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New Drug Approved by FDA for Weight Loss (Qsymia)

The FDA has approved yet another drug for weight loss by the name of Qsymia, but don’t get excited too fast!!  There are a lot of concerns about side effects since it is a combination of the drug phentermine (the “phen” part of the previously banned drug Fen-phen) and an anti-convulsant Topiramate (a drug that has been linked to birth defects).  Is controlling hunger worth the risk of side effects or is there a better way?

At Burn Fat Forever we think there is a better way.  We have found that living a low carb lifestyle provides natural control of hunger and cravings without the side effects.  If you don’t believe us, check out this study that compares the effects of eating a low carbohydrate diet versus a low fat diet on food cravings, preferences and appetite.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3139783/?tool=pubmed

 

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Summer, summer, summertime!

Summer is a great time of the year.  There are vacations, family reunions, barbeques, pool parties, and picnics.   Its great to break out of our usual routine and have some fun, but it can also be challenging to stick to a healthy eating plan.  Planning ahead with your own snacks on hand definitely helps in these situations (bars, nuts, etc), but as we know, things don’t always go as planned and sometimes we end up eating things we don’t normally eat.  What do we do?

The key here is to get back on track as soon as possible and go back to basics!  Some BFFer’s find it helpful to do a day or two of juicing only, while others find that just focusing on fresh low carb meals gets things back on track rather quickly.  It is also important to get back to your workout routine especially if you missed a few workouts!  Before you know it, you will back on track and feeling good again!

What do you do to get back from a break in routine?  I would love to hear your thoughts!

 

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The Juicy Gossip

The secret is out; we are low carbers!  So you may be wondering, how does juicing fit into this low carb living scenario?   Well, we were inspired by the movie “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead”, a great documentary on the health benefits of juicing.  The two “stars” of the movie not only lose weight on the juice fast, but also reverse the effects of the autoimmune disease with which they are both plagued with for many years.  This is some powerful stuff, so we started experimenting with juicing and its effects on our insulin levels.

It didn’t take long for us to figure out that juicing even just one half of an apple with a batch of veggies would still result in a rise in our blood sugar levels; therefore we had to figure out how to do maximize the benefit of the veggie juice and minimize the impact of the carbohydrate impact.  First, we removed the fruit.  Secondly, we altered the recipe further with low carb friendly veggies.  Thirdly, we added some spice. (We are Cajun after all).  Finally, to really impede any insulin spike, we added a special ingredient and voila…success!  The result? A tasty drink that delivers some powerful nutrients to your blood while not affecting your blood sugar.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

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How to Survive a Family Gathering Where Food is Not BFF Friendly???

I am at a friend’s family weekend and the only food here is carbs served with carbs with carbs for dessert!

Thank goodness I have some cheese sticks and Quest bars or I would be very hungry! Did I mention we are on a small island off of the coast and not a restaurant or grocery store is open? Even with less extreme circumstances, I think anyone trying to follow a BFF type of eating plan faces challenges, especially in social situations.

What tips do you use to eat well despite being surrounded by family, friends and CARBS???

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The Link Between Belly Fat and Cancer, Heart Disease and Arthritis

I was just reading a blog http://www.peertrainer.com/health/how-to-get-rid-of-belly-fat.aspx and came across this information:

“Chronic inflammation has been linked to an incredible amount of diseases, ranging everywhere from autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and ulcerative colitis to heart disease and even cancer! Beyond diet and lifestyle, belly fat is a leading cause of inflammation, and reducing it will play a huge role in your overall health!”

The author goes on to say that belly fat itself causes an increase in cortisol which (if you are a carb burner) increases belly fat! And from there it becomes a vicious and I do mean vicious cycle.

Now I do not agree with the author’s point of view that high fat causes as much problems as high sugar intake – I believe that is misguided information and comes from lack of understanding, but I am fascinated by the idea that bell fat itself contributes to an on-going process of inflammation and as we now know, that crates a dangerous situation.

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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/

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