Metabolism

Nutrition isn’t a numbers game. It’s less about counting calories and more about making considered choices that positively impact mind and body.

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Is it high time we end the obsessive calorie-counting for weight loss?

In short – yes! Although it depends on each individual’s goal. We discuss how the logical way forward might be to regulate our intake of fat and carbohydrates in such a way that we are able to dictate the release of our fat storage hormones – such as insulin.

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Are carbohydrates really the root of all (dietary) evil?

Instead of repeating the same mistake of demonising another macronutrient, we discuss how focussing on reducing the long, continuous exposure to insulin and doing everything in our power to increase insulin sensitivity seems to be a sensible approach.

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How much do hormones and food habits influence weight loss?

The jury is still out on the best diet for weight loss. The conventional weight loss advice to eat fewer calories carries an estimated failure rate of 99.4%. When it comes to the best way to lose weight, what if we were to focus on not just what you eat, but when you eat?

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What is insulin and what is its role in weight loss or gain?

There are three hormones — cortisol, epinephrine and glucagon — that help move fat out of our fat stores so that it can be “burnt”. On the other hand, insulin, essentially inhibits the burning of fat from fat stores — it actually stimulates the enzyme we use to make and store fat.

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What are some common insulin reducing strategies that help with weight loss?

Low-carb high-fat diets, ketogenic diets, and intermittent fasting / time-restricted eating (not caloric restriction), are emerging to be effective insulin-reducing strategies. Along with making regular exercise (high or low intensity) a way of life.

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What is a crucial blind spot in your annual health check-up?

When it comes to your annual health check-up, there are a few tests that are a part of the standard procedure. But it’s high time we address the elephant in the room: where is the test that determines how insulin sensitive you are?

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What are the signs of insulin resistance?

According to the National Institutes of Health, if three out of five of these traits are present, you can be diagnosed with Insulin Resistance Syndrome:  Large waist, High triglyceride level, Reduced "good" or HDL cholesterol, Increased blood pressure, Elevated fasting blood sugar; PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome).

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Do we need to stop reaching for that snack before bed time?

Being told off for reaching for a cookie before dinner time is a distant childhood memory for most of us today, with fervent advice on the benefits of snacking doing the rounds. Is it time to rethink this habit and avoid the next “snaccident”?

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Is cortisol, your stress hormone, curbing weight loss?

Whether it’s work or financial issues, stress and stress management are a part of modern life. Chronic stress causes elevated blood glucose levels, we look at the role cortisol plays in our physiology and how it influences weight loss and weight gain.

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