Why your brain does not want you to lose weight

Why do some people gain weight while others stay slim? Read on... A neuroscientist called Sandra Aamodt was interested (from a neuroscientific point of view) in finding a way to lose weight without dieting. She learnt to eat intuitively and lost 10 pounds in the process. What makes losing weight so hard? The brain is an incredibly efficient regulator of body weight. Current thinking, that weight loss is about how much you eat versus how much energy you burn is only part of the story. Hunger and energy use are controlled by the brain, mostly subconsciously, and this unconscious force is stronger than mere willpower. The brain has its own sense of what your body should weigh - no matter what you believe your perfect weight to be. This is called the "set point". It has a range of about 15 pounds. While lifestyle changes (such as taking more exercise or drinking less alcohol) can shift your...
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Sugar – friend or foe ?

When I was younger, my great aunt used to say that we need sugar to give us energy. These days I’m not so sure. Of all the food groups, carbohydrate is the most maligned. Sugar is a carbohydrate which has various names a few of which are : sucrose, fructose, dextrose, corn syrup, maltose, galactose, honey and  lactose . Here are two points of view, based on fact. Read more should you wish to and make up your own mind. While Information is UK-based, the same is rapidly becoming true in France. 1. Robert Lustig, is professor of clinical pediatrics at the University of California (USA), an expert on childhood obesity and an endocrinologist (his area of expertise is human metabolism and how our bodies break down food and turn it into energy). You can search for videos of him and his work on YouTube.  Lustig says that sugar should be restricted by law in the same as alcohol and tobacco since they pose the same risk...
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10 benefits of drinking lemon water first thing in the morning

Adapted from an article by Claire C. For the full article see: http://www.espritsciencemetaphysiques.com/eau-citronnee-tiede-matin.html Start your day by drinking a glass of water to which you have added some squeezed lemon juice. Here’s why… Hydration. For those who find water boring, lemon can be a tasty addition. Constipation. If you have a sluggish digestive system, lemon water could be what you need. In general citrus is a digestive aid. Urinary tract infections. If you have a urinary tract infection and want to cure it naturally or to find a way to prevent it happening, lemon water can help. Lemon helps to change the pH balance in the urinary tract. Bad breath. There is no way to avoid morning breath, but lemon and water can fight bacteria in the mouth, and therefore reduce the risk of bad breath. Weight loss. There are many theories as to why lemon can aid weight loss (including the natural fibre from pectin in lemons). Although there is no definite proof of this, we do know that there are no more...
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7 strategies for weight loss success

Keep track of everything you eat – you may be surprised how much you consume without even thinking about it. Weigh yourself only once each week – ensure that this is at the same time of day and on the same scales. Don’t be obsessed, losing half to two pounds each week is normal. The fit of your clothes is a much better indication of your progress. Lose weight with a friend – a supportive buddy will strengthen your resolve. Do exercise which you enjoy – if you exercise as well as changing your eating habits, you should lose weight quicker and tone your body at the same time. Forget fad diets – there is no magic solution to weight loss. A healthy food plan which does not leave you feeling hungry and allows an occasional treat will easier to commit to in the long term. Watch out for weekends – plan for occasional splurges by eating a little less during the week. You will...
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