April 25, 2012 @ 8:53 PM
Whether your goal is to gain solid mass, or to lose body fat, the basic energy equation determines the end result. In other words, if you consume more calories than your body requires, you'll gain weight. And if you burn more calories than you consume, you'll lose weight. A simple theory, but it has its limitations, especially when taken to extremes.
Most people associate losing weight with eating less. However, if your body senses caloric deprivation, which means that the amount of calories you consume is far less than your body's requirements, it will actually hold on to your body fat as an energy reserve.
Reducing the number of calories you ingest far beyond ...
April 18, 2012 @ 7:20 PM
If you crave sugar, you’re definitely not alone. It has been proven that sugar is more addictive than cocaine – one of the most harmful and addictive drugs known today! When rats were given the choice between sweetened water and cocaine (those poor rats), sugar was the clear winner with a whopping 94% going for the sugary stuff – including those that were already addicted to the drug.
It may seem crazy to be comparing sugar to addictive drugs, but they both stimulate similar parts of the brain related to emotion, memory and reward. And sugar in particular triggers the production of your brain’s natural opioids, which are addictive.
In addition, when you ingest sugar or ...
April 12, 2012 @ 8:55 PM
More and more scientists are linking overall health to the state of your gut and digestive tract. The importance of having a healthy gut cannot be overstated. It helps your body digest and assimilate food better, it helps your genes express themselves in a disease-fighting way, and helps boost your immunity. One of the best ways to keep your colon environment clean and healthy is by eating fermented foods, such as kefir.
Fermentation has been done for centuries all over the world as a method to preserve perishable foods like dairy, fruits, vegetables, animal proteins, grains, and so on. Yogurt, sauerkraut, kefir and pickled veggies are some examples of fermented foods. However, the ...