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Stop Weight Loss Resistance by Improving Metabolic Health by Lauren Papanos, MS, RD, CSSD

Our bodies are incredibly intelligent. They are constantly working to pull us back to homeostasis or where we should be, despite the many variables we might throw at them: lack of sleep, undernutrition, intense exercise and even, illness. You name it, our bodies are prepared for it.

Because of this, the function of the metabolism is to adapt. As a result of adaptation, processes might become less effective along the way.

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Over 50? Eat More Protein, Improve Your Health

Recently, the popularity of the protein debate has increased due to its association with skeletal muscle mass.

For adults entering their fifth decade, there has never been a more important time to examine this topic; the association between protein and skeletal muscle mass has been shown to have a profound impact, not only on long-term quality of life, but also on the body’s ability to potentially combat the COVID-19 virus.

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Your 2021 Resolutions: Why This Year You Must Follow Through

Failed diets and broken promises to yourself mean more this year. A lot more.

Every year, the most popular New Year’s goal reported BY FAR is weight loss. Unfortunately, the statistics show that 97% of the diets attempted will not end successfully.

The reason that I believe this year’s weight loss goals matter so much is the overwhelming evidence linking poor Metabolic Health to COVID-19 risks.

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Stressed? How Planning Ahead Helps Your Immunity

Science and research have long established a relationship between stress and eating behaviors. The year 2020 has been a stressor for most everyone, as the global coronavirus pandemic has affected each of us on some level or another. While stress can lead to poor eating habits, poor eating habits can negatively impact immunity. A healthy immune system is crucially important to prevent and fight viral infections, making now an opportune time to discuss ways to maintain healthy habits no matter what outside stressors arise.

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Become Unbreakable with 100 Rep Sets

It’s incredibly frustrating to be making great progress towards your fitness goals only to be derailed by injury. One of the most common, yet debilitating training injuries often involves the tendons.

Even minor tendon injuries can cause people with high pain thresholds the need to modify workouts or skip training sessions all together. To make things worse, tendon issues can take what seems like forever to improve.

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Meal Timing: Is Intermittent Fasting the Best Strategy?

In recent years, intermittent fasting has become a mainstream option for individuals trying to lose weight or improve their overall health. Intermittent fasting often means skipping the typical time for breakfast, pushing the “break fast” meal until noon or later. So, what’s the deal? Is it better to eat breakfast in the morning or skip it? Beyond the challenge of choosing what to eat, the decision of when to eat adds another level of complexity.

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21 Factors that Affect Your Blood Glucose

Your blood sugar numbers are great, right?

Most people that answer “Yes”, may base this on a fasting glucose test performed as part of a yearly checkup. Unfortunately, this test is far from comprehensive and doesn’t show you a full picture of how you’re managing glucose on a daily basis.

In reality, with proper testing administered nearly 50% of adult Americans over 35 would need to answer “no” to the question. Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity are at an all-time high, mainly due to poor eating habits and lack of exercise.

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Are Cheat Meals a Good Idea?

When I think of cheat meals, my first thought is of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. He is known to share his weekly cheat meals on social media, often consisting of massive stacks of pancakes, an entire XXL pizza to himself, or a pyramid of mouth-watering brownies. His weekly nutrition regimen meticulously plans for these enormous calorie loads on Sundays, so as not to throw him off track overall.

It works for him and his goals, but do cheat meals work for everyone? There can be both challenges and benefits to cheat meals, and there are a few tips I recommend to help navigate incorporating “cheats” into your lifestyle.

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