Category Archives: BioDialogs

Clinical Update – Fat Burning Zone

Muffin top - The Metabolic Makeover

“I’ve been doing cardio level exercise for a month at the gym, and I just can’t lose this fat!” Mrs. V. was frustrated that her aggressive exercise approach had failed to reduce her belly fat. We performed VO2 max testing on her and she truly had been working out at a heart rate that was […]

The most important thing is consistency

The most important thing is consistency. You might want to go climb those steps with Rocky, jumping up and down, raising your arms in victory; but remember, slow and steady takes the prize when transitioning out of a sedentary lifestyle. When you do consistent, moderate exercise, the message to your genome is loud and clear. […]

You may be wondering why fit people have higher quality (more rejuvenating) sleep compared to unfit people.

You may be wondering why fit people have higher quality (more rejuvenating) sleep compared to unfit people. Again, it has to do with muscles. We’re all extremely busy, so everyone’s brain is tired by the time 11:00 p.m. rolls around. But here’s the sedentary person’s 11:15 p.m. Deep sleep is triggered primarily by tired muscles. […]

Can we all agree on a simple rule?

Can we all agree on a simple rule? No eating while driving. Studies show that simply getting behind the wheel of a car dramatically reduces digestive efficiency. And don’t forget the dangers of taking your eyes off the road in order to keep the grease, ketchup and mayonnaise from dripping on your clothes.

In an active person, muscle burns fat.

In an active person, muscle burns fat. In a sedentary person, fat damages muscle. That’s because adipose (fat) tissue doesn’t just sit there. It secretes inflammatory proteins called adipokines, which damage nearby muscle. When muscle is damaged, its ability to burn fat declines, which accelerates the accumulation of fat. As the adipose cells fill up, […]

Burning fat is difficult and metabolically “expensive.”

Burning fat is difficult and metabolically expensive.

Burning fat is difficult and metabolically “expensive.” Burning sugar is fast and easy. Thus, when faced with an abundance of sugar, the human genome adjusts to down-regulate fat-burning machinery. This is the story of the 20th century, and the reason why 65% of adults in North America are overweight and tired. The glycemic index and […]