Two New Studies Show the Many Potential Anti-Inflammatory Benefits of the Paleo Diet

The increased abdominal fat that many women develop after menopause due to hormonal changes and the skin disorder psoriasis are divergent health concerns that would seem to have little in common. But two recently published studies found a common ground – chronic inflammation. More importantly, the anti-inflammatory properties of the Paleo Diet were found to improve both [1, 2]. After menopause, women have a tendency to “redistribute” fat around Read more

3 Ways to Get Enough Fiber on a Paleo Diet

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Fiber is an essential part of a healthy diet, but can you get enough on a Paleo diet? We explore health benefits and fiber-rich foods that are also Paleo-friendly. What Is Fiber? Fiber is a carbohydrate, and an indigestible part of plant-based foods. Unlike other carbs, fiber is not broken down into sugar molecules, but instead, passes through the intestinal tract whole, feeding the gut bacteria and adding bulk to your stool. (1) Without fiber, Read more

Does Skipping Breakfast Help with Weight Loss?

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While intermittent fasting has been lauded for its health benefits, including promoting cellular maintenance and protecting against aging and neurodegenerative diseases, popular wisdom maintains that skipping breakfast is bad for you. Often labeled as the most important meal of the day, breakfast is said to “boost metabolism” and reduce hunger. But is this really true? Mounting evidence suggests that eating three meals a day may not be important Read more

Does PHD Immediately Normalize the Bodyweight Set Point?

The results from the Perfect Health Retreats continue to surprise me. Retreat attendees come for all sorts of reasons. In terms of weight, they have so far had a fairly similar profile to the general middle-aged population, with almost half … Read more » The post Does PHD Immediately Normalize the Bodyweight Set Point? appeared first on Perfect Health Diet. SOURCE: Perfect Health Diet - Read entire story here. Read more

RHR: Why Your Brain Makes You Fat—with Stephan Guyenet

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In this episode we cover these topics: Why it’s the brain that controls obesity The ancestral perspective on food intake Is it really about “calories in/calories out”? Why both low-fat and low-carb diets reduce calorie intake Are carbs and sugar to blame for obesity? Does dietary fat cause obesity? How to work with your brain to lose weight Show notes: The Hungry Brain: Outsmarting the Instincts That Make Us Overeat, by Stephan Read more

What Is the Vagus Nerve? (and How Does It Impact Health, Mood and Performance?)

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In recent years, I’ve regularly vouched for the gut as our long-abused secondary brain. Given what most of us grew up learning in school, it can feel like a mammoth shift. Science and philosophy have long revered the brain as seat of consciousness, even the seat of humanity itself. But when it comes down to it, everything is interconnected. Our consciousness extends well beyond the brain. How we feel and who we are encompasses a much more Read more

Episode 91: A Practical Strategy For Safe And Sustainable Weight Loss

Thanks for joining us for episode 91 of The Ancestral RDs podcast. If you want to keep up with our podcasts, subscribe in iTunes and never miss an episode! Remember, please send us your question if you’d like us to answer it on the show. Today we are answering the following question from a listener: “Hello. Thanks for your great show! What recommendations would you give for women on weight loss? What would be a safe and effective way? How Read more

Should You Rethink Your Meal Timing for Weight Loss?

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I’ve written about what to eat. I’ve written about what not to eat. I’ve even discussed the benefits of occasionally eating things you “shouldn’t eat.” I’ve written about skipping breakfast, eating a big lunch, and skipping entire days of meals altogether. I’ve discussed sleeping low (carb) and punctuating a low-carb diet with occasional high-carb refeeds. But I haven’t written very much Read more

How to Stop Drinking Soda

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If you search for advice on how to stop drinking soda, you’re going to come across “experts” who suggest that you switch from regular to diet soda (hello — diet soda is still soda), or that you simply replace your soda with an equally as sugary but not carbonated beverage. While this blog post will focus on soda, it applies to any overly sugary beverage that does not offer nutritional value. But first, let’s Read more

“Ask Amy”: But I Don’t ‘Like’ Vegetables…

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Hey folks! I know my posts have been few and far between lately and there are a couple reasons for that: 1. Life – it’s busy sometimes. 2. Work – the 40 hour/week gig really cramps my style. 3. (And this one’s a biggie.) Coming up with a topic that YOU actually want/need to hear about AND that I haven’t already covered. Seriously, thinking about WHAT to write about keeps me up at night. Granted, this may be partly due to the fact that I have no Read more

8 Reasons Why Low-Carb Diets Actually Work

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The popular story of how low-carb diets work goes something like this: Reducing your carbohydrate intake lowers your insulin levels. Since insulin keeps fat locked into adipose tissue, lowering insulin can increase the amount of fat released to be burned for energy. For the portion of the overweight/obese population with insulin resistance and chronically-elevated insulin levels, this is a fairly accurate description of why low-carb diets work so Read more

Ancestral Clues to Better Sleep and Energy this Winter

As we move into the colder, darker and shorter days of fall and winter it becomes more difficult to maintain your energy levels, productivity and fight off nasty colds and flu. These common complaints become the norm as the seasons change and people are constantly looking for that “magic bullet” supplement or medication to keep […] The post Ancestral Clues to Better Sleep and Energy this Winter appeared first on The Paleo Read more

Could Gut Bacteria Be to Blame for Your Stubborn Belly Fat?

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We know how important gut health is for overall health. We understand that it improves digestion, that our pursuit of extreme sterility has compromised our immune systems, and that the gut biome is etiologically involved in the pathogenesis of various health and disease states. We’re even familiar with the more esoteric functions of gut bacteria, like converting antinutrients into biovailable nutrients, synthesizing sex hormones and Read more

Paleo Challenges During the Holidays

The season of celebration, gift-giving, and tradition is upon us. Along with all of the fun and festivities, the Paleo dieter is faced with the challenges of maintaining a healthy lifestyle while sorting through the endless sea of desserts, sweets, and holiday treats offered on a daily basis. The post Paleo Challenges During the Holidays appeared first on The Paleo Diet™. SOURCE: The Paleo Diet™ - Read entire story here. Read more

Is There Really an Obesity Paradox?

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A couple weeks ago, I linked to an article discussing the “obesity paradox”—the idea that across many different studies and populations, people with slightly overweight and even obese BMIs often have the lowest mortality risk. The author is Harriet Brown, a supporter of the “Health At Every Size” movement, comes down hard on the side of overweight/obesity as safe and even beneficial. At first glance, she makes a strong Read more

Are you eating enough?

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It is rare that I will get a client who is eating too much food. Often, it’s the other way around. Which makes sense, given what we have been taught about weight loss. It’s simple, really:  “Eat less. Exercise more”. Hmm. OK. My job (in terms of weight loss clients) really should be obsolete then, right? If it really were as simple as eating less and exercising more, most of my clients SOURCE: Against the Grain Nutrition - Read entire Read more