Emotional Eating

Avoid Junk Food During Pregnancy – Your Child Will Thank You

Portrait of a happy young pregnant woman with her husbandWe all know that junk food tastes good and that many people even develop a craving for specific foods that can get out of control. It is a cliche that pregnant women might start craving certain foods.

But research also shows that if you are pregnant and indulge in eating junk food, you may be dooming your child to a lifetime of altered brain chemistry.In other words, what you eat really leaves a permanent mark on your child's brain.

What gets affected is the reward pathways of the brain. The ones involved in cravings of all types and for high reward activities like eating or sex. The same pathways that are not functioning normally in drug and alcohol addicts.

Researchers have looked at offspring of rats fed either normal chow or a junk food diet during pregnancy and lactation. They actually looked at the brain chemistry and eating behaviors of the offspring. They found lasting changes in the opioid receptor systems of the brain in those junk food offspring. Brains have natural receptors in them for morphine-like peptide hormones related to regulating the reward centers of the brain.

Even giving a powerful drug to block opioid receptors to the junk food addicted offspring did not work as well to cut their intake of fat and sugar as it did in normal offspring whose mothers had not consumed the junk food.

What does this mean? It reinforces the point that the brain has critical periods of development that specific environmental factors can modify forever. We knew that kind of thing about mothers who might drink alcohol or use addictive drugs during pregnancy, but now we can see that even diet matters. A lot.

So, if you needed a strong motivation to get on top of your food cravings and you are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant, get help for your food addictions. Give your child a better start in life with a brain that can deal with the world more normally and who is less at risk of becoming a food or even drug addict down the road as they get older.

One step you can take is to find a local acupuncturist to help you cut down your own junk food cravings. But there is a lot more available to you...

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Dr Charles DC “Fat Loss Factor” – Program Review

FatLossFactorGraphicDr. Charles DC's "Fat Loss Factor" contains easy to follow guidelines for a quick healthy lifestyle plan. It can help anyone in any physical condition to lose unwanted belly fat. From the first principle of preparing for success to the last one,this program implements a lifestyle of fitness, eating right for your body, and the mental attitude that it takes to reach your goal weight.

This lively and informative book is full of practical, down to earth advice. Combine it with our free food addiction mini-course, and you are on your way. You can do this. Now...

Fat Loss Factor starts by measuring your basic statistics including weight, and body fat percentage. You are also asked to get photographs of yourself at the start so you can monitor your progress through the program. You’re advised to check your clothing at the beginning too, because you’ll likely find it to fit more loosely as you apply the principles of the program. Waist measurements are important too: women should ideally be around thirty two inches while a thirty five inch waist is ideal for men.

The program doesn’t take a miracle approach to get what it promises: a lean, healthy body that you can be proud of. These goals are reached through the consistent practice of proven principles of fitness and health. For example, the book stipulates early on that a change in eating habits is essential to your physical goals. Eating healthy foods that promote fat loss, metabolism, and energy is equally important to following the exercise regimen prescribed in the book.

Once your body is cleansed and fueled by natural foods, you are introduced into some basic fat loss principles for exercise. According to the book, building muscle is essential to burning fat. That’s right, you won’t need any diet pills or other trendy supplements to get the body you want. The book explains how muscle tissue burns more calories than fat tissue, giving you the ability to burn fat even when you’re not working out. By working in sets and supersets, Fat Loss Factor guides you through basic exercises that will build the muscle you need without bulking up.

By the time you reach the fourth principle of fat loss, you will find out that traditional cardiovascular routines are not what you want to do for your exercise. Citing scientific research from around the world, Fat Loss Factor urges exercising in bursts or what is called burst training. By alternating between high intensity and low intensity intervals, your body burns more fat and your workout is much shorter!

Readers will find Fat Loss Factor Program an entertaining and informative approach that will motivate them to avoid weight loss and fitness gadgets and gimmicks and steer them toward practical fat loss methods that work. Keep your health while you are eating in a way that can restore it...

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Nutrition Tips from the Fat Loss Factor Expert

You need nutrition tips that answer the most frequently asked questions about nutrition, diet, and food. Here are some great examples to get you started from our guest blogger, Dr Charles DC of the "Fat Loss Factor" program fame...

Does the belief that soy’s not good for health apply to all people or just to musclebuilders?

This principle is accurate no matter who you are. I should emphasize, however, that it is especially true for those who are trying to develop their muscular systems. The problem is that soy causes your body to produce hormones that are contrary to your goal. The source of the problem is the phytoestrogen content of soy. The result is that your body reacts to it by reducing your testosterone level.

A common place where soy shows up is in powdered proteins and bars, so you need to check the ingredients before buying any of those products.

Is it OK if the protein-powder I have contains sweetening agents that are not natural?

I think you can probably tell the answer to that question on your own. The answer is no. Artificial sweetening agents are poisonous and should be avoided. They affect your mind, your metabolic rate, and even organs such as the liver. Stay away from any sweetener that isn’t natural.

Speaking of sweeteners, if you’re drinking colas, you should be able to lose ten pounds quickly just by cutting them out of your life.

I don’t get it: if the soft drink is calorie-free, how can it be bad?

When it’s all said and done, the food that has artificial sweeteners is bad for you. In fact, you’ll be better off using the equivalent products that have sugar. Again, the big risk here is you liver. If you spend all your time drinking diet sodas, you’re going to do a lot of harm to it. This is why I steer people toward all natural alternatives to sugar-free food products. These will get the job done without putting your internal organs at risk.

I heard you talk about how some dairy products are good and others are bad. What does this mean?

Pasteurized dairy products make you fat. That’s the simple truth. You need to start using raw dairy products.

I have a problem footing the bill for all the organic food you want me to buy. I’m not sure if it’s going to make much of a difference in my program. Will it?

As they say, your health...priceless.

Let's go back to the liver again. All the chemical sprays used on foods to kill bugs are bad for your liver. All the drugs and hormonal additives fed to cattle make things worse for your liver too. When you liver gets stopped up, you’re going to have fat-burning problems and even increase the amount of fat in your body. The answer is yes. If you want to build a healthy lifestyle, you’re going to have to make the switch to organically produced foods.

Which fat burning supplement do you recommend?

You should not be taking any of the fat burning supplements that are on the market. Even if you get some metabolic stimulation from taking the pills, you need to beware because most people will start gaining weight as soon as they get off the pills. To avoid problems with your metabolism, skip the pill intake and start eating healthy proteins during the day.

Tell me more about the food that is poisonous to the body and how to spot them.

If you want to get a real shock, just study what is in the food that most people are eating these days. You’ll find chemicals directly or indirectly added to almost everything at your typical supermarket. The worst things to look for are the hydrogenated oils and high-fructose corn syrup that are in many products. Look for these offenders in processed food, much of which comes in packaged goods that are intended to keep them “fresh.” The problem is that these ingredients contribute to the accumulation of excess fat and are contrary to the fitness goals most people have.

Here are some of the physiological questions I get…

Does your program cover what food to eat to maintain a good metabolic response in the body?
Yes. Your metabolism is directly related to the food you eat. When your metabolism isn’t working properly, you have lost an important ally in the battle to improve your body composition. I include training tools that help you learn what kinds of food contribute to fat burning and what kind of foods build fat. Fat Loss Factor is designed to teach people to have an overall healthy lifestyle.

Is a fat-free regimen a good way to get started on weight loss?

No. In fact, you will probably find examples all around you where people on that kind of diet have actually gained weight. The important thing to do is make sure you get the good kind of fat to keep your body running right. It seems weird that you have to include fat in your diet in order to lose fat, but it’s true. Also stay with natural fats, not the poison that comes with the fries and burgers at the fast food restaurant.

I have read Fat Loss Factor and now I recognize that I need to do something to boost my energy. What do you recommend?

Try some naturally raised whole eggs, dark poultry meat, and health fat.

What is involved in learning my metabolism type and is it something I need to know?

Typing your metabolism is the process of learning how you respond to different kinds of food. By learning what foods give your body the best results, you can target your nutrition plan accordingly. You need to get as much efficiency as possible from every segment of your life, and this is one way to do it with your diet.

I want to stop eating. That will help me lose weight – right?

Wrong. You are going to find that your metabolism will adapt to the reduced food intake and then you will experience even less weight loss. In fact, part of the starvation response causes the body to retain fat, so this is not an approach that will work for you.

Why is it that corporations are allowed to market and sell food that contains dangerous poisons in it?

It boils down to cold hard cash. That’s what almost everyone is after. The problem is that some drug and food companies don’t care what the chemicals do to your body. It’s a shame too. Shouldn’t you be able to count on medicine being good for you rather than bad? Why can’t we have fresh food without all the toxins? The truth is that they will market what they can sell, and if it’s bad things people want, most companies will go ahead and let them buy them. Healthy eating won’t make billionaires, but it could make millions of people healthier so they can have better lives. Arm yourself with healthy nutritional information today.

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Binge Eater? Your Brain Works Differently From Normal Eaters

Mind BurgerNew research just published in the journal Obesity (24 February 2011) reports that people with a diagnosis of binge eating disorder exhibit differences in their brain chemistry from normals. The scientists performed brain scans (called PET scans or positron emission tomography) on 10 obese people with the binge eating diagnosis and 8 obese people without the binging problem.

They looked at changes in the levels of dopamine release in dopamine-rich areas of the brain. Dopamine is one of the main transmitters involved in regulating reward in the brain. They did the PET scans while the subjects were all food-deprived. People also received either a placebo or a drug that amplifies dopamine signals (methylphenidate).

The researchers found that food stimuli given with the methylphenidate significantly raised dopamine in the brain areas studied in the binge eaters, but not in the nonbinge eaters.  The increased dopamine in one area correlated with binge eating scores, but not weight (BMI). The brain area that showed the findings most was the caudate nucleus.

They concluded that dopamine appears to relate to binge eating, but not to BMI in obese persons.