Foods That Help You Sleep

In the last blog we talked about two aspects of sleep: the circadian rhythm and the sympathetic response. The main idea of that blog was to understand that almost always, sleep issues are not about things you need to start doing, but rather about things you need to stop doing. You can review that...
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The Metabolic Killers: How To Restart A Stalled Metabolism

The most important thing to understand about the metabolism is that it is changeable. In fact, that is its very purpose. The metabolism is always working towards balance or homeostasis. This natural action of the metabolism to adapt and react is systematically ignored in the weight loss industry....
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The "O" Diet: Sex, Weight Lifting and Exercise Performance

Sex and masturbation are taboo topics in our society but when it comes to health and fitness the orgasm may be one of the best tools we have. Here at Metabolic Effect we talk an awful lot about something we call "rest-based living." Our followers learn that relaxation, recovery and rehabilitation...
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How Many Calories To Lose Weight? The Banana Effect.

Why do we care so much about calories? Because they matter, that's why. To lose weight and keep it off, you need to create a sustainable caloric deficit over the long run. The key phrase in that sentence is "the long run." A short term calorie deficit will not cut it for sustained weight loss. In...
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Metabolic Weight Loss: The 5 Laws Of Metabolism

Simplistic models can be useful, but they have a serious downside. They can provide a general overview; yet often, important details such as exceptions to the rule and nuance are left out. The "eat less, exercise more" model suffers greatly from this problem. As a general concept it is true for...
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Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH): Low TSH? Elevated TSH?

TSH or thyroid stimulating hormone is the number one screening tool for disorders of the thyroid gland. The problem is it is a very poor way to assess your thyroid gland function. In my clinical practice I have found that TSH alone is not enough to assess thyroid function. I have seen people with...
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Crossfit to Lose Weight? How Crossfit and Marathons Can Keep You Fat & How to Make Them Work

Elite Conditioning Coach Brad Davidson & Dr. Jade Teta Discuss Crossfit and how to match eating with training for optimal fat loss results There are two things required to lose weight: 1) a calorie deficit and 2) hormonal balance. The problem with the standard "eat less, exercise more"...
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Blood Urea Nitrogen: What it is & Why is Yours High (or low)

BUN, or Blood Urea Nitrogen, is a test performed on the standard chemistry panel your doctor performs. He or she uses it to rule out kidney disease, but it can be abnormal for other reasons. What does it tell you about your health, function or disease? Background on BUN When protein is...
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Perimenopause? Menopause Belly? Hormonal Change? 3 Tips To beat It.

One of the most distressing things about menopause is the spread of weight to the middle. Even women who do not gain much weight during menopause notice increased fat storage around the middle and/or a more difficult time getting rid of menopausal belly fat.   Why? There are three main...
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Blood Work Results & Lab Values? What tests should you get?

Health and fitness can be confusing, can't it? I mean how do you make sense of all the noise out in the blogosphere, online and in the news?   First, fat is bad. And, these days, everyone is acting as if butter and bacon are the cure-all for everything? We've "known" for years that carbs...
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