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two hours after eating. : : The beverage that containedrepparttar highest concentration ofrepparttar 141716 herbal extract - 1,000 milligrams - providedrepparttar 141717 most dramatic reduction in insulin and blood glucose levels. Insulin levels were 29 percent lower, while blood glucose levels were 23 percent lower as compared torepparttar 141718 control drink, which contained no herbal extract. : : As Salacia oblonga can cause intestinal gas,repparttar 141719 researchers hadrepparttar 141720 study participants collect breath hydrogen samples hourly for eight hours after drinkingrepparttar 141721 test beverage. The participants collected their breath in small plastic tubes. The researchers then analyzed these breath samples for hydrogen and methane content -repparttar 141722 level of either substance inrepparttar 141723 breath corresponds torepparttar 141724 level contained inrepparttar 141725 colon. : : The subjects also ratedrepparttar 141726 frequency and intensity of nausea, abdominal cramping and distention and gas for two days after consuming each test meal. : : Whilerepparttar 141727 test beverages containing Salacia oblonga caused an increase in breath hydrogen excretion, reports of gastrointestinal discomfort were minimal, Hertzler said. : : Right now he and his colleagues are trying to figure out what dose ofrepparttar 141728 herb is most effective, and when it should be taken relative to a meal. : : "We want to know how long it takes forrepparttar 141729 herb to bind torepparttar 141730 enzymes that break down carbohydrates," Hertzler said. "The participants in this study tookrepparttar 141731 herb with their meal, but maybe taking it before eating would be even more effective." : : The researchers also want to studyrepparttar 141732 effects of Salacia oblonga in people with diabetes. : : "A lot of studies show that lowering blood sugar levels reducesrepparttar 141733 risk for all kinds of diabetes-related complications, such as kidney disease and nerve and eye damage," Hertzler said. "We want to see if this herb has this kind of effect." : : Salacia oblonga is still relatively difficult to find inrepparttar 141734 United States, Hertzler said, although there are manufacturers that sellrepparttar 141735 herb throughrepparttar 141736 Internet. : : This study was supported byrepparttar 141737 Ross Products Division of Abbott Laboratories in Columbus. : : Hertzler is continuing to conduct Salacia oblonga studies withrepparttar 141738 Ross Products Division of Abbott Laboratories. He has no links torepparttar 141739 company beyond this affiliation. : : Hertzler conductedrepparttar 141740 work with former Ohio State colleague Patricia Heacock, who is now at Rutgers,repparttar 141741 State University of New Jersey; Jennifer Williams, a clinical scientist with Ross Products Division, Abbott Laboratories; and Bryan Wolf, a former research scientists with Ross Products Division


Brink's Unified Theory of Nutrition For Weight Loss and Muscle Gain

Written by Will Brink

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This is where we get intorepparttar crux ofrepparttar 141556 true debate and whyrepparttar 141557 two schools of thought are not actually as far apart from one another as they appear torepparttar 141558 untrained eye. What has become abundantly clear fromrepparttar 141559 studies performed and real world evidence is that to lose weight we need to use more calories than we take in (via reducing calorie intake and or increasing exercise), but we know different diets have different effects onrepparttar 141560 metabolism, appetite, body composition, and other physiological variables...

Brink's Unified Theory of Nutrition

...Thus, this reality has led me to Brink's Unified Theory of Nutrition which states:

"Total calories dictates how much weight a person gains or loses; macro nutrient ratios dictates what a person gains or loses"

This seemingly simple statement allows people to understandrepparttar 141561 differences betweenrepparttar 141562 two schools of thought. For example, studies often find that two groups of people put onrepparttar 141563 same calorie intakes but very different ratios of carbs, fats, and proteins will lose different amounts of bodyfat and or lean body mass (i.e., muscle, bone, etc.).

Some studies find for example people on a higher protein lower carb diet lose approximatelyrepparttar 141564 same amount of weight as another group on a high carb lower protein diet, butrepparttar 141565 group onrepparttar 141566 higher protein diet lost more actual fat and less lean body mass (muscle). Or, some studies usingrepparttar 141567 same calorie intakes but different macro nutrient intakes often findrepparttar 141568 higher protein diet may lose less actual weight thanrepparttar 141569 higher carb lower protein diets, butrepparttar 141570 actual fat loss is higher inrepparttar 141571 higher protein low carb diets. This effect has also been seen in some studies that compared high fat/low carb vs. high carb/low fat diets. The effect is usually amplified if exercise is involved as one might expect.

Of course these effects are not found universally in all studies that examinerepparttar 141572 issue, butrepparttar 141573 bulk ofrepparttar 141574 data is clear: diets containing different macro nutrient ratios do have different effects on human physiology even when calorie intakes are identical (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11).

Or, asrepparttar 141575 authors of one recent study that looked atrepparttar 141576 issue concluded:

"Diets with identical energy contents can have different effects on leptin concentrations, energy expenditure, voluntary food intake, and nitrogen balance, suggesting thatrepparttar 141577 physiologic adaptations to energy restriction can be modified by dietary composition."(12)

The point being, there are many studies confirming thatrepparttar 141578 actual ratio of carbs, fats, and proteins in a given diet can effect what is actually lost (i.e., fat, muscle, bone, and water) and that total calories hasrepparttar 141579 greatest effect on how much total weight is lost. Are you starting to see how my unified theory of nutrition combinesrepparttar 141580 "calorie is a calorie" school withrepparttar 141581 "calories don't matter" school to help people make decisions about nutrition?

Knowing this, it becomes much easier for people to understandrepparttar 141582 seemingly conflicting diet and nutrition advice out there (of course this does not account forrepparttar 141583 down right unscientific and dangerous nutrition advice people are subjected to via bad books, TV,repparttar 141584 'net, and well meaning friends, but that's another article altogether).

Knowingrepparttar 141585 above information and keepingrepparttar 141586 Unified Theory of Nutrition in mind, leads us to some important and potentially useful conclusions:

An optimal diet designed to make a person lose fat and retain as much LBM as possible is notrepparttar 141587 same as a diet simply designed to lose weight. A nutrition program designed to create fat loss is not simply a reduced calorie version of a nutrition program designed to gain weight, and visa versa. Diets need to be designed with fat loss, NOT just weight loss, asrepparttar 141588 goal, but total calories can't be ignored. This is whyrepparttar 141589 diets I design for people-or write about-for gaining or losing weight are not simply higher or lower calorie versions ofrepparttar 141590 same diet. In short: diets plans I design for gaining LBM start with total calories and build macro nutrient ratios intorepparttar 141591 number of calories required. However, diets designed for fat loss (vs. weight loss!) start withrepparttar 141592 correct macro nutrient ratios that depend on variables such as amount of LBMrepparttar 141593 person carries vs. bodyfat percent , activity levels, etc., and figure out calories based onrepparttar 141594 proper macro nutrient ratios to achieve fat loss with a minimum loss of LBM. The actual ratio of macro nutrients can be quite different for both diets and even for individuals. Diets that giverepparttar 141595 same macro nutrient ratio to all people (e.g., 40/30/30, or 70,30,10, etc.) regardless of total calories, goals, activity levels, etc., will always be less than optimal. Optimal macro nutrient ratios can change with total calories and other variables. Perhaps most important,repparttar 141596 unified theory explains whyrepparttar 141597 focus on weight loss vs. fat loss byrepparttar 141598 vast majority of people, including most medical professionals, andrepparttar 141599 media, will always fail inrepparttar 141600 long run to deliverrepparttar 141601 results people want. Finally,repparttar 141602 Universal Theory makes it clear thatrepparttar 141603 optimal diet for losing fat, or gaining muscle, or what everrepparttar 141604 goal, must account not only for total calories, but macro nutrient ratios that optimize metabolic effects and answerrepparttar 141605 questions: what effects will this diet have on appetite? What effects will this diet have on metabolic rate? What effects will this diet have on my lean body mass (LBM)? What effects will this diet have on hormones; both hormones that may improve or impede my goals? What effects will this diet have on (fill inrepparttar 141606 blank)?

Simply asking, "how much weight will I lose?" isrepparttar 141607 wrong question which will lead torepparttar 141608 wrong answer. To getrepparttar 141609 optimal effects from your next diet, whether looking to gain weight or lose it, you must askrepparttar 141610 right questions to get meaningful answers.

Askingrepparttar 141611 right questions will also help you avoidrepparttar 141612 pitfalls of unscientific poorly thought out diets which make promises they can't keep and go against what we know about human physiology andrepparttar 141613 very laws of physics!

There are of course many additional questions that can be asked and points that can be raised as it applies torepparttar 141614 above, but those are some ofrepparttar 141615 key issues that come to mind. Bottom line here is, ifrepparttar 141616 diet you are following to either gain or loss weight does not address those issues and or questions, then you can count on being amongrepparttar 141617 millions of disappointed people who don't receiverepparttar 141618 optimal results they had hoped for and have made yet another nutrition "guru" laugh allrepparttar 141619 way torepparttar 141620 bank at your expense.

Any diet that claims calories don't matter, forget it. Any diet that tells you they have a magic ratio of foods, ignore it. Any diet that tells you any one food source is evil, it's a scam. Any diet that tells you it will work for all people allrepparttar 141621 time no matterrepparttar 141622 circumstances, throw it out or give it to someone you don't like!

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