The Doctors demonstrate why hormones strongly influence weight gain and loss.
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Weight Loss Tips from the Biggest Loser Dr. Travis Stork: Two out of every three Americans are either overweight or obese and the latest research suggests hormones are part of the problem. In fact there’s a new book called the Perfect 10 Diet based on some of that research. There are 10 key hormones according to this book when it comes to weight loss, hormones like cortisol which is one of those that responds to stress. We got thyroid hormones, you get your sex hormone and of course we all know about insulin which is such a major player. Insulin is what goes around when you have diabetes. What happens when you sit down eat a meal, you got to think about what’s going on inside your body. You're looking at the pancreas there. The pancreas is what produces insulin and when insulin gets into your blood stream, what it’s designed to do when you eat a meal like this which is chocolate cake is under normal circumstances that insulin helps the sugar get into your blood cells. But when you eat too much sugar and you get too much insulin your bloodstream, it does bad things like encourages your body to put on weight. There are actually signals to your brain that say eat more, eat more. We got insulin, we got sugar in our system, let’s just eat more and the problem of course in the long term is what you’re seeing there is over time build up of fat. Because you're literally signaling your body to store more fat because you need glucose for what energy. But when you get beyond what you need for energy, what do you get? That’s spare tire. Dr. Jim Sears: Yup. Dr. Lisa Masterson: That’s right. Dr. Andrew Ordon: That was a big one. Dr. Travis Stork: Well and it looks like it’s still growing. Dr. Andrew Ordon: Yeah. Dr. Lisa Masterson: It’s almost equal to pregnancy. Dr. Travis Stork: But there's a lot of food. There are so many foods that we eat they do affect hormones in our body. Dr. Lisa Masterson: Right, just like soy. Soy is actually a phytoestrogen, so it can increase the levels of your estrogen. So you want to be careful if you have estrogen sensitive types of cancers in your family like breast cancer. So to balance out soy you may want to eat vegetables that are rich in fiber like greens and kale there. Dr. Travis Stork: So what we should do is just eat a lot of fake sugars. Dr. Jim Sears: Oh, if you're eating this stuff, a diet soda or artificial sweeteners and salty foods that is a big, big mistake. These things can actually disrupt your thyroid function and most people think of calories and fat and sugar and that’s if you're going to be on a diet but you got to think about sodium too. That’s actually a huge part of trying to get in shape. I was out to breakfast recently with my kids and whenever I go to breakfast I love to eat Eggs Benedict. You know I was thinking, “Okay, it’s not that bad for you” I looked at the menu now it had the calories or that fat. But it almost 2,000 milligrams of sodium, that’s almost my whole day’s worth of sodium in just one thing. So I didn’t order it, I got something healthier. Dr. Travis Stork: This is maybe a sign of something that is more healthy, wild Alaska salmon and do you notice the theme here more natural products, processed products. And how that leads to your hormones and how they affect the rest of your body. We’re going to talk about that now. We have the author of the Perfect 10 Diet. He’s an internal medicine physician Dr. Michael Aziz is joining us today. Welcome to the show. Dr. Michael Aziz: Thanks for having me. Dr. Travis Stork: So briefly it’s a three-stage plan. Dr. Michael Aziz: My diet has -- my diet has 40% of calories from carbohydrate, 20% from protein, 40% from fat it’s a three stage plan for faster weight loss results that can last. Dr. Travis Stork: And what I do like about it any plan that focuses on non-processed foods is, it really doesn’t even matter so much, the ratio necessarily. It’s that promoting natural foods, that