I have a client starting The Metabolism Plan (TMP), and she was asking me about what kind of workout she should do. TMP helps you find the type of exercise, intensity, duration you should use when working out. But I didn’t have a straight answer, because there’s never “right” or “wrong” Read more…
Research in the UK states high levels of inflammation interfere with the efficacy of antidepressants. When inflammation is cut the antidepressants work better. This is most likely one of several reasons why anti-depressants can be cut on The Plan. The Plan reduces inflammation, you need lower doses and your medications Read more…
Find the foods that work for YOU. Take charge of your health & weight once and for all! “Have you ever spent a day saying, “That’s it! I am tired of the pounds packing on. I’m going to get serious and start eating clean!” So you start with your healthiest Read more…
Easy summer gluten free recipe. Zucchini pasta with shiitake, peas, arugula, fresh basil and goat brie with truffle oil. 1 cup shiitake mushrooms finely diced 1 cup peas 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 4 cups zucchini pasta 3 ounces goat brie 1/4 cup chopped arugula 1/4 cup chopped basil Read more…
It is not your imagination. Yes, you are gaining weight despite eating what works for you and yes, you can blame stress for your expanding waistline. But the effects of stress don’t end there. Feel like you’re running on fumes? That’s stress. Depressed, raging hormones, snapping at co-workers and your Read more…
Heightened levels of cortisol, your stress hormone, enacts long term fat storage which leads to weight gain. In addition, stress disrupts hormonal balance and attacks our master gland for our metabolism, the thyroid. Thyroid dysfunction affects at least 30 million Americans, with many more undiagnosed to their condition. Thyroid dysfunction is linked to depression and anxiety. Mitigating the effects of stress is crucial for optimal weight loss, metabolic function and mood.
Cortisol exacerbates our tendency to store visceral fat, the fat around our abdomen. The fat cells that lie in the abdomen have been linked to increased rates of diabetes which affects 30 million Americans with 86 million with pre-diabetes. Visceral fat has also been linked to increased risk of heart disease which affects 47% of the US.
At The Plan we have found SAM-e’s unique effects to lower response to stress enhance weight loss and overall health. When combined with MSM and probiotics to strengthen digestion and the microbiome, traditional weight loss models are obsolete.
SAM-e stands for S-adenosyl methionine (more…)
Many people are now aware of how much damage foods can do to your digestion and ultimately your health; remember that 70% of your immune system is in your digestive tract! If you are eating bread daily you can definitely build a wheat sensitivity and our motto at The Plan is “Rotate or React!” Foods like bagels, pasta and pizza dough are made with a type of flour that is more gluten rich, so keep that in mind when deciding on what to eat. But there is hope for you carb lovers! Fresh pasta dough usually uses lighter flour and thin crust pizza often contains less gluten as well. Remember you should never feel bloated after a meal so if you do that’s a sign from your body saying, “please don’t feed this to me!”
While many people may believe they have gluten intolerance (and many that have been on The Plan have realized they don’t) gluten free products can be just as problematic. The alternate grains used are often reactive and will continue to affect digestion and weight in a negative fashion.
Unfortunately a big player in gluten free bread is tapioca starch and potato starch. (more…)
This is what I have been telling you for years, over-exercising beyond your own individual threshold will not cause more weight loss and may even cause weight gain. That my friends, is The Metabolism Plan.
“If you are intensifying your running regimen in hopes of losing weight, you might be running around in circles: There is a limit to how many calories we can burn through exercise, a new study suggests.
The researchers found that the participants who moved more also burned more calories, but only up to a point. The most active people hit a plateau and did not burn any more calories than their less-active peers.
It is as if we have a set number of calories in the bank that our bodies let us burn. If we blow too much of that allowance doing physical activity, our bodies may keep us from spending too many calories doing things like ramping up our immune system or stockpiling reproductive resources.
Each of us probably maxes out at a slightly different calorie-burning plateau, Pontzer said. In addition to body fat, it could depend on metabolism, hormone levels, muscle mass and genetic differences.”
“I can’t tell you how I thought I had to burn and work harder to lose weight! (more…)
Bill who has lost 19 lbs in 30 days (yay you!), noticed that when he eats a reactive food, he starts to have a runny nose! That’s a #histamine response and how the body responds when you eat a reactive food. We may not notice a runny nose, but we will note the weight gain a histamine response causes when we step on the scale next day!
Perhaps you’re familiar with the term histamine? You’ve probably heard it in context of seasonal allergies. Histamine is an important part of our immune system because it springs into action when a person is exposed to something he’s allergic or sensitive to.
The immune system of the allergic person, thinking that this allergen is going to cause harm, tries to mobilize and attack by releasing histamine and other chemicals into the body. The histamine then acts on a person’s eyes, nose, throat, lungs, skin, or gastrointestinal tract, causing those notoriously unpleasant allergy symptoms.
Histamine is also triggered when an inflammatory food is introduced. Histamine causes water retention by causing capillaries to dilate and allowing them to leak fluid, so you’ll see an immediate gain on the scale when you eat an inflammatory food. But the inflammatory response is not just water weight. Water weight can be reversed within 24 hours. A reactive response can easily last for 72 hours and it causes more than just weight gain. Eating a food that doesn’t work for your body can kickstart any latent health issues you have (think constipation, acid reflux, IBS and so on).
To control this histamine response, (more…)