Posts Tagged: Metabolism

Causes Of Hypothyroidism & Hypothyroid Diet Treatment

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Most overweight people, when seeing all the “easy ways to lose weight fast – watch the fat just melt off and stay fit forever!” feel like their failures in dieting are due to a bum thyroid gland.  Well, sort of. The thyroid gland is the primary conductor of the metabolic rate.  The metabolic rate is best described as being the amount of calories your body uses for basic function.  The bulk of the calories that you have available are used to fuel the organs and muscles.  They are active tissues that do work and require energy to do their jobs. So you’re hypothyroid. You have a slow metabolism. Shouldn’t you just be eating a low-calorie hypothyroid diet of lettuce leaves and alfalfa sprouts? I don’t think so. If you eat… Read more »

How to Lose Weight without Dieting

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There is no such thing as an effective diet. At 180DegreeHealth, the diet myths – every single one of them, are executed by firing squad. Learn how to lose weight without dieting. A weight loss program that doesn’t require dieting, starvation and general unhapinness is the best way to lose weight. If eating until you are satisfied makes you perpetually gain weight, leaving you ever-hungrier, then you have a damaged metabolism. You thus have two choices: 1) Try to avoid a food group such as carbohydrates, fat, or meat, starve yourself in a state of calorie deprivation for the rest of your (miserable) life, or exercise fanatically. OR… 2) Learn how to lose weight without dieting by fixing your metabolism, then eat as much as want and practically whatever you… Read more »

More Appropriate Nutritional Insight From an Evolutionary Standpoint (MANIFEST)

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Not only am I coming out with a post on a provocative fun theory that I’ve been brain-sturbating on lately, I be droppin’ Acronyms like nobody’s business. I mean MANIFEST? MANIFEST? I’d say “I’m not making this up” to emphasize how stunned I am by my own cleverness, but the thing is… I did make that up! I actually paused to pound on my chest for a moment after doing so. Anyway, let’s get into this theory, which takes the Paleo mindset on nutrition a step further… Human beings are the most heat-adapted mammal on earth. We have open pores. We sweat to cool ourselves from head to toe unlike most mammals. Other than Robin Williams and Teen Wolf, most humans have very little body hair. We have a hard… Read more »

Mattaroni and Cheeseslave

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Ann Marie Michaels of the very popular http://www.cheeseslave.com/ blog interviewed me last week and the podcast is now up and awaiting to be heard.  My voice is kinda muffled and the thing went on for about a day and a half, but overall was quite an excellent interview.  I hope you enjoyz it.  Plenty in the podcast about the latest topics – like dieting worsening body composition, the reasons to pursue a low omega 6 diet, and the importance of the metabolism.  Thanks Ann Marie and I look forward to more fabulous conversations with you in the future.  180 Podcast on Cheeseslave

Big Fat Lies In Britain Too, the Mouse Version

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A recent article that’s gotten a lot of press and been made fun of by me exhaustively (which has confused many of you who got the impression that eating a low-fat diet starting in the 80’s caused the obesity epidemic), was an article entitled “Big Fat Lies About Britain’s Obesity Epidemic.”  This was the photo used for the article (not my random selection). This was a spin on Gary Taubes’s famous NYTimes article called “What if It’s All Been a Big Fat Lie,” which later led to the monster book, Good Calories, Bad Calories. In the article, Hannah Sutter’s low-carb ferocity brings it hard, showing that over the last some odd years the Brits have followed the government advice to eat less fat, exercise more, and watch those damn energy… Read more »

Checking Basal Body Temperature

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In the last post on the decline in body temperature, we talked about the significance of having a warm basal body temperature. What is considered the ideal range and what is the official technique for assurance that your temperature reading is accurate? Broda Barnes is still the Godfather of what is still considered the optimal range for the axillary (armpit) temperature, as he routinely used the basal temperature to diagnose hypothyroidism. The armpit temp. runs up to a half degree F below the oral temp, and up to a full degree F of the ear temperature. The rectal temp. is probably very accurate as well, but can lead to perverse thoughts :) Barnes considered the ideal range to be between 97.8 and 98.2 degrees F first thing upon waking in the… Read more »

Body Temperature in Decline

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There is really no question that average human body temperature is in decline. Even the New York Times recently wrote an article on the subject, being, as clueless as ever, about the real significance of such a thing. For well over a year now, there has been much focus on the basal body temperature at 180DegreeHealth. This came, in part, as a result of reading all of the books of Broda Barnes, Stephen Langer’s book on hypothyroidism, and perhaps my favorite book on the far-reaching impact of having a low body temperature – Type 2 Hypothyroidism: The Epidemic, by Mark Starr. I find much of my beliefs about the all-encompassing importance of the body temperature to be reinforced by the current book I’m reading – Ancel Keys 2-volume piece on… Read more »