How to Lose Weight Without Dieting or Exercising

No, I haven’t lost my mind. Regular readers know that the mantra of this blog is: eat less; move more. I still absolutely recommend those activities. However, I have recently learned of a practice that seemingly gives you a positive weight loss return for almost no effort.

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We need to flashback in time a bit. Earlier this month, on July 9 and again on July 14 I wrote about my experiences with Earthing. “What is Earthing? The book Earthing available from Amazon as you can see from the link, says Earthing is walking barefoot outside on wet grass or sand. This allows one to experience the healing powers of the earth simply by touching it.” I wrote that on July 9.

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The book reports on a study of 30 healthy rats split into two groups. One group was housed in cages with earthing mats. The control group was not.

According to the book, “The control animals lived in similar, but ungrounded, cages. Blood samples were taken every month for six months and analyzed. Continued grounding resulted in progressive improvements….

“While abdominal obesity was not measured during the rat study above, the animals were weighed in at the first pre-test day and then again at each monthly blood collection time The random difference in average weight between the two groups of middle-aged female rats at the beginning of the study was only 1.2 percent (the ungrounded rodents happened to be insignificantly heavier at the start than the grounded animals) and then grew steadily each month to reach 3.7 percent after six months, the last date that we have received data in this ongoing study. What the numbers mean is that the ungrounded group added an extra 2.6 percent in weight after six months. Both groups were fed the same type and quantity of food. While the difference seems like a trifling amount, it translates to an extra five pounds for a person weighing 200 pounds. “

It seems logical from this study that just practicing Earthing is enough to ratchet up the burn rate in one’s metabolism. As you can see from the rat numbers, that can amount to several pounds applied to a human being.

Now no one is trying to get you off your diet and exercise program to steal a few pounds. However, if you were to integrate Earthing into your current diet and exercise program it seems you could expect to see even better results.

I am beginning my second month of Earthing. I sleep on an Earthing half sheet, rest my bare feet on an Earthing mat and walk barefooted on grass and sand when I take my dog for walks or when I take breaks from riding my bike. As a result of that activity, I can report postiive results in several areas. I fall asleep more quickly and sleep sounder than I did before starting Earthing. I am experiencing a slight improvement in the arthritis that plagues both my hands. I can report improved digestion and my resting heart rate has declined slightly from the already lower than 50 beats per minute rate.

You can read my Beginner’s Guide to Earthing, Parts One and Two for more details and some very informative videos.

Tony

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A Healthy Lifestyle May Deflect Dementia

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Earlier studies have observed that each of these lifestyle changes might help fight dementia. But this is the first randomized clinical trial to put those findings to the test, said Keith Fargo, director of scientific programs and outreach for the Alzheimer’s Association.

I have both Alzheimer’s and dementia in my family so I am deeply interested in the subject of the healthy brain. Check out my Page: Important Facts About Your Brain – (and Exercise) for starters. You can also search both Alzheimer‘s and dementia for more.

 

Originally posted on Cooking with Kathy Man:

Older folks who began eating right, exercising did better on memory and problem-solving tests in study.

Seniors at risk for dementia may help safeguard their memory and ability to think by adopting a healthier lifestyle, a new study from Finland suggests.

Older people who began eating right, exercising, playing “brain games” and socializing more often performed better on memory and problem-solving tests than people who maintained their habits, the researchers said.

Earlier studies have observed that each of these lifestyle changes might help fight dementia. But this is the first randomized clinical trial to put those findings to the test, said Keith Fargo, director of scientific programs and outreach for the Alzheimer’s Association.

“This is the first study to definitively show that changing your lifestyle will reduce your risk for cognitive decline,” Fargo said.

The study involved 1,260 people aged 60 to 77 at risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

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Why You Should be Eating More Strawberries – Infographic

The following was produced for National Strawberry Day, but I am a big fan of the colorful berries. Check out: How Healthy are Strawberries?and 9 Amazing Health Benefits of Strawberries for more.
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10 Ways Gratitude Can Change Your Life & 4 Step Gratitude Plan

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Here is what Harvard had to say about gratitude in an early post on Positive Psychology:

“Express gratitude. Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what you have — from a roof over your head to good health to people who care about you. When you acknowledge the goodness in your life, you begin to recognize that the source of that goodness lies at least partially outside yourself. In this way, gratitude helps you connect to something larger than your individual experience — whether to other people, nature, or a higher power.

Tony

Originally posted on Our Better Health:

Gratitude is the new miracle emotion.

Although gratitude has been around for as long as human beings, it’s only recently started to get the big thumbs-up from science.

So here are 10 ways gratitude can change your life, followed by a quick 4-step plan to help maximise your own gratitude, whatever level you start from.

There’s even a trick for those suffering from ‘gratitude burnout’.

1. Happier

Gratitude is different things to different people: amongst them could be counting your blessings, savouring what life has given you, thanking someone or wondering at the natural world.

Whatever form it takes, one of the best known and most researched effects of practicing gratitude is it makes you happier.

Participants in one study were 25% happier, on average, after practicing a little gratitude over a 10-week period.

2. More satisfied

Gratitude isn’t just about feeling better, it’s also about thinking better.

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Gut feeling: How intestinal bacteria may influence our moods

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“By understanding how humans interact with their trillions of bacterial inhabitants, we might one day be able to develop better treatments for behavioural disorders, including depression, autism and anxiety,” says Hsiao.

Originally posted on Our Better Health:

Researchers beginning to understand link between gut bacteria and mental health

By Sharon Oosthoek, CBC News        Jul 14, 2014 

Researchers have discovered significant links between intestinal bacteria and people’s moods.

Mounting evidence that gut bacteria affect mood and behaviour has researchers investigating just how much power these tiny microbes wield over our mental health.

“Many people with chronic intestinal conditions also have psychological disturbances and we never understood why,” says McMaster University gastroenterologist Dr. Stephen Collins.

Now, scientists such as Dr. Collins are starting to come up with answers.

Our lower gastrointestinal tract is home to almost 100 trillion microorganisms, most of which are bacteria. They are, by and large, “good” bacteria that help us digest food and release the energy and nutrients we need. They also crowd out bacteria that can trigger disease.

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Low Back Pain? Don’t Blame the Weather

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“Our findings refute previously held beliefs that certain common weather conditions increase risk of lower back pain,” concludes Dr. Steffens. “Further investigation of the influence of weather parameters on symptoms associated with specific diseases such as fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis are needed.”

Originally posted on Cooking with Kathy Man:

Australian researchers reveal that sudden, acute episodes of low back pain are not linked to weather conditions such as temperature, humidity, air pressure, wind direction and precipitation. Findings published in Arthritis Care & Research, a journal of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), indicate that the risk of low back pain slightly increases with higher wind speed or wind gusts, but was not clinically significant.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) nearly everyone experiences low back pain at some point in their life, making it the most prevalent musculoskeletal condition and affecting up to 33% of the world population at any given time. Those with musculoskeletal (bone, muscle, ligament, tendon, and nerve) pain report that their symptoms are influenced by the weather. Previous studies have shown that cold or humid weather, and changes in the weather increase symptoms in patients with chronic pain conditions.

“Many patients believe that weather…

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The New Face of Tofu

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What’s the key take away of this study? Dr. Brian Wansink says, “If you’re trying to convince a friend or family member to join you in becoming a Tofu lover, don’t belabor its health benefits; instead focus on it being quick and filling and cooking like chicken. In no time they’ll be making Tofu Scramble, Stir Fry and all the other dishes the Tofu lovers in the study listed as big parts of their diets.”

Originally posted on Cooking with Kathy Man:

Tofu has long been a favorite among vegetarians and families with eastern ancestry. But now Tofu is becoming a bigger part of western diets, especially with 20-something women who want dishes that are quick, easy to cook and that can help keep them trim (find resources for preparing tofu at the bottom of the page).

A new Cornell study, published this May in Eating Behaviors, involving 502 young women (20-35 years old) showed that tofu lovers saw it as a great source of light, inexpensive, energizing protein. “Importantly, they also believed you could cook firm Tofu just like chicken, but you didn’t have to worry about it spoiling,” said co-author Adam Brumberg. Although Tofu is high in calcium and has no cholesterol, most of these women didn’t eat it for its healthy qualities. Instead, they ate Tofu because it is convenient and filling.

The study also uncovered some interesting…

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75 Years In The Making: Harvard Just Released Its Epic Study On What Men Need To Live A Happy Life

Tony:

In Vallant’s own words, the #1 most important finding from the Grant Study is this: “The seventy-five years and twenty million dollars expended on the Grant Study points to a straightforward five-word conclusion: Happiness is love. Full stop.”
The Beatles had it right all along. “All you need is love.”

Tony

Originally posted on Our Better Health:

BY FEELGUIDE    APRIL 29, 2013

In 1938 Harvard University began following 268 male undergraduate students and kicked off the longest-running longitudinal studies of human development in history.  The study’s goal was to determine as best as possible what factors contribute most strongly to human flourishing.  The astonishing range of psychological, anthropological, and physical traits — ranging from personality type to IQ to drinking habits to family relationships to “hanging length of his scrotum” — indicates just how exhaustive and quantifiable the research data has become.  Recently, George Vaillant, who directed the study for more than three decades, published the study’s findings in the 2012 book Triumphs of Experience (Amazon) and the following is the book’s synopsis:

“At a time when many people around the world are living into their tenth decade, the longest longitudinal study of human development ever undertaken offers some welcome news for the new old age:…

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Fresh Avocado Enhances Absorption of Essential Nutrients for Healthy Living

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“The results of this study strengthen the current body of research on this topic and complements a previous study (2) conducted in my lab that showed a similar enhancement in carotenoid absorption with one-half of an avocado (75 g),” said Steven Schwartz, PhD, Professor, Carl E. Haas Endowed Chair, The Ohio State University.

Originally posted on Cooking with Kathy Man:

Consuming a whole fresh avocado with either an orange-colored tomato sauce or raw carrots significantly enhanced provitamin A carotenoid (alpha- and beta-carotene) absorption and conversion of these carotenoids to an active form of vitamin A, according to new research (1) published in The Journal of Nutrition.

Vitamin A is involved in reproductive health and growth promotion; helps support healthy skin, immune function, and vision; and has antioxidant properties. Provitamin A carotenoids, like alpha- and beta-carotene, impart the orange and yellow colors to many fruits and vegetables. The body converts these plant pigments into an active and usable form of vitamin A.

The research, “Avocado consumption enhances human post-prandial absorption and conversion from a novel high beta-carotene tomato sauce and from carrots,” conducted at The Ohio State University and supported by the Hass Avocado Board (HAB), investigated if avocados could help the body better use and absorb vitamin A from carotene-rich…

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A Beginner’s Guide to Earthing (Grounding) – Part Two

In the nearly a week since I posted A Beginner’s Guide to Earthing – Part One I have learned some new things about Earthing that I wanted to pass on to you. Also, Paul, the blogger who wrote the original post that got me interested in Earthing sent in a most useful comment that I am reproducing here as it is loaded with good resources.

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The Comment:
The website GoingBarefoot.org has much information, including real-life experiences from customers. That website suggests it is the work of Martin Zucker, one of the authors of the book. It also offers a testimonial video. All found by going here: http://www.goingbarefoot.org

One of the items in the earthing sheet kit was a 74-minute, professionally-made film that was fascinating. Guess what! That film is available as a YouTube video. Link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgwF0tpioTU

The website of Kroschel Films who made that film is here: http://www.kroschelfilms.com>

Also do a search on YouTube for the series of films by Dr. Mercola under the general heading of The Benefits of Grounding.

Paul’s blog is called Learning from Dogs, a most enjoyable read.
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For the record, I started walking barefooted on five minute breaks from riding my bike in late June. I also took off my shoes to walk the dog on grass, too. Because I realized physical benefits from this practice, I bought the Earthing Starter Kit from Amazon. This kit includes a half sheet for my bed and an earthing mat among other smaller items for $199.99.

What I have learned in the past days of earthing follows:

The arthritis that has plagued my hands for the past 15 years has begun to abate. I hope you non-arthritis sufferers appreciate this. The fact is that arthritis only gets worse. So, this is a major benefit I am reaping from my earthing experience.

I fall asleep quicker, sleep deeper and also sometimes manage to sleep through the entire night instead of having to wake up to empty my bladder.

I had a scraped knee heel completely in something like two days which is about twice as fast as normal.

There have been benefits with my digestion, too.

One last thing I would like to mention is about gardening. Over the years, I have had a number of friends who worked on their garden in the summer. Some planted flowers, some food items. In each instance, I remember the person expressing great satisfaction with the entire experience. I think some of the good feeling may be a result of getting down and digging in the earth. They experienced some positive feelings from earthing even though they (and I) knew nothing about it.

I hope these earthing posts inspire you to try it out. I don’t know any way it can hurt you and it seems very likely that it will help you in a number or ways. I remember years ago when I first started drinking green tea. I was so thrilled at the benefits that I told everyone who would listen to me that they had to try it. A number of my friends and family did try it and I was always surprised at the variety of benefits they realized from it. I think earthing is the same kind of experience.

Please feel free to send in comments on your experiences.

Tony

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