There are certain foods I can’t stop eating even though I suspect they’re bad for me.
I crave sugar like crazy.
Diets that work for others don’t seem to work for me.
I lose five pounds, and then I regain seven.
I’m tired of and frustrated with weight loss.
Do those statements also resonate with you? If so, you might not know an important secret: the reason you struggle with your weight is that your hormones are out of balance.
As a licensed Naturopathic Doctor, I am uniquely qualified to understand the private suffering that women experience with weight gain and body shame. Although hormones are complex, when out of balance, they make losing weight close to impossible particularly for women. During my lecture, I’ll share which hormones are to blame, how they affect your weight, and at least one simple action you can take to bring each hormone back into balance.
Please join me on May 18th at 2pm, as I help you understand the ins and outs of your complex body, with natural solutions for weight loss.
It seems to happen every holiday season. You attend parties and office gatherings to share a few festive moments with family, friends, colleagues and lots and lots of food. But when the holiday season is finally over, the bathroom scale reveals that you’ve gained some weight again, much to your chagrin.Research studies say that most adults gain some weight over the holidays. But don’t despair because this year can be different.
I recommend to my patients that they just try to keep their current weight, as opposed to focusing on losing weight. There are simple steps you can take that can keep the extra holiday pounds off.How can you try to maintain your weight and heart-health during such a tempting time? I’ve conjured up these tips to surviving the holiday hoop-la that is sure-fire success – this season and in the future ones to come.
Aim for five-a-day
Making sure you eat five or more servings of fruits and vegetables each day is a great way to help fill-up your stomach but not your calorie level. When compared to other snack foods like chips, crackers and cookies, gram for gram, fruits and vegetables contain fewer calories and tons more nutrients. What’s more – the fiber in fruits and vegetables fill you up faster than traditional snack foods. Pack your refrigerator with bags of cut-up vegetables and whole or cut-up fruits. Grab a bag while on the go or at work.
Always Plan Ahead – Never go to a Party Hungry
Before you go to a holiday party, eat a healthy snack such as a serving of your favorite fruit, veggie or a handful of your favorite nuts. When you arrive at the party, you won’t be craving hors d’oeuvres.
Control your Stress
Keeping up with the demands of the holidays can be stressful. Stressed individuals commonly have high levels of cortisol, a hormone that’s released in response to stress. Chronically high cortisol levels may cause weight gain, as they have been linked to greater food intake. Additionally, a stressful lifestyle may cause more cravings for junk food.For these reasons, it’s important to keep stress levels under control in general — but especially during the holidays, when you might be busy and surrounded by unhealthy foods.
Focus on Fiber
Fiber is another important nutrient that induces fullness. Some studies show that increased dietary fiber can reduce total calorie intake, which may help prevent weight gain over the holidays. Unfortunately, many common holiday foods lack adequate amounts of fiber. Do your best to eat fiber-rich foods, such as vegetables, fruits, legumes, whole grains, nuts, and seeds.
Bring a Healthy Dish to Share
It can be easy to overeat at holiday parties. However, you have control over what you consume. One simple trick is to bring your own healthy dish to share. This way, you can guarantee you’ll have something to eat that aligns with your weight goals.
Get Plenty of Sleep
Sleep deprivation, which is quite common during the holidays, may cause weight gain. This is because those who do not sleep enough tend to be hungrier, consume more calories, and exercise less. Sleep restriction may increase your hunger hormone levels, ultimately leading to higher calorie intake. Additionally, inadequate sleep has been linked to lower metabolism. This may be caused by alterations in your circadian rhythm — a biological clock that regulates many of your bodily.
Limit Certain Beverages
During the holidays, alcohol, soda, and other calorie-rich beverages are prevalent. These drinks can contribute a significant amount of sugar and empty calories to your diet, which can cause weight gain. Additionally, alcohol consumption, is often linked to increased appetite and is a risk factor for weight gain.
Avoid Processed Foods
Processed holiday foods — such as boxed mashed potatoes and stuffing — are more available than ever. While quick and easy, these foods often contain excess sugar and unhealthy fats that take a toll on your weight.
If you find yourself in a position where you need to lose the weight and want to look your very best for the Holidays; then consider HCG. It’s the safest and quickest way to lose a few extra pounds in preparation for the Holidays.
What is the HCG Diet?
This highly effective diet using “Human Chorionic Gonadotropin” was first developed by Dr. Simeons in the 1950’s. The average female can lose 20-25 lbs. or 2 dress sizes in six weeks. Some people will lose more inches than pounds. The average male can lose 30-40 lbs. and several inches around the waistline in six weeks. The HCG diet consists of painless injections and a healthy diet with lean protein, fruit and vegetables. Chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes are improved and even reversed once the diet is complete. Dr. Nirvana evaluates all patients during the consultation who are interested in weight management with HCG.. People can maintain their weight loss because they learn healthy lifestyle changes during the diet and the decreased appetite can continue after the diet is over. Dr. Nirvana uses only U.S. regulated compounding Pharmacies who manufacture HCG, themselves.
Types of Fat
There are two forms of fat. These two forms are called metabolically active and inactive fat stores. Metabolically inactive simply means these fat stores are meant for long term storage not short term calorie demands. The body looks to save inactive stores for times of food shortages and pregnancy.So often we see people go on low calorie programs only to gain the weight back after they return to their normal diets. This is because the body slows down its metabolic process in the face of low calorie consumption.
So when one starts eating again the body tries to store more by maintaining a low metabolic rate because the body fears a possible famine. The body reduces its calorie demands so it can prepare and store for difficult times. The problem is that we are not having problems finding food. Instead we are just limiting calories for a short duration to lose weight…..in a way we are asking our bodies to do what we are trying to avoid. We eat less for a short period and the body stomps on the metabolic brakes to store calories in preparation for what it perceives to be a food shortage.
The HCG Weight Loss Answer
In the Increased Metabolic Needs of Pregnancy, Dr. Simeons stated that HCG targets these metabolically inactive fat stores without the body perceiving a food shortage. The body doesn’t perceive such a food shortage because HCG releases extra calories into the blood. These extra calories are meant for the developing fetus during pregnancy. In weight loss there is no pregnancy. So the body only sees it has plenty of calories in the blood and has no need to slow down its metabolism. The end result is safe, rapid weight loss without the risk of metabolically down shifting and harming metabolism.
Why HCG is So Effective
The body tends to save calories as fat for times of famine or pregnancy. HCG is the hormonal trigger to release these unwanted pounds. Get ready to drop the pounds quickly, safely and keep them off with Dr. Nirvana’s HCG program.
HCG is Powerfully Effective Because
It answers the common problems of weight loss both safely and naturally. Click here to find more answers to frequently asked questions regarding HCG. * Medical results may vary depending on your metabolism and your overall health.*
Remember, the holidays are meant to celebrate good times with family and friends. Enjoy the holidays and plan effective strategies to help you achieve your goals. Achieving what you sought out for will give you one more good reason for holiday cheer!
A commonly used phrase when referring to nutrition is “a calorie is a calorie,” which can be misleading. A calorie is a measurement of energy; it’s the amount of energy needed to raise one gram of water one degree Celsius. Over time, however, calories have come to be associated with human biology, not just with energy measurement. It is true, from an actual energy standpoint, that in a closed loop system all calories are equal. It’s when we look at what happens to a calorie after it’s ingested, that we start seeing some important differences that depend on the source of the calorie.
All foods provide energy to the body and deliver nutrients and trigger different hormonal pathways. For example, foods such as nuts, seeds, pineapples and bananas are high in serotonin or better known as our “feel good hormone”. A diet lacking in these power foods, can lead to depression or a feeling of gloom.
Consider 100 calories derived from table sugar compared to 100 calories derived from olive oil; these calories have different speeds and pathways of digestion, trigger different hormonal pathways, and can have different impacts on weight management and overall health. Olive oil for example is rich in omega 6 fatty acids which help to feed a hormone-like substance in our body known as prostaglandins. In moderation, omega 6 fatty acids can halt the inflammatory processes in the body. Processed sugar intake immediately leads to the production of inflammatory messengers.
So when considering calories, it makes more sense to not just consider the total amount of energy derived from a calorie, but also daily nutrient needs. In my Practice, I often recommend a focus on the nutrient quality of calories, not just total calorie quantity – an approach referred to as nutrient density. Foods are not made up of calories alone, but rather they are complex mixtures in terms of nutrients. This can have a vast effect on the hormones that control hunger, and those that tell our bodies to either burn or store fat. Nutrient density is an approach that promotes getting as much out of the total calorie intake as possible, and striving to meet not only energy needs but also vitamin, mineral, and other nutrients and biological needs from those total calories.
The One Size Fits all Approach
It’s a myth that there is one perfect diet. Our nutritional needs are as individual as our fingerprints, so understanding what causes a person’s nutritional needs to be different can help that person choose the best combination of foods and supplements that meets their needs.
Factors that influence energy needs include exercise, recovery, illness, and metabolism, all of which have an impact on an individual’s calorie requirements. Stress levels, hormone fluctuations, and even environmental pollutants can alter an individual’s specific nutrition needs. Careful attention to the type of foods eaten can determine gaps in nutrient intake and identify nutritional supplements that can complement the diet..
Best Calorie Sources
So which foods don’t tell us to store fat and send us back to the fridge an hour later? The answer goes back to the way we ate before we were inundated with processed foods and shelves filled with boxed options. Focus on eating vegetarian protein sources, healthy vegan fats, and unprocessed, unrefined carbohydrates such as vegetables, beans, and fruit. And when it comes to whole grains, the less processed the better—think brown rice vs. white and stone-ground whole wheat, quinoa, or oats instead of white bread. Choose fats that come from plant sources like nuts, olive oil and avocado.
If you find yourself not knowing which foods are helping or hindering your health, schedule a consultation. You’ll be surprised to know what you thought was “healthy” is actually harming your body.