Do you want to lose weight? Forget what you think you know about diet and exercise

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“You just need to eat less and exercise more.”

Not only is this categorically wrong, but it’s extremely frustrating to hear, especially from your doctor. Unfortunately, your doctor shares very old concepts with you. It takes an estimated 17 years for discoveries from scientific research to reach your doctor and shift his or her medical advice. Talk show hosts and Internet searches also often provide incorrect or outdated information.

The problem is that even trusted sources like medical journals often spread bad information. The New England Journal of Medicine reported that “false and scientifically unsupported beliefs about obesity are ubiquitous” in our medical journals.

Ideally, you would find the answers yourself by studying the 500,000 scientific papers published on the subject and about 100 new ones published every day. However, this is a daunting task and not one that many of you will undertake. dr. Whit Roberts of Health Utah offers an alternative. “You can turn to experts who have made it their life study to flip through the hundreds of thousands of pages of research, or more likely to the doctors who follow those experts.” Roberts, one of those doctors, tells us that there are some fascinating facts that you probably haven’t heard of that can jump-start your weight loss efforts or keep you on track. Here are just three.

One: Chronobiology

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By then, you’ve probably heard of intermittent fasting. What you’ve never heard of is chronobiology, or the study of how the rhythms of the sun, moon, and seasons affect the mental, physical, and emotional cycles of our bodies. The researchers won the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2017 for this study. Roberts explains that their research has led to a refined understanding of the most effective form of intermittent fasting. Roberts says it doesn’t just matter how long you fast, but when you fast.

Apparently the old adage that breakfast is the most important meal of the day is actually true, despite the fact that millions of Americans skip it. One of the many things you’ll learn as a weight-loss patient at Health Utah is why it’s important to eat breakfast. Roberts explains that calories eaten in the morning are treated differently by the body than calories eaten in the evening.

In the morning, your body prepares for the need for ready-to-eat energy by converting your food into glycogen, a molecule for short-term energy storage. To achieve this, your body burns those hated fat reserves. At night, however, it’s a completely different story. The body prepares for a restful, restorative night’s sleep. Calories eaten at dinner or in the evening are more likely to be stored as fat, a long-term energy storage molecule. “The take-home message,” Roberts says, “skipping dinner is much more effective than skipping breakfast for weight loss. All other things being equal, you’ll lose more weight in the evening than ‘ in the morning.”

Two: bad bacteria

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A second truth about weight loss, straight from the scientific literature, is that bad bacteria in your gut cause weight gain. One of Robert’s patients learned this the hard way. Tory, a 43-year-old woman, went to Health Utah after she suddenly started gaining weight. She gained 40 pounds within six months despite being on a diet. She went to the doctor and had her hormones and thyroid tested. They were fine. She even hired a personal trainer. Nothing she did seemed to make a difference. She just kept coming.

At Health Utah, Roberts conducted a thorough investigation, including evaluation of her medical history and testing. He learned that she had been on two courses of antibiotics for a severe sinus infection prior to the weight gain. Those antibiotics had wiped out much of her good and bad bacteria. As the colonies of bacteria grew back, the bad ones gained more ground as they consumed sodas and sugary treats that they fed preferentially.

Tory underwent a health care course at Health Utah, lost 45 pounds, experienced a major increase in energy and saw a dramatic decrease in her lifelong anxiety. Now Tory is a big supporter of Health Utah and the therapies and cures offered there.

Three: Hidden Fat

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The third science-backed weight loss fact shared by Roberts shocks almost everyone who hears it. Chicken is fatter than beef. Yes, you and I have been cheated. Eating just one chicken breast every 10 days has been shown to cause significant weight gain, as evidenced by more than one study. No wonder so many struggle with weight loss because they force their diet-approved chicken breast every day.

Health Utah helps you break through such misinformation, industry-biased propaganda, and popular myths. This article touches on just a few. Roberts has developed his own weight loss protocols over the course of his 25-year practice with evidence-based weight loss methods. If you struggle with stubborn weight, his scientific approach to identifying and correcting underlying causes of your stubborn weight may be right for you.

Roberts is quick to explain that such stubborn weight can be caused by a much wider variety of conditions beyond the scope of this article. These can include toxins, insomnia, infection, allergies, hormonal imbalances, candida, emotional issues, liver and gallbladder dysfunction and much more. He and his collaborators identify and address all of these potential underlying conditions with their weight loss protocols. “Testing is key to discovering if there are potential underlying issues that are making your weight loss efforts so difficult,” says Roberts.

Health Utah consultations include same-day testing. Call 801-810-CARE (2273) or visit Health Utah today for your weight loss consultation and introduction to a unique weight loss method with Dr. Roberts to plan.

If your significant other also wants a consultation, mention this article and you can schedule the second appointment at no extra cost. That means a saving of $59.

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