Healthy Fats

Have you ever heard the saying “everything in moderation”?  Well, there is some truth behind it when it comes to what you eat.  Take fats, for example — a lot of people believe they need to cut out fats from their diet completely or only consume “low fat” options.  This is not completely true.  Our bodies actually need “healthy fats” in moderation.  Learn more about this and the best sources for healthy fats below. Read more

Sitting Too Much Could Lead to Health Problems

Many people have jobs where they are sitting down for the majority of the day.  Besides back problems, too much sitting now allegedly causes or contributes to other health issues.  The article below dives into this topic and offers methods to counteract too much sitting and how to eradicate sitting for too long.  For some, sitting down most of the day at work might be unavoidable.  However, if you do other things suggested in this article you can find a happy balance. Read more

Leaky Gut and Its Triggers

For those of you who suffer from leaky gut or are at risk for it the foods you are eating could contain ingredients that are contributing to that.  Eating “clean” is a goal everyone should have, but we know that comes with challenges so the convenience of other foods/meals sometimes outweighs that goal.  Some ingredients that contribute to leaky gut may surprise you because of how common they are.  Learn about 7 additives that trigger leaky gut and how to avoid them in the article below. Read more

Fad Diets and The Risks

We all have at least heard of popular diets like Atkins and South Beach before, and some of you have maybe even tried them.  Our guess is that they didn’t provide you with the exact results you wanted or expected.  Why is this?  Well, unfortunately, fad diets bring a lot of dangers and risks with them.  Learn what those dangers are and why these diets don’t always work in the article below. Read more

You Can Boost Your Metabolism

The body’s metabolism does more than affect how one processes food and nutrients. A “slow” metabolism could be the result of many things including your genetics.  The good news is there are little things you can do to “boost” your metabolism to feel better and help you lose weight.  Read about them below and try them for yourself! Read more

Sugar Is In More Foods Than You Think

Sugar (artificial and real) is the culprit behind a lot of negative health effects like cavities and weight gain.  A lot of people try to monitor and control how much sugar they take in in order to lose weight or just feel better from the inside out.  However, sugar is hiding in more foods than you think.

Learn for yourself below and ask yourself if you are consuming too much sugar. Read more

Don’t Know Why You’re Hungry?

Do you experience feelings of hunger when you think you shouldn’t be hungry? There might be a reason that’s never even crossed your mind.  It could have to do with your environment, diet or your own body.  Consider everything mentioned below, and if you have questions or think this applies to you let us know and we can help!

Why Am I Hungry? Weird Things Stoking Your Appetite

“Why am I hungry … like all of the time?” Is that a question you’re asking a lot lately? That’s because weight loss is a bit more complicated than “calories in, calories out.” While that is certainly important, getting your hormones under control is key to stifle an out-of-control appetite.

Luckily, you’re not destined for a life of counting calories (and feeling starved all the time). Eating well, exercising and moving more during the day are key ways to lose weight. But there are other ways to start chipping away at those last few pounds, too. Here are some weird things that make you hungry. And how to start taking steps to reverse overeating …


Why Am I Hungry? 3 Weird Triggers

1. Salt

Eating salt makes you thirsty, right? Nope. A team of researchers from Vanderbilt University found that while excess salt intake can make you thirsty initially, after that your body actually starts producing and storing more of its own water. This forces the body to actually use a lot of fuel to break down muscle mass, fueling your hunger. This breakthrough finding changes what we know about salt and hunger and sheds new light on overeating and its harmful side effects. (1)

If you’re looking to lose weight fast, getting your salt intake under control is key.

2. Air Conditioning

There’s also a theory that air condition primes our body for overeating and weight gain. People seem to eat more in cold temperatures. Why? The body’s trying to stay warm. I get using air conditioning to avoid extreme and dangerous heat, but I wouldn’t make air conditioning a habit if you’re trying to lose weight.  (2, 3)

3. Certain Drugs

Certain medications could be fueling your appetite. Some allergy meds, insulin, steroids and even some blood pressure meds and anti-depressants are known to trigger hunger and weight gain. While you shouldn’t just get off of your meds without talking to your doctor, healing leaky gut can go a long way in actually reversing allergies and a long list of other symptoms. (Rather than just covering them up.) Working on gut repair can begin the process of healing the root cause of many ailments.(4)


How to Get Your Hunger Under Control

You can take several approaches to get reset your food cravings — and finally have some solutions for your “Why I am hungry?” question. You may want to work with your doctor to ID any hormone imbalances. But regardless of that, here are other things you can do:


Final Thoughts On the Question, “Why Am I Always Hungry?”

  • There are a number of surprising things that could be causing you to overeat.
  • Too much salt doesn’t make you thirsty, it actually triggers your body to produce and store more water, which takes lot of energy and makes you even hungrier.
  • Getting enough sleep, eating foods that balance your hormones and choosing appetite-suppressing foods and spices can help you avoid overeating.
  • Simple smelling grapefruit essential oil can actually help promote weight loss and lower hunger levels.

Source: Dr. Axe

Why Haven’t I Lost Weight? -Ask Dr. Infantino

“I haven’t lost any weight. What am I doing wrong?”

Weight loss plateaus happen to the best of us. Even if you’ve been doing absolutely everything you’re supposed to, you may still find yourself glaring at the number on the scale and wondering what in the world went wrong. Take a deep breath. The most important thing to do in these situations is assess your recent health choices and be honest about it. Equally as important, you should answer the question, “How long have I been on this plateau?” If it has been less than a week, you need to be patient for a bit longer before you freak out, or even worse, give up.

If it has been more than two weeks, then you should carefully consider every aspect of your daily living. What have you been eating? Have you been eating too much or too little? Yes, not eating enough can stop you from losing weight! Have you been drinking water? Avoiding refined sugars, grains, and processed foods? Do you exercise? How often? Can you increase the intensity of your workouts? What about your stress and sleep levels? Remember those can affect your weight as much as anything else. And finally, do you know what a healthy lifestyle includes? Having correct info makes a huge difference! If you’re still unsure what you should and should not be eating, sign up for a Free Weight Loss Package. We’d love to meet you in our clinic and answer any of your questions.

6 Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight

Ask anyone about weight loss and they’ll say–most likely–that it all boils down to eating less and exercising more. Well… that’s not exactly how it works. We’ve helped hundreds of people lose weight, and here’s a list of the top reasons it’s so hard for you to drop those pounds—even if they try to eat less and exercise more.

 

1. Your body is polluted with toxins.

The world is full of fertilizers, dyes, enhancers, and all sorts of chemicals. Together all of these are basically poisonous. The toxins interrupt the way your body digests, stores, and processes food. With so many toxins in the body—it’s no wonder you can’t lose weight.

You can rid the body of harmful chemicals by detoxing a few times a year.

 

2. Your body has been commandeered by yeast—aka Candida.

The prevalence of sugars and simple carbs in our diets is an open door to Candida. A huge percentage of the population that is fighting the never ending weight loss battle is unknowingly fighting Candida, and losing.

 

Rid your body of yeast and take control of the your weight loss, once and for all. The process is relatively simple. It kicks off with a cleanse, followed by five weeks of clean, healthy eating. It’s not uncommon for patients to lose anywhere from 20 to 75 pounds in this short time frame. Learn more about cleaning at our free weight loss class.

 

3. You’re eating too much fruit.

It’s easy to think, fruit is a natural, healthy snack—but then accidentally overindulge on fruit. It’s funny to think someone could eat too many pieces of fruit, right? But consider how many calories are in a handful of grapes verses a handful of broccoli florets. At the end of the day calories still count for something, so remember to eat fruit responsibly!

 

4. You’re dehydrated.

We could write about water every week, and probably still not be able to stress how important water is in the weight loss process enough. You’ve seen the diagrams showing the percentage of the body that’s made up of water. Additionally, the digestion system needs water to function. You can keep toxins and fat at bay with water. Plus water helps curb hunger pangs. The only thing left to say is to “drink water” for weight loss, and watch the results happen.

 

5. You’re not sleeping enough.

Lack of sleep puts your body into a carb- and fat-craving survival mode. A study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that women who slept fewer than four hours ate 300 more calories and 21 more grams of fat the next day.  To fix this, try to seven and a half hours of sleep every night.

 

6. Your Thyroid is the culprit

Your thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the front of the neck. It produces hormones that control the speed of your metabolism.  People with an underactive thyroid tend to have a very low metabolism, thus one of the most noticeable symptoms of hypothyroidism is weight gain and difficulty losing extra weight.

 

If you’re in the Phoenix area and having trouble losing weight, come into our office to try our Weight Loss Package. Click HERE to learn more about the package.

6 Ways to Consume More Water

If you’re reading this article, chances are you’re one of the people out there who knows how extremely important water is—but unfortunately doesn’t seem to get enough of it. Short of sitting down and chugging several cups of water, what should a person do to intake enough water?

 

We have six great, easy-to-implement suggestions for how to drink more water:

 

1. Drink a full glass every time you brush your teeth.

 

2. Keep a water bottle in the car and in your purse. Make sure it’s a high quality polycarbonate bottle so no chemicals leach into your water from the bottle. Plastic bottles are especially dangerous.

 

3. Drink a cup of water before each meal. This not only serves to increase your  water intake, it also helps limit your food intake. Of course, it’s also best to just drink water with meals. Water is the ultimate beverage regardless of what’s for dinner.

 

4. Bring a water bottle with you during all workouts. Sip often. It’s best to avoid being thirsty. Thirst is a sign of being dehydrated.

 

5. Drink water after every time you visit the loo. It’s a simple principle of water in, water out.

 

6. Dress up your water. Use a straw, squeeze in a lemon wedge, and add your favorite kind of ice. If you love pebble ice, keep it stocked in your freezer. It’s a simple way to make your water seem more appealing.

 

It’s common for people to dislike water. If you’re one of those people, consider how important water is to a proper-functioning body.

Water:

– Aids in digestion.

– Speeds the metabolism.

– Cleanses the blood.

– Regulates hormones.

– Helps keep the kidneys clean and functioning effectively.

– Helps keep skin clear and youthful looking. Reduces the formation of wrinkles.

– Prevents constipation.

– Regulates body temperate.

– And more.

The body is about 90% water, so it’s no surprise that proper water intake can help in each of those ways.

 

Of course, the quality of water is also important. It’s best to drink purified or natural mineral water. The body needs the minerals, but none of the chlorines and chemicals used to clean and maintain most municipal water sources. If you don’t have access to natural mineral water, it’s best to invest in a high quality water filter.

 

Make sure to get enough water. You get about 20% of the water necessary through eating a healthy diet. After that, most people need eight to ten glasses of water a day.

 

The beautiful thing about drinking the appropriate amount of water, is that it will make you feel so much better that you’ll naturally start drinking enough water without thinking about it.

 

Water is magic that way.