Study results confirm why weight gain is not your fault


It’s no wonder you’ve been steadily gaining weight if you’ve been following past low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet recommendations! A large study recently published in the BMJ found that diets higher in carbohydrates cause people to be more hungry, lowered their body’s daily energy expenditure and increased fat-storage hormones.

The 20-week study looked at three different levels of fat and carbohydrate consumption while keeping protein levels constant. It found that when overweight people reduced carbohydrate levels and replaced those calories with fat calories, metabolism increased significantly – some 209 to as much as 278 calories per day.

That’s right – by eating more…Read More »

Coconut Curry Chicken Thighs with Peppers and Mushrooms


I like making a big quantity of healthy food. This allows for easy leftovers during the week or I can freeze food portions for a later time. This weekend I made a big pan of coconut curry chicken thighs with peppers and mushrooms.


8 chicken thighs

1 each red, yellow and orange bell peppers deseeded, deveined and sliced lengthways

16 ounces sliced mushrooms

1 can (13.5 ounces) of full-fat coconut milk

1 tablespoon of coconut oil made for medium-high heat (or butter)

1 cup chicken stock

2 tablespoons curry powder

½ teaspoon paprika

½ teaspoon coriander

1 teaspoon oregano

½ teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons minced garlic


Preheat the oven to 375…Read More »

Try a Fat-Burning Machine® Breakfast  


Can’t decide if the Fat-Burning Machine plan is right for you? How about just getting started? Try Fat-Burning Machine Breakfast options for three days and let me know what you think.

To begin, I suggest eating one of the three breakfast options listed in the chart. The main course is shown in the first column and each option for the main course is in the same row. For example, Option 1 is 2 whole eggs with 1/4 cup of fresh veggies. You have the choice in Option 1 to add 1/2 avocado and a slice of whole wheat toast if you’d…Read More »

Has anyone in your office ever told you or hinted that you are too fat?


Co-workers can be cruel or helpful. Sometimes they try to be helpful, but because they are unaware of insulin resistance they end up sabotaging your weight loss goals.

Read Mike’s heartbreaking personal story excerpt from  the book, Become a Fat-Burning Machine:

Many years ago, during a summer internship in New York, my boss heard that I was bothered by the weight I’d gained in college and how out of shape I was. He volunteered to be my trainer. I was young, so this didn’t seem weird to me at the time. I thought of it as a good way to spend more…Read More »

How do I know if the Fat-Burning Machine® plan is right for me?


Our plan is right for you if you have experienced any of the following:

  • Creeping weight gain year after year
  • Trouble losing weight in spite of eating right and exercising
  • Fading energy in the afternoons
  • One or more of the following: high blood pressure, low HDL cholesterol (the good one), high triglycerides and high fasting glucose levels
  • Elevated HbA1c (a measure that looks at average blood sugar over several weeks)
  • Gastrointestinal problems…Read More »
  • Are skin tags an indication of insulin resistance?


    While doing individual consulting with a person moving to the Fat-Burning Machine® diet, I recommended she visit her doctor for a checkup, bloodwork and a medication update. I also gave her a suggested list of questions to ask the doctor.

    One of the results of the checkup was the doctor noted that she had more than 10 skin tags on her body –  an indication of insulin resistance. The doctor recommended she make immediate changes to her diet, directly in line with Fat-Burning Machine guidelines.

    Skin tags are benign growths of skin, often characterized by a thin stalk called a peduncle.  They…Read More »

    Overweight and Healthy? Not for Long.


    I know people that are overweight and believe that as long as they don’t have high blood pressure or current signs of heart disease, they can continue on their merry way. They think, “Hey, my health markers are good! No reason for me to change my habits! I can eat anything I please!”

    Not so fast.

    In a study published by the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, researchers found that slightly less than half the 6,809 people that were 30 pounds or more overweight went on to develop metabolic syndrome within 10 years of “good” blood pressure and other health…Read More »

    Obesity is Increasing Cancer Risk in Young Adults


    Obesity is more than a vanity issue – it is a serious health problem. We have known for quite some time that obesity is associated with cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and cancer in adults. Now there is evidence that obesity is shifting certain cancers to younger age groups.

    A recent meta-analysis (a powerful study that combines results of several studies) has shown that cancers typically associated with people over the age of 50 are now reported with increasing frequency in young adults. The study reported, “In 2016, nearly 1 in 10 new breast cancer cases, and 1 in 4 new thyroid cancer…Read More »

    What do You Think about Fasting?



    Q. Hi,

    I’ve read the “Fat-Burning Machine” book with interest and I’m interested about your thoughts on (intermittent) fasting which should also provide sustainable weight loss (J. Fung: the complete guide to fasting).
    Please note that I’m an Ironman triathlete (46) trying to lose some kilograms a natural (and legal) way without reducing performance too much.

    Many thanks in advance!

    Tom S.

    A. Hi Tom,

    Thanks for writing and asking questions about the Fat-Burning Machine plan. I haven’t read Jason’s book, but I attended the physician’s low-carb conference last year where he and many others spoke about fasting.

    There are many different definitions for “fasting” protocols. I…Read More »

    No-Noodle Spicy Zucchini Lasagna


    You don’t need pasta to make lasagna taste great. Enjoy the flavor of spicy (or mild Italian sausage) in this no-noodle lasagna recipe filled with cheese and vegetables. The bake will produce a rich vegetable broth that can be spooned over each serving.


    3 – 4 large zucchini

    1 tablespoon salt

    1 pound hot Italian sausage

    1 1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper

    1  green or red bell pepper, diced

    1 orange or yellow bell pepper, diced

    1 onion, diced

    24 oz. jar of organic tomato sauce

    1 teaspoon crushed red pepper

    1 egg

    1 (15 ounce) container of whole fat ricotta cheese

    2 tablespoons chopped parsley (fresh is best)

    1 (16 ounce) package…Read More »