Stress Management


General Information: Lipotropic compounds are used on the potential for release of fat deposits in some parts of the body.

  • Methionine, which helps the liver maintain the optimal ability to process fatty acids;1
  • Choline, which stimulates the mobilization of fatty acids and prevents their deposition in a given part of the body;2 and,
  • Inositol, which aids in the transport of fat into and out of the liver and intestinal cells, acts synergistically with choline, exhibiting more lipotropic activity than when administered alone.
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Fat tissue Insulate the body

Wikipedia is right about the fat tissue functions:

Adipose tissue, or fat, is an anatomical term for loose connective tissue composed of adipocytes (Fat cells).

Its main role is to store energy in the form of fat, although it also cushions and insulates the body.

Obesity in animals, including humans, is not dependent on the amount of body weight, but on the amount of body fat – specifically adipose tissue.

In mammals, two types of adipose tissue exist: white adipose tissue (WAT) and brown adipose tissue (BAT).

Adipose tissue is primarily located beneath the skin, but is also found around internal organs.

In the integumentary system, which includes the skin, it accumulates in the deepest level, the subcutaneous layer, providing insulation from heat and cold.

Around organs, it provides protective padding.

It also functions as a reserve of nutrients.

Fermin RedondoFat tissue Insulate the body
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Why the scale is not a good marker of successful weight loss

There is a lot I wish we could change in medicine. One of the things that bothers me the most is our fixation with the scale and lack of education about what it tells us. Both women and men use their total body weight as a marker of how healthy they are, but just how accurate is it? The truth is it isn’t accurate at all.

The scale tells us our total body weight. It tells us how much fat mass, muscle mass, bone mass and water mass our bodies are composed of.  We just assume the lower the number, the better. This is one of the most dangerous assumptions we make in medicine today.

I have been 186 pounds (84 kg) and 97 pounds (44 kg), and I have been obese at both weights. It’s not hard to justify to people I was obese at 186 pounds (84 kg) since I’m only five feet (152 cm) tall, but what about 97 pounds (44 kg)?  How could I possibly be obese then?  The truth is I may have been small, but I was a little sack of fat rather than the large sack of fat I was at 186 pounds (84 kg).

Fermin RedondoWhy the scale is not a good marker of successful weight loss
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Want to avoid an early death? Get moving, a study says

The medical journal BMJ published a report today that links higher levels of physical activity at any intensity to a lower risk of early death in middle-age and older people.Previous studies have repeatedly suggested that any type of sedentary behavior, such as sitting still, is not good for your health. Being sedentary for 9.5 hours or more a day, excluding sleeping time, is associated with an increased risk of death.

Fermin RedondoWant to avoid an early death? Get moving, a study says
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New study: blood pressure drops big time on low carb

Remember that toe-tapping reggae song “Pressure Drop” covered by groups like the Clash and the Specials? The lyrics repeated: “Pressure drop, oh pressure, oh yeah, pressure gonna drop on you…
Fermin RedondoNew study: blood pressure drops big time on low carb
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Poor sleep linked to buildup of dangerous plaques throughout body, study says

Here’s another reason why getting a good night’s sleep should be on your must-do list: Sleeping fewer than six hours a night or waking frequently raises your risk of developing damaging plaque in arteries throughout your body, not just your heart.

Fermin RedondoPoor sleep linked to buildup of dangerous plaques throughout body, study says
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Stress at work may contribute to weight gain.

You are having problems at work or at home. Stress is beginning to show — in more ways than one. You have noticed a bulge around your mid-section that was not there before. Where are these extra pounds coming? One of the culprits is stress. Stress temporarily dampens the appetite, but long term it can boost hunger.

Fight and Flight Reaction

When we feel pressured, we are a risk to become overeaters. The fight-or-flight response does what it feels it needs to survive, once your body reaches a certain stress level, most cases, will cause you to eat not mindfully. Why? Because our bodies believe it used up calories to deal with the stress, even though it has not, and as a result, it thinks you need to replenish those calories, though you do not.

Cortisol and Comfort Foods

Tension filled times increase Cortisol levels the stress hormone, which causes sugar and fatty foods cravings that leads to overeating. Overeating then will stimulate insulin secretion the insulin cause sugar to drop, so crave sugar and fatty foods. This cycle of tension, the stress hormone, craving sugar, overeating, sugar dropping, craving sugar turns into a habit.

More likely, you will reach for cookies or mac and cheese instead of healthy fruits and vegetables. These “comfort foods.” makes the body releases chemicals in response to the food that might have a direct calming effect.” Jason Perry Block, MD, says eating can be a source of comfort and solace. Stress puts a person at risk in choosing the wrong kind of foods such as fatty and sugary foods. As a result, stress can lead to more stress hormones, junk food cravings, more storage of belly fat.

Long term effects of unhealthy weight :

Carrying the extra weight can lead to other, more severe problems, including:

  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • some cancers

Tips to Relieve Stress:

  1. Massage therapy reduces stress, helps alleviate anxiety, depression and improve sleep.
  2. Exercise, but don’t overdo it. An activity like yoga and Tai Chi are examples of mindful breathing exercises. The intensity workouts can raise cortisol levels. Try brisk walking instead.
  3. Try to get enough sleep and Meditate. These methods can help clear your mind and curb those comfort-food impulses.
  4. Have a supportive family and friends who listens and understands. When you are feeling tense, it is always good to have someone you can trust and talk.
  5. Others stress relieving factors:
    Listen to music

If you are gaining weight due to stress, tackle some good habits that can help you get back to your old self. Eat healthily, get active, and do things that make you relaxed and happy.
We have a day to day struggles and challenges which caused the stress. We have to take charge and manage our stress as best as we can. One way to deal with tension is to resist overeating.

At Doctor for Life, our staff recognizes the importance of stress management. Whether you, your child or your whole family want to embrace a healthy lifestyle, we can help. Doctor for Life has a full team dedicated to creating a doctor-guided, patient-centered program individualized to your needs. We address all aspects related to living a healthy lifestyle, including nutrition, exercise, behavior, and pharmacotherapy. Always, our physicians, coaches, and dietitians are here to help you along the way. We offer expert help here at Doctor for Life in getting you started on your Healthy Weight Lifestyle program. 864-640-0009

Cheryl SarmientoStress at work may contribute to weight gain.
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Thousands of cancer diagnoses tied to a poor diet, study finds

FACTS: *1 in 6 deaths worldwide is due to cancer *40% of people in US will be diagnosed with cancer during their life.
An estimated 80,110 new cancer cases among adults 20 and older in the United States in 2015 were attributable simply to eating a poor diet, according to the study …

Fermin RedondoThousands of cancer diagnoses tied to a poor diet, study finds
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