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Are you fat?

I recently attended the Canfit pro conference in Toronto and sat in on many award winning presenters’ sessions. I sit each week and think about what to blog about, and yahoo news, or a tv broadcaster will report the “latest and Greatest” new thing.

What my clients optimally aim for when they come to train with me, is better health, weight loss, or “I just wanna look good!” Thet want it now. Tomorrow.

There are so many reasons above and beyond why our bodies are fat. Is it because you sit behind a desk a;; day and don’t get up to move, let alone get 60 minutes of physical exercise in a 24 hour window? Or is it your food choices? Is that all there is to it?

Absolutely not.

Here are some concrete facts about what actually makes us “fat”

Good sleeping habits

Do you sleep 8 hours a night? Undisturbed, dark sleep, without visiting the bathroom at night?? Ask your liver. Those fleshy multivitamins with a tendency for fat accumulation function best on a good night’s sleep. Research is revealing exactly why shift workers and other chronically sleep deprived people tend to have problems with obesity, insulin resistance, diabetes, heart disease, and all the other popular features of metabolic syndrome: their livers aren’t processing fat efficiently, instead allowing fat to accumulate.

Choose foods with the most benefits.

Whole foods contain a food pattern in which all of the components of the food work together so your body can best absorb and utilize the nutrients.  When all of the nutrients in a whole food interact, their benefits expand beyond what their individual effects confer

Stay hydrated

Take your body weight in lbs and divide that in half. That is how many ounces of fluid you should be drinking a day. PERIOD. 150lbs /2 =75oz =9 cups water. Enjoy.

Eat fat to lose fat

Ok, so you start off your day with a breakfast that consists of nonfat cereal, loaded with nonfat milk, banana slices, orange juice and a coffee filled with milk and sugar. Do you lose weight? Absolutely not! In fact, you gain weight, are starving by 10 a.m. and continue your day feeling fatigued and eating sugar in the form of a variety of high-glycemic-index carbohydrates. Not the best recipe for long-term weight-loss results, is it?

Poor fat -- this essential macronutrient is so misunderstood. From low-fat diets to an abundant amount of “fat-free” foods, many people are dodging fat in an attempt to lose weight and keep it off for good. Yet research shows that we indeed need fat to lose weight, for disease prevention and to feel satiated.

The liver is nutrition's traffic police, directing nutrients to be stored or used by the body. Incorrect processing of glucose or lipids by the liver can cause type 2 diabetes and atherosclerosis. People who are obese or insulin-resistant often develop fatty liver disease.


Yours in Health,

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