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Chi Running Workshop

We are hosting a Chi Running Workshop today in Abita! In order to burn fat forever, you have to move and chi running is a method of running that reduces injury, increases speed, and endurance.  Want to know more?  Check it out!

http://store.chiliving.com/Workshops/Half-day-ChiWalking-Workshop-W2334

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The Skinny on FAT

Peter Attia, MD is one of our favorite advocates for a low carb lifestyle.  His website “The Eating Academy” is a great resource of information. Peter is blowing the lid off of fat and current nutritional thinking with solid research and science.  One of his top 10 blogs is what he eats.  His personal story on how he got to 7% body fat while eating mostly FAT is quite fascinating.  Check out what Peter Eats at:

http://eatingacademy.com/nutrition/what-i-actually-eat

 

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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)

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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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