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Why Do We Gain Weight in Winter?
10 Feb. 2016

winter weight gainSeasonal fluctuations of weight are noticed in northern countries, where there are marked drops of winter and summer temperatures. Scientists believe that the change to a high calorie diet with the coming of cold weather is in our genes. In ancient times, winter was the hungry time of the year and people gained weight during autumn to be able to survive it. In addition, subcutaneous fat kept them warm.  So, to stay slender and avoid obesity, we have to outsmart the nature and prove our body that winter will not be long and cold. Besides, the following factors promote winter weight gain as well. Read more…

How Parasites affect Your Weight
2 Dec. 2015

parasiteIf you have tried to lose weight but all your efforts are for nothing, that is probably because of parasites living in your intestines sabotaging your nutrition and health.

Parasites are anything living in the body at the expense of the host. These can be worms, bacteria, fungi or viruses. They cannot produce energy or food and therefore need a host body to survive. There are over 100 parasites known and more than one can live in one body at a time.

According to the WHO, about 3.5 billion people suffer from some type of parasitic infection. Read more…

Binge Eating Disorder
28 Nov. 2015

binge eating disorderBinge eating disorder (BED) is characterized by compulsive overeating without subsequent purging episodes that are more specific to bulimic behavior. It is the most spread eating disorder in the USA. About 5.6 million women and 3.1 million men have it. Adolescents are not an exception – up to 1.6% of teenagers are currently diagnosed with this disorder.

Every one of us sometimes overeats on occasion. But when you feel that you can’t stop eating, even when you are uncomfortably full, is something different, especially when this becomes a natural occurrence. Read more…

Food Addiction
18 Nov. 2015

food addictionFood addiction is a form of behavioral addiction that involves a compulsive over-consumption of highly palatable foods, i.e. foods rich in sugar, salt or fat. The pleasure and reward centers in the brain, which are triggered by addictive drugs, are also activated by food.  High-fat, salty or sugary foods trigger the feel-good chemicals in the brain as dopamine. Once people feel pleasure in eating certain foods due to increased dopamine transmission in the reward pathway in the brain, they soon want to eat again.

Reward signals of dopamine neurons from foods may often override other brain signals of satiety and fullness. Read more…

How to Prevent Hair Loss When Losing Weight?
26 Sep. 2015

hair loss caused by weight lossHair shedding is a normal part of the hair growth cycle when hair goes into resting phase to give way to the new hair strand to grow. Normally hair grows ½ inch per month for 2 years and then goes to its resting phase. On overage we lose from 50 to 100 strands of hair daily. However physical and emotional stress from dieting can cause more hair than usual to go into the resting phase and fall out. Nutritional deficiencies due to dieting can cause hair to prematurely enter the resting phase.

There are different types of obesity and different diets for people struggling with their weight. However, the aim of all the diets is to reduce the total body mass due to the loss of fluid, body fat and lean mass. Read more…

Weight Loss Resistance
11 Sep. 2015

weight loss resistanceSome people never seem to lose weight, no matter how hard they try. For such people, the never-ending battle with excessive weight, feels like punishment, both physical and emotional. Weight loss resistance, a condition that explains this phenomenon, occurs when a person has a metabolic/ hormonal imbalance that makes weight loss almost impossible, despite following the strictest diet and working out in the gym.

Primary Systemic Imbalances Causing Weight Loss Resistance
Five major systemic imbalances can cause weight loss resistance. They are: Read more…

Let’s talk about Water Weight
18 Aug. 2015

what is water weight?If you’re into a healthy lifestyle, diet and physical activity, if you’re keeping track of your weight or just in the middle of losing it, then most probably your scale is either your best friend or worst enemy and you surely know such terms like percentage of body fat, low-carbohydrates diet, Body Mass Index and lots of others.

But if your scale shows that you have gained several extra pounds since yesterday, do not panic, there is nothing wrong with you. Although, there are a variety of health issues that lead to weight gain, it is highly unlikely that any of them could cause sudden weight gain. Our bodies do not gain or lose considerable amounts of muscles or fat overnight.

Water weight is the culprit of the bad numbers on the scale – for some reason or other your body has retained fluid. Read more…

Fasting: Health Benefits and Risks
24 Jun. 2015

woman fastingFasting – a willing abstinence from food and drinks for a period of time – has been a spiritual practice since ancient times. It is commonly associated with religious beliefs. Though, many people choose to fast with the belief that it benefits health rather than because of spiritual beliefs. But is fasting really safe and will it make you healthier?

A study conducted in the University of Southern California, LA found that intermittent fasting for 1 day during a week may reduce the risk of diabetes as well as lower blood pressure and improve cholesterol levels. Longer periods of fasting for several days may reboot the immune system, clearing out old immune cells and regenerating the new ones. Good news, isn’t it? However, learn about fasting health benefits and risks before going on a fasting diet. Read more…

How to Manage Sugar Cravings
18 Jan. 2015

eating-sugarThe first taste humans prefer from birth is sweet. Besides tasting good, sweets stimulate the release of the happiness hormone serotonin that makes brain feel good and endorphin that calms and relaxes us. Though, when taken in excess, sugar can cause a host of problems, including weight gain, cravings, binge eating, diabetes, elevated triglycerides, low good cholesterol levels and heart disease. Excessive sugar intake is also related to migraines, depression, poor eyesight, gout, osteoporosis and autoimmune diseases, including multiple sclerosis and arthritis. Things get worse as far as the more sugar you eat, the higher your tolerance becomes. In other words, we start craving sugar. Read more…

Celebrities Who Had Weight Loss Surgery
18 Dec. 2014

surgeryWeight loss surgery is just one of the many methods being used today to fight a growing health problem – obesity. Obesity can be described as a state where excess fat has accumulated throughout the body. Most of the time, obesity is caused by an unhealthy diet (too many calories, fats and triglycerides in food intake) and a sedentary lifestyle (little exercise, daily movement, etc.), yet there may be other factors contributing to it as well. Certain medications, illnesses, psychological states, and even genetics have proven to be big contributors to obesity. This is a health concern that affects all layers of the population, even the rich and famous. This article will tell you about some of these celebrities, how and why they underwent weight loss surgery. Read more…

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