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The thermic effect of food (TEF) is a term that refers to the amount of energy needed by the body to digest, absorb, and metabolize what we eat. If you rather listen than read check out my most recent podcast regarding TEF. TEF is closely related to the macronutrient composition of our diets. It has been shown to have positive effects on our health and can be used to help us lose weight and/or maintain our current weight. Let’s delve deeper into why this phenomenon is important and how it helps us reach our goals.
How Does TEF Work
The thermic effect of food works by increasing the metabolic rate, or the number of calories burned while digesting food. This means that when you eat, your body has to burn more calories than when it’s not eating in order to break down and absorb whatever you ate. This process actually increases your metabolism, which in turn helps you burn more calories throughout the day.
Different Macronutrients = Different Effects
It’s important to note that different macronutrients—fats, carbohydrates, proteins—have different effects on TEF. For example, proteins tend to have the highest thermic effect because they require more energy for digestion than fats or carbohydrates do. In fact, one study showed that protein had a 30% thermogenic response compared with only 3-10% for fats or carbohydrates! So if your goal is to increase your metabolism and burn more calories throughout the day, then focusing on getting enough protein in your diet is key.
The Benefits of Increasing Your Metabolism Through TEF
Increasing your metabolism through TEF has many benefits beyond just burning more calories throughout the day. For one thing, increased metabolism can help boost energy levels so that you feel energized all day long without relying on stimulants like caffeine or sugary drinks. It can also help regulate blood sugar levels so that you don’t experience extreme highs and lows after meals. And lastly, increased metabolism can help improve hormone balance since hormones are integral for regulating your body’s metabolic rate!
In conclusion, understanding how thermic effect of food works is an essential part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle as well as reaching any health-related goals such as losing weight or increasing energy levels. Eating a balanced diet with plenty of high quality proteins will ensure that you get enough nutrients while also increasing your metabolic rate through TEF. Taking advantage of this phenomenon could be a great way for middle aged men looking for improved health and wellbeing!
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Coconut oil has quickly become a popular cooking ingredient. But why use coconut oil to cook with? Keep reading or if you rather listen I just did a micro-podcast regarding coconut oil. For one, it has a high smoke point and is an excellent choice for sautéing, baking, and roasting. Additionally, it is packed with healthy fats that are beneficial to your health. Let’s explore the health benefits and uses of coconut oil in the kitchen.
The Benefits of Coconut Oil
Coconut oil contains healthy fatty acids that can benefit your body when consumed in moderation. These fats have been linked to helping reduce inflammation and promoting good cholesterol levels, which can help lower your risk for heart disease. Coconut oil is also composed mainly of saturated fats, which can help you maintain a healthy weight as well as reduce inflammation in your body. It also contains lauric acid, which may help support your immune system and increase healthy bacteria in the gut.
The Smoke Point
Another benefit of using coconut oil for cooking is its relatively high smoke point. The smoke point refers to the temperature at which an oil begins to break down and emit smoke — this can affect both the flavor and nutrition of your food. The smoke point of refined coconut oil is 450°F, which is higher than most other cooking oils and makes it ideal for frying or sautéing food at high temperatures without compromising its nutritional value.
One of the best things about coconut oil is its versatility. It can be used to replace vegetable oil in almost any recipe – from baking cakes to roasting vegetables – as well as being used as a spread or salad dressing ingredient. Plus, it adds a subtle hint of sweetness that other oils don’t have, making it perfect for sweet treats as well.
If you’re looking for a healthy alternative to vegetable oils when cooking, then consider giving coconut oil a try! Its high smoke point makes it ideal for frying or sautéing foods at high temperatures without losing nutritional value or flavor; it has several health benefits due to its saturated fat content; and best of all, it’s incredibly versatile so you can use it in baking, frying, sautéing, spreading on toast—you name it! Not only will your meals taste great but you’ll also be doing something good for your body with every bite!
There is a lot of conflicting information out there when it comes to whether or not fruit is good for you. Some people say that you should avoid fruit because it is high in sugar particularly fructose (ie. Robert Lustig), while others claim that fruit is an essential part of a healthy diet (i.e. Jay Feldman). So, what is the truth?
Generally speaking, fruit is a healthy food that can provide you with a range of important nutrients. However, it is also true that some fruits are higher in sugar than others. In general, fresh fruits are healthier than processed or canned fruits. This is because fresh fruits contain more fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Fructose is a naturally occurring sugar found in many fruits and vegetables. It is also the main sugar used to sweeten processed foods and beverages. Although fructose has received some negative publicity in recent years, it is actually a bioenergetic nutrient that can have some health benefits when consumed in moderation. For instance, fructose can help to replenish glycogen stores and promote muscle recovery after exercise. In addition, fructose has been shown to decrease inflammation and improve insulin sensitivity. Therefore, while fructose should not be consumed in excess, it can actually have some health benefits when consumed in moderation as part of a healthy diet. I am experimenting with adding fruit to my diet as a way to increase my carb/calorie consumption.
The Hadza, an indigenous group in Tanzania, are one of the few remaining hunter-gatherer societies in the world. Their diet is largely based on what they can scavenge or hunt, and honey is a key part of their nutrient intake. In fact, honey provides more than just carbohydrates – it also contains essential vitamins and minerals that are vital for human health.
Honey has been part of the human diet for thousands of years, and it is thought to have played a role in human evolution. The ability to process honey – which is high in fructose – may have helped our ancestors to survive during periods of food scarcity. Today, honey is still an important part of the Hadza diet, and it provides them with the nutrients they need to stay healthy.
Metabolic syndrome is a condition that is characterized by a cluster of risk factors that increase the likelihood of developing cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. These risk factors include obesity, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and unhealthy cholesterol levels. Recently, there has been growing interest in the potential role of honey in preventing or managing metabolic syndrome. Several studies have shown that honey can help to lower blood sugar and LDL cholesterol levels, as well as improve blood pressure and body weight. Additionally, honey has been shown to reduce inflammation, which is a key driver of metabolic syndrome. While more research is needed to fully understand the mechanisms involved, there is growing evidence that honey may be a promising natural therapy for metabolic syndrome.
Minerals are essential nutrients that our body needs for various functions. They can be found in many different foods, but some minerals are more easily absorbed than others. Fructose is a type of sugar that is found in fruits and honey. It has been shown to enhance the absorption of minerals, especially iron. This is because fructose helps to increase the amount of time that minerals stay in the intestine. As a result, fructose can help to ensure that our body gets the minerals it needs for good health.
Endotoxin is a toxin that can cause damage to the endothelial cells lining blood vessels. This damage can lead to inflammation, thrombosis, and endothelial dysfunction. Fructose has been shown to protect against endotoxin damage by reducing the production of endothelial cell-derived cytokines and chemokines. In addition, fructose inhibits the endothelial cell-mediated generation of reactive oxygen species. These findings suggest that fructose may have potential therapeutic benefits in the treatment of endotoxin-related diseases.
Fruits could be a great addition to your diet especially if you are looking to add some healthy carbohydrates to your day. They are less toxic, and easier on the gut than eating some plants so it might be worth self experimenting with them and seeing how you feel!
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Many people ask me when the best time to intermittent fast is. The answer may surprise you – there is no one “best” time. In fact, the best time to intermittent fast may vary depending on your goals and lifestyle.
That said, there are a few general tips that can help you determine when the best time to intermittent fast is for you. In this blog post, I’ll share with you 3 tips to help you find the best time to intermittent fast.
1. Consider your goals.
The first step in finding the best time to intermittent fast is to consider your goals. What are you hoping to achieve by intermittent fasting? Are you looking to improve your health? Lose weight? Gain muscle? Once you know your goals, you can start to narrow down the best time for you to intermittent fast.
2. Consider your lifestyle.
The second step in finding the best time to intermittent fast is to consider your lifestyle. Do you have a busy work schedule? Are you always on-the-go? Or do you have a more relaxed lifestyle? Depending on your answers, certain times of day may be better suited for fasting than others.
3. Try out different times and see what works best for you.
The third and final step in finding the best time to intermittent fast is to try out different times and see what works best for you. There’s no right or wrong answer here – it all comes down to trial and error. Start with shorter fasting periods and work your way up from there. And remember, if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!
Intermittent fasting is a great way to improve your health, lose weight, and have boundaries around when to eat. But finding the best time to intermittent fast can be tricky. In this blog post, we’ve shared 3 tips to help you find the best time for you to start fasting. Remember, there is no one “right” answer – it all comes down to trial and error. So what are you waiting for? Give it a try today!
This is a smooth transition from the 21 Day Challenge which involves skipping breakfast and restricting your daily eating period to 8 hours, such as 12–8 p.m. Then you fast for 16 hours in between. This method takes advantage of the overnight fast. You can also adjust your window depending on your schedule for the day and when you eat your most important meals. This method should be very doable for long term sustainability.
Perhaps after a month or two of doing 16/8, you can sprinkle in some days of fasting for 20 hours and eating within a 4-hour window. It is good to keep the body guessing in order to make you more metabolically flexible. This 4-hour window could be one big meal or two small ones. This way of eating could also be used on a daily basis if 16/8 wasn’t achieving your body/health goals.
This could be a transition from 16/8 or 20/4 which would consist of one meal a day which could be at any hour of the day (ex. Dinner to dinner). Sometimes individuals don’t like to squeeze all their calories in a 1-2 hour time frame and I would just make sure you do not eat too late and close to bedtime. I would say this is geared for weight loss and probably not for someone who is looking to gain muscle. This is not for everyone but could be great for sedentary people who want to lose weight. If you’re not working out at all or do it only a few times a week then you don’t really need to eat more often either. OMAD is not ideal if you’re an older person or someone trying to build muscle. The elderly should eat more often (16/8) because it’s harder for them to maintain muscle.
(36 hour fast): This involves fasting for approximately 36 hours. For example, if you eat dinner on day 1, you would fast for all of day 2 and not eat again until breakfast on day 3. For some people, this might be a bit extreme but if you have plateaued in your weight loss journey perhaps adding in a few 36-hour fasts would help. Also, I recommend fasting on days when you have a busy schedule and aren’t sitting at home. Drinking water with minerals is highly recommended too
For five days per week, you eat normally and don’t have to think about restricting calories. Then, on the other two days, you reduce your calorie intake to a quarter of your daily needs. This is about 500 calories per day for women, and 600 for men. It might even be easier to have the 2 days be a complete fast (just water, tea, and coffee) as opposed to just eating a little because that might drive more hunger. You can choose whichever two days of the week you prefer, as long as there is at least one non-fasting day in between them.
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Yoga is defined as physical, mental, and spiritual discipline that’s been originally practiced by Hindu in ancient India. So if you are experiencing too much stress right now, do not get overwhelmed by your situation, just do some simple yoga or meditation to cope with stress effectively. I consider yoga a form of movement meditation.
We have to accept that stress is our constant partner as we go along with our changing environment. Therefore, we must be ready to experience and pass through it when it comes. Also, our response to stress will greatly define our condition as it is only us who can make things better or worse.
One of the best ways to fight stress is to identify your stressor. By doing so you will become more aware of the things that cause you stress and therefore you will be able to apply the appropriate solution. Yoga can help you in this phase. It will help you reflect on which things are giving you stress. Also, it will help discipline your mind to achieve complete serenity which can alleviate anxiety and stress.
Hatha yoga is considered one of the best choices to relieve stress although any type of yoga can be of great help in terms of stress management. Hatha yoga is characterized by specific postures and series of movements that can increase flexibility and strength in the body.
Furthermore, its breathing technique can dramatically help you stay present and quiet your mind which in effect gives you strong control over your body and mind. Your body will then respond positively by producing constructive moods that alleviate stress and overall well-being.
**Meditation takes time to get used to and it is not easy or else everyone would do it. We live in an environment of constant stimulation which makes it even more important to have times of silence and self-reflection.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve always had a softness for eggs. They’re compact, they’re pretty straightforward, they’re definitely easy to prepare, and they are loaded with nutrition.
Eggs (mostly the yolk) are packed with all sorts of vitamins and nutrients, and they really don’t pack many calories on a gram per gram basis.
For the longest time, eggs were demonized in the United States and elsewhere as these cholesterol bombs.
Well, it turns out, after decades of research, that it’s sugar and processed carbs that are making us sick and fat. Not eggs. And definitely not dietary fat. Interesting how things change, right?
This is why it’s a good idea to add eggs to your eating routine. Maybe you like them boiled, maybe you like them sunny side up, it doesn’t matter. This is a great keto food.
One to two eggs should be fine. They fill you up and they make you feel fuller for a longer period of time.
As I’ve mentioned earlier, avocado is not exactly a “default taste” for most people. It’s not like you wake up one day and you just say, “I can’t wait to enjoy a plain avocado.” That rarely happens.
Either you eat avocado in the form of ice cream, or you turn it into guacamole. But as a fruit by itself, added into a salad of greens, that takes some doing. It definitely takes some getting used to.
But if you really want to take your keto diet to the next level and scale down your carb intake dramatically, load up on avocado. It’s loaded in fat, but it also has dietary fiber and is loaded with vitamins. It’s really good for you.
And it is actually easy to get used to because it’s very versatile. You can mix it with all sorts of greens. You can mix it with eggs.
I include cauliflower here knowing full well that it does have carbohydrates. This is why it’s a good idea to use moderate amounts of cauliflower. Maybe you can prepare it once every other day, or a little more frequently. Here a few more keto vegetables to try – spinach, zucchini, lettuce, asparagus, and kale.
*Be aware that some vegetables might not react well to your gut microbiome and cause inflammation. If that is the case stick to grass-fed animal proteins and healthy fats.
I include cauliflower here because a lot of us veterans of the standard American diet are used to eating a significant amount of carbohydrates every day. In my case, I used to eat a lot of rice and pasta.
Cauliflower saved my life as far as my Keto diet goes. Why? Instead of loading up on brown rice, red rice, or plain steamed white rice, I make cauliflower “rice.” You can turn it into “fried rice” or you can serve it plain fried or sauteed. It has roughly the same consistency as rice, but it’s 92% water and a high % of Vitamin C.
Now here are some daily tweaks to keep in mind. I don’t expect you to master all of these the first time you try them. Usually, it takes a while to get used to them, but eventually, they will become second nature to you as long as you give them enough focus and importance.
The pace at which life moves these days hardly leaves room for a fitness regime. Either people are rushing between a tough work routine or are bound to spare time for social obligations. The last on the list comes a fitness plan- and making time for the gym makes the majority of the people sigh.
Fortunately, technology has stretched its wings, allowing the work stricken population of the world to stay in shape- by just access to a good fitness app.
Workout Trainer by Skimble is a collection of thousands of workouts with step by step video and audio guidance. The timed instructions are helpful for you to understand and get aligned with.
Whether your goals are six-pack abs or just the usual condition of body, Workout Trainer has something in store for everyone. This app also comes with a customized library where you can make your own workout routine which can also be shared online. Workout Trainer app requires a premium subscription for additional features like exercise routines, HD videos, and adblocking. Overall, it is a good value for the price. For Android and iOS.
Nike Training Club joins the fitness world like a pro. With an aesthetically pleasing and comprehensive 100+ workout plans varying from exercises for mobility, endurance, strength, and conditioning. Workouts of 15 minutes and longer allow you to plan your own work routine. AppleTV and Airplay support provides visual instructions, as well as features several famous athletes including Ellie Goulding, Rory McIlroy, and Serena Williams. This application comes with an additional benefit of syncing Run Club with Nike to automatically system your training profile. It allows you to experience a complete view of your fitness. Your profile can also be shared online with friends and Nike community. For Android and iOS.
Freeletics features multiple workouts including high-intensity interval training. This application is divided into four platforms- BodyWeight training, Fitness Gym, Running Bodyweight, and Nutrition. Simply said, the app includes everything that pushes you towards your fitness limit. From jump squats, sprawls, burpees, pull-ups, and sprints- the program covers it all.
The comprehensive and well-shot videos demonstrate each exercise, which is great as it keeps you motivated. For the paid subscription you get access to “coach” for different workouts fitting your health and fitness goals. With another additional subscription, you get access to Nutrition guidance. This provides a weekly list of nutrition complementing with your workout plan. This serves a dual purpose and adds more value to your investment. For iPhone & Android users.
The Daily Burn app can be compared to your personal YouTube channel. One of the most detailed applications for fitness, it comes with more than 500 videos of workouts taught by the most professional trainers. Videos range between 15 minutes to one hour. Depending on your investment, you can select the appropriate workout for yourself. If you feel bored with your current plan, you can always subscribe for new videos. This application also includes a variety of twenty programs- from yoga to cardio to complement your walking regimen.
Each video can be streamed to FireTv, Roku, Apple Tv, Android, Chromecast, iPhone, iPad, and desktop. The goal is simple: access the right workout at the right time. Daily Burn is slightly more expensive compared to the other apps, however it features all the right content you need to get in shape and is recommended as a good value for the price. For iPhone & Android users.
Runkeeper is a golden oldie. A fitness tracking application that has been supporting many with their fitness goals for a long time. This application allows you to custom plan your fitness goals and develops your own plan. Once you have created your customized workout routine you can track your walks, runs, and cycling sessions using the GPS system of your phone. It gives you all the boost you need to stay motivated and on track with your fitness routine. By helping you track your progress, it allows you to analyze how well you are doing. You can share your progress online to have your friends cheer you up. It is compatible with iPhone and Android
Yoga Studio by Gaiam comes with a library of 70+ meditation and yoga classes that are timed between 10-60 minutes. These yoga sessions are designed to add strength, relaxation, and flexibility to your routine. It aims at building your focus, increasing stamina, and duration of mindfulness. For more advanced yoga you can custom plan your classes in the library. There are more than 300 poses available with 20 pose blocks. You can also download these videos on your phone and play them whenever you have time. It removes the need of the internet which adds more flexibility to your fitness routine. Yoga Studio was developed with the goal of maintaining a more “anywhere, anytime” fitness plan. With sessions as small as that of 10 minutes, it allows you to take a break from your stressful work routine in order to restore the lost balance of your mind and body.
For Android and iPhone users.
Fitness apps remove the bridge of time and space, by allowing people to exercise whenever they have time. With a price much less than that of the gym, there is instant access to professional training and trainers.
With health routines so upside down, fitness applications help improve health and lifestyle. Fitness at a click away adds more variety and flexibility to life. Whatever your health goals may be, there is an application in accord with it. Those mentioned here can help you select the right one, most suitable for your needs without an expensive gym membership.
Does the body have some mechanism to count calories? Does the body have sensors to detect calories? No and No 🙂
Consider two foods of equal caloric value. On the one hand, you have a sugar cookie, and on the other is a plate of lettuce. The calories are identical. OK. So what?
When you eat those two foods, does your body somehow measure these calories? No.
The metabolic effect of those two foods is completely different.
To understand weight loss, we need to understand what our body ‘cares’ about.
Our body gains or loses fat according to detailed hormonal instructions from our brain.
The rise and fall of insulin is the main stimulus to weight gain.
So, foods that stimulate insulin are typically more fattening (cookies). Those that do not (broccoli) are typically not fattening at all.
Since our body is not likely to learn the language of ‘calories’, we need to learn the language of ‘insulin’, by translating food into insulin effect instead of calories.
We need to start using the common language of the body – Insulin.
What’s the most powerful way to control your insulin levels? Start intermittent fasting and eat whole foods that aren’t processed 🙂
Are you a carboholic? I ate this way for a good majority of my life! I realized that if I wanted to lean out and lose those extra 10-15 pounds I needed to replace pasta (refined carbs) with something else.
So I got into eating salads but it wasn’t filling me up?! Do you have this issue?
So I made a small tweak – I started adding fats into my salad which helped fill me up and gave me prolonged energy!! Why is this??
When you are no longer consuming a lot of heavy, refined carbs, the body’s engine will convert to burning fat. It will either burn the fat you have eaten or the fat stored on your body. You are essentially “training” your metabolism to use fats more often and more efficiently!
On the other hand, when you eat a large plate of carbohydrates, this is followed by an immediate spike in your blood sugar levels. Which causes a sudden release of insulin, which triggers the body to start absorbing the glucose from the blood and potentially storing it as fat.
And in turn, that then leaves you with a low blood sugar level (and the corresponding low serotonin) which makes you feel tired, energy-less, and hungry. In turn, this leads to snacking behavior.
Fats on the other hand release much more slowly into the bloodstream, providing you with a steadier and longer-lasting supply of energy without the crash.
When you are eating all day, it will be more difficult for your body to gain access to your body fat to use as energy. Only after most of your glycogen is burned for energy then does your body turn to its stores of fat. So these two compartments of energy are not burned simultaneously.
First, you need to empty the glycogen storage (fridge) before using your fat storage (freezer). You either burn sugar or fat, but not both. If you continually fill up the fridge 3-6 times a day, then you will never start burning the fat in your freezer. The old method of “calories in, calories out” pretends that all calories are stored equally and burned equally, even though you have two compartments of storage (glucose and fat).
So the key is to have periods of fasting so your body can gain access to your fat stores instead of always relying on glucose for energy. Balancing out your fasting and feasting times is one key to helping you lose weight.
In order to ease yourself into fasting, I recommend pushing back breakfast an hour every day until you get to noon or 1 pm. Then this will be your first meal of the day. Doing it this way you take advantage of the overnight fast and are simply pushing back your first meal of the day.
Pick a 6-8 hour window during your day to have 2 meals and fast the rest of the day/night. If you stop eating at 8 PM and fast till noon the next day that would be a 16 hour fast and 8-hour feeding window. It might be difficult at first and there is an adjustment period for your body but once you get in the rhythm of it it’s very attainable. Make sure to pick your fasting times during times when you are busy and away from the house. When you are fasting you can drink water (add some sea salt for electrolytes), unsweetened tea and black coffee on occasion as well.
The next thing you need to do is to cut out all the junk. We’ve seen how these are simply empty calories that make us hungrier – so just stop buying it!
By avoiding most sweets, ready meals and fast food you can generally get rid of the empty calories from your diet.
Likewise, you can take a leaf out of the ‘slow carb’ or ‘no carb’ guidebook. You don’t have to completely avoid carbohydrates but just make sure that you limit your intake of ‘simple’ carbs like white bread, pasta, pizza, and cereal. Again, you can do this by sticking largely to a diet of naturally sourced carbohydrates and have it be about 20-30% of your diet. (vegetables)
The final step is to try and make sure that you feel great at all times. The best way to do that is to seek out foods that offer a source of powerful and beneficial nutrients.
A great example of this is something like a wide array of organ meat which is packed with incredible nutrients. Not only do you get all the amino acids that come from the meat but you also get high amounts of creatine, CoQ10, PQQ and fatty acids. These are the most crucial and complex parts of the animal and they’re made once again of similar things to the most complex and crucial parts of your own body!
I have been ordering from a company called Force of Nature which has different blends of liver, heart and beef. If you prefer to supplement and not eat organs check out Ancestral Supplements for a high-quality organ meat supplement.
Likewise, consuming eggs, fish, tropical fruits, vegetables, and sea plants will help to fuel your body with all kinds of crucial nutrients.
This is another reason that the Mediterranean Diet looks good on paper – because it involves lots of salads, fish, and all topped off with plenty of olive oil for added healthy fats. Likewise, Paleo dieters that eat lots of organ meats etc. also benefit from this.
By making the effort to do this, you’ll now have far better nutrition and will be fueled with energy and protected from disease. At the same time, you’ll actually enjoy your meals and you won’t get hunger pangs or cravings!
– Eat clean foods in a smaller window during the day
– Get rid of the following:
– Hunt out grass-fed organ meats and wild fish
It really is that simple! It takes the best bits of every diet (low carb, slow carb, low calorie, atkins, low fat, paleo, Mediterranean) and ignores the nonsense.
And really it just amounts to eating a good mix of healthy, natural foods in a way that you can enjoy them.