Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is on the increase causing rising rates of devastating infertility. But sadly that’s not all. It’s also found with insulin resistance which means for PCOS gals they experience debilitating fatigue, easy weight gain / difficulty losing weight and a higher chance of diabetes. Continue reading “A little known B vitamin found to stimulate ovulation & fertility in PCOS”
So I made a commitment to myself to go “sugar free”. I’ve tried before but radically underestimated how deep my food addiction was and failed in the early stages. This time I’m employing the very best science has to offer looking to the evidence for high quality research on weight loss.
Weight loss is a complex equation that has many variables; scientific research tells us it is not as simple as calories in and calories out.
I’ve learnt unearthing personal triggers for overeating is vital. On my journey to wellness I’ve had to be searingly honest with myself and recognise healthy but simple sugars are the “gateway drug” of my addiction.
I start with a couple of dried dates, add a banana, then it’s an raw cacao power ball – not so bad hunh? An hour later I’m obsessively thinking about raiding the kitchen when I get home from work to bake a cake, gluten-free, coconut/almond flour combination. Sound healthy to you? Well according to the blogosphere avoiding highly processed sugars via these foods should be encouraged – no donuts were murdered in the pursuit of my health 😉
Weight loss is like a jigsaw puzzle and missing even just one piece can mean that your weight loss stalls or even heart-breakingly you start to gain weight. Every day births a new diet or product promising to solve the all pervasive first world problem of excess weight. And yet why is it that we keep getting fatter? Continue reading “Evidence based strategies for weight loss”
A 12 week randomised, controlled trial on 87 generally healthy adults with “obese tendencies” found those fed the probiotic Lactobacillus gasseri SBT2055 showed statistically significant decreases in abdominal fat, as well as body weight, BMI, waist and hip circumferences, and body fat mass as compared with their control group (3).
The probiotic selected in the study came from human intestine and had been found to reduce enlarged fat cells caused by a high-fat diet in rats. The strain had also been found to bind with cholesterol and promote its clearance (2).