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Medications for Adult Human Growth Hormone Deficiency – Drugs.com

Aug 21st, 2018
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About Adult Human Growth Hormone Deficiency: Adult Growth hormone deficiency means the pituitary gland does not make enough growth hormone in adults.

The following list of medications are in some way related to, or used in the treatment of this condition.

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Generic name:somatropin systemic

Brand names: Genotropin, Norditropin, Humatrope, Saizen, Norditropin FlexPro, Nutropin AQ, Nutropin, Omnitrope, Nutropin Depot, Zomacton showall

Drug class: growth hormones

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What is Ipamorelin and How Does it Work? | AAI Clinics

Aug 18th, 2018
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Ipamorelin is a GH secretagogue, which means that it promotes the secretion of GH into the bloodstream from the pituitary gland. Similar to GHRPs, is also an agonist of the ghrelin/growth hormone secretagogue receptor.

Ipamorelin mainly functions in both the brain and liver, which makes it unique in the world of age prevention and youth recovery. In the brain, studies in animal subjects demonstrated that it stimulates the pituitary gland, which is a pea-shaped gland located at the bottom of the hypothalamus in the base of the brain.

The primary function of the pituitary gland is to secrete specific hormones to regulate multiple endocrine system-related processes, including:

Growth and metabolism Pain relief Temperature regulation

In the liver, a related study using the same test subjects determined that ipamorelin induces a significant increase in the hepatic production of IGF-1 levels.

As discussed in detail above, hGH therapy involves the direct injection of synthetic HGH, which stimulates IGF-1 production in the liver. In contrast, sermorelin is a GH secretagogue that stimulates the secretion of endogenous GH and the resulting normal downstream processes including IGF-1 production.

Like sermorelin, ipamorelin functions as a GH secretagogue. What makes ipamorelin unique is that it also stimulates the production of IGF-1 in the liver independent of GH. This means that ipamorelin has the ability to more potently stimulate systems related to growth and repair throughout the body. This means that it may be one of the best hGH therapeutic options available.

An important consideration for patients participating in a GH secretagogue-based therapy is whether it promotes an increase in the production of the enzyme ghrelin, which is undesirable for most patients. Keep in mind that ghrelin secretion stimulates hunger. However, ipamorelin does not increase ghrelin levels.

Another important difference is that ipamorelin does not significantly boost cortisol levels. Patients on different GH secretagogue-based therapies have reported side effects such as jitters, cold sweats, or nervousness, which could be due to the effects of their therapy on cortisol levels. Because ipamorelin does not have these effects, patients can benefit from just the positive aspects of GH therapy, while keeping unwanted side effects at bay.

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Several studies have shown that the ability of ipamorelin to stimulate the pituitary gland and liver might elicit a number of physiological effects, including:

Strengthening the joints and connective tissue Increasing the bone mass density and strength Improving skin tone Rejuvenating joints Increased adipose tissue (body fat) breakdown

Together, these characteristics suggest that ipamorelin could play a crucial role in slowing down the aging process.

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The specialty pharmacies with which we associate allow us to give our patients the convenience of being prescribed a medication that does not need to be refrigerated. Sermorelin needs to be administered daily and, depending on the protocol, sometimes several times a day. This can be complicated for a typical patient, who is always on the go. The products used in our sermorelin and combination sermorelin/ipamorelin protocols never need refrigeration. Specifically, the sermorelin/ipamorelin travel pens are special because they provide an entire month of medication that never has to be refrigerated. This is both convenient and extremely cost-effective.

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HCG Diet | Houston Weight Loss Clinic

Aug 13th, 2018
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The HCG Diet What is it?

The HCG Diet, which was first described by Dr. A.T. W. Simeons in 1954, is comprised of a very low-calorie diet (500 calories/day) combined with HCG hormone injections over an 8 week period. HCG is human chorionic gonadotropin. It is the hormone that is tested for in pregnancy and is commonly prescribed for infertility.

Multiple double-blind studies (1, 2) on the effects of HCG on weight loss have been published since Dr. Simeons wrote his book describing the HCG Diet. All of the studies have the same conclusion. The weight loss that occurs with the HCG Diet is solely because of calorie restrictions and has nothing to do with the HCG hormone. It stands to reason that anyone who restricts their intake to 500 calories/day for an extended period of time is going to lose weight. However, it is the opinion of most bariatric physicians that this caloric intake is not safe.

Because no legitimate studies have shown that the HCG hormone to affect weight loss, it is not approved for weight loss by the FDA. Though it is legal for a doctor to prescribe HCG off-label, in most states it is a violation to advertise a drug for an off-label use. In Texas, it is not legal to advertise HCG for weight loss.

At Houston Weight Loss and Lipo Centers, we only use FDA approved appetite suppressants, such as phentermine, in our medical weight loss program.

Most low-calorie diets prescribed by weight loss specialists have a minimum of 1000 calories/day. Eating a balanced diet of 1000 calories per day gives most persons an adequate amount of the recommended daily allowances of vitamins and nutrients. In certain cases, bariatric physicians recommend below 1000 calories per day. These diets are called very low-calorie diets or VLCDs. The most common VLCD is 800 calorie per day and is administered with specially formulated shakes. These shakes meet the recommended daily allowances of essential vitamins and nutrients. Trying to meet the recommended daily allowances eating regular food (without using these special shakes) is difficult and usually leaves a patient vitamin and protein deficient. Protein deficiency this can lead to muscle wasting which could lower your BMR and actually make it more difficult to maintain your weight in the future.

Furthermore, 500 calories per day is not sustainable. Those who specialize in weight management know that the key to long-term success is permanent diet and lifestyle changes. Changes like always choosing good carbs over high glycemic carbs. Or always trying to walk for 30 minutes after dinner. These are sustainable changes one could make in their way of life. No person can implement a 500 calorie per day diet into their lifestyle long term. As mentioned above, even doing this short term is not a good idea.

Most clinics that prescribe the HCG Diet tell their patients that they will be able to keep the weight off because HCG resets your metabolism. There is absolutely no scientific evidence of this. If this were true, all a person would have to do is come in for their HCG shot on a regular basis and they would lose weight. The truth is if any resetting of metabolism is going on, the 500 calorie/day diet is actually lowering the metabolic rate because your body is going into starvation mode.

Many patients also are buying homeopathic HCG over the internet. These substances have little or no HCG in them and even if they did would have no effect on weight loss. The websites selling these homeopathic HCG hormones are scams. It is not legal to sell any form HCG or HCG hormone stimulator over the counter.

At Houston Weight Loss and Lipo Centers, we use only FDA approved appetite suppressants along with low-calorie diets. Our goal is always to help our patients lose weight safely and lose weight fast. We are also dedicated to teaching our patients permanent lifestyle changes that can be made to help them keep the weight off.

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The Keto Diet for Weight Loss Review | Shape Magazine

Aug 11th, 2018
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I'm not usually a fan of prescribed "diets"I live by more of the anti-diet mantra. Call me jaded, but the word "diet"has a bit of a negative connotation these days, with "fad" and "restrictive" usually preceding it. So, when I had the chance to giveDr. Axe's new Keto360 program a two-week test run,I did some serious digging on the ketogenic diet and whether it's healthy.

Here's what I learned about the keto diet: You essentially swap a high-carb diet, which most Americans tend to eat, for a diet that's very high in fat (the healthy kinds), moderate in protein, and very low in carbohydrates. The idea is that you change the source from which your body gets its energy (and burns calories) from glucose (from carbohydrates) to ketones (from fat). This shift doesn't happen after one bulletproof coffee, though. It usually takes a few days of eating this way for your body to reach ketosiswhere it's looking to fat as its first source of fuel. Once there, though, your body "will be burning fat all the time," says Dr. Axe. "It doesn't matter if you're working out or sleeping, or what you're doing, your body continues to burn fat in ketosis."

Armed with the 411 on how the keto diet works, I felt encouraged and relieved. The concept is rooted in nutrition- and weight-loss science. And from my initial conversations with Dr. Axe, I liked knowing that ketogenic diet results are always meant to be time-boundeating this way is not a lifestyle and that makes sense. You may have heard that the keto diet was ranked last in the U.S.News &World Report's 2018 list of the best and the worst diets. While I embarked on this journey before that news came out, I would havegiven the keto diet a try regardless. Part of the criteria for that ranked list was whether a diet was sustainable and easy to followthe keto diet is neither, but it's not designed to be. "I don't recommend people follow strict ketogenic diets for their life," says Dr. Axe. "I recommend 30- to 90-day periods, and after that moving into more of a 'cycling' phase, where you can cycle in and out of keto." Dr. Axe admits that following a keto diet will be difficult for most people, since many Americans have diets high in sugar, salt, and carbs. Buthe says that the potential benefitsboosting brain health, supporting muscles and overall improved performance at the gym, at the office, and in lifeare worth putting in the hard work. (Just Look at the Keto Diet Results Jen Widerstrom Saw After 17 Days.)

All of that said, I was ready to put the keto diet to the testand in the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas, no less. I relished the idea of proving that eating fat doesn't make you fata diet myth that I'd like to see die a faster death.

All new habits need a plan. Luckily, I had the Keto360 Blueprint (which mapped out how this was all going to go down), Dr. Axe at my disposal for ALL the questions, a Keto360-approved food list, and a husband who agreed to jump on the two-week keto bandwagon with me. (Research shows that having a buddy system will increase your rate of success in fitness, a diet, and even sticking to your New Year's resolutions.) Still, sitting down to figure outmy first week of keto diet mealsand snacks was daunting. (Side note: Iknew that if I was going to succeed at this, I'd have to be able to buy lunch. Luckily, Dr. Axe is totally on board, saying that most caf salad bars will have what I need to create a keto meala big spinach salad with salmon and avocado, for example.)

Keto mealsseemed so heavy and rich to me, and it just wasn't how I was used to eating. Plus, I consider myself a flexitarian, so the thought of eating more meatand more often than I typically wouldgave me pause. Dr. Axe assured me that even vegetarianscould pull off a keto diet if they planned well enough. (Vegans can, too.)That said, he's a proponent of animal products and red meat specifically, because of the iron it provides for women (who are more susceptible to deficiency) and because it can bolster energy when carbs are lacking. (TheseAre the Other Things Vegetarians Need to Be Aware of Before Going Keto.)

Still, I enjoy cooking and I plan my meals on the regular anyway. With a keto food list in hand and advice from Dr. Axe in my mind, I filled my grocery cart with family-size versions of what I regularly buy (apples, berries, nut butter, kale), and a lot more meat than I ever have in my cart at one time (ground lamb, chicken, REAL bacon). What was missing? Some of my usual high-carb items, like whole-grain English muffins, orange juice, butternut squash, and tortilla chips.

While I was feeling pretty confident about my ability to cut back on obvious carbs, I felt less sure about doubling up on my fat. This is one aspect of the ketogenic diet that I think a lot of people misunderstand. Keto is not just a low-carb diet, it's a HIGH-fat diet, too.

I can tackle coconut oil and avocado just fine. But there was one thing about the next two weeks that was looming over me: the intermittent fasting (IF) Dr. Axe built into his program. (Not all keto diets include this.) On Keto360 you can choose from three different eating windows, and I went for the longest: noon to 8 p.m., which meant I wouldn't be eating solid food until midday. I have an active fitness schedule, which needs fuel (and recovery) on a regular basis, so I was concerned I'd really miss my morning yogurt with berries and be left feeling hangry by 10a.m. (Not to mention, some food pros feel the potential benefits of intermittent fasting might not be worth the risks.) Dr. Axe assured me that not only could I handle the IF, but that temporarily starving the body this way will allow it to heal. "When you're fasting for a period of time, you're essentially letting the systems of your body completely rest and recover." And he's right. This is exactly why sleep is the most important thing for weight loss and health, why there are such things as beauty night creams, and why rest days are crucial to meeting any fitness goal. The breaking down of food, the rapid turnover of cells, and the repairing of muscle tears all happen during rest.

Plus, it's not like I couldn't feed my body anything until noon. Low-carb keto drinks such as tea, water, and coffee were all options, and Dr. Axe suggested adding protein (such as his bone broth or collagen protein powders) to my liquids to help fend off hunger. So, throughout my twoweeks, I experimented with Dr. Axe's bone broth protein and collagen protein, as well as unsweetened nondairy milks such as almond and oat milk. I'll cut to the chase on this one: While expert opinion is mixed on the bioavailability of collagen powder and its potential health benefits, through trial and error, I landed on coffee with oat milk and collagen peptides as my go-to morning brew. I also took some of Dr. Axe's Keto Fire supplements in the morning. They contain exogenous ketones, which is a fancy way of saying bonus ketones my body doesn't produce on its own.

With meals planned, research done, and supplements on hand, I was ready and excited for the challenge. Here's a snippet of my two-week experienceand the keto diet results that came with it:

Day 1: It's 8:15a.m. and my stomach is growling. It knows it's time for its breakfast, and I'm depriving it. I blended my protein coffee and ran out the door. My first thought is that the vanilla flavor is a nice complement to black coffee. But toward the end of the thermos, I realize that no matter how you dice it, vanilla bone broth protein coffee is not the same as a vanilla blonde roast with skim milk.

Day 2: There's a bagel shop less than a block from my office. I pass it every single day and never really think anything of it. Well, not today! The smell of the freshly baked everything bagelsand was that veggie cream cheeseI smelled?was wafting out the door as I walked by extra quickly. (Though I found out later that thereisa way to have bread and still stay in ketosis.)

Day 3: I'm tired AF. Like the kind of tired when you're so exhausted you have to use your left arm to lift your right arm. Somehow, I pried myself out of bed to work out only to realize cardio has never been more hardio, so some chill strength training was going to have to do. (I Now Know These 8 Things About Exercising While On the Keto Diet.) Nonetheless, feelings of lethargy were to be expected, says Dr. Axe, who says days 2 and 3 were also the hardest for him the first time he tried keto. "Every body is different," he assures me. "Some people feel better by day 5, others take twoweeks."

Day 4: Grabbing lunch out has been successful thus far. Today was some tilapia, zucchini, and yellow squash, and a kale and tofu side salad. I tossed onhalf an avocado for good fatty measure. Oh, and I notice that I've lost a pound already, which is definitely just water weightcarbs hold water so limiting them is a surefire way to release some fluid in your bodybut nonetheless. Weight loss wasn't my objective, but I doubt I'malone in thinking, "I'll take it!"

Day 5: As fate would have it, 3 p.m. rolls around and we get a message that there are cookies in the conference room. I have been snacking on keto-approved foods like Granny Smith apples (the tart green apple has way less sugar than, say, a red Gala), and full-fat cottage cheese with blueberries (where have you been all my life, snack?) with no real trouble with cravings. But just knowing there are cookies that I can't eat makes me feel a little cheated. (Though These Low-Carb Keto Desserts Help With That.)

Day 6: When I thought back to what I ate today, I realized that between my salad and my lamb burger, I ate an entire avocado. The Keto360 plan recommends no more than half an avocado a day, and most nutritionists would probably agree. While the creamy, green fruit is filled with a lot of healthy fats, which I need in excess to stay in ketosis, at 300 calories a pop, that can quickly add up. (One gram of fat equals 9 calories, opposed to 4 calories per gram for both protein and carbs.)

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It's true that calories are not the only thing that matters in your diet, but if you're trying to lose weight (which is a major reason many people try the keto diet), being mindful of combining all those high-fat foods is important for success.

Day 7: Peak exhaustion set in back on days 3 and 4, but I rounded the corner and started to feel more like myself the last couple days. Now at the halfway mark, I feel likeI've gotten this keto meal-planning thing downeven if the food isn't everything I hoped and dreamed. (More on that below). PlusI'm able to effectively train the way I'm used to. Over the weekend I hit the barre, the bike, and the (kettle)bells, and it feels great. I have my energy back and then some. And I simultaneously feel lighter (down another pound) and stronger.

Day 8: I'm still struggling to find a morning beverage that I enjoy and that keeps me full, so I try flavorless collagen protein powder with my coffee plus a splash of macadamia nut milk. It still isn't the same as a French press with cream, but it's a win! On the solid-food front, I'm starting to get a little grossed out about all the meat I've eaten in the past week. It's more than I'd normally eat in three times as long. Lamb burgers, turkey lettuce-wrap tacos, chicken salads. My digestion is off (even though I take probiotics every morning), so Dr. Axe recommends his Keto Digest supplements at lunch. They contain fat-digesting enzymes to help break down the extra fat and protein that my body isn't used to consuming, and it helps.

Day 9: I caved. I was running out the door for a morning workout and I had a hefty spoonful of peanut butter this morning, but I was hangry, okay?! While I silently wonder if that's enough to send me out of ketosis, there's really no guilt (food should never make you feel guilty, IMO). I need fuel for my workoutperiod.

Day 10: I'm starting to get sick of the same foods that I know are safe bets. And the number of times I've Googled: "Is _____ keto?"is getting out of hand. I've realized that the only real gripe I have with the keto diet is that there are so many healthy, nutritious foods that you can't eat while on it. (Maybe that's why experts say you should give up restrictive diets once and for all.) Carrots? Sweet potatoes? Brussels sprouts? What vitamins and nutrients am I missing out on by leaving these foods off my plate?

Day 11: The women at the salad shop accidentally put bread in my bag even though I said no bread. I threw it out on my way out the door. Today is a sad day. In other news, my energy is still kicking, I've been keeping up with my workouts, and I lost another pound. (I kind of hate weighing myself this often.)

Day 12: Dr. Axe assured me from the beginning that I'd be able to stick to my usual kind of workouts, and I'm happy to report that I can keep up with my favorite boxing and cycling classes without feeling dead halfway through.

Day 13: I have a love-hate relationship with this intermittent fasting thing. I think it's "working," and by that I mean I'm losing some weight. (Plus, improved body composition and definition can come with weight loss.) When I ask Dr. Axe if I should attribute my success to keto or IF, he says both. "I would say 80/20 it's more strongly in the favor of keto, but intermittent fasting does help as well," he says. The fat-burning capabilities of keto have more strength behind it when it comes to weight loss, specifically, he adds, but the intermittent fasting can be great for digestion and just feeling good.

Day 14: Today's the last day on the Keto360 plan, so naturally I wear my Body by Butter tank to my morning workout. The class incorporated heavy lifting circuit training and cardio bursts, and I felt like I could go for round two when it was over.

In the end, I'm pleased with my keto diet results both internally and externally. I lost 4 pounds in twoweeks, gained some energy and efficiency with my training, and more often than not felt that I could see better muscle tone instead of feeling bloated or weighed down. While the ketogenic diet may not be my go-toon a regular basis, Dr. Axe's final feedback was encouraging: He says because I've now had a successful keto trial run, if I wanted to cycle through some keto weeks (or even a month, next time), I'd be able to easily, potentially reaching ketosis even more quickly. While going full-force back on the carbs could derail me or anyone else who wants to keto-cycle, Dr. Axe says the odds are in my favor. Ninety percent of the time if someone's done it once, they will get into ketosis quicker and easier the next time, he says.

In fact, he says my already somewhat balanced diet is part of why I didn't experience the keto flu. (Some people report feeling sick to their stomach, irritable, and dizzy, among other flu-like symptoms, for the first few days or even weeks of keto.) People who transition from a very high-carb and high-protein dietto a high-fat dietare more susceptible to these rare but extreme symptoms, he says. This is why he says he builta Feast Phasewhen you're adding fats into your diet without really restricting your carbsinto his Keto360 plan as a way to ease your body into ketosis. "If someone is a fairly good eater, and they already do have a moderate amount of fat in their dietnot high fat but moderatetypically they'll transition pretty well,"he says.

Many people may look at myside-by-side before and after picsand think, "She was fit before and she looks the same now." (Isn't it strange how differently other people see you versus how you see yourself?) But eating and exercise should always be about more than the aesthetics. How do your diet and fitness habits make you feel? Food is fuel (and recovery) for the activities you like to do most. If eating well means you gain some perspective, then ending up with abetter butt isjust icing on the cake. BTW, I can have cake now.

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TestoFuel | Testosterone Booster | Official Website

Aug 11th, 2018
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Think of it like the foundations of your home.Without it, you wouldn't even have your home

Testosterone is the biological equivalent. It's an extremely essential hormone because it's the 'foundation' of many major biological functions.

Testosterone increases muscle massTestosterone works its muscle-building magic by increasing muscle protein synthesis.

Testosterone decreases body fatAs your testosterone levels decrease, your bodys ability to regulate fat metabolism, insulin and glucose also decreases, causing fat to accumulate.

To make matters worse more stored fat can push testosterone levels even lower, because body fat produces the enzyme aromatase, which can convert testosterone to estradiol, the predominant estrogen. Higher testosterone levels mean lower estrogen levels, which are essential for real muscle growth. Also, TestoFuel contains Oyster Extract which is extremely high in zinc, known to lower estrogen levels in the body.

Testosterone can boost competitivenessTestosterone helps to boost our drive to win, as it's linked with our desire for power and status (Dabbs & Dabbs 2000). The more driven you are, the more motivated you'll be to train.

As if that wasn't enough, testosterone also helps the release of growth hormone, another incredibly important trigger for muscle growth. So you are effectively getting a double dose of growth when you raise your testosterone levels.

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Why dieting doesn’t usually work | Sandra Aamodt – YouTube

Aug 5th, 2018
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In the US, 80% of girls have been on a diet by the time they're 10 years old. In this honest, raw talk, neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt uses her personal story to frame an important lesson about how our brains manage our bodies, as she explores the science behind why dieting not only doesn't work, but is likely to do more harm than good. She suggests ideas for how to live a less diet-obsessed life, intuitively.

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Slimming Teas & Waist Trainers | Slimming Solutions …

Aug 2nd, 2018
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The team at Slimming Solutions have been providing weight loss products, including waist trainers, body wraps and slimming and diet pills since 2000.

As an award-winning UK weight loss company, we are committed to stocking the very best products so you can look and feel your best - including slimming teas that work!

We offer a huge range of best-selling weight loss aids to help with your dieting journey. Whether you're looking for soothing slimming teas, slimming & diet pills, body wraps or waist trainers, we're confident we'll have something to suit your requirements.

Working with what you've already got? Our shapewear department is not to be missed.

We stock a variety of weight loss products for both men and women. Many of these have received excellent reviews on TV and in national newspapers.

In addition, we manufacture many of our own products. This ensures only the highest-quality, most powerful and effective ingredients are used, and helps us to keep our prices low.

We've built up an excellent reputation since our online debut in 2000. We pride ourselves on excellent customer service and quick order turnaround, offering many fast delivery options for your convenience.

As well as providing the very slimming & diet pills, waist trainers, slimming teas and body wraps, we also offer weight loss tips and diet sheets to go alongside, so you can get the maximum benefit from our products.

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5 Common Side Effects of Long Term Dieting | IdealShape

Aug 2nd, 2018
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Lets clear up one misconception before we start this article. So, what is the difference between creating a nutritionally healthy lifestyle and long-term dieting? Dieting, as defined in this article and in our videos and our battle cry diets need to die is dropping your caloric intake to lower than recommended levels in order to shed pounds more quickly.

IdealShape is all about getting you into the healthy range based on who you are. When we give you a number to strive towards on your caloric intake, we always go for the healthy level for a person in that range. Everyone is different but there are levels of healthy and unhealthy on both ends of the spectrum. Programs telling you to eat 500 calories a day are Diets with a capital D. They are the ones that need to go, and here are some reasons why:

Your body adjusts to your caloric intake over long periods. In the short term a quick cut of calories for a small period of time might not have a large impact on your metabolism (though, it has a lot of negative effects in other places). In the long term, however, your metabolism will begin to store more calories and begin alter your metabolic rates. It will store everything you eat because youre in starvation mode.

Many times when people think about dieting, they only thing about lowering one major item. Whether you cut the calories or the carbs or the saturated fat, thats mainly the part you pay attention to. When you lower your caloric intake, you also drop your intake of essential vitamins and minerals which can lead to a constant state of lethargy. Lack of energy and general sluggishness.

Diets create an oppressed feeling because you are inhibiting yourself constantly. This leads to stress and irritability. Even if results are where you want them to be there is the risk of wanting more. if I lost 15 lbs on 500 calories, imagine how much I would lose if I could get down to 300? you tell yourself. Long term dieting to Anorexia is a very thin line and many dont realize that theyve crossed it until its too late.

Nutrient deficiencies, stress, and eating disorders can all lead to a laundry list of complications. High blood pressure and heart problems are high on that list.

Stress and Irritability do not turn you into the social butterfly. As time goes on there is also the complications of going out. When youre eating at a restaurant with friends or at a friends party you have less control over the food. Over time the company becomes not worth dealing with these hang ups. Often times, long term dieters find their social circle dwindling to only a few close friends or only to friends who are on the same diet as them.

Moderation in all things is key to keeping yourself healthy. Eating healthy and eating less are not the same thing. Creating a healthy lifestyle is about defining the difference and sticking with it.

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20 Weight-Loss Techniques Successful Dieters Share | Best Life

Aug 1st, 2018
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Anyone can start a diet. But as the days turn into weeks, cravings turn into full-blown obsessions. The next thing you know, youve torn through a bag of potato chips and eviscerated a sleeve of cookiesand thats just while you were waiting for your takeout to arrive. Yes, its no secret that sticking to a diet is hard. In fact, according to research in theNew England Journal of Medicine, the majority of dieters regain their lost weight within a year. (Oh, and speaking of potato chips: Research shows theyrethe single worst food you can possibly eat for your waistline.)

But one perusal down the #fitinspiration Instagram hashtag rabbit hole will tell you that it doesnt have to be this way. Staying course on your weight-loss journey doesnt have to be a Sisyphean slog. In fact, by adopting a few tried-and-true techniqueslike the 20 gathered hereyou too can stick to your diet like glue. So read on, and become the body you want to see in the world. And as far as whatnot to do, learn (and avoid!) the 40 Popular Weight Loss Secrets That Dont Work At All.

Love it or hate it, the selfie is a proven method for promoting healthy living. According to a study out of the University of Alicante, maintaining a photo diary of your progress is certain to help keep you on track. Over the course of 16 weeks, researchers had nearly 300 participants take weekly photos of their bodies. By the end of the experiment, a staggering71 percent met their weight-loss goals.

What patients want is a photo, rather than cold numbers,Isaac Elas Kuzmar Daza, the studys lead author, said. And if you want to up your selfie-posting game, bone up on the 20 Ways to Instantly Make Your Instagram More Compelling.

Research in theInternational Journal of Obesity indicates that missing out on a good nights sleep causes cortisol levels to spike. Cortisol is the hormone your body uses to store fat. You can do the math. If you need help catching up on someZs, be sure to brush up on the 65 Tips For Your Best Sleep Ever.

According to theJournal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, folks who weigh-in every day are more likely to lose weightandkeep it off. Regularly seeing the number functions as a motivation. For best results, step on the scale in the morning. Youll weigh less in the morning (even if only a pound or two) than you will later in the day.

You may love a Pepsi at lunch or a whiskey-ginger at happy hour, but soda is one of the more insidious culprits when it comes to weight gain. Think of it in terms of a math. Your average 12-ounce can has about 150 calories. So, if you have just one soda every single day, youre consuming 1,050 extra (empty, nutritionally useless) calories each week. Or lets put it another way: Every month, youre tacking on two entire days of calorie intake to your diet.

And if you think diet sodas are any better for you, think again. According to research published in theYale Journal of Biology and Medicine, the artificial sweeteners in diet sodas have been linked to sudden spikes in sugar cravings. As a result, folks who regularly drink diet sodas end up consuming more sugar and even end upgaining weight. And for more nutrition advice, dont miss these 25 Foods That Prevent Winter Weight Gain.

Losing, say, 25 pounds over the course of three months seems like a tall order. But losing two pounds a week for twelve weeks doesnt sound so bad, right? By altering the language of your diet goals, you can make the target seem that much more attainable.

Seriously. In fact, according to research inThe Lancet, people who slate fats into their diets are more likely to keep lost weight off. So follow suitjust make sure youre eating the right fats, like avocados, nuts, and salmon. These foods are known to sate appetites and will have you feeling fuller, longer, even if you cut down on calorie intake.

Despite their reputation as belt-tighteners, carbs are an essential part of any effective diet. By eating the right carbs, you get a healthy load of appetite-sating fiber and insulin-incinerating carotenoids. So stay away from potatoes, white bread, semolina pasta, and rice. Instead, start eating sweet potatoes, whole wheat bread, whole wheat pasta, and quinoa. Or any of the 10 Healthiest Carbs That Wont Derail Your Six-Pack.

This rule is a common mandate of most diets. It goes like this: Eat 80 percent of what you normally would, wait 20 minutes, and see if youre still hungry. Chances are, you wont be. And just like that, youve slashed your total calorie intake by 20 percent.

By physically limiting how much food you can have at any given time, youre bound to eat less. If youre having trouble sticking to the 80 percent rule at home, consider putting all of your flatware in storage and purchasing a newer, smaller (shinier) set.

One cup of black coffee has about 5 calories. Load it up with cream and sugar, however, and that single cup is now 100 calories. If you cant stand the bitter taste of black coffee, try switching to a lighter roast (like the Veranda blend at Starbucks). Light roast coffee is naturally sweeterand more caffeinated. Or, you could try adding cinnamon: Swapping sugar for cinnamon in your morning Joe is just one of the 15 Best 60-Second Health Hacks Ever.

For the same reason that soda is bad (a lot of calories), alcohol is too. One beer has 150 calories. One glass of wine has 123 calories. An ounce-and-a-half of liquor (the amount in a typical cocktail) has 105 calories. Those add up.

That said, even the most stringent among us has a drink every now and then. Whenever possible, successful dieters opt for tequila over anything else. See, agave (the stuff tequila is distilled from) is full of agavins. And, according to the American Chemical Society, agavins can actually helppromote weight loss. Theres a reason its one of the Best Ways to Drink Alcohol without Gaining Weight.

Its true: Veggie burgers dont have as much as your typical beef patty. But by swapping out meat for chickpeas, youre missing out on omega-3s, which are known to speed up weight loss. However, good dieters do stick to one rule: They only eat grass-fed beef. This higher-quality meat contains nearly double the omega-3s than normal beef.

Just the like rich get richer and the poor get poorer, the fit get fitter. See, every pound of muscle on your body burns about six calories an hour. So, if youre positively jacked, you can torch calories just by sitting around and doing absolutely nothing. And isnt that the dream?

If youve been searching for a magical weight-loss elixir, stop: Its been in front of you all along. According to a study in theJournal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, drinking 17 ounces of water (thats about two cups) can increase metabolic rates up to 30 percent. Plus, water is a known appetite suppressant. And for ideas on what water to drink, consider trying the One Bottled Water Brand That Dwayne Johnson Drinks By the Gallon.

Most people consume the majority of their daily calories in the evening. But successful dieters consume the lions share at lunch. Its not rocket science: By consuming the bulk of your calories earlier in the day, you have more time throughout the day to burn those calories off.

When you eat out, you have no idea whats going into your food. By cooking at home, you know exactly whats going into your mealsand into your body. This is an easy way to steer clear of unwanted belly-building oils, salts, and sugars.

Whenever possible, cook with olive oil instead of butter. Butter is loaded with saturated fats (those are the bad ones) while olive oil is high in unsaturated fat, which can help you feeling fuller, longer.

Embarking on a weight-loss journey with a buddy works twofold. First, having a partner will motivate you to get started. And second, your buddy will help keep you on track. After all, if you fail in this situation, youre letting down more than just yourself. And for more ways to stay on track, learn the 20 Science-Backed Way to Motivate Yourself to Lose Weight.

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The carnivore diet is currently one of the most buzzworthy nutrition trends encouraging people to eat meat and stay away from everything else.

Its become one of the most controversial diets to date and for good reason.

After all, weve been taught that meat is an unhealthy, disease-inducing, artery-clogging food that should be avoided at all costs.

But with the emergence of people reporting an increase in energy, drastic weight loss and mental cognition, its extremely tempting to at least look into what the research has to say.

In this article, were going to dive deeper into:

The carnivore diet protocol is simple, eat only animal foods and stay away from everything else.

This means youre restricting all types of carbohydrates and even requires you to eliminate plants from your diet.

It is the complete opposite of a vegan diet.

Similar to a ketogenic diet, the carnivore diet relies heavily on running off fats and proteins as a source of energy.

While science has steered us away from heavy consumption of meat and more towards a plant-based approach for optimal health, the overwhelming amount of positive benefits people are experiencing may make this way of eating a promising tool for better health.

And for many of the same reasons people choose to try a ketogenic diet, people who have adopted a carnivore way of eating have reported mental clarity, faster weight loss, improved athletic performance and a healthier digestive system.

The simple approach also makes it alluring for anyone whos looking to follow a diet without having to dive deep into any complication nutrition tactics. This means you wont have to worry about counting macros or calories, timing your meals or intermittent fasting.

All you have to do on the carnivore diet is eat animal foods (including dairy) and stay away from everything else.

The carnivore diet bases its ideologies on similar studies the ketogenic diet looks to.

For example, researchers at McMaster University published a study demonstrating that people who eat high quantities of carbohydrates had a 30 percent higher chance of dying than the participants who were eating a low carb diet.

People eating a high fat diet had a 23 percent lower risk of mortality during the seven year study compared to the people who ate less fat[*].

Promising studies like this paired with the multitude of positive results reported by carnivore dieters worldwide makes it a diet worth trying.

Perfect Keto founder Dr. Anthony Gustin (@dranthonygustin) now eats 90% carnivore, after doing a 30-day carnivore diet experiment. And yes, hes able to stay in ketosis while eating mostly meat. Follow him for more keto and carnivore advice:

The carnivore diet is very simple and encourages you to consume meat-only products everyday.

Here is a quick sample meal plan:

What makes the carnivore diet even more enticing is its historical background. The human population has never lived through a time where eating a strictly plant-based or carbohydrate heavy was ever followed from the rise to the fall of any civilization in history.

But if we take a closer look at what our ancestors ate, there are multiple populations throughout different ethnic and geographical backgrounds who have adopted a carnivore diet for multiple generations.

Our carnivore ancestors include:

Many of our carnivore ancestors not only survived, but also displayed strong health markers.

For example, our Point Hope Eskimo ancestors followed a strict animal-only diet consisting of walrus, whale and sea cultures where 50% of their caloric intake was from fat and 35% from protein.

Researchers found that incidences of heart disease from the Point Hope Eskimos were ten times lower than the Caucasian population of America. Additionally, their triglyceride levels averaged 85 mg/dL as compared to the U.S average of 100 mg/dL[*].

And despite the rise in vegan diets, there is significant evidence supporting that our ancestors were meat eaters[*][*][*].

By nature, animal foods are zero carb. When we restrict carbohydrates from our diet, our need for certain nutrients are decreased.

We dont require several vitamins that are involved in carbohydrate metabolism when we are consuming an all-meat zero-carbohydrate diet.

One study in particular took a further look into vitamin A and its effect on macronutrient metabolism. The study concludes that in the absence of carbohydrate, vitamin A requirements were no longer imperative for metabolic regulation[*].

When we eliminate carbohydrates from our diet, our body looks for other sources of energy and will eventually enter a state of ketosis where your body is using primarily fats for energy via ketones.

Running purely off fats for energy via ketosis is our body and brains preferred energy source and comes with several health benefits[*][*][*][*].

Both the ketogenic diet and the carnivore diet allow fats and proteins while completely eliminating carbohydrates.

But the carnivore diet takes it one step further and is considered to be more restrictive to the already prohibitive ketogenic diet.

With the ketogenic diet, you are still encouraged to eat large amounts of plant foods along with non-animal fat-dominant foods like nuts, coconut oil and avocados.

The ketogenic diet emphasizes a high fat intake while eating a moderate amount of protein. This is because the main goal is to start using ketones as a source of energy.

Unlike the ketogenic diet, there are no macronutrient ratio preferences in the carnivore diet, although you can certainly reach ketosis.

Whereas a keto diet recommends 60 70% fats, 20-30% protein and 5-10% carbs the carnivore diet has no macro ratio requirements sticking to only animal products is the priority of this way of eating.

Some dairy foods are not permitted on the ketogenic diet because of the higher carb content, its permissible on the carnivore diet as long as its derived from animal sources.

Many of the benefits that come with eating a meat only diet are similar to the ketogenic diet. This could be due to the complete restriction of carbs and allowance of higher fat intake.

Much of the intrigue to the carnivore diet is due to its extremely simple protocol. Everyone knows what food comes from animal sources and what doesnt.

If you often get confused with macronutrients, counting calories, meal timing and prep, then eating a meat-only diet can be a great way to begin dieting.

While it may sound like a costly lifestyle, meat is known to be very filling and youll find yourself going for long periods of time without craving food.

Fiber has been a staple in just about every diet and has been promoted as a way to improve your bodys digestive system.

But the carnivore enthusiasts propose a different outlook and may have the science to back it up.

Carnivore dieters believe that cutting fiber out of your diet may actually improve any digestive distress.

One study by the World Journal of Gastroenterology looked into the effects of decreasing fiber intake in people who were experiencing constipation, which is the opposite of what weve been told to do.

The results showed that those who ate no fiber saw a large improvement in their digestive issues including less bloating and gassiness. They even began to see an increase in bowel movement[*].

Similar to the ketogenic diet, carnivore dieters experience an increase in focus and mental clarity almost immediately.

Our brain is made up of nearly 60 percent fat so by following a diet composed of mostly fats and protein, its common to begin experiencing longer bouts of focus and an improved mood.

Studies have shown that by restricting carbs and using fats and proteins as the majority of your daily caloric intake has strong neuroprotective properties that will help you focus better and tolerate stress more efficiently[*].

One study compared inflammation markers between a low carb, high fat group to a low fat, high carb group for 12 weeks.

The results show that the low carb, high fat dieters had lower systemic inflammation by the end of the 3 month study[*].

If losing weight is your main goal, adopting a meat only diet will help you maintain steady levels of blood sugar due to a lack of carbohydrate.

A large reason why your body accumulates fat is because your body isnt insulin sensitive. This means anytime you eat carbohydrate, its converted into fat rather than used for energy.

Completely restricting carbohydrate will improve your insulin sensitivity.

Additionally, eating meat and maintaining a low carb high fat diet regulates your bodys hunger hormone which keeps you satiated for longer periods of time without craving sweets every couple hours.

Diets that are high in fat have been proven to increase testosterone levels.

One study found that men who adopted a low fiber, high fat diet for two months had a 13% higher testosterone compared to the participants following a low fat diet[*].

While there arent many studies proving the effectiveness in athletic performance when restricting carbohydrates and following a strict carnivore diet, many carnivore dieters have reported improved strength gains.

There is an induction phase your body must go through before it can effectively utilize meats as energy.

If you are an athlete who performs high intensity exercise such as sprinting, the carnivore diet may not be the most effective diet to follow.

A targeted or cyclical ketogenic diet may help improve your athletic performance better.

There is large concern for restricting vegetables from your diet because they are known to have high nutrient density.

Red meat contains large amounts of vitamins and minerals especially if it was from a grass-fed animal.

One nutrient in particular that people worry about is vitamin C. And while meat isnt a great source of vitamin C, Dr. Stephen Phinney, author of The Art and says that when you remove carbohydrates from your diet, it decreases the need for vitamin C.

This isnt a 100% black-and-white yes but since its very similar to a ketogenic diet, the carnivore diet appears to be safe for most people.

One of the concerns people have is having an increased risk of heart disease due to the saturated fat content of a meat-only diet.

But recent reports have shown that saturated fats are not the culprit for heart attack and sugar is the leading cause of heart disease[*].

However, there are no long term studies on the carnivore diet for longevity but seeing as how so many of our ancestors have followed this way of eating with much success, its hard to believe that eating a meat only diet can be anything but safe.

Everyone has a different level of metabolic flexibility. This is your bodys efficiency in switching from one main energy fuel source to another.

Anecdotally, many people begin experiencing the benefits of the carnivore diet after two to three weeks of eating strictly meat.

Others have reported up to three months, especially as an athlete who has been primarily running off carbohydrates for energy.

While at first it may sound crazy to eat only meat, the overwhelming amount of anecdotal testimonials proving an increase in focus, significant weight loss and improved mood makes it hard not to at least give the diet a try.

And since many of the carnivore diet principles follow the principles of a low carb, high fat ketogenic diet, it looks to be a compelling diet especially for those looking to lose weight.

Meat is not as unhealthy as the mainstream media has made it out to be and as more research is published, the blame should be focused more on sugar and processed carbohydrates.

Any diet that restricts empty calories from carbohydrates will benefit your health and the carnivore diet does just that.

After all, who wouldnt want to follow a diet that lets munch on juicy steaks while helping you lose weight?

Lorenz is a freelance copywriter and ketogenic diet blogger. Hes made it a personal mission to help others benefit from the low carb high fat keto lifestyle.

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