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.

Ingredients

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 »

10 Super Bowl Items that are Fat-Burning Machine Friendly

 

You don’t have to suffer from tasteless snacks on Super Bowl Sunday if you are a Fat-Burning Machine. There are plenty of savory choices that are low in sugar and refined carbohydrates.

Here are 10 ideas:

 

  • Baked Country Pork Ribs (You can use spare ribs or baby back ribs as well, just cook them at 250 degrees for 3 to 4 hours, depending on the thickness of the ribs.)
  • Gale’s Pork and Poultry Rub
  • Blistered Shishito Peppers
  • Bacon-Wrapped Drumsticks
  • Hummus Shooters – Fill shot glasses half-full with the hummus of your choice. Stand slivered vegetables (celery, carrots,…Read More »
  • 8 Drink Options, Other than Plain Water

     

    When people are making a change to healthier, Fat-Burning Machine habits, the first thing to go is sugary drinks of any kind. People ask, “I get tired of drinking plain water – what are my drink options?” Great question. Below are eight tasty options.

     

  • A slice of lemon and/or lime in water gives it a different flavor.
  • Putting lemons or limes in water overnight adds a richer flavor than just a slice of lemon in the water you plan to drink immediately.
  • Meyers Lemons aren’t quite as bitter as regular lemons, they are a good choice when they are in…Read More »
  • Open Container Law

     

    One of the tools you can use to be successful is the implementation of my “Open Container Law.” When you have decided to eat something – it doesn’t matter if it is a meal or a snack – take the serving size you want and close the container. Put it away.

    Do not sit next to an open container (or dish) that allows mindless eating or picking at the food. This is particularly important for nuts. An entire can or bag of nuts can easily disappear and it is replaced with regret.

    Set yourself up for success, no open containers where the serving…Read More »

    Great Session on How to Become a Fat-Burning Machine

     

    I received a wonderful invitation from the town of Frisco, Colorado to be a speaker as part of their town series. One of the managers at the Frisco Nordic Center, Bernie Frey, thought that this time of year is perfect to talk about health, wellness, fitness and how people can turn their bodies into Fat-Burning Machines. I was happy to speak at the Nordic Center, now managed by Olympian Jim Galanes.

    There was a great turn out, with a wide range of people including non-athletes and athletes as well. Everyone was so friendly and inclusive. There were so many great questions, my normal…Read More »