Written on Feb, 27, 2017 by in , | Leave a comment

I first learned of Intermittent Fasting (IF) from The Secret Life of Fat. In it, Sylvia Tara described how she used IF in her arsenal of tactics to reduce body fat and increase lean muscle mass. This sent me of on a Quest for Fasting. I found that in addition to longer overnight fasts like Dr. Tara used, practitioners defined …

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Yo-yo dieting

We all know the story. And the stats. Some 90% or more of weight loss diets fail, and many dieters actually end up heavier. What’s going on? Are these dieters just lazy? People who’ve never had a weight problem would say so. “Eat less. Move more.” It’s so simple, right? Short answer: no. There are a number of factors that …

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Written on Dec, 29, 2016 by in | Leave a comment
Virus Factor

Wired.com recently detailed the AD-36 virus and it’s correlation with obesity in humans. This discovery is a fascinating tale of its own, as one medical doctor turned fat researcher pursued answers to help his patients. Dr. Nikhil Dhurandhar followed his father’s footsteps and ran a clinic Mumbai, India to treat overweight and obese patients. Dhurandhar was constantly frustrated that he could not …

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Written on Nov, 21, 2016 by in | Leave a comment
Fat Baby

Layla appeard to be a healthy newborn. But as she grew into her first year, something changed. Layla would finish a bowl of food and cry until she was given another. Her parents knew this was unusual, but suspected it was a temporary stage of development. As Layla continued to grow, however, so did her appetite, and before long she …

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Written on Nov, 10, 2016 by in | Leave a comment
Elements of a Paleo diet

Based on the fact that humans have only recently undergone massive changes to our diets, the paleo diet cuts the refined sugars, grains, and legumes most of us now eat in abundance, but which our bodies aren’t suited for. It’s a diet that works wonders for many people, but there are a certain few for whom paleo doesn’t live up …

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Written on Oct, 20, 2016 by in | Leave a comment
Bones

We willingly spend billions of dollars to win the war on body fat every year, and yet it always seems to come back, and more resilient than ever. Why is that? Why is that fat just keeps fighting back? Because as much as you think you want to lose fat, your body still isn’t convinced it should. There are good …

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Written on Sep, 30, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

By any standard, the sumo wrestler would be considered obese. Sumo wrestlers weigh in the range of three hundred to four hundred pounds and ingest 5000 to 7000 calories a day, including a lot of fried food. While their diet is low in processed foods and sugar no one could argue that their diet is healthy. And yet they don’t …

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Written on Mar, 03, 2013 by in | Leave a comment

Fat is an obsession, a dirty word, a subject of national handwringing, and our least understood body part. The Secret Life of Fat brings together historical perspective and cutting-edge research to reveal fat’s true identity: an organ that is critical to our health. Fat triggers timely puberty, enables our reproductive organs, strengthens our bones and immune systems, affects brain size …

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