Why do you want to lose weight?


One of the most important things you can do for yourself is to reveal why you want to lose weight. The reasons why you want to lose weight are your personal motivators – not a weight loss goal. By “reveal,” I mean to reveal to yourself. These “whys” will not only help you lose weight but will help you keep it off.

Wherever you feel comfortable storing your “why list,” jot down why you want to lose weight. You can do it on your computer, in a notebook or even on a sticky note. Keep the list handy so you can…Read More »


Sugar increases non-alcoholic fatty liver disease


People that consume little to no alcohol can still get fatty liver disease. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a term for a range of conditions that result in too much fat stored in liver cells. One of the most serious forms of the disease is non-alcoholic steatohepatitis marked by liver inflammation that can progress to scarring and irreversible damage. At the most serious stage, steatohepatitis can progress to cirrhosis and liver failure.

In a University of Surrey study, researchers looked at two groups of men – one group with low levels of liver fat and a second group that had…Read More »


Turning 5 Diet Fears to into Success

If you have a voice in your head creating doubt about your ability to succeed at your diet, you’re not alone. People that have repeatedly tried and failed to achieve permanent weight loss on other programs can easily find minds filled with doubts. Those fears can insidiously undermine progress. To move on, to succeed, these doubts and fears need to be faced head-on so they can be overcome.

Let’s look at 5 big fears/doubts that Mike and other Fat-Burning Machine students have shared.

Fear #1: Will this really work or will I just end up gaining more weight?

Before I became a Fat-Burning Machine,…Read More »

Blood sugar is a direct response to what you eat – eating sugar spikes blood sugar



Did you know that the foods you eat have a metabolic and hormonal effect on your body?

These effects change depending on the macronutrient (carbohydrate, fat, protein) mix of what you put in your mouth. For this column, let’s consider each macronutrient in isolation of the others. In other words, what happens if you eat something that is 100% fat?

If you look at the illustration picture, you can see that if you consume a food that is 100% fat, the result is very little effect on blood sugar. If you eat a food that is 100% protein, there is…Read More »

Roasted Eggplant With Raw Vegan Pesto


A great recipe submission to the book, Become a Fat-Burning Machine, by Samantha Tritsch


1 large eggplant, sliced ½ inch thick

Ingredients for raw vegan pesto:
½ cup olive oil
½ lemon, juice
Handful of basil (add more to taste)
1-2 cloves of peel garlic (add more or less, to taste)
¼ cup of sprouted sunflower seeds
6-10 raw, unsalted cashews
1 teaspoon course sea salt
Handful of raw kale, de-stemmed
Coconut oil spray (or any vegetable spray to coat)

Make pesto by combining ingredients in a food processor or on the pulse setting of a blender for about 30 seconds. For a thinner…Read More »

Does eating in the evening cause weight gain?

In my Fat-Burning Machine class, I cover much more about the hormone insulin than I had room to cover in the book. If you’ve been reading my columns, you know that insulin is nicknamed “the fat-storing hormone.” By eliminating big spikes or large volumes of insulin release, we can coax our bodies into burning fat. There are several ways to do this and I cover many of these strategies right here in my columns and the newsletter (be sure to sign-up for the newsletter.)

One question that comes up frequently is, “Does night eating cause weight gain?” Great question.

I’ll…Read More »

What are the health benefits of drinking hydrogenated water?

Great questions from Jan R. – “What are the health benefits of drinking hydrogenated water? And, do you recommend it?”

I have to say I had not heard of hydrogenated water before Jan asked about it – so I had to do some digging.

Hydrogenated water

Hydrogenated water or “hydro-water” has a greater concentration of hydrogen (as you might expect) than regular water. Hydrogen is infused into the water by purchase (you buy it ready-made), tablet or a machine that does it for you.

If you purchase it already made, it’s roughly $3 per 11-ounce container. The tablets run about a buck…Read More »

Is snacking required in order to lose weight on the Fat-Burning Machine plan?

Q.  Hey Gale! I am loving the Fat-Burning Machine plan. Thank you so much for helping me see a way of eating that can last a lifetime. (I know you call it a “diet” but it is a new lifestyle for me!) I’ve only been following the plan for three weeks and I’ve lost 6 pounds, I’m not hungry and I’m sleeping better.

In the book you recommend breakfast, lunch and two snacks. As I’ve become a Fat-Burning Machine (yay!)  I sometimes don’t feel like a snack. Because I’m having success, I’m afraid to cut it out. Is snacking…Read More »

Danger! BLTs at Meal Preparation Time

I’ve written about BLT’s (bites, licks and tastes) in the past and they are covered in the book. One of the most dangerous times – high risk for BLTs –  for people that prepare food is at meal preparation time. It is incredibly easy for some people to consume an entire meal before the meal, by just “tasting” the food being prepared.

“Just want to be sure it is seasoned correctly and tastes good.”

Avoid this trap by allowing yourself no more than two samples, measuring less than a teaspoon.

That means zero BLTs is okay.

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For some people, feeling full is a cue to eat more

In my advanced Fat-Burning Machine course, we get into more depth on things that get in the way of weight loss. One of the things we have discussed is that some people have a seemingly odd feeling of the need to eat more – even when they have just eaten and they should feel full. Why would that happen?

It turns out scientists believe this is a learned response – perhaps as a result of past hunger-producing diets.

Researchers were able to “condition” or teach mice that the feeling of satiety (feeling full and satisfied) means rewards of food…Read More »