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Why Deprivation and Fad Diets Don’t Work

Why Deprivation and Fad Diets Don’t Work

By Todd Cadwell, DC

If you’re like the hundreds and hundreds of people who have come through my doors over the years looking to lose weight, I am willing to bet a few things: 

  • You’ve tried other diets in the past.

  • You make an effort to eat well.

  • You exercise.

  • You still can’t lose weight and keep it off. 

On the surface, it looks like you’re doing all the right things. So where are the results you were promised?

Well I want to let you in on a little secret … The reason you’re not losing weight isn’t that you’re not trying hard enough. It’s that the diet plans that are roping people in with their convincing (and often doctored) before-and-afters aren’t designed to work. They’re designed to keep you frustrated and spinning your wheels so that you’re dependent on them for life.  

The truth is that most diet plans are fundamentally flawed in these five key ways.

  1. They’re One-Size-Fits-All

The primary problem with fad diets is that they’re one-size-fits-all. No matter who you are, what your health status, what your history, body type, etc., you’re going to get the exact same plan handed to you as the person next to you. 

Most “diet gurus” don’t even know what questions to ask to find out what your specific needs are. They don’t know the tests to order or the analyses to run. They just give you the same guidelines they give everyone, and when it doesn’t work they shame you for not trying hard enough. 

I see this all the time not only with weight loss, but also with chronic diseases. For example, if five people with type 2 diabetes walk into the same medical office, each one will walk out with the exact same drugs—probably metformin, glyburide, a statin, and a blood pressure drug. 

ut the fact is, those five diabetics are unique. They’re going to have subtle differences that if not addressed, will ultimately stand in their way of getting good results. 

I think of dieting and sickness management in the same way. Fad diets are not giving you what you truly need as an individual. That’s why I developed the Body N Balance—to embrace the beauty and power of personalization, of addressing each individual in the exact way that they need help.

  1. They Peddle Their Own (Junky) Food

You know those programs that make it “easy” to lose weight by providing pre-packaged meals and snacks? Well they’re really sabotaging your weight loss in two ways. 

First, those foods are usually junk. They’re processed, they lack nutrients, and they’re filled with garbage like artificial sweeteners that don’t have calories but have plenty of other nasty chemicals that stress your body. 

Second, they make it so you don’t know how to eat well without their meals. That’s not realistic, and it doesn’t help you lose weight in the real world. Do you want to be beholden to some diet conglomerate for the rest of your life? Or would you rather learn to eat the right wholesome foods to nourish your body?

  1. They’re Too Focused on the Scale

Have you been involved in a program that requires a weekly weigh-in—and then shames you if the number on the scale has stayed stead or (heaven forbid!) crept up?

I can’t tell you how many people I’ve worked with who were traumatized by the shame of the weigh-in. That in itself is a problem—making people feel bad about themselves is never the right way to support them in their goals. 

But the bigger problem is that the number on the scale misses so much. 

Your weight tells you nothing about the real issues that are driving the metabolic dysfunction behind the number. When you stand on that scale, and you see that number staring back at you, you need to understand that there’s a whole bunch of factors that comprise that number. 

With the Body N Balance program, we start with a body composition analysis to find out how you’re doing on all the measures involved in achieving a healthy weight, like XYZ. 

Then we keep monitoring those numbers throughout the program so we can see if you’re repairing the deep-down problems contributing to your metabolic dysfunction. 

If you are? Then we’re not too concerned about what the scale says each week, because we know we’re on the right track to improve your weight. If not, then we make adjustments to get you back on track. 

  1. They Ignore Cellular Health

If you’ve ever been on a fad diets, you’re probably familiar with the instant-gratification of immediate weight loss. Of course, that weight never stays off for good. 

Why? Because that weight is primarily water weight. You’re dehydrating your cells, which ultimately worsens your metabolic dysfunction. 

Most people are surprised when I tell them that on the Body N Balance program, while they’ll ultimately lose weight, there will also be times when they gain weight. And that’s a good thing, because are working to improve health from the cellular level. And when we do that, we’re going to see fluctuations as cells are restored to their fullest, healthiest state.

Think about it. We are nothing but cells. Trillions of cells. When those cells are healthy, they’re hydrated and plump, like grapes. But when you’re dehydrated, your cells are shriveled like raisins. That affects the cells metabolic function, significantly diminishing their potential. 

When we heal metabolic dysfunction at a cellular level, it’s normal to put on a bit of weight—that’s the weight of cellular hydration. To lose weight in the long run and keep it off, you want to lose the right weight—not your cells’ essential hydration. 

And it’s not just about the weight loss, either. The better your cells are working internally, the better you’re going to feel, the better your metabolism is going to work, and the more energy you’re going to have.

  1. They Don’t Address the Four Core Body Systems

The final reason that fad diets don’t work is that they don’t work on the systems involved in weight loss and wellness—in fact, the systems are often being damaged by the bad food and single-minded focus on losing weight at all costs. 

With Body N Balance, we’re looking at four key body systems on the path to lasting weight loss:

  • The digestive system

  • The endocrine system

  • The immune system

  • The detoxification system

For full-body health—and to achieve and maintain a healthy weight—it’s imperative to make sure each of these key systems is getting the best support you can give it. 

With a holistic, science-backed program like Body N Balance, you won’t struggle with the problems you’ve experienced with fad diets. That’s because you’ll be rebuilding your metabolism from the ground up, and supporting your body at every level.

If you’re ready to make lasting change and finally achieve the energy, vitality, and healthy weight you’ve been striving for, contact us to find out how we can help.

Is Diabetes Linked to ED?

Is Diabetes Linked to ED?

 Men who struggle with erectile dysfunction (ED) find they often can’t get or maintain an erection firm enough for sex. Although it’s extremely common—as many as 30 million men in America have this problem—it can leave sufferers feeling isolated, frustrated, and discouraged.

 Among men who have diabetes, especially type 2 diabetes, ED is particularly widespread. In fact, studies suggest that 35 to 75 percent of men with diabetes will go on to develop ED at some point, compared to 26 percent of the general population—and over the age of 70, about 95 percent of men with diabetes have some difficulty with an erection. Men with diabetes also tend to develop ED 10 to 15 years sooner than men without diabetes.

 So what’s the connection?

Why are men with diabetes more likely to have ED? 

Although the causes of ED are many and complex, one of the main reasons it’s more prevalent in men with diabetes is that long-term high blood sugar levels can cause damage to nerves and blood vessels—including those serving the penis. So even if a man has normal testosterone levels and his desire for sex is fine, he still may not be able to get a firm erection.

 Another way diabetes can interfere with arousal is by suppressing production of the substance that stimulates the erectile tissue in the penis to fill with blood. When a man becomes sexually aroused, a neurotransmitter called nitric oxide gets released into his bloodstream. Nitric oxide makes the arteries and muscles in the penis relax, which allows more blood to flow into the penis and causes an erection.

 When blood sugar levels get too high, less nitric oxide is produced, which can mean there’s not enough blood flow to the penis for a strong erection. For men with diabetes who struggle with swings in blood sugar level, this can be a problem.

 What’s more, having diabetes (especially type 2 diabetes), or being overweight (or both), doubles the chance that a man will have low testosterone—which itself can mean less sexual desire, and fewer and weaker erections.

What can men with diabetes do to help prevent ED? 

If you have diabetes and you’re having trouble getting an erection, first talk to your doctor. It could well be that other health problems that often go with diabetes, like high blood pressure or kidney disease, are at the root of your difficulties. Or maybe you’re taking a medicine that causes ED as a side effect. If so, your doctor should be able to help pinpoint the real cause and guide you to the right course of action.

 In any case, carefully controlling your blood sugar levels can certainly help minimize erection problems, and can even prevent them altogether, by limiting nerve and blood vessel damage. You’ll also feel much healthier (and sexier) in general!

 There’s a recent study suggesting that amino acids called l-arginine and l-citrulline may help improve erectile function. We know these amino acids increase the body’s production of nitric oxide, the neurotransmitter that stimulates erectile tissue. Since men with diabetes tend to produce lower levels of nitric acid, maybe supplementing the diet with these substances could make it easier to get an erection.

 Weight loss may also be a big part of the solution for many men. Being overweight means your body is less able to use the hormone insulin, which controls blood sugar—and as we know, excessive blood sugar increases your chances of nerve and vascular damage, which cause ED. Even a small weight loss of 5 to 7 percent of your body weight can have a big impact on sexual performance. There’s evidence to prove that in men with diabetes weight loss improves testosterone levels, sexual desire, blood flow, and erectile function.

 If you’re a man with diabetes who’s struggling with ED, get in touch with us at Evolution Medical Group to about the safe and ground-breaking solutions we offer—including our personalized Body N Balance wellness and weight loss systems, which will support you through manageable and lasting weight loss.

 

Chocolate Apple Butter Bites

This Halloween, there is no reason to be scared, instead of letting something take a bite out of you, take a bite of these delicious Chocolate Almond Butter Bites.  Don’t worry, this recipe won’t drive you batty, it is so simple.  Please enjoy with all of your favorite ghouls.

 

Chocolate Almond Butter Bites

Prep Time 20 mins

Total Time 20 mins
Stage: 4 and Beyond on the Body N Balance program
Servings: 12
Calories: 108

Ingredients
Bottom Layer
• 2 tbsp Coconut Oil, melted
• ¼ cup Almond Butter
• 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
• ¼ cup Cocoa Powder, unsweetened
• 2 count Stevia, droppers full
Top Layer
• 2 tbsp Coconut Oil, melted
• ¼ cup Almond Butter
• ½ tsp Vanilla Extract
• 1 count Stevia, dropper full

Instructions
1. Combine all ingredients for bottom layer together
2. Pour into molds or cupcake liners
3. Place in freezer approximately 5 minutes
4. Combine all ingredients for top layer together
5. Pour on top of bottom layer
6. Return to freezer approximately 30 minutes
7. Keep Bites stored in the freezer

Recipe Notes
Almond Butter is a cautionary item for those on the Body N Balance program.

Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer

Go ahead, lean into fall and enjoy this delicious Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer.  Avoid the lines and the costs of the major coffee chains and make/enjoy this at home and don’t feel guilty about any artificial flavors, sugars or chemicals.

Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer

Prep Time 10 mins

Total Time 10 mins

Body N Balance Program Stage: 4 and Beyond
Servings: approximately 11
Serving Size: 2 Tbsp
Calories: 55

Ingredients
• 1 – 5.4 oz. can Coconut Cream not Coconut Milk
• ⅔ cup Organic Pumpkin Puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
• 2 Tbsp Real Maple Syrup
• 2 Tbsp Pure Vanilla Extract
• 1 Tbsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
• ¼ tsp Pink Salt

Instructions
1. Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender (such as a Vita Mix blender) and whirl on high for one minute or until ingredients are completely combined. Serve immediately.
2. Store unused portion in a covered container in the refrigerator (preferably a glass container)

Recipe Notes
Pumpkin is a Body N Balance Program cautionary item.

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili

 Why not just sit back, relax and enjoy this Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili recipe. This is great for a healthy easy weekend meal that your entire family will enjoy.  It is also great for a neighborhood pot luck.  Enjoy this fabulous time of year with this easy healthy dish!

Prep Time 15 mins

Cook Time 6 hrs

Total Time 6 hrs 15 mins

Stage: 2 and Beyond
Servings: 6
Calories: 328

Ingredients
• 1 Tbsp Coconut Oil or Olive Oil extra virgin/ unrefined
• 2 Cups chopped yellow onion about 1 large onion
• 1 green pepper diced
• 6 garlic cloves minced
• 1 pound grass-fed beef or bison
• 1 28oz can of diced tomatoes
• 1/2 6oz can tomato paste
• 1 14oz can pumpkin puree
• 1 Cup chicken broth or water
• 2.5 teaspoon dried oregano
• 2 Tbsp. chili powder
• 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
• 1.5 tsp. ground cumin
• 1 tsp. pink salt
• 1/4 tsp. black pepper

Instructions
1. Heat large skillet over medium heat. Add oil and sauté the onions and peppers. About 7 minutes or until onions start to soften.
2. Add the garlic and cook an additional 30 seconds or until fragrant.
3. Add the ground beef/bison. Use a spatula or large spoon to break it up as it cooks. Cook until meat is nearly cooked through.
4. Transfer meat mixture to the slow cooker.
5. Add remaining ingredients and stir.
6. Set heat to LOW and cook for about 6 hours
Recipe Notes
Be sure to read all labels for sugar content!!

Check out Gary’s Amazing Health Transformation He lost 51lbs!!

 

Our October Client of the Month is Gary Hayman.  We are so proud of his success.  He Lost 51 lbs and reversed his Type 2 Diabetes AND was able to eliminate all of his prescription medication!

Here is a picture of all of the medications eliminated. WOW!

 

Here is Gary’s Amazing Story

I was introduced to the Body N Balance program a few years ago through my sister. I was really skeptical about the program to begin with as I had not seen any improvement in my weight, diabetes or overall health through the traditional medical and drug therapy approach. As a matter of fact, I would say that my weight and health got worse with time while in the traditional medical system. My diabetes was getting worse on the drugs, not better, and my overall quality of life was declining substantially. After deciding enough was enough and that I was tired of just taking more drugs I decided to take a chance on the Body N Balance program and I’m really glad I did. When I started the program I weighed 210 lbs and was on 7 different prescription drugs, including Insulin. It was hard to begin with due to my poor health but things began to rapidly improve and my body adjusted and got used to the real food and nutrients that Dr. Cadwell recommended for me on the program. By the time I completed the program I was off ALL of my pharmaceutical drugs and weighed 157 lbs….if your wondering, that is 53 pounds I lost! That was 3 years ago! And the weight is still off and I DO NOT take any pharmaceutical drugs! Also before the Body N Balance program I couldn’t work….I am now working and my overall quality of life is 1000% better than before I did the Body N Balance program. I adopted the healthy lifestyle that Body N Balance teaches. I learned what my body likes and doesn’t likes and have become so empowered and educated through this process! I am so happy with the results this program gave me and what I learned about what being truly healthy means!

Please check back often to see our other health transformations and also other exciting news about health!

A Healthy, Satisfying, quick and easy chocolate recipe

9 out of 10 people like chocolate.  The 10th is lying lol.  Please enjoy this healthy quick coconut oil chocolate recipe.

Prep Time 10 mins

Cook Time 15 mins Total Time 10 mins

Stage: 4 and Beyond
Servings: 1
Calories: 130

Ingredients
• 1 tbsp Coconut Oil
• 1 tbsp unsweetened Cocoa Powder
• Stevia
• Stevia drops to taste, start with 8 drops and then adjust
• Try flavored Stevia like Chocolate, Vanilla, English Toffee, Hazelnut
Add-ins
• Salt, Raisins (cautionary), Nuts (cautionary), Shredded Coconut, etc.

Instructions
1. Melt coconut oil in saucepan or microwave
2. Mix coconut oil and cocoa together
3. Add Stevia
4. Add any desired add-ins
5. Pour mixture into small container of any kind
6. Freeze until solid, 5-10 minutes
7. Store in freezer or refrigerator

A sweet treat for the end of summer

As we get close to the end of summer 2019, a quick, easy, sweet treat for you and your friends/family to enjoy this holiday weekend.

Caramel Apple Dip

Prep Time 10 mins Total Time 10 mins
Stage: 4 and Beyond
Servings: 4
Calories: 74
Ingredients
• 1 cup Plain Greek Yogurt
• 1 tbsp Almond Butter
• 8-12 Drops Vanilla Crème Stevia (or English Toffee Stevia or combination)
• Pink Salt to taste
• Apple, sliced or diced
Instructions
1. Combine all ingredients
2. Serve with sliced apple

A perfect recipe for Summer gatherings

This dish is perfect for all of your family gatherings, picnics, BBQ’s, and tailgates for those exciting football games.

 

 

Herbed Green Beans

Prep Time 10 mins

Cook Time 10 Mins

Total Time 20 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Fresh Green Beans cleaned and chopped into bite size pieces
  • ½ cup Vegetable Broth
  • ¼ cup Celery diced
  • ¼ cup Onion diced
  • 1 Clove Garlic minced
  • ½ tsp dried Rosemary
  • ½ tsp dried Basil
  • ½ tsp Pink Salt

Instructions

  1. In a skillet on medium heat, add celery, onion, and garlic
  2. Sauté for 2 minutes
  3. Add green beans and cook for an additional 5 minutes
  4. Add dried basil and rosemary by crushing between fingers and sprinkling over mixture, then add the pink salt
  5. Cook for 1-2 minutes then serve

These ED “Cures” Can Make the Problem Worse

These ED “Cures” Can Make the Problem Worse

Men who are suffering from erectile dysfunction (ED), will try just about anything to get back the performance and stamina they used to have in the bedroom. Unfortunately, some of those “fixes” can actually make the problem worse.

In fact, some of the most popular ED treatments have effects that can last long after their effects have worn off.

Here are some of the risky side effects associated with four common ED treatments.

The little blue pill

Since 1998, when Viagra was approved for market, men have been bombarded with advertisements for ED drugs. And all those marketing dollars have worked. Just because people are popping them like candy doesn’t mean they’re safe. The three most popular medicines for ED—Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra—all have significant risks, ranging from splitting headache, back pain, upset stomach, flushing, and blurred vision to heart attack, mini-strokes, and even death.[1]

[1] Lowe G, Costabile RA. 10-Year analysis of adverse event reports to the Food and Drug Administration for phosphodiesterase type-5 inhibitors. J Sex Med. 2012;9(1):265-270.

There’s a reason more and more men are turning away from these drugs and looking for real, safe solutions to their ED!

Injections

If the notion of sticking a needle in your penis in order to get an erection leaves you cringing, you’re not alone. But injections pose risks beyond discomfort. Some of the most common injectible ED medications—alprostadil, papaverine, phentolamine—can cause hives, fainting, dizziness, bleeding, liver damage, digestive upset … the list goes on. And let’s not forget priapism—an erection that won’t quit and will land you in the ER instead of enjoying a post-lovemaking embrace.

Plus, as time goes on, you’re doing damage to your penis with each injection. That’s because each puncture can cause scar tissue. And that scar tissue can cause a severe curve to develop in the penis—a condition called Peyronie’s disease. In addition, scar tissue can make it difficult or impossible to get an erection.

If you have scar tissue from using penile injections, there’s a therapy that can help. It’s called Acoustic Wave Therapy, and it can help break up scar tissue, improve blood flow, and stimulate nerve endings in the penis.

Vacuum pumps

Vacuum, or pumps, use suction and constriction to help a man achieve and maintain an erection for long enough to have intercourse. The good thing about vacuum pumps is that they don’t require any drugs. That means they don’t have the same contraindications that pills and injections can have. But as with pills and injections, they come with risks.

The main issue is that an erection achieved with a pump doesn’t feel the same as a natural erection. There can be numbness, bruising, and a decrease in the force of ejaculation.

But the biggest problem is that if the device doesn’t have a “quick release” feature, the excessive, prolonged suction can cause serious injury to the penis.

Implants

The last resort for some men with ED is a penile implant. These implants can either be bendable rods or inflatable prostheses. Implants are typically used when there’s a serious medical reason for ED, but they’re also sometimes used for Peyronie’s Disease.

Before you consider an implant, make sure you’ve truly considered all other options, because once you’ve had an implant you can’t go back to normal penile function. The surgery may make it impossible to have a natural erection again. And, of course, implants come with risks. Some are standard for any surgery—bleeding or infection, for instance. Others include scar tissue, problems with the device that require further surgery, or erosion of the tissue around the device.

 

Low-Risk Help for ED

If you’re currently experiencing ED, all these risks may make you wonder whether it’s possible to have a natural, pleasurable, pain-free erection again. The good news is that there are safe and effective options available—without drugs, surgery, or clunky, mood-killing devices.

Contact us today to find out how our cutting-edge therapies can help you regain what you’ve lost and feel like yourself again.