American Vitality Network Male and Female FAT Loss Panels
While most aging people accumulate excess body fat, the under-lying causes of weight gain vary considerably amongst individuals. Unless the obesity factors responsible for your weight problem are identified, you’re literally “shooting in the dark” when attempting to shed excess fat pounds. Fortunately, proper blood testing can uncover the specific factors responsible for your unwanted weight gain, so that corrective actions can be taken. Blood Testing will provide both the hormonal and nutritional deficiency preview as to the next steps to the NEW You! AVN’s Defensive Team of Dieticians, Nutritionists, Personal Trainers, and Life Coaches will keep you there.
American Vitality Network FAT Loss
Many people have tried to follow low-calorie diets without achieving meaningful reductions in body fat. One reason for these failures is hormone imbalances that can preclude significant weight loss if not corrected.
For example, if you have insufficient levels of T3 (the active thyroid hormone), your cellular metabolism may be too slow to burn off stored fat. In response to eating less, your body responds by further inhibiting T3 production, thus making it even more challenging to rid surplus fat pounds. By measuring TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone), free T4, and free T3 blood levels, your doctor can optimize your thyroid hormone status to the youthful ranges when you were much thinner. Thyroid hormone deficits are especially prevalent in women.
Abdominal weight gain is epidemic in aging men. Low free testosterone is a common culprit. In women, abdominal fat accumulation may be caused by an estrogen imbalance and/or excess free testosterone (the opposite of men). In both sexes, low DHEA hormone can contribute to excess belly fat. By measuring blood levels of hormones involved in fat metabolism, one can restore their hormonal profile to youthful ranges that existed when you were at normal body weight.
The American Vitality Network Blood Test Panel analyzes these hormones (along with other obesity factors) so that you and your doctor have the data to properly restore them to optimal ranges. Then, and only then, do YOU have a fighting chance to achieve the look you desire!
Correcting Metabolic Imbalances
Aging results in a reduction in insulin sensitivity that contributes to our bloodstreams being chronically bloated with excess glucose and triglycerides. One might assume that cutting calories would correct this problem, yet many overweight people lack the metabolic capacity to remove excess glucose, triglycerides, and other obesity factors from their blood. It is particularly challenging to lose significant weight while one’s bloodstream is chronically overloaded with fat-inducing compounds.
The American Vitality Network Blood Test Panel analyzes a host of metabolic parameters that may be blocking your ability to shed body fat. Once identified, proven methods exist that you can implement with the help of your AVN Health Care Fiduciary to purge your bloodstream of these dangerous obesity factors.
Suppressing Chronic Inflammation
Heavy people have startlingly high levels of C-reactive protein, which is a blood marker of chronic inflammation. C-reactive protein contributes to obesity by binding to the leptin hormone. Leptin signals satiety (thereby reducing hunger) and promotes the breakdown of body fat through the process of lipolysis. Suppressing elevated C-reactive protein is an essential element in a scientific weight loss and longevity program.
The American Vitality Blood Test Panel analyzes C-reactive protein levels. If elevated, proven methods exist to reduce C-reactive protein to safer ranges.
Medical Fat Loss: Start with Labs to check levels of insulin sensitivity, Inflammation, Account for Leptin Levels.
You’ve probably heard that carbohydrates are perhaps the WORST thing you can eat when trying to lose fat or transform your body, and for most people, that’s 100% true.
The name of this hormone is Insulin.
Insulin’s function is to help your body keep blood sugar at bay, clear it quickly from your bloodstream after a carbohydrate meal, and shuttle that blood sugar to muscle tissue for energy instead of into fat cells!
Going back to insulin sensitivity and carbohydrate tolerance, due to a diet full of processed, insulin- and blood-sugar-spiking carbohydrates, most folks are suffering from some level of insulin resistance, a condition in which insulin is no longer able to efficiently remove blood sugar from the blood stream.
The result? Dramatically reduced fat burning, increased blood sugar levels and increased fat storage.
Even worse, insulin resistance can lead to type II diabetes and an array of other health problems over time, such as an increased risk for Alzheimer’s and other cognitive disorders, premature aging, heart disease, and even stroke…and it all leads back to insulin sensitivity.
Minimum insulin release. This occurs when your body is highly sensitive to insulin. When it is, only a small amount of insulin is necessary to effectively and efficiently clear sugar from your blood to its storage sites. This is great news because your body has an incredibly difficult time burning fat in the presence of insulin. The less insulin you have floating around, the better.
- Quick and efficient blood sugar clearance. Again, this will occur when your body is highly sensitive to insulin.
- Maximum glycogen uptake. Glycogen is the term used for stored carbohydrates in muscle tissue and the liver. When these tissues are highly sensitive to insulin, the vast majority of blood sugar will be stored within them as an energy reserve, instead of being converted to fat.
- Minimum fat storage. When you increase insulin sensitivity, your body will choose to store your carbohydrate intake as energy, again in lean muscle tissue and the liver, instead of body fat.
Again, your body’s ability to tolerate carbohydrates all comes down to your insulin sensitivity and your body’s ability to quickly and efficiently shuttle carbohydrates to lean tissue and not fat.
Heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, arthritis, acid reflux, bacterial or viral infections, candidiasis, and acne could all be signs of chronic, low-grade inflammation in the body. Chronic, low-grade inflammation is considered a leading cause of premature aging and disease.
When we think about inflammation, we often think of it as helping us heal from an obvious injury (like a wound) or fighting harmful bacteria. This is good inflammation working in our favor to keep us healthy. But on the flip side, when the immune system is too active, it can make us sick.
We know that major chronic illnesses, such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes, are linked to weight gain, but did you ever wonder how those diseases and inflammation are all intertwined?
Understanding inflammation, especially “bad” inflammation, will help explain.
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN “GOOD” AND “BAD” INFLAMMATION
Inflammation is a process you can’t actually see, so how do you know if it’s “good” or “bad”?
Think about the last time you got a bruise. The blood and fluid that rushed in to create that purplish swollen area is the definition of inflammation. As you heal, inflammation subsides and eventually goes away. This is how “good” inflammation is supposed to happen.
Poor habits like eating an unhealthy diet, not exercising enough and consuming too much sugar can contribute to a bad type of inflammation called “chronic” inflammation. These habits turn the immune system “on” and help it stay activated for a long period of time. Along with other factors, chronic inflammation can lead to chronic illness.
INFLAMMATION AND ILLNESS
Chronic inflammation contributes to type 2 diabetes by worsening “insulin resistance,” a condition where your body produces insulin but your cells don’t respond to it very well so your blood sugar stays abnormally high. How does chronic inflammation do this? Simply put, fat cells are capable of creating chemical signals that lead to chronic inflammation. But they mainly do so when you habitually eat too many calories and sugar. These chemical signals also mess with the way that insulin works in our bodies, aggravating insulin resistance.
CHRONIC INFLAMMATION AND WEIGHT GAIN
If fat cells can contribute to chronic inflammation, then it’s reasonable to expect that weight gain, especially in the form of fat tissue, also contributes to chronic inflammation. As we gain weight, some fat cells expand beyond their capacity while trying to do their job storing our extra calories as fat. When this happens, they turn on and add to the inflammation already present in our bodies. At this point, these cells aren’t just fat storage warehouses—they’re like little inflammation factories, sending out signals to activate the immune system. Losing weight allows the fat cells to shrink back to a more normal size and turns off the signals that trigger chronic inflammation.
A study from the UK published in 2008 shows that chronic inflammation is linked to weight gain. Researchers followed people over nine years and monitored things like their weight gain and blood levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a chemical that shows up when the immune system is activated.
They found something interesting: Weight increases were associated with more inflammation, and the relationship was linear. This means that as a person’s weight increased, so did the level of CRP in their blood. This relationship between weight and inflammation suggests losing weight should help—and some studies prove this.
6 TIPS FOR REDUCING CHRONIC INFLAMMATION
Changing your diet and losing weight are two of the best ways to lower inflammation. Here are some tips:
Eating antioxidant- and polyphenol-rich foods can cut down on inflammation by reducing “free-radical damage.” Free radicals are generated by the body when it’s in a state of stress. If the immune system becomes overwhelmed by free radicals, cells are harmed and inflammation gets worse. Antioxidants and polyphenols are great for fighting that process.
Getting a good ratio of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids in your diet is important for reducing inflammation. Most of us consume too much omega-6 and not enough omega-3, so the key to balancing things is to increase omega-3 intake. Omega-6-heavy foods like seeds and nuts and their oils, and refined vegetable oils (used in many snack foods, crackers, cookies, etc.), tend to stir up inflammation, while foods high in omega-3 fatty acids like salmon, flax and chia seeds, avocado and walnuts dampen it.
Turmeric, garlic, cinnamon, cayenne pepper and ginger have all been shown in studies to have anti-inflammatory properties. You can’t overdo these, so sprinkle them liberally onto your food.
Moving around releases a burst of anti-inflammatory proteins from the cells to the rest of the body. Moderate exercise is key.
Cortisol, the so-called “stress” hormone, wears many other hats, including regulating the immune response. Reducing stress helps to keep hormones like cortisol under control and that, in turn, helps lower inflammation.