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What Bacon Does To Your Body?

What Bacon Does To Your Body?
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Yes, you CAN eat loads of delicious fatty foods and still FORCE your body to burn fat for fuel, shedding pounds like crazy.

Sound too good to be true? It’s not. It’s called the Ketogenic Diet. Here’s how it works…

Under normal circumstances, your body burns carbs for fuel. Any excess carbs are stored as fat.

But by limiting your carb and protein intake, you can actually force your body into a state of “ketosis.” In this state, your body “learns” how to burn fat for fuel.

(In fact, almost every diet out there relies on ketosis for fat loss.)

Anyway, here’s the whole point of this post:

Just out is a brand new cookbook called Bacon & Butter: The Ultimate Ketogenic Diet Cookbook, and it’s FREE for a limited time.

This book is jam packed with 148 delicious ketogenic recipes that will help you burn fat like crazy. Even stubborn belly and thigh fat won’t stand a chance because your body will have NO CHOICE but to burn that fat for fuel!

You can get your free Bacon & Butter cookbook right here.

But please hurry since there were only 500 copies printed for this first print run and they’ll likely be gone today. Once those books have been claimed, it could take weeks to get more in stock.

P.S. If you’ve struggled to get rid of stubborn fat, you owe it to yourself to test-drive the keto diet. Get your free Bacon & Butter cookbook right here.

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What A Hunter-Gatherer Diet Does To The Body In Just Three Days?

What A Hunter-Gatherer Diet Does To The Body In Just Three Days?
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Could eating like our caveman ancestors make us healthier? [1] Many experts say that modern humans should consider eating the hunter-gatherer diet which is also known as the paleo diet, caveman diet, or stone-age diet. This type of diet includes fruits, vegetables, nuts, roots, and meat or foods that humans began eating after the Neolithic Revolution, an era that saw the transition of humans from hunter-gatherer lifestyles to settled agriculture. [2]

Surprisingly, the hunter-gatherer way of life actually survives – due to the existence of native tribes in far-flung areas that remain untouched by civilization. CNN’s Tim Spector, who is also a professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London, published an investigatory report on his experience eating like a hunter gatherer during his three-day stay with the Hadza tribe of Tanzania. [3]

Spector’s research required him to measure his gut microbes before heading to Tanzania, during his stay with the Hadza, and after his return to Great Britain. This research plan was devised by his colleague Jeff Leach who has been living and working among the Hadza, a hunter-gatherer group in Africa.

Spector hunted and foraged with the Hadza people who have been seeking out the same plants and animals that their ancestors have gathered and hunted for millions of years. His first breakfast was a large pile of baobab pods, which are a staple of the tribe’s diet. The camp where Spector stayed was surrounded by baobab trees. The fat-rich seeds have high levels of vitamin C and significant amounts of fiber. [4]

Wild berry trees also surround the camp. The fruits were Spector’s snacks – which have 20 times more polyphenols than cultivated berries. He also had lunch of a few high-fiber tubers. Hadzas do not eat dinner, according to Spector who experienced joining a hunting party to track down porcupine – a rare delicacy.

The porcupine’s fatty carcass tasted much like suckling pig, said Spector. The next two days exposed him to other bizarre dishes such as hyrax, which is a hoofed animal that is a relative of the elephant. For dessert, the Hadzas served golden orange honey which also included a honeycomb full of fat and protein from the larvae. [5]

Spector was accompanied by BBC’s Dan Saladino who documented his trip to Tanzania. According to Saladino, the Hadza’s diet holds lessons for everyone. Saladino underscores the similarity between the Hazda diet and the diets on which humans originally evolved and through which the humans’ digestive system developed, including the all-important microbiome which is the community of bacteria in our gut. [6]

Upon Spector’s return to London, he had his fecal samples tested. The results amazed the professor, with his gut microbial diversity having increased 20 percent. The test also traced some novel African microbes, such as those of the phylum Synergistetes. This rare form of bacteria is often associated with good health. [7] However, after few days, Spector’s gut microbes returned to their initial state from before the trip.

The medical world is starting to recognize the major role played by our gut microbiomes in the operation of our immune system. [8] There is a growing consensus there is a link between richer and more diverse microbiomes and lower risk of disease. The food the Hadzas eat enables them to have the most diverse human gut microbiomes on the planet.

The hunter-gatherer diet has the potential to address a large variety of health issues. Most physiological and psychological health conditions are rooted to our diet and toxins from the environment. The degradation of our health is caused by the malfunctioning of our organs and other systems. Eating food that is loaded with pesticides, additives, and preservatives has a negative impact on our biochemistry and could lead to a huge loss of beneficial bacteria. [9]

Here’s a rundown of what you should be eating in their whole and natural state as much as possible:

• Unprocessed and organic meats of all kinds such as chicken, turkey, beef, duck, lamb, venison, etc
• Unfarmed fish
• Free-range or cage-free eggs
• Non-starch vegetables
Nuts and seeds of all kinds
• Small amounts of honey
Fruits of all kinds

This diet bars you from eating any processed foods. Listed below are other foods to avoid:

• Wheat
• Dairy
• Refined sugar
• Potatoes
• Salt
• Refined vegetables such as canola

Spector and Saladino’s experiences with the Hazda tribe had taught them the need to get back to their roots in nature and to honor the sanctity of their bodies. This posits the importance of returning to the hunter-gatherer diet to enable our body to function optimally, physically, and mentally.

Related:

How Modern Life Is Destroying Your Gut Microbes – And 10 Things You Can Do About It

References:

[1] Terri Coles. The Huffington Post Canada. The Paleo Diet: 13 Facts About Eating Like A Hunter-Gatherer. http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/12/09/the-paleo-diet_n_4414259.html

[2] Matt McMillen. The Paleo Diet. http://www.webmd.com/diet/a-z/paleo-diet

[3] Tim Spector. CNN Health. July 5, 2017. What a hunter-gatherer diet does to the body in just three days. http://edition.cnn.com/2017/07/05/health/hunter-gatherer-diet-tanzania-the-conversation/index.html

[4] Osman SA. 2004. Plant Foods for Human Nutrition. Chemical and nutrient analysis of baobab (Adansonia digitata) fruit and seed protein solubility. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15675149

[5] Kadri SM et al. March 2017. Food Chemistry. Nutritional and mineral contents of honey extracted by centrifugation and pressed processes. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27719904

[6] Ursell LK et al. August 2012. Nutrition Reviews. Defining the human microbiome. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22861806

[7] Vartoukian SR et al. April 3, 2009. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. Diversity and Morphology of Members of the Phylum “Synergistetes” in Periodontal Health and Disease. http://aem.asm.org/content/75/11/3777.full

[8] Kau AL et al. June 15, 2011. Nature. Human nutrition, the gut microbiome, and immune system: envisioning the future. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3298082/

[9] Luke Heighton. May 10, 2015. The Telegraph. Junk food kills bacteria that protect against obesity, heart disease and cancer, study finds. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/11595559/Junk-food-kills-bacteria-that-protect-against-obesity-heart-disease-and-cancer-study-finds.html

Timing Meals Later At Night Can Cause Weight Gain And Impair Fat Metabolism

Timing Meals Later At Night Can Cause Weight Gain And Impair Fat Metabolism
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For the first time, there is some experimental evidence to prove that avoiding a late night meal can help you lose weight and avoid major health issues. Thanks to researchers at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, a study revealed the link between prolonged delayed eating and weight gain and increased insulin and cholesterol levels. [1]

According to the study, timing meals later at night can negatively affect fat metabolism and trigger hormonal markers implicated in heart disease, diabetes, and other heart problems. The study highlights the metabolic consequences of consistent delayed eating compared to daytime eating. The researchers presented their findings at SLEEP 2017, the annual meeting of Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC that was held in Boston from June 3 to 7. [2]

Dr. Namni Goel, lead author, and colleagues used nine healthy adults to carry out the study. The participants underwent two conditions. Daytime eating required them to consume three meals and two snacks between 8am and 7pm for eight weeks. Delayed eating subjected them to three meals and two snacks from noon to 11pm for two months. To ensure that there was no carry over effect, the study’s subjects had a two-week washout period between conditions. Their sleep period was held constant between 11pm and 9am. Influencing factors such as sleep-wake cycle, physical activity, and diet were not considered in the study.

Findings revealed that delayed eating is correlated with weight gain and increases in respiratory quotient. [3] The researchers also found increases in insulin and cholesterol levels. Participants who followed daytime eating condition recorded higher hormone ghrelin which stimulates appetite. [4] The study suggests that overeating in the evening and at night can be overcome by eating earlier.

Previous shorter studies have also pointed out the effects of eating patterns on weight. A 2013 study published in the International Journal of Obesity confirmed the influence of eating late on weight gain. The study stressed the importance of the timing of food as part of a weight-loss therapy that also considers caloric intake and macronutrient distribution. [5] Another study supports the relationship between weight gain and later relative timing of meals. This study focused on the link between total caloric intake and eating closer to sleep. [6]

According to Goel, their research gave a more comprehensive picture of the benefits of eating earlier in the day. He added that their early findings provided concrete evidence on the negative effects of meal timing on weight and metabolism. He also noted that their study offered a better understanding of how the body processes foods at different times of the day. His team is planning to conduct more research on a much larger scale, with a larger variety of participants.

Goel advises people to stick to an earlier dining schedule to prevent unnecessary weight gain. He believes that this behavioral intervention could be beneficial and is easy to implement.

References:

[1] University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. June 2, 20017. Timing meals later at night can cause weight gain and impair fat metabolism. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170602143816.htm

[2] American Academy of Sleep Medicine and Sleep Research Society. Why Attend SLEEP?
http://www.sleepmeeting.org/about-sleep-2017

[3] Ellis AC et al. December 2010. Obesity. Respiratory Quotient Predicts Fat Mass Gain in Premenopausal Women. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3075532/

[4] Klok MD et al. January 2007. Obesity Reviews. The role of leptin and ghrelin in the regulation of food intake and body weight in humans: a review. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17212793

[5] Garaulet M et al. Timing of food intake predicts weight loss effectiveness. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3756673/

[6] Reid KJ et al. Nutrition Research. November 2014. Meal timing influences daily caloric intake in healthy adults. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4794259/