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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 »

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 »

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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What is the best yogurt?

Great questions from Pam. “What is your recommendation on yogurt? Coconut milk? Sheep/goat? Greek? What should I be looking for on the labels?”

My personal preference is Fage, Greek Total (full fat) plain yogurt. You can select the 2% if the taste is too rich for you. Some people like the taste/consistency of other brands. (Some are more sour and thinner consistency.)

What to look for on the label? Aim for the absolute minimum number of ingredients. On the Fage ingredient label is Milk, Cream and Live Cultures – that’s it. No list of chemicals, no added sugars, no artificial…Read More »

Which is Better, Gluten-Free or Whole Grain Bread?

Great question, Pam F.! People that have a gluten sensitivity or celiac disease need to avoid gluten (which is found in wheat, rye and barley products.) For this population, gluten-free is a must if they plan to consume grain products.

If you don’t have a gluten sensitivity, you’re better off with whole grain breads and pastas. Why?

One big reason is that gluten-free breads have the highest glycemic indexes (an index of how high blood sugar rises over the 90 minutes after consumption) of all foods according to Dr. William Davis. He says that “gram for gram, ounce for ounce,…Read More »

5 Fat-Burning Tips from Europe that You Can Use Today

Last week I had the opportunity to travel to Rotterdam, Netherlands to attend an international sport congress meeting. In the four days I was in Rotterdam, I noticed a stark difference between the local citizens and those in many other countries. I saw very few overweight people and only one obese person. One.

According to data compiled by Insider Monkey, the Netherlands rank number 6 in the 11 thinnest, skinniest and fittest countries in the world. The overweight population in country is only 13.3%. In sharp contrast, five states in the USA have obesity rates that exceed…Read More »

Psssst. Want to kill your sex life? Consume sugar.

Would you still guzzle that sugary drink if you knew that your testosterone drops 25% almost immediately and stays low for at least two hours after consumption?

A clinical trial study looked at the glucose tolerance of 74 men between the ages of 19 and 74. Of this group, 54% of them had normal glucose tolerance, 30% had impaired tolerance and 13% were newly diagnosed diabetics. Interestingly, regardless of the ability to tolerate glucose, a drop in testosterone after consumption was noted across all three groups. Additionally, the testosterone drop was independent of body mass index.

Gulping down glucose…Read More »

Is corn okay, if it’s organic?

Follower R.A. noticed that corn doesn’t appear on any of the lists of approved vegetables. The question, “Is corn okay if it’s organic?” is a good one.

Corn is a high carbohydrate vegetable. A ½-cup serving of corn has the same glycemic load as a baked potato with no skin and contains even more carbohydrates than the potato. If you want to eat corn, use it as a replacement for one of your carbohydrate options. For example, rather than eating a serving of bread, rice, beans, quinoa or fruit, you can have a serving of corn (1/2-cob or…Read More »