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Obesity is Changing the World We Live In!

June 22nd, 2011

I’m trying to bite my tongue and not say what I truly feel about the executives who run most of our countries fast food chains.

Shareholders and eyes fixed on bottom line profits are determining the quality and size of meals that we are being offered, certainly NOT health considerations and our long-term wellness.

It’s sort of ironic that in the 1950’s the size of our cars was huge and our restaurant food portions, as you will see, were much smaller.  Now, our cars are smaller and our restaurant food portions are insanely, larger.

As you will learn in the following article, the alarming rate at which American waistlines are expanding, is affecting us in ways that we may not be aware of  (and few, if any of them, are good).

Overweight is the new normal

Products adapt to accommodate the super-sized generation

Sun Sentinel June 12, 2011

Overweight has become the new normal, and society is straining to accommodate our ever-expanding waistlines. We plant plush bottoms on wider seats in theaters and toilet stalls, drape ourselves in plus-sized clothing, even go to our eternal rest in broader coffins.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than two-thirds of Americans are overweight, and a third, some 72 million people, are considered obese. From 1980 to 2008, obesity rates doubled for adults and tripled for children, with 17 percent, or 9 million children over 6, classified as obese.

The average American is 23 pounds heavier than the ideal body weight. Experts blame the usual bugaboos: lack of exercise and side-splitting food consumption.

“There’s definitely a new norm,” said Dr. Robert Kushner, clinical director of the Northwestern Comprehensive Center on Obesity at Northwestern University in Illinois. “It’s a norm that, ‘My entire family and my community is overweight, and that’s what I am.’ ”

Businesses, eyes on the bottom line, are adapting to the physical requirements of the heftier among us.

Revolving doors, for example, have widened from 10 feet to 12 feet in recent years. Scales, which seldom went over 300 pounds, now go up to 400 or 500 pounds.

Here are a few other areas in which the super-sized generation is changing our culture.

Feeding frenzy

Food portions, ever bigger, continue to grow to meet yawning appetites. New York nutritionist Lisa R. Young estimates fast-food servings are two to five times what they were in the 1950s. When it debuted 40 years ago, the Big Mac was but a wee patty of 3-ounce meat. Today, fast-food chains serve up 12-ounce burgers loaded with 1,000 calories.
When it first opened, a McDonald’s soda was 7 ounces. Now a small soft drink is 16 ounces, and convenience stores pitch a 64-ounce bucket of soda — a full half-gallon. The result: In the 1970s, an American gulped down an average of 27 gallons of soda a year. Today that figure is 44 gallons.

And sweets? Cookies today, Young says, are 700 percent larger than USDA standards. A brownie recipe from the 1960s called for 30 servings. The same recipe today calls for 16.

Garbing the girth

Clothing outlets have expanded plus-sized inventories. Bulky clothes are available for children as young as 3, and Target and Forever 21 offer plus-sized fashions for teens. Quadruple-extra-large shirts are on the rack for men with 60-inch waists.

“Vanity sizing,” in which manufacturers adjust apparel size downward so it’s more palatable for women, is spreading. A size 4 today was, 20 years ago, a size 8. Some 62 percent of American women wear a size 14 or larger.

But full-size fashion has its price: Plus-sized clothing, which uses more material, costs 10 to 15 percent more than regular apparel.

High-volume cargo

Federal officials have increased the average passenger weight for buses and commercial boats, from 150 pounds to 175 pounds for bus passengers and from 160 pounds to 185 pounds for boat passengers. Buses must be stronger and bigger to handle folks of amplitude, and boats must trim their passenger lists.

Government regulations for car seat belts, set in the 1960s, require them to fit a 215-pound man with a hip circumference of 47 inches. In 2003, however, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimated that more than 38 million people, or 19 percent of Americans, were too large for their seat belts. To accommodate heftier drivers, some car manufacturers include seat belts that are 18 to 20 inches longer, or offer seat belt extenders.


May 13th, 2011


For many years you may have been reading about the importance of keeping your BMI (Body Mass Index) below 25.   Above 25 is considered over-weight and over 30 is considered obese.

But there have been many critics of using BMI to determine health and mortality (likelihood of dying) risks.  I have been one of those who questioned the true value of BMI.   BMI is a ratio comparing your weight to your height.

If one were to think about it, this is a rather general statistic and makes NO allowance for the fact that some people are just broader than others.  Some people are just more naturally muscular than others. So it is not surprising that researchers have recently confirmed that at least for patients with clogged arteries (and it’s my guess , for everyone else too) that the location of your body fat presents a much higher risk of premature death,  than an elevated BMI.

Research just recently published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, found that for people with clogged arteries, (most of us have no idea if our arteries are clogged or not, until it’s too late) that abdominal fat (belly fat) is a far superior indicator of risk of death than BMI.

The study collected data from 15,000 patients and determined that where the fat is located is more important than carrying a little extra fat throughout the body.

To put it in terms of what your figure might look like, it is better to be pear-shaped (carrying the extra weight in the hips and thighs) than it is to be apple-shaped (carrying the weight around your middle).

The double whammy would be to be apple shaped (excess belly-fat) and also have a high BMI.

So how do you know when you might be at risk, if you can’t use BMI as a measuring device?  The answer is that you can use two other measurements that are thought to be better predictors of mortality.

1-     Waist Circumference – Just take out a tape measure, make sure you measure at the belly button level and if you are a woman with a waist over 35 inches or a man with a waist over 40 inches, you are at increased risk.

2-     Waist to Hip Ratio – This time measure both your waist and your hips (measure the hips around the hip bone which protrudes from the side of the very top of your leg).  Then divide the waist measurement by the hip measurement.  For women the number should be .80 or less (that is, point eighty, less than one) and for men it should be .95 or less.

This in very important to keep in mind when considering your over all health regimen.


Curt Hendrix, M.S., C.C.N, C.N.S

The Migraines and Weight Gain Connection?

April 5th, 2011


A recent study carried out by the University of Washington in Seattle and published in the medical journal “Headache” found that women whose migraines started in childhood were 33% more likely to gain 22 pounds or more after the age of 18 than women who didn’t have migraines.

It is known that obesity doubles the odds of getting migraines and that over-weight children who were suffering from migraines, improved significantly, if they lost weight.

Combining this information with the established correlation between hormonal fluctuations and blood sugar fluctuation contributing to both migraines and weight gain, it makes sense that preventing migraines rather  than medicating for the pain, is clearly the goal of choice, for migraine sufferers….And nothing does all of these things more efficiently than MigreLief.

Curt Hendrix

Similar Weight Loss Posts:

Causes of Middle Aged Weight Gain
Super Charge Your Weight Loss Efforts While Preventing Menstrual Migraines, PMS and PCOS
Calculating the Calories You Need for Maximum Weight Loss Results

For additional information please go to www.migrelief.com.

CAUSES OF MIDDLE-AGE WEIGHT GAIN: The “Bad News” and the “Good News”!

February 10th, 2011

This article address the underlying causes to alleviate or prevent middle-aged weight gain along with other symptoms commonly experienced by middle- aged women.

90% of women gain weight between the ages of 35-55. The average weight gain is about 15-20 pounds, with a disproportionate amount of this weight being an increase in body fat.

What is unfair about this, is the fact that much of this weight gain and/or body fat increase, can occur without, increasing caloric intake.  This is different than the weight you gain because you eat too much of the wrong foods and don’t exercise enough.  It’s the stubborn, difficult weight gain or increases in body fat percentage (without weight gain) that occur in middle-aged and beyond women.

Why does this phenomenon occur in so many women in this age range, and what  can you do to prevent or reduce the good chance this may happen to you?

There are specific techniques and natural supplements that can help balance a female body that is desperately trying (and in many cases with limited success) to balance many physiological processes, that by design, change with age. These changes can cause uncontrolled and undeserved weight or body fat percentage gains.

Much of this new weight will NOT be gained as much around the hips and thighs but in the stomach and waist area.  Shifting/fluctuating hormones, stress and insulin resistance are the guilty parties.

Women who suffer from migraines will also be glad to learn that controlling these same issues of fluctuating hormones, stress and blood sugar due to insulin resistance will reduce their migraine frequency and intensity as well.

Why does this weight gain occur when hormones fluctuate and stress and blood sugar are poorly controlled?

Some women can start experiencing the symptoms of early menopause (perimenopause) as soon as their mid 30’s. The hormonal fluctuations of perimenopuase  and the few years after menopause (one full year with no period)  can strongly influence your metabolism, appetite and increase your storage of fat.

Though your hormones will fluctuate during perimenopause, the general trend is for your estrogen levels to diminish with ultimately the cessation of ovulation.

The body is aware of decreasing levels of estrogen from the ovaries and searches for new sources of estrogen production.  Unfortunately, fat cells are a source of estrogen and the body may convert more calories into fat.

Though progesterone levels also tend to decrease during this period, decreasing progesterone levels don’t cause weight gain but they may cause water retention making you feel puffy or bloated.

Testosterone levels may also decrease during perimenopause (and menopause). This could result in decreased muscle mass (as well as other things like decreased libido). Less muscle mass would lead to decreased metabolic rate and additional possible weight gain.


As if dealing with fluctuating hormones isn’t enough of a challenge during these years of a woman’s life, both men and women (in ever increasing numbers, mostly due to diet) are becoming “insulin resistant”.

This is a condition where your body is no longer as responsive to the hormone insulin, as it was when you were younger. Our bodies require increasing amounts of insulin to be released to maintain blood sugar at healthy, non-diabetic levels. Insulin resistance can occur whether you are over-weight or thin.

When our bodies don’t respond in a sensitive way to insulin, the sugar in our blood, is not absorbed efficiently by our cells and they don’t get the source of energy that they need. The cells can feel deprived and appetites increase and fat accumulation and weight gain can occur.

In the case of women suffering from PCOS (Polycystic ovarian syndrome), the insulin resistance that accompanies this condition leads to weight gain as well.  But in the case of PCOS the women often have too much testosterone and this causes the weight gain to occur around the stomach and waist much like it does it men.  Also hair at the crown of the head can thin, and hair may grown on the face and back.

In fact, because estrogen and progesterone levels drop more than testosterone levels do during perimenopause and menopause, women may also tend to gain more around the middle than the hips and thighs.  Some women tend to lose their waistline.

The fat that you can grab around your belly is NOT the problem.  This is just sub-cutaneous fat, and though cosmetically not desirable, it is not the fat that increases cardiovascular and cancer risk.

It is the fat beneath your abdominal muscles that surrounds your internal organs that is of greater health concern.   This fat is called abdominal or visceral adiposity.

It is the fat that protrudes out some men’s stomach to the point where they look like they swallowed a beach ball but yet they continue to say………. “Feel how hard my stomach is!”   Of course it’s hard, there is so much fat underneath the abdominal muscles, pushing them outwards, that or course the abdomen feels hard.

Insulin resistance as well as stress and hormonal fluctuations can successfully be controlled and reversed and your body, self-image, emotional status, energy levels, cognition, health and over-all life will improve dramatically.

How do you know if you are insulin resistant?

One measurement is to measure yourself around the smaller part of your waist (but do NOT suck your stomach in when taking this measurement).  Then measure your hips around their widest part.

Divide the waist measurement in inches by the hip measurement in inches. If the resulting number is .8 or larger (for women,  1 for men), then you have disproportionate weight in the waist and are at greater risk of having insulin resistance.

Your risk further increases if you have hypertension, low HDL levels (below 45 if you are a woman), or high triglyceride levels (above 150).

If you have darkened skin patches around the neck or armpits, it is extremely likely that you are insulin resistant.  This is a condition known as acanthosis nigricans.


The effects of long-term stress on our over-all health is very significant.  One of the most important hormones that is released by our adrenal glands when under-stress is cortisol.  This is necessary and helps us to deal with short-term stressful events or stimuli.

But, when stress is chronic, and cortisol is being released in excessive and lasting amounts, it can also lead to weight gain and other health problems.

Like insulin resistance and hormonal fluctuations, stress must also be dealt with.

Bringing It All Together

Because stress, hormonal fluctuations and blood sugar fluctuation due to insulin resistance are also major contributors to chronic migraine headaches as well as weight gain, several of the key “natural medicines” that help to resolve these issues are in MigreLief+M. This is a very effective natural medicine that helps to prevent migraine headaches and coincidentally helps women with the related weight gain issues we have been discussing.

Chasteberry – A specific extract of Vitex Agnus Castus, otherwise known as Chasteberry extract has been shown in numerous human studies to naturally balance the hormonal fluctuation discussed above.

Biotin – Doses of biotin, (a B-vitamin) much higher than normally found in multi-vitamin products, has been clinically proven to help regulate blood sugar irregularities that can be caused by insulin resistance.

B-6 – High doses of Vitamin B-6 have been shown to decrease or eliminate the symptoms of PMS (including bloating and related weight gain) caused by fluctuating estrogen levels.  This vitamin is also involved in the processing of sugar and can help protect against the effects of blood sugar fluctuations caused by insulin resistance.

L-Theanine – an amino acid derived from green tea, has been shown to be very calming and help to reduce stress levels.

All four of the ingredients are found in the correct, therapeutic doses in MigreLief+M.  For those of you who don’t  suffer from chronic migraine headaches but do want to benefit from their weight gain/loss/body fat benefits, I suggest that you purchase these ingredients separately at your health food store.

For those of you who fear that they are insulin resistant, I suggest taking these other ingredients as well (which also can be purchase at any well stocked health food store):

800 mcg per day of chromium picolinate for blood sugar control
600 mg per day of R-Lipoic acid for blood sugar control

Consumption of a least 50 grams of dietary fiber spread out throughout the day  with meals.  Fiber helps to slow the body’s absorption of sugar and prevents the fluctuations that we have been talking about. You can choose psyllium as a supplement or, ground flax seed as your fiber source.

Moderate aerobic exercise of 20-30 minutes a day can also help to correct insulin resistance.

A daily B vitamin complex of 50 mg of B-1,2,3,5 plus folic acid and B-12 can also help with sugar metabolism and stress.

Diet-wise, lean meats, high fiber whole grains, vegetables, legumes and fruit will help reestablish normal insulin levels.  Until you see weight and or body fat starting to drop, keep carbohydrates in the form of pasta, bread and sugar to a minimum.

What to expect?

By following this advice over the course of 3-6 months (3 months or less for migraines) your:

1-     Weight or body fat percentages should start to meaningfully drop

2-     Your hair, at the front and crown of your head, if it was thinning, should start to thicken

3-     Any discolored patches of skin around the neck and armpits should start to lighten or disappear 

4-     Migraine frequency and intensity (if you were a sufferer) should noticeably improve

5-     Energy levels should noticeably improve

6-     If you are still menstruating, your periods should be much more regular

7-     If you were experiencing  perimenopausal symptoms, they should improve

8-     If you had unwanted hair on the face or back, it should lighten and thin, if not completely go away.


Curt Hendrix, M.S.  C.C.N.  C.N.S





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Calculate the Calories You Need for Maximum Weight Loss Results

February 10th, 2011

Counting Calories Image Weight LossIf you have ever thought about going on a diet, you probably know that to lose weight you have to burn more calories than you consume from your meals.

Calories are units of energy contained in the foods you eat. So you need to be able to answer the question, “How many calories do I need to consume every day, given my particular lifestyle and level of activity to BREAK EVEN?” (By break even I mean the number of calories you can consume daily, that will neither cause weight loss or weight gain).

In order to calculate this “break even” number of calories, you first have to determine your “BMR” (basal metabolic rate). In simple terms this is the number of calories you need to fuel basic body functions only. Imagine getting up and staying in bed and not walking or doing any other kind of work or exercise. The amount of calories required to do this is your BMR.

A simple formula allows both men and women to calculate their BMR.

For women:

Multiply your weight in pounds by 4.35 (write down that amount, and call it # 1).

Multiply your height in inches by 4.7 (write down that amount, and call it # 2).

Multiply your age in years by 4.7 (write down that amount, and call it # 3).

Add # 1 and # 2 together and to that amount add 655 (write that down and call it # 4).

Finally, subtract # 3 from # 4 (#4 minus #3) and THAT IS YOUR BMR in calories.

For men:

Multiply your weigh in pounds by 6.23 (write down that amount and call it # 1).

Multiply your height in inches by 12.7 (write down that amount and call it # 2).

Multiply your age in years by 6.8 (write down that amount and call it # 3).

Add # 1 and # 2 together and to that amount add 66 (write that down and call it # 4).

Subtract # 4 from # 3 (#3 minus #4) and that amount is your BMR in calories.

Remember your BMR is just the minimum amount of calories you need to keep your body functions running, it doesn’t’ reflect the additional calories you need to provide energy for walking around and doing physical tasks. So now that you know your BMR you can multiply it by the following factors that vary depending upon how active you are.

If you basically sit at a desk all day and don’t exercise on a consistent basis then multiply your BMR by 1.2

If you are slightly active (light exercise 1-3 days a week) multiply your BMR by 1.375

If you are moderately active (moderate sports 3-5 days a week) multiply your BMR by 1.55

If you are very active (hard exercise 5-7 days a week) multiply your BMR by 1.725

The result of multiplying your BMR times these factors gives you the amount of calories you can consume daily without losing or gaining weight. If you are extremely muscular, with little body fat, you can consume 15-20% MORE than you calculated to maintain your current weight. If you are over-weight by 30 lbs or more, you need to consume 15-20% LESS than you calculated to maintain your current weight.

Ok! Now you know how many calories you can consume daily to maintain your current weight, but many of you reading this article will want to be able to calculate how many LESS calories you will have to eat daily to lose weight.

Since a pound of fat contains about 3500 calories, to lose a pound of fat a week you have to create a caloric deficit of 3500 calories. Dividing 3500 by 7 = 500 calories.

So you have to take in 500 calories less than your calculated amount every day to lose one pound of fat each week. This may not sound like a lot but at the end of four months you will have lost 16 lbs of fat.

There are many online calorie tracking systems, one is offered by Google:  GOOGLE CALORIE COUNTER:  Track calories and manage meals quickly and easily.

If in addition to the reduction in daily calorie intake,  you also introduced a daily 30 minute walk, you would lose 24 lbs. of fat in four months. That’s pretty darn good!

Excess weight places undue strain on your heart and joints and is known to increase the risk of cancer, arthritis, diabetes and even dementia.

I hope that I didn’t overwhelm you with math but made it easier for you to determine specifically what you need to do to get slimmer and healthier.

Curt Hendrix, M.S, C.C.N, C.N.S.

Related Posts:  Causes of Middle Aged Weight Gain
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Calorie Restriction Equals Longevity


Calorie Restriction = Weight Loss & Longevity

February 10th, 2011

Image Calories an Weight Loss

Calories and Weight Loss -

A great deal of research regarding the life-extending benefits of “caloric restriction” is being published. To date, most of it, though promising, demonstrated benefits in non-human models.

Recently a particularly encouraging study on Labrador retriever dogs, indicated that cutting calories intake by 30% increased the life span of these dogs by 2 years. Given the average life span of this species, that was an increase of over 20%. Quite remarkable.

I would strongly suggest to those who have dogs (especially larger dogs 50+) to consider cutting back their pets caloric intake.

I did this with my 4 year old, black German shepherd and his weight went from 100 lbs to 86lbs and his energy levels increased significantly. Several people upon meeting him for the first time, thought he was a puppy, no more than 8-12 months old.German Shepard Calorie Restriction Longevity

Though proof of this concept for humans is not yet established, it is my bet that it will be. In some respects, digesting and metabolizing food puts demands on your body that can be considered contributors to aging.

The more one eats, the more free radicals they will generate, the more their bodies will have to detoxify and remove bi-products of digestion and metabolism both systemically and cellularly. The benefits of reducing calories goes beyond just the weight loss that occurs. Calorie restriction/reduction may be the best form of life insurance we can get, and it’s free.

Now a welcomed study from Tufts University has shown that caloric restriction in humans actually boosts our immune response. As humans age, their immune response tends to decline and become less efficient. Though animal studies have previously shown that caloric restriction improves immune function, this study is the first to show the same benefit in humans.

46 men and women who were overweight but not obese, were placed on calorie restricted diets reducing intake by either 10% or 30% for six months. At the end of that period test measuring DTH (Delayed Type Hypersensitivity, a test measuring whole body immune function) and T-cell function (white blood cells involved in immune response) improved significantly in both groups.

For those readers who would like to read the research, this study was funded by the Agricultural Research Service of the Department of Agriculture of the U.S. government. The lead researcher was Simin Nikbin Meydani and the article was published in 2009 in the Journal of Gerontology.
Curt Hendrix, M.S, C.C.N, C.N.S.

How to Prevent Muscle Loss Due to Aging and Retain Youthful Appearance and Performance

February 6th, 2011


It is an established fact that both men and women lose muscle and experience increased body fat percentages as they age.

Muscle mass makes us look slimmer, better toned and allows us to perform better physically.  Weight training helps to retain or even add muscle mass, but this will only happen if enough protein is consumed.

The average woman needs to consume about .5 – 1 gram of protein for each pound of body weight.  Men require about 1 – 1.5 grams of protein for each pound of body weight.  Lean meats like chicken or turkey breast are excellent sources of protein.  For those of you who like smoothies or shakes, adding 25 grams of a protein powder to your shake from a source like whey protein is a good choice.  Whey protein has also been found to enhance immune function. 

A recent study at a major medical university in the Netherlands researched when was the best time to consume protein that would result in maximum absorption of protein and muscle gain.

Should protein be consumed before exercising or after exercising?

The study fouind that the body absorbs protein more effectively, and adds muscle more effectively, when it is consumed AFTER exercise.

So make those workouts more effective, look and perform better by using this knowledge.

Curt Hendrix  B.S. M.S. C.C.N. C.N.S.

A Breakthrough for Menstrual Migraines, PMS & PCOS!

January 3rd, 2011

A Breakthrough for Menstrual Migraines, PMS and PCOS!


LOS ANGELES,  /PRNewswire/ — In a world where millions suffer daily from the debilitating pain of migraine headaches, one name stands out as the definitive leader in natural, safe and effective treatment. MigreLief by Akeso Health Sciences.

Now, patients are raving about the amazing results of the new breakthrough product from Akeso. MigreLief+M (Menstrual) is the first of its kind supplement aimed at preventing migraines and other symptoms associated with a woman’s menstrual cycle.

“There is a direct relationship between hormones and headaches,” explains Curt Hendrix M.S. C.C.N., C.N.S., scientist and creator of MigreLief+M. “Headaches in women, particularly migraines, have been related to changes in the levels of the female hormones estrogen and progesterone before, during and after a woman’s menstrual cycle. These hormone levels fluctuate dramatically and are associated with a large percentage of migraines in women.”

The release of MigreLief+M is life-changing news, not only for migraine sufferers but also for women who experience PMS symptoms such as cravings, breast tenderness, bloating, cramps, depression and irritability. The active ingredients in this menstrually targeted MigreLief have been shown to not only balance the hormonal fluctuations that lead to menstrual related migraines, but also significantly decrease PMS symptoms as well.

What is the secret to the success of world renowned MigreLief? “The ingredients that are used are continuously monitored for quality and integrity by independent analytical laboratories throughout the manufacturing process. These ingredients are then used in the exact form and dose proven effective in human clinical studies. Our supplements are of higher quality than those currently on the market because of this exacting scientific attention to purity and potency.”

MigreLief+M is no exception and promises to be another winner with a multitude of added benefits:

•Same reliable migraine treatment as MigreLief original formula with additional compounds to treat Menstrual migraines and alleviate many PMS and PCOS symptoms.
•May be beneficial in reducing the occurrence of premenstrual acne.
•Can be taken with your prescription migraine drugs and has no side-effects.
•Regulates blood sugar balance that is a migraine trigger in many patients.
•MigreLief Facebook and Twitter interface directly with consumers to support their ongoing health questions and needs.

All MigreLief products are available in select pharmacies and online at www.migrelief.com. For more information and product samples contact sales@akesohealth.com.

About Akeso Health Sciences

Founded by Curt Hendrix in 1992, Akeso is a family company dedicated to continuing research and breakthrough technologies for the development of patented supplements that have helped tens of thousands find the joy and peace of a new life without migraines. The company consistently delivers innovative, leading edge solutions for migraineurs worldwide.

Contact:  Steve Hendrix
(800) 758-8746

DISCLAIMER: MigreLief™ is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or illness. Frequent use of this product may result in considerable weight loss. Please consult with your licensed medical practitioner if you have, or suspect you may have, a health problem.

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Eat, Drink, and Shrink!

December 19th, 2010

Foods to Avoid During the Holidays With Possible Substitutes

Swedish meatballs – instead, try some cold cuts like ham or turkey
EggNog – instead, try a cinnamon or other spiced tea
Stuffed potatoes – instead, eat a regular baked potatoe or red potatoes
Creamed spinach – instead, spinach without the cream or broccoli
Pot Roast – instead, breast of turkey or sliced steak
Fruitcake – instead, a fruit tart
Pecan Pie – instead, a fruit tart
Cheese Cake – instead, a slice of pound cake
Croissant – instead, some whole grain bread
Hot Buttered Rum – just leave out the butter, and then spice with nutmeg
Cinnamon Rolls – instead, a slice of toasted whole grain bread with a bit of jelly
Ice Cream – instead, sorbet

Making sensible diet choices is easier than it seems and there’s no time like the present to start.

Here’s to a fun, tasty and skinny holiday.

Curt Hendrix M.S. C.C.N. C.N.S.

Does This PMS Make Me Look Fat?

December 19th, 2010

Dieting and exercising – but still can’t lose weight?
Hormonal imbalance and insulin resistance could be the culprits.
Address the real problem and watch the pounds and bodyfat drop off!

Healthcare practitioners often hear women complain that they do exercise and try to watch their diet but their weight loss is very slow or non-existent, and they even gain weight and body fat.

How can this happen?  The answer is like the engine of a car, the body is a complex machine and many systems can malfunction.

If your car is getting poor gas mileage, a mechanic or an auto dealer may tell you to drive slower to get better gas mileage, but if your sparkplugs are fouled or mistimed, you will never see the benefit of improved mileage despite your efforts to drive slower. Knowing these differences can save you a lot of trouble, knowing if you need a jump starter or a new battery, for example.

Similarly, a lack of weight loss or even weight gain after dieting and exercise, can be explained and conquered, once disruptive hormonal imbalances and blood sugar irregularities (insulin resistance) are corrected.

Most women are familiar with the many pounds that some women gain during the time of the month while experiencing PMS. This is an example of how a simple hormonal fluctuation can cause weight gain – without you consuming one extra calorie.

Likewise, many of you have seen the middle age weight gain and body fat increase of many middle-aged women who are approaching menopause. This is yet another example of how hormonal changes can cause significant changes in your weight and body composition, without consuming extra calories (which are normally thought to be the reason for weight gain).

Studies show that 90% of women gain weight between the ages of 35 – 55.  Hormone changes and weight gain are directly related, and balancing your hormones is essential to prevent this weight gain. Weight gain during perimenopause is actually hormonal weight gain, and much of this weight may locate in the abdominal area.

Cortisol is a hormone that we release when we’re under stress. Fat cells contain more cortisol than other cells. Fat cells located deep in the abdominal area that surround our organs contain the most cortisol. Cortisol increases the accumulation of fat in these cells and INSULIN RESISTANCE increases the abdominal accumulation of fat as well CAUSING SIGNIFICANT WEIGHT GAIN AND SUBSTANTIAL HEALTH RISK!

Estrogen, progesterone and even testosterone levels can fluctuate quite significantly a few days before and after menstruation leading to migraines and causing symptoms of PMS and PCOS such as:

PMS Symptoms:

  • Menstrual migraines
  • Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Changes in libido
  • Overeating
  • Cravings, especially for salty or sweet foods
  • Acne
  • Hives
  • Abdominal and pelvic cramps
  • Bloating
  • Weight gain
  • Headaches
  • Breast swelling and pain

PCOS Symptoms:

  • Hair loss: similar to male pattern baldness
  • Obesity and inability to lose weight
  • Acne
  • Insulin resistance:  The body does not respond well to insulin, which controls blood sugar levels and can lead to Type II diabetes and abdominal weight gain

High insulin levels due to insulin resistance increase the production of the male hormone, testosterone. High testosterone levels cause symptoms such as body hair growth, acne, irregular periods and weight gain (all of these are PCOS symptoms). The testosterone causes much of the weight women gain to be in the abdominal area, which is where men carry much of their excess weight. Thus, it can be seen that the “Terrible -Twosome” of hormonal fluctuations and insulin resistance can wreak havoc on a woman’s over-all health as well as her ability to prevent weight gain and lose weight.

This “Terrible-Twosome” is also directly related to the occurrence of menstrual related migraines.  The naturally occurring compounds that are added to MigreLief+M to balance hormones and reduce insulin resistance will even help women without migraines who:

1 – Suffer from debilitating symptoms of both PMS and PCOS
2 – Are having a difficult time losing weight even after dieting and exercising

Of course, for women who suffer from migraines that occur around their period, MigreLief+M may be the solution they have been searching for.  But the real breakthrough with Migrelief+M is it’s ability to address not only migraines, but also the accompanying symptoms listed above.

To learn how to couple the use of MigreLief+M with dietary and exercise advice and how to supercharge your weight loss efforts, please visit the MigreLief+M product information page.

Knowledge is power.

To your health,
Curt Hendrix B.S. M.S. C.C.N. C.N.S.