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Why targeted fat loss doesn’t work

In Weight Loss by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC August 21st, 2018

If you’ve gained a few extra pounds around your middle after splurging on your favorite desserts this holiday season, you may decide to start doing crunches and sit-ups to tighten your midsection. If your goal is to eliminate excess fat from your upper arms, you may think that push-ups, pull-ups, and other upper-body movements can give you the sculpted arms you desire. While these may seem like no-brainer solutions that can help you meet your …

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From the doc: Why the first 10% you lose may be the most impactful

In Dr. Jay Garcia MD, Weight Loss by Jay J. Garcia M.D. September 2nd, 20180 Comments

How much weight do you want to lose? Fifty pounds? One hundred? When looking at the big picture, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and discouraged. Research shows that the first 10% you lose may be the most impactful. Like any other major goal, weight loss is easier when you break it down into smaller, achievable steps. That’s why we recommend focusing on losing just 10 percent of your body weight. Depending on how much you weigh …

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Stress, cortisol, and weight gain

In Health and Wellness by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC August 21st, 2018

Stress causes the body to produce cortisol, a hormone that is super-helpful in serious fight or flight situations, but not so much in modern day. Cortisol is produced by the adrenal glands, and sends signals to the brain to regulate blood pressure and immune functions. A cortisol spike will signal your body to consume a lot of calories and put insulin production on hold. These responses are all conditioned to increase energy and immunity to …