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Caloric Fasting and You

Caloric Fasting” and YouAccording to the National Institute on Health upwards of 35% of all Americans are considered to be obese to-date. Surprising, more than 6% have extreme obesity, and nearly 75% of these American men are considered to be overweight or obese. These are very frightening statistics, and easily demonstrate the common cause of Type 2 Diabetes and heart failure.

Due to the common American culture of working or being awake around the clock, many individuals eat at unruly hours, in disorganized patterns, and commonly are consuming unsafe or unhealthy foods while missing out on important vitamins and nutrients in their everyday diets.

In a recent study conducted in San Diego, nearly 150 non-working participants were recorded for their eating patterns, and followed advised patterns to deplete, change, and improve their eating schedules. As it’s been found that such a substantial amount of Americans are not consuming full meals, often skipping breakfast and even doubling or tripling meals per day in one sitting it’s no wonder why obesity continues to be on the rise. Of these 150 participants in the study, individuals that consumed structured meals on a 3-4 times per day basis, starting with breakfast, and not surpassing approximately 5-6pm, great improvement was shown in the resulting health effects as well as weight loss. Individuals dramatically lost up to 7lbs on average in the course of 2 months or less. Additionally, these participants were advised and required to skip meals or “snacking” of anything containing 5 calories or more in 12-hour period intervals. This was a very sophisticated, as well as demanding task and requirement that the “average” American can just simply not fulfill.

Although fasting has proven to be very effective in the past for cleansing the body, many might argue, especially in American culture, that such an idea is not only overrated, but also highly dangerous considering the average American’s average eating patterns. Alternative measures to weight-loss are commonly available through exercise regimes, improved sleep, better coping with stress, and dietary modification within the bounds of more common nutrient (pyramid) based regulations. Additionally, it’s important to point out that there is a great difference between ‘fasting’ and actually dieting or modifying your diet in a healthier way. Commonly, ‘fasting’ will absolutely lead to some level of desired weight loss, but at the same time, once fasting has stopped, the individual can gain up to twice as much weight back because their body is starving for missed nutrients or old habits that have not otherwise been replaced with something new and better!

Individuals serious about weight-loss should always consult with their physician first, and the arguably safest bet for anyone truly committed to weight loss is to consult with and rely on both a nutritionist as well as personal trainer. Depriving your body, just like ‘overloading’ it, with any one thing is not natural, and in the end will scientifically cause more harm than ‘good’–even if it is temporary gratification from a “dramatic” weight loss result and routine such as ‘fasting’.

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The Shape of Your Body and Body Mass Index

Weight loss and BMI

If you’re at all interested in weight loss, one thing you must know is your body mass index or BMI. The BMI is a calculation that takes your weight and height into consideration to determine if you’re average, over, or underweight.

For most people, the higher your BMI, the more likely it is that you’re obese, and the more likely it is that you’ll develop serious health problems at some point like heart disease, heart attack, or stroke. Just for your personal reference, the basic BMI numbers you need to be aware of are as follows: below 18.5 is underweight, 18.5-24.9 is normal, 25-29.9 is overweight, and 30 and up is obese.

While the BMI is a good indicator as to whether or not you need to consider weight loss, it’s not the be all and end all sign. Your body shape also plays a major role in your health and what your weight actually means.

Some people may weigh more and fall into the overweight category but have hardly any fat. These people are often athletes and have large quantities of muscle, which add weight but isn’t detrimental to your health. A good way to determine if your extra weight is caused by muscle or fat is to undergo body fat testing by a body analyzer.

On the flip side, an elderly person may not weigh very much, but he may have more fat than is healthy. For the most part, the location of where you carry fat is the biggest indicator of your overall health. Extra belly fat puts you at risk for problems like high blood

You can measure your waist right now to see if you’re at an increased risk for these conditions. Simply measure your middle around the belly button. Regardless of your BMI, if your measurement is higher than 35 inches if you’re a woman or 40 inches if you’re a man, it’s likely you’re at an elevated risk.pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and more. A family history of these issues is also something you need to keep in mind and may necessitate weight loss.

Many people cite the BMI as the be all and end all of deciding if weight loss is necessary for you. However, it could yield inaccurate results if your body shape or muscle density differs from average.

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How Does The HCG Diet Really Work?

HCG_WeightLoss_BrandonAccording to the research of one doctor, Dr. Sheri L. Emma, MD, her research into the controversial yet highly effective HCG Diet shows exactly why it works.  When it comes to people considering this weight loss option examining her findings and talking it over with your doctor is a must.

Dr. Emma talks about how the HCG Diet is indeed popular.  It’s a combination of caloric intake reduction and the injections of the HCG hormone.  This hormone creates more hormones that affect the body’s ability to lose excess weight but also keeps muscle mass from reducing.  For people undergoing hormone problems, menopause and other disorders that lead to excessive weight gain.  Because the HCG Diet is popular because it can reportedly make a person lose a pound of fat per day, the people looking for that magic solution pile in not thinking about the ramifications.   Dr. Emma regard this but emphasizes that only certain people should take on this kind of diet.  She discovered that the weight loss associated with the diet isn’t due to the hormone but due to the caloric reduction of the diet itself.

See, the big discovery about weight loss isn’t so new.  Doctors have known it for decades but the problem was the public didn’t heed them.  This is because of the massive diet and weight loss industry that rakes in billions offering all sorts of wild and crazy solutions that bypass the basic and most effective and safe way to lose excess fat:  Don’t eat so many calories!

If your physiological structure calls for 2,000 calories a day then you eat ONLY that 2,000 calories per day.  Eat more and you’ll store the excess calories as fat.  Eat less and you’ll lose fat and weight.  That’s the magic formula.  People can’t eat less.  They’re used to caloric amounts far exceeding their daily average and their metabolic rate can’t burn it all.  Add to that the problems of aging and other issues like mentioned before, menopause and you might have the compromising of the systems of the body to efficiently burn up those excess calories.

Dr. Emma’s approach is based on numerous clinical studies regarding HCG and weight loss.  She approaches it from another angle and takes into consideration.  People dieting may have those hunger pangs but HCG injections may reduce those thus making it easier for a person to stick to the diet.  The final product is one where weight loss is approached safely and effectively without the discomfort or detriment to the person overall.

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