5 SANE Diet Review(s) + Making the SANE Diet Work for You

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sane-diet-reviewsEveryone wants to know if a product they’re thinking of purchasing or trying really works, or if it is just a waste of time and/or money. Though they may read and listen to advertisements and product facts from the manufacturer or creator of the product, nothing is more persuasive than customer reviews. We have hundreds of SANE Diet reviews, many of them written by people just like you, people who have struggled with weight issues for years, perhaps even their entire lives.

We cannot include all of the SANE Diet reviews we have received in this article, of course, as that would be far too many for you to read at one sitting. So, we have selected 5 astonishing SANE success stories to share with you here. We had intended to just review these SANE Diet reviews. But after reading the many amazing stories, we realized just recapping these success stories wouldn’t be enough for you. We realized that you’d probably want to know how YOU can make the SANE Diet work for you, that you’d want to know everything about the SANE Diet and weight loss plan.

So, we’ve decided to cover the SANE Diet in-depth in this article and intersperse it with 5 SANE Diet reviews. Sound good? Ready to get started? Okay. We’ve got so much information we’re excited to share with you, and so little space and time.

Let’s begin with a SANE Diet review.

SANE Diet Review #1: Sam Lost an Astonishing 168 Pounds and Beat Diabetes with SANE!

Sam is a 67-year-old construction manager and former NFL player with the San Francisco 49ers. He had been a classic yo-yo dieter most of his life, losing and gaining 100-200 pounds frequently.

Like most people who struggle with their weight, he could never seem to get his weight under control, and he tried everything. In desperation, he even tried lap band surgery. The surgery was a dismal failure, almost costing Sam his life. In early 2016, he was 120 pounds overweight.

It all caught up with him in May of 2017, when his doctor diagnosed him with diabetes. (Obesity is the number 1 risk factor for type 2 diabetes.) Sam was all too familiar with diabetes. His older brother had his leg amputated because of this disease. Sam considered this diagnosis to be a “death sentence,” and he decided to do whatever it took to lose weight.

He immediately went on a calorie-restricted diet, eating oatmeal, grapes, fiber bars, etc. But he only lost a pound or a half a pound a week, which is extremely slow for a man. Fortunately, his fiancee, Maggie Greenwood Robinson, author of Control Diabetes in 6 Easy Steps and dozens of other diet and nutrition books, came to his rescue.

Maggie had worked with SANE, knew it had validity, and put SAM on the program. He dropped 4 to 5 pounds a week consistently. Sam no longer ate oatmeal for breakfast. Instead, he ate egg whites and omelets. He loved eating SANEly and never veered off the diet plan. By February 2018, Sam had dropped 85 pounds.

And here’s the best part. His doctor declared him “diabetes-free,” the first time in 35 years of practice he had ever seen diabetes healed. Now 168 pounds lighter than his top weight, Sam tells everyone about the SANE Diet plan, how it works, and how it saved his life.

Click here to read Sam’s amazing SANE Diet Review.

The Futility of Calorie Counting

Notice how counting calories didn’t help Sam lose weight even after his diabesity diagnosis? This is not unusual.

Has counting calories and starvation dieting ever really helped you? Be honest now. How many starvation diets have you tried? (By starvation diets, we mean calorie-restrictive diets, not fasting.) What happened? If you’re like most people who have issues with their weight, you probably lost 10 or so pounds fairly quickly. Before long, however, the weight loss slowed down to barely a pound a week, if that!

Meanwhile, you were hungry, week, grouchy. You couldn’t think clearly. All you could think about was food, and the longer the diet continued, the more intensely you thought about food. And you weren’t thinking about vegetables, either. You were craving chips and doughnuts and candy and pasta and soda.

Sooner or later, you fell off the diet because you couldn’t take the hunger and temptation any longer. Whether you lost some weight or all the weight you intended to lose, you were thankful and eager to eat “real” food again. And what happened when you started eating normally again? That’s right. You gained all the weight back you had lost, plus a few extra pounds.

It’s depressing and frustrating. Every time a diet failed, you probably blamed yourself. You didn’t know what you did wrong, and why calorie counting didn’t work for you. You feel helpless, hopeless, yet desperate to lose weight. After all, you are painfully aware of the health issues that being overweight or obese can cause.

Health Complications of Obesity

Though any amount of extra fat can increase the risk of health problems, having an excessive amount of fat significantly increases these risks. Obesity, a condition in which a person weighs more than 20% above a healthy weight, significantly increases the risk of many health conditions, including:

  • Abnormal Cholesterol Levels
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Gallstones
  • Heart Disease
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Liver Problems
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Stroke
  • Some Cancers

SANE Diet Review #2: Cristina Lost 45 Pounds AND Reversed Her Diabetes

Cristina was vulnerable to those obesity-related conditions. At 238 pounds and a body mass index (BMI) of 34, Cristina was classified as obese, and she knew she had to do something to get her weight under control. She had switched to a vegetarian diet to try to be healthier and lose weight. (Her vegetarian diet included veggies, of course, but excluded meat. She did consume eggs and dairy products, however.)

Cristina concedes that her new vegetarian diet was particularly “starch- and sugar- heavy,” which prevented her from losing weight. It also, Cristina says, probably accelerated her diagnosis of type 2 diabetes on February 1, 2012.

This diagnosis jolted Cristina into action. She knew she couldn’t eat the same foods she had been eating, but she didn’t know how to eat. Then she came upon Jonathan Bailor’s book The Smarter Science of Slim, where she read the details of the SANE diet.

Her mother was upset that Cristina couldn’t even eat pasta and grains on the SANE diet. Since as a vegetarian she wasn’t eating meat, her mother thought Cristina would starve to death. But Cristina carefully analyzed the diet and saw that SANE emphasizes non-starchy veggies. All of the other foods on the SANE diet fit into a vegetarian lifestyle, as well. Though increasing your lean protein intake is an important part of SANE, this protein does not have to come from meat. Plain nonfat Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, and other SANE foods are terrific non-meat sources of protein.

Cristina went totally SANE. In 3 months, she lost 45 pounds, and her doctor took her off her diabetes medication. Her cholesterol levels, for which she was on medication, also dropped. Plus, after 5 years of trying, Cristina got pregnant!

Click here to read Cristina’s complete SANE Diet Review.

The Problem with Counting Calories

You may have noticed that neither Sam nor Cristina mentioned counting calories in their SANE Diet reviews. There is a reason for that. The SANE Diet does not focus on counting calories or points because this method does not work for long-term weight loss. That’s right. All those diets you tried failed precisely because starvation dieting does not work. It actually makes the problem worse and leads to yo-yo dieting.

The calorie-deficit theory of weight loss is based on the premise that you must starve your body to lose weight. And there is truth to this theory. You will — and probably have, many times — lost weight on a starvation diet. But your body fights back against what it thinks is actual starvation. Your cells need a certain amount of nutrition to survive and thrive. When you reduce calories while eating low-quality foods, your body goes into emergency alert.

Hormones signal the brain that you’re not receiving enough nutrition. The brain releases hormones to keep you from starving to death. These hormones make you hungry, weak, cold. They make you irritable. They even make you lethargic so you’ll sit around the house rather than engage in any activity, thus conserving calories.

And it gets worse. Certain hormones slow your metabolism and inhibit fat burning. They send most of the calories you consume to your fat stores and direct your body to burn muscle instead of fat. This makes losing weight via starvation dieting a long, tedious, torturous process. Your body fights your weight-loss efforts every step of the way.

Once you go off the diet, it makes sure you gain back every pound you lost, and then some. Your body always tries to bring you back to your setpoint weight.

The Way to a Positive SANE Diet Review? Lower Your Setpoint Weight!

There is an invisible force inside you that conspires to hold onto those extra pounds. This invisible force has nothing to do with calories, points, mail-order meals, or any of the traditional diet nonsense you’ve been fed.

What is truly holding you back is setpoint weight. This is something you can control, and when you learn the secrets to lowering your setpoint weight, you’ll stay naturally thin. Lowering setpoint weight is the secret of permanent weight-loss success for all who wrote positive SANE Diet reviews. It will do the same for you.

So what exactly IS setpoint weight?

Setpoint weight is that level of fat your body works to maintain regardless of how many calories you consume or what type of diets you try. Your body is designed to automatically stabilize your weight the same way it automatically stabilizes your body temperature and blood pressure. With respect to your weight, your brain, digestive system, and hormones talk to each other through several feedback loops to synchronize the activities that automatically maintain body fat at a specified level (setpoint weight).

Think of the biological feedback system that establishes your setpoint like the thermostat in your house. Thanks to the thermostat, your heating or air-conditioning system respond to the weather outside and keep your home at whatever temperature the thermostat “thinks” it should be at. Similarly, your setpoint stimulates or suppresses your appetite and raises or lowers metabolism in response to how much fat it “thinks” you should store.

The only way you can permanently lose weight is to lower your setpoint weight. Losing weight will then be effortless.

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SANE Diet Review # 3: Christine Lost 100 pounds without Starvation Dieting or Cardio Workouts!

Christine’s SANE Diet review is a powerful testament to how effective lowering your setpoint weight is to permanent weight loss.

The struggle with her weight began when she was involved in a severe car accident that nearly took her life. She sustained a broken neck and had to endure months of convalescence, leading to a considerable amount of weight gain. At one time, Christine weighted 278 pounds and wore a size 4x. She had Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, high blood pressure, and headaches. She knew her weight was negatively affecting her health, but she didn’t know what to do about it.  Traditional dieting wasn’t working, and neither was exercise. (Christine was very physically active, even holding a multiple-degree black belt in the martial arts.)

She went in search of real, workable answers to her weight issues. One day, she started listening to Jonathan Bailor’s podcast, called the Smarter Science of Slim. Jonathan Bailor is the author of The New York Times bestseller, The Calorie Myth, and the creator of the SANE Diet. As she was listening to the podcast, Christine says, “things started to click.”

Christine started eating SANE foods, and the results speak for themselves. She has lost 100 pounds. Today, she is a fit 176 pounds, wearing a size 10 medium. She also feels great. She has no more problems with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Her blood pressure is normal, and she no longer suffers from headaches.

She is now a proud SANE coach, helping other people lower their setpoint weight and reach their fat loss goals. Click here to read Christine’s SANE Diet Review.

Factors that Elevate Setpoint Weight

The trauma, stress, and enforced inactivity of Christina’s car accident helped elevate her setpoint weight. Though the body is designed to regulate your weight at a healthy level, it cannot do this job if the system is broken.

When the system is broken, your hormones cannot send correct signals to your brain. Because your brain doesn’t know how much fat you have or need, it becomes confused. But because its mission is to make sure you have enough fat to survive, it errs on the side of giving you too much fat rather than giving you too little. Your setpoint goes up, and this becomes the new weight your body defends.

Everything you do affects your setpoint weight, either negatively or positively. But the three main reasons for an elevated setpoint weight is poor-quality diet, stress, and sleep deprivation.

Poor-Quality Diet

A poor quality-diet is one in which the majority of calories come from heavily processed foods, starchy carbs, and sugars. This is what many people consider to be the Standard American Diet — for good reason.

One recent research study found more than 60% of the calories in the average American’s diet comes from heavily processed foods. (Heavily processed foods are manufactured to look, smell, and taste like real food, but they are not real food. They contain little to no fiber and nutrients, and they contain massive amounts of chemicals, sugars, and sodium.) This same study found more than 90% of our added sugar intake comes from these heavily processed foods.

Obviously, cutting back or eliminating heavily processed foods would go a long way toward lowering your setpoint weight.

Stress

Though stress does not have calories, it can definitely elevate your setpoint weight. When you’re stressed, your endocrine glands release cortisol into your bloodstream. Among cortisol’s many functions is triggering the release of insulin to get glucose into cells for the energy to deal with short-term stress.

Your body’s reaction to short-term stress is an automatic survival instinct/response, meaning all you need to do is feel stressed, and the body takes over. The body considers short-term stress life-threatening, and it goes into overdrive immediately. Once the crisis ends and the glucose is burned off, a relaxation response gradually returns the body’s systems to normal.

The problem is that your body responds to all stresses in the same way. If you had an argument with your spouse, are having financial problems, or your boss is driving your crazy, your body reacts as if it needs to save your life.

This is dangerous because chronic sources of stress cause your body to keep releasing cortisol. And because cortisol prompts the release of insulin, this fat-storage hormone stays elevated, too. Plus, psychological stress does not burn off glucose. All of these elevate setpoint weight. In addition, elevated cortisol levels cause an accumulation of dangerous visceral belly fat that can lead to numerous health problems, including type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Sleep Deprivation

Most people do not get the amount of sleep they should get for their health and for proper weight control. People are so busy these days that sleep often falls by the wayside. This is unfortunate because many studies show sleep deprivation contributes to weight gain.

Sleep deprivation has been shown to dysregulate hormones governing appetite and willpower. Research indicates those who are tired also tend to eat more food, and they choose to eat more sugary, starchy carbs than their well-rested peers. Sleep deprivation also increases levels of cortisol in the blood, leading to an accumulation of belly fat.

SANE Diet Review # 4: Robert Lost 100 Pounds by Eating MORE, but Smarter

There are a few easy ways to lower your setpoint weight. The very best way to lower your setpoint weight is to eat more high-quality foods and fewer low-quality ones. In this SANE Diet Review, Robert discusses how he lost 100 pounds just by using this method.

At his heaviest, Robert weighed 360 pounds. He wasn’t nonchalant about being heavy, either. He hated being heavy and tried almost every diet out there. Like most dieters, he found that starvation dieting didn’t work for him. He could live on a 1,200 per day diet for a little while, but sooner or later, he’d break down and start eating everything in sight.

And any time he lost weight, he gained it all back within a year. His situation seemed hopeless…until he read Jonathan Bailor’s book about the SANE Diet and decided to give it a try. Within 9 months, Robert was down 100 pounds.

The secret to Robert’s SANE success? He says SANE is working for him because he gets to eat whenever he is hungry. The difference is that he eats high-quality foods, which allows him to eat more food than he did before while still losing weight. And he’s not hungry anymore.

Click here to read Robert’s amazing SANE Diet Review.

Easy Ways to Lower your Setpoint Weight

Here are a few of the easiest ways to lower your setpoint weight.

Improve Quality of Diet

To lower your setpoint weight, it is crucial to focus on the quality of calories you put in your body, not the quantity. If you get what to eat right, how much will take care of itself? You see, not all calories are created equal. They work differently in the body depending on which foods they come from.

The quality of calories varies widely and is determined by four factors: Satiety, Aggression, Nutrition, and Efficiency.

  • Satiety: How quickly calories fill you up.
  • Aggression: How likely calories are to be stored as body fat.
  • Nutrition: How many vitamins, minerals, essential amino acids, essential fatty acids, etc. that calories provide.
  • Efficiency: How easily calories are converted to body fat.

SANE foods fill you up quickly and keep you satisfied for a long time while they help to balance your hormones, reduce neurological inflammation, and heal your gut thanks to the therapeutic levels of essential nutrients they provide.

The more high-quality SANE foods you eat, the lower your setpoint weight. You will also love SANE foods, and you will never be hungry or feel deprived. All your favorite tastes, flavors, and textures are available in abundance!

The SANE Diet is simple. All you need to do is concentrate on eating more SANE foods, and fewer inSANE foods such as starchy carbs, sugars, and heavily processed foods.

The SANE Setpoint Diet

Here are the 4 main SANE food groups.

Non-Starchy Vegetables

10+ servings per day. Fill half your plate with non-starchy vegetables at each meal.

Examples include:

  • Cucumber
  • Eggplant
  • Endive
  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Tomato

Nutrient-Dense Protein

3-5 servings per day, 30-55 grams per meal.

Examples include:

  • Cottage Cheese
  • Egg Whites
  • Grass-Fed Beef
  • Nonfat Greek Yogurt
  • Salmon
  • Tuna

Whole-Food Fats

3-6 servings per day

Examples include:

  • Almonds
  • Chia Seeds
  • Cocoa/Cacao
  • Coconut
  • Flax Seeds
  • Macadamias

Low-Fructose Fruit

0-3 servings per day

Examples include:

  • Blueberries
  • Cherries
  • Goji Berries
  • Lemons
  • Oranges
  • Strawberries

sane-diet-reviewsReduce Stress

To lower your setpoint weight, try to participate in at least one stress-reducing activity daily. It doesn’t have to be difficult or take up a lot of your time, either. Here are a few stress-reducing ideas to get you started.

  • Seated meditation
  • Walking meditation
  • Mindfulness meditation
  • Deep Breathing Exercises
  • Progressive muscle relaxation
  • Yoga
  • Tai Chi
  • Walking in the park
  • Leisurely biking
  • Meeting friends for dinner
  • Going out to a movie
  • Watching a marathon of your favorite sitcoms
  • Playing with your dog
  • Take up a hobby

Improve the Amount and Quality of Sleep

To lower your setpoint weight, try to get 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep per night. Here are some tips to help you get enough quality sleep:

  • Go to bed at night and arise at the same time each morning, even on the weekends. Being consistent keeps your sleep schedule on track.
  • Don’t eat or drink anything a couple hours before bedtime. The digestive process can interfere with a good night’s sleep.
  • Make sure your bedroom is dark, cool, and quite. Studies show this type of environment is more conducive to a good night’s sleep.
  • Exercise regularly during the day, as this can promote better sleep. (Exercise need not be a formal exercise program. Rather, leisurely walking, bike riding, playing catch, etc. qualifies as exercise.) Be careful not to exercise right before bedtime, however, as the stimulation can keep you from falling asleep.
  • Avoid looking at bright screens 1-2 hours before bedtime. The blue light emitted from your phone, television, computer, or tablet can significantly disrupt sleep as they interfere with your brain’s production of melatonin.

SANE Diet Review #5: Jessica Was Nearly Wheelchair Bound — Until she Found SANE

Jessica inherited the tendency toward obesity and its associated diseases. She had lost relatives in their 40s to heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, and other conditions. Still…she had been tall and skinny until the family’s love of sweets spilled over to her, and she started gaining weight.

At 11 years old, Jessica began her weight-loss journey. Countless diets. Exercise programs. Taking diet pills. Her weight-loss battle continued into adulthood. But it intensified after the birth of her two children. Jessica gained a lot of weight with each pregnancy. After giving birth, she went on a starvation diet — eating only 800 calories per day — to shed those pounds.

And what happened after she lost those pounds? Jessica discovered she would gain all that weight back if she ever started eating “normally” again. The only way for her to maintain her weight loss was to consume 1,200 to 1,400 calories per day, and that is almost impossible to do consistently.

By the time she was 58 years old, Jessica had high blood pressure and thyroid disease. She had undergone heart surgery and was pre-diabetic. She also suffered from advanced degenerative disc disease, which threatened to make her wheelchair-bound within a few years.

Fortunately, Jessica discovered Jonathan Bailor’s book, The Calorie Myth. She followed the diet and exercise recommendations. After only 3 months, Jessica says she is in better health than she has ever been.

Now 64 years old, Jessica and her husband are now retired and traveling the world. It is hard to believe she was ready for a wheelchair such a short time ago! Click here to read Jessica’s inspiring SANE Diet Review.

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How to Lose Weight After 50 with the Setpoint Diet

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how-to-lose-weight-after-50-setpoint-dietLosing weight after 50 is not easy, many people tell you. If you press them, they’ll even tell you that it’s easier to gain weight and harder to lose it after 50 than when you’re younger. Sadly, they’re right. But folks who’ve tried to lose weight after 50 — and failed — didn’t know about the setpoint diet.

The setpoint diet makes losing weight after 50 a breeze. Yes, REALLY. But before we share the amazing, scientifically proven news with you about how the setpoint diet is the only way to lose weight long term, we need to first discuss why traditional diets fail more than 95% of the time. We need to discuss why traditional dieting is difficult at ANY age, and why, despite your best efforts, the weight you lose always comes back.

Then we’ll discuss why it is even more challenging to lose weight after 50 for so many people, and why the setpoint diet offers the perfect solution. Ready to get started? Okay. Let’s dig in.

The Problem Losing Weight with Traditional Diets

Gaining weight after 50 is a common occurrence. If you didn’t have a problem with your weight until after 50, congratulations. Though your newly acquired girth may be frustrating and though it stubbornly hangs on no matter what type of diet or exercise program you’ve tried, you’ll find the answers you need with the setpoint diet. So…don’t believe everything you’ve heard about the futility of staying slim after 50. (More about this shortly.)

But it’s possible — in fact, highly likely — that your weight problem didn’t start after 50. The majority of people today struggle with weight issues. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 70% of U.S. adults are overweight or obese. (Obesity is a medical condition in which a person’s excess body fat has accumulated to the extent that it impacts their health and significantly increases the risk of health problems.)

So, if you’re like the majority of Americans, you have struggled with your weight your entire adulthood — or even your childhood. What does “struggling with your weight” look like? For most people, it “looks like” dozens of failed fad diets. (Famous fad diets: Grapefruit Diet, Cabbage Soup Diet, SlimFast Diet, The Cookie Diet, Medifast.) It “looks like” Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, Nutrisystem. It “looks like” prescription and non-prescription diet pills, such as Herbalife, Green Coffee Bean Extract, Alli, Hydroxycut.

Ultimately, struggling with your weight “looks like” frustration, depression, shame, weight gain — and yo-yo dieting.

Why Traditional Dieting Fails

What went wrong? Why have you never been able to keep the weight off, no matter how many diets you tried and how hard you worked at shedding those pounds?

Well…the short answer is this:

YOU DID NOTHING WRONG. THOSE DIETS WERE WRONG, NOT YOU!

Most diets have a proven failure rate of about 95.4%. This is why the average dieter in the U.S. makes 3-4 weight loss attempts per year. This is why the estimated 45 million U.S. adults who go on diets each year — every year — have not lost enough weight to impact the spiraling rates of overweight and obesity in America.

Still…these individuals, like you, keep trying different diets, thinking they did something wrong. Each time they start a new diet, they think that this time, they’ll get it right. Sadly, there is no “getting right” something that was created from incorrect information. The most harmful piece of advice that has ever been developed concerning weight loss is that creating a calorie deficit is the most important aspect of losing weight.

The Calorie-Deficit Theory: True or False?

It’s not that the calorie-deficit theory of weight loss is entirely wrong; it is just incomplete. It is true that your body needs a calorie deficit to drop pounds. But it is not true that you have to count those calories. When you count calories, you are treating every calorie the same, which is in agreement with the calorie-deficit theory of weight loss. As long as you stay within a designated number of calories, this theory states, you can eat anything and lose weight.

But modern science shows that all calories are not the same. Calories have different effects on your body and on your metabolism depending upon the foods from which they come.

The Differing Effect of Calories

For instance, eating 300 calories of high-quality protein fills you up and keeps you full for hours. This prevents you from overeating in the moment and reduces the chances you will eat more food in the few hours.

Protein also takes more calories to digest than carbohydrates and fats, meaning that no matter how many total calories you write down for that meal, your net calorie intake is actually lower when you eat more protein.  Also, it is almost impossible for your body to store protein as fat, so if you want to avoid weight gain, increasing your intake of protein is an excellent idea.

Compare this to what happens when you eat a 300 calorie piece of cake (refined carbs). Because there is no fiber to slow it down, the cake is digested quickly, turned into glucose, and then dumped into your bloodstream. This causes a huge spike in blood glucose levels.

The pancreas releases insulin to clear the excess glucose from your bloodstream. Normally, insulin takes the glucose to your cells to be used as energy or stored for later use. But due to the huge amount of glucose from the cake, insulin is overwhelmed. It has only a short time to clear glucose from your bloodstream before it builds to a lethal level. So, insulin takes most of it to your fat cells.

You feel an energy surge immediately after eating the cake due to the spike in blood glucose levels. Within about 2 hours after eating that piece of cake, however, your energy levels plummet. You also feel hungry again, so you help yourself to another piece of cake or some other type of refined carb. The cycle continues.

The Fatal Flaw in the Calorie-Deficit Theory of Weight Loss

Do you see how differently your body handles protein from how it handles refined carbohydrates? Do you see why consuming protein is a better choice than consuming refined carbohydrates?

The metabolism, you see, is not like a scale. It is like a thermostat in your home. You set the thermostat for how warm or cool you want the temperature inside your house to be. The thermostat then “tells” the HVAC system the temperature it “thinks” your home should be at based on its monitoring of the temperature outside. The HVAC responds by switching on (or shutting off) at regular intervals to keep the inside temperature of your home within a certain set range.

Similarly, your body responds to how much body fat your internal thermostat (your setpoint weight) “thinks” you should store. To keep you within range of your setpoint weight, the body can stimulate or suppress your appetite or raise or lower your metabolism. It can also adjust the metabolic burn of many internal systems — all to keep you near your setpoint weight.

So, what is setpoint weight and why is it more important than the calorie-deficit theory of weight loss?

Importance of Setpoint Weight

Your brain, digestive system, and hormones all work together through a highly coordinated system to help stabilize your body weight — the same way they automatically stabilize your body temperature and blood pressure.

How do they stabilize your body weight? Well…the body is an amazingly complex biological machine. Your brain, digestive system, and hormones continually communicate with each other through various feedback loops to synchronize the activities that automatically maintain body fat at a specific level. This is your setpoint weight.

Your setpoint weight is an evolutionary system, and if you try to circumvent it through starvation dieting, you’ll be fighting millions of years of metabolic evolution. Though it does require a calorie-deficit to lose weight, if you try to slash calories while eating the same low-calorie foods, the body fights back.

It knows immediately when you’re not eating enough calories, and it sets off a metabolic alarm. The hypothalamus in the brain releases or increases hormones that make you shaky, hungry, and irritable — all in an effort to make you eat more food. It releases hormones that make you tired so that you won’t feel like being too active. This conserves energy. The hypothalamus also slows the metabolism so that you’ll burn fewer calories, and it will send most of the calories you consume to your fat stores. For energy, it will direct your body to burn muscle.

Though you might lose 20-30 pounds on a starvation diet, little of it comes from your fat stores. Plus, starvation dieting itself raises your setpoint weight, which is why you start gaining the weight back as soon as you start eating normally again. But if your body is supposed to regulate your weight around your setpoint weight, how did your setpoint weight become elevated in the first place? Good question!

Factors that Determine Setpoint Weight

There are three factors that determine setpoint weight: the brain, the gut, and the hormones. We’ll discuss each of them.

The Brain

The hypothalamus in the brain is in charge of balancing calories in with calories out so that ideally you’ll never become too fat or too thin. It is regulated largely by the hormones leptin and insulin, which “tells” it how much fat you have and how much fat you need.

If they “tell” the hypothalamus that your fat stores are getting low, the hypothalamus increases levels of the hunger hormone ghrelin to try to get you to eat more food. It also releases or tweaks levels of other hormones to conserve your fat stores, slow your metabolism, and anything else that is needed to slow and reverse your weight loss. If they “tell” the hypothalamus your fat stores are too high, just the opposite occurs — the hypothalamus represses levels of ghrelin so you don’t eat as much as you normally do, and it releases hormones that make you fidgety so you’ll unconsciously burn off excess calories.

The hypothalamus and hormones perfectly regulate your weight, keeping you within 10-15 pounds of your setpoint weight. It always works — unless the hypothalamus becomes inflamed. When this happens, the hypothalamus can no longer receive or correctly interpret signals sent by leptin and insulin. It doesn’t know how much fat you have or need, so it decides to give you more fat to ensure your survival. (Having enough body fat is key to survival.)

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The Gut

Your body is composed of an estimated 100 trillion cells, which is an indication of how complex the body is. But did you know 90 trillion of these cells are bacteria, most of which live in your gastrointestinal tract? It’s true.

Collectively known as gut microbiota, they were once thought to just facilitate digestion. My, how times have changed. Research shows gut bacteria is responsible for much, much more. Bacteria living in your gut and digestive tract exert a major influence on your setpoint weight. One of the biggest ways they affect setpoint weight is that they can determine how many calories you actually digest from the foods you eat.

In humans, two types of bacteria dominate the gut: Firmicutes and Bacteroidetes. Research shows obese individuals tend to have more Firmicutes in their intestines, and normal weight people tend to have more Bacteroidetes. Researchers believe the extra Firmicutes bacteria lead to highly efficient metabolization of food. Because these bacteria are so good at breaking down food, more of the calories you consume are digested rather than excreted as waste. If unused, these calories turn into fat.

Gut microbiota help extract calories from the food you eat, and they store these calories for later use as body fat. Some of these microbes can even help cause or heal neurological inflammation, a major factor in an elevated setpoint weight.

Having a proper balance of “good” and “bad” gut bacteria is necessary for weight regulation. An imbalance of these bacteria, a condition called “gut dysbiosis,” elevates setpoint weight.

The Hormones

Produced by the endocrine glands, hormones are chemical messengers that travel through the bloodstream, ordering your cells to take certain actions. They control most major bodily functions. With respect to your weight, they control your hunger, your metabolism, the rate at which your body burns fat, and so much more.

Here are just a few of the hormones that regulate your weight:

  • Leptin: Produced by fat cells, this hormone signals your brain when it has had enough food.
  • Ghrelin: Produced by cells in the stomach and pancreas, this hormone makes you feel hungry.
  • Insulin: Produced by the pancreas, this hormone regulates the amount of fat in storage.
  • Cortisol: Produced by the endocrine glands, this hormone causes belly fat accumulation when levels are chronically high.

These and other hormones work together to keep your weight in balance…unless they are clogged. Most people who have trouble losing weight and keeping it off suffer from a hormonal clog. When the hormones are clogged, they can no longer send or receive proper messages about your level of body fat. This results in an elevated setpoint weight.

The Hormonal Clog and Setpoint Weight

An easy way to understand how this hormonal clog elevates your setpoint weight is to think about your body as functioning like a sink. When a sink is unclogged, you don’t have to worry about pouring water into it. Any water you pour in automatically drains out. Even if the water level temporarily rises, the sink quickly takes care of it. You can say, then, that this sink is balancing water in and water out at a low level. It has a low setpoint.

When your hormones are unlogged, they work the same way, doing their best to automatically prevent excess body fat from accumulating. When you eat more calories, you’ll burn more calories. And when you eat less calories, you’ll burn less calories. Your hormones are balancing your calories in and calorie out at a low level. Your body has a low setpoint weight.

The only reason water build up in sinks and fat builds up in bodies is because they have become clogged by low-quality things being put into them. In a sink, those low-quality things might be hair. In a body, those low-quality things are heavily processed foods, sugar, and starchy carbs.

The best way to deal with a clog — in sinks or in bodies — is to remove the clog. Sinks and bodies will then naturally balance water or fat in and out at a low level. So, do you want to guess the best way — the only way — to lose weight permanently regardless of your age? That’s right.  Lower your setpoint weight with the setpoint diet.

The Setpoint Diet Solution: More Than an Eating Plan

The foods on the setpoint diet plan are scientifically proven to fill you up fast and keep you full longer, which keeps you from overeating. They also heal your hormones so that they can send correct signals to the hypothalamus, trigger fat-burning hormones, and heal neurological inflammation.

Though the eating plan is a major aspect of the setpoint diet, it is not the only important feature. Rather, the setpoint diet strives to improve the quality of all aspects of your life, particularly the ones that have the biggest impact on setpoint weight, such as diet, stress, and sleep deprivation.

The Problem with Losing Weight After 50, and the Setpoint Diet Solution

Now that you know the basics about setpoint weight, it’s time to focus on the unique challenges facing anyone who wants to lose weight after 50. (Don’t worry. We have a setpoint diet solution for every one of these challenges.)

It is absolutely true that many changes happen to the body after 50, and many of these changes do impact weight. Here are 4 common changes that happen to your body after 50, and some easy setpoint diet solutions.

1. Slower Metabolism

It is a fact that the metabolism changes over time, slowing down as we age. There are two main reasons for this: hormonal changes and age-related muscle loss (sarcopenia).

Hormonal Changes

Though you may not think about it, you are burning calories just sitting around the house. You burn calories through respiration, heartbeat, digestion, cell repair, and other processes. The amount of calories you burn while at rest is called your basal metabolic rate (BMR). The BMR is different for everyone one and is calculated based on weight, height, age, and gender. It is the bare minimum number of calories your body needs to survive if you were completely bedridden.

Though the number of calories you burn each day can vary considerably depending upon your activity level, the BMR stays fairly consistent — and it is regulated by hormones. Age does cause hormonal changes which in turn affects the BMR. This is one of the main reasons people tend to gain weight as they get older.

Those over 50 tend to experience the weight-related effects of these hormonal shifts more than the younger crowd, especially women in menopause.

A key hormone that contributes to weight gain in women in their 50s is estrogen. As estrogen levels fall in menopause, it can cause insulin resistance leading to weight gain. Declining estrogen levels also cause an accumulation of dangerous belly fat. Progesterone and testosterone are two other hormones that can become dysregulated with age, and both of them affect fat storage.

Age-Related Muscle Loss

Age-related muscle loss (sarcopenia) is one of the most common causes of functional decline in older adults, and it often leads to a loss of independence. Though there may be many complex causes of sarcopenia, the mechanism is one in which muscle breaks down faster than it can be rebuilt.

You see, your muscles are involved in a constant process of breakdown (catabolism) and rebuilding (anabolism). Up to 2% of your total muscle mass is broken down and rebuilt each day. When you’re in your 20s, the rebuilding process is faster than the breakdown process. This is why peak muscle mass occurs between the ages of 20 to 30.

After the age of 30, the breakdown process typically exceeds the rebuilding process, resulting in a loss of muscle mass — and this is true even if you are physically active. However, physically inactive people are at the biggest risk of age-related muscle loss. Research shows physically inactive people can lose 3% to 5% muscle mass each decade after the age of 30.

A loss of muscle inevitably affects metabolism. Because muscle is highly metabolically active, it takes more calories to maintain itself. Less muscle mass lowers your BMR, meaning your body burns fewer calories while at rest.

The Setpoint Diet Solution for a Slowed Metabolism

Hormonal Changes: Foods on the setpoint diet have been scientifically proven to heal the hormones, regulating them so that they can keep the metabolism running at top-notch speed.

Age-Related Muscle Loss: The setpoint diet includes plenty of high-quality protein. Research shows consuming at least 30 grams of protein at a meal triggers muscle protein synthesis, helping to rebuild your muscle. This can help keep age-related muscle loss at bay. Eating plenty of protein, especially when combined with the setpoint diet’s eccentric exercise, is double insurance against muscle loss. (By the way…you burn more calories digesting protein than any other macronutrients, which means that increasing your intake of protein also increases your metabolism!)

2. Sedentary Lifestyle

how-to-lose-weight-after-50-setpoint-dietThe lack of regular physical activity is an important factor in the obesity epidemic, regardless of one’s age. Research shows that in 1960, a year in which obesity was rare, 50% of the jobs in the U.S. workforce required moderate activity. Today, just 20% of jobs require moderate activity — and the remaining 80% aren’t heavy/intense activity jobs, either. Rather, researchers found that 80% of jobs in the U.S. workforce are either sedentary, or they require only light activity.

Studies show both regular exercise and increased muscle mass increases insulin sensitivity. This reduces your risk for weight gain, obesity, and type 2 diabetes. So, being physically active is very important in keeping your weight in check.

The fact that many people have — or still have — sedentary or light activity jobs after 50, combined with age-related hormonal changes and muscle loss, is still another reason why many people gain weight during this time.

The Setpoint Diet Solution for a Sedentary Lifestyle

While you’re eating the delicious, setpoint-lowering, SANE foods on the setpoint diet, we encourage you to become more physically active. And incorporating physical activity into your busy lifestyle is easier than you may think it is. There is no need to kill yourself with high-impact aerobic exercise. Start out with a moderate walking program. Walk for a few minutes at first, and then gradually extend walking time. You can also enjoy leisurely biking, hiking, swimming, yoga, TaiChi. These are fun activities that help you lose weight after 50.

3. Higher Stress Levels

When you were younger, you may have thought your life would calm down after 50, but that is seldom the case. In fact, those in their 50s are often highly stressed. The majority of people in their 50s are still in the workforce, so they struggle with work and financial responsibilities. They also often have aged parents, adult children, and/or grandchildren that place added demands on their time.

The resulting stress causes a release of the stress hormone cortisol that triggers a release of insulin. Both of these contribute to weight gain. Cortisol has even been shown to cause an accumulation of dangerous visceral belly fat.

The Setpoint Diet Solution for Higher Stress Levels

To keep stress levels in check and prevent weight gain after 50, it is important that you take time to de-stress every day. Find a few relaxing activities that you enjoy doing, and do at least one of them every day. Some great de-stressing activities are meditation, breathing exercises, progressive muscle relaxation, leisurely walking, golfing.

4. Sleep Deprivation

Probably because of stress, it is often difficult after 50 to get the amount of quality sleep your body needs. Sleep is essential to your health because your body repairs and rejuvenates itself during sleep. Studies also indicate sleep deprivation eventually slows metabolism and causes insulin resistance, so getting an adequate amount of uninterrupted sleep is essential for your weight loss or weight maintenance goals.

The Setpoint Diet Solution for Sleep Deprivation

Try to get 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night. You can do this by going to bed at the same time each night and arising at the same time each morning, turning your devices off an hour before bedtime (the blue light emitted from the screen interferes with the production of melatonin), and turn down the heat in your bedroom as studies show people sleep best in a cooler environment.

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Can The Setpoint Diet Help Depression and Dementia?

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can-setpoint-diet-help-depression-dementiaThe setpoint diet is not only the best way to lose weight, but it is also the only way to permanently lose weight. But did you know the setpoint diet can also help depression and dementia? It’s true.

Unlike other diets that focus just on weight loss, the setpoint diet helps you become the best version of YOU. Yes, it helps you look and feel better physically. But it also helps you feel better mentally and emotionally. After all, what good is looking good if you suffer from depression, anxiety, dementia? Or, if your relationships are in turmoil because you cannot cope with everyday demands?

The Setpoint diet, Depression, and Dementia

If you suffer from depression, you know how awful it can make you feel. Though you may think you are depressed because you are overweight, the cause of severe (clinical) depression is much more complex than that. Though we don’t know exactly what causes clinical depression, we do know certain factors increase the chances of developing this mental disorder. These factors include past physical, emotional and/or sexual abuse, death or loss of a loved one, family history of genetics, major changes, and more. Research also shows there is a dietary component to depression. It is this dietary component that the setpoint diet addresses and corrects.

And how about dementia? Though there is no “official” cause (or cure) for dementia, research also shows that diet may influence the development of this disorder. A 2015 study conducted by the Meritorious Autonomous University of Puebla in Mexica found that high-calorie, high-sugar diets lead to inflammation of memory centers in the brain. This increases the risk of Parkinson’s disease and dementia. Meanwhile, a 2017 study found that drinking one artificially sweetened beverage per day could nearly triple the risk of developing stroke or dementia.

It is not possible to separate the quality of diet from the quality of your health. The two are inseparable.

The Nutritional Cause of  Depression, Dementia, and Other Conditions

The link between diet, depression, and dementia is good news for the millions of people suffering from these conditions. After all, if diet causes or contributes to these conditions, diet can also cure them. Right?

Right.  And the setpoint diet will help you do just that. The setpoint diet works on depression and dementia because it addresses poor nutrition. Research shows there is a nutritional basis for most mental and physical health conditions.

According to the U.S. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, about half of all Americans have at least one preventable chronic disease, many of which are related to poor-quality nutritional habits. Some of these chronic diseases include type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and some cancers.

Take the two most common nutritional-based diseases: obesity and type 2 diabetes. More than two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese. The prevalence of obesity in the U.S. population has been rising steadily over the past 25 years, a trend that shows no signs of slowing or reversing. As the rates of obesity have risen, so have the rates of many chronic diseases, such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes. (Studies show being overweight increases the risk for many diseases.)

Obesity is also the number one risk factor for type 2 diabetes, a disease that significantly increases your risk for stroke, heart disease, kidney disease, and other serious conditions. The link between obesity and type 2 diabetes is so strong that the word “diabesity” was coined to describe the close association between these two diseases. Diabesity is caused by an elevated body weight setpoint and blood sugar setpoint.

But what does any of this have to do with depression and dementia? Well…the factors that elevate setpoint can also cause depression and/or dementia.

Factors that Elevate Setpoint

The factors that elevate these setpoints are neurological inflammation, digestive dysbiosis, and hormonal dysregulation. The setpoint diet can heal all three of these to either reverse or prevent diabesity, which will also help you avoid depression and/or dementia.

Let’s take a closer look at each of these factors.

Neurological Inflammation

Neurological inflammation is a condition in which the hypothalamus in the brain becomes inflamed. This causes your setpoint to rise, and you will likely develop diabesity. What does the hypothalamus have to do with hunger and setpoint?

Though hunger comes from your stomach, you cannot feel hunger without some help from your brain. The hypothalamus, an almond-sized structure located deep within your brain, is the link between your head and your stomach. It regulates and controls your metabolism. But if it becomes inflamed, it cannot do that job properly. The result is an elevated setpoint.

Now, inflammation is not necessarily a bad thing. It goes on throughout your body in various degrees and is a vital part of the healing process. During inflammation, enzymes, antibodies, white blood cells, and nutrients access the injured area to fight infection and remove debris and bacteria.

Inflammation only becomes a problem if it is chronic. This can damage your organs, which is why inflammation is the underlying cause of many serious health problems, such as heart disease, dementia, cancer, depression, anxiety, and Diabesity. Chronic inflammation occurs for a variety of reasons, such as low-quality food, excessive stress, lack of sleep, feeling ashamed or alone.

Leaky Brain Syndrome: How it Causes Depression, Dementia, and Other Conditions

But…inflammation is not supposed to occur in the brain. The blood-brain barrier is supposed to keep bacteria, pathogens, toxins, and other dangerous substances out of the brain’s fragile environment. But when the blood-brain barrier is compromised, it allows these dangerous substances into the brain’s environment. These toxins activate inflammation-causing microglia cells.

Doctors are calling this a “hidden epidemic,” one of the most overlooked public health crises of our generation. It has become so common they even have a nickname for it…Leaky Brain Syndrome…or LBS.

This inflammatory response can then shut down energy production in brain cells, causing mental fatigue that causes your brain to literally slow down as your neurons fire more slowly.   Shutting down energy production in brain cells and slowing down the firing of neurons severely breaks down every system in the body. Research shows neurological inflammation can cause slowed metabolism, leading to weight gain, and slowed cognitive function, leading to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Research also shows neurological inflammation plays a role in anxiety and depression. In fact, a 2017 study published in Neurology Journal showed those with higher inflammatory brain activity had higher levels of depression and anxiety.

The setpoint diet, as you’ll see shortly, will help reduce and eliminate neurological inflammation. This will not only help you lose weight, but it will also help depression and dementia.

Digestive Dysbiosis

Did you know your body is composed of an estimated 100 trillion cells, but only about 10 percent of them are human?

That’s right…about 90% of your cells are bacteria — and most of them live in your gut. Bacteria living in your gut and digestive tract exert a major influence on your setpoint and therefore on your vulnerability to diabesity, depression, dementia, and other conditions.

Making up what scientists call the “gut microbiota,” these bacteria are responsible for many tasks. For instance, they help extract calories from the food you eat, and they store these calories for later use as body fat. Some of these microbes even have a profound impact on neurological inflammation and whether or not you develop Diabesity. (See how connected the brain and the gut are?!!!)

Many experiments with mice have shown surprising results. In one experiment, mice given gut bacteria from people with Diabesity became fatter than mice who were given microbes from people without Diabesity!

The research into the effects of gut microbes on setpoint weight has been so compelling it has birthed a related field of research around consuming gut health boosting pre- and probiotics to assist with Diabesity.

Leaky Gut, Mental Health, and Cognitive Ability

And believe it or not, the proper balance of good and bad gut bacteria is essential for proper mental and physical health. If you have too many harmful bacteria, yeast, and parasites and too few beneficial bacteria — a condition called “gut dysbiosis” — they can damage the gut lining. This causes “leaky gut,” allowing these harmful substances to “leak” into the bloodstream.

Once these harmful substances enter the bloodstream, they can impact your brain chemistry, causing anxiety, depression, mood swings, and other mental health issues. Research also indicates that these harmful substances in the bloodstream can negatively affect cognitive ability, contributing to Alzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia.

The setpoint diet helps you obtain and maintain the proper balance of gut bacteria so that you can prevent or reverse Diabesity, depression, dementia, and other mental and physical health conditions.

Hormonal Dysregulation

Hormonal dysregulation is a big contributor to weight gain, depression, and other conditions. Let’s discuss weight gain first.

If you’ve had trouble managing diabetes or losing weight and keeping it off, a “hormonal clog” may be responsible for keeping your setpoint elevated. When you become hormonally clogged, your brain can no longer rely on signals from your hormones that usually enables you to burn body fat automatically.

An easy way to understand how this hormonal clog elevates your setpoint is to think about your body as functioning like a sink. When a sink is working properly, the more water you pour in it just means more water will drain out. The water level will probably rise temporarily, but the sink automatically takes care of it. What is happening here? The sink is balancing water in and water out at a low level. Think of a working sink as having a low setpoint.

A hormonally healthy body works similarly, continually working to prevent excess body fat from accumulating. A healthy body, like a “healthy” sink, responds to more in with more out, and to less in with less out.

When water builds up in sinks and fat builds up in bodies, it’s because they have become clogged. And they become clogged only when the wrong things are put in them.

Once a clog happens, any amount of water in will cause the water level to rise and stay high. Now you have a sink with an elevated setpoint. Think of your body in the same way. When you put poor-quality food into it, your body becomes hormonally clogged. This causes it to automatically balance you out at an elevated level of body fat (the diseases of overweight and obesity) and also an elevated level of blood sugar (the disease of diabetes).

Hormonal Dysregulation, Depression, and Dementia

Most people, particularly women, are aware of the mood-hormone link. After all, you can’t go through puberty, pregnancy, perimenopause, and menopause without being awash in a variety of ever-changing emotions. And let’s not forget PMS. If you’ve experienced any of these stages of life, you’ve undoubtedly experienced depression.

Yes, depression, anxiety, mood swings…all are part and parcel of these stages of life. Though hormonal fluctuations are normal at certain stages of life, such hormonal dysregulation can wreak havoc with your life. Sex hormone imbalances in particular — in both men and women — can cause depression, mood swings, low sex drive, fatigue, and more. And it’s not just sex hormones. Dysregulation of thyroid hormones can cause mood swings and/or depression.

And what about dementia? Research suggests dysregulation of estrogen levels may increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, the most common type of dementia disorder, as you age.  Another study, published in Neurology, suggests that high thyroid hormone levels may increase the risk of dementia.

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Depression and Dementia: Is a Cure Possible?

Depression and dementia have no cure, experts say. The cause of these conditions are also not known, they say. So, pharmaceutical companies create medications that just treat the symptoms, medications that never address the underlying cause of these conditions.

Depression

Take a look at depression, for instance. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 322 million people globally suffer from depression. Depression is a serious mood disorder that affects how you feel, think, and act. Serious (clinical) depression is not just a passing feeling of sadness. Rather, it is a persistent feeling of sadness.

There are several types of depression, including:

Major Depressive Disorder: An overwhelming feeling of sadness or a loss of interest in once enjoyable activities. It is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. for those ages 15-44.

Persistent Depressive Disorder: Persistently sad or dark mood most days of the week for at least 2 years. Approximately 3.3 million U.S. adults suffer from persistent depressive disorder in a given year.

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder: Severe form of PMS characterized by mood changes that disrupt important areas of life. Between 3% and 8% of women of childbearing age suffer from premenstrual dysphoric disorder.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Depression related to change of seasons, usually winter. An estimated 4% to 6% of people suffer seasonal affective disorder in the winter. Another 10% to 20% may have a milder form of SAD.

Traditional Treatments for Depression

Traditional forms of treatment for depression have not changed much in the past few decades. Psychotherapy, antidepressant medication, or a combination of the two are the treatments of choice.

Several forms of psychotherapy are available to treat depression. Of those, cognitive therapy, behavior therapy, and cognitive behavior therapy are most commonly used to treat depression.

  • Cognitive Therapy helps patients identify their common patterns of negative thinking, and then teaches them how to replace those negative thoughts with positive ones.
  • Behavioral Therapy helps patients change undesired behaviors. It does this by reinforcing positive behaviors and eliminating negative behaviors.
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy helps the patient combine cognitive and behavior therapy to create positive change and relieve depression.

Several types of medications are also available to treat depression.

Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)

SSRIs are the most commonly prescribed antidepressants, and they are usually the first type prescribed. They cause fewer side effects than other types of antidepressant medications. SSRIs are thought to work by improving the function of serotonin in the brain. Common SSRIs are  Zoloft, Celexa, Prozac, and Lexapro.

Serotonin and Noradrenaline Reuptake Inhibitors (SNRIs)

SNRIs improve levels of serotonin and noradrenaline, which is thought to improve mood. SNRIs are often prescribed for severe depression. Like SSRIs, they have fewer side effects than other antidepressants. Common SNRIs are Effexor, Cymbalta, and Pristiq.

Reversible Inhibitors of MonoAmine Oxidase (RIMAs)

RIMAs reduce the activity of monoamine oxidase, a chemical in the body that breaks down norepinephrine and serotonin. This results in an increase of norepinephrine and serotonin in the brain, which can improve mood and relieve depression. Common RIMAs include Aurorix, Manerix, Piraxidol, and Humoryl.

Tricyclic Antidepressants (TCAs)

TCAs increase the levels of norepinephrine and serotonin in the brain. They are used to treat not only depression, but also migraines, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and bedwetting. TCAs can have harmful side effects, so they are not prescribed as often as SSRIs. Common TCAs include Tofranil, Pamelor, Vivactil, and Surmontil.

Noradrenaline Reuptake Inhibitors (NARIs)

NARIs inhibit the reuptake of the neurotransmitters norepinephrine and/or epinephrine, which has a stimulating effect on the brain. This can improve mood and lift depression. Common NARIs include Vestra, Ludiomil, and Strattera.

Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs)

MAOIs were the first type of antidepressants developed. MAOIs increase levels of neurotransmitters norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine. This is believed to improve mood and lift depression. Because MAOIs can cause dangerous side effects when taken with certain foods and medications, they are prescribed only if absolutely necessary — and only if the patient follows diet restrictions. Common MAOIs include Nardil, Marplan, and Parnate.

Dangers of Antidepressants

Many people regularly take antidepressants. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 12.7 Americans age 12 and older reported taking an antidepressant within the past month. That’s a 65% increase from 1999 to 2002 when 7.7% of survey respondents reported taking antidepressants.

There is no real explanation for the significant increase in people turning to antidepressants. It could be due to our increasingly stressful society. It could be due to clever marketing campaigns by Big Pharma. But whatever the reason, Americans are apparently finding some measure of happiness in their antidepressants.

But are they really?

Many studies indicate that antidepressants are not much more effective at easing depression than those unknowingly given placebos. The “placebo effect” refers to the medical benefit people experience after receiving treatment — medication or medical treatment — that does not have any therapeutic value. The benefit appears to come from the person’s belief in the treatment. Because they believe the treatment is real, they experience real medical benefits.

Antidepressants, then, could just be expensive pills with no real ability to treat your depression. You may be thinking…as long as your depression lifts, does it really matter whether the cure came from the pill or from your mind? Well…yes, it does matter. You see, antidepressants are not just expensive little pills. They alter your brain chemistry and cause many side effects.

Common Side Effects of Antidepressants

Depending on the antidepressant, side effects can include:

  • Dizziness
  • Dry mouth
  • Anxiety
  • Drowsiness
  • Fatigue
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Weight Gain
  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • Gastrointestinal Distress
  • Headaches
  • Sleep Disturbances
  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Suicide

Plus, should you ever want to stop taking an antidepressant, you will likely have to cope with many disturbing withdrawal symptoms,  including:

  • Movement Disorders
  • Brain “zaps”
  • Tingling or prickling sensations
  • Gastrointestinal Issues
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep Disturbances
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Suicidal Thoughts

Because of intense withdrawal symptoms, doctors recommend you never suddenly stop taking antidepressants. Instead, you should gradually reduce your dosage over a period of weeks until you can safely stop taking it.

Dementia

Now let’s take a look at dementia. According to Alzheimer’s Disease International, almost 44 million people globally suffer from Alzheimer’s or similar dementia. (Approximately 5 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s) Further, dementia is the leading cause of disabilities in the elderly. Alzheimer’s is also the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.

We could go on an on with dire statistics regarding Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. The point is that the prevalence of dementia is growing at an alarming rate. According to conventional “wisdom” and research, dementia cannot be cured, prevented, or slowed.

The symptoms of dementia are disturbing and may include:

  • Difficulty speaking or understanding speech.
  • Memory loss without awareness of such memory loss
  • Short-term memory loss
  • Getting lost in familiar surroundings or forgetting how to get home
  • Disorientation
  • Decreased motor function
  • Increased anxiety
  • Frequent changes in mood

Medications for Dementia

The only medications available for dementia ease some of the symptoms. But these medications cannot slow its progression. The two most commonly prescribed medications for dementia are cholinesterase inhibitors and memantine.

Cholinesterase Inhibitors

Cholinesterase inhibitors help prevent acetylcholine from breaking down. Acetylcholine is a chemical messenger in the brain essential for learning, memory, and mood. These medications appear to keep symptoms from worsening for a few months. Common cholinesterase inhibitors include Aricept, Exelon, Reminyl, and Razadyne.

Possible side effects of cholinesterase inhibitors include bruising, nausea, vomiting, muscle cramps, insomnia, fatigue, and headaches.

Memantine

Memantine helps balance glutamate, a chemical messenger in the brain involved with memory and learning. This medication helps memory, learning, attention, and language skills. Common brand names are Namenda, Namenda Titration Pak, and Namenda XR.

Possible side effects of memantine are confusion, constipation, headache, dizziness, fatigue, and drowsiness.

Drugs or Setpoint Diet: Which is Better for Depression or Dementia?

can-setpoint-diet-help-depression-dementiaScience does not yet have all the answers regarding the causes of and possible cures for depression or dementia. There is still much to be learned. And we’re not advising you to stop taking any medications you’ve been prescribed for depression or dementia. However, we are asking you if the side effects of medications are worth what little gain you may be receiving from them? We are asking you to consider a better way, one that gives your body the nutrition it needs to heal your mood and your cognitive function. We’re asking you to try the setpoint diet.

The setpoint diet is a simple plan that yields BIG results. There is no hunger or deprivation. No counting calories or points. And definitely, no complicated foods or menus to remember. The setpoint diet works on a simple premise: the number one key to avoiding diabesity, depression, dementia, and many other health conditions is to enjoy MORE high-quality SANE foods.

Eat MORE, Not Less!

That’s right. On the setpoint diet, you will not focus on what NOT to eat. You’ll focus on what you should eat more of! This principle takes advantage of a very important psychological principle. Namely, when you tell your brain “don’t do something,” your brain responds by hyper-focusing on that thing.

Now think about what happens when you tell your brain not to think about a certain food. What immediately happens? You think more and more about that food. In other words, when you tell yourself, “Don’t think about X” or “Avoid X,” it’s like your brain hires a private investigator to be constantly looking for X everywhere. Want to make it as hard as possible to avoid sugar? Tell yourself, “No sugar.” What is your brain going to help you see everywhere and think about all the time? Sugar.

To get your goals working for you—rather than against you—make sure they focus you on pursuing the positive rather than attacking the negative. This approach empowers your brain to keep what you want top of mind, and you effortlessly find opportunities to lower your setpoint everywhere. Instead of experiencing life as an exhausting slog through a minefield of things to avoid, you experience life as a treasure hunt with setpoint-lowering delights wherever you look. This approach is awesome because it works with your brain—rather than against it—and thus makes reaching your goals much easier.

Setpoint Diet Foods

Now comes the fun part. All you need to do is eat more foods from four SANE food groups. The goal is to be so full of these SANE foods, you won’t have room for inSANE starchy carbs, processed foods, and sugars. SANE foods remove hormonal clogs, reduce and eliminate neurological inflammation, and rebalance gut bacteria. They fill you up fast and keep you full longer. They also trigger fat-burning hormones.

If you suffer from depression and/or dementia, you’ll find the setpoint diet a wonderful and delicious way to treat and heal these conditions.

Here are the four food groups in the setpoint diet:

  • Non-Starchy Vegetables: 10+ servings per day. Fill half your plate with non-starchy veggies.
  • Nutrient-Dense Protein: 3-5 servings per day., 30-55 grams per meal
  • Whole-Food Fats: 3-6 servings per day
  • Low-Fructose Fruits: 0-3 servings per day.

Don’t think you have to change your diet overnight. There’s no rush. Take your time. Just start out slowly, making SANE substitutions here and there. Before you know it, you’ll be well on your way to being 100% SANE. You’ll feel better and look better…and you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to stick with the setpoint diet.

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How Hormones Affect Setpoint Weight

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hormones-setpoint-weightIf you’ve struggled to lose weight for years, maybe decades, you know that eating less and exercising more is not the solution. And you’re correct. Major clinical research studies show it’s much more complicated than that. In fact, these studies show hormones affect setpoint weight.

It actually makes a lot of sense that hormones are involved in weight loss/gain or maintenance. After all, hormones are chemical messengers produced by the endocrine glands. Hormones control most major bodily functions, including hunger, metabolism, and fat storage. Yet, for decades “experts” never considered excess weight or inability to lose weight to be a hormonal issue.

This is puzzling when you consider the truth was right in front of them the entire time.

Hormones and Weight Gain

The link between hormones and weight is well known. For instance, one of the most common complaints of women in menopause is weight gain, particularly in their midsections. What happens during menopause? Hormones happen. Perimenopause causes wildly fluctuating hormone levels. Menopause then causes a significant reduction in certain hormones, especially estrogen. This leads to weight gain. Studies show the change in estrogen levels causes a redistribution of body fat to the stomach area, often called a “muffin top” or “menopot.”

The effect thyroid hormones have on weight is also well known. If the thyroid does not secrete enough thyroid hormones, a condition called underactive thyroid or hypothyroidism, it can cause significant weight gain and/or inability to lose weight. If it secretes too much thyroid hormones, significant weight loss and/or inability to gain weight often occurs.

It is also common for people to gain weight as they age. Though many experts consider this weight gain to be due in part to a reduction in activity levels, hormones are also involved. Age causes hormone levels to change. This hormonal dysregulation raises setpoint weight.

Of course, hormones are not the only factors that affect setpoint weight. But they are among the most important factors in your ability to lose weight permanently. Before discussing how hormones work, let’s talk a bit about setpoint weight.

What is Setpoint Weight?

Setpoint weight is that level of fat your body “thinks” you need. Its evaluation is based on signals from your brain, your digestive system, and your hormones. These three areas — brain, digestive system, and hormones — form a biological feedback system that continually talks to each other to synchronize the activities that automatically maintain body fat at a specific level, known as setpoint weight.

This biological feedback system that establishes your setpoint weight is like the thermostat in your house. The thermostat knows when the temperature inside your house is not what it should be. In response, your heating and air conditioning system follows its command, keeping your home at whatever temperature the thermostat “thinks” it should be at. Just like the thermostat in your home, your setpoint stimulates or suppresses your appetite and raises or lowers your metabolism based on how much fat it “thinks” you should have.

Lowering Setpoint Weight Vs. Lowering Calories

Setpoint weight explains why starvation dieting — significantly cutting calories while eating the same low-quality foods — does not work for long-term weight loss. In fact, starvation dieting actually leads to weight gain.

When you go on a starvation diet, your body goes on emergency alert. It thinks you are starving, and it marshals all its resources to keep you alive. When the hormones decide your body is at risk of falling below its setpoint weight, they spring into action. These hormones relay chemical messages driving your appetite and cravings up, and your daily calorie burns down.

To keep you close to your setpoint weight, your hormones fight your weight loss efforts. You will lose weight on a starvation diet, but it won’t come from your fat stores. Your body hoards your body fat for when you’ll really need it. Much of the weight you lose on a starvation diet, then, comes from muscle. A loss of muscle further reduces metabolism, further elevating setpoint weight.

How, then, is weight loss possible?

Thousands of clinical research studies show the only way to lose weight permanently is to lower your setpoint weight. When you lower your setpoint weight, your body will defend this lower weight the same way it defended your higher setpoint weight. You won’t have to count calories, or even think about them.

Hormones that Affect Setpoint Weight

There are several hormones that affect setpoint weight. Here are some of the main ones.

Leptin

Leptin, produced by fat cells, signals your brain via the bloodstream when you’ve had enough food. In response, the brain then activates hormones making you feel full and fidget more so that you unconsciously eat less and exercise more. If leptin signals your brain that you’ve not had enough food, your brain activates hormones making you hungry so that you’ll eat more, and hormones that make your lethargic so that you’ll burn fewer calories.

This hormone is supposed to prevent overeating, but it does not work in overweight or obese people. As leptin is produced by fat cells, overweight people have plenty of leptin. The problem is not lack of leptin; the problem is that the hormonal clog prevents the brain from receiving leptin’s signal that you’re full.

Ghrelin

This is the “hunger hormone.” When you eat less food that you should be eating to keep you at your setpoint weight, your body signals a release of ghrelin to get you to eat more. Studies show levels of ghrelin remain elevated for several months after the starvation diet has ended. This is one of the reasons you eat more — and gain weight back so quickly — after the diet has ended.

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Insulin

Insulin’s role is to shuttle glucose into cells to be used for energy. When you eat sugars and starches, your body breaks them down into glucose that is then absorbed into your bloodstream. Your blood glucose levels rise, triggering a spike in insulin to clear the glucose from your bloodstream.

If you eat too many sugars, starches, and highly processed foods — too often — your glucose levels remain elevated longer than necessary. This triggers a release of more and more insulin to deal with the glucose. When insulin is constantly present, the cells become so used to it they no longer recognize it and will not open up to accept the glucose. This is known as “insulin resistance.”

The insulin still has to clear the glucose from your bloodstream to prevent it from building up to dangerous levels. So…if most of the cells won’t “open up” for glucose,” insulin takes it to your fat cells. (Fat cells never become insulin resistant.) If this cycle continues, your non-fat cells send an alert they are starving. The body responds by raising the setpoint weight.

More Hormones Affecting Setpoint Weight

That’s only three of the important hormones affecting setpoint weight. Here are a few more:

  • Cortisol
  • Estrogen
  • Testosterone
  • Thyroid Hormones

…and more. But you get the drift

All of these hormones are supposed to help keep your body at or near its setpoint weight. How, then, does the setpoint become elevated?

When Hormones Are Clogged

The primary cause of an elevated setpoint weight is a hormonal clog. When the hormonal system is clogged, your body can no longer respond to signals from the brain and hormones that usually enable it to burn fat automatically.

To understand how a hormonal clog elevates your setpoint weight, it helps to think of it as a clogged sink. When a sink is working properly, more water pouring in means more water draining out. The water level may rise temporarily, but the sink will take care of the excess water rather quickly.  The sink is balancing water in with water out at a low level, meaning it has a low setpoint. Water builds up in sinks only when it becomes clogged.

A hormonally-healthy body reacts similarly to a healthy sink to keep excess fat from accumulating. If your calorie intake increases, your body increases its fat burn. If your intake decreases, your body decreases its fat burn. Fat builds up in bodies only when it becomes clogged.

Clogs in sinks and bodies are caused only when the wrong quality of things are put into them. The wrong quality of things to put in a sink includes hair, food chunks, etc. The wrong quality of things to put in a body includes refined carbs, sugars, processed fats, and heavily processed foods.

Just Remove the Clog

Once you put enough of the wrong quality things in a sink and a clog occurs, the water level will rise — and keep rising — every time you pour water into it. To keep the water from flowing out onto the floor, you have three options: continually use less water, bail excess water out of the sink every day, or remove the clog. If you choose the first two, you’ll have a continual hassle of dealing with excess water in the sink because neither option fixes the problem. If you choose the third option, however, you fix the underlying problem. The sink will then take care of the water level, automatically balancing it at its low setpoint.

The same is true with your body’s hormonal clog. Once you put enough of the wrong quality things in your body and a hormonal clog occurs, elevating your setpoint weight, you can cut calories and exercise for hours, and this will temporarily lower your weight. But it won’t work long term. And why go through the misery of hunger and deprivation when you can just remove the hormonal clog and let your body balance your body at a lower setpoint weight?

Removing a hormonal clog is a simple matter of focusing on the quality, not the quantity, of the calories you consume.

Quality of Calories

Many studies show the quality of calories is much more important than the quantity when it comes to your health and setpoint weight. High-quality calories trigger just the right amount of fat-burning hormones. Your body gets the message: it’s time to burn fat now.

When you eat low-calorie foods — such as refined carbs, sugars, and heavily processed foods — it confuses the metabolic system. This leads to the hormonal clog discussed earlier. Your body becomes confused. It doesn’t know how much body fat or fuel you need, but to make sure you don’t starve, it gives you more fat. Your setpoint weight rises.

The easiest way to lower or prevent an elevated setpoint weight is to eat high-quality foods.

SANE Setpoint Diet

hormones-setpoint-weightOn the SANE setpoint diet, you will enjoy the quality calories your body needs to nourish your cells, remove the hormonal clog, trigger fat-burning hormones, and lower setpoint weight.

The setpoint diet emphasizes whole foods as close to their natural states as possible. The goal is to eat so many of these SANE foods, you’ll be too full for inSANE ones. Do you know what this means? Yes! No more hunger, deprivation, or misery.

One of the best things about the setpoint diet is its simplicity. You only need to remember these four food groups and serving sizes:

Non-Starchy Vegetables

10+ servings per day

Fill half your plate with non-starchy veggies, or blend 3 or more servings into a delicious green smoothie. The non-starchy vegetables that offer the most nutritional benefits are leafy green vegetables, so be sure to emphasize them in your diet.

The fiber in non-starchy vegetables fills you up fast and keeps you full for a long time. It also slows glucose absorption preventing blood sugar spikes.

Great non-starchy vegetables include:

  • Bell peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Endive
  • Kale
  • Onions
  • Spinach

Nutrient-Dense Proteins

3-5 servings per day, 30-50 grams per meal

Nutrient-dense proteins trigger short- and long-term satiety hormones, which is why protein is so filling. Increasing your protein intake also builds and protects muscle, increases metabolism, and keeps blood sugar levels stable.

Delicious nutrient-dense proteins include:

  • Chicken
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Egg Whites
  • Grass-Fed Beef
  • Nonfat Greek Yogurt
  • Salmon

Whole-Food Fats

3-6 servings per day

Whole-food fats are also very filling. Also, when you replace sugars, refined carbs, and highly processed foods with whole food fats, your body will start burning fat as its preferred fuel source.

Delightfully satisfying whole-food fats include:

  • Almonds
  • Cocoa/Cacao
  • Coconut
  • Flax Seeds
  • Macadamias
  • Olives

Low-Fructose Fruits

0-3 servings per day

Feel free to enjoy an occasional serving of low-fructose fruits. Yummy examples include:

  • Acai Berries
  • Blueberries
  • Lemons
  • Oranges
  • Peaches
  • Strawberries

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How Gut Health Affects Setpoint Weight

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gut-health-setpoint-weightYou may not associate gut health with setpoint weight — or any weight issues — but it is one of the most important factors in determining whether your setpoint weight is high or low.

Bacteria in and on our bodies collectively called microbiota, outnumber our own cells 10 to 1. (This means 90% of the estimated 100 trillion cells in the adult body are bacteria.) Our guts are home to an estimated 300-500 species of bacteria, which are responsible for more than just helping us digest food. In fact, research shows gut bacteria affects your immune system, mood, metabolism, and much more.

Poor gut health has been linked to autoimmunity, cancer, diabetes, obesity, fibromyalgia, asthma, autism, and many more chronic diseases. Many studies have also found the balance of gut bacteria has a profound effect on weight issues, including setpoint weight. This science sparked the “probiotic revolution.”

Probiotics are foods or supplements containing live microorganisms intended to correct the imbalance of good and bad gut bacteria. Studies show probiotics are not only beneficial for improving many health conditions caused by poor gut health, but they are also particularly effective for helping people lose weight.

The science is clear. If you want to lower setpoint weight, you need to improve your gut health.

Gut Health and Setpoint Weight

Gut health is one of the three factors that determine your setpoint weight. (The other two factors are brain inflammation and hormones.) The brain, digestive system, and hormones talk to each other through a continuous feedback loop to synchronize the activities that maintain a specified level of body fat. This is known as setpoint weight, and it is that range of about 20 pounds that your body strives to keep you within.

If there is dysfunction in any of these factors, it affects the others. This causes a hormonal clog in which the body does not receive proper signals with respect to body fat. The body becomes confused and doesn’t know how much fat you have or need. But since its primary purpose is keeping you alive — and having a sufficient level of body fat is essential in that mission — it gives you more fat. This elevates your setpoint weight.

Taking steps to prevent neurological inflammation and hormonal dysregulation is essential to lowering setpoint weight, as is improving gut health. Fortunately, the SANE setpoint diet addresses all three of these factors. (More about that shortly.)

Fat Bacteria and Thin Bacteria?

Research shows an imbalance of gut bacteria, called dysbiosis can lead to weight gain. Dysbiosis refers to a condition in which the gut has too few beneficial bacteria but too many bad bacteria, parasites, and/or yeast. Optimum gut health depends on a precise balance of good and bad bacteria. Too many bad “critters” leads to all kinds of problems.

How much effect does gut health have on setpoint weight and weight gain? A LOT. For instance, poor gut health can encourage overeating. A study conducted by Martin Blaser of New York University indicates a gut bacterium called Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) modulates levels of ghrelin, the “hunger hormone,” thus taming hunger. H. pylori used to be plentiful in the digestive tract, but now it is rare because of antibiotic usage and hygienic living conditions. Could the lack of H. pylori be one of the reasons so many people have trouble with their appetites? Could it be why so many people overeat?

Perhaps, but there are other reasons, too, many of them regarding gut health.

Scientists conducted an experiment in which they gave gut bacteria from obese people to some mice, and they gave bacteria from thin people to other mice. Mice that received bacteria from obese people became fatter than those that received bacteria from thin people.

Gut Health, Setpoint Weight, and Types of Bacteria

Research shows the majority of gut microbiome (gut bacteria) fall into two classes — firmicutes and bacteroidetes. Obese individuals, studies show, usually have a higher ratio of firmicutes to bacteroidetes. This makes sense when you consider that firmicutes are more efficient at extracting calories from food passing through the gastrointestinal tract.

If you have a higher ratio of firmicutes to bacteroidetes, your total calorie intake will be higher than the thin person with a higher ratio of bacteroidetes — even if you are eating the exact same foods. Consistently high-calorie intake leads to elevated setpoint weight and weight gain.

And there is another important method by which gut bacteria affect your setpoint weight — cravings. Incredibly, research shows gut bacteria may affect the foods you crave. Here are the types of foods favored by 3 different types of bacteria:

  • Prevotella: Carbohydrates
  • Bifidobacteria: Dietary Fiber
  • Bacteroidetes: Certain Fats

Studies also show people who crave chocolate have more of certain bacteria than those who do not crave chocolate.

This knowledge about gut health and setpoint weight is extremely important. It can certainly improve your health and even save your life.

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Why Lowering Setpoint Weight is Important

Obesity has become an epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 39.8% of the U.S. population is obese, which equates to about 93.3 million people. Obesity is a condition in which the percentage of body fat is great enough as to significantly increase the risk of health problems.

And negative health effects from obesity have certainly been seen in American. For instance, obesity is the biggest risk factor for type 2 diabetes. (This is because they are both symptoms of the same underlying cause, insulin resistance.) The Centers for Disease Control estimates those who are obese have a 90% chance of eventually developing type 2 diabetes.

Today, 100 million Americans either have prediabetes or diabetes. (Source: Centers for Disease Control) If you are diagnosed with prediabetes, that means your blood glucose levels are higher than they should be, but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. But consistently higher-than-normal blood glucose levels still increase your risk for diabetes-related health problems.

Some other health problems associated with obesity include:

  • Abnormal Cholesterol Levels
  • Heart Disease
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Kidney Disease
  • Gallbladder Disease
  • Stroke
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Several Types of Cancer

Almost everyone who struggles with their weight knows they are at increased risk for at least some of the above health problems. Yet, they have not been able to permanently lose weight.

Why Most People Lose the Weight Loss Battle

What is their problem? Is it lack of caring? Lack of willpower? Are they lazy? The answer to all of these questions is a huge NO!!!

Statistics show untold millions of people routinely try to lose weight. In the U.S., approximately 45 million adults go on a diet each year, and the average dieter makes 4 weight-loss attempts per year. Yet, they are not able to attain their weight-loss goals. Most frustrated dieters blame themselves even though diets have a proven failure rate of about 95.4%.

We want to assure you that all those diet “failures” were not your fault. You were simply given the wrong information about how the metabolism and setpoint weight works. Once you learn correct information, you will easily be able to lower your setpoint weight. You’ll finally have the metabolism of a naturally thin person.

The Truth About Weight Loss: Quality over Quantity

The truth about sustainable weight loss is that the quantity of the food you eat does not matter nearly as much as the quality. For the past several decades, we’ve been following the calorie-deficit theory of weight loss. This theory states that if you consume X number of fewer calories a month than your body needs, you will lose X number of pounds.

The calorie-deficit theory of weight loss teaches all calories are the same, regardless of the foods from which they come, and that the metabolism is like a scale in which calories in = calories out. There’s only one problem; this theory is not true, at least not in the way it is being taught.

Calories do matter, and a calorie deficit is necessary to lose weight. But you don’t have to count those calories. Your body does that for you. But it is not as simple as calorie in = calorie out. Rather than having a metabolism that operates like a scale, you have a biological feedback system that establishes your setpoint weight.

The biological feedback system that establishes your setpoint weight is like the thermostat in your home. Just as your heating and air conditioning respond to the temperature the thermostat “thinks” your home should be at, your setpoint stimulates or suppresses your appetite and raises or lowers your metabolism based upon how much “fat” it thinks your body should store.

Why Calorie Cutting Doesn’t Work

gut-health-setpoint-weightIf you try to lose weight by cutting calories — while eating low-quality foods — your body thinks you’re starving. To keep that from happening, it activates many hormonal and metabolic processes that make you cold, hungry, irritable. It slows your metabolism and makes your body hold onto fat, and it sends most of the calories you consume straight to your fat stores. It does this to save your life.

You will lose weight on a crash diet, but it will be short-lived. As soon as you go off the diet, you’ll start gaining the weight back, plus an additional few pounds. The only way to lose weight permanently is to lower your setpoint weight. The most important way to do that is to eat high-quality foods.

High-quality foods trigger fat-burning hormones and clear hormonal clogs. They fill you up fast and keep you full longer. When you eat high-quality foods, you subconsciously eat fewer calories resulting in a calorie deficit. But your body doesn’t fight against weight loss because you are fully satiated (not hungry), your cells are flooded with nutrients, and your blood sugar levels are stable. Under these conditions, the body will gladly burn fat and lower your setpoint weight.

How to Improve Gut Health and Lower Setpoint Weight

Regularly enjoying a high-quality diet not only clears hormonal clogs, but it also improves gut health. Lowering your setpoint weight can be as simple as eating so many foods that feed the Bacteroidetes (lower setpoint bacteria) that you are too full for foods that feed the Firmicutes (higher setpoint bacteria). Keep these guidelines in mind:

Foods for Higher Setpoint Bacteria:

Foods that feed higher setpoint bacteria include:

  • Sugar
  • MSG
  • Highly processed foods (Generally, these generally contain more than 3 ingredients on the label.
  • Any food with ingredient(s) you can’t pronounce or don’t know what it is.

Foods for Lower Setpoint Bacteria

Foods that feed lower setpoint bacteria include:

  • Green vegetables
  • Berries
  • Green tea
  • Citrus fruits
  • Cocoa
  • Chia seeds
  • Flax seeds

SANE Setpoint Diet to Improve Gut Health and Lower Setpoint Weight

With the SANE setpoint diet, you’ll enjoy all the foods needed to feed your lower setpoint bacteria. And you’ll be so full of these SANE foods you won’t have room for anything that feeds the higher setpoint bacteria. You’ll starve the “bad” higher setpoint bacteria, which will help lower your setpoint weight.

The setpoint diet is amazingly easy to remember, too. Simply focus on choosing whole foods as close to their natural states as possible, and choose foods from these four food groups:

Non-Starchy Vegetables

10+servings per day

Your good gut bacteria love the fiber in non-starchy veggies. They are not only filling, but they also provide an abundance of nutrients to your cells. Examples of great non-starchy vegetables include:

  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Collard Greens
  • Eggplant
  • Kale
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Spinach

Nutrient-Dense Proteins

3-5 servings per day, 30-55 grams per meal

High-quality protein triggers short- and long-term satiety hormones, meaning it fills you up quickly and keeps you full for a long time. Protein also has little effect on blood sugar levels, and it boosts your metabolism, both of which result in a lower setpoint weight. Some delicious nutrient-dense proteins include:

  • Chicken
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Egg Whites
  • Grass-Fed Beef
  • Liver
  • Salmon
  • Scallops
  • Tuna

Whole-Food Fats

3-6 servings per day

Whole-food fats also keep you full for a long time, which helps prevent overeating and lower your setpoint weight. Some great whole-food fats include:

  • Almonds
  • Chia Seeds
  • Cocoa/Cacao
  • Coconut
  • Coconut Milk
  • Flax Seeds
  • Macadamias
  • Olives

Low-Fructose Fruits

0-3 servings per day

For a sweet, but low-sugar treat, feel free to enjoy up to 3 servings of low-fructose fruits per day. Some yummy choices include:

  • Blueberries
  • Cherries
  • Goji Berries
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemonds
  • Oranges
  • Peaches
  • Strawberries

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How Brain Health Affects Setpoint Weight

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brain-health-setpoint-weightWhen you think about brain health, you probably don’t think about setpoint weight, too. You probably think brain health refers only to mental capacity. For instance, a person with excellent brain health has the ability to concentrate, learn, solve problems, and remember. A person with poor brain health lacks some or all these skills. Or, they may have diseases that affect brain health, such as dementia, Alzheimer’s, or brain cancer.

Though mental capacity is an important component of brain health, it is not the only area influenced by the brain. Rather, the brain controls every function of your body, and that includes setpoint weight.

Setpoint weight is the level of fat your body “thinks” you should have based on communication between the hormones, digestive system — and the brain. The setpoint is the weight your body works to maintain regardless of the quantity of calories you take in or exercise off. An elevated setpoint is the reason for your inability to lose weight permanently.

How Poor Brain Health Raises Setpoint Weight

You have probably been cautioned to eat slowly because it takes 20 minutes after eating to realize you are full. That’s because when you eat or drink anything, the stomach and gut release satiety hormones. It takes the brain an average of 20 minutes to register these satiety hormones, letting you know it is time to stop eating. Though hunger resides in your stomach, the feeling of hunger comes from your brain. Obviously, this function has a lot to do with whether you are thin or overweight.

And that’s just one way of the ways the brain influences your weight. The hypothalamus, an almond-shaped gland located in the center of the brain, plays a crucial role in many important bodily functions. Some of the essential responsibilities of the hypothalamus include:

  • Maintaining a balance of internal bodily functions, such as respiration and blood pressure
  • Stopping and starting the production of hormones throughout the body
  • Regulation of certain metabolic processes, including appetite and body weight

The hypothalamus is, quite simply, the control center of the body. It keeps the internal bodily functions operating smoothly and properly.

How does this apply to setpoint weight?

Well, the hypothalamus is responsible for balancing calories in with calories out so that ideally the body never becomes too fat or too thin. If you eat too many calories, the hypothalamus balances this out by suppressing your hunger and increasing your metabolism. It can also make you fidget more so that you burn off excess calories.

If you eat too few calories, the hypothalamus does the opposite. It increases your hunger and decreases your metabolism. It also makes you tired and lethargic so that you burn fewer calories. This is how good brain health, via the hypothalamus, keeps you at a healthy weight.

Brain Health, Hormones, and Setpoint Weight

Weight gain is a sign that the body is getting the wrong messages from the brain and hormones. Research now shows inflammation of the hypothalamus is one of the causes of an elevated setpoint weight.

How does this work?

The hypothalamus is largely regulated by the hormones leptin and insulin. Leptin is one of the satiety hormones telling the brain whether you have or have not eaten enough food. Insulin decides whether the body stores or burns fat.

When the brain is healthy, it receives signals from leptin and insulin correctly so that when calorie intake increases, you simply burn more calories. Your weight, then, balances at your setpoint weight. A healthy, non-elevated setpoint weight means you automatically maintain a healthy weight without dieting, calorie counting, or carb counting.

However, neurological inflammation causes these signals to stop working. Instead of working to keep you naturally slim, your hypothalamus and hormones now work to hold on to extra fat. It doesn’t matter how hard you try to lose weight. Poor brain health keeps you close to your setpoint weight. If you do manage to lose an exceptional amount of weight, it will do everything it can to get your weight back to your setpoint — plus several more pounds.

And it’s all triggered by neurological inflammation.

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Leaky Brain Syndrome and Neurological Inflammation

Before discussing neurological inflammation, it’s important to know that inflammation itself is not a bad thing. Inflammation is a crucial component of the immune system. It is the body’s first line of defense against foreign invaders. This can include germs, toxins, injuries…anything that harms bodily tissues. Inflammation attacks and kills these foreign invaders heals any injuries they caused and removes any debris left behind by the invasion and battle.

Inflammation is only bad if it becomes chronic. Many studies show chronic inflammation may be the underlying cause or contributing factor to most health conditions and diseases. That’s because the inflammatory response releases chemicals that disrupt hormones, insulin response, and other vital bodily processes. Over time, this can damage various organs and other areas of the body.

Scientists have been trying to find a solution for chronic inflammation for some time now, but they never thought they would have to find a solution for neurological inflammation, too.

You see, neurological inflammation isn’t supposed to occur in the brain. The brain is such a delicate organ, affecting every function in the body, that it has its own defense system called the blood-brain barrier. The blood-brain barrier keeps foreign invaders out of the brain’s fragile environment while letting blood flow and proper nutrients inside. At least, that’s how it’s supposed to work.

But if the blood-brain barrier is damaged, it becomes “leaky,” allowing toxins, pathogens, and bacteria to enter. (This is called “leaky brain syndrome.”) These foreign invaders activate what is called microglial cells causing neurological inflammation. This inflammatory response can lead to many mental, emotional, and physical problems.

Poor Brain Health and Elevated Setpoint Weight

New, cutting-edge research shows a definite link between poor brain health — aka neurological inflammation — and elevated setpoint weight. Indeed, these studies indicate it may be nearly impossible to lose excess weight until brain inflammation is healed.

Here are just a couple of major studies showing neurological inflammation raises setpoint weight.

  • Researchers at University found a link between obesity and hypothalamic injury (which includes neurological inflammation) in humans.
  • A 2016 study published in The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry found hypothalamic inflammation interferes with the homeostatic control of energy balance, leading to weight gain and obesity.

Factors Causing Poor Brain Health

There are four known factors that cause poor brain health, specifically neurological inflammation: poor-quality diet, stress, toxins, and chronically low levels of brain-boosting nutrients. Let’s briefly discuss each of them.

Poor-Quality Diet

Overconsumption of refined carbs, sugars, processed fats, and overly processed foods increase the risk of neurological inflammation.

Many studies show a link between a poor-quality diet and poor brain health (neurological inflammation.) One such study, conducted by a team of researchers from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health found eating too many sugary, high-fat inSANE foods definitely inflames the hypothalamus. Another study, published in Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience, discovered that certain saturated fats are dangerous because they inflame the hypothalamus.

Neuroinflammation also destroys neurons in other areas of the brain in charge of willpower. This causes intense cravings that lead to overeating, another factor that elevates setpoint weight.

brain-health-setpoint-weightStress

Research shows stress increases the risk for many health conditions. Now, we’re learning it also causes neurological inflammation.

A 2016 study published in the Journal of Neuroscience found that chronic stress triggers neurological inflammation, which negatively affects short-term memory. How can stress impact brain health? It is believed stress triggers a release of immune cells from the bone marrow. These immune cells then travel to the areas of the brain that deal with stress.

Toxins in the Environment

Studies show toxins in the environment to be a major cause of neurological inflammation. Toxins are everywhere. They are in our foods, the air we breathe, the items we touch. Toxins are in household cleaners, dryer sheets, air fresheners, pesticides. Unfortunately, you cannot totally avoid environmental toxins.

Chronically Low Levels of Critical Brain Boosting Nutrients

Studies show there are four nutrients critical to brain health that most people are deficient in. Let’s discuss them one by one.

1. Folate

Folate, or vitamin B-9, is essential for synthesizing and copying DNA, supporting nerve function, making new cells, and much more. It is also a crucial nutrient for fetal health.

Though many foods contain folate, studies show many people are deficient in this nutrient. Research shows folate deficiency affects mood and cognitive function, especially in older individuals, and increases the risk for Alzheimer’s disease.

The reason so many people suffer from folate deficiencies is that most people can no longer produce the enzyme needed to absorb folate. Therefore, they cannot absorb folate from all traditional sources. Another reason for folate deficiency is that folate in food is very unstable and is rapidly lost during processing. For example, leafy greens stored at room temperature can lose up to 70% of their folate activity within 3 days, and cooking them causes 95% to be lost.

2. Citicoline

Citicoline is another nutrient essential for brain health. It helps support the brain’s energy-producing centers. It also plays a crucial role in proper neurotransmitter function.

To get optimal amounts of citicoline, however, you’d have to eat over a dozen eggs a day. This is the reason most people are deficient in this nutrients.

3. CoQ10

Often called the “universal antioxidant,” CoQ10 resides in your mitochondria, the energy-producing part of your cells. It sparks energy production in every cell of your body, especially your heart and brain.

CoQ10 is plentiful in many foods, especially meat products. However, most people are deficient in this nutrient for a few reasons. The first is that many people are low in the B vitamin and trace minerals needed to absorb CoQ10. The second is that higher levels of environmental toxins have increased the body’s demand for CoQ10. Using statin drugs for cholesterol also reduces levels of CoQ10, as does advancing age.

4. L-Carnitine

L-carnitine is an amino acid proven to move fatty acids into the mitochondria to be used for energy. This makes l-carnitine a potent fat-burning nutrient.

Again, many people are deficient in l-carnitine, either because of an inadequate intake of this nutrient or because they cannot absorb it.

How to Improve Brain Health and Lower Setpoint Weight

You can improve brain health and lower setpoint by correcting each of the causes of neurological inflammation. Following are scientifically proven ways to heal brain inflammation and lower setpoint weight.

SANE Setpoint Diet

The SANE setpoint diet focuses on whole foods as close to their natural states as possible. The goal is to be so full of SANE foods, you won’t have room for inSANE ones. SANE setpoint diet is easy to implement into your life and customize. There are no calories to count or complicated menus to remember. There is no deprivation or hunger.

All you need to remember is to choose foods from these four food groups:

  • Non-Starchy Vegetables: 10+ servings per day
  • Nutrient-Dense Proteins: 3-5 servings per day
  • Whole-Food Fats: 3-6 servings per day
  • Low-Fructose Fruits: 0-3 servings per day

These foods have been scientifically proven to heal brain inflammation, trigger fat-burning hormones, and lower setpoint weight.

Reduce Stress

It is super important for your brain and your weight that you take time every day to de-stress. Find the things you love doing, and do them often. Meditate. Listen to music. Take a leisurely walk. Watch a comedy movie. You’ll be surprised how even the simplest of activities relieve stress — as long as they are enjoyable.

Reduce Exposure to Environmental Toxins

As previously mentioned, you cannot totally avoid environmental toxins. The best you can do, then, is to reduce your exposure to them. Here are a few tips on how to do that:

  • Switch to organic produce. This avoids many pesticides and herbicides
  • Avoid drinking out of plastic bottles. (They contain toxic BPA)
  • Use natural household cleaners.
  • Reduce stress. (Stress releases toxins in your body)
  • Vacuum your carpet frequent. This removes dust mites and other toxins.

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Can Setpoint Diet Help Improve or Reverse Diabetes?

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setpoint-diet-help-diabetesCan the setpoint diet help improve or reverse diabetes? The answer is a resounding YES!!! More than 13,000 clinical research studies show the setpoint diet can help not just diabetes, but many other health problems.

This is because the setpoint diet can heal the underlying causes of most health problems — poor nutrition. A poor quality diet leads to neurological inflammation, hormonal dysregulation, gut dysbiosis, and nutritional deficiencies. These cause obesity, type 2 diabetes, and many other health conditions.

These conditions need setpoint diet help, and if you’re reading this article, you probably need it, too.

Setpoint Diet Help for Diabetes

Setpoint diet help for diabetes is particularly potent, as diabetes is greatly influenced by dietary practices.

Diabetes is a condition in which the body’s ability to produce or respond to insulin is impaired. This prevents the body from properly metabolizing carbohydrates, which leads to elevated levels of glucose in the bloodstream.

When you consume carbohydrates, your body breaks them down into simple sugars (glucose), which is then absorbed into the bloodstream to be used for energy. Rising blood glucose levels signal the pancreas to release insulin. The hormone insulin shuttles excess glucose to the cells. Insulin receptors on the surface of cells recognize insulin and open up to accept glucose. Cells cannot absorb glucose without the help of insulin.

If the cells accept the glucose, the blood sugar levels gradually recede. If the cells do not accept the glucose, a condition called “insulin resistance,” or the pancreas does not produce a sufficient amount of insulin, blood glucose levels become elevated. This can eventually develop into diabetes.

There are 3 types of diabetes: Type 1, Type 2, and Gestational

Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is a chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little to no insulin. It is a chronic condition with no known cure. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas, compromising their ability to produce insulin.

Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in childhood and adolescents. However, it can develop at any age. Those with type 1 diabetes must take insulin to keep their blood glucose levels under control.

The exact cause of type 1 diabetes is unknown. Some risk factors include:

  • Genetics
  • Exposure to certain types of viruses

Fewer than 5% of diabetics have type 1.

Researchers do not believe lifestyle factors play a role in the development of type 1 diabetes. However, dietary modifications, such as those offered in the setpoint diet help program, can assist those who suffer from type 1 diabetes in managing their blood sugar levels. This improves their symptoms and reduces their risk of the many health complications of diabetes.

Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition in which the pancreas usually produces enough insulin, but the body cannot use it properly. This condition is called insulin resistance.

When cells won’t accept glucose, the pancreas produces more insulin to try to get insulin into the cells. Eventually, however, the pancreas cannot keep up, and the glucose builds up in your bloodstream.

Type 2 is the most common type of diabetes. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 100 million Americans either have diabetes or prediabetes. Prediabetes is a condition in which blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. Though it is not officially diabetes, prediabetes still increases the risk of all health complications of diabetes.

Some of the health complications of types 1 and 2 diabetes include:

  • Heart Disease
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Gallbladder Disease
  • Abnormal Cholesterol/Triglyceride Levels
  • Stroke
  • Kidney Disease
  • Neuropathy (Nerve Damage)
  • Blindness
  • Amputations
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Risk Factors for Type 2 Diabetes

The exact cause of type 2 diabetes is also unknown. Research shows, however, that the development of type 2 diabetes is most likely due to a combination of some of the following factors:

Poor Diet

Eating a regular diet of processed carbs, refined sugars, processed fats, and highly processed foods cause spikes in blood sugar levels leading to insulin resistance. Eventually, this can develop into type 2 diabetes. The setpoint diet help plan addresses all the dietary issues that potentially caused your type 2 diabetes, thereby helping improve or reverse this disease. If you have type 1 diabetes, the setpoint diet can help you manage your blood sugar levels, reducing your risk of health complications of this disease.

Overweight or Obesity

Obesity is the number 1 risk factor for type 2 diabetes. In fact, there is a strong link between obesity and type 2 diabetes. Both of these diseases are symptoms of the same underlying cause, insulin resistance. According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 90% of those who are obese with eventually develop type 2 diabetes.

Inactivity

Insufficient amount of daily physical activity has also been shown to lead to insulin resistance. Studies show that regular exercise increases insulin sensitivity, thereby improving type 2 diabetes.

Age

Your chance of developing type 2 diabetes increases with age. Those age 45 or older are more likely to develop this disease, although increasing numbers of children and adolescents are being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

Family History

You are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes if a sibling or parent has this disease.

Despite these risk factors, studies show lifestyle modifications, such as getting more exercise and changing the quality of the diet, can improve or even reverse type 2 diabetes. This is exactly the focus of the setpoint diet plan — improving the diet so that your body regulates your blood sugar levels the way it’s supposed to.

Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes develops only during pregnancy. It is caused by insulin-blocking hormones that occur during pregnancy. Just like type 1 and type 2, gestational diabetes affects how your cells use glucose. This can lead to unusually high blood sugar levels that can negatively affect the unborn baby’s health. Gestational diabetes can also cause complications with the pregnancy.

The mother’s blood sugar levels typically return to normal after giving birth. However, having gestational diabetes increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes later on or developing gestational diabetes with another pregnancy.

Setpoint Diet Help for Ending the Diabetes Epidemic

Type 2 diabetes has become a global epidemic. The prevalence of diabetes worldwide has nearly doubled since 1980. The numbers of those with diabetes increased from 108 million globally in 1980 to 422 million in 2014. The rising rates of obesity undoubtedly spurred the diabetes epidemic.

Though there are many factors in the development of obesity and type 2 diabetes, the biggest one is a poor-quality diet. Most experts agree the obesity epidemic began in the mid-’70s to ‘80s with the low-fat movement.

The low-fat movement began in response to the rising heart disease rates. A few studies indicated overconsumption of saturated fat causes heart disease. This condemnation of saturated fat quickly spread to include ALL fats. People proudly turned their backs on fat, adopting low-fat diets. If you eat a low-fat diet, however, you are necessarily eating a high-carb diet because protein and fats travel together. To make matters even worse, most people started eating refined carbs.

Because refined carbs contain no fiber to slow digestion down, they are converted into glucose and then absorbed into the bloodstream quickly. This causes huge surges in blood sugar levels, which can lead to obesity and eventually type 2 diabetes.

The Problem with Low-Fat Foods

In addition, low-fat and no-fat foods filled grocery store shelves. These processed foods seemed like a healthy alternative to consumers. After all, they contained little to no fat. But what people didn’t know — or didn’t care about at the time — is that food manufacturers replaced the fat with sugar. Sugar is a refined carb that is especially “good” at causing huge blood sugar spikes, significantly increasing the risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes. It is not surprising that the diabetes epidemic followed on the heels of the obesity epidemic.

It is too bad they didn’t have the setpoint diet help program back then. Unfortunately, few people really understood how carbs affect setpoint weight and blood sugar levels in the ‘70s and ‘80s.

How Foods on Setpoint Diet Help Improve or Reverse Diabetes

Foods on the setpoint diet help improve or reverse diabetes by:

  • Slowing glucose absorption
  • Providing high-quality nutrition
  • Removing the hormonal clog so hormones can send the correct signals with respect to hunger, satiety, and fat stores.
  • Lowering setpoint weight to eliminate obesity, the main risk factor for type 2 diabetes

…and much more.

The Setpoint Diet: Help for Your Diabetes

setpoint-diet-help-diabetesThe setpoint diet help for diabetes and obesity plan is easy to follow and remember. There are no complicated menus to remember, no calories to count, and no hunger or deprivation. Instead of telling you what NOT to eat, the setpoint diet help plan tells you what to eat MORE of!

The setpoint dietary goals are for you to be so full of SANE foods, you have no room for inSANE ones. All you need to do to improve or reverse diabetes is to eat more foods high in water, fiber, and protein. The setpoint diet help plan categorizes these nutrients — water, fiber, and protein — into these four main SANE food groups.

Non-Starchy Vegetables

10+ servings per day

Fill half your plate with non-starchy vegetables, with an emphasis on leafy greens. If you’re not that big of a veggie fan, no worries. Once you start eating vegetables on the setpoint diet, you’ll actually start enjoying them. You can also whip several servings of veggies up into a delicious and nutritious green smoothie. (Drinking a couple green smoothies is actually the easiest way to get all your servings of vegetables in for the day.)

Non-starchy vegetables provide the nutrients your cells need, and their fiber content slows glucose absorption. This prevents blood sugar surges, reducing your risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Some great non-starchy vegetable choices include:

  • Bok Choy
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Eggplant
  • Kale
  • Onions
  • Spinach

Nutrient-Dense Proteins

3-5 servings per day, 30-55 grams per meal

Fill one-third of your plate with nutrient-dense proteins. Protein triggers short- and long-term satiety hormones, meaning it fills you up quickly and keeps you full for a long time. This prevents overeating. Protein consumption also has little effect on blood glucose levels, which is another setpoint diet help for improving or reversing diabetes. Finally, research shows increasing protein intake decreases or eliminates sugar and starch cravings.

Delicious nutrient-dense protein choices include:

  • Chicken
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Egg Whites
  • Grass-Fed Beef
  • Liver
  • Nonfat Greek Yogurt
  • Salmon
  • Tuna

Whole-Food Fats

3-6 servings per day.

Fill the remaining one-third of your plate with whole-food fats. These foods are also very filling, have no effect on blood sugar levels, and help heal your hormones. In fact, your body uses dietary fat to help make certain hormones.

If you replace sugars and refined carbs with whole-food fats, your body will start to burn fat as its preferred fuel source. This enables the body to more easily dip into your fat stores when it needs more energy. This, alone, lowers setpoint weight, which in turn reduces your risk for diabetes.

Be sure to consume these fats as whole foods rather than oils. Despite all the positive press about olive oil and other oils being “good” for you, oils aren’t nearly as healthy as their whole-food counterparts. That’s because vegetable oils have been stripped of setpoint-lowering water, fiber, and protein.

Satisfying whole-food fats include:

  • Almonds
  • Avocado
  • Chia Seeds
  • Cocoa/Cacao
  • Coconut
  • Flax Seeds
  • Macadamias
  • Whole Eggs (Whole eggs are whole-food fats because more of their calories come from fat than from other macronutrients.)

Low-Fructose Fruits

0-3 servings per day

Having up to 3 servings of low-fructose fruits per day is a good way to enjoy some sweetness without consuming a large amount of sugar.

Yummy low-fructose fruits include:

  • Blueberries
  • Cherries
  • Goji Berries
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemons
  • Oranges
  • Peaches
  • Strawberries

So…

Can Setpoint Diet Help Improve or Reverse Diabetes?

Once you try the setpoint diet, they’ll be no doubt in your mind that it can, indeed, improve or reverse diabetes. Try it and see for yourself!

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How Metabolism Affects Setpoint

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metabolism-setpointDo you know the metabolism and setpoint are intimately connected? It’s true. Your metabolism is responsible for helping to raise your lower setpoint weight. You won’t often hear metabolism and setpoint mentioned in the same sentence, though. Many people aren’t yet familiar with the setpoint. But they do know quite a bit about the metabolism — or so they think.

Everyone knows about the metabolism and its effect on weight gain or loss. If you have struggled to lose weight and keep it off for most of your life, you’ve probably said, “I have a slow metabolism” a time or two. You probably also know at least one thin person who eats anything they want — in any quantity they want — and never gain an ounce. You’ve probably often thought, with more than a touch of envy, that naturally thin people have fast metabolisms.

Underlying both statements is the feeling that the metabolism is fixed, that some people are destined to be heavy and some destined to be thin. This is incorrect. Although there is a genetic component to overweight and obesity, the metabolism and setpoint are changeable.

You are not doomed to fight a weight-loss battle all your life because you have a “slow” metabolism. There are scientifically proven steps you can take to speed your metabolism and lower your setpoint weight.

Before you can do this, however, you need to know how the metabolism works.

The Metabolism: An Amazingly Complex Process

In simple terms, the metabolism is the body’s conversion of food/fuel to energy. But there is nothing simple about this process.

Here’s a brief overview of how the metabolism processes the nutrients you consume.

Nutrients that provide calories (energy) to the body are called macronutrients, and our bodies need them in large amounts for growth, repair, energy, and survival. The three macronutrients are fats, proteins, and carbohydrates.

When you eat food, enzymes in the digestive system break fats down into fatty acids, protein into amino acids, and carbohydrates into simple sugars (glucose.) These compounds are then absorbed into the bloodstream, where they go to the cells. Enzymes within the cells regulate the chemical reactions needed to metabolize them. For instance, the cells can choose to release some of these compounds for energy or store them in body tissues. When these compounds are not released for energy, they are commonly stored in fat cells, liver, or muscles, depending on metabolism.

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Factors Involved in Metabolism and Setpoint

There are three factors that influence or control the metabolism, which in turn affects your setpoint: the brain, digestive system, and hormones. Let’s discuss each of them in turn.

1. The Brain: Control Center of Metabolism

The hypothalamus, a gland located in the center of the brain, is responsible for regulating the autonomic nervous system. The autonomic nervous system operates without your conscious control. It and your hypothalamus regulate heart rate, blood pressure, gastrointestinal activity, core body temperature, and more. One of its most important jobs, however, is to regulate metabolism.

The hypothalamus balances calories in and calories out, ideally keeping your weight within a healthy range. Its action is regulated mainly by the hormones leptin and insulin. Leptin is produced by the body’s fat cells, continually signaling the hypothalamus your level of fat. The hypothalamus then adjusts your appetite up or down depending upon how much fat it “thinks” you have or need, thus modulating your food intake. Insulin is the energy storage hormone. It tells the body to store glycogen or fat.

Depending upon the signals the hypothalamus receives from leptin and insulin, it activates certain hormones to bring or keep your fat levels at what it “thinks” is your healthy level. Besides adjusting your appetite, the hypothalamus also regulates your energy expenditure. For instance, if it receives the signal that you’re carrying too much fat, it will make you fidget more so that you subconsciously exercise off those extra calories. If you’ve not been getting enough calories, it will make you tired or lethargic to conserve energy.

2. The Digestive System

The digestive system, particularly gut bacteria, has a huge effect on the metabolism. There are 100 trillion bacteria living in your digestive system. Throughout our lives, we ingest these microscopic bacteria through the foods we eat and drink. We also ingest or absorb them by things we put in or near our mouths and noses. For instance, we can and do routinely obtain a massive amount of gut bacteria by touching something in the environment and then putting our hands in or near our mouths or noses.

Research shows that an estimated 500 species of bacteria live in the adult human intestine. However, the majority of gut bacteria belongs to just two categories of species: the Firmicutes and the Bacteroidetes.

Not too long ago, researchers believed gut bacteria’s only job was to aid in digestion. Research now shows gut bacteria does much more than that. In fact, having the proper mix of Firmicutes and Bacteroidetes bacteria is essential for proper metabolism. Having an imbalance of  Firmicutes bacteria has been linked to weight gain.

Proper Bacterial Balance in the Gut Matters!

Scientific studies indicate Firmicutes bacteria may promote weight gain because they do something other bacteria can’t; namely, they digest complex carbohydrates and turn them into glucose and fatty acids. The intestine then absorbs these compounds into your bloodstream. Thus, Firmicutes bacteria not only “help” you obtain more calories through your diet, but they also increase glucose levels in your bloodstream. This glucose triggers a release of insulin, encouraging fat storage.

Studies show obese individuals tend to have a higher ratio of Firmicutes to Bacteroidetes bacteria. Obese individuals also have significantly fewer Bacteroidetes bacteria than normal weight individuals. But Firmicutes and Bacteroidetes are not the only bacteria affecting metabolism and setpoint. Helicobacter pylori in the gut have been shown to regulate hormones, such as ghrelin, the “hunger hormone.” The proper operation of your metabolism, then, depends upon the health of your gut bacteria.

3. Hormones

Hormones are chemical messengers that travel throughout the body coordinating many complex processes. They control most major bodily functions. There are several main hormones that affect metabolism and setpoint weight.

Leptin: As previously mentioned, leptin modulates food intake. It signals the hypothalamus when you have had enough to eat.

Ghrelin: This “hunger hormone” is triggered if the hypothalamus needs you to eat more calories.

Insulin: This hormone is responsible for clearing excess glucose from the bloodstream. Insulin usually transports insulin to the cells. However, if the cells will not open to accept the glucose (insulin resistance), the insulin transports it to the fat cells. Also, if a large amount of glucose is dumped into the bloodstream all at once, insulin will take most of it to the fat cells to avoid dangerously high glucose levels.

metabolism-setpointStress Hormones: Cortisol is the most influential stress hormone on metabolism and setpoint.

Cortisol triggers the release of insulin to get glucose into the cells for energy to deal with short-term stress. If you’re attacked by a lion, you’ll have the extra energy you need to run or fight this beast. During the confrontation (or flight), you’ll burn off the excess glucose. After you’ve dealt with the lion, the natural relaxation response of your body sets in. Your systems return to normal.

The stress response is designed to save our lives. But most of us are not faced with actual life-or-death struggles. Our stress comes from mortgages and bills and work and children and traffic jams…and…and…and. But our bodies act as if it is a life-or-death struggle. The adrenal glands secrete cortisol that triggers insulin.

Chronic stress results in chronically elevated cortisol levels. This causes chronically elevated insulin and glucose levels because psychological stress doesn’t burn off glucose. This affects metabolism and raises setpoint weight.

How Metabolism Raises Setpoint

Your brain, digestive system, and hormones talk to each other through various feedback loops to synchronize the activities that automatically maintain body fat at a specific level. This is your setpoint weight.

If the conversation goes well, you’ll never be to fat or too thin. When you eat more calories than your body needs, your hypothalamus will increase the calorie burn of several processes, including the following:

  • Base metabolic rate
  • Digestion
  • Unconscious activity (fidgeting, pacing, etc.)

Instead of storing these extra calories as fat, a lower setpoint will increase the calories burned to balance more calories in with more calories out.

The Hormonal Clog and Setpoint

If a hormonal clog occurs, the conversation between your brain, digestive system, and hormones do not go well. The body does not receive correct signals and does not know how much fat you need. It responds by giving you more fat because its mission is to keep you alive at all costs. It also raises your setpoint. Thus, the metabolism is responsible for raising or lowering your setpoint.

Your setpoint determines your weight regardless of how little you eat or how much you exercise. For at least half a century, people have been responding to their extra weight, this hormonal clog, by eating less and exercising more. Starving your body, the “experts” say, creates a calorie deficit that forces your body to lose fat. That’s true in the short term, but as you probably know from your own experience, the weight doesn’t stay off. Studies show more than 95% of dieters regain every pound they lost and then some within a few years.

Starvation Dieting: A Losing Weight-Loss Battle

That’s because any time you cut calories while consuming the same low-quality foods, your body sees this as nothing short of starvation. It responds by increasing your hunger and making you cold, weak, and irritable. It also prevents the body from burning fat and converts most of the calories you consume into fat. The body even slows your metabolism to conserve energy.

If you manage to withstand the hunger and other unpleasant symptoms and lose weight, you’ll start gaining the weight back as soon as you start eating normally again. That’s because, as many clinical research studies show, starvation dieting lowers the metabolism and increases your levels of the hunger hormone ghrelin. So, your metabolism is not only lower than it was before the diet, but your hunger is also higher than it was. You are likely to eat more food than you did before you started the diet, guaranteeing a larger calorie intake.

The research is clear: starvation dieting is not the way to achieve long-term weight loss. If you want to end yo-yo dieting and lose weight permanently, you must lower your setpoint. When you do that, your body will work as hard to keep you at your lower setpoint as it once did to keep you at your higher setpoint weight.

Lowering Setpoint with SANE Setpoint Diet

SANE setpoint diet is an easy, enjoyable way to lower your setpoint to lose weight long term. There are no complicated foods or menus to remember, no calories to count, and no hunger or deprivation.

One of the most important aspects of the setpoint diet is its focus on whole foods, meaning foods as close to their natural states as possible. Whole foods provide nutrition to the cells, and they are more filling than refined carbs, sugars, and heavily processed foods. When you consume whole (SANE) foods, you’ll be so full you won’t have room for inSANE foods.

SANE foods prevent blood sugar spikes, trigger fat burning hormones, and provide all-day energy. The four SANE food groups are non-starchy vegetables; nutrient-dense proteins; whole-food fats; low-fructose fruits. Be sure to eat foods from the first three food groups together at every meal, as they work together to remove the hormonal clog and lower your setpoint weight.

Once you start eating SANE setpoint-lowering foods, you’ll be amazed at how delicious they taste and how great they make you feel. You’ll be even more amazed when you see how effortless weight loss can be when you eat SANEly and lower your setpoint.

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How Setpoint Diet Can Boost Your Energy and Mood

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setpoint-diet-energy-moodIf you struggle with low energy and mood, it may surprise you to learn that the setpoint diet can help. The setpoint diet is more than just a weight-loss plan. It is a lifestyle plan designed to help you become the best version of YOU.

Need to lose weight permanently? The setpoint diet has the solution for you. Need more energy, a better mood? The setpoint diet can help you with that, too. How can the setpoint diet help you lose weight and boost your energy and mood? It’s all about nutrition.

Poor nutrition is either the underlying cause or contributing factor to most health conditions and diseases, including weight gain and obesity. The quality of the foods and beverages you consume either heal or harm your body and your health. This includes your level of energy. It includes your emotional state (mood). For good or ill, you cannot escape the effects of nutrition on your health and well being.

The foods on the setpoint diet plan have been scientifically proven to heal your hormones and lower your setpoint weight, promoting long-term weight loss. The foods also work together to ensure a slow and steady release of energy. You will not experience extreme energy fluctuations on the setpoint diet. (Most people don’t mind the energy highs they experience after eating a candy bar or other sugary treat. It’s the energy crash coming shortly thereafter that bothers them.)

The foods on the setpoint diet also give your brain the nutrients it needs to brighten your mood. Some of the foods on the setpoint diet help increase serotonin levels in the brain, a target of many antidepressant medications. It should be noted, however, that there is no proof manipulating serotonin levels improves depression.

Setpoint Diet, Energy, and Mood

The setpoint diet focuses on whole foods that provide the nutrition your cells need. The effects of these foods are based on peer-reviewed clinical research studies showing how nutrition affects the brain, body, and mood.

You usually know whether you need to lose weight. But how do you know if you need to improve your energy and mood? Just ask yourself these questions: Are you easily fatigued? Do you lack the energy to play with your children, go to dinner with your spouse? Do minor physical activities, such as walking to the mailbox, wear you out? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you likely have an energy problem that is at least partially caused by poor-quality diet and lifestyle factors.

As for mood issues…Are you “down in the dumps” a lot? Sad? Angry? Do you have sudden angry outbursts? Do you experience frequent, unpredictable mood changes? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you likely have a mood issue that is also at least partially caused by poor-quality diet and other lifestyle factors.

If you have any energy and mood issues, you’re not alone.

Energy and Mood Disorders

Hundreds of millions of people worldwide experience energy and mood disorders. Let’s discuss some of these disorders.

Energy Disorders

There are no conditions specifically listed as an energy disorder, not even chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). That’s because fatigue is normally a symptom of something else, such as a side effect of medication or a sleep disorder. Fatigue is also a common symptom of many diseases, including obesity, congestive heart failure, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease, and various types of cancer. The development of these diseases, though, are almost always linked to poor-quality diet and other lifestyle factors.

(That said, there has never been an underlying medical cause found for the extreme fatigue of CFS.)

Mood Disorders

Unlike energy disorders, the number of mood disorders is plentiful. Here are some of the most common mood disorders.

Depression

Depression is defined as a persistent feeling of sadness and worthlessness. It affects the mind, body, and emotions, often interfering with everyday activities. It is a serious mental illness that can increase the risk of suicide. More than 18 million American adults (around 9.5% of the U.S. population) in a given year experience a depressive disorder.

Categories of depressive disorders include:

  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Persistent Depressive Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Premenstrual Dysphoric Syndrome
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • Atypical Depression

Anxiety

There are also several types of anxiety disorders. In fact, anxiety disorder is the most common mental illness in the U.S. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 40 million U.S. adults suffer from an anxiety disorder every year. (That’s slightly more than 18% of the U.S. adult population.)

Here are some of the most common anxiety disorders:

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Social Anxiety
  • Specific Phobias
  • Panic Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Many people experiencing mood and energy issues either suffer in silence or they regularly take prescription medication. Most psychotropic medications used to treat depression and/or anxiety come with a variety of side effects. Some of these side effects are just bothersome; others are dangerous.

Many clinical research studies indicate that placebos may be as effective or even more effective than antidepressant medication in treating most forms of depression. The “placebo effect” is when a patient experiences a beneficial effect from a treatment that cannot be attributed to the treatment itself. But because the patient believes the treatment — medication, surgery, etc. — is “real,” he or she feels better or recovers from the condition.

Why should you take the risk of potentially dangerous side effects of these medications when they may not be any more effective than a placebo? We’re not telling you to stop taking your medication(s). In fact, we advise you to always talk to your healthcare provider about any health concerns. All we ask is that you consider the possibility the setpoint diet can boost your energy and mood better than medication!

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Food, Energy, and Mood

Most people accept the fact that the foods they eat affect their health. But many people don’t link food and nutrition to low energy and mood issues. Science is clear that food does, indeed, affect your energy and mood. Here are some ways certain types of foods or beverages affect energy and mood.

Sugar/Starches

Sugars and starches are aggressive calories, meaning they are quickly converted to glucose and absorbed into the bloodstream. This causes a rapid rise in blood sugar levels. (If you drink a sugar-sweetened beverage, the rise in blood sugar levels will be more extreme.) The result?

That blood sugar spike causes that short burst of energy you feel shortly after consuming sugars and/or starches. This usually feels good. But in response to this high amount of glucose dumped into your bloodstream, your pancreas releases a similarly large amount of insulin. Insulin’s job is to clear excess glucose from the bloodstream. With so much insulin on the job, your elevated blood glucose levels quickly fall. This creates an extended and extreme drop in energy, affecting both your energy and mood. You may feel extremely tired. Lethargic. Moody. Irritable. Sound familiar?

Caffeine

Coffee is a popular morning drink because it contains caffeine, a stimulant. But many foods and headache medications also contain caffeine, and all of them affect your energy and mood.

In moderate amounts, caffeine does energize you. It can even enhance physical and mental performance. But if consumed in excess, caffeine can trigger hyperactivity, anxiety, and mood swings. It is not a long-term solution for low energy, either. Like other stimulants, caffeine needs to be replenished every few hours to maintain its “high.” Otherwise, your energy level will drop as the caffeine leaves your system. You may be unusually tired or have trouble focusing. This makes caffeine a poor choice as a long-lasting energy booster.

Heavily Processed Foods

Heavily processed foods — such as breakfast cereals, frozen dinners, and pastries — are loaded with sugars and starches. With no fiber to slow glucose absorption, these foods cause a rapid rise in blood sugar levels that give you a jolt of energy. But about 30 minutes later, your blood sugar drops, creating just the opposite — fatigue, lethargy. You may even become irritable or angry. In fact, research shows over-consumption of heavily processed foods can lead to depression, anxiety, and other mood issues.

To make matters worse, heavily processed foods are not filling. A short while after eating them, you’ll probably go back for a second or third serving. The result on your blood sugar will be the same, with your energy and mood suffering accordingly.

Alcohol

Anyone who drinks alcohol or sees someone else drink alcohol knows it affects energy and mood. Alcohol usually relaxes you. It can make you happy, the life of the party — initially. But alcohol is a depressant. This substance has been known to trigger feelings of stress, anxiety, anger, rage.

Plus, as the good-feeling “buzz” of the alcohol wears down, depression and fatigue often occur. Researchers believe this is because alcohol reduces levels of serotonin in the brain.

Fried Foods

Research shows fried foods are bad for health in general, mostly because they are usually fried in unhealthy fats, such as lard or trans fats. But how does this affect energy and mood? Well…

New, cutting-edge research shows over-consumption of “bad fats” can inflame the hypothalamus, known as neurological inflammation. Among other important functions, the hypothalamus helps regulate the emotions and energy levels. If it is inflamed, it cannot send or receive the signals necessary to regulate these functions.

Studies show neurological inflammation may be one of the main causes of depression, anxiety, fatigue, and other energy and mood issues.

The SANE Setpoint Diet Way to Boost Your Energy and Mood

setpoint-diet-energy-moodThe food groups on the setpoint diet work together to regulate your blood sugar levels. Because of their slow absorption into the bloodstream, they provide energy that lasts all day. You won’t experience energy slumps on the setpoint diet.

In addition, these foods provide all the nutrition your cells need, automatically improving your energy levels and mood. (By contrast, heavily processed foods lack most nutrients.)

The setpoint diet is easy to incorporate into your life, and the food groups are easy to remember. Here are the 4 food groups:

Non-Starchy Vegetables

The fiber content of non-starchy vegetables ensures slow glucose absorption into your bloodstream. This prevents blood sugar highs and lows, keeping your energy levels steady all day and your mood bright.

Enjoy at least 10 servings of non-starchy veggies per day. Either fill half your plate with non-starchy vegetables at each meal or whip a few servings together into a green smoothie. Here are some energy-boosting non-starchy vegetables to try:

  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Eggplant
  • Endive
  • Kale
  • Spinach

Nutrient-Dense Proteins

Nutrient-dense proteins have little effect on your blood sugar levels. Plus, it takes your body a long time to digest protein. Like non-starchy vegetables, consuming protein promotes stable blood sugar levels.

Enjoy 3-5 servings of nutrient dense proteins per day, 30-55 grams per meal. Fill one-third of your plate with nutrient-dense protein at each main meal. Here are some great nutrient-dense proteins to boost your energy and improve your mood:

  • Chicken
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Egg Whites
  • Grass-Fed Beef
  • Nonfat Greek Yogurt
  • Salmon

Whole-Food Fats

Whole-food fats also have little effect on blood sugar levels, and they taste great. As for your energy levels and mood…they help out there, too. Eating good fats is necessary for health. The majority of our hormones are made from fat. Our brain is mostly fat. So, eating whole-food fats has a positive effect on energy and mood.

Enjoy 3-6 servings of whole food fats per day. Fill the remaining one-third of your plate with whole-food fats at every main meal. Here are some great whole-food fats to get you started:

  • Almonds
  • Avocado
  • Chia Seeds
  • Flax Seeds
  • Olives
  • Whole Eggs (This is a whole-food fat because more calories come from fat than from any other macronutrient.)

Low-Fructose Fruits

Eating an occasional low-fructose fruits keeps you from overeating refined sugar. Plus, it contains fiber to slow glucose absorption, keeping blood sugar levels stable.

Feel free to enjoy up to 3 servings of low-fructose fruits per day. Here are some great low-fructose fruits:

  • Blueberries
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemons
  • Oranges
  • Peaches
  • Strawberries

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Burn Belly Fat with Setpoint Diet

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setpoint-diet-belly-fatIf you have been struggling to burn belly fat without successes, the SANE setpoint diet can help. More than 13,000 clinical research studies prove that following the setpoint diet can heal your hormones and lower your setpoint weight. This will automatically burn belly fat. No more crunches or starvation diets. Promise.

This is good news because having excess belly fat is a big problem for millions of people. Some of them are so embarrassed by this fat, they won’t go swimming in public or wear tight clothing. Some women won’t even undress in front of their husbands because they are ashamed of their tummies. It is a sad fact that stubborn belly fat inhibits and even curtails the freedom of so many people.

SANE is committed to helping you free yourself from this problem with the setpoint diet — for a couple of reasons. Not only is belly fat distress for so many people, but it can also endanger their health.

Bad Belly Fat

The belly fat that usually causes you so much grief — the type you can pinch between your fingers — is called subcutaneous fat. This type of fat lies directly beneath the skin of your entire body. Research shows an accumulation of subcutaneous fat is not that dangerous to health and can actually be beneficial.

Visceral belly fat, located only in the stomach area, cannot be seen or felt. Everyone has visceral fat, but an excess amount of it is dangerous to health. Stored deep in the abdominal cavity, visceral fat is located near and even wraps around several vital organs. Why is this important? Many years ago, researchers believed fat cells were simply storage lockers for fat. Now we know fat is metabolically active. It produces and secretes cortisol and inflammatory substances that affect how the body produces and uses insulin, as well as other functions.

Research indicates these substances enter the liver through the portal vein. The liver performs many essential functions.  One of its most important functions is to help regulate blood glucose levels.

After eating a meal, your blood glucose levels rise. This signals the pancreas to release insulin to transport the excess glucose to your cells for energy. The release of insulin also affects the liver. If levels of glucose and insulin are high, the liver starts absorbing glucose. It converts the glucose into glycogen and stores it in your liver cells.

When glucose levels fall, so does insulin. This signals the liver to release some of its stores of glucose back into the blood. In this way, the liver keeps your blood sugar levels stable between meals and while you’re sleeping. Insulin in your blood controls the glucose release and storage mechanism of your liver. And this is just its role in glucose storage.

Health Risks of Visceral Fat

Although blood glucose control is an important function, it is only one of the hundreds of key functions the liver is responsible for. It makes sense, then, that the liver could be the vehicle that visceral fat uses to cause so many health problems.

Some of the known health risks of carrying excess visceral fat include:

  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Abnormal Cholesterol Levels
  • Heart Disease
  • Stroke
  • Dementia
  • Some Cancers
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Depression
  • Arthritis
  • Loss of Cognitive Function

Bad Belly Fat and BMI

For the past couple of decades, the medical establishment considered those who looked overweight to be at high risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and other conditions linked to having excess weight. This was particularly true for anyone who had a body mass index (BMI) within a certain number range.

Body mass is a calculation of weight for adult men and women based on their height and weight. Though it does not measure the actual amount of body fat, the medical community considers BMI to be a reliable way to screen for obesity-related health conditions. But it is not that reliable.

For instance, if you are thin with no belly fat but a lot of muscle, you may have a BMI of 30 or more, which is considered obese. If you have a lot of body fat — particularly visceral fat — but not much muscle, you may have a BMI of 18.5 to 24.9. This is considered a “healthy weight,” and your actual weight on the scale confirms it. The doctor will probably pat you on the back and send you on your way, assuring you that you do not have to worry about any obesity-related diseases. That doctor couldn’t be more wrong.

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Skinny Fat: the Invisible Risk Factor

The medical term for the condition just described is, “metabolically obese normal weight.” This condition is more commonly known as “skinny fat,” and is characterized by having too much fat and not enough muscle.

Skinny fat is becoming a public health concern, maybe even a crisis. Children and adolescents are developing type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and other obesity-related diseases at an alarming rate — even those who are of “normal weight.” Because of the muscle loss associated with aging, senior citizens are also suffering from skinny fat — and its related health effects — in record numbers.

It is no longer possible to identify someone’s health risks based on their level of obesity or on how much obvious belly fat they have. We must dig deeper. The real risk is invisible. It is visceral belly fat.

Diagnosing Visceral Fat

The only way to diagnose visceral fat is with a CT or MRI scan, a hugely expensive diagnostic tool. Fortunately, there are other ways to tell whether you have dangerous levels of visceral fat that won’t cost you a dime.

One of the best ways to estimate whether your health is at risk from visceral fat is to measure your waist size. Research shows if your waist size measures 35 inches or larger, for a woman, or 40 inches or larger, for a man, your level of visceral fat increases your risk for health problems.

Your total level of body fat is also a good indicator of the level of visceral fat you may be carrying. Harvard University estimates that 10% of your total fat is visceral fat. Therefore, if you are carrying an unhealthy amount of body fat, it is likely you also have an unhealthy amount of visceral fat.

If you’re skinny fact, neither of these methods will work. If you’d like a diagnosis of your level of visceral fat, you’ll need to have a CT, MRI, or other clinical scans performed. You can also purchase a body composition device that can give you a pretty good idea of your level of visceral body fat. Of course, most people of normal weight don’t even think about belly fat, so your best bet at reducing it (just in case) or preventing it is to follow the setpoint diet.

Before detailing the setpoint diet, let’s discuss some of the main causes of belly fat.

Causes of Belly Fat

Here are the most common causes of belly fat.

Sugar Consumption

Many clinical research studies show a link between excess sugar consumption and belly fat. The culprit appears to be fructose. Granulated sugar (sucrose) contains 50% fructose, and high fructose corn syrup contains 55% fructose. These studies show increased intake of beverages containing fructose decreases insulin sensitivity and increases belly fat, even when consumed as part of a calorie-restricted diet.

Though consuming sugar-sweetened beverages is particularly damaging to health, eating too many sugar-sweetened foods has also been linked to decreased fat burning and insulin resistance. Studies show more than 80% of foods in grocery stores contain added sugar, so it’s probably not a surprise that weight gain and increased belly fat has become such a problem.

Refined (Processed) Carb Consumption

Refined carbs are those that contain no fiber. They are white foods, such as white bread, white rice, and white flour. (The latter is the most commonly used and consumed refined carb. ) Because there is no fiber in refined carbs to slow glucose absorption, consuming these foods cause spikes in blood sugar levels. This can lead to many health problems, including type 2 diabetes.

Over-consumption of refined carbs also leads to weight gain and increased belly fat, according to several studies.

Alcohol Consumption

Many studies show excess alcohol consumption may lead to weight gain, especially in the stomach region. Alcohol is thought not only to suppress fat burning, but to also send much of its calories to your belly. (Yes, “belly fat” is a real thing.)

Menopause

Women in menopause typically complain about an increase in stubborn belly fat that they can’t seem to lose, no matter what they do. They aren’t exaggerating the problem.

Menopause is a time of huge hormonal fluctuations, especially in estrogen. Research shows menopause typically triggers a redistribution of body fat. Instead of being stored on the hips and thighs, as it was during her childbearing years, fat is now stored in her abdomen. Following the setpoint diet will regulate your hormones, helping you lose that stubborn belly fat.

setpoint-diet-belly-fatStress

Stress causes an increase of cortisol levels in the blood. Prolonged stress leads to chronically elevated blood cortisol levels.

Cortisol, secreted by the adrenal glands, is a hormone that not only triggers sugar and carb cravings — potentially leading to over-consumption of the very foods that cause belly fat — but it also causes an accumulation of belly fat.

Lack of Sleep

Lack of sleep has also been linked to weight gain and belly fat. Many studies indicate one of the reasons sleep deprivation may cause an accumulation of belly fat is because of cortisol.

Those who do not get enough sleep have higher blood cortisol levels, studies show. Other studies show sleep-deprived individuals eat more food than their well-rested counterparts — much of it sugary, fatty carbs.

Setpoint Diet Foods that Burn or Prevent Belly Fat

Setpoint diet foods have been clinically proven to burn belly fat and promote weight loss. On the setpoint diet, you’ll eat delicious real foods that will help melt your tummy fat. Here are the setpoint diet food groups:

Non-Starchy Vegetables

Eat (or drink in a green smoothie) at least 10 servings per day.

Besides containing high amounts of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other nutrients, the biggest reason non-starchy vegetables help burn belly fat is because of their fiber content. Fiber creates bulk in your stomach, filling you up fast and keeping you full longer. Increasing your intake of non-starchy vegetables will naturally stop you from overeating. Plus, studies show increasing soluble fiber intake can reduce visceral fat.

Here are examples of great non-starchy veggies to add to your grocery list:

  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Eggplant
  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Zucchini

Nutrient-Dense Proteins

3-5 servings per day, 30-55 grams per meal

Protein takes longer to digest than carbs, so it keeps you full longer. Plus, research shows when you eat protein, it triggers short- and long-term satiety hormones. This is the reason why protein fills you up quickly and keeps you full much longer than carbohydrates! Studies also show those who increase their consumption of protein lose more belly fat than those who eat the minimum recommended amount of protein.

Here are examples of delicious nutrient-dense proteins to try:

  • Chicken
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Egg Whites
  • Nonfat Greek Yogurt
  • Grass-Fed Beef
  • Salmon

Whole-Food Fats

3-6 servings per day

Studies show that rather than causing weight gain, consuming whole-food fats promotes weight loss. (This includes belly fat.) In fact, research is clear that if you replace sugar and refined carbs with whole-food fats, your body will start to prefer burning fat for fuel rather than carbs. The next time it needs energy and you haven’t eaten in a while, it will simply take it from the fat stores in your belly and the rest of your body.

Here are examples of yummy whole-food fats:

  • Almonds
  • Chia Seeds
  • Coconut
  • Flax Seeds
  • Macadamias
  • Olives

Non-starchy vegetables, nutrient-dense proteins, and whole-food fats are the core food groups of the SANE setpoint diet. But there is one more food group you’ll want to enjoy occasionally, low-fructose fruits.

Low-Fructose Fruits

0-3 servings per day

Keeping sugar consumption to a minimum is important to reduce fat, and that includes the sugar found in fruit. (The type of sugar in fruit, after all, is fructose.) Having an occasional serving of low-fructose fruits is the best way to keep your sugar consumption low while also enjoying fruit.

Here are some tasty low-fructose fruits to enjoy today:

  • Acai Berries
  • Blueberries
  • Cherries
  • Lemons
  • Peaches
  • Strawberries

The setpoint diet is the best way to melt belly fat, lose weight, and feel great. Try it and see for yourself!

Next Step: Use the setpoint diet to burn belly fat with the SANE

Ready to finally break free from the yo-yo dieting rollercoaster by balancing your hormones and lowering your body’s setpoint weight?

Want to know the exact foods and serving sizes that are scientifically proven by over 1,300 peer-reviewed research studies to boost metabolism, burn fat and enjoy virtually effortless weight loss like a naturally thin person?

Download the free SANE metabolism boosting food list, cheat sheet and “Eat More, Burn More” weight loss program by .