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The Types of Body Fat — and Why They Matter

When you think about fat, you might not think about the types as much as you think “I just want it gone!”; but recognizing the different types of body fat is important in determining your risk of developing certain health problems. While some fat is nothing more than a cosmetic issue, other types of fat can increase your risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, and even dementia.

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Brown Fat

Brown fat, also called Brown Adipose Tissue or BAT, is found mostly in the back of the neck. This type of fat is beneficial and helps convert the calories from the food you eat into heat to keep your core temperature warm.

Brown fat acts like a muscle when triggered by a dip in body temperature. When it’s cold outside, or when you’re standing in a cold shower or swimming in a cold ocean, your brown fat starts to burn calories for energy to heat the body. On average, a normal weight adult stores 2 to 3 ounces of brown fat, which burns about 250 calories over the course of 3 hours.

White Fat

Your body holds significantly more white fat than brown fat. Unlike brown fat, which burns energy, white fat stores energy, but that’s only one of its jobs. White fat also plays a role in hormone production and the control of insulin. Having too much white fat can make the body less sensitive to insulin, and as a result, can lead to insulin resistance and, eventually, diabetes. White fat is categorized even further into two types: subcutaneous and visceral.

Subcutaneous Fat

Almost 80 percent of fat is subcutaneous fat. This is the type of fat that lies just below the skin’s surface. It’s the fat that’s measured when determining body fat percentage; and it’s also the fat that’s typically responsible for the appearance of cellulite (although cellulite is much more complicated than this and a story for a different day).

Subcutaneous fat exists all over the body, but it’s most common in the thighs, hips, and belly. Unlike brown fat, which burns energy, subcutaneous fat stores energy. That’s why, if you regularly eat too many calories, these fatty areas will continue to grow.

Visceral Fat

Visceral fat is the deep fat that wraps around the inner organs and can cause serious health problems. Having a lot of visceral fat increases your risk of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and dementia. Typically, visceral fat is found in the stomach area. A big waist and/or belly is a good indication that you have a lot of visceral fat.

Women with a waist circumference of more than 35 inches and men with a waist circumference of more than 40 inches are the biggest risk of developing serious diseases.

 

Product of the Month: Skip-a-Meal Replacement Beverage

The Skip-a-Meal Replacement Beverage from Progressive Laboratories is without a doubt one of our most popular supplements. It tastes great, it works, and it’s easy to incorporate into a busy lifestyle. It’s especially great to incorporate into those summer months, when you’re hungry, but don’t feel like cooking up a hot meal. That’s why we made Skip-a-Meal part of both our July and August monthly special.

Monthly Special Details

With this special you receive 4 WEEKS of everything listed below for only $295 (that’s a savings of over $200)!

Physician Consult & Weekly Weigh-ins
Meal Plans
FDA Approved Medications
Meta-Blast Supplements
Crave-away Supplements
Weekly Upgraded Injection of B-12
Bi-Weekly Injection of Lipo X
Full Body Analysis on our BODYCOMP Scale

Plus, the product of the month ABSOLUTELY FREE!

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All about Skip-a-Meal

The Skip-a-Meal Replacement Shake is a whey protein meal replacement shake that serves as a high-protein, low calorie replacement for a higher calorie meal. You can replace one meal with a shake each day, or all three meals. It’s totally up to you.

The shake contains several vitamins and minerals, so it serves as a balanced nutrition source, just like a healthy meal would. One serving of the Skip-a-Meal replacement shakes provides only 192 calories and at least 30% (in some cases, it provides 35%) of each of these vitamins and minerals: vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, iron, vitamin D, vitamin E, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6, folate, vitamin B-12, biotin, pantothenic acid, phosphorus, iodine, magnesium, zinc, and copper. So if you’re drinking the meal replacement three times a day, you don’t have to worry about getting the nutrients you need.

A single serving of the shake also provides 24 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber but only 2 grams of sugar and 5 grams of fat. The even better news? One tub contains 15 servings and you get it FREE when you sign up for our monthly special. Choose from vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry.

If you have any questions about Skip-a-Meal or you want to take advantage of our monthly special, contact us TODAY!

DISCLAIMER * These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Everybody (Should) Poop: Relief for Constipation

Yes, we all do it, but that doesn’t make the subject any less taboo. People rarely talk about it, yet research shows that 74 percent of Americans are living with problems with it. If you haven’t guessed it by now, we’re talking about poop.

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We know that the word probably makes you cringe. It’s something that you don’t often discuss with others, but your digestive health is one of the major keys to your health. If you’re not eliminating properly, it’s impossible for you to feel your best. Digestive issues can vary, but one of the most prevalent is constipation – a complaint that affects up to 42 million Americans.

Constipation comes in different forms. You may have hard stools, or have to strain during bowel movements. You may not be able to go at all. The Mayo Clinic defines constipation as having fewer than 3 bowel movements per week, but in theory, a healthy digestive system allows you to eliminate at least after every meal – up to 3 times per day.

There are many things that can cause one to feel constipated – a low-fiber diet, lack of exercise, not drinking enough water. For many of you, the issue is probably a combination of all of the above. We know it’s hard to feel your best when you’re stopped up, so we put together this list of things that you can do to get things moving again.

Tip 1: Eat a diet high in fiber. Fiber helps the body form a soft, bulky stools that are easier to pass. If your diet is lacking in fiber right now, increase your intake gradually. It takes time for your body to get used to excess fiber, and if you increase your intake too quickly, it can result in other digestive complaints like painful bloating and gas. Aim for a goal of 14 grams of fiber for every 1,000 calories you eat. If you’re on a 1,500 calorie diet, this means you need 21 grams of fiber each day. Choose whole-grains, fresh fruits, dried fruits, beans, bran cereals and vegetables. Avoid white flour, processed foods, cheese, meat and dairy, which are lacking in fiber and can actually contribute to constipation.

Tip 2: Make sure you’re drinking enough fluids, which help soften the stool. Drink at least 64 ounces of water per day and stay away from soda and fruit juices, which contain large amounts of sugar and can contribute to weight gain. If you drink caffeinated beverages, like tea or coffee, add an extra cup of water for every caffeinated drink.

Tip 3: Exercise regularly. You may not associate exercise with your bowels, but exercise helps to stimulate intestinal activity, making it easier for the stool to move through the digestive system. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise, like walking, biking, swimming, or stair climbing, per day.

Tip 4: Never ignore the urge for a bowel movement. We know that life gets busy and sometimes you may feel like you have to go at an inopportune time, but do your best to go when you feel like you have to go. Ignoring the urge to pass a bowel movement contributes to constipation so when you feel that urge, find a restroom right away.

Tip 5: Set aside time for bathroom use. Giving yourself enough time to pass a bowel movement is an important factor in alleviating constipation. Train your body to use the restroom at approximately the same time every day by giving yourself some time in the bathroom at certain hours. Following a set schedule can help regulate the body’s digestive cycle.

Tip 6: Take probiotics. Probiotics help balance the ratio of bacteria in your gut, regulating your digestive system and boosting your immune system. All probiotics are not created equal, though, so make sure you choose a high-quality probiotic.

Caution: Use laxatives only as a last resort. While laxatives may provide some immediate relief, the results are temporary and they are not without side effects. Laxatives can be habit-forming and overuse may decrease the body’s ability to have an unassisted bowel movement. If you must use a laxative, choose bulk-forming laxatives, rather than stimulant laxatives, which work by adding water and bulk to the stool so that they can pass more easily through your digestive system.

 

Stuck on Sugar? How to Stop Cravings in Their Tracks

Although it may seem sweet, sugar can be anything but. It appears to be fine in moderation, but overdoing it on the sweet stuff can contribute to weight gain, Type 2 diabetes, and the development of cavities.

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The sweetener has absolutely no nutritional value and yet the average American consumes about 160 pounds of sugar each year! Some researchers speculate that this may be due to potentially addictive properties. One study out of Princeton University found that cutting out sugar cold turkey can lead to both withdrawals and intense cravings.

If you crave sugar regularly, you’re certainly not alone. Sugar cravings are one of the biggest weight loss and health challenges that we run into; however, taking the steps to stop sugar cravings can improve your health and reduce your risk of chronic disease and can lead to weight loss, especially if you tend to overdo it on the sweet stuff now.

The Mechanism of Sugar Cravings

Unlike hunger, which is physical, cravings often have an emotional or psychological cause. When you’re hungry, you’re usually satisfied after a wholesome meal. When you have a craving, you may eat several cookies, but still yearn for more. Although researchers are still trying to figure out exactly why people have sugar cravings, they believe that the brain neurotransmitter serotonin, which is responsible for your well-being and happiness, plays a role. Low serotonin levels can cause unhappiness and depressed feelings, which leads the brain to crave carbohydrates, like sugar. When you eat sugar, it temporarily increases serotonin, which then improves your mood.

Although there is nothing wrong with giving into a craving once in a while, overdoing it can negatively affect your health and cause weight gain.

Preventing the Craving

The first method of attack is to prevent sugar cravings from happening in the first place. Although you may not be able to stop the cravings completely, there are things you can do to help curb them – or make them happen less frequently.

Eat three meals a day and have a couple snacks between meals, even if you don’t feel hungry. This helps keeps your blood sugar levels steady, which can diminish the urge for cravings. Include complex carbohydrates, lean protein and healthy fat at each meal and snack. This keeps you satisfied until your next meal. Try an apple with 2 teaspoons of almond butter or cottage cheese with a handful of fresh berries.

You may also want to consider taking a supplement, like Crave-Away, that can help reduce sugar cravings, as well as cravings for other carbohydrates and alcohol. Crave-Away also contains a combination of amino acids and vitamins (vitamin C, vitamin B3, vitamin B5, and vitamin B6)that work together to boost weight loss.*

When the Craving Hits

It’s inevitable that a sugar craving will hit you once in a while. Cravings often arise out of boredom, stress or loneliness rather than real hunger though, so when that happens, try to keep your mind busy by doing other things.

Distract yourself for 15 to 20 minutes by reading a book or going for a short walk. In addition to providing a distraction, exercise has the same serotonin-boosting effect on your brain that sugar has. You can also make a phone call to a friend or start organizing a drawer or closet.

Giving In to the Craving

It’s nearly impossible to completely avoid or stop every single carbohydrate craving. Hey, you’re human; and despite your best efforts to prevent cravings, sometimes they hit you out of the blue. Depriving yourself too much can actually lead to binging on the foods you’re trying to avoid.

Every once in a while, allow yourself to have whatever it is that you’re craving, but be mindful of what you’re eating and don’t overdo it.

DISCLAIMER * These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Product of the Month! CarbCrave Complex by Pure Encapsulations

SEPTEMBER is here – and that means a new product to add to our monthly special! With this special you receive 4 WEEKS of everything listed below for only $295 (that’s a savings of over $200)!

Physician Consult & Weekly Weigh-ins
Meal Plans
FDA Approved Medications
MetaBlast Supplements
Craveaway Supplements
Weekly Upgraded Injection of B-12
Bi-Weekly Injection of Lipo X
Full Body Analysis on our BODYCOMP Scale
Product of the Month

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This month, for our product of the month, we’re offering CarbCrave Complex with Sensoril®Trim by Pure Encapsulations. CarbCrave Complex is designed to help curb excessive carbohydrate intake and to help moderate appetite by supporting healthy brain chemistry and mood.*

The active ingredients in CarbCrave Complex include:

  • Chromium Picolinate – helps balance blood sugar and control carbohydrate cravings.
  • 5-HTP – a precursor for serotonin, the same neurotransmitter released by the consumption of carbohydrates. Serotonin is thought to be responsible for increased mood – which is why people, especially those under stress, tend to crave carbohydrates.
  • DL-Phenylalanine – supports dopamine and epinephrine production, which are two neurotransmitters responsible for increased well-being.
  • Relora (which is a proprietary blend of magnolia extract and phellodendron extract) – Like chromium picolinate, Relora® helps decrease carbohydrate cravings and leads to a healthier intake of carbohydrates in adults. In one study involving 49 volunteers prone to eating under stress, Relora® helped reduce stress- related snacking of sweets by 76%.
  • Sensoril® Trim Ashwagandha – promotes relaxation and maintains healthy cortisol levels, which helps support glucose and fat metabolism. Ashwagandha also helps improve the body’s response to stress and fatigue.
  • Pyridoxal 5’Phosphate (or activated vitamin B-6) – a vital component in the synthesis of neurotransmitters.*

CarbCrave

If you have any questions about CarbCrave Complex or you want to take advantage of our monthly special, contact us TODAY!

DISCLAIMER * These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.