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Why Do I Have Cellulite? Dimples Be Gone!

Women are for the most part extremely hard on themselves. Despite realizing that no one is perfect. Women are relentless at being unhappy with their bodies. Stop it!!!!

Ninety percent of women have cellulite, so it is not a rare sight to see. I am posting “Why Do I Have Cellulite?” written by a colleague, Cassandra Forsythe, PhD, RD. She is the author of two popular nationally publicized books for women, “The New Rules of Lifting for Women”, and “Women’s Health Perfect Body Diet”.

I hope this helps women gain a better understanding of cellulite and changes our perspectives on acceptable body image. It is also my hope that once you read this and do what you can about these “body dimples” whatever the result, set yourself free from the pain, mental anguish and suffering cellulite has caused, move forward and don’t look back.

Cellulite is caused by physical changes in fat cells from gaining weight, hormone fluctuations, what you eat and lack of resistance training. “Lifting heavy weight makes women bulky”…There is nothing farther from the truth. Heavy weight lifting (obviously not when you first start) can help reduce or get rid of cellulite.

This is article is informative and helpful, if you are interested in cellulite and how to get rid of cellulite. Read this to change your life forever, https://www.girlsgonestrong.com/why-do-i-have-cellulite/.

 
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Posted by on April 19, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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“Kids Eat Right” is Wrong!

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Raise your hand if you see the irony and blatant hypocrisy of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) lending their “Kids Eat Right” logo for Kraft to slap on the label of their processed cheese singles “product”.  You may have seen the buzz this week, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yO-0UAHYX_8.

Last week new research shed light on what happens when you implicitly trust big pharma. My blog focused on the popularity of statins and how current research may explain why they (one of the most popular categories of cholesterol lowering medications) should NOT be so popular, https://valerieberkowitz.wordpress.com/2015/03/09/a-statin-standoff-or-much-more/.

This week it is the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has crossed the line and this is not the first time.  The AND is an organization that proclaims its mission is to empower members to be food and nutrition leaders” and its vision to “optimize the nation’s health through food and nutrition”. I personally and professionally see so many things wrong with these positions when they team up (accept monetary funding) with companies { Abbott Nutrition (Ensure, Glucerna and many more unhealthy products), The Coca-Cola Company, PepsiCo, Unilever} including Kraft cheese singles, that do not reflect the groups health mission.

I believe real cheese should be part of a healthy diet. Yet I would be questioned and likely ostracized by AND about the type of fat (saturated; http://www.eatrightpro.org/resource/practice/position-and-practice-papers/position-papers/dietary-fatty-acids-for-healthy-adults) and sodium (http://www.eatrightpro.org/resource/media/press-releases/positions-and-issues/decrease-in-sodium-intake-supported) content of my recommendations. You may already have heard their message or position on low fat diary and other fat foods:

  • “The Academy recommends a food-based approach through a diet that includes regular consumption of fatty fish, nuts and seeds, lean meats and poultry, low-fat dairy products, vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes.”
  • “Reduce excessive sodium consumption by setting federal standards for the amount of salt that food manufacturers…can add to their products, since the vast majority of people’s sodium intake comes from salt that companies put in prepared meals and processed foods. The goal is to make it easier for consumers to eat lower, healthier amounts of salt.”

AND publically announces, “Government agencies, health professionals and the food industry need to work together to help consumers reduce their sodium intake. ADA offers ideas for lowering salt consumption:

  • Eat fresh fruits and vegetables, most of which contain little sodium.
  • Check food labels for terms like low sodium, very low sodium or sodium free.

Shame on you AND! Kraft Singles is a cheese “product” and not even real cheese, http://blog.fooducate.com/2012/04/25/is-this-cheese-kraft-singles-cheese-miniseries-part-3-3/.” It cannot be called cheese because less than 51% of it is actually cheese. The rest is composed of other ingredients.”

What this group is doing is sending inconsistent public messages. The public health epidemics of obesity, diabetes and many more medical conditions that plague us rest on your shoulders as  consumers are mislead to believe that the bold, colorful, eye-catching “Kids Eat Right” logo on a packaged unhealthy food goes against everything you believe.

The Eat Right Kids logo is not on a low sodium product. It is not on a fresh vegetable (Kale is naturally low in fat, has 100 mg calcium/cup and is loaded with vitamins/minerals and fiber) or a food known to be low in fat, let alone saturated fat.

Kraft says the logo “identifies the brand as a proud supporter of Kids Eat Right.” NO IT DOES NOT. Nowhere does it make claim to “support the Kids Eat Right program”.

Kari Ryan, Kraft’s director of nutrition, science, and regulatory affairs,  “is singing the calcium content is high in cheese and this is healthy for you message”.

It is no wonder this country is in such a “health mess”. AND public marketing and outreach is as big as the ginormous budget it gets from advertisers. “Advertising with the Academy is a great way for organizations to target a diverse audience of members who are the world’s acknowledged leaders in providing food- and nutrition-related health information and services.”

Registered dietitians have complained about the disreputable behavior with little success, https://www.facebook.com/DietitiansForProfessionalIntegrity/posts/766631846740026.

So I ask you to raise your hands if you are tired of being taken by food and pharma companies. Take a stand on this unethical and, in my opinion, criminal behavior by the AND party players. Be an educated consumer and make food purchases and health choices wisely.

 

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Extra, Extra, Read All About It: A Twist in Fate for Fat!

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Nutritional advice is anything but consistent. Fat phobia has been ingrained (LOL) in our minds over the years but recently it seems the headlines contradict all that:

  • “Fat Is Key To Your Survival”
  • “Butter Isn’t Bad For You After All”

While these headlines might be shocking to some, there are an estimated “30 million people in the U.S. following some sort of diet that restricts carbohydrates” who have experienced the powerful benefits of this way of eating (WOE).  Most low carb plans are higher in healthy fats that help fat burning, starve cancer and boost heart health. It is about time. In my opinion, there have been many people whose nutritional needs have been neglected and improperly treated because of selfish or stubborn spin doctors who refused to accept the truth.

It is good news that reports like these are making headway into the consumer spotlight so that people can make educated decisions based on both sides of the nutrition coin instead of a one-sided agenda.

No matter what diet you choose to follow these headlines may be hard to swallow:

“Investigation reveals network of links between public health scientists and sugar industry”http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/02/150211204055.htm.  “Public health scientists and a government committee working on nutritional advice receive funding from the very companies (Nestle, Cocoa-cola, Pepsi, Kellogg’s, Glaxo SmithKline and Weight Watchers International) whose products are widely held to be responsible for the obesity crisis.”

I guess not too surprising if you believe that money, politics go hand in hand. But what is actually pretty scary is an article posted by Reuters, http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/02/09/us-health-fat-idUSKBN0LD2KL20150209, claiming that the dietary guidelines set forth for Americans and Britons may not be grounded in objective science. The health message seems to be twisted to fit their own purse, uh I mean purpose.

The study mentioned and published in the Open Heart journal said, “national advice on fat consumption, recommended reducing overall dietary fat consumption to 30 percent of total intake and limiting saturated fat to around 10 percent,  issued to millions of Britons and Americans in 1977 and 1983 lacked any solid trial evidence to back it up”.

Co-authors, Zoe Harcombe of the University of the West of Scotland and James DiNicolantonio of the Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute analyzed the trials used for the guidelines and found, “the research was flawed, failed to take into account the totality of the evidence and the guidelines were inconsistent with the evidence,” saying it seemed “incomprehensible that this dietary advice was given to millions of Americans and Britons.”

Even the Harvard School of Public Health has weighed in with results of a study that were published study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. “Women assigned to eating a low-fat diet for eight years did not appear to gain protection against breast cancer, colorectal cancer, or cardiovascular disease. And after eight years, their weights were generally the same as those of women following their usual diets,” http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/low-fat/.

My main purpose for this blog is to help those who fall victim to nutrition advice they think is good but need an eye opener to make better food choices.

There is so much riffraff being spewed all over the place. Use your senses, common sense included. Do not follow any nutrition advice blindly, use your eyes to read labels. Feel your body signals and learn to follow them. If you are hungry an hour after a meal, that meal is not for you. Taste your food and let it satisfy you, there is no need to overeat. A meal should tide you over for a few hours. Real food with real fat tastes good (avocado, butter, mayonnaise) enjoy eating instead of getting used to “fat free” cardboard foods.

Don’t give up your health to any marketing company, governmental agency or even healthcare specialist. Research, marketing and the government all have their places in your decision-making but they should not ultimately dictate your personal eating decision. Be an educated health consumer because you are your best advocate. Do what is best for you.

There will be many headlines touting miraculous and even scientific validation by spin doctors in what is considered trusted nutrition circles. Beware!

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2015 in NUTRITION GUIDELINES

 

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Fat Loss Is Just A Breath Away

 

It is easier to grasp the concept of gaining fat than understand the rationale behind fat loss. Explaining it sounds easy right. If you eat more food than your body needs, it gets bigger, you gain weight. This formula can work for building muscle too.

A popular analogy that many of you may have heard goes something like this, “you might as well glue that hot fudge sundae directly on to your hips”. We know that is not exactly how it works but “you get the picture”. The more you eat, the more you weigh.

Based on genetics, we may be able to predict where some of that extra fat might plant itself, the gut, the arms or legs. But once you are carrying extra weight and you lose it, what happens to it? Where does it go?

Some people think it leaves the body with the rest of the body’s waste and is flushed away. Others may tell you that fat is burned and leaves your body via sweat. Many experts will say that fat burned is fat converted to energy and  then “lost” as heat. While there is some truth to all this, these explanations do not fully answer the question, Where does the fat go when it is burned?

In order to answer this, you should know that fat is made up of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. When the bonds that bind these elements are broken fat is burned, http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/lowcarbliving/a/Is-Your-Low-Carb-Diet-Giving-You-Bad-Breath.htm.

80% of fat is lost via carbon dioxide (CO2=carbon and oxygen) through breathing.

20% of the fat is lost as water (H20=hydrogen and oxygen) in urine or through sweat.

Thank you Dr. Eric Westman for confirming this scientific fact. He compares fat burning to a burning candle. As the flame heats the candle, it becomes smaller similar to how body fat is burned. Body fat is mostly lost to the air we breathe and slowly we become smaller.

This chemical reaction may also explain why one may get funky breath when fat is burned as the primary source of energy for those following a very low carbohydrare ketogenic diet.

As fat is burned at a much higher more dense rate when in ketosis as compared with fat loss on a low fat diet, the oxidation of fat and ketones released via the breath (a sign of fat burning) will be more prominent. If you need to battle the bad breath beast, you may want to try these suggestions, http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/lowcarbliving/a/Is-Your-Low-Carb-Diet-Giving-You-Bad-Breath.htm. Just be assured that keto-breath may resolve itself after a couple of weeks.

So consider yourself in the know now. You now know what actually happens to fat when it is burned. Losing your fat is but a breath away.

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2015 in weight loss

 

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The Brains Role in “Frying” Fat : Brown Fat Burns Calories and Benefits Health

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While most people  are trying to lose fat, they may not realize the brain may be an important focus. The scientific journal “Cell” just published an animal study that describes the brain’s role in regulating the conversion (browning/”fat frying”) of inactive white storing fat (WAT) to metabolically active brown fat (BAT).

This research adds to others like my blog on the brain and gut connection, https://valerieberkowitz.wordpress.com/2013/08/26/listen-to-your-gut/)  associating the brain’s role with physical health.

It seems that neurons (in the hypothalamus) work to burn calories and then actually changing inactive WAT fat to more active BAT burning fat. The whole process includes neurons, hormones and enzymes.

There are 3 types of body fat that are distinguished by color.  White fat (WAT) is stored and not active, it comprises 90% of the body’s fat. Brown fat (BAT, but should be termed BRAT LOL) actually works to burn calories, maintain blood sugar control and insulin sensitivity, http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/07/140723123944.htm. BAT can burn as much as 5 times more fat than beige fat. Beige fat is a mixture of WAT and BAT.

2 neurons found in the brain work synergistically with enzymes, leptin and insulin:

Agouti-related protein expressing (AgRP) neurons encourage white fat storage otherwise known as “hunger” neurons that lend itself to storing white fat.

Proopiomelanocortin (POMC) are satiety signaling neurons that stimulate white fat “frying” or changing it to beige fat help to protect against fat storage and promote obesity. POMC neurons were found to be involved with insulin and leptin (produced by WAT) resistance that contribute to obesity blood sugar control and satiety.

Researchers from Monash University in Australia completed a study, http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/41912/title/Brain-s-Role-in-Browning-White-Fat/, where enzymes (phosphatases also found in POMC neurons) were removed from the signaling reactions of insulin and leptin.

When the communication signals for insulin and leptin increased so did beige fat, BAT became more active while WAT decreased signifying the relationship between the brain and body weight and metabolism.

There have also been findings on fat color and environmental influences. Exercise can “fry” white fat so that it acts like BAT via a hormone called irisin and increases UCP1 making brown fat more active.

Cold temperatures have been found to increase beige fat activity. In a Japanese study male volunteers burned almost 300 more calories while sitting in a room at 63 degrees Fahrenheit for 2 hours. PET-CT scan showed an increase in beige fat activity.

There is even talk over brown seaweed, licorice root and hot peppers having similar capabilities.

The bad news for those who are overweight, they may not be able to convert white fat to brown fat as easily as their thin peers.

As science tries to get a better grip on understanding the brains role in activating calorie burning brown fat and putting the pieces of the puzzle together in order to understand BAT’s role in health, there is one thing for sure the darker the body fat the better.

On a side note, I just wanted to take a moment to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of Martin Luther King Jr. on this day. Thank you, sir.

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2015 in FAT, insulin, weight loss

 

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3 Ways Eating Fat Increases Longevity

 

Clear your mind of fat-free eating and you will live a long healthy life. There are so many reasons why the concept of eliminating fat (or lowering fat) makes us fat, ruins health and messes with moods, http://www.naturalnews.com/035069_low_fat_diet_myths_weight_loss.html#, http://www.womansday.com/health-fitness/nutrition/unhealthy-fat-free-foods#slide-1, http://www.sentinelsource.com/contributed_news/is-your-health-conscious-low-fat-diet-making-you-fat/article_bd881fd2-7728-11e0-b834-001cc4c002e0.html, http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/mar/23/everything-you-know-about-unhealthy-foods-is-wrong.  It is not easy to overcome the low-fat brainwashing we have endured over all these years but it is a necessity for optimal weight, wellness and longevity.

Understanding the link between insulin and aging, metabolic health risk factors and weight and its connection with carbohydrates is a much more solid philosophy than the eat less fat and calories for better health theory.  While applying a simple math equation on paper, weight loss equals fewer calories consumed and more calories burned, seems logical. It is too simplistic for it to hold much value in a complex body system.

Realizing that food is in fact a fuel that has so much more value than just providing calories. Food is essential to life; what you put in your mouth has a profound effect on muscle, appetite, digestion, hormones, mental focus and so much more throughout its metabolism and absorption.

Dr. Joseph Mercola, http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/02/02/ketogenic-diet-health-benefits.aspx, writes about how eating more fat can increase longevity through:

1. Genetics: ” In a report published in the August 2013 issue of Cell Reports, scientists discovered that the “mTOR gene” is a significant regulator of the aging process that includes insulin signaling, cellular metabolism and energy balance —in mice.”

2. Clinical parameters: Clinical markers for aging, heart health, appetite regulation and weight improve.

 A 2010 study examined the effects of a high-fat diet on typical markers of aging. Study participants were given a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet with adequate protein, and the results were health improvements across the board. Serum leptin decreased by an average of eight percent, insulin by 48 percent, fasting glucose by 40 percent, triglycerides by nearly eight percent, and free T3 (thyroid hormone) by almost six percent.”

“In fact, Dr. Peter Attia (a Stanford University trained physician) used a ketogenic diet to help improve his own health despite a healthy lifestyle (what he thought was “eating healthy” and consistent physical activity). For 10 years, Attia followed an extreme ketogenic diet,  80 percent of his calories came from fat which included lots of coconut oil, grass-pastured butter, organic pastured eggs, avocado, and raw nuts; moderate amounts of protein and only 5 grams of sugar a day.  His approach, proved that a ketogenic diet can make profound improvements in health risk factors, see the chart below.”  An MRI also confirmed that he had lost both body fat and visceral fat (fat found around internal organs).”

BEFORE AFTER
Fasting blood sugar 100 75-95
Percentage body fat 25 10
Waist circumference in inches 40 31
Blood pressure 130/85 110/70
LDL 113 88
HDL 31 67
Triglycerides 152 22
Insulin sensitivity Increased by more than 400 percent

 

3. Calorie Reduction:

Research has shown that calorie restricted starvation diets can act as an anti-aging strategy by lowering oxidative stress, and insulin levels. High insulin levels contribute to health conditions such as diabetes, metabolic syndrome, heart disease and accelerate aging. The problem is that there is no fuel to nourish your body and it is difficult to function when all you can think about is the food you cannot eat.

Interestingly enough, high fat ketogenic diets can result in the same benefits without having to starve. Lowering carbs to 30-50 grams (fakes the body into thinking it is starving when in fact it is being nourished with nutrient dense foods) will lower insulin and produce similar effects on health markers to help slow down the aging process and improve health.

Afraid to eat fat? I hope not after all this information. Do you want to improve your quality of life? Eat fat because it does not affect hormones in a negative way that will impact your health and make you old. Eat fat, like avocado, butter, coconut etc…because it tastes good, helps to lower insulin and will help provide greater longevity.

 

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It Is About “Time”: Fat Facts and The Cover Up

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What do steak, eggs, coconut, dark meat, chicken and turkey with the skin on have in common? They are all high in healthy saturated fat and are safe foods to eat.

Bryan Walsh’s report made the cover of Time magazine, “Eat Butter.” His article describes a 43 year “human experiment” using the consumer as guinea pigs to test lowering dietary fat and reducing heart disease risk starting back in 1977; when a senate committee urged Americans to “eat less high-fat red meat, eggs and dairy; eat more carbohydrates and increase fruit and vegetable consumption”.

What happened?

  • Heart disease is still the number one cause of death
  • Obesity now effects 33% of the US  population
  • Type 2 diabetes escalated by 166%

I do not have any statistical analysis but there are many more health conditions caused by excess carbohydrate intake that are on the rise, like metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure, certain types of cancer, polycystic ovarian syndrome etc…

Why did this cover-up happen?

  • The establishment refused to publish controversial research.
  • Unethical researchers cherry picked the data used for analysis
  •  Puppeteers were good at disseminating the low-fat dogma put forth by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture).

The research supporting the safety and efficacy of fat and saturated fat exists. In his article, Walsh interviews researchers who explain:

  • “Americans were told to cut back on fat to lose weight and prevent heart disease. There’s an overwhelmingly strong case to be made for the opposite.” –Dr. David Ludwig, Boston Children’s Hospital

 

  • “The argument against fat was completely flawed. We’ve traded one disease for another.” –Dr. Robert Lustig, University of California, San Francisco

 

  • “Willett (Walter Willett, Harvard) found that when high saturated fat foods were replaced with carbohydrates, there was no reduction in heart disease.”
  • “Simple carbs like bread and corn may not look like sugar on your plate, but in your body that’s what they’re converted to when digested.”
  • “Studies (by Eric Westman, Duke University) found that replacing carbohydrates with fat could help manage and even reverse diabetes.”

Mind you this TIME article is not late breaking news. I have blogged on the “BIG FAT” topic before:

  1. Seeking Saturated Fat, https://valerieberkowitz.wordpress.com/?s=saturated+fat
  2. Follow The Nutrition Guidelines Or Follow Your Heart, https://valerieberkowitz.wordpress.com/2014/03/31/follow-the-nutrition-guidelines-or-follow-your-heart/
  1. When It Comes To Saturated Fat Use Your Noggin’, https://valerieberkowitz.wordpress.com/2014/04/06/when-it-comes-to-saturated-fat-use-your-noggin/
  2. Carbohydrates Are Worse Than Saturated Fat, https://valerieberkowitz.wordpress.com/2012/04/02/carbohydrates-are-worse-than-saturated-fat/
  3. Andrew Weil: Saturated Fat Is Not Associated With an Increased Risk of Heart Disease, Stroke or Vascular Disease,  https://valerieberkowitz.wordpress.com/2010/12/13/andrew-weilsaturated-fat-is-not-associated-with-an-increased-risk-of-heart-disease-stroke-or-vascular-disease/
  4. Eat saturated Fat For Good Health, https://valerieberkowitz.wordpress.com/2010/10/17/eat-saturated-fat-for-good-health/
  5. Fat Functions To Promote Good Health, https://valerieberkowitz.wordpress.com/2009/06/24/fat-functions-to-promote-good-health/
  6. Have We Created Our Own Heath Crisis? High Fat Must Have Foods For Good Health, https://valerieberkowitz.wordpress.com/2012/07/30/have-we-created-our-own-health-crises-high-fat-must-have-foods-for-good-health/
  7. The Low Fat Nutrient Less Diet Cannot Nourish The Body,  https://valerieberkowitz.wordpress.com/2012/08/05/the-low-fat-nutrient-less-diet-cannot-fully-nourish-the-body/
  8. Eat Foods With Fat (5): Balance Foods With Fat, https://valerieberkowitz.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=2187&action=edit

So now what?

It is hard to break bad habits and we have been brain washed for a while into believing low-fat foods are healthy. But now it is time, no more cover ups, to open our eyes to the truth about food, fat, carbohydrates, what we eat and how it affects health.

If you want to undo the damage caused by 40 years of eating low-fat refined and processed foods avoid carbs. Eat real meat, natural fats and veggies to let the healing process begin.

 

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