Tuesday, October 23, 2012
...to an explanation of an SP Trivia question. I'm pretty sure I knew this but the second part of the explanation got my attention--that since the liver is concentrating on metabolizing the alcohol, the carbs & fats eaten just go straight to...my hips!
Alcohol is metabolized differently than other foods and beverages. Under normal conditions, your body gets its energy from the calories in carbohydrates, fats and proteins that need to be slowly digested in the stomach—but not when alcohol is present. When alcohol is consumed, it gets special privileges and needs no digestion. The alcohol molecules diffuse through the stomach wall as soon as they arrive and can reach the brain and liver in minutes. This reaction is slightly slowed when there is also food in your system, but as soon as the mixed contents enter the small intestine, the alcohol grabs first place and is absorbed quickly. The alcohol then arrives at the liver for processing. The liver places all of its attention on the alcohol. Therefore, the carbohydrates (glucose) and dietary fats are just changed into body fat, waiting to be carried away for permanent fat storage in the body.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
In this video Dr. Oz's trainer takes us through a good workout that's done right on the couch. You'll burn calories.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
~ Dr. Andrew Weil
What's the best way to lose excess weight and keep it off? A study from Boston's Children's Hospital suggests that a low-glycemic-index diet is the best. The researchers recruited 21 young adults who were overweight or obese and put them on diets so that they were able to lose between 10 to 15 percent of their body weight, about 30 pounds on average. Then they put their volunteers on one of three different diets that provided exactly the same number of calories but from different food sources. All of the volunteers spent four weeks on each of these three diets. These included:
~ A low-fat diet with 60 percent of calories from carbohydrate, 20 percent from fat and 20 percent from protein.
~ A low-glycemic -index diet designed to keep blood sugar stable with 40 percent of calories from carbohydrate, 40 percent from fat and 20 percent from protein.
~ A very low-carbohydrate diet with only 10 percent of calories from carbohydrate, 60 percent from fat and 30 percent from protein.
They found that the low-fat diet slowed metabolism the most and that the low carbohydrate diet had a negative impact on certain hormone levels, resulting in increased inflammation in the body (and consequent increase in disease risk). The winner here was the low-glycemic index diet with its emphasis on fiber-rich, natural carbohydrates, proteins, and healthy fats, including nuts, avocados and olive oil. That diet is very similar to Dr. Weil's anti-inflammatory diet.
Dr. Weil's Anti-inflammatory pyramid:
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
I don't know about you, but taking the SP quizzes is about my least favorite thing to do on the site, especially since I've done most of them countless times. Sometimes I can't remember if I just did a particular one last week or 2 months ago. And of course, some times, like today, I just start on one that's suggested instead of looking it up to see if it's checked in my list already.
Uh!!! No points, it was a repeat. Did I want to do another one? No way. So today I tried something that worked. I opened another window, went to Start and reset my quizzes. Then I went back to my quiz, refreshed, and it was good as new. Got my points. Well....I took the quiz--I didn't REALLY cheat.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
The Fall Challenge where we try to lose 5% of our weight in 8 weeks will soon be underway. It is a very active team with lots of group support. It's meant to be for Sparkers who have decided to get serious about their goals, so we push ourselves to do more than our normal routine.
It's a private team, so you need an invitation. If you're interested just let me know, and I'll alert you when it's opened up to new members.
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