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Maintaining Good Health

Maintaining Good Health
Imagine it’s 12 months from now. You’ve just had your Spatz adjustable gastric balloon removed after losing 25 kilos. Now you want to maintain your improved health. Here are some tips to help you do so. In many cases, continuing the good habits you’ve developed over the past year will continue to serve you well. If[...]
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Is Junk Food Addictive ?

Junk Food
Not only is junk food actually addictive, it’s designed to be that way on purpose. So if you find it hard to stop eating sweets, salty snacks and heavily processed foods, it’s because food scientists, who know how the human body and brain reacts to certain stimuli in foods, specifically designed these foods to get[...]
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The Surprising Role of Stress in Digestion

The Surprising Role of Stress in Digestion
Our bodies are wired to cope with stress by shutting down all non-essential bodily functions so your body and brain can focus on survival. This state is referred to as the stress response. It’s when your sympathetic nervous system takes over. That’s very helpful when you’re facing acute, life-threatening stress, such as being in a[...]
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The Surprising Role of Relaxation in Digestion

Relaxation
I recently wrote about the stress response and how it’s counterproductive to digestion. When you’re in a state of stress, even chronic, low level stress, your body shuts down digestion. That makes calorie burning inefficient. Stress also signals your body to produce insulin and cortisol, hormones which tell your body to store fat. So if[...]
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The Myth of Calories In-Calories Out

Calories
We have been conditioned to believe that weight loss is a matter of burning more calories than we take in for so long, many people don’t realize that the idea of “calories in-calories out” is overly simplistic, old, outdated science. Very simply, there are so many components to the whole formula of digestion and metabolism.[...]
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What Is Macronutrient Balance and Why Should You Care?

Macronutrient Balance
What is macronutrient balance and why should you care? Well, let’s start with a simpler question. What are macronutrients? Simply stated, macronutrients are the things we eat the most of. They are the major (macro) food categories, the kinds of foods from which we get the majority of our calories, namely protein, fat and carbohydrates.[...]
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Belly Dancing as Exercise

Belly Dancing
Belly dancers come in all shapes and sizes. Which means that, no matter what your current shape or size, belly dancing can be a great form of joyful movement for you to investigate. Here’s a surprise that many new belly dancers aren’t aware of. Most of the jiggly action that makes belly dancing so distinctive[...]
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Does It Matter How Fast We Eat?

Does It Matter How Fast We Eat?
Your central nervous system has a few primary states. One is called the sympathetic nervous system. This is when your body is responding to stress. Imagine that you’re being chased by a predator and you need to run fast to save your life. Your body, in its great wisdom, will shut down all functions not[...]
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The Principle of Adding Healthy Habits for Weight Loss

Healthy Habits
You’ve probably heard it so many times you can recite it in your sleep. The only way to lose weight is to eat less and exercise more. Calories in. Calories out. You know all about your bad habits – your reliance on processed foods and diet soda, your tendency to skip the gym, your deep,[...]
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