The Health Benefits of Skipping Breakfast

There is a reason why most people have little or no appetite on waking: the human body clock and the production of cortisol. Cortisol is an adrenal hormone produced cyclically: levels start to rise between 3 am and 6 am, and within thirty to forty minutes after waking, most people experience a two- to three-fold surge in circulating levels. In what is termed the ‘awakening cortisol response,’ cortisol mobilizes glucose and promotes gluconeogenesis, the manufacture of glucose from fat and protein.

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Why “eat less, move more” doesn’t work for weight loss

Numerous studies have concluded that dieting is associated with long term weight gain. This phenomenon has even been given a scientific name: fat overshooting. In other words, you will regain the weight that you lost, and then some. This apparent paradox is attributed to a decrease in resting energy expenditure and “adaptive thermogenesis”, as the body (the thyroid gland) adjusts its metabolic rate to match the reduction in calorie intake. It doesn’t have to be like this. The long-term solution is easier, more effective and evidence-based. It involves these three principles.

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How to burn fat overnight

As you sleep, your body clock orchestrates the secretion of important metabolic hormones that influence the way you gain and lose weight. These hormones — which include growth hormone, insulin, ghrelin and leptin — are produced in a cyclical manner. Obey your biology, as outlined in the following three steps, and you’ll find that losing weight is much easier when you work with your body, not against it.

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Winning at weight loss: Check for underactive thyroid (again)

Fatigue and easy weight gain are typical symptoms of an underactive thyroid. Too many people see their doctors for a thyroid test, which comes back negative. That doesn’t necessarily mean that there isn’t a thyroid problem – mild hypothyroidism is surprisingly common, and usually passes undetected.

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