Carbs Or Fat: Which Is More Dangerous For Your Waistline?

Carbs Or Fat: Which Is More Dangerous For Your Waistline?

Within the last year, attention has been brought to a break-through study that suggests fats are not as bad for us as we thought.  More specifically, researchers have suggested that saturated fats are not the reason so many of us are obese and suffer from diabetes and heart disease.   Instead, they point to regular carbohydrates and empty calories as the real culprits.

Whats that all about?

Put simply, what we eat affects our cholesterol levels.  We have two kinds: LDL cholesterol and HDL cholesterol.  The first is bad.  The second is good and encouraged.  Up until now, prevalent thought said that eating too much fat (i.e. burgers, fries, shakes) led to an increase in LDL and a greater risk for problems such as heart disease.  It turns out that we actually have two kinds of LDL:  A small and dense kind and a larger, fluffy kind.  The first one is bad.  The second?  Harmless.

Now, believe it or not, saturated fats do NOT raise the first kind of LDL.  They increase the amount of the harmless LDL and carbohydrates increase the bad kind.

And all this time we thought we had to go low-fat.

So, according to this science, it is not the amount and type of fat in our food that is hurting our waistlines and our hearts.  It is the carbohydrates, the sugars, and the empty calories.  With simple carbohydrate foods, such as white bread, the carbs we consume are converted into sugar and quickly trigger insulin release, which leads to fat storage.  This happens quickly with simple carbs and leaves us hungry more quickly.  As a result, we eat more, and the cycle continues.  The more simple carbs and empty calories we consume, the more this happens and the more weight we gain.  Why?  We’re eating too much!  And before you think about the low-fat foods that might keep your waist in check, know that low-fat actually means more sugar and more empty calories.  Fats actually fill you up more than carbohydrates do.

Of course, there is a more detailed explanation than the one above.  It’s not just that we’re eating too much.  Its that were eating the wrong foods.  Instead of filling ourselves with complex carbs, fruits, vegetables, and MEAT, we consume more of the processed simplified stuff that contains minimal nutrients and too much sodium.  The makeup of our foods is more responsible for expanding our waistlines than are the fries we eat every week.  And although our diet and understanding of weight control is much more complex than a simple picture, we stand to gain something from this study.

Our focus, in losing and maintaining weight, should be on eating right.  What this means is consuming a balanced diet that is as natural as possible.  The real deal.  Without stuffing ourselves and without cutting out a certain member of the food chain.  Take it a little easy on yourself with the fat conscience, but don’t take that to mean that every day is pizza day!  If you’d like to hear more about this study, talk to your weight coach at Florida Aesthetics today!

What’s The Difference Between Botox And Fillers?

So youve realized that your facial wrinkles are starting to show and that your frown lines are deepening.  Youre not alone! At some point in our lives, we all start to notice it.  Lines and wrinkles are a part of aging, but they dont have to be permanent.  Various treatments exist for this aspect of aging, and their use depends on individual cases.  Two types that are offered at Florida Aesthetics and that are FDA-approved are fillers and Botox injections.  Whats the difference?

Botox is an injection that is made from botulin, which works to paralyze the muscles surrounding the lines/wrinkles being treated.  This in turn relaxes the muscles and reduces the appearance of lines or wrinkles.  It is a minimally-invasive procedure that is very effective and efficient.  Botox injections are repeated periodically to maintain the effect.

Fillers are also injections that reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.  However, unlike Botox, they are composed of calcium hydroxylapitite.  This material works to add volume to the area being treated, thus reducing/eliminating wrinkles and lines.  Results last for up to fifteen months, depending on the area being treated and its severity.  Juvederm fillers, like Botox, are also minimally-invasive and highly effective.

Whats the difference?  Using Botox or Juvederm fillers for best results depends on the individual.  Each person is unique.  Juvederm fillers may work best for one person while Botox works best for another.  Determining the best fit for treatment requires a consultation with a licensed aesthetician.  If youre interested in learning about what works best for your anti-aging treatments, talk to one of our licensed medical practitioners at Florida Aesthetics today!

Is Burning Fat The Same As Burning Calories?

Is Burning Fat The Same As Burning Calories?

You may have heard at some point or another that there is a difference between burning fat and burning calories.  That difference, according to some, is in how you work out, what intensity you work out at, and what your heart rate is.  Have you heard of the fat burning zone?  Theres a diagram of it on all aerobic machines at the gym.  Thats where this idea of burning fat vs. burning calories comes from.  Essentially, the idea suggests that if we work out at a certain intensity so that we keep our heart rate within a certain range of our resting heart rate, we will burn more fat.  More fat than what?  More fat than if we were to do a very high intensity workout that pushes our heart rate way up there.
And so this idea suggests that if you have two people trying to lose weight, the one who does less intense exercise will burn more fat and thus lose more weight than the one who works out so hard they can barely say a word during their workout.  Does that sound strange to you?  Well it is.

Burning fat and burning calories are not necessarily mutually exclusive.  When we need energy (i.e. when we work out) our body draws on our carbohydrate stores (triglycerides).  If, and only if these reserves are used up, our body turns to our fat for energy.  It doesn’t matter what intensity you’re working out at or what your heart rate is.  If your body has some carbohydrates stored (i.e. every time you eat), it will use them up to fuel your workout and everything else you’re doing.  So what about the fat burn?

Easy!  Calories in, calories out.  Eat less than you burn and your body will eat up your fat (not quite all of it).  If you’re burning more than you’re consuming, your body will not be able to store any carbohydrates that can be used as energy.  You’re just not eating enough (or you’re burning too much when working out) for that to happen.  But your body needs its fuel, especially when you work out.  So in these cases, you WILL burn fat.

Burning fat only comes when the calories (aka carbohydrates) are all gone.  So if you’re trying to lose real weight and not just water weight, watch what you eat and work out regularly. And keep in mind that if you eat MORE than you burn, your body will store the extra carbohydrates as fat.  It uses up what it needs and puts away the rest for future use.

    Walk-away point: Calories in, calories out.  That should be your focus. 

Visit Florida Aesthetics in Brandon to talk to our weight loss coaches!

Maintain Healthy Glowing Skin For Life!

Maintain Healthy Glowing Skin For Life!

At some point in time, we will all experience skin conditions and/or skin damage that affect our complexion and physical appearance.  Whether it be because of age, sun damage, or other causes, these conditions are unpleasant to deal with.  For some, taking care of them simply means covering them up with makeup.  For others, it means being proactive and treating them through various means to achieve glowing skin. Whats the difference?

Treating skin conditions, such as wrinkles, sun spots, and acne with makeup is not actually treating them at all.  Makeup simply covers up the damage temporarily and until its wiped off.  Essentially, it does nothing for your complexion or appearance, and may actually be problematic in the long run.  Eventually, makeup will not be able to hide your skin conditions as it did before.  Using it excessively may also lead to the development of acne, and may leave you feeling too dependent on makeup.

Treatment of wrinkles, veins, acne, etc. via means such as laser treatments and medical creams, on the other hand, is actual treatment.  Using products and undergoing treatments means that you are actually tackling the issue at hand.  Whether its wrinkles or veins, the use of these products is a quick, non-invasive, and efficient way for you to treat your skin conditions.  They are not a simple cover-up.  Laser and Obagi products get to the root of the problem and work effectively to improve your facial appearance.  Choosing this route means not having to worry about covering up your skin every morning.  Results may vary in every particular case (depending on your skin condition, age etc.) but overall treatment of skin conditions helps to improve the appearance and feel more confident in your new glowing skin.

In short, using makeup as a solution to your skin concerns will not help you overcome them.  Treatments such as laser technologies and medical creams and peels will work much more permanently and effectively than makeup.  If youre interested in learning more about why FDA-approved treatments are the better solution, talk to one of our licensed medical practitioners today!

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