Can't Lose Weight? It could be due to Syndrome X

Written by Joe Serpico

"I've put on 40 pounds in one year!" "It doesn't matter how much I work out, I can't lose weight." "My doctor must think I'm eating pizzas inrepparttar closet."

With nearly 4 million Americans weighing in at over 300 pounds, is it any wonderrepparttar 144599 above cries are heard each and every day by countless frustrated people who can't lose weight? One cause forrepparttar 144600 ever increasing need to buy larger pants is a disease known as Syndrome X.

Syndrome X is also referred to as Metabolic Syndrome, Metabolic Syndrome X and Insulin Resistance. It is a very common disease; however it is widely overlooked by many medical professionals. Some statistics claim that 1 in 3 people suffer from it.

This syndrome is a precursor to developing Diabetes Type 2. Sufferers have a high level of insulin. Their bodies are unable to process allrepparttar 144601 insulin that is being made from their diet. As a result, they become insulin resistant.

Think of it like this: You knock on someone's door because you want to come in. If they don't answer, what normally happens? You knock again, right? Sometimes you may even knock a third time, trying to gain entry. Insulin works inrepparttar 144602 same manner. The pancreas produces insulin (knock). Some foods causerepparttar 144603 body to produce even higher levels of insulin (knock again). Once you become insulin resistant, develop Syndrome X,repparttar 144604 body is unable to properly processrepparttar 144605 glucose, thereforerepparttar 144606 pancreas tries to make up for it by producing even more insulin. It thinks "no one is home" and just keeps making more.

Weight Loss - Those Last Ten Pounds

Written by Michael Lewis

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-------------------------- Weight Loss - Those Last Ten Pounds

Title ----- Weight Loss

Those Last Ten Pounds


Weight Loss - Fighting off those last 10 pounds can bring up mixed feelings. On one hand, you're happy and proud to be just a step away fromrepparttar 144191 weight you'd wanted to reach. On repparttar 144192 other hand, you facerepparttar 144193 potentially depressing prospect of having to unload yet another 35,000 calories (otherwise known as 10 pounds).

Weight loss is all about changing behavior, and that is most true when you're fighting off those last 10 pounds.

"There is evidence thatrepparttar 144194 individual has to have a great desire to get to their goal weight, and that desire has to be backed up with real changes in behavior to maintain a healthy weight over time," says Catherine Fitzgerald, RD, a dietitian inrepparttar 144195 weight-loss program atrepparttar 144196 University of Michigan Health System.

Here are seven tips to help you throughrepparttar 144197 home stretch of your diet. And get support year-round when you sign up for repparttar 144198 Weight Control Newsletter.

Lift weights


You can't beat muscle mass when it comes to losing weight and keeping it off, says Nancy Spaulding-Albright, RD, a nutritionist and dietitian atrepparttar 144199 Sunrise Outpatient Center ofrepparttar 144200 HealthSouth hospital group. "Everyone knows muscle burns more calories, even at rest, than fat or other tissues," she says. If weight lifting isn't for you, try swimming, yoga, or Pilates. It's true that muscle weighs a bit more than fat, but it also burns more calories. Inrepparttar 144201 long run, you'll stay trimmer with muscle than without it.

Focus on better health, not fewer pounds

-------------------------- Sure, dropping weight will, by itself, improve your health. But if you want to stay motivated while you're losing weight and beyond, think long term. "Tell yourself, 'I want to live to see my grandchildren,' rather than 'I want to look good at my class reunion,'" says Spaulding-Albright. The approaching class reunion may motivate you to lose weight today, but it may also set you up to fail later. "Patients who can stay focused on better health tend to reach their weight goals and keep weight off over time," she says.

See a dietitian

-------------------------- When you sit down with a trained dietitian or nutritionist to look at your diet, "you may be amazed how many hidden calories you eat," says Fitzgerald. "I see patients who forget to add those half dozen tablespoons of sugar they put into their coffee each morning or don't realize how many calories their three-sodas-a-day habit adds up to. And those arerepparttar 144202 kinds of calories,repparttar 144203 ones you don't even think about, that make weight loss harder." Contact your doctor or local hospital to get a list of dietitians or nutritionists in your area.

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