Keep Your New Year’s Resolution with “8 Ways to Lose Your Blubber”sam
The New Year has finally arrived which means the weight loss resolutions have begun. ChicagoHealers.com Practitioner Valery Early, RD is the author of a new book “8 Ways to Lose Your Blubber: Through Hormone Balancing and Lifestyle Changes.” The book is an easy-to-use guide to help people understand how to balance hormones and weight. This book allows people who struggle with weight loss to find the missing link to losing weight and feeling energetic.
“There are eight ways to dig deeper into the issues around losing your blubber,” says Early. “Some involve the obvious such as food, diet, and exercise; while often others involve your hormones, which most people are not aware of.”
1. Calories. Too little and/or too many calories will affect your outcome. However, 1,200 calories is not the magic number for everyone; otherwise, everyone following “Weight Watchers” and other diet programs would achieve a normal weight in a few months.
2. Exercise. The only proven way to burn calories is to keep your lean muscle mass which means you must exercise and weight train. Exercise 6-7 days week for 30-90 minutes. It’s important to measure and monitor your body fat, not just your weight, especially if you are over 35 years old.
3. Carbohydrate/Protein/Fat Ratio and/or Alkaline-Acidity. A nutritionist can start to fine-tune things for you. In general, most people fall between these guidelines: 30%-50% of calories/day from carbohydrates, 10%-20% per day of protein, and 15%-25% per day of fat.
4. Thyroids and Antibodies. Dr. Lindsey Hofman, a biochemist out of Seattle, Washington, recently stated “99% of hypothyroidism is caused by abnormal antibodies. A blood test through your physician can test these levels.
5. Hormone Testing (Estradiol, Estriol, Progesterone, and Testosterone). These tests often uncover a hormone imbalance, not only in women experiencing peri-and post menopause but young women in their 20s and 30s. Low estradiol can often cause weight gain around the waist and high testosterone can cause increased risk of insulin resistance.
6. Stress Hormone Testing (DHEA and Cortisol). These are two adrenal “stress” hormones. Low cortisol affects how carbohydrates are metabolized and high cortisol can increase abdominal obesity. If DHEA is low, it can cause a loss of lean muscle mass. Saliva testing is an easy and very accurate way to determine if there is a deficiency or excess of cortisol and DHEA.
7. Blood Testing (Insulin, Fasting Glucose and Hemoglobin A1c). These tests can indicate problems with metabolizing carbohydrates. Diabetes and pre-diabetes are rampant, even in children. After evaluating one or all of these blood tests, an individualized eating plan can be designed for your body and health risks.
8. Genetics/Nutrigenomics. Through the right lifestyle, exercise, whole-food intake and over-the-counter dietary supplementation, you can beat the odds. Nutrigenomics is the study of how foods interact with the genes in your body, and how diet can alter and affect the expression of disease.
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