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Fat Triggers

How Certain Triggers Are Affecting Your Weight

Fat Triggers are keeping you from achieving your ideal weight, here’s what’s going on…

Your emotional life, your stress levels, nutrition, digestion, and a handful of other factors in
your environment are triggering a weight gain response in your body. There are more than 10 Fat Triggers and having multiple ones are quite normal, so don’t be concerned.  Most people have 2 or more triggers, myself included.
Our methods help address your weight problem holistically by identifying and reversing the root
causes that are activating your Fat Triggers. I’ll be the first to tell you that there is no quick fix, but we use a very effective method called Designed Clinical Nutrition that, should you follow it, will assure you results. You’ll take it step-by-step, and together, we’ll build healthy eating habits for life and achieve the weight loss goals you desire.


Is Your Body Able to Burn Fat or Absorb Nutrients Right Now?

Did you know that almost everyone who struggles with weight loss for 12 months or more
has some form of chemical imbalance?  In this state your body is not working properly as to how it deals with food and is keeping the body from properly absorbing nutrients, burning and storing fat. It is a losing battle which will not be won until these functions are working properly again.  A very important part of the Designed Clinical Nutrition program focuses on getting your bodies systems functioning for overall better health, including weight reduction.

Stress in eating

Elissa Epel, the founder and director of the Center for Obesity Assessment, Study, and Treatment at the University of California, San Francisco, has been researching the role of stress in overeating. One of the biggest, most reliable paths to obesity, she says, is high stress, because it changes our appetite, stimulates overeating, and makes us more insulin-resistant, a factor that elevates blood sugar and can put as at risk for diabetes.

 “Stress affects the same signals as famine does. It turns on the brain pathways that make us crave dense calories—we’ll choose high fat, high sweet foods, or high salt,” says Epel. “When we have a ‘stress brain,’ food is even more rewarding.”

Taking steps to reduce daily stress is an important factor in modifying your eating habits. Find time in the daily routine to get out for a walk, bike or swim, get to the gym, take a yoga class. You will be surprised by the changes you see in after just one week. 

Avoid these Common “Diet-Foods”

Want to know what all those so-called “diet foods” have in common? They tend to be highly-processed, loaded with chemical toxins, and then enhanced by synthetic nutrients in an attempt to make them more healthy.

Here’s what you’ll find when you read the labels of many of the most-popular “diet foods” today:

* Saccharine (Sweet’N Low and Sugarine): carcinogenic

* Aspartame (NutraSweet): neurotoxin added to sodas, desserts, sugar-free cookies, chewing gums and breath mints

* Sucralose (Splenda): made from chlorine

* MSG: neurotoxin added to over 10,000 packaged foods

My advice is to avoid diet food altogether and just eat whole unprocessed foods as much as possible. And read the nutrition labels carefully, often when a product states “no sugar added” you will find one of the ingredents above in the product as a sweetener.

Remember when at the grocery store, shop on peripheries of the store where you’ll find fresh meats, fish, fruits, dairy, and vegetables. Stay away from the center isles and end cases where they put all the processed and packaged foods, and just forget about the so-called diet foods altogether.

A Picture May Be Worth a Thousand Calories

A new study suggests that looking at images of high-calorie foods stimulates the brain’s appetite control center and results in an increased desire for food.

“This stimulation of the brain’s reward areas may contribute to overeating and obesity,” said the study’s senior author, Kathleen Page, MD, assistant professor at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

Reported results showed that simply viewing high-calorie food images on TV activated brain regions that control appetite and reward, unlike pictures of non-foods. Viewing pictures of high-calorie foods also significantly increased ratings of hunger and desire for sweet and savory foods, Page said.

These triggers are sneaky and seductive designed to have just this effect on you by companies who specialize in this kind of marketing. When you learn about REAL food, and what it can do for you and your overall health, you will see these ads and the foods they are pushing on you for what they are. TOXIC JUNK for your health!

Through the Designed Clinical Nutrition program we will help you to recognize foods that you like and are also good for you. This knowledge will help you see the truth of these fast food marketing ads and your mental images of them will change to view them as negatively desired foods.

Visualize the change you desire…Be mindful of what you eat

In Jean Kristeller, Ph.D study "Mindfulness Based Eating" She hypothesizes that mindful eating strengthens this same area of the brain, making it easier for people to cognitively process their desire to eat, rather than feeling victim to the emotional center that often drives eating. Results showed that the more mindfulness the women practiced, the greater their anxiety, chronic stress, and deep belly fat decreased.

“This study showed that success wasn’t just about group work and getting support,“ says Kristeller, “but that their success at losing weight was directly related to the degree to which they used mindfulness techniques.”

When you visualize properly and then go to sleep, your subconscious is affected by those images you created and your thoughts start to manifest as reality in your life. The outcome of my nightly practices was nothing short of incredible.

Visualization plays such a crucial role in reversing fat triggers, make it a part of your routine before
bed each night.


North Adams Chiropractor | Fat Triggers. Dr. Francine Lajoie is a North Adams Chiropractor.