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Weight Loss

I am a hands-on Doctor, teacher, and a writer. I am certified as a weight loss consultant, personal trainer (exercise specialist) & known for helping people with chronic pain.

I have experience on how to help you lose more weight than other people. It’s not a secret …

I know lots of people who go to Whole Foods, Costco, & Trader Joe’s that buy protein powder as part of a cleanse or there diet.  They don’t work as well as the one I recommend. The medical food protein powder I use has proven in clinical studies to make people lose more body fat weight than people who did NOT take this product. I know mine costs a little more but it’s reported in numerous professional journals to be better.

This means you lose fat pounds … but other people (on the exact same calories and
exercise as you) don’t lose nearly as many fat pounds (I don’t want you to lose precious lean  muscle).  My weight loss programs are drug-free and side-effect free.

This medical food powder I recommend is called UltraMeal and you can get the full details on how to order by clinking on the METAGENICS link on my home page.  

 

 

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Whey Protein Shows Body Weight Benefits

Supplements of whey protein (like UltraMeal from Metagenics) may improve body weight without restricting energy intakes or habitual diets in obese and overweight adults, suggests a new study by scientists from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Fifty-six grams of whey protein (WP) per day for six months were associated with a two percent reduction in body weight, compared to a group consuming an equal amount of calories from carbohydrates, according to findings published in the Journal of Nutrition.

The study, funded by USDA and the U.S. Whey Protein Research Consortium (USWPRC), found that the whey protein supplement was associated with a reduction in levels of a hormone called ghrelin, which is reported to serve as a hunger signal and may boost food intake.

USDA researchers wrote “habitual consumption of supplemental protein may result in improved body composition and incremental, but ultimately significant, weight-loss.” 

This research is consistent with my recommendations that higher protein diets, and whey protein in particular (Metagenics UltraMeal) helps weight management and body composition.

I recommend exercise and Ultrameal shakes.

USDA researchers recruited 73 overweight and obese adults and randomly assigned them to receive two 200-calorie beverages a day, consisting of 28 grams of whey or soy protein, plus carbohydrate or carbohydrate alone per serving for 23 weeks. No other instructions were provided about diet.

At the end of the study, the researchers report that the whey protein group’s body weight was approximately four pounds lower than the carbohydrate group, and their body fat was five pounds less than the carbohydrate group.

In addition, a one-inch reduction in waist size was reported in the whey group, compared to the carbohydrate and soy protein groups.

“Short-term weight-loss requires energy restriction, and higher protein diets may assist in this acute weight reduction; however, protein supplementation, particularly WP, in overweight and obese individuals may assist in long-term maintenance of body weight without energy restriction.”

The Journal of Nutrition; Published online ahead of print.

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Workout Recovery – Protein Timing

Numerous studies have already demonstrated that muscles are hungrier for refuelling after exercise than they are before, giving rise to the concept of the ‘post-exercise window of opportunity’. 

In Recovery – the magic ingredient of any training program is protein. I recommend two scoops of UltraMeal powder protein and add a scoop of BioPure Protein (both products are by Metagenics). This makes the best  protein shake. Protein overshadows carbohydrate, which are included in the UltraMeal.

What’s the window of opportunity for maximal uptake – it depends on who you read. Everything I read still points to 20-30 minutes max. bio Pure Protein has all the amino acids –these have to be integrated into your recovery strategy.

Many clients start drinking a protein shake before working out and then immediately after…the body composition results are speaking for themselves.

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Tips to protect and preserve your body

These are common things I hear myself say to patients to protect and preserve their body. 

Eyesight: Eat Mangoes & Kiwi. Mangoes are loaded with beta-carotene and vitamins C and E, three antioxidants that protect your eyes from vision-altering free-radical damage. Avoid age-related macular degeneration by taking lots of antioxidants. Kiwi has lots of potassium. 

Prevent Colon Cancer: Eat Brazil nuts. They’re the top food source of selenium, a mineral that one study showed may reduce the risk of colon cancer by as much as 60 percent. Target amount is 200 micrograms of selenium.

Prevent Ulcers: Eat lots of broccoli. In a study sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences, sulforaphane—a phytochemical in the sprouts—killed off any H. pylori. Broccoli sprouts are best.

Avoid  Strokes:  Vitamin C — minimizes artery damage from free radicals, reduces blood pressure, and helps control cholesterol.

Prevent Prostate problems: Eat Blueberries they are at the top of the fruit list with the most antioxidants. Plums have phytochemicals that inhibit prostate-tumor cell growth in the laboratory by 80 percent—20 percent more than blueberries do. 

Heart Attack: Black or Green tea – drinking one or more cups of black tea daily was associated with a 45 percent decrease in heart attacks. The flavonoids in the tea may reduce the buildup of fatty deposits in the arteries.

Losing Weight:  Two scoops of  UltraMeal powder mixed with water or juice as a breakfast shake has been the best product I’ve seen to help my clients lose weight. Each shake 15 grams of protein, which helps suppress appetite and may boost the activity of leptin, a hormone that plays a key role in calorie burning.

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Type 2 Diabetes & Statin Use

Last year, University of Glasgow researchers examined the results of 13 large statin trials that included more than 91,000 subjects.  Results showed that for every 255 patients treated with statins for four years, one would develop type 2 diabetes, apparently as a consequence of statin use.

About 20 million people take statins in the U.S. So, one case of type 2 diabetes for every 255 patients comes to well over 78,000 people who will develop or already have developed diabetes as a statin side effect. (And you can forget about the “four years” business because statin users are users-for-life.) 

For high cholesterol, I advocate therapeutic lifestyle changes – diet, nutrition & exercise. This is my first line of therapy for clients with high cholesterol and/or Type 2 Diabetes. First, lets see if we can control it with medical foods such as UltraMeal by Metagenics along with diet and exercise. I see statins being prescribed with resultant cases of muscle damage, kidney damage, liver damage, and cognition damage. We should put a stop to statin overuse, and prescribe the drug when appropriate and for the right reasons.

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Whey Protein Helps Lower Blood Pressure

Whey protein beverages reduced blood pressure in young men and women in a six-week controlled intervention. A study out of Washington State University found that daily consumption of whey protein resulted in at least a six-point reduction in average blood pressure of women and men who had pre-existing high blood pressure.

This study is published in the International Dairy Journal. Whey protein as in UltraMeal is low-cost and has not been linked to any adverse effects. I recommend at least 2 scops daily. I order my whey proteain from Metagenics at www.DrJeffreyTucker.meta-ehealth.com 

High blood pressure is often referred to as the “silent killer” as it typically does not present with any symptoms. However, high blood pressure is strongly correlated with stroke risk, as well as risk of heart disease, the nation’s number-one killer. Risk factors for high blood pressure include: age, black race, family history, obesity or overweight, lack of exercise, smoking, a high sodium diet, inadequate potassium and vitamin D, heavy drinking and emotional stress. High blood pressure can also lead to an aneurysm, heart failure, kidney problems, vision loss, metabolic syndrome (which can lead to type 2 diabetes) and memory problems.

International Dairy Journal 20(11):753-760, 2010

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Strength Training Tips

When is the best time to workout?  A study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research reports that men make equal gains in muscle and strength whether they work out in the morning or in the evening. Bottom line: be consistent.

Anything new about Protease? A stomach enzyme could make you stronger. Protease, a digestive enzyme that helps your body break down proteins, appears to lessen muscle inflammation that occurs after resistance training, say Baylor University researchers. Faster recovery means you can lift more weight on subsequent trips to the gym. Study participants experienced benefits within 3 weeks of taking daily protease supplements.

While in training, how much protein should I ingest at each meal? University of Texas Medical Branch scientists found that eating 30 grams of protein at one meal helps muscle growth as much as taking in 90 grams does. Try smaller meals (3 to 4 hours apart) for a more efficient approach to repairing your muscles.

What’s the latest on creatine? According to researchers at the University of Tulsa, creatine monohydrate is still the best form of this popular muscle builder. Creatine ethyl ester (CEE), a more expensive and supposedly more effective product, doesn’t live up to its claims, the scientists say. “Once it’s in the bloodstream, CEE completely breaks down into creatine and alcohol in less than 10 minutes,” says study author Gordon Purser, Ph.D. “This chemical instability limits the amount of creatine that actually makes its way to your muscles.”

What about protein shakes? Drinking an UltraMeal protein shake by Metagenics before, during, or after weight training  speeds fat loss. I find that clients who drink an UltraMeal shake lose more fat and gain more lean body mass than those who do not drink a shake.

What’s the best reps and sets to use? For the fastest results, change the number of reps you perform every time you hit the gym. In a Brazilian study, people who alternated upper- and lower-body training days gained more strength when they rotated among 4, 10, and 15 repetitions each workout. They outperformed those who did the same number of reps every session or even shifted rep counts weekly. That’s because changing the load recruits different muscle fibers, which lets you train your muscles completely, the researchers say.

Anything new for soreness? Researchers at the University of Georgia discovered that ginger supplements may reduce muscle soreness. The best part? Less discomfort improves range of motion, which helps you pack on more muscle. A change was noticed within 11 days using 2 grams of ground ginger each day.

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Protein from UltraMeal Shakes

The biggest barrier to increased protein consumption is that some people are just not big meat and protein eaters.  Once I know your lean body weight by performing the bdy composition analysis, I know how many grams of protein you’ll need in your daily diet. If you are not a big meat eater it makes it harder to get in the suggested quantities of protein to help with your weight loss, but I have a solution.  This is where proper nutritional supplementation is beneficial for weight loss.

UltraMeal is a high quality protein shake.  It helps you get the results we want – keeping on your lean muscle, losing fat, increasing your metabolism and therefore increased weight loss.  

UltraMeal  protein shakes are a medical food made with either soy or  whey protein. Whey protein consumed between meals may help you eat significantly less food than if you were to consume a casein protein shake or nothing at all.  

You don’t have to be a weightlifter to benefit from increased protein consumption.  

Order UltraMeal @ www.DrJeffreyTucker.meta-ehealth.com

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Protein vs carbs vs fat calories

Your metabolic rate increases after every meal because of the “thermic effect” of eating and digesting food.  Your body burns a different amount of calories depending on the type of macronutrient you are eating.  For example your body doesn’t burn as many calories when digesting carbohydrates and fat as it does with protein.

Your body only burns about 4-7 calories for every 100 calories of carbohydrates or 100 calories of fat that you eat.  Though if you were to eat 100 calories of protein it would require your body to burn roughly 24-28 calories to digest that protein.

If you are looking at net calories your body is only netting about 70% of the protein calories that you consume and netting 93-96% of the carb or fat calories you consume.

Now you decide which food you want to put in your body for weight loss! This is why I like to recommend the UltraMeal shakes. They have protein and other nutrients to burn fat, not muscle. Order UltraMeal shakes at www.DrJeffreyTucker.meta-ehealth.com

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Type 2 diabetics & diet

I have a lot of  Type 2 diabetic patients who are looking for ways to control it better. I have seen consistently good results with  low-carb Paleo diets.

I hear lots of  stories from patients who have total cholesterol around 200 – 250. There GP doctors want them to go on cholesterol lowering meds. I am not in favor of this because from what I read, higher cholesterol is associated with increased longevity (lowest all-cause mortality and not just on cardiovascular mortality) especially in women.

People need to understand that cholesterol doesn’t cause heart disease; inflammation does and this is how statins, when they work, work. When I get clients on an anti-inflammatory diet (no sugar, grains, legumes,  and  the right oils) and using UltraInflamX or UltraMeal by Metagenics  it simply allows the body to go back to its natural, non-inflammatory state.

There are some pretty powerful statements made about this topic such as the ASCOT study, the largest randomized clinical study of statin effectiveness in women, found that the women who took Lipitor, developed more heart attacks than women in the group given placebo.  In this ASCOT study, 2,000 women were included among 10,000 patients having elevated blood pressure and at least three other cardiovascular risk factors.

Statins have only been shown statistically beneficial to men who have had a previous coronary event (statins reduce the rate of subsequent events).  This is why I’m still a believer in using UltraInflamX or UltraMeal along with diet recommendations.

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