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Sugar Withdrawal

When we think of substances that cause withdrawal symptoms we automatically think of caffeine, tobacco, or alcohol, but what about sugar?  We have learned that sugar is an addictive substance, so it stands to reason that withdrawal symptoms can occur when sugar is eliminated from the diet.  The good news is that the symptoms associated with sugar withdrawal are typically short-lived and relatively mild.  Headaches, lethargy, shakiness, dizziness, or jitters may occur with abrupt elimination of sugar from the diet, especially in someone who is a dessert or sugary soft drink connoisseur.   One way to avoid extreme withdrawal symptoms is to slowly reduce your sugar intake over time.  This will allow the body to adjust more easily.  Another thing that we have found helpful is to drink water to help flush the system.  Of course, check with your doctor if there are any specific health concerns or before drastically changing your diet.

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Sugar Brain

Anyone who has ever had a sugary dessert knows the instant pleasure of doing so.  Our senses are instantly stimulated and a typical response is something like: “Oh yeah baby give me more” or “Mmmm…just one more bite” right?  Do you know what’s happening in your brain when you take a bite of that dessert?

 

As we learned from the 60 minutes video “Is Sugar Toxic?”, the pleasure center of the brain is stimulated when we consume sugar, which causes us to want more sugar, but it does more damage that most people realize.  David Desalvo, a science and technology writer, notes more research in his Forbes magazine article “What Eating Too Much Sugar Does to Your Brain”.  This article reveals, “a diet high in added sugar reduces the production of a brain chemical known as brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF).”  What happens when we have a lack of BDNF?  Well, without it all kinds of things go haywire.   Effects of low BDNF are depression, overeating, learning disorders, and poor memory.  Read this article and learn more about this research at:

www.forbes.com/sites/daviddisalvo/2012/04/01/what-eating-too-much-sugar-does-to-your-brain/

Posted in: Obesity and Health Related Issues

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Sugar, Not So Sweet After All

Remember the old song lyric from Mary Poppins: “A spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down”?  Well it seems that a more accurate statement would be: “More sugar makes more medicine go down!”  The most compelling evidence that sugar is not our sweet friend comes from Dr. Robert Lustig, Professor of Pediatric Endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco, and a leading expert on obesity.

Dr. Lustig, has pointed out in that the obesity epidemic in this country is not about the calories or fat, it’s about the sugar!  He further takes the stance based on scientific evidence that it isn’t just that sugar has “empty” calories, but that sugar is actually a poison to the human body.  In his interview on 60 minutes he explains that fructose, which is laden in almost everything we eat, is an addictive substance that is literally killing us.  I encourage you to watch his interview on CBS’s 60 Minutes interview entitled “Is Sugar Toxic?” and see what you think. (http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7403942n)

Posted in: Obesity

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Is A Calorie Just A Calorie?

OK so we all know obesity is on the rise and that more than 80% those who lose weight tend to gain it back, but why?  Are we really just gobbling down too much food and not moving around enough?  Is it really just calories in and calories out?

A growing community of experts in the field of obesity are saying “NO!” a calorie is not just a calorie and there are other factors influencing people’s increasing waistlines.

Check out this petition written in response New York Times article “The Fat Trap” by Gary Taubes, author of Why We Get Fat and What to Do About it and Peter Attia, MD of www.theeatingacademy.com.

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/response-to-nytimes-the-fat-trap/

 

 

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Obesity a GROWING Problem

The news is out there…obesity has become a public health crisis.  Being over weight is not just about being unable to fit into skinny jeans; it is a serious condition that has been associated with an increase risk for heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.  It is affecting every socioeconomic level (rich and poor) and every age group (children to adults), as well as males and females.  The statistics are amazing.  A study of weight in the United States by a CDC epidemiologist, Cynthia Ogden, PhD, along with other experts indicates that 31% of adults are obese and 15% of children and teenagers ages 6-19 are overweight.  According to the study, these numbers have steadily increased over the last few decades.  (Source: WebMD Article Obesity Epidemic “Astronomical” at www.webmd.com/diet/features/obesity-epidemic-astronomical)

The statistics are evident, but anyone can look around and see that obesity is a growing problem (pun intended).  Go to almost any public place and take a look around, how many people appear “chunky” aka overweight or “unhealthily large” aka obese.  Then we have all seen extreme cases of morbid obesity.  There are so many of these folks now that there are several reality TV shows about it.  The problem is obvious; however the solution is a bit obscure.  Let’s investigate further.  Stay tuned….

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Burn Baby Burn!!

What an amazing retreat!  ALL Burn Fat Forever participants lost weight and started burning the fat.  Guests lost an average of 2.6 lbs in 4 days!  Our biggest loser lost 4.4 lbs!  WOW!!  Now they are back to their homes empowered with Burn Fat Forever tips and strategies for daily living and continued support for the next six weeks.   Go team!

On a personal note, it was so heartwarming to receive the warm hugs and genuine thank you’s from our guests.  Thank you for joining us!  Your health is your greatest asset…own it!!

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Burn Fat Forever Retreat

The Burn Fat Forever retreat is In full swing. Our guests have begun their journey in our beautiful location in Abita Springs, Louisiana. The retreat house provides all the comforts of home for our guests as they are learning to train their bodies to burn fat forever! Gourmet food, education sessions, group discussions and fun interactive learning classes are all part of the process. The guests are now enjoying their personal time enjoying all the amenities the Abita Springs Be & Be has to offer. Our next session will begin shortly!!!

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Burn Fat Forever Retreat Begins

The Burn Fat Forever retreat begins today!  We have 10 participants ready to jump in and begin their journey.  It all starts here at our beautiful location in Abita Springs.  We are so excited to share information that helps people turn their bodies into fat burning machines.  Our guests are in for some special treats over the next few days including gourmet food, education sessions, group discussions, interactive learning, and even movies!  Plus they will have some free time to enjoy all the amenities the Abita Springs Be & Be has to offer.  Let the journey begin!

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