January 24, 2017

Why Obesity is Becoming An Epidemic

Eating fat will not make you fat.Fat and eating by flickr SummerTomato

Unless you’re a carb nutritional type, eating excessive carbs and sugar is virtually guaranteed to pack on the pounds. Why?

Because your cells need fuel to function, and they can get their fuel in the form of sugar or fat. But here’s the kicker. Your body will burn all of the available sugar first before it turns to burning fat. So let’s say you eat loads of pasta, sugar, bread, baked goods, crackers, cookies and countless other carbs. Your body doesn’t know how to handle all that sugar, so it continues turning it into fat to get it out of your bloodstream.

For a while, you’ll keep gaining weight. This is actually in response to your cells keeping you alive by turning the excess sugar into fat. Eventually, though, even your fat stores can get filled up. This is why people who become obese almost always end up with diabetes; there’s no place left to store the excess sugar as fat, so it stays in your bloodstream, driving your insulin levels up.

The solution?

Eat less carbs and sugar, and eat more healthy fats.

This way, your body can easily burn the sugar that you do eat and continues to be adept at burning fat as well. You’ll stay leaner and healthier, and you’ll feel fuller, too.

We all need some fat, but some of us need upwards of 50% of our diet in the form of fat, while others need as little as 10%. The distinction depends on your nutritional, or metabolic type. If you’re interested in losing weight or staying healthy, find out what yours is.

One of the best benefits of learning your nutritional type is you don’t have to worry about counting calories or fat grams. Instead you focus on eating the right proportion of carbs, fats and protein for your body. It’s a much more natural, intuitive way of eating. And you’ll know when you’ve found the right ratio for you, because you’ll feel wonderful.

Most obesity is a direct result of lifestyle choices.

Obesity is becoming an epidemic. According to National Health and Nutritional Surveys, over the past ten years, the average woman’s waistline has ballooned by almost two inches. They recorded higher blood sugar levels, and women aged 35–54 saw their incidence of strokes double over the same ten-year period.

Nearly one third of American adults are now obese, two thirds are overweight, and it’s getting worse every year. A fifty-two-year study tells us that, on average, obese people die seven years earlier than normal-weight adults. More recent studies show that the more people weigh, the older their cells appear on a molecular level, with obesity adding the equivalent of nearly nine years of age to a person’s body!

Brain Fat by flickr Reigh LeBlancIn addition, obese people’s brains look 16 years older than their healthy counterparts, and the overweight people’s brains looked eight years older according to a new study published in Human Brain Mapping.

It also reports obese or overweight elderly people typically have significantly less brain tissue than normal weight people. The obese have 8% less on average, and those who are simply overweight have 4% less brain tissue.

According to a Surgeon General report, obesity is responsible for 300,000 deaths every year in the United States. From 1990 to 2000, obesity and inactivity-related deaths increased by 33%. Did you know being overweight accounts for 20% of the cancer deaths in women and 14% in men?

Now get this, researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston determined that the risk for chronic diseases such as heart disease, colon cancer and diabetes is about TWENTY times higher for overweight people. Notice I did not say obese. It’s even more deadly for them.

When’s the last time you saw a really old fat person?

Why is obesity so deadly?

Here are a few ways it affects your health:

  1. It raises your blood pressure.
  2. It causes Type II diabetes.
  3. It triggers strokes as well as coronary disease, America’s number one killer.
  4. It raises your risk of gallbladder disease.
  5. It increases your risk of many types of cancer.
  6. It can cause metabolic syndrome, a cluster of killer medical conditions.
  7. It contributes to enlarged hearts, pulmonary embolism, ovarian cysts, gastro- esophageal reflux, fatty liver disease, hernias, erectile dysfunction, urinary incontinence, chronic renal failure, cellulitis, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, gout and gallbladder disease/gall stones.
  8. It can lower your overall quality of life including poor body image, low self- esteem and depression.
  9. The obese suffer 30–50% more health problems than problem drinkers—or even smokers.

So here are some tips:

Following sensible diet, nutrition, exercise and lifestyle choices to optimize your weight and extend your life and wellbeing. Obesity is a very big risk.

Some simple lifestyle basics are: move more, eat less and laugh every chance you get—especially at yourself.

And a good rule of thumb is, don’t do the crazy things you did when you were eighteen.



David Kekich

David Kekich (Living Healthy to 120: Anti-Aging Breakthroughs) is President/CEO of Maximum Life Foundation that focuses on aging research, a 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to curing aging-related diseases. For more information, visit: www.MaxLife.org. David contributes to our column Living Healthy to 120: Anti-Aging Breakthroughs. MaxLife is helping to make the anti-aging dream a reality with cutting edge Bio-Engineering research and products.


Try These Fatigue-Fighting Foods and Drinks

By Nordine Zouareg
  • Have trouble getting started in the morning?
  • Feel sluggish in the afternoon?
  • Ready to crash come evening?
  • You’re not alone.

Many people, especially women, are constantly suffering from a lack of energy. Fatigue can be caused by a number of different factors, but for many people, poor nutrition is to blame.

Since food is the body’s fuel, how well you’re able to perform during the day may be directly related to what foods you fill up with during meal and snack time.

When it comes to energy levels, foods and drinks that play the biggest role are carbohydrates, protein, water and caffeine.

Here’s how to include them in your diet.

Carbs for Energy

Your body needs some carbs. Yes, you heard it right. Carbs!

A combination of complex and simple carbs is what to aim for to get maximum benefit to fight fatigue.

Complex carbs are slower to burn and include foods like:

  • Whole grains that are high in fiber are what you need for sustained, long-lasting energy. Look for bread that contains two to three grams of fiber per slice.
  • Starchy vegetables (squash, potatoes, carrots, and pumpkin).

For a healthy dose of simple carbs, stick with fresh, whole fruits.

Protein for Stamina

While carbs supply energy, protein is responsible for releasing the energy that fights fatigue.

Protein is also essential for:

  • Cell growth
  • The transport of nutrients and hormones through the body
  • Healthy muscles
  • A properly working immune system

Be sure to eat a source of protein at each meal, including:

  • Lean meat
  • Fish
  • Poultry
  • Beans
  • Eggs
  • Nuts

Water for Refreshment

Essential to survival, water is also essential for energy.

When you consider that two-thirds of your body is made of water, you’re reminded how important water is to health, wellness and fighting fatigue.


  • Helps to control your temperature
  • Helps you digest food
  • Lubricates your organs
  • Plays a major role in creating energy molecules

If you’re depleted of water, you probably feel depleted of energy. If you’re dehydrated, you’ll feel completely dragged out. Without enough water, your body will work overtime to re-hydrate itself instead of producing energy.

Caffeine for Stimulation

Caffeine is a stimulant that works by exaggerating the effects of your natural hormones, causing your heart to beat faster and your breathing to increase, making you feel more alert.

Perhaps you’re one of the millions of people who drink one or more cups of coffee in the morning. If so, you know the powerful effect caffeine has to jumpstart your energy level.

Besides coffee, caffeine is also found in tea, sodas, herbs and chocolate. Be aware that too much caffeine can make you feel jittery, interfere with your sleep, and cause dehydration.

Additional Tips

Keep in mind that overeating, no matter what food, may cause sluggishness.

Instead of three large meals, try eating several small meals (don’t forget breakfast!) throughout the day to give you constant bursts of energy.

Too much alcohol or a vitamin deficiency is often to blame for low energy levels. For women, a dragged out feeling could be caused by anemia (low iron) due to their monthly menstruation.

If you still feel fatigued and lethargic after eating a well-balanced diet of carbs, protein and water, then contact a food professional or your physician. Stress, medications, diseases, sleep problems, or lack of exercise may be to blame, and getting these under control will get your energy level back where it belongs.

One of the most proven ways to increase your energy levels is to participate in a consistent, challenging exercise program.


Nordine Zouareg is a former Mr. Universe, an International Fitness Coach, Speaker and Author of the book Mind Over Body: The Key to Lasting Weight Loss is All in Your Head! He offers world-class advice on health and fitness, inner balance and stress management, and achieving one’s full potential the inner keys to extraordinary performance. An inspiring message of hope and achievement, based on his own extraordinary story. For more information, visit: www.avtarwellness.com

Candida and Weight Loss

Candida overgrowth can be a significant barrier to weight loss. Candida is a naturally occurring yeast in the intestinal tract, and is vital for healthy digestion. However, when Candida overgrowth occurs, it can create problems, both with digestive function (gas, bloating etc) and more systemically with fatigue, headaches, brain fog and so on.

In looking at the association between Candida and weight gain, the first thing we need to examine is the fuel source for yeast (and subsequently Candida). Yeast feeds off sugar – that is its preferred fuel source. Subsequently an individual with a hefty yeast overgrowth is going to crave sugars and carbs, as that is what the yeast is craving.

Part of the dilemma is that the sugar/carb phenomenon is a catch-22. Yeast feeds off sugar, so a diet high in sugars and carbs will perpetuate Candida overgrowth; and yet Candida overgrowth will set of cravings for more sugars and carbs. See how this might be a hard cycle to break?

Furthermore, yeast will crave not only sugar, but more yeast. What is alcohol? Sugar and yeast. And a bunch of empty calories. I know many individuals who crave wine or beer – not because they have a drinking problem – but because they have a yeast overgrowth and they’re predisposed to that because of it. High yeast foods can be a trigger also – vinegars, mushrooms, breads to name just a few.

Anti-fungal treatment can often help curb cravings for sugars, carbs and alcohol, and these are three things that will be very helpful in maintaining a healthy weight. Also, treating yeast overgrowth can help reduce intestinal bloating which makes one more feel more rotund, even if it’s not true body fat. Addressing yeast overgrowth will also boost energy levels making exercise a more viable and appealing proposition.

Candida overgrowth also compromises proper absorption of nutrients. It is associated with “leaky gut,” which means the gap between the intestinal cells widens. This then leads to nutrients not being well absorbed, as well as larger-than-normal food molecules escaping into the blood stream triggering immune reactions and inflammation.

Addressing Candida overgrowth can be done through diet, although even the most rigid anti-Candida diets are rarely enough to eradicate the problem. The more balanced option is moderate dietary modifications, coupled with anti-fungal remedies, which can range from herbal medicines all the way through to strong prescription medicines. Many people find that once yeast overgrowth is addressed, cravings for sugars and carbs are reduced and weight loss is much easier.


Nicola McFadzean, ND is the founder and Medical Director of RestorMedicine, http://restormedicine.com. She practices holistic medicine specializing in Lyme disease, hormone balancing, autistic-spectrum disorders, pre-conception health care and digestive disorders.

Diet is Key in Kicking the Smoking Habit

Quitting smoking for good can be really tricky business.  Reason being it is very easy to switch from the smoking habit right into another bad habit.  The most common switch is from smoking to over-eating, and more specifically, to sugar addiction.

The average person who quits smoking gains anywhere from 4 lbs, all the way up to 30 lbs! This is why many experts are suggesting that smokers stop eating sugar and most carbs before they quit smoking.  This will make quitting smoking much easier and save you from obesity, which happens to be even more deadly than smoking!

Proper Nutrition = Smoke Free Success 

Getting vital nutrients into your body before you begin your journey to stop smoking is of the utmost importance.  Proper nutrition can help you quit smoking in several ways:

  1. If your body is “satisfied” with the proper vitamins, minerals and nutrients, then your craving for nicotine will be much less intense.
  2. Adequate nutrition minimizes depression and anxiety, which can easily occur when you smoking.
  3. When you eat healthy, it helps to strengthen your detoxification pathways, clearing the years of toxins that have accumulated from smoking.
  4. A healthy diet is going to make you feel stronger and more alert, enabling you to have more willpower to quit.

The Best Diet for Smoking Cessation 

A low carb diet is one of the best choices for smoking cessation.  I recommend

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