You may have already started to hear the buzz about Calorie Restriction Diets on such shows as Dr. Oz and Oprah. Dr. Oz has been exploring it for some time now, and had several very interesting segments about the co-relation between anti-aging and calorie restriction. A few times he has interviewed Paul McGlothin and Meredith Averill, authors of The CR Way: Using the Secrets of Calorie Restriction for a Longer, Healthier Life. Dr. Oz also emphasizes that certain foods help “turn back the time” and improve vitality such as red wine, Goji berries, and mangosteen. I believe Dr. Oz has written a book about “staying young” as well. If you google it, there are an endless number of books, societies and websites in support of calorie restriction diets and lifestyle. He doesn’t know it, but Dr. Oz and I are fighting right now, so I’m not linking any of his stuff.
It’s so nuts to think that eating less can make you live longer. If we eat to live, how can starving ourselves add years to our lives? Sounded counter-intuitive to me. However, something I realized before starting my recent weight release journey is I have to step outside the box. I needed to explore different options. So before I started my program I researched the words calorie restriction and made some very interesting discoveries. A Sciencedaily.com article said “In human subjects, CR has been shown to lower cholesterol, fasting glucose, and blood pressure. Some consider these to be biomarkers of aging, since there is a correlation between these markers and risk of diseases associated with aging.” and “CR is the only known dietary measure capable of extending maximum lifespan, as opposed to average lifespan. In CR, energy intake is minimized, but sufficient quantities of vitamins, minerals and other important nutrients must be eaten.” I found this to be pretty interesting stuff. So I dug a little deeper. LifeExtension has a pretty awesome report I highly recommend you read called “Activate Your Longevity Genes: Five Natural Compounds Simulate Caloric Restriction. In that article Julius Goepp, MD says”Reducing the number of ingested calories – while maintaining healthy intake of essential nutrients – triggers a cascade of anti-aging mechanisms in the body. More than 70 years of research have established its life-extending power.” Turns out this really isn’t something “new”. Researchers have been looking into this stuff for decades – which sold me on trying my weight release program. Seriously – lose weight AND look and feel younger. Where do I sign?
LifeGen Technologies in the United States uses gene expression technology to study how the aging process is halted by caloric restriction. On October 21, 2010 LifeGen Technologies was awarded a grant from the US National Institute on Aging. As we speak there are some major studies continuing on the topic. Watch this video on ABC news. The guy they feature is a bit extreme when it comes to apples, in my opinion. I prefer to eat the entire apple – not just the peels. LOL. And then there is Canto and Owen, the 27 year old rhesus monkeys in the video. They live at the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center. One has had a calorie restricted diet all his life, and looks great. The other monkey has always been fed a SAD diet (The Standard American Diet). These guys are said to be 94% genetically similar to humans.
As hilarious as it is to have started a weight release program partly based on some articles I read online, and a few pictures and videos of two cooped up monkeys at some research center, I was willing to take a chance. Am I ever glad I did. While the rest of “The Class of ’99” gets older…your’s truly will be turning back the clock.
Eating everything you want is not that much fun.
When you live a life with no boundaries, there’s less joy. If you can eat anything you want to, what’s the fun in eating anything you want to? ~ Tom Hanks
Weighing-in this morning at 156.5lbs. I have naturally lost 2lbs since last Wednesday. My weight fluctuates day to day – depending on my water intake and where I’m at in terms of my womanly cycle.
I’m eating – trust me, I’m eating. I try to eat at least 2-3 fruit servings a day and 6 or more vegetable servings. My main protein sources come from chicken breast, ground beef, shrimp, greek yogurt and eggs. I add olive oil and coconut oil when I am cooking. I also eat cheese – in moderation. Gosh I love cheese!! Nom Nom Nom. Almonds and walnuts have been my favorite snack – mixed with my yogurt, or plain. I sweeten things with stevia only, flavoured stevia. I also bought some organic dark-chocolate covered walnuts from Nutters. I eat some of those when I am craving chocolate, and something sweet. Delicious!
I am very impressed with the many changes that have gone on with my body – physically, mentally and emotionally. Before I started my program I was grabbing fist-fulls of hair from my head, everytime I brushed it, or washed it. Those that know me, know that my hair is my dinner ticket. It’s long, shiney and my hairdressers always compliment how healthy my hair is. Prior to January, I was getting really worried about the amount of hair I was losing – ask my husband. It was an almost daily topic of discussion. Not to mention, how annoying all the hair in the bathroom, and well, just everywhere! It was a hairy situation – hahaha I crack myself up. Now, my hair seems way thicker and has stopped falling out in fistfulls. I’m pretty sure it has grown at least an inch, if not two since I started my vitamins and supplements.
My fingernails, yes people, pay attention to your fingernails. Are they weak, soft, brittle, peeling or ridged? If so, your deficient in vital nutrients. My fingernails were brittle, peeling and ridged. I couldn’t grow them to save my soul. I remember my husband’s grandmother, Grandma Helen, noticing my ridged fingernails in a photograph she saw of me posted on Facebook. She emailed me to tell me I was obviously low on a certain vitamin (Gesh I wish I could remember what it was)! Sadly, Grandma Helen passed away last year – far too soon for me – I still had so much to learn from her. I’m sure my mother-in-law will comment though and tell us what that vitamin or nutrient was that was missing. Now, my fingernails are growing nice and long, and strong.
I had my monthly chiropractic visit today. He was very impressed with my weight release. He confirmed excess fat carries many toxins – which causes many other problems in the body. He commented that my skin felt really great, and healthy. He has noticed a big difference in my body – since before my weight release program.
Being rid of my uncontrollable cravings is my most favorite change. I am finally optomistic that my weight released will be released forever. I have no interest in eating chemical laced foods again. Being addicted to them for more than 12 years, was more than enough for me. I’m finally free.
Lovin’ my increased energy, optimistic attitude and mental clarity – helping me to live each day to its full potential.
I’d like to shout out to “My Shrinking Muffins” – all of whom are doing amazing on the program, and are very happy with their result. We have a 4 new muffins getting started right away, and another muffin that fell off the weight release wagon, for some good ol’ Portland beer lol! Stay tuned for their progress!
Goodbye My Muffintop has a Facebook Page. I feature only nutritional supplements on that page. Any of the nutritional supplements can be purchased at wholesale prices, without doing this weight program. However, they would also nicely compliment any weight release program you are doing. Just contact me if your interested.
If you are a local health and wellness professional, or business (Ie. Wellness Center, Naturopath, Chiropractor, GP, Fitness Trainer), I welcome your questions, comments, or concerns – of any nature!
Have an awesome week! I’m doing some investigating on soy…and how it affects our bodies, male and female.
Your job, spouse, kids, finances, mother-in-law (joke..haha), and every other every-day worry is making you fat. If only you had known. Right? Dr. Michael A. Smith contributed to Life Extensions Blog, writing an article about stress, cortisol and body fat. He explores the “possible physiologic connection” between the three.
So what exactly is cortisol? Well, it’s a hormone that keeps you alive. It goes back to the “fight-or-flight” response we learned in Biology 30. Cortisol is our “fight-or-flight” hormone. Dr. Smith explains our built-in stress response is “a complicated set of physiological reactions that ultimately keep you alive during a dangerous situation.” Here is an example I made up:
1. You experience a stress. In Caveman times, imagine a sabre tooth tiger chasing you – wanting to eat you. Today, perhaps
the stressful experience is seeing a child about to grab for the handle of a pot of boiling water on the stove (a.k.a. the experience).
2. In response to the stress this experience causes, enter cortisol. Your adrenal glands release cortisol into your bloodstream. Cortisol then initiates several metabolic changes in your body. One of those changes being an increase in blood sugar.
3. Increase of blood sugar…very interesting. Blood sugar is used by your brain, heart, and skeletal muscles for immediate energy so that you can fight, flight or run your ass to the stove so that kid doesn’t grab the handle of that scorching pot of water.
4. Once the stressful situation has come and gone, cortisol leaves your system and things return to a “normal” metabolic state. Right? Or does it?
Not bloody likely. Many people I come across are under a constant state of stress. The “life” we are living in 2012 isn’t the same as the “life” our parents, or grandparents lived. Pressures and deadlines to meet at work are demanding and stressful. The stress our kids give us – that‘s just a whole other show. Think of the economy and the way it has been – our finances are pushing us right to the edge. Some days, we just want to jump. We are exposed to drugs, gambling, alcohol – even if it’s not your addiction, but someone you love, the end result for you, is stress. Look at the divorce rate – this obviously equates to elevated stress.
In his article, Dr. Smith says “instead of a stress response system that’s fine-tuned for acute events, many of us have systems that are always on”. Ultimately, this causes “derangements” in our body’s metabolism. (I‘m not going to lie – I don‘t know exactly what “metabolic derangements“ are – but I understand it is similar to “metabolic syndrome“ or in jargon-less terms, damaged metabolism)
In a nutshell, what does this all mean? Well, the average person swims in a sea of hundreds of low-grade stressful events in a day. As a result, cortisol levels are chronically elevated. Because cortisol is chronically elevated, blood sugar is constantly being mobilized for energy. What happens when you don’t burn sugar? It gets stored as…you guessed it, FAT!
Finally, Mr. Smith confirms, excess stored fat is only one of the “metabolic derangements” (there’s that phrase again) caused by too much cortisol flowing through the body, from stress. How can we solve this problem? Well, there are a several ways. You could start by sitting back and accessing your life. What are your stressors? Are there things you could change, or just do without? Of course, it’s not going to magically melt away your fat, but it is certainly something to think about.
You: “Shut the front door!!”
Me: “I know!”
In case your just joining Goodbye My Muffintop, essentially I have used myself as a human science experiment for a controversial weight release program. After loading on the fat 45 days ago, I weighed in at a hefty 188.5lbs. As a woman 5’6.5″ tall, that put me right smack borderline obese on the BMI charts. Enter, “FREAKING OUT”!
It has been nearly 2 weeks since I entered the maintenance phase of my weight release program. I’ve been indulging in such things as almonds, pecans, greek yogurt, organic salad dressing, eggs and cheese. At this phase of the game – everything is fair game with the exception of sugar and starches. To be honest – I am not missing my old carb cravings one bit!! It’s almost hard to believe I don’t have crazy-ridiculous take-over every ounce of self-control I ever had, carbaholic carb cravings. This program has re-set my metabolism by shocking the control center of my brain – the hypothalamus. I should never have to “diet” again – so long as I steer clear of the chemical laden foods I have been fueling my body with for the last 12 years. I will weight myself daily to keep my weight in check. Another week and a half and I’m ready to start the last three weeks of my program – I’ll be adding sugar and starches. Which, at this point, I feel like I could take em’ or leave ’em. A feeling I never thought possible judging my by my yo-yo dieting history. I’ve been a prisoner, held captive by my own fat – until now. Look out world – she’s baaaack.
I’m here to educate other’s on how they too can take control of their lives, by taking control of their bodies. I’m getting ready to launch my new business soon!
In case you’re wondering how my team of “Shrinking Muffin’s” is doing, here is THAT tally.
5 Muffins – 45 Days
115.6LBS of abnormal fat released (that’s equivalent to weight of an entire person – BTW)
137.55″ of lumps, humps and body bumps released
Am I proud? Words can’t quite express it. Contact me to learn more about how you too can join my “Shrinking Muffin” team and shed your abnormal body fat while learning to eat real healthy wholesome food, for life.