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Library of Research Articles

Enjoy this extensive library of articles designed to help you understand the fundamental aspects of our programs approach to weight loss. Choose a topic below and learn from some of the best minds in health science!

Fat Burning Diet

Very-low-carbohydrate diets and preservation of muscle mass

This article discusses how a very low carb diet actually protects against loss of muscle, provided there is adequate amounts of protein in the diet

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Very-low-carbohydrate diets and preservation of muscle mass

This article discusses how a very low carb diet actually protects against loss of muscle, provided there is adequate amounts of protein in the diet

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Low-carbohydrate nutrition and metabolism.

This article suggests that a carbohydrate-restricted diet may be necessary to reverse the obesity epidemic.

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Potential role of sugar (fructose) in the epidemic of hypertension, obesity and the metabolic syndrome, diabetes, kidney disease, and cardiovascular disease.

A study on how excessive sugar (fructose) intake affects the obesity epidemic as well as diabetes, kidney disease, and cardiovascular disease.

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A Randomized Trial Comparing a Very Low Carbohydrate Diet and a Calorie-Restricted Low Fat Diet on Body Weight and Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Healthy Women

A research study comparing a very low carb diet with a calorie-restricted low-fat diet on body weight and cardiovascular risk factors.

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Schizophrenia, gluten, and low-carbohydrate, ketogenic diets: a case report and review of the literature

A case study that suggests a gluten-free, ketogenic diet may be suggested to those with schizophrenia.

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Metabolic Effects of the Very-Low-Carbohydrate Diets: Misunderstood "Villains" of Human Metabolism

This article discusses the importance of ketone bodies as well as highlight the differences between diabetic ketoacidosis vs. dietary ketosis. It also explains how the body maintains muscle mass while on a low carb diet.

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Effect of a high-fat ketogenic diet on plasma levels of lipids, lipoproteins, and apolipoproteins in children.

This study was done to discover the effects of a high fat ketogenic diet on plasma levels, LDL cholesterol, and HDL cholesterol in children.

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Beyond weight loss: a review of the therapeutic uses of very-low-carbohydrate (ketogenic) diets.

A study showing how a ketogenic diet is used as a form of treatment for different diseases.

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A Randomized Trial of a Low-Carbohydrate Diet for Obesity

A one-year study comparing a low carb, high fat, high protein diet vs. a conventional low-fat diet on weight loss.

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Ketogenic Diet and a Low‐Fat Diet on Mood, Hunger, and Other Self‐Reported Symptoms

This research article addresses the effects of a low carbohydrate ketogenic diet and a low-fat diet on mood hunger and other self-reported symptoms.

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Reversal of Diabetic Nephropathy by a Ketogenic Diet

This study uses prolonged maintenance of a ketogenic diet to reverse nephropathy produced by diabetes.

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A review of low-carbohydrate ketogenic diets

A review showing the favorable changes in serum triglyceride levels, HDL cholesterol, and weight loss.

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The effect of a low-carbohydrate, ketogenic diet versus a low-glycemic index diet on glycemic control in type 2 diabetes mellitus.

A research study that compares a ketogenic diet vs. a low glycemic index diet on glycemic control in type 2 diabetes mellitus.

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 Carbohydrate restriction has a more favorable impact on the metabolic syndrome than a low fat diet.

A research article explaining whether or not a carbohydrate-restricted diet has a more favorable impact on the metabolic syndrome than a low-fat diet.

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Intermittent Fasting

Effect of intermittent fasting and refeeding on insulin action in healthy men.

A research study done on the effects of intermittent fasting and refeeding in healthy men.

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Effects of intermittent fasting on metabolism in men.

This article highlights the benefits of intermittent fasting on metabolic syndrome, obesity, and type 2 diabetes in men.

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Caloric restriction and intermittent fasting: Two potential diets for successful brain aging

A study done on the effects of intermittent fasting on prolonging the health span of the brain and nervous system as it ages.

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 The effects of intermittent or continuous energy restriction on weight loss and metabolic disease risk markers: a randomized trial in young overweight women

This article shows the effects of intermittent or continuous energy restriction on weight loss and metabolic disease risk markers: a randomized trial in young overweight women

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Health effects of intermittent fasting: hormesis or harm? A systematic review

A study done to show whether or not intermittent fasting causes harm or promotes health.

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 Intermittent fasting: a dietary intervention for prevention of diabetes and cardiovascular disease?

This article explains the benefits of intermittent fasting to facilitate weight loss and improve cardiovascular risk factors.

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Cardioprotective Effect of Intermittent Fasting is Associated with an Elevation of Adiponectin Levels in Rats

A study that shows how intermittent fasting can improve glycemic control and protect the heart against ischemia-induced cell damage.

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Ingredients and Supplements

17 AMPK Benefits + Natural Supplements to Activate AMPK

AMPK (Adenosine Monophosphate-Activated Protein Kinase) is an enzyme. This enzyme plays a role in energy homeostasis (stable state of an organism and its environment). AMPK has been linked to many health benefits such as increased metabolism, sugar burning, fat burning, producing mitochondria, antioxidant, oxygen delivery, fertility, exercise benefits, and increasing weight loss.

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Greater rise in fat oxidation with medium-chain triglyceride consumption relative to long-chain triglyceride is associated with lower initial body weight and greater loss of subcutaneous adipose tissue.

Coconut Oil, is it good or bad? Coconut Oil has been shown to be a thermogenic, meaning it increases energy expenditure (fat burning). Studies show that 1-2 tbsp of coconut oil MCT’s (medium chain triglycerides) per day increased fat burning by 5%.

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Curcumin reverses the effects of chronic stress on behavior, the HPA axis, BDNF expression and phosphorylation of CREB.

Helps with people who experience high stress as it has been shown to reverse the effects of chronic stress and lower cortisol levels in the blood.

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Vitamin D deficiency is the cause of common obesity.

Vitamin D plays a role in obesity. A lack of vitamin D has been linked to a cause for obesity. Likewise, increasing your vitamin D intake can assist in the weight loss process.

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Effect of Probiotics on Depression: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials

Probiotics enhance our immune system, improve skin function and enhance resistance against allergens, and decrease body pathogens.

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New dammarane-type glucosides as potential activators of AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) from Gynostemma pentaphyllum.

Gynostemma also assists in the regulation of glucose, lipid, and energy metabolism in our body. It also assists in AMPK activation. This can lead to improvements in weight loss.

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Effects of encapsulated green tea and Guarana extracts containing a mixture of epigallocatechin-3-gallate and caffeine on 24 h energy expenditure and fat oxidation in men.

Green tea extract has been shown to increase energy expenditure over a 24 hour period from taking capsules of 90, 200, 300 or 400 mg three times daily. Green tea extract, therefore, assists in weight loss by promoting fat burning.

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Saturated fat is not the major issue.

Saturated fat has been told to all Americans that it will increase the likelihood of heart disease and obesity. This article explains how saturated fat will decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease. This article also highlights studies that compared high fat, high protein, and high carb diets to weight loss. The high fat diet has the greatest amount of weight loss of the three.

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Cardiovascular benefits of probiotics: a review of experimental and clinical studies.

Probiotics have been shown to support heart health by lowering blood pressure and BMI.

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Antidepressant activity of curcumin: involvement of serotonin and dopamine system.

Turmeric has been linked to improvements in mood as an antidepressant with the involvement of serotonin and dopamine levels

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High Intensity Interval Training

The Potential for High-Intensity Interval Training to Reduce Cardiometabolic Disease Risk

An article on how HIIT can reduce cardiometabolic risk factors.

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The effects of high-intensity intermittent exercise training on fat loss and fasting insulin levels of young women

This is an article comparing steady state exercise with high-intensity interval training over 15 weeks. The female participants in the HIIT group experienced a significant reduction in body fat percentage, leg and trunk fat, as well as insulin resistance.

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Extremely short duration high intensity interval training substantially improves insulin action in young healthy males.

This article compares a time consuming, but effective, exercise routine of high volume vs. a short duration high-intensity interval training and their effects on insulin action in young healthy men.

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High-Intensity Intermittent Exercise and Fat Loss

Here is another research article that shows the benefits of HIIT with overweight and type 2 diabetic males and females

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Two weeks of high-intensity aerobic interval training increases the capacity for fat oxidation during exercise in women

After only 7 HIIT training sessions in 2 weeks, the female participants showed improvements in their VO2 peak, whole body fat oxidation during exercise, and maximal mitochondrial enzyme activities.

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High-intensity resistance training improves glycemic control in older patients with type 2 diabetes.

This research study shows how high-intensity progressive resistance training can be effective at improving glycemic control in older patients with type 2 diabetes.

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