How Chemicals in Your Water Bottle Could Be Stalling Your Weight Loss

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Did you know that certain chemicals in our food can sabotage weight loss? That’s right, it’s not just about nutrition and exercise anymore. These nasty little chemicals are called obesogens. What are obesogens? You are probably familiar with some of them. They include bisphenol A (BPA), phthalates, pesticides, and PFOA/PFOS, among many others. Found in plastic water bottles, conventionally-grown foods, cookware, and even new cars, obesogens are nearly ubiquitous in the mainstream goods that surround us.   These toxins disturb the endocrine system, masquerading as an estrogen-like compound. This inhibits the natural estrogen in your body, essentially causing the body to become severely imbalanced. Such hormonal imbalances can lead to severe chronic disease as well as belly-bulging disorders such as insulin resistance, thyroid dysfunction, endocrine dysfunction, and increased fat cell production– all of which lead to unwanted, unhealthy weight gain. A recent Japanese study revealed that perinatal exposure to small amounts of BPA could have […]

Can Cinnamon Help You Lose Weight?

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You may have heard that if you sprinkle cinnamon on your food it can help you to lose weight. This is not entirely true and you cant just sprinkle it on ice cream to try to cancel out the calories! It has however been scientifically proven to regulate your blood insulin levels and to become more insulin sensitive which in turn can boost your fasting results dramatically. Many studies have shown that cinnamon regulates your blood glucose and therefore minimises the peaks in your blood sugar after eating which leads to insulin resistance and weight gain. Also because cinnamon has no calories you can easily add it to your diet and take it while your fasting too! A study in ‘Diabetes Care’ Journal 2003 concluded that taking as little as 1 gram (1-2 teaspoons of cinnamon per day) reduces blood sugar levels, triglycerides and LDL cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes. They concluded that including […]

Trying to Lose Weight Quickly?

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From my own personal experience and the experiences of many of my clients who try to quickly lose weight for an event, drastically changing your diet or fasting schedule can have disastrous results and can ruin your long term success. So please think twice before doing it!   What Happens When you ‘Try’ to Lose Weight?’ This is a typical sequence of events many people experience when trying to lose weight to a deadline: You’re fasting regularly and have been steadily losing weight and you’re also enjoying the fact that you can now eat your favourite foods and are no longer obsessing about certain food types. So all in all, you’re happy with the result so far. Although your weight loss is gradual and you’re not at your ideal weight yet you’re very happy with what ifasting is doing for you as a long term weight loss method. Unfortunately you have a wedding or a […]

Intermittent Fasting Versus Frequent, Small Meals

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Don’t be fooled into thinking that frequent small meals help you to lose weight. The majority of us believe this is true, when in fact it has no benefit at all. Not only does eating more frequently not increase your metabolism to help you lose weight, but you’ll be keeping your body is ‘sugar burning mode’ rather than ‘fat burning mode’ which is a precursor to developing adult onset diabetes. Eating too often also means you wont be giving your body a rest from digesting food. And the only chance it gets to repair and regenerate is when you’re in the ‘fasted state’ which is around 8-12 hours after you last ate. With frequent meals you’ll never allow yourself to get to that state except after you’ve slept for 8 hours. But even then most people will have breakfast straight away so they won’t be in the fasted state for very long. A study in […]

Fat Loss With Intermittent Fasting Explained

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While fasting (true fasting with zero calories consumed) your body switches to  ‘fat burning mode’ and this is where all of the magic weight loss results happen. So as soon as you get to the fat burning point of your fasts the effect on your weight loss will get better and better. That’s why some people (mostly women) who fast daily for less than 18 hours can find it difficult to lose weight as they don’t spend much time in fat burning mode before they eat again. The graph below shows how much fat is burned (even if you are asleep!) during the stages of fasting.   Remember, your body stops feeding off your last meal for energy at around 6-8 hours after you last ate and it’s usually around the 12-14th hour of fasting that your body starts to rapidly burn body fat as your main source of energy instead of your blood sugar. After that your body […]