Posts Tagged: ‘weight loss’

In my previous blog post on thermal dieting, I discussed how exposure to cold temperatures can potentially ramp up fat metabolism. In figuring out what makes this possible physiologically, scientists have pinpointed brown fat as the gatekeeper. Distinct from white fat, the stuff that gym memberships are made of, brown adipose tissue is chock-full of energy-chomping mitochondria (these iron-packed structures give the tissues its brown color, in fact) that kick into gear when the body’s internal temperature drops in order to generate heat. That way, when the mercury plummets, brown fat chows down on calories and fat cells. Rather cannibalistic, eh?

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In 1903, fitness nut Bernarr Macfadden started the Coney Island Polar Bear Club for like-minded cold water swimming enthusiasts. Macfadden, millionaire author of the Encyclopedia of Physical Culture whose life motto was “weakness is a crime — don’t be a criminal!,” counted bone-chilling swims as part of his multifaceted fitness regimen alongside periodic fasting, milk-drinking and long-distance walking. Taking a plunge in the frigid waters of the Atlantic Ocean off Coney Island jumpstarted the metabolism, Macfadden believed, and today, Polar Bear Club members still gather every Sunday from November 1 to May 1, following in Macfadden’s breaststrokes, and though the freezing swims are more motivated for social and charitable reasons these days, Macfadden’s notion of it stimulating weight loss has caught on among dieters and scientists alike.

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Every year, I both anticipate and dread the approach of CES. It’s a huge electronics show filled with industry analysts, press, vendors and an army of public relations representatives. This year, I expect to see several trends really take center stage: smart technology, mobile and ultra high resolution are bound to play an important role. But I also expect to see weird stuff. Like forks that help you lose weight.

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Carbohydrates are something we hear about constantly in American culture. There are simple carbohydrates and complex carbohydrates, where complex carbohydrates are supposed to be better for your health than simple. There are low-carb diets like the Atkins Diet or the Dukan Diet that are supposed to help you lose lots of weight. Then there are […]

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The Dukan Diet is getting a huge amount of press in the United States this week with the release of Dr. Dukan’s book. And one big question that keeps coming up is this: what is the deal with the oat bran? Where do you get it? How do you eat it? Personally I use Hodgson […]

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If you have been following the Brainstuff blog, you know I started the Dukan diet back in April, 2010 and kept a complete diary of my progress day by day: How the Dukan Diet works – The French diet that is supposed to end the obesity epidemic You also know that about 6 months later […]

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Here is my journey so far with the Dukan Diet: – I wrote an article on the Dukan diet: How the Dukan Diet works – The French diet that is supposed to end the obesity epidemic – I started with a 5-day “attack phase” (Phase 1): Yesterday I finished a five-day “Attack Phase” on the […]

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Here is my journey so far with the Dukan Diet: – I wrote an article on the Dukan diet: How the Dukan Diet works – The French diet that is supposed to end the obesity epidemic – I started with a 5-day “attack phase” (Phase 1): Yesterday I finished a five-day “Attack Phase” on the […]

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Here is my journey so far with the Dukan Diet: – I wrote an article on the Dukan diet: How the Dukan Diet works – The French diet that is supposed to end the obesity epidemic – I started with a 5-day “attack phase” (Phase 1): Yesterday I finished a five-day “Attack Phase” on the […]

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Here is my journey so far with the Dukan Diet: – I wrote an article on the Dukan diet: How the Dukan Diet works – The French diet that is supposed to end the obesity epidemic – I started with a 5-day “attack phase” (Phase 1): Yesterday I finished a five-day “Attack Phase” on the […]

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