realizing it.

To your good health,

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5 Facts To Know About Low Carb Diets

Low carb diets don’t work according to some experts. Others, equally sure, swear by them, and insist we just don’t understand or aren’t depriving ourselves enough. Most nutritionists will tell you that people crave carbs, and if you eliminate them from your diet, you’ll only want them all the more. Forbidden fruit.

Here are five simple, solid tips from The CarbLovers Diet Cookbook that may have you rethinking that ban on carbohydrates you’ve been struggling to stick to.

1. Low carb diets leave you feeling stressed and sad. A recent study by Australian researchers that appeared in the Archives of Internal Medicine followed 106 dieters for a year, half were on a low carb diet, the others were on a carb-rich diet. At the end of the year, the carb eaters were feeling happier, calmer and more focused than those who’d deprived themselves. Carbs are known to up the levels of mood regulating stress reducing brain chemicals, while high protein fatty foods might cause these levels to drop.

2. Low carb diets leave you fatter, not thinner. The stress and depression that most low carb dieters feel is enough, over time, to thwart even the best efforts to stay on track. The reason? Stress produces lots of hormones, like cortisol, that increase your appetite and make you vulnerable to binges according to obesity expert Elissa Epel, Ph.D. who is an associate professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco.

3. Low carb diets can’t be sustained over the long term. Most people can tough out a low carb diet for a time, but it’s quite another thing to do it for a lifetime. Studies show that people have a harder time sticking to low carb, as opposed to high carb, eating plans. In a recent Harvard University study of 322 dieters, just 78% stuck with their diet for up to two years, while almost 90% of those on a high carb diet were still following the eating plan at the end of the study period.

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4. Low carb diets bring bloating to your belly. According to the National Institute of Digestive Diseases, belly bloat is a key sign of constipation, and this is a common side effect of that low carb diet. In one study as many as 68% of participants on a low carb diet were complaining of constipation, compared to just 30% of the non dieting population, and 35% of dieters who were eating more carbs.

5. Low carb diets make people feel deprived, making dieters start to crave carbs according to a University of Toronto study of 89 women where half restricted the amount of carbs they ate, and the other half did not, When fed a test breakfast three days later and told to eat as they wished, the low carb dieters stuffed themselves, while the other women kept to their diets. The bottom line? Cut out carbs and it’s nearly impossible not to binge when you relax your guard.

While low carb diets are known for fast weight loss, much of what you lose in those early days is water, not fat. In the long run, the picture is not so clear and experts are likely to continue to argue the point. Remember, when it comes to weight loss, it’s the cutting of calories, and the increase in regular physical activity that is the tried and true formula for weight loss.

To your good health,

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7 Easy Ways To Boost Your Metabolism

Get this… even the little decisions you make about diet and exercise can make a very large difference in your metabolism. The thing to understand is that your metabolism isn’t fixed at one rate according to exercise physiologist Gary Ditsch, and you can make big changes depending on what you eat and how active you are.

Here are 7 smart ways to get your metabolism moving faster…

1. Weight lifting builds muscle, the more muscle you have the more calories you burn. What you might not realize is that the calorie burn keeps going long after the end of the workout. A research project at Southern Illinois University found that exercisers who did a 15-minute resistance routine burned 100 added calories a day for the next three days.

Why? Experts know that strength training causes micro trauma to the muscles, and your body will work to rebuild the tissue. It does this by burning added protein and carbs. To amp up fat burning, try 1 to 3 sets each of 5 resistance exercises (push-ups or squats) on three days a week.

2. Lift first, do cardio next as this combination will melt more fat. Exercisers who lifted weights for 20 minutes before cycling lost more weight than those who didn’t lift weights or those who waited longer between the periods of lifting and cardio. So go right from the weights to the treadmill, bike or stair climber.

3. Spice things up as this can up your metabolism by from 20% to 25%. The way hot mustard that comes with Asian food appears to boost production of hormones that burn fat according to Lori Shemek who is author of Fire Up Your Fat Burn. One suggestion is to try adding a teaspoon of spices to a typical vinaigrette.

4. Include intervals. Some recent Colorado State University found that cyclists who pedaled at an all out effort using a high resistance for five, 30-second sprints burned 200 calories. Recovering between intervals is also important, the participants in the study recovered with four minutes of slow pedaling with low resistance. Changing the intensity levels forces your muscles to work harder.

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5. Drink water, as it will keep your metabolism running when you’re just hanging around. According to a University of Utah study, participants who drank 8 to 12 glasses of water a day burned more calories at rest than those who drank only four glasses. You can also peel citrus fruits and freeze them, using them in place of ice cubes.

6. Snack after your exercise. Those who drank a 250 calorie shake with 24 grams of protein and 36 grams of carbs after a strength training workout lost about 4 pounds more fat, created one and a half pounds more lean muscle in 6 months than those who didn’t consume the shake after workouts. If you don’t care for a shake, try a banana with peanut butter. The key is to snack within 30 minutes after exercise.

7. Do a down dog as Yoga gets your metabolism going. In one bit of research, subjects who om’d their way through a 50 minute session saw a drop in levels of stress hormone cortisol, known to inhibit fat burning. You might consider starting with a 10-minute session and work up to something longer.

Experts know that metabolism involves a complicated network of hormones and enzymes that not only change food into fuel, but also impact how efficiently your body burns that fuel. It has a whole lot to do with how quickly we gain, and lose, weight. And not everyone burns them at the same rate. Metabolism is influenced by age, (slows about 5% a decade after your 40s), if you are male or female (men burn more calories at rest than women) and portion of lean body mass (the more muscle you have, the higher your metabolism), though it seems heredity also plays a part.

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How Drinking More Water Helps You Lose Weight

Water is truly a miracle beverage. Not only does is quench our thirst, but it is a significant part (60%) of our body makeup and can play a rather important role in weight loss. While the body can go without food for some time, water is essential to life and we cannot survive without it. Cells, the temperature of the body, the lubrication of joints and the internal transport system rely on water to work properly. There’s also evidence that even mild dehydration may be a factor in some deaths, and that treating it might prevent some serious chronic conditions.

Yet many people just don’t drink enough water during the day to stay properly hydrated, or support their weight loss efforts. To help out, here are some facts about water and weight.

Water and feelings of fullness – studies have found that people who drank two cups of water before a meal lost more weight (5 pounds more over 12 weeks, in fact) than those who didn’t drink water but otherwise followed the same diet. This is called water pre-loading and it does seem to play a part in satiety. The two glasses pre meal help you feel less hungry and therefore you eat fewer calories at that meal.

You can try this for yourself, and see how full you feel. You will want to be careful to avoid too much of a good thing – water intoxication can be fatal. Signs (often unrecognized) include confusion, disorientation, nausea and vomiting, changes in mental state, even psychotic symptoms. Early detection of this state is crucial to prevent the onset of seizures, coma and death.

Even mild dehydration can slow down your metabolism – not having enough water reduces blood volume, and thus the supply of oxygen to your muscles. This often leads to feelings of both physical and mental fatigue, which makes staying active far less likely, and certainly makes keeping your motivation up more of a challenge. Drinking water can help your body burn fat according to a study that found drinking 500 ml of water made metabolic rate rise by 30% in healthy adults.

Water and detoxifying the body – water plays an important part in natural detox and elimination, as it is the element where many of the body toxins go to be eliminated. Drinking enough water flushes your system and gets rid of waste products more efficiently… normal wastes or byproducts of metabolic processes.


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In fact, a well hydrated body is less likely to hold onto fluid, and fluid
in body tissues can add a few pounds to the number you see on the scale.
And have you feeling sluggish and bloated to boot.

Not surprisingly many people find they just feel better, and stay more regular too, when they drink the right amount of water each day. Some report less chapped lips during the winter, as well as improvements in how skin looks.

Here are some simple tips to drink more water.

- Keep a tall glass by the coffee pot so that you drink it upon waking.

- Keep a water bottle with you and sip all during the day.

- Set an alarm (or use an app) to remind you to drink a glass of water.

- Track how many glasses you’ve drunk each day and keep a running log.

- A glass of water before bed is also a good idea.

These are just suggestions, in the end you need to find the strategy you can use to up your water intake and stick with it. Before long you’ll be feeling better, less bloated, and very likely seeing the results on the scale and in how you feel.

To your good health,

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The Difference Between Weight Loss And Fat Loss

When it comes to looking better, feeling better, what you’re truly after is not weight loss, but rather fat lass. Stop eating and you’ll lose weight, both muscle and fat, which isn’t really what you’re after. What makes weight loss successful is to preserve as much muscle as you can (maybe gain a bit) while losing all the body fat you can.

This is why the body fat percentage is a better indicator of weight loss success than the bathroom scale. What’s worse, the number on the scale can play tricks on your resolve… encouraging you to give in when you are actually making solid progress in terms of body composition.

Muscle is super important to helping you lose the most amount of fat possible. Inside our muscles are fat burning engines known as mitochondria that are responsible for the production of energy. It’s here that fat is metabolized – there’s even a positive correlation between the number of mitochondria you have and the amount of muscle in your body. The more you have, the more fat you can burn.

So how do you get more mitochondria? Offer the body a reason to make more of them by doing high intensity exercise, HIIT (high intensity interval training) or strength training are excellent choices. By naturally creating a demand for energy over and above what your body can produce, you’re forcing the body to create new mitochondria to be ready for the next time your muscles need that extra energy.

Because muscle is active tissue, needing constant energy to maintain, it will burn fat all through the day.

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Focusing on fat loss is a smart way to think about achieving your weight management goals. Try not to get caught up in a number on a device… think instead about how you feel, how you look and how your clothing fits. Before and after pictures are another excellent, unbiased way to judge your progress. Bear in mind that not all progress is able to be measured – you may feel more confident and this is a huge leap in terms of progress toward you long term goal. If you must be obsessed with a number, look to the percentage of body fat you now carry as a great measure of your success and achievement.

Strange as it sounds, the best thing you can do to keep
from sabotaging your weight loss goals is to eat enough calories
. Too few calories causes muscle loss and once you do this, losing the fat is that much harder. This is why so many diets fail.

This is why it’s so important to take in enough calories for your body size and how active you are, making certain they are nutrient dense (from fruits, veggies, meat, eggs, dairy, legumes, tubers, and whole grains). Key the number of calories you get per day on the 10 to 12 times your body weight figure, starting high and dropping the number as needed.

You’ll also want to keep up with the strength or HIIT training, giving your muscles a reason to stay strong. Without constant stimulation your body will naturally shed the unneeded muscle and that’s not what you’re after.

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To Lose Weight, Eat ENOUGH Calories

We’ve talked before about the typical weight loss strategy – cutting calories to the bone – and how this might not be the best thing for weight loss. Sounds wrong, we know, but give the idea a chance.

Experts know that severely limiting calorie intake, as many dieters do, is actually counterproductive – you trigger inborn survival instincts that actually lower your metabolic rate. You starve and deprive yourself and end up not losing much, if anything. You tell yourself you’ve failed (again) and take one step further away from your weight loss goals, but the real reason may be that your body is using natural, inborn alarms that call for conserving energy in a time of little food.

When you cut calories too drastically, the result is…

- Slowed thyroid production to maintain energy

- Decreased muscle mass, one of the first things your body looks to use for energy

- Low leptin levels, an energy regulating hormone that tells the body it is hungry.
Low leptin levels encourage you to eat more.

- Less energy in part because neurotransmitter action is limited, bringing a lack of motivation, the natural way the body has to slow down, save energy.

What you need to do is eat enough of the right type of (nutrient dense) calories so that you will lose weight the healthy, lasting way. In fact, ideally you want to eat as many calories as you can and continue to lose weight.

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Unfortunately there’s no magic number for how many calories you need to eat to lose weight – each metabolism is different. Calories counters are all over the internet and can give you a general idea; but they can’t account for the many variables in how many calories your body needs to perform each day. Turns out, your metabolism is as unique as you are.

To find the calorie intake that’s right for you:

- Decide on what amount of weight loss you are looking for per week and use body fat calipers to see where you stand. If you’re losing more than you expect each week, add calories to your diet. You don’t want to drop too much weight, too fast as this means you are losing muscle mass.

- Use a pen and paper food journal, or perhaps an app for your handheld device such as MyFitnessPal or Lose it to keep track of everything you eat, including calories.

- Eat 10 to 12 times (200 lbs. = 2,000 to 2,400 daily calories) your body weight in calories a day; using the lower number if you’re very overweight. Plan your meals in advance so you are sure you’re getting the right number of calories.

- Keep an eye on the scale, and wait at least 2 weeks to see real results.

It’s hard to have the patience real, lasting weight loss requires. Most of us want the weight gone this instant – impatient to see results, to feel better. If you’re truly sticking to your diet and exercise plan and your loss has stalled, consider that your issue might be not enough calories. Focus on taking in as many nutrients as you can in what you eat, and this may spark your weight loss.

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Thyroid Hormone And Weight: The Truth

Weight loss is a common side effect for those with an overactive thyroid, and it’s true that the thyroid hormone (TH) is a key hormone in terms of metabolism and weight loss; but hold off on the celebration – these natural substances are not the newest, no effort way to lose weight. Here’s what you need to know.

It’s well known that severely limiting your calorie intake (as many dieters start out doing) has been found to be counterproductive – you simply trigger inborn, natural survival instincts that actually lower your metabolic rate. You starve yourself and don’t lose a pound. What you need to do is eat enough of the right type of (nutrient dense) calories so that you will lose weight the healthy, lasting way.

The thyroid hormone that’s getting all the attention in terms of weight loss is made up of two parts, Thyroxine (T4) the most abundant form of thyroid hormone and Triiodothyronine (T3). T4 is changed into the more active form, T3. This is the one you would like to increase. Those who have thyroid issues either don’t produce enough T4 or they can’t convert it into the T3 form. T3 is known to directly impact the metabolism in mitochondria (cell powerhouses) and regulates the metabolism of fat, protein and carbs.

You can impact your thyroid levels best by eating a nutrient rich, balanced diet that has enough calories. Not empty calories, but nutrient dense calories. As we mentioned earlier, when most people start a diet plan, they cut calories, but usually lower the level too far. Not getting enough calories causes the body to lower its metabolic rate (not producing thyroid hormone is one mechanism used) in order to more effectively use the food it does get.

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Another great way to increase thyroid levels is exercise. Research has found that the heart rate you workout at is directly related to the level of thyroid hormone in your blood. As a result, high intensity exercise and weight training need to be a standard part of your routine. You might also try high intensity interval training to get your heart rate up further and cause the natural release of TSH, which when elevated signals the release of thyroid hormones.

You notice we are not suggesting you take any medication, as these substances are intended for those who have a diagnosed thyroid condition such as hypothyroidism that can be treated (not cured) with drugs. A healthy diet and regular exercise are the only safe, effective and natural ways to help you optimize your thyroid hormone production and set your body up for efficient weight loss.

So while research has found excess thyroid hormones can produce more weight loss than just dieting, the studies have also shown that once the hormone is stopped the weight is typically regained. That’s not what you’re after. Using thyroid hormones when you do not need to might also cause you to lose muscle protein and set yourself up for other metabolic issues, perhaps even serious, life threatening consequences.

It seems that metabolism is only one part of the weight loss picture. The relationship between our metabolic rate, energy balance and weight is complex and likely affected by many factors. Altering one isn’t likely to bring the results you might expect.

To your good health,