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AMPK – Metabolic Switch.

The machinery of the human body is vastly complicated. However, there is one signal at the heart of it all, which controls how well that machinery works. This is the enzyme, AMPK, which is found in the hypothalamus in the brain.Hypothalamic AMPK has such omnipotence over the health of the body because it controls the […]

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Leaky Gut and Metabolic Health

The ‘endotoxemia’, which results from intestinal permeability (leaky gut), is a crucially important physiological event which, I will argue here, underlies a large number of the modern ‘western’ diseases. Preventing ‘leaky gut’ and endotoxemia is a very important target, if we are to prevent and/or reverse many of the ‘western’ diseases. It has been called […]

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Low Carb, The Microbiome, Bile and AMPK

The physiological mechanisms which control obesity and diseases of the ‘western’ world are gradually becoming elucidated. In this post, I attempt to synthesise the latest scientific findings and discoveries, to form a coherent picture of how diet interacts with the body to lead to either health or disease and obesity. There is some speculation, where […]

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The Importance of Sleep for Weight Loss

Good sleep is essential for appetite and body weight control.

Good sleep is essential for appetite and body weight control. The importance of sleep in regulating health and metabolism is becoming more widely recognised.A study found that when subjects were deprived of sleep, at 4 hours a night, for four days; they took 40% longer than normal to regulate blood sugar levels after a high […]

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Alcohol and Weight Loss

Can I have alcohol on a low carb diet? How does alcohol affect weight loss?

Can I have alcohol on a low carb diet? Several studies have found that moderate drinkers are less likely to die, have reduced rates of heart disease and depression and they tended to have lower cholesterol, lower blood sugar levels, and suffer less from stress.As these health parameters are all indicators of hypothalamic function, it […]

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Why Leafy Greens are Awesome for Weight Loss

Don't forget your leafy greens on your low carb diet. You need the vitamin C to convert cholesterol to bile acids. Leafy greens control the appetite leading to easier, sustainable weight loss.

Green leafy vegetables have been shown in studies to increase metabolism, reduce appetite and increase fat burning.There are several mechanisms by which green leafy vegetables work  to achieve this:1.) ThylakoidsThylakoids are membrane bound compartments which can be found in the chloroplast of the cell in green leafy veg. The chloroplast is where photosynthesis takes place […]

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The Best Exercise Strategy for Weight Loss

Mini workouts of high intensity interval training, throughout the day, is the best exercise strategy for maximum weight loss and metabolism boosting.

HIIT- High Intensity Interval TrainingHIIT is a powerful tool to correct the hypothalamus in the brain. The hypothalamus is the part of the brain which controls appetite and body fat levels.  This is, in fact, how HIIT mediates its beneficial effects for weight loss and health.When you perform HIIT, a signalling molecule is released, which […]

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Low Carb, High Protein, Low Fat Crepes

When we are low carbing, we often want to make something analagous to a sandwich/wrap.Bread is clearly off the menu. There are plenty of coconut flour wrap/bread/crepe recipes doing the rounds, which are probably an improvement.However, if we really want to maximise weight loss, we want to reduce fat intake and coconut flour is very […]

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  • a couple of years ago

Alcohol and Weight Loss

Several studies have found that moderate drinkers are less likely to die, have reduced rates of heart disease and depression and they tended to have lower cholesterol, lower blood sugar levels, and suffer less from stress.As these health parameters are all indicators of hypothalamic function, it appears that moderate drinking is beneficial for the function […]

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  • a couple of years ago

Low Carb, Low Fat, High Protein Brownies

These cookies are light and crisp at the edges, like meringue cookies. The centers are rich and fudgy like a brownie. And at 68 calories each, these cookies are lighter than most cookies. They are wonderfully quick and easy to make – a perfect diet snack.Prep time: 5 minutesCook Time: 8 minutesIngredients3 c. powdered sugar3/4 […]

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  • a couple of years ago
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