• Blog,  Exercise,  Goals,  Nutrition,  Weight Loss

    A Different Approach to New Year’s Resolutions

    Have you ever heard the definition of insanity?  One way to explain it is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. This is how I feel about New Year’s Resolutions. Don’t get me wrong, I love goal setting, vision boards and forward thinking but when it comes to health and losing weight I think resolutions that focus solely on weight loss are the wrong approach.   According to Forbes, the most common New Year’s Resolution…

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    Why the “Biggest Losers” can become the Biggest Gainers

    I was a huge fan of the show the Biggest Loser when it first came out in 2004. As a new clinician I was impressed, amazed and dazzled by the rapid and transformations that these people were making. My background is in Human Nutrition, and I was traditionally trained that measuring calories in and calories out with increased exercise was the preferred method for weight loss. So at the time, this show and their methods really spoke to me. Over…

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    Hormonal Influence on Weight Loss

    I have the privilege of working with individuals everyday who are motivated to optimize their health. So motivated in fact, that many have been on an exhausting journey for years trying to figure out their bodies recipe for success. Since I do a lot of lifestyle management and weight loss, many of these individuals have been to countless programs and tried countless diets, cleanses and products in search for their answer. Many of them are told to eat less, and…

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    Is Your Belly Fat Whispering Nasty Messages to your Brain?

    If you have read my previous posts, you will know that fat is not a static organ, but is an active endocrine organ.  Adipose tissue is a rich source of inflammatory factors including adipokines, chemokines and cytokines.   Fat cells essentially communicate with every cell in our body, so we want them to be sending the right messages. The problem tends to occur when the proinflammatory messages out weigh the anti-inflammatory messages. This is what I call “angry fat”!  …

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    Your Belly Fat is its own Endocrine Organ

    What does that mean???   At one point we thought that belly fat was just something that made us feel uncomfortable in a bikini. Now we know that belly fat actually sends out inflammatory signaling molecules called adipokines and lipokines. Belly fat is considered an endocrine organ because it produces it’s own hormones! In fact, it produces upwards of 100 different signaling molecules some of which are anti-inflammatory, and some are pro-inflammatory.   The two most recognized signaling molecules are…