This Fat Fueled Diet Is Being Called Atkins 2.0

For years, we’ve been told to limit our fat intake. But this trendy diet instructs you to just the opposite, causing you to drop serious pounds—all while eating fats. Yes, you read that right.

You may have heard about the ketogenic diet, which consists of healthy fats, lean protein and a small amount of vegetable-based carbs to turn the body into a fat-burning furnace. Nutritionist David Morin says that if you follow the diet, your energy levels will be through the roof and you’ll experience more mental clarity, less bloating and fewer headaches and cravings. “You can lose five to seven pounds in the first four to six days and then about a pound per week,” he adds. “The ketogenic pathway is a way of using stored fat to produce energy because the body functions well on ketones.”

By manipulating fat, carbohydrates and protein, the body is forced to produce ketones, a source of energy, instead of glucose. “As long as 60–70 percent of your calories come from fats like cheese, uncured bacon, raw oils, avocado and nuts; 20–30 percent of your protein from fatty sources like wild-caught seafood or grass-fed protein (eating more protein than this amount can cause the protein to turn into glucose); and 10 percent from raw, green vegetables, you’ll be satiated.” An example meal would be a salad with lots of olive oil, sliced almonds, olives, cheese, bacon, avocado and a few pieces of shrimp, chicken or a piece of small steak.

He goes on to say that because the ketogenic diet gets the body into a state of ketosis, as long as you eat the right foods it will stay in that ketotic cycle, becoming more of a lifestyle where you can achieve optimal body composition. “There are some people that have stayed ketogenic for years. If done correctly, it’s healthy.”

The fastest way to get your body into a state of ketogenesis is with a fast, like the Master Cleanse. “Someone with an average amount of body fat can get into ketosis in just four days when you start the diet with the Master Cleanse. You also way to test your urine regularly to make sure that your body has entered that state of ketosis in the beginning—you can purchase ketogenic strips to gauge where you are in ketone production, which is important,” adds Morin. “Once you become ketone adapted, then you can start the transition into a truly ketogenic diet.” He also encourages cardio and/or circuit training, too, because it kicks up ketone production.

If it sounds a lot like the Atkins diet, Morin points out that there are similarities. “But, Atkins didn’t do his homework on the types of fats you can eat. The sources of fat in theory were good, but in practical terms they are bad for you because of the chemicals that they contain. In order to really lose weight and get in the best shape possible, everything you eat needs to be totally organic and raw.”

 

 

 

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You Asked: Am I Gaining Muscle Weight or Fat From My Workout?

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Apart from an iced latte here and a skipped workout there, you’ve been good about sticking to your new health regimen. So it’s frustrating to step on the scale and see your weight has hardly budged. Or worse, you’ve put on a few pounds.

But wait, doesn’t muscle weigh more than fat? You have added pushups to your workouts…

Unfortunately, the odds that you’ve added even a small amount of muscle, let alone a few pounds of the stuff, is highly unlikely, says Dr. Lawrence Cheskin, director of the Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center. “Unless you’re actively body-building”—think hour-long, three-days-a-week weight room workouts—“it’s very hard to gain a pound or more of muscle.”

Even if you are hitting the weights regularly, you’re not going to gain muscle weight rapidly, especially in the beginning. “It’s going to take at least four to six weeks of consistent training to experience significant gains,” says Michele Olson, an adjunct professor of sports science at Huntingdon University. Unless you’re engaged in some Arnold-level lifting, the two or three pounds you’ve added aren’t muscle.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s fat, either. “In the short term, almost any changes in body weight, either up or down, are going to be from fluid shifts,” Cheskin says.

Cut added salt from your diet, and you’ll lose a lot of retained water very quickly. Or, if you weigh yourself after a hard, sweaty workout but before you rehydrate, you’re likely to have dropped a few pounds. “That can be gratifying, but it’s not meaningful,” Cheskin says.

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A new exercise program could also cause you to retain some extra fluid. “When you start working out and you’re sweating, your body is smart, and it understands that its volume of fluid is not at the level it typically would be,” Olson says. In order to prevent dehydration, your body responds by storing extra water, which can cause your weight to increase by a few pounds. The same thing can happen as the summer temperatures tick up and your body adjusts to the added heat and increased rate of sweating. (Combine the onset of summer with a new, intense workout schedule, and you can expect to add at least a few pounds due to water retention.)

On the other hand, you may drop a few pounds when fall temperatures arrive or you quit exercising. “If you’ve been working out a lot and you suddenly stop, I guarantee you will lose some water weight,” Olson says.

MORE: The TIME Guide To Exercise

All of these short-term factors help explain why most exercise physiologists and weight-loss counselors tell people not to get too hung up on the number on the scale. Your body weight is not a static measure or one composed solely of your proportion of fat to muscle. It’s going to slide up and down based on a lot of variables that don’t have much to do with your health.

That doesn’t mean you should trash your bathroom scale; some researchsuggests that overweight adults who weigh themselves regularly are more likely to stick with the diet and exercise routines that help them shed pounds.

But you’re better off weighing yourself just once or twice a week—first thing in the morning, after you pee but before you eat—and keeping track of how your weight shifts over a period of several weeks or months. The long-term pattern of weight gain or loss is a better indicator of how you’re doing. “Especially if you get upset by those day-to-day fluctuations, it’s better not to torture yourself,” Cheskin says.

The best way to keep tabs on your body weight has nothing to do with scales. “Just ask yourself if your clothes are fitting you better or looser, or if you have more energy, or if you feel healthier,” Olson says.

If you answer yes to these questions, whatever you’re doing is working.

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New drug can create ‘good’ fat to combat obesity

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Scientists have identified a new drug that can create beneficial “brown” or “good” fat to boost metabolism, combat obesityand Type II diabetes.

Researchers from Gladstone Institutes San Francisco in the US treated mice with a drug called bexarotene (Bex) and found they had more “brown fat, faster metabolisms and less body weight gain, even after being fed a high-calorie diet”.

“All current weight loss drugs control appetite and there is nothing on the market that targets energy expenditure. Introducing brown fat is an exciting new approach to treating obesity and associated metabolic diseases, such as diabetes,” said Baoming Nie from the Gladstone Institutes.

Scientists used cellular reprogramming to convert muscle precursor cells and white fat cells into “brown” fat cells and said it could be a new way to combat obesity and type II diabetes.

“Bex acts on a protein called retinoid X receptor (RXR), which controls a network of other cellular proteins. Specifically, when RXR was stimulated by Bex, it turned on genes needed to produce “brown” fat and turned off genes linked to white fat or muscle,” the study explained.

Brown fat, unlike white fat, helps the body burn energy through heat.

“However, while Bex is very effective at creating brown fat cells, it is not a very specific drug, and there are several potential side effects that may arise from taking it,” said Sheng Ding from Gladstone.

Researchers noted that infants are born with small amounts of brown fat, but as they age, most of it disappears.

“In adults, people with higher amounts of brown fat have lower body mass, and increasing brown fat by as little as 50 grams could lead up to a 10 to 20 pound weight loss in one year,” noted the study published in the journal Cell Reports

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Wearable device can reduce fat, treat type 2 diabetes

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Scientists from Japan have developed a wearable medical device that can help diabetic elderly or overweight people to lose fat and treat type 2 diabetes.

The device developed by Kumamoto University affects visceral fat loss and improves blood glucose (sugar) by helping overweight or elderly people exercise, which is effective for the treatment of diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes is a disease of systemic organ failure due to chronic hyperglycemia and inflammation from the accumulation of excess visceral fat.

Metabolic disorders such as hyperglycemia attenuate stress resistance in the human body and exacerbate insulin resistance.

The heat shock response (HSR) is activated as a response to stress in the human body, but its function decreased in those with type 2 diabetes.

A research team from the university has found that by restoring the function of HSP72 — the main protein of HSR — improved glucose-related abnormalities.

The researchers developed a belt-type medical device that uses a special type of rubber.

“This device is very easy to use since it simply attaches to the abdomen and it has a low-impact on the patient. One can expect the effects to be similar to exercise therapy,” Tatsuya Kondo, who led the research, said in a statement.

The team then performed a clinical trial of MES + HS on 40 obese men suffering from type 2 diabetes.

Results showed a decrease fasting glucose levels, a loss of visceral fat, improve insulin resistance and a significant improvement in glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) values.

“Even in patients who have difficulty exercising, such as those who are overweight, elderly, or have some form of disability, this device can be expected to provide acceptable treatment in addition to conventional diabetic medical care,” Tatsuya added.

The research appeared in journal Scientific Reports

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Wearable device can reduce fat, treat type 2 diabetes

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Scientists from Japan have developed a wearable medical device that can help diabetic elderly or overweight people to lose fat and treat type 2 diabetes.

The device developed by Kumamoto University affects visceral fat loss and improves blood glucose (sugar) by helping overweight or elderly people exercise, which is effective for the treatment of diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes is a disease of systemic organ failure due to chronic hyperglycemia and inflammation from the accumulation of excess visceral fat.

Metabolic disorders such as hyperglycemia attenuate stress resistance in the human body and exacerbate insulin resistance.

The heat shock response (HSR) is activated as a response to stress in the human body, but its function decreased in those with type 2 diabetes.

A research team from the university has found that by restoring the function of HSP72 — the main protein of HSR — improved glucose-related abnormalities.

The researchers developed a belt-type medical device that uses a special type of rubber.

“This device is very easy to use since it simply attaches to the abdomen and it has a low-impact on the patient. One can expect the effects to be similar to exercise therapy,” Tatsuya Kondo, who led the research, said in a statement.

The team then performed a clinical trial of MES + HS on 40 obese men suffering from type 2 diabetes.

Results showed a decrease fasting glucose levels, a loss of visceral fat, improve insulin resistance and a significant improvement in glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) values.

“Even in patients who have difficulty exercising, such as those who are overweight, elderly, or have some form of disability, this device can be expected to provide acceptable treatment in addition to conventional diabetic medical care,” Tatsuya added.

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Fats don’t make you fat!

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Donal O’Neill is an independent documentary filmmaker, who has covered wide arrays of topics related to health and fitness from last six years in his documentaries. Coming from sports family background with no bad habits, bewildered him seeing his loved ones becoming victims of modern diseases. This made him dig deep in to the limitations of medical industry.

Donal’s debut feature length documentary ‘Cereal Killers’ focuses on unhealthy breakfast cereals, which has replaced traditional foods around the globe. Cornflakes were created by mistake, and the reasons to sell them have detrimental repercussions. He adds, “I look at food like ghee in India and sacred foods from other cultures, which have been unfortunately displaced by modern marketing techniques and artificial options like vegetable oil or sunflower oil. We are losing the touch of wisdom from our ancestors, who didn’t need doctors because they never got sick and lived long healthy lives.” Cereals contain high amount of sugar, which is way more than the recommended intake of five teaspoons by World Health Organization.

Nowadays, people prefer cereals in the morning, thinking it’s healthy and takes less time to prepare. But it’s not enough for the body, so they are hungry again in few hours. Instead, a good-fat based meal would solve the problem of overeating. Also, there is a myth to have huge quantities of protein to maintain a healthy diet, but too much can cause some serious damage to the body. Diseases like cancer, osteoporosis and obesity are one of the few issues that are partly caused by high doses of animal protein in certain cases. However, egg is the greatest source of proteins and amino acids. Breakfast is an important meal of the day, as it peps up the entire body to function for the next twelve hours. Two to three eggs or vegetables with coconut oil for breakfast are ideal. To understand processed food that claims to be healthy, one must read the ingredients of the product. And, if it has more than one ingredient, it’s an artificially contrived food like breakfast cereals. All these low fat products have sugars, sweeteners and artificial additives. Imagine having cornflakes, which is high in sugar added with processed low fat milk—a disaster.

Fats are important for the body, but the products all over the world have brainwashed health conscious eaters that fats are bad. According to Donal O’neill fats are good. Especially, fatty acids protect from heart diseases and high blood pressure. And fat doesn’t make you fat! For instance, half bowl of rice with more ghee is much tastier and healthier than full bowl of rice on its own. O’neill says, “People need to understand that fat is not only nourishing, but also much more satiating. Besides fats, protein is the next best option. Whereas, carbohydrates and sugars continually make you hungry, and that’s a big problem today.”

Donal O’neill worked closely with renowned UK’s cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra for his documentary ‘The Big Fat Fix’. Before Donal was on his way to India to embolden Stepathlon’s vision about staying healthy and fit, Dr Malhotra just wanted to share one simple message with India—”Move a bit more, move more often, and rest will follow.” During the research, they found out that people who were active, who moved throughout the day lived longer than others who had a sedentary lifestyle. Moreover, Stepathlon did a study on comparison of people then and now. They discovered that men and women who worked throughout the day had a very similar regime to exercises done today; the calorific reward was similar. O’neill adds, “Women use to clean the floors, men use to cut woods in the forest or build things, and they were healthier because it was constant. They didn’t know, they were not thinking about exercise, there were no gyms hundred years ago, people just moved as part of their everyday lives, they were busy doing stuff.”

Cut down rice, and increase vegetable intake. Have more ghee and coconut oil, as it’s filling. Also, coconut flesh is an excellent option. However, doctors and health institutes have scared-off by saying that cholesterol makes a person fat—it’s not true. O’neill adds, “Fat does not make you fat; sugar makes you fat.” Yes, fat does raise the cholesterol. 75 per cent of heart attack, cardiac arrest victims have regular, normal cholesterol levels. As Dr Malhotra says, “We have been looking at it the wrong way.” Coconut is the best component to raise your good cholesterol. Pharmaceutical companies spend billions of dollars trying to create a drug to do what a coconut does to cholesterol levels. No one can beat nature.

It is a common practice in India to drink tea or coffee with lots of sugar in it. Imagine the amount of sugar lurking inside the processed foods. Even, to create sugar, the whole process to crystallize it takes away all the vitamins, minerals, enzymes and fibre. In fact, sugary drinks increases hunger pangs and raise blood sugar levels. Not only sugar influences energy levels in the body, but also fizzles out quickly. It’s definitely not a long run option. O’neill asserts, “Coconut water will not do what sugar does to your body. Look over your shoulders for answers. Indian food is sacred.”

For O’neill India is a food paradise. He can’t believe that traditional options like ghee and coconut have been pushed away, and refined foods have taken the centre stage just like anywhere in the world today. It’s sad that India too is leading in to development of Type 2.

Movement is important; it should be part of the lifestyle. Getting up and moving around at least every 45 minutes is a better option than relying on exercises alone. Science has proven that people who move around constantly are healthier than people who exercise, but don’t move around at all. Follow simple activities like getting a glass of water or going to the bathroom.

Education is also depends on good health. A healthy child will perform better than an unhealthy child. O’neill suggests, “If we tell children to drink coconut water before soft drinks that will be tremendous step forward, but parents must lead by example. Concentration of children is very important, sugary and starchy products won’t help with that, but traditional foods absolutely will!” Natural fats like ghee, butter, coconut oil and olive oil, followed by protein—fish, meat and chicken are good sources of rich food. Vegetarians need not worry, as nuts will do the needful to maintain good health, apart from beans, pulses and chickpeas. One gram of protein per kilogram of the body weight is sufficient. Since protein supplements have artificial sweeteners, it’s not an ideal health drink.

O’neill concludes, “Rice and rotis are staple foods in India. Similarly, in Ireland, our staple food is potatoes, which never made someone ill hundred years ago. It is when you start adding processed foods like soft drinks, sugars or breads in to your diet, which adds up to marginal little things to a bad performance within the body. To turn that around you can take small steps to improve your health. Rice is not a nourishing food, but if you take a smaller portion of rice with vegetables cooked in coconut oil or ghee would do the trick.

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Low Fat Diet May Reduce Migraine Headache

Low Fat Diet May Reduce Migraine Headache

NEW YORK: If you suffer from migraine, following a comprehensive diet that includes low fat may help to reduce those headaches, says a study conducted by an Indian-origin researcher.

“The beauty of these diets is that they not only reduce headaches, but may produce weight loss and prevent heart disease,” said Associate Professor Brinder Vij from the University of Cincinnati, US.

There have been three comprehensive diets so far whose very composition may prevent headaches, the study suggests.

These include low fat and low carbohydrate diets and those that increase the amount of Omega-3 fatty acids and decreases the Omega-6 fatty acids.

“Low fat diets restrict the amount of fat in the diet to less than 20 per cent of your daily energy requirements,” said Mr Vij.
“Low carbohydrate diets such as ketogenic diets can reduce headache frequency, but should not be considered without strict supervision. The diet limits carbohydrates more than the well-known Atkins diet,” Mr Vij added.

More than 180 studies on the subject of migraine and diet were reviewed for the purpose.

According to this study, published in The Journal of Head and Face Pain, withdrawal of caffeine by regular drinkers may also trigger headache.

Alcohol, too, especially vodka and red wine are also common dietary triggers for migraine.

Besides, Monosodium glutamate, which is a flavour enhancer used in a variety of processed foods — canned foods, soups, snack foods, salad dressing, seasoning salts, ketchup, barbecue sauce, and heavily in Chinese cooking.

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Exercise Hormone Can Help Shed, Prevent Fat

Exercise Hormone Can Help Shed, Prevent Fat

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Hormone Irisin works by boosting UCP1 — a protein crucial to turning white fat cells into brown cells.
NEW YORK: Does working out feels like more of pain to you? Take heart. Exercise releases a hormone that can help your body shed fat and keep it from forming again, which may also act as potential target to fight obesity, diabetes and other health issues, a study has found.

The results showed that hormone irisin helps convert calorie-storing white fat cells into brown fat cells that burn energy and may be an attractive target for fighting obesity and diabetes.

“Exercise produces more irisin, which has many beneficial effects including fat reduction, stronger bones and better cardiovascular health,” said Li-Jun Yang, Professor at the University of Florida.

The hormone works by boosting the activity of genes and UCP1 — a protein crucial to turning white fat cells into brown cells.

Further, irisin, which surges when the heart and other muscles are exerted, also inhibits the formation of fatty tissue.

For the study, researchers collected fat cells donated by 28 patients who had breast reduction surgery.

After exposing the samples to irisin, they found a nearly five-fold increase in cells with protein UCP1 — crucial to fat “burning”.
“We used human fat tissue cultures to prove that irisin has a positive effect by turning white fat into brown fat and that it increases the body’s fat-burning ability,” Yang said.

Moreover, among the tested fat-tissue samples, the team found that irisin also reduced the number of mature fat cells by 20 to 60 per cent compared with those of a control group.

That suggests irisin reduces fat storage in the body by hindering the process that turns undifferentiated stem cells into fat cells while also promoting the stem cells’ differentiation into bone-forming cells, the researchers said.

The findings about irisin’s role in regulating fat cells sheds more light on how working out helps people stay slender, Yang said.

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Exercise Hormone Can Help Shed, Prevent Fat

Exercise Hormone Can Help Shed, Prevent Fat

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Hormone Irisin works by boosting UCP1 — a protein crucial to turning white fat cells into brown cells.
NEW YORK: Does working out feels like more of pain to you? Take heart. Exercise releases a hormone that can help your body shed fat and keep it from forming again, which may also act as potential target to fight obesity, diabetes and other health issues, a study has found.

The results showed that hormone irisin helps convert calorie-storing white fat cells into brown fat cells that burn energy and may be an attractive target for fighting obesity and diabetes.

“Exercise produces more irisin, which has many beneficial effects including fat reduction, stronger bones and better cardiovascular health,” said Li-Jun Yang, Professor at the University of Florida.

The hormone works by boosting the activity of genes and UCP1 — a protein crucial to turning white fat cells into brown cells.

Further, irisin, which surges when the heart and other muscles are exerted, also inhibits the formation of fatty tissue.

For the study, researchers collected fat cells donated by 28 patients who had breast reduction surgery.

After exposing the samples to irisin, they found a nearly five-fold increase in cells with protein UCP1 — crucial to fat “burning”.
“We used human fat tissue cultures to prove that irisin has a positive effect by turning white fat into brown fat and that it increases the body’s fat-burning ability,” Yang said.

Moreover, among the tested fat-tissue samples, the team found that irisin also reduced the number of mature fat cells by 20 to 60 per cent compared with those of a control group.

That suggests irisin reduces fat storage in the body by hindering the process that turns undifferentiated stem cells into fat cells while also promoting the stem cells’ differentiation into bone-forming cells, the researchers said.

The findings about irisin’s role in regulating fat cells sheds more light on how working out helps people stay slender, Yang said.

The study was published recently in the American Journal of Physiology — Endocrinology and Metabolism.

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Lose fat faster before breakfast

Javier Gonzalez with Dr Emma Stevenson in the Sport Nutrition Lab.
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People can burn up to 20% more body fat by exercising in the morning on an empty stomach, according to new research from Northumbria University.

In a study published online in the British Journal of Nutrition on January 24, academics sought to find out whether the known benefits of exercising after an overnight fast were undermined by an increased appetite and eating more food later in the day.

Researchers, led by Dr Emma Stevenson and PhD student Javier Gonzalez, asked twelve physically active male participants to perform a bout of treadmill exercise at 10am, either after they had eaten breakfast or in a fasted state having not eaten since the evening before.

Following the exercise all participants were given a chocolate milkshake recovery drink. Later in the day, participants were provided with a pasta lunch which they were asked to consume until they felt ‘comfortably full’. Their lunchtime consumption of energy and fat was assessed and calculated, taking into account the amount of energy and fat burned during the morning period.

The researchers discovered that those who had exercised in the morning did not consume additional calories or experience increased appetite during the day to compensate for their earlier activity.

They also found that those who had exercised in a fasted state burned almost 20% more fat compared to those who had consumed breakfast before their workout. This means that performing exercise on an empty stomach provides the most desirable outcome for fat loss.

Javier Gonzalez, who is currently undertaking a PhD in Exercise and Metabolism, said: “In order to lose body fat we need to use more fat than we consume. Exercise increases the total amount of energy we expend and a greater proportion of this energy comes from existing fat if the exercise is performed after an overnight fast.

“Our results show that exercise does not increase your appetite, hunger or food consumption later in the day and to get the most out of your session it may be optimal to perform this after an overnight fast.”

Dr Emma Stevenson, Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Nutrition and Associate Director of Northumbria University’s Brain, Performance and Nutrition Research Centre, added: “This research is very important in helping to provide practical guidelines relating to food intake to individuals who are exercising to maximise fat mass loss. It must be highlighted that this is a short-term study and we can only speculate on the longer term outcomes of such nutritional practices.”
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