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Are Your Sleep Habits Making You Fat?

Could your sleep habits be the reason you're not able to sustain weight loss? It's estimated that 62% of American adults experience a problem a few nights per week and that 40 million people in the United States have a chronic sleep disorder. Research now shows sleep doesn't just help you lose weight, it also detoxes the brain, helping rid it of protein build up that can lead to Alzheimer's and dementia. On top of that sleep loss lowers immunity and raises stroke risk.

Sleep and Metabolism

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Trouble Losing Weight on a Vegan Diet?

You may have noticed some of your friends or family members are now eating a vegan diet. Research now shows that 6% of people in the United States now identify as vegan; an extraordinary increase from the 1% noted in 2014. Are you one of the 6% on a vegan diet but struggling to lose weight? People on a vegan diet are usually associated with a lean body but that is not always the case. Here are 6 reasons you may be struggling to lose weight despite following a vegan approach:

1. You're not gettin…

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5 Ways Cleansing Supports Weight Loss

If you’re new to the concept of cleansing, you might wonder why we need to cleanse in the first place. It’s true that our bodies have sophisticated detoxification systems, through the colon, kidneys, lungs, skin, and liver. But these systems are getting overwhelmed.

Toxins

We live in a toxic world. Toxins are present in our food, water, air, and environment. Over the past hundred years, our world very quickly became filled with unnatural chemicals. Here are some examples:

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How To Lose Weight With Time Restricted Feeding

The Salk Institute Study

The Salk Institute published a study in May of 2015, subsequently providing an intriguing new aspect to consider amid the world’s obesity and metabolic syndrome pandemic. The study showed mice limited to eating during an 8-hour period (called “time-restricted feeding” or TRF) to be healthier than mice eating freely throughout the day. After 100 days, the mice who ate frequently gained weight, developed high cholesterol and high blood glucose, showed evidence of liver dama…

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The Insulin – Weight Gain Connection

We are now learning from science that the calorie model for weight loss is not the answer for long term success. Dieters have been finding out for decades that just because they eat less and burn more, it doesn't always equate to pounds off, especially in the long run. The majority of people gain the weight back that they have worked so hard to lose.

If monitoring calories isn’t the answer for weight loss, then what is? While calories do matter to some degree, hormones matter more.

Why Hormones, N…

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5 Key Strategies to Lose Belly Fat

While your primary reason for wanting to learn how to lose belly fat may be due to vanity, there are also loads of convincing health reasons for wanting to trim down your waistline as well.

Dangerous visceral fat — the type of deep fat that tends to accumulate near your belly, surrounding your vital organs — raises the risk for serious conditions, including heart disease, diabetes and many others.

Visceral fat is also called “organ fat” or “intra-abdominal fat”. This fat lies in close proximity to…

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How a Disrupted Circadian Rhythm Makes You Fat

While most people are aware about diet and exercise when it comes to weight loss, few really understand the impact of a disrupted circadian rhythm and how it causes poor body composition. Circadian rhythm is not just about trying to get 7-8 hours of sleep a night, it's also about timing of meals, exposure to light in the am and minimizing exposure to artificial blue light at night coming from tablets, phones, etc. The modern world we live in and the technological advances have disrupted our circ…

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The Weight Loss Trap: Why Your Diet Isn't Working

On May 25, 2017, TIME Health ran a cover story on the difficulties of losing weight and keeping it off. The article tells the story of Kevin Hall, a scientist at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) who, like many of us, thought that the solution for obesity was simple, just eat less and exercise more. He decided to study 14 contestants of The Biggest Loser for a scientific paper to see how their enormous weight loss was achieved. Over the course of the season, the contestants lost an average…

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How a Low Fat Diet Can Harm your Weight and Overall Health

Fats are an essential nutrient and one of the primary energy sources for the body. They also play a big role in weight management, absorbing nutrients, maintaining healthy skin and hair, supporting immune function, and hormonal balance.

While a balanced diet that includes plenty of plant foods is key for long-term health, fats are actually needed to properly absorb the fat-soluble vitamins found in many plants — including vitamin A, D, E and K.

Most healthy sources of fat are also fat-burning fo…

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Is Your Sunscreen Toxic?

It’s that time of year when we all start enjoying the weather outside, but did you know that 4 different studies conducted in the 1990’s indicated a higher risk of malignant melanoma among individuals who used the most sunscreen!

According to research from the Environmental Working Group (EWG), more than 75% of the sunscreens tested contained toxic chemicals that can increase your risk of cancer and other health issues.

The findings from the EWG research conclude that some sunscreen ingredients ma…

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