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Chronic inflammation and weight gain

In Weight Loss by Garcia Weight Loss July 25th, 20180 Comments

Medical treatments for chronic disease and even weight loss are focusing more and more on the need to prevent and reduce chronic inflammation. Studies show that inflammation is a common underlying factor in all major degenerative diseases — including heart disease, cancer, hypertension, and diabetes — and that it can also cause weight gain and difficulty losing weight. The good news: inflammation is linked to several diet and lifestyle factors. By making key changes in …

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How apples may be the easiest diet trick ever

In Nutrition by Garcia Weight Loss March 8th, 2018

It seems that the adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” may have more truth to it than we realize. In addition to being a nutrient-dense fresh fruit that can help regulate blood sugar, apples may also reduce the risk of heart disease, help prevent cognitive decline, and could also help prevent certain cancers. Apples may even help promote weight loss. What is it about the apple that makes it an ideal addition …

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7 medical conditions that make it difficult to lose weight

In Weight Loss by Garcia Weight Loss April 3rd, 2018

You’re faithfully following a healthy weight-loss plan and paying attention to diet, exercise, adequate sleep, and proper supplementation. You track your water intake and weigh yourself at the same time, on the same day each week. Yet your weight remains the same. Often when this happens, there’s a hidden culprit such as stress or prescription medications. Or perhaps you’re eating foods with hidden forms of sugar. Sometimes, though, stubborn weight that won’t go away is …

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7 reasons you can’t lose those last 10 pounds

In Weight Loss by Garcia Weight Loss March 8th, 2018

You’ve worked hard to get healthy, but those last ten pounds are sticking to you like glue. Hitting a weight-loss plateau is discouraging. But don’t give up! First of all, remember that hitting a plateau — or even regaining a few pounds — is perfectly normal. Your weight can fluctuate a few pounds even within a single day, depending on what you eat or even the time of day. It’s also possible that your body …

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The 10 best diets for your heart

In Nutrition by Garcia Weight Loss February 15th, 2018

Heart disease is the #1 cause of death for most ethnic groups in the United States, and the standard American diet — based on highly processed, conveniently packaged, high-sodium food — is a major contributing factor. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found that heart disease is responsible for approximately 610,000 deaths every year — about one out of every four deaths. The good news is that many risk factors for heart …

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8 health benefits of red wine

In Health and Wellness by Garcia Weight Loss January 26th, 2018

Do you enjoy an occasional glass of red wine? If so, you’ve probably heard that red wine in moderation may offer numerous health benefits. What’s the secret to red wine’s health-boosting properties? Red wine is packed with antioxidants and other compounds that are good for your heart, improve cholesterol levels, and may even help you live longer. So go ahead, pour yourself a glass at the end of the day — just make sure to …

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10 foods nutritionists never eat

In Nutrition by Garcia Weight Loss December 11th, 2017

Curious about which foods the experts refuse to put in their bodies? Nutritionists may not necessarily always agree on what constitutes a healthy diet — in part because differences in our genetic makeup influence how people respond to and process different foods — they do tend to agree on certain foods that they simply won’t touch. Here are 10 foods that nutritionists avoid at all costs. 1. Artificial sweeteners Sugar-free is always better for you, …

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From the doc: 10 foods that help fight stress

In Health and Wellness by Garcia Weight Loss October 27th, 2017

Anxiety and stress have been shown to cause a number of negative effects on the body, including hypertension, depression, and an increased risk of cancer. Stress can also contribute to weight gain due to its influence on certain hormones that help regulate processes related to blood sugar control and metabolism. In turn, this can lead to an increased risk of stroke, heart disease, and diabetes. The ways that stress leads to weight gain are both …

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Easy ways to boost your metabolism

In Weight Loss by Garcia Weight Loss October 6th, 20170 Comments

Do you have a slow metabolism? Have you always been one of those people who gain weight just by looking at chocolate cake? While your metabolism is partially controlled by genetics, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s completely out of your control. Certain diet and lifestyle changes can help you speed up your metabolism so that you can burn more calories and lose weight faster. Try some of these easy tips to get your metabolism running …