Trying to lose weight?? Eat more fat!/Cyndi Thomas, ND

Written by Joan Bramsch


Trying to lose weight?? Eat more fat!

The low-fat craze has gone too far. I talk to clients allrepparttar time who are upset and confused about low fat.

"Cyndi, I've cut out most ofrepparttar 131397 fat. I only eat low-fat, fat-free products. Why aren't I losing? I'm actually gaining weight!"

We need to clear up something right now. just because it says "low-fat", doesn't mean you can eat as much as you want and still lose weight. Sorry. sad but true.

We seemed to have forgotten all about calories. And contrary to popular belief, calories do count. And eating only low-fat foods will certainly cause you to eat more.

Diets with less than 20 percent fat leave you hungry, unsatisfied, and more likely to overeat.

If you keep chowing down on just carrot and celery sticks all day, you will be much more likely to snap. "I want some ice-cream and I want it NOW!"

Fat increases your sense of satiety, so you'll eat less. Fat will also give you a fuller feeling for a longer period of time.

When my kids want an afternoon snack, I can give them some raw carrot sticks and they will be back in about 20 min. wanting more. If I give them some raw carrot sticks and whole grain crackers with some almond butter on them. It will more than keep them out of my kitchen till dinner.

A diet rich in essential fats and oils works to increase metabolic rate and improverepparttar 131398 entire system of energy production. With this increase in metabolism, weight loss is not only possible but also inevitable. Blood sugar levels are balanced and food cravings become a thing ofrepparttar 131399 past.

Besides hindering weight loss, dramatically reducing your fat intake can bring on additional health problems. Low fat diets can increase your risk of heart disease by decreasing HDL's (the good cholesterol) and boosting triglycerides. It can also raise your risk for gout and gallstones.

For women, cutting back on fats will wreck havoc with your hormones. A healthy hormonal system relies on "fats". When you are experiencing things like, missed or irregular periods, menopausal symptoms, pre-menstrual syndrome, dry skin, and oily skin. your hormones are not functioning as they should. You need fat.

However, (this is really important, so listen up) all fats are not created equal.

Saturated fats should be avoided. They create allrepparttar 131400 problems we just discussed. These would include fatty meats, whole milk, cheese, ice cream, and chocolate (that one hurt). saturated fats tend to be solid at room temperature. Some ofrepparttar 131401 fats that should be included are:

Monounsaturated Fats: These are found in, olives, flax oil, most nuts and avocados. These fats will bring your hormones into balance, lower your total cholesterol, while increasing heart-protective HDL's. Studies show that just 5 serving per week ofrepparttar 131402 "good fats" can decrease your risk of heart disease by 50%. (nuts should be eaten 'raw' forrepparttar 131403 greatest benefit)

How Happy Are YOU At Work?

Written by Michae Spremulli


77% of Americans enjoyrepparttar time they spend away from their jobs more thanrepparttar 131395 hours they spend working, according to a recent Gallup study. Do you experience any of these conflicts while at work?

While working on a task do you feel mentally "pulled" in opposite directions? For example, part of you says "hurry up -- get it done", while another part says "slow down, this has to be done accurately". Is your way of doing things different from someone elseís way of doing things? You may feel comfortable planning as you go, without writing things down, while a co-worker prefers to create detailed, written action plans and to-do lists. Are you are asked to complete tasks you do not enjoy because they do not come naturally to you? You may find it easy to work on projects that have a lot of interaction with people, but not compilingrepparttar 131396 statistics forrepparttar 131397 quarterly report.

All three of these conflicts are related to a personís behavioral design. Simply put, your behavioral design describes how you prefer to naturally behave. Everyone has a combination ofrepparttar 131398 following four styles. However, one style is usually more prominent.

*Some people focus onrepparttar 131399 bottom-line, are very results-oriented and prefer to work at a rapid pace. *Others enjoy interacting with people and being inrepparttar 131400 spotlight. They like a high degree of people contact. *Some individuals prefer to work "behindrepparttar 131401 scenes" and enjoyrepparttar 131402 planning process while working in a slow, deliberate manner. *Others are attracted to detailed work such as data analysis and copy-editing.

When you can do what comes naturally to you and interact with people who behave in a similar way as you do, all is well. You feel happy, energized and rewarded. However, when conflict develops, whatever its form, you become miserable. As misery increases, so does stress, tardiness, absenteeism, errors, physical complaints, and turnover.

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