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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.
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.
Protein makes up the building blocks of organs, muscles, skin, hormones, and pretty much everything that matters in your body. Protein is what we get from meat (among other sources) and it’s where we get the ‘amino acids’ our bodies need. Amino acids are used when repairing skin and bone and for building muscle but they come in a range of different shapes and sizes.
To grow as much muscle as possible, the recommendation is that we get around 1 gram of protein for every one pound of body-weight! Of course, this advice is aimed at bodybuilders and athletes and wouldn’t apply to the Average Joe… but it shows what a key role protein plays in our body composition. The recommended daily intake (RDI) of protein is 46 grams for women and 56 grams for men but everyone is different depending on body weight and activity level.
What’s also important to bear in mind is that there is more than one ‘type’ of amino acid. Actually, there are currently thought to be 20 amino acids, with nine essential amino acids. If you don’t get all of these amino acids from your diet, then certain important repair jobs around your body will not get carried out.
Seeing as most sources of protein only contain certain combinations of amino acids, it’s generally important to make sure your diet contains a variety of different types of wild fish, eggs, and grass-fed meat. (One of the only ‘complete’ sources for amino acids is the egg!)
Foods containing all nine of these amino acids are called complete proteins.
These complete proteins are essential to our overall health, which is why they are comprised of the essential amino acids. Our bodies need all nine of these essential amino acids for basic health; since our bodies cannot make them naturally, we must get them from other sources.
Keep in mind that protein is essential for satiety; it holds off hunger better than any other macronutrient, and protein-rich foods are highly satiating.
When you eat refined carbs it will cause a spike in blood sugar and you will soon crash causing tiredness and more hunger. Avoiding empty calories such as pasta, bread, cereals, and most fast foods will make fasting easier.
The first issue is that we’re too focused on short-term energy. We know we’re hungry because our serotonin levels are depleted and so we are motivated to increase that serotonin and our energy levels as quickly as possible. And the best way to do this? Eat a quick release, simple carbohydrate such as a bag of chips.
Serotonin is often described as the ‘feel-good hormone’ and is associated with feelings of well-being and happiness. Generally, we think of serotonin as being responsible for our pleasant moods and think of it as a neurotransmitter that has a role in a number of psychological conditions. Low serotonin for instance is correlated with depression.
What you may not have known though, is that serotonin is also crucial for our regulation of hunger and plays a key role in our satiety.
Like ghrelin, serotonin is also a hormone that tells the brain that we’re full and that we don’t need to eat any more. This occurs partly through our consumption of carbohydrates, most of which will contain some amount of tryptophan. Tryptophan is an amino acid and is also found in protein but there’s only a small amount of it in most foods compared with other amino acids, which prevents it from having any major effect.
When you eat lots of refined carbohydrates then, you actually flood the bloodstream with tryptophan and this then remains in the blood once the insulin kicks in and you start absorbing the nutrients.
This then leads to a surplus of tryptophan which reaches the brain and guess what happens then? It turns into serotonin! This happens because tryptophan is actually a precursor to serotonin and one of the key building blocks used to create it.
All this explains why you tend to feel in a very good mood when you’ve just eaten and why your mood can plummet when you start to get low in blood sugar. This is where ‘hangry’ comes from!
The good news is that this is actually just one of several mechanisms that the body uses to tell how full it is. Leptin for instance is another hormone that is produced in the gut and which tells the brain to stop eating too.
If you are eating a diet that consists mainly of modern ‘snacks’ then you’ll be flooding the body with sugar and then seeing it through very quickly afterward. That then means you need to snack again. It also means that the body won’t use up the energy as quickly as it receives it, which leads to it being stored as fat.
It’s always better to use a complex carb diet rather than one that completely eradicates this whole food group from the diet and that means that you should be eating things like tubers, berries, and vegetables instead of things like crisps, white bread, and pasta!
The bigger problem with eating things that give us a quick ‘kick’ is that they often don’t contain any of the crucial nutrients that we described above. And this is where the idea of ‘empty calories’ comes in.
That means no protein to build muscles, no vitamins, and minerals to help you think better or feel in a better mood, and nothing else that the body needs. That doesn’t only apply to donuts either though – it also applies to ready meals, fast food, and anything else ‘processed’.
When you buy a ready-made lasagna from the store, you actually get very low-quality meat that will have been blended together with other meats and has lots of sugar added.
Despite getting a lot of mince, your body won’t actually be able to use many amino acids or other nutrients. The calories are increased but the nutritional benefits are drastically reduced.
This then means that you would not be as efficient at burning fat because your mitochondria would perform more poorly and your metabolism would be slowed by impaired levels of testosterone.
(By the way, if you think that testosterone, thyroid, and other hormones don’t have a big impact on weight loss then just ask someone who suffers from hypothyroidism or consider the difference between natural endomorphs and ectomorphs!)
When you don’t get the nutrients you need, your body actually makes you crave more food. The body knows what it needs and it sends signals that encourage you to want to eat those things.
So the bottom line is to eat nutrient-dense foods (quality protein, and fats) and avoid processed foods to make fasting throughout the day and night a lot easier.
Snacking throughout the day especially on junk will not help you accomplish low insulin and times of fasting. Which in turn will not help you use your own fat stores for energy and you will always rely on glucose.
Eating ready-to-eat prepared meals are typically low in nutrient density and have lots of artificial ingredients and preservatives. In an ideal world, we eat whole, natural foods but I know sometimes we have to eat food in a box or jar. So it’s important to be aware of what’s on the label and how to interpret it for your health. Be sure to read the ingredients!