Ketogenic Diets For Managing Type 2 Diabetes

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Ketogenic diets have been in use since 1924 in pediatrics as a treatment for epilepsy. A ketogenic (keto) diet is one that is high in fat and low in carbs. The design of the ketogenic diet is to shifts the body’s metabolic fuel from burning carbohydrates to fats. With the keto diet, the body metabolizes fat, instead of sugar, into energy. Ketones are a byproduct of that process.

Over the years, ketogenic diets have been used to treat diabetes. One justification was that it treats diabetes at its root cause by lowering carbohydrate intake leading to lower blood sugar, which in turn, lowers the need for insulin which minimizes insulin resistance and associated metabolic syndrome. In this way, a ketogenic diet may improve blood glucose (sugar) levels while at the same time reducing the need for insulin. This point of view presents keto diets as a much safer and more effective plan than injecting insulin to counteract the consumption of high carbohydrate foods.

A keto diet is actually a very restrictive diet. In the classic keto diet for example, one gets about 80 percent of caloric requirements from fat and 20 percent from proteins and carbohydrates. This is a marked departure from the norm where the body runs on energy from sugar derived from carbohydrate digestion but by severely limiting carbohydrates, the body is forced to use fat instead.

A ketogenic diet requires healthy food intake from beneficial fats, such as coconut oil, grass-pastured butter, organic pastured eggs, avocado, fish such as salmon, cottage cheese, avocado, almond butter and raw nuts (raw pecans and macadamia). People on ketogenic diets avoid all bread, rice, potatoes, pasta, flour, starchy vegetables, and dairy. The diet is low in vitamins, minerals, and nutrients and require supplementation.

Low carbohydrate diet is frequently recommended for people with type 2 diabetes because carbohydrates turn to blood sugar which in large quantities cause blood sugar to spike. Thus, for a diabetic who already has high blood sugar, eating additional sugar producing foods is like courting danger. By switching the focus from sugar to fat, some patients can experience reduced blood sugar.

Changing the body’s primary energy source from carbohydrates to fat leaves behind the byproduct of fat metabolism, ketones in the blood. For some diabetic patients, this can be dangerous as a buildup of ketones may create a risk for developing diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). DKA is a medical emergency requiring the immediate of a physician. DKA signs include consistently high blood sugar, dry mouth, polyuria, nausea, breath that has a fruit-like odor and breathing difficulties. Complications can lead to diabetic coma.

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Source by Moses Igono

Restrictive Diets

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Most of you reading this aren’t gluten intolerant, at least not that you know of. Most of you don’t suffer from migraines. But most of you – whether you’re paying attention or not – are having negative side effects from the foods you’re using to fuel your body.

Almost two years ago, I decided to clean up my diet. I’d been pretty conscious of the benefits of an anti-inflammatory diet, but I realized after I started regular supplementation and being more careful about following that anti-inflammatory diet, I was getting less migraines, which was a huge motivator for me. I started getting migraines when I was 8, and they stuck around until I was 16. Seeing a chiropractor is actually what ended that “cycle” of migraines. They stayed away until I was 22, and then I started getting them again until they stopped 15 months ago. That was until last night. I got the old familiar scintillating scotoma, and spent dinner trying to see my food, my husband, or anything other than those annoying, blinding lights. The scintillating scotoma is a precursor to a migraine. I don’t get any headache pain until after that disappears (about 30-45 minutes). It’s annoying, but knowing that I’m about to get a monster headache with sensitivity to light, nausea, possible vomiting, and extreme fatigue is definitely worse than sight obstruction.

I share this story because ever since I cleaned up my diet, I haven’t had any migraines, I’ve lost excess body weight, and overall gotten better, faster, stronger in almost all aspects of my life (and it’s gotten even cleaner since November (a consult with Meaghan Dishman, ND led me to eliminate dairy and coffee (common gluten cross-reactants) from my mostly clean Paleo diet with a few allowances)). Yet people always ask, “Don’t you miss (insert delicious food here)?” I’m not going to lie and say that I don’t occasionally wish I could down a milkshake, sip a coffee, or wash my dinner down with a chocolate stout. (Granted, being pregnant has its perks, because I’m not drinking beer and I’d be severely limiting my caffeine intake anyways.)

But what’s the point? Even before I was completely gluten-free, the idea of eating a grain-based meal made my stomach turn. Yes, most of you reading this aren’t gluten intolerant on paper. But cut out grains for a month, and see what happens. At first, you’ll be tired, maybe even a little cranky. But once your body clears those toxins (yes, I meant to say toxins and not food) out, you’ll start to notice an increase in energy, and the minute you reintroduce grains back into your diet, BAM! STOMACH EXPLOSION! Okay, it probably won’t be that dramatic, but you will likely not feel so great. The straw that broke the camel’s back for me? MSG – the additive monosodium glutamate. A seemingly harmless grilled chicken salad from Outback turned into a migraine within 24 hours. Your reaction to bad foods might not be as drastic as mine. I certainly hope it’s not. But if you’re really paying attention, the negative side effects from eating your “delicious” and supposedly “worth it” foods are probably not worth the junk you’re putting into your body.

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The World's Most Popular Diets For Weight Loss

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The world's most popular diets and how they can work for and against you for weight loss / fat loss and muscle building is an oxymoron. (Far too many moron taking too much oxy with too much hype marketing to be honest and effective)

Seriously though, how can every diet in the world be the best diet in the world and how can they be right for you all the time. Well to be simply and brutally honest they can't. Not every diet in the world is the best for everybody all the time. No one program is successful at fulfilling all your goals and maintaining your weight loss and your body for the rest of your life.

Many of the world's most popular diets are 90% the same and 10% different. It's that key 10% that they market and promote 90% of the time.

For example: Atkins Low Carb Diet by Dr. Robert Atkins. It's great; it forces the body into Ketosis (for more weight loss and rid the body of sugars) for 6-10 weeks it works like magic for initial weight loss. Atkins Low Carb Diet then brings you into a re-composition or reintroduction of carbohydrates for a longer more sustainable lifestyle. The Atkins Low Carb Diet is clearly a "DIET" not a Lifestyle program any more than body builders pre-contest and offseason diet is. Sure you will experience rapid amounts of weight loss (mostly water weight) but you will then dip into serious fat stores for energy and when you introduce the carbs you may bounce back up in weight (fat and water retention) again. The problem is that too many people only read the first half of the book and think they know the answer. That's when you can literally see that they are "off" their Atkins Low Carb Diet kick and the weight appears to fall back into place rapidly. The back half of the Atkins Low Carb Diet Book will teach you to introduce the right calories and right carbs into your lifestyle and that is where it is apparent that you will end up eating much more of a Zone by Dr. Barry Sears or balanced diet philosophy with a 40% carbohydrate, 30% protein and 30% fat ratio.

The same goes with South Beach Weight Loss Strategy. Honestly this one is more marketing and trend hype than anything as it is clearly a "balanced" eating lifestyle program. Really it is darn close to Zone teachings right from the get go. What I do like about this is that there is a 2 week induction or detox diet strategy to get you started, then move into the balanced lifestyle program with massive weight loss results. Did you know that South Beach is just one of the burbs in Miami Florida and was recently (2009) ranked as one of the highest "unhealthy" and "unfit" cities in the United States. Man, everybody looks so good down there in the sun; they must be hiding the fat and sick people in the alleys and closets or behind desks and suits all day long. Dr. Agatston sure picked the right place to start a practice and a trendy appropriately named series of books.

There is a lot to be said for each and every diet strategy in the world. The problem is this. They ALL work. Knowing which one works, at the right time in your life, when you are at the right body composition and effectively selecting the right program to follow at that specific point is a daunting task. In fact it is downright painful and can only be done in a trial and error format which leaves you frustrated, confused and often times a skinnier fatter version of your former self or with no energy to even bother trying the next hot diet that Oprah Winfrey suggests will work for you. Have you ever noticed how Oprah has bounced up and down the scales and from diet to diet (more on that another time). Literally she has a hot new diet every year (she has followed Zone, South Beach, Atkins, and many other diet programs over the years) and "this is finally the one that's going to work for you". They ALL work, short term, but the end game is knowing which weight loss diet strategy will work at the right time in your life, how and when to implement it and sustain that for life.

How can you select the right weight loss diet strategy at the right time for the right reasons that will work for you? That is the toughest question you are going to have to face as weight loss and diet information is rampant and leads to confusion with complicated rules, and ends up being way too consuming for many to embark on. Heck even nutritionists are wrong from time to time or are branded and following the trends not the science and proven theories of their own (people lie, not numbers, pictures and weight loss results). The best answer I can suggest is to get a professional coach, a full time nutritionist, and an educated trainer or spend years, months and thousands of dollars going back to school and become the nutritionist and weight loss diet pro for your family. The other solution is find some already done-for-you meal plans with a tool that will help you pinpoint what weight loss and diet strategies are right for you at what point in your life to accomplish your weight loss and lean muscle building goals. That is the cheapest, fastest and easiest way to start getting the results you want. Oh yeah I also suggest following a nutritional coach on twitter, facebook, blog or some rss type of thing and work with just 1-2 theories not following every nutritionist and kamikaze body builder playing Russian roulette with your health.

Start by just adding 1-2 tasks a week. Try these 5 simple tips and use it as a checklist. Just wait and see how you do in the next week:

  1. Cut obvious sugars out of your diet
  2. Replace obvious and not so obvious sugars with fruits and veggies in your weight loss plan
  3. Stop drinking your calories – yeah that means the triple triple cafe latte has to go … well just scale it down a bit, start with skim milk or non fat if you must have the triple triple cafe latte
  4. Increase your water intake – its calorie free, hydrating, satisfying, increases fat burning and protein synthesis – all good stuff
  5. Eat smaller meals and snacks more often – the same calories spread out will yield a slightly lower fat storage and that too is good for the body, mind and weight loss

(I bet you can lose 3-5 pounds this week, just trying these simple tips in your diet)

Enjoy these first steps to a new you and have your own empowered success story.

If you like this list, then look for my top 10, 20 and 50 nutrition tips to a successful transformation. Really it is easier to implement than you think and the results when you follow a done-for-you meal plans or check list are truly unbelievable until you do it for yourself.

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Source by Patrick McGuire

Hypo-Caloric Diets, Exercise and Herbal Therapy

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We know now that for a lasting loss of weight, the slimming treatment must result in a modest but steady decline in weight, not more than 2 kg per month. A rapid and massive loss of weight leads to a metabolic adaptation that makes more difficult the further conduct of the diet and is, when we drastically abandon this plan, a phenomenon that bounces back much of the lost weight.

The diet does not fall below 1200-1500 cal per day, depending on the size of the person and his or her daily activity and must include vitamins and essential fatty acids.
Things we must be wary of and think about:

o Excess in fat foods (foods containing a lot or only fats): These are the first that we must drastically limit, they are full of calories and do not cut the appetite.

o Excessive intake of rapidly assimilable sugar (sugars), including those hidden inside artificially sweetened drinks, fruit juices and sodas (these drinks are a leading cause of weight gain in children).

o Excess in alcohol (high in calories).

o Do not reduce the intake of protein but be wary of hidden lipids in fat meat and some fishes.

o The lack of a substantial breakfast and a dinner with a lot of calories: eating well the night thickens (the chrono-obesity or how Muslims gain weight on the occasion of Ramadan).

o Combat snacks (chips or peanuts in front of the TV), but split the meals (the body secretes less insulin at small meals and stores less fat).

o Addressing the impulse to eat outside the hours of meals (especially at night).

We must expend calories by exercise: walking, gymnastics, gardening, sports etc. A regular and "moderate" exercise gives a better result that a short but intense exercise. A regular exercise with some more intense moments allows to increase muscle mass which in turn increases the energy dissipation which results in storing more glycogen in the muscles. Osteoarthritis caused by the increase in weight can be a limiting factor for resumption of physical activity.

Treatment of Obesity and Overweight by Medicinal Plants

Background: The medicinal plants or plant extracts alone are not capable to make lose weight permanently. It is essential to involve those phytomedicines in a low calorie diet and increased physical activity. We give below a simplified classification of medicinal plants useful in the treatment of obesity or its complications. Some herbs can act in several ways on several levels.

Treatment of obesity and overweight: anorectics medicinal plants to cut appetite or hunger: Hoodia, eucalyptus, laurel sauce, coca, Catharanthus, phyllantus niruri, Orthosiphon, algae, gum, Konjac.

Treatment of obesity and overweight: herbs that increase thermogenesis (fat-burning) and fucus seaweed, green tea, maté, guarana, coleus, Garcinia, ephedra (ma huang).

Treatment of obesity and overweight: inulin plants that limit intestinal absorption of carbohydrates: yacon, Jerusalem.

Treatment of obesity and overweight: plants without sugars but sweetening: sweet herb Stevia or Paraguay, or bramble Rubus suavissimus sweet China.

Treatment of obesity and overweight: plants that increase the liver function, purifying plants: dandelion, artichoke, rosemary, Mary thistle, turmeric, hercampuri (gentianella).

Treatment of obesity complications by medicinal plants: plants and diabetes, disorders of plants and cholesterol: Lagerstroemia (Banaba).

Treatment of obesity and overweight: medicinal "calming" plants adjuvant of hypo-caloric diet: Saint John's wort (Hypericum), the California poppy (Eschscholtzia), valerian.

This is a little listing of medicinal plants and herbs that can help to get rid of obesity, so many others exist in nature which can be exploited in curing overweight.

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Source by Ines Khalsi

4 Easy Diets – No Sweat Ideas

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If at one point in your life you have wished that you'd come across a list of no sweat, easy diets ideas, then you are lucky! Dieting doesn't mean starving yourself. In fact, to make it work, it should be the contrary. Here are some thoughts and ideas to guide and aid you on your quest for a slimmer, healthier, fitter you:

• Stress means binging
Emotional eating is one of the main culprits of obesity or being overweight. It's actually simple and easy, diets don't work if you're stressed – unless you're taking some pills or something. But with just the natural way of dieting, it really won't work.

Although this is true for both men and women, it is mostly women who experience emotional eating. Due to the link between emotions and hormones, when a woman is upset, her body craves for foods like sweets and / or meat – to compensate for what wasn't satisfied in the first place. Also stress has the same effect because it exhausts the individual making them feel tired, incompetent, and unhappy – something like a subtle version of being upset. So avoid stress, avoid being angry – to avoid getting fat.

• Grapefruit: the weight loss wonder
Here's another easy diets tip: eat grapefruit. People who ate grapefruit lost weight more. Researchers believe that it lowers the body's insulin (the fat storage hormone).

• Second servings: the illusion and the myth
You have been told that getting just the right amount of food on your plate on your first serving and just coming back for a second serving will actually cause you to eat less. Well, the illusion that you got just the "right amount" will lead you to believe that you ate very little and going for seconds won't be bad for your diet. That is a myth. You actually tend to eat more with this. So what you want to do is to get quite an amount on your first serving and that's it. Believe it or not, with such you eat 18% less than if you go for a second serving.

• An hour a day keeps the weight away
It has been found that walking non-stop for an hour lets you lose weight quickly and dramatically. It doesn't have to be power walking – just your normal walking pace. It perks up your metabolism; so go window shopping or stroll around the mall after work.

Hence, it's plain, simple, and easy; diets are what you actually make them to be. There's no sweat in dieting, just will power and dedication.

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Source by Mark Martini

How To Lose Weight And Keep It Off – Stop Failing Diets

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Are Fad Diets Rubbish?

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Mostly yes with a few exceptions. A lot of these fad diets you hear about every day are very detrimental to your body. Sure you lose a lot of weight in a short amount of time but this an unhealthy way to go about it. Even if you lose all that weight its mostly temporary and as soon as you get back into old habits, the weight soon comes back. Fad diets usually involve water loss which leads to dehydration and causes unhealthy electrolyte imbalances and salt imbalances which can lead to cramps, dizziness and muscle loss.

Fad diets in the Media

You often hear about fad diets in the media all the time and how celebrities have lost loads of weight with these amazing diets. In recent media Oprah Winfrey was on an Acai berry diet and lost a lot of weight (again), its an unhealthy way to lose weight relying on a berry. Sure its full of antioxidants but don't depend on it, if acai is taken in its original juice form, (not reconstituted with water or in pill form), it is a great natural energy drink rich with anti-oxidants. Beyonce Knowles has recently been on a master cleanse "I lived on water, cayenne pepper and maple syrup for 14 days it was tough, every one around me was eating and I was dying". Sounds fantastic!

Scams?

Its fairly easy to spot a Fad diet with false promises. Most of them promise unrealistic weight loss and often there are companies pushing certain foods and supplements to trick you into signing up to a monthly subscription. An example of this is the Acai berry diet, there's a lot of scam websites out there pushing Acai pills.

Tape worm diet

Even at the turn of the century people had started trying to market weight loss pills and diets. A disturbing example of this is the Tape Worm diet. Which consists of taking capsules with tape worm eggs in them. Yum! Introducing intestinal parasites can lead to weight loss but tape worms deplete a lot of nutrients, minerals and calories.

Atkins Diet

When people think of the Atkins diet they think of endlessly eating greasy burgers and cheese. This is rubbish. Diets low in carbohydrates and high in fat and protein are very beneficial for weight loss and over all health.

Atkins believes that the main cause of western obesity is due to eating refined carbohydrates, sugar, flours and high fructose syrups. Refined carbohydrates and sugar are crap and should avoided. They spike insulin and provide very little nutritional value.

The main idea is to switch the body's metabolism from burning glucose as fuel to burning stored fat as fuel. This process is called Ketosis.

Ketogenic diets

Ketosis can be achieved by eating very little carbohydrates (below 20 – 30 grams) for several weeks, this leads to a state of ketosis. If there is very little carbohydrate in the diet, the liver converts fat into fatty acids and ketone bodies. The ketone bodies pass into the brain and replace glucose as an energy source. You don't want to be eating cheese and burgers constantly.

Protein: Eat stuff like chicken, tuna fish, fresh fish, beef, whey protein, eggs, turkey pork. I'm sure you get the idea. Healthy organic meats if possible.

Carbohydrates: You want to limit carbohydrate intake, you'll need to eat foods with the best bang for your buck so to speak. Leafy green vegetables full of fiber, nutrients and vitamins. Eat stuff like spinach, kale, broccoli, onions, cucumbers. Natural organic vegetables are the key.

Fats: Believe it or not fats are good for you! Try to balance your diet so saturates, polyunsaturates, monounsaturates all comprise 1/3 of each of your total fat intake. Most foods have some of each type but many foods are higher in one fat than others. Good sources of saturates are from things like coconut oils and animal fats. Sources of polyunsaturates are flaxseed oil and pine nuts. Good sources of monounsaturates are virgin olive oils, cashews, pecans and almonds.

Stay away from trans fats, trans fats are basically damaged fats. Stay away from things like margarine, cooking sprays, snack foods and hydrogenated oils.

Remember variation is the key. Don't just eat chicken and spinach every day! Try different combinations of food.

Hunter Gatherer Diets

Its been argued that hunter societies lived on ketogenic diets. Surviving mostly on meat, fish, fowl and the leaves, roots and fruits of many plants. Even in modern times there are a few hunter gatherer tribes living on ketogenic diets. Inuit consume a diet of foods that are fished, hunted, and gathered locally. This may include walrus, ringed seal, bearded seal, beluga whale, polar bear, berries, and fireweed.

There are many objections and worries about how healthy such a diet would be. So how healthy is the Inuit diet? Statistically they are some of the healthiest people in the world with low occurrences of disease such as arthritis and cancer.

From 1906 until 1918, Arctic explorer Vilhjalmur Stefansson ate almost exclusively fish and seal meat, often raw or fermented, and almost no vegetables – living as an Eskimo among Eskimos. He concluded that he had never been in better health in his life.

So?

Generally most fad diets are shit. When you hear things like, cabbage diet, lazy zone diet, hollywood diet and slim fast, its best to stay clear. Many people think of ketosis as a bad thing but this isn't always the case, its an effective way to achieve a healthier body. Don't rely on diet alone to do it all for you. Do work for weight loss, go for a run, go roller blading, climbing, anything that gets you moving. If you're serious about weight loss stop drinking pop. Drink water, water is a catabolic substance meaning it takes energy for your body to digest it and let it go through your system. There's a lot of ways to lose weight but to simplify it as much as possible, for a better functioning and looking physique you have to work hard and eat right.

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Source by Jason Finney

The Atkins Diet – The Origin Of Low Carb Diets

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The Atkins Nutritional approach has been used nationally since the 1960’s. Long before Dr. Robert Atkins published his popular low-carbohydrate diet plan, his patients were reaping the benefits of the Atkins diet.

Dr. Atkins divided his meal plan into four phases. “Induction,” phase one, is designed to force the body into ketosis, a physical condition which occurs in response to starvation. The “ketogenic” diet is widely used in medicine not only to treat obesity, but also to treat conditions such as epilepsy and diabetes. During this particular two-week period, no alcohol or caffeine can be consumed.

The second phase, “Ongoing Weight Loss,” is geared toward finding the “Critical Carbohydrate Level for Losing.” This process involves increasing the carb intake by five grams per week until the subject a person is within 10 pounds of their target weight.

“Pre-maintenance” is the next step. Like phase two, this phase calls for an increase in carb intake, the difference between the two phases being that this phase is designed to find the “Critical Carbohydrate Level for Maintenance.”

Step four is “Lifetime Maintenance,” a phase intended to reinforce the habits learned through the diet plan so as not to regain the weight lost during the diet. Dr. Atkins also emphasizes making use of the option to jump back to any of the other phases if weight begins to return.

While many testimonials of success have been recorded, the Atkins diet has been under fire in recent years as more and more analysis is conducted. Recent studies have compared Atkins to other diet plans and found that it scores among the highest for short-term weight loss but ranks as the lowest for long-term weight loss. And after Atkins Nutritionals released their line of Atkins diet bars and meals, Forbes Magazine analyzed several diets and found that the average consumer would pay up to 80% more in food costs than people not on the diet. Even when faced with these facts, many still sing praises of the Atkins diet.

Both the New England Journal of Medicine and the American Journal of Medicine confirmed that Atkins is still the most effective published diet plan for short-term weight loss. They do, however, acknowledge that it does come at greater risk for coronary heart disease. As for weighing out the pros and cons to determine exactly how much more at risk those who participate in the Atkins diet are, all reports found that no evidence documented has yet to prove that the risks are greater than the benefits.

Nearly forty years later, the late Dr. Atkins is still recognized for his approach to weight loss. Thanks to the innovation of the internet, Atkins meal plans, Atkins diet bars, Atkins recipes, magazine articles and research regarding Atkins and virtually anything else associated with the Atkins diet has never been easier to access.

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Source by Charlene Lee

Safer Diets, Boosters, Energy Pills, and Sleep Aids

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Bring me up. Bring me down. Despite certain dangers with certain drugs, there are some safer kinds of diet pills available than the other, more dangerous than certain others. However, when you take enough diet pills to really suppress your appetite (especially when you use them around dinner time) you will often have too much energy to get a good night of sleep. The reason is because diet pills will often stimulate someone’s metabolism. However the chemicals that induce this elevated metabolic rate (among other things) can also keep an individual quite wakeful. Thus, in order to maintain a regular sleep schedule he or she will often turn to sleep aids.

One of the most recommended sleep aids for anyone with trouble sleeping is one commonly used to counteract the side effects of medications that promote weight loss is called Ambiotol. It has been said that there is virtually no medical problem (or any other problem) in the human body that can not be solved by getting some more rest. This is why doctors tell you to get your rest when you are not well. This is not a catch phrase for the office, doctors really mean it. When someone is ill and does not sleep enough, they are extending the number of days, weeks and so on and so forth that they will continue to be ill. Even when a person has a terminal condition, rest is very important for feeling better and having more time. So do not let your loss of sleep damage you further. Even if you are healthy, fatigue can become a serious problem. Find a sleep medication that will help you, such as Ambitol if you are having trouble sleeping.

When you get a good night’s rest you can wake feeling wonderful, rested, energetic, and you may not even have to take as many “uppers” during the day. Another thing that will increase your metabolic rate is exercise. This requires no (or at least less) pill popping and will help strengthen your muscles as well as your vital organs. Nonetheless, many people will choose to take weight loss pills in addition if not instead of exercise, and there must be ways to keep these individuals well-rested.

Energy pills: get a speed energizer to counteract the energy loss that comes with dieting. Because of his or her drop in caloric intake, someone who is dieting (even if he or she is not taking diet pills) may suffer from fatigue. As a matter of fact, many Americans suffer from fatigue for a variety of reasons. Therefore, drugs like Ambitol, Lunesta, and even less intense over the counter sleep aids.

Weight loss pills have been proven to make people feel better, the same way in which an increase of adrenaline levels in his or her body will if he or she exercises regularly. If you prefer to use pills to boost your metabolism – for whatever reason, there are safer ways to do so. One of the newest and safest natural metabolic boosters is the extract of a cactus-like plant from Africa called Hoodia.

Hoodia is a widely popular and fairly new dietary supplement for weight loss. Hoodia’s ability to curb someone’s appetite has been a blessing to the San people of Africa for a long time now. However, its popularity just recently rose to its current, widespread use in America. But it has been highly recommended by professionals such as nutritionists, doctors, physical trainers, physical therapists, and more as a safer method of weight loss. The “Bushmen” of Africa would use this cactus-like plant to ward off their hunger when there was no food available, as well as his or her thirst.

Hoodia is now being used among several of the celebrities in America today. Anyone can use Hoodia, it is now widely sold on the market as a pill as well as in liquid form – there are even Hoodia patches (similar to the nicotine or birth control patches) available. Phentirimine is something good to use if you have trouble with overeating, You will find out that you feel full sooner. You will eat less, consistently, after just a few weeks of use. You will notice that you are feeling better. Many famous people all over the world use Hoodia for the exact opposite reasons as the Bushman in African tribes.

Holistic healing is a very important approach to correcting any problems with your overall health – including weight problems. One of the most essential holistic recommendations is to keep your life in balance. If sleep, for instance, is irregular other symptoms can present. When someone does not feel well, the first thing to do is consider your sleeping habits, easting habits, exercise routine, daily schedule, enough time at work, enough time with family, and / or doing other things you enjoy.

Ambiatol actually may help a little bit with your diet by blocking the body’s ability to absorb carbohydrates. This means that you will be able to eat starchy foods with grains and other essential nutrients and more of the carbohydrates that turn into fats will move through your system. Your body will wash out more of the fat increasing carbohydrates. You do not want your body to retain too many carbohydrates without skipping the nutrients essential for your health. The same applies to your diet as controlled by weight loss supplements – you must maintain the proper nutrients in your system some way or another. If you are also exercising, sleeping less, or otherwise increasing your metabolism, you will burn a certain number of calories inevitably.

On the completely opposite end of the spectrum, another option for getting carbohydrates to move more quickly through your system is to eat fruits or vegetables before you eat the rest of our meal. As a matter of fact, it has been proven that even if the sole action someone takes towards weight loss is this one thing, there will still be a noticeable effect. The very best kinds of fruits to eat are fruits such as citrus and apples, especially grapefruit. Salads, or other kinds of green-leafy vegetables are the most typically recommended kinds of foods to eat. And here’s the best part: people who eat salads and / or vegetables before their meals are going to loose weight no matter what they eat afterwards. Even if the portions and the types of food someone eats remain the same, changing this one element of your daily eating routine is, in the very least, a good place to begin.

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Source by Anne Clarke

The Basis for Low Carb Diets

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Low carb diets are probably the most popular diet types today. Its philosophy of cutting down on bad carbohydrates, bad fats and bad sugars has turned the world on its ear because it challenges the age-old belief that low fat diets help you lose weight. But according to supporters of low carb diets, if low fat diets are really beneficial in losing weight then why is it that 30 years after it was first presented to the public there are more obese people now than ever before.

According to low carb diet supporters the reason lies in carbohydrates. They contend that carbohydrates are what contributes to obesity. They also said that carbohydrates are a power stimulant that triggers hunger pangs. This misconception about how certain ingredients in our food work is proving to be a huge mistake because low fat diet followers are actually more compelled to eat more carbohydrates.

How does this exactly work? When we eat carbohydrate rich food especially those that are made of simple carbohydrates like sugar, pasta, potatoes, rice or anything made with refined flour it stimulates the production and secretion of insulin. The effect of insulin in the body is that it coaxes glucose – which is produced by the digestion of carbohydrates – to be absorbed more rapidly by our tissues for energy consumption. The extra glucose that is not consumed are then converted into and stored as fat.

But it does not stop there. Once the glucose levels in our body drop, the insulin levels in our body would also fall. This cycle of a carbohydrate meal – rapid insulin increase and then subsequent rapid drop in insulin only promotes more hunger pangs. This means that just after two to four hours after a carbohydrate-rich meal we would already crave for more carbohydrates. This is like a vicious circle where you eat carbohydrates, store fat, get hungry and then eat more carbohydrates. With a low fat diet, a person still gets fat and raises his cholesterol levels – and that is bad news.

This explanation to support low carbohydrate diets is as sound as the explanations being forwarded for low fat diets. By limiting or even avoiding carbohydrates in our diet we can control our insulin levels to a manageable degree and thus prevents the hormone from transforming glucose into fat. This would in turn transform our metabolism enabling us to use our fat reserves as the source of our energy and not glucose that is made from carbohydrate digestion. This transformation enables our body to burn fat more.

Unfortunately, at this point in time, there are not enough studies to support the low carbohydrate diet when compared to the older low fat diet regimen. But as more and more studies are made, it is becoming apparent that low carbohydrate diets actually have tremendous health benefits to our body. There are some indications that this type of diet can actually lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the body. The tremendous health benefits that are being attributed to low carbohydrate diets really deserves a second look.

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Source by Philip Nicosia