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The Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss

As I have described, calories are a distraction created by the US government. Unto themselves, calories are all exactly the same (from the perspective that each contains the exact same amount of energy). However, although all calories are the same, the food sources that provide them are not. This book makes the compelling case that calories themselves are not the main factor in weight gain or loss. Rather, he explains in a very direct manner why insulin is the most important consideration. The frequency and severity of insulin spikes is the main cause of obesity, which can eventually develop into insulin resistance and diabetes.

I bought this book, because I ran across several articles written by Dr. Jason Fung that caught my eye. Here was a medical professional saying what I’d be sensing for a long time: Counting calories and macros is a waste of time. Dr. Fung explains in simple language why insulin response is far more important than calories themselves. I implemented his teaching during my 2018 Birthday Fitness Challenge, and I was able to shed the most stubborn fat by applying his principle for minimizing insulin spikes.

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Glycemic Index vs Glycemic Load

Glycemic Index vs Glycemic Load

This score indicates how damaging a food will be to your blood sugar levels. Foods that score 0-55 are rated low impact (and thus presumed to be better for diabetics and those looking to maintain healthy weight and/or body fat ratios), but this is not the whole picture.

Caffeine: 14 better options to ease SAD

Caffeine: 14 better options to ease SAD

Nearly a year ago to the dot, I wrote an article about Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), but there I focused on the importance of getting access to a full range spectrum of light. Here I’d like to focus on caffeine and sleep’s effect on SAD. I’ll also offer suggestions for what to do to help you feel better on the dark days.

Avoid fish oil supplements

Avoid fish oil supplements

I don’t generally promote supplements. Most of them play to specific, isolated points of medical research to serve as a magic pill. One remarkable example of this is fish oil.

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Jack Kirven is a mobile personal trainer in Charlotte, NC. He is the owner of INTEGRE8T Wellness.

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