Trans fat is a generic name for an unsaturated fat that contains transisomer fatty acid.  A trans fat can be either monounsaturated or polyunsaturated.  Most trans fats are industrially made.  Unlike dietary fats, trans fats are neither essential to human health nor easily used by your body.  Hopefully, after reading this article, you will understand why trans fats should be considered enemy #1.

Most trans fats consumed are created in the process known as partial hydorgenation of plant oils.  This process was discovered at the turn of the 20th century and was first used commercially in the United States in Crisco.  The ultimate goal of partial hydrogenation is to increase the melting point of the oils.  This makes them more attractive for bakers and increases the shelf life of the product.  Conjugated linoleic acid and vaccinia acid are two trans fats that are naturally occurring in meat and milk.  It is thought that trans fats are carried from mother to child by breast milk. Continue reading TRANS FATS: ENEMY #1

Candida: Food Craving 101- Update

Candida albicans is a form of yeast that naturally occurs in your body.  It feeds of sugars, yeast, mold, and fungi that are in your diet.  The more that you eat the foods that Candida albicans needs the quicker the yeast will spread.  Because of Candida’s need for sugar, it can cause you to crave unhealthy foods that contain large amounts of refined carbohydrates and sugars.  Something in your body could be causing you to be a junk food junkie!  One of the best things to do is to starve the Candida albicans out of you.

There are many foods that need to be either limited or completely avoided when you are on a diet to reduce a Candida infection.  A good rule of thumb is to avoid foods with sugars or yeast.  Reducing these will reduce the number of carbohydrates in your daily intake.  Sometimes a carb restriction of less than 60g per day is required.  It is not easy to eliminate the sources of sugar in your diet.  All of us can recognize sugar in its most common forms(raw, white, and brown), but there are some sneakier types out there.  Honey, turbinado, demerrara, amesake, and fruit.  You definitely need to remove fresh, frozen, and dried fruit, along with fruit juices, from your diet.  Fruit contains natural, simple sugars that yeast can feed on a quickly grow.  Read the label on any food you purchase.  If you see any on of these words put it back on the shelf.  Avoid: Sucrose, fructose, maltose, lactose, glycogen, glucose, mannitol, sorbital, glactose, and both mono and polysaccharides. Continue reading Candida: Food Craving 101- Update

Abdominal Core Conditioning Program- Do’s and Don'ts

by David Grisaffi

Abdominal core conditioning program is a synergized and total
approach to abdominal training. The central region of the body is
known as the ‘core’ and is comprised of the abdominal muscles and
the lower back. These are the most important muscles in our body
which help us to function in our daily tasks, prevent injuries and also
make us look good if we shed that extra flab around it. The core is
the region from which we get all our strength and movement and is
also the focal point of balance. Hence, the conditioning of this
musculature is very important.
Moving from the outer-most to the inner-most, these muscles are
rectus abdominis, external obliques, internal obliques and transverse
obliques. For conditioning the core area, all these muscles need to be
targeted and worked out. Most of us do not see these muscles because
of the flab on them but they are underneath and can emerge if we follow
the abdominal core conditioning program. These are the so-called
‘fab six-abs’ which remain invisible on almost all, but the fittest of bodies.
Pulling in the abdominal wall is the main criteria in abdominal core
conditioning program, as this conditions the core muscles deep inside
and not just the upper layer of muscles. The abdominal exercises are
usually divided into three groups- upper, obliques and lower but the
upper and lower abdominals are not separate. Some exercises in
abdominal core conditioning program emphasize moving the lower
body more than the upper body, while others focus only on the upper
  Continue reading Abdominal Core Conditioning Program- Do’s and Don'ts

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Fat Cell: What Is It?

Fat Cell: What is it? This question is often asked and generally there is a lack of understanding of the mechanism of the fat cell. Let us try to have a general overview of the fat cell and its function.According to the book ‘Adipose Tissue’ by Susanne Klaus, the major portion of the fat is stored just under the skin. Fat also surrounds important organs like the kidneys, liver and the heart. Fat also gets deposited on the top and beneath the muscles in the human body. For males the fat gets deposited in the chest, buttocks and abdomen and in women the fat tends to gather in the breasts, buttocks, waist and hips. Testosterone and estrogen, the two sex hormones, determine the position of deposition. Continue reading Fat Cell: What Is It?