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The Role of Genetics in Weight and Why One-Size-Fits-All Diets Don’t Work: Part 3

Are You Eating the Right Diet for Your Genes?

Since we have established that genetics do in fact play a role in weight gain/ weight loss (see Part 1 and Part 2 of this series), let’s take a look at how this relates to the foods you eat.

Some genetic mutations confer dietary advantages over others. For example, some gene combinations work better with a low carb diet, some with the Mediterranean diet, and others with a low fat diet (this is a small part of the population).

How do genes affect metabolism?

While there is still more to learn on the topic of genetics and metabolism, what we do know is that some people store more energy as fat in an environment of excess, while others lose less fat in an environment of scarcity. In other words, genetics cause some people to burn fat at a higher rate (high metabolism) while others burn fat at a lower rate (low metabolism). These differences are largely due to genetic variations.

How do you know which diet is right for you?

The simple answer: genetic testing. But don’t settle for labs that only test five or six genes. Our bodies have a multitude of gene combinations that we are only just uncovering and testing five or six out of trillions of potential combinations will not be sufficient.

We use Pathway Genomics for genetic testing. To date, Pathway Genomics tests the largest number of genes to determine the proper gene-diet combination.

What foods should I eat?

With or without genetic testing, we know one thing: real foods are packed with nutrients and compounds that can help you lose weight and prevent or overcome a myriad of health problems and diseases. No mater your genetic makeup, here are a few tips everyone should follow:

  • Eat real foods. Stick to whole, unrefined, and unprocessed foods to get the right nutrients—protein, fat, carbs, vitamins, and minerals—you need to stay lean and healthy.
  • Eat a variety of colors. When shopping for produce, choose a rainbow of colors. Different colored fruits and vegetables contain different essential nutrients, so be sure to mix things up and eat a variety.
  • Eat fresh, organic foods whenever possible. Locally grown, fresh, organic foods are the best option, and far better for you than frozen or canned foods.

Want to know what diet you should eat for your genes? Contact us today for genetic testing and nutritional guidance.

Betty Murray, CN, IFMCP, CHC is a Certified Nutritionist & Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner with the Institute for Functional Medicine, founder of the Dallas-based functional medicine clinic Living Well Dallas and Executive Director of the the Functional Medicine Association of North Texas. A master of the biochemistry of the body, Betty teaches her clients how to utilize nutrition for autoimmune diseases, digestive disorders, MTHFR and weight loss.  You can find her book “Cleanse: Detox Your Body, Mind & Spirit” on Amazon here.

Connect with me on TwitterFacebook, and Pinterest; I’d love to hear from you!

Want more? Click here to get your free ‘Top 10 Secrets Why You Can’t Lose Weight’ and discover the real reasons you can’t lose weight and what to do about it.

 

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The Role of Genetics in Weight and Why One-Size-Fits-All Diets Don’t Work: Part 3

Are You Eating the Right Diet for Your Genes?

Since we have established that genetics do in fact play a role in weight gain/ weight loss (see Part 1 and Part 2 of this series), let’s take a look at how this relates to the foods you eat.

Some genetic mutations confer dietary advantages over others. For example, some gene combinations work better with a low carb diet, some with the Mediterranean diet, and others with a low fat diet (this is a small part of the population).

How do genes affect metabolism?

While there is still more to learn on the topic of genetics and metabolism, what we do know is that some people store more energy as fat in an environment of excess, while others lose less fat in an environment of scarcity. In other words, genetics cause some people to burn fat at a higher rate (high metabolism) while others burn fat at a lower rate (low metabolism). These differences are largely due to genetic variations.

How do you know which diet is right for you?

The simple answer: genetic testing. But don’t settle for labs that only test five or six genes. Our bodies have a multitude of gene combinations that we are only just uncovering and testing five or six out of trillions of potential combinations will not be sufficient.

We use Pathway Genomics for genetic testing. To date, Pathway Genomics tests the largest number of genes to determine the proper gene-diet combination.

What foods should I eat?

With or without genetic testing, we know one thing: real foods are packed with nutrients and compounds that can help you lose weight and prevent or overcome a myriad of health problems and diseases. No mater your genetic makeup, here are a few tips everyone should follow:

  • Eat real foods. Stick to whole, unrefined, and unprocessed foods to get the right nutrients—protein, fat, carbs, vitamins, and minerals—you need to stay lean and healthy.
  • Eat a variety of colors. When shopping for produce, choose a rainbow of colors. Different colored fruits and vegetables contain different essential nutrients, so be sure to mix things up and eat a variety.
  • Eat fresh, organic foods whenever possible. Locally grown, fresh, organic foods are the best option, and far better for you than frozen or canned foods.

Want to know what diet you should eat for your genes? Contact us today for genetic testing and nutritional guidance.

Betty Murray, CN, IFMCP, CHC is a Certified Nutritionist & Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner with the Institute for Functional Medicine, founder of the Dallas-based functional medicine clinic Living Well Dallas and Executive Director of the the Functional Medicine Association of North Texas. A master of the biochemistry of the body, Betty teaches her clients how to utilize nutrition for autoimmune diseases, digestive disorders, MTHFR and weight loss.  You can find her book “Cleanse: Detox Your Body, Mind & Spirit” on Amazon here.

Connect with me on TwitterFacebook, and Pinterest; I’d love to hear from you!

Want more? Click here to get your free ‘Top 10 Secrets Why You Can’t Lose Weight’ and discover the real reasons you can’t lose weight and what to do about it.

 

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The Role of Genetics in Weight and Why One-Size-Fits-All Diets Don’t Work: Part 2

Part 2: Are There Fat Genes?

It is easy to assume that someone who is overweight simply eats too much and/or doesn’t exercise. And while diet and exercise are the primary factors contributing to weight gain, genetics also play a role. Scientists have known for years that there are genes and genetic mutations linked to weight gain and obesity, but until recently, they didn’t know just how those genes affect weight.

FTO Research led by scientists at MIT and Harvard University that was published online this week by the New England Journal of Medicine reveals that a faulty version of FTO causes the body to store energy from food as fat rather than burning it off.

“For the first time, genetics has revealed a mechanism in obesity that was not really suspected before,” said study leader Melina Claussnitzer, a genetics specialist at Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

This discovery relating to the FTO gene show that diet and exercise aren’t the only factors that feed into obesity. “A lot of people think the obesity epidemic is all about eating too much,” said Dr. Clifford Rosen, a scientist at Maine Medical Center Research Institute and an associate editor at the New England Journal of Medicine.

According to researchers from the National Institutes of Health, people who carry one or two of the mutated genes (either from one parent or both) have reduced function in their medial prefrontal cortex, a region thought to be important in controlling impulses and response to the taste and texture of food. People who carry one or two copies of this gene are more likely to consume high-calorie, fatty foods as they age.

One study of nearly 700 participants found that about 45 percent of people have at least one copy of the FTO variant, and about 16 percent of people have two copies of the gene.

MC4R — Overeating is largely responsible for overweight and obesity cases in modern society, and this genetic mutation is at least partially responsible for overeating in individuals who carry one or two of the MC4R mutation.

Mutations in this gene account for six to eight percent of obesity cases, and about 22 percent of the population has this mutation, making it the most common genetic cause of obesity. MC4R is responsible for increased appetite and decreased satiety. Carriers of this gene have a tendency to eat larger amounts of food, more fatty foods, and snack more frequently.

The most effective weight loss strategy for people with one or two MC4R variants is calorie restriction through portion control and making smart, healthy food choices.

Even if you are genetically predisposed to be overweight or obese, don’t let that become your excuse. Having one of these genetic mutations doesn’t destine you to become obese. Genetics are not your destiny; they are a propensity. Genetics load the gun; lifestyle, diet, and environment pull the trigger.

etty Murray, CN, IFMCP, CHC is a Certified Nutritionist & Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner with the Institute for Functional Medicine, founder of the Dallas-based functional medicine clinic Living Well Dallas and Executive Director of the the Functional Medicine Association of North Texas. A master of the biochemistry of the body, Betty teaches her clients how to utilize nutrition for autoimmune diseases, digestive disorders, MTHFR and weight loss.  You can find her book “Cleanse: Detox Your Body, Mind & Spirit” on Amazon here.

Connect with me on TwitterFacebook, and Pinterest; I’d love to hear from you!

Want more? Click here to get your free ‘Top 10 Secrets Why You Can’t Lose Weight’ and discover the real reasons you can’t lose weight and what to do about it.

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Corporate Wellness

Living Well’s Corporate Wellness Division

Are you seeking to create a healthier culture with your work team?  We believe a successful Corporate Wellness program is built of so much more than just a Lunch-n-Learn but it is the first step to progress!

We believe what people need is a comprehensive team

to help them “do Life” with more grace, ease, tools and techniques.

At Living Well Health & Wellness Center, we are experts in Lifestyle Medicine, Prevention and Education. We love helping our clients navigate the day to day logistics of change, staying well, changing their lab numbers, reaching their medical and wellness goals, reducing and dealing with stress in new ways, changing negative thinking, moving their bodies in ways that feel good, helping them find meaning, really changing their state of body, mind, relationships and spirit.

These areas are our specialty.

Your organization can reap these benefits by engaging in customized solutions designed by your company and our Corporate Wellness Director and Consultant, Ms. Jenny Bair, MHE, COO. So, no matter whether the need is small, medium or very comprehensive; she can work with you to assess your needs, streamline activities to leverage your budget, evaluate the success, and/or design a specific membership program that your employees or members can utilize for about the price of

 a medical co-pay.

To change the health status at one company it takes multiple levels of intervention: cultural & policy changes, creation of a Wellness Employee Advisory Board, transperancy, individual changes, and familial changes, incentives & rewards for all not just the uber motivated, mental health time, with of course leadership buy-in and support at all the stages of the process.  It takes a multifaceted approach within the culture itself to impact from what’s inside the vending machines, what food is served in the cafeteria, what types of snacks allowed in the break rooms, bathroom stall education, education on self-care, when to see a doctor/use emergency care and everything in between.

It’s in the company’s best interest if the employee is truly present in all ways not just in their bodies and absentee at the work environment called “presentee-ism.”  This is a huge loss to a company’s efficiency and productivity which equates to the bottom line.  People naturally bring their lives with them to work between their ears and with them everywhere they go. So, there really is power in teaching people how to handle relationships (i.e. communication styles, learning styles, attachment styles, conflict resolution, and crucial conversations) at home and at work as this is where much of their mental energy flows between these two realms for an employee.

Also, through research we know the power of getting the spouse/loved ones and the other family members on board and making the healthy lifestyle changes stick for short and long term. This is why we have created special pricing for adding spouses into the corporate wellness membership plans and educational events that we customize for you.

We are offering our lifestyle medicine, education, and membership packages at a rate we feel confident can’t be beat anywhere in the marketplace with our level of expertise.  We’ve designed a membership program that could fit the needs of the very health conscience, the newbies to wellness, those struggling to keep up with their routines, and those dealing with chronic conditions.

If your company or organization, wants to become healthier from the inside-out then call to set up your 20 minute phone consultation

with Ms. Jenny Bair, to see how the Living Well Corporate Wellness Division can fit your needs, budget and readiness. We can always start with a class and move into larger projects after connection and relationships are built.  Let’s get your organization on its way to optimum well-being!!!

Call 972-930-0260 or email jenny@livingwelldallas.com.

The Role of Genetics in Weight and Why One-Size-Fits-All Diets Don’t Work – Part 1

Part 1: Do Genes Make You Fat?

Genes. We all have them. A gene is, simply put, a unit of heredity transferred from a parent to offspring that determines some characteristic of the offspring.

There are variations in genes that change how the gene expresses traits, such as hair or eye color. Genes can also determine how tall you will be, the right diet for you, and how likely you are to be overweight.

We get our genes from our parents—one from mom and one from dad. A genetic mutation is an adaptation that is less prevalent in the population, like red hair. Some genetic mutations have a significant impact on health, weight and longevity and some do not.

Although genetics may suggest you are more inclined to be overweight, it’s important to remember that genetics simply express your potential to be overweight. They are not a determinant that you will be overweight.

From the Human Genome Project, we now know a lot about genes and how they play a role in the body especially in obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and diet.

If you have been struggling to lose weight, the secret might be found in a gene-based diet. Genetic studies show that our food preferences are in part determined by genetics. In three studies, researchers found that genetic variations have a strong impact on how people perceive food tastes. This is why what tastes good to you may not taste good to the next person.

In a two-year study of 191 obese people, when taste preferences based on genetic variants were taken into consideration and diets were tailored to those preferences, study participants lost 33 percent more weight than participants who were on a normal diet not tailored to genetics.

A gene-based diet that is tailored to your genetic predispositions, such as metabolism and taste preferences may help you lose more weight and keep it off.

In upcoming blogs, we will look at the “fat genes,” how to find the right diet for your genes, and how genetics play a role in the value of exercise and weight loss outcome.

Betty Murray, CN, IFMCP, CHC is a Certified Nutritionist & Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner with the Institute for Functional Medicine, founder of the Dallas-based functional medicine clinic Living Well Dallas and Executive Director of the the Functional Medicine Association of North Texas. A master of the biochemistry of the body, Betty teaches her clients how to utilize nutrition for autoimmune diseases, digestive disorders, MTHFR and weight loss.  You can find her book “Cleanse: Detox Your Body, Mind & Spirit” on Amazon here.

Connect with me on TwitterFacebook, and Pinterest; I’d love to hear from you!

Want more? Click here to get your free ‘Top 10 Secrets Why You Can’t Lose Weight’ and discover the real reasons you can’t lose weight and what to do about it.

 

The post The Role of Genetics in Weight and Why One-Size-Fits-All Diets Don’t Work – Part 1 appeared first on Betty Murray.

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CANCELLED – Men’s VIP Event – Beer, Chips & BioTE

Beer, Chips & BioTE – a Men’s VIP event with Dr. Cory Rice
Wednesday, July 29th HAS BEEN CANCELLED
at Living Well Dallas

Please continue to look back here at our website for more upcoming BioTe events.

 


Dr. Rice’s professional interests include nutrition based chronic disease management as well as bioidentical hormone replacement therapy for men and women.  His clinical expertise is in most areas of chronic disease and, ultimately, the treatment and reversal of some of the more commonly encountered conditions in clinical practice today. His main focus in his practice is on wellness and prevention, nutrition, therapeutic lifestyle change and appropriate hormone balancing for men and women. His practice is a blend of both functional and lifestyle medicine. 

Dr. Rice was one of six physicians elected to a two-year term on BioTE Medical’s Advisory Board starting in 2015.  He has also been certified as a physician mentor through BioTE Medical, a leading provider of natural hormone replacement therapy using subcutaneous pellets, where he helps certified health care providers on the use of bioidentical pellets for both men and women.

Dr. Rice has also been invited to speak at the annual Lifestyle Medicine Summit in Phoenix in 2015. He will be speaking on healthy aging in the context of therapeutic lifestyle change and proper hormone balancing. 

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Summer Specials at Living Well

Don’t Miss out on Stellar Summer Specials offered by our providers!



 

 

Aromatherapy Consultations now Available
with Billie Lyde – Massage & Aromatherapist

Aromatherapy Consults include an extensive intake and three custom blended oils to take home.  Oils will last anywhere from 3 months to a year depending upon how you use them.

Cost for consults are $165, including take-home oils

Book your appointment with Billie Lyde today by calling (972) 930-0260. 

 

 


For LOVERS and those working on balancing hormones –

Don’t Miss Jenny’s Sexy Summer Blowout Sale on all in stock PureRomance Inventory

You can choose, $25, $50, $100, or a $150.00 surprise package for yourself, your honey or both. They will have bath, beauty, and sexy products
 in your package.
(You can pick up or your package can be mailed)
 
Call Jenny at the practice for more information
(972) 930-0260.
This SALE will run from July 13th – July 27th!!!!!
Don’t miss out.
Kaelyn Pehrson

Healthy Lifestyle tips from Kaelyn Pehrson, Certified Health Coach

Daily Morning  with Kaelyn Pehrson, Certified Health Coach

Rise and shine! How you start each morning can set the tone for the rest of the day. My recommendation, start each beautiful day with fresh lemons! By simply juicing a half of an organic lemon into a glass of water, you will discover a simple, yet powerful way to start your day and improve your health. Sound too good to be true?

Those happy yellow citrus fruits are chock-full of health benefits, including high concentration of vitamins B {energy vitamins} and C {immune building}, antioxidants and potassium. What does all that mean for you?

 

* Flushes your system – 

Lemon water aids the bowel in eliminating waste more efficiently, and is a wonderful stimulant to the liver to aid in detoxification.

 

* Balances PH –

Lemon may be thought of as an acidic food, but in the body lemon juice creates an alkaline-forming environment to balance the body’s pH, as well as restore balance by providing vitamin C and high levels of potassium.

 

*Improves Skin –

Lemon juice clears the skin, reduces acne, softens wrinkles, and cleanses excess oils. The vitamin C, citric acid and alkaline properties fight bacteria both internally and on the skin.

 

*Aids in Weight Loss – 

Lemons are high in pectin fiber which help fight hunger cravings. Lemon juice also acts as a natural diuretic and aids digestion.

 

*Immune Building – 

Lemons are high in Vitamin C and potassium. Vitamin C is great for fighting colds and potassium stimulates brain & nerve function.

 

Give it a try. Improving your health does not get any more simple than this! Be sure to juice lemon into warm  or room temperature water, as hot water will destroy the live enzymes.

 

Get Even Healthier!


 

 

Are you curious about how to harmonize your health goals? How to fit wellness into your busy schedule? Let’s chat! Schedule an complimentary 20-minute session today with Kaelyn Pehrson. Call Living Well Dallas at 972-930-0260. 

Together we can work to shift your behavior to develop lifelong healthy habits and a deep understanding of your bio-individual needs. We’ll work together to create lasting changes to your health, energy, and well-being.

Dr Rice Photo

CANCELLED EVENT – Men’s VIP Event

Beer, Chips & BioTE – a Men’s VIP event with Dr. Cory Rice
Wednesday, July 29th HAS BEEN CANCELLED
at Living Well Dallas

This event has been cancelled.  Please look back here for more upcoming BioTE events.

 


Dr. Rice’s professional interests include nutrition based chronic disease management as well as bioidentical hormone replacement therapy for men and women.  His clinical expertise is in most areas of chronic disease and, ultimately, the treatment and reversal of some of the more commonly encountered conditions in clinical practice today. His main focus in his practice is on wellness and prevention, nutrition, therapeutic lifestyle change and appropriate hormone balancing for men and women. His practice is a blend of both functional and lifestyle medicine. 

Dr. Rice was one of six physicians elected to a two-year term on BioTE Medical’s Advisory Board starting in 2015.  He has also been certified as a physician mentor through BioTE Medical, a leading provider of natural hormone replacement therapy using subcutaneous pellets, where he helps certified health care providers on the use of bioidentical pellets for both men and women.

Dr. Rice has also been invited to speak at the annual Lifestyle Medicine Summit in Phoenix in 2015. He will be speaking on healthy aging in the context of therapeutic lifestyle change and proper hormone balancing. 

Healthy Drinks to Beat the Bulge

By Betty Murray

Liquid diets are never recommended as a long-term diet solution (unless you have specific health problems that require you to be on a liquid diet), but weight loss drinks may help you shed a few unwanted pounds quickly, particularly if you have reached a plateau in your weight loss.

Replacing meals with protein shakes can reduce your daily caloric intake, resulting in weight loss. However, you will eventually need to return to eating solid foods, at which time you may regain any weight that was lost. Relying too much on protein drinks also means you’re missing out on the nutritional value of whole foods.

When Protein Shakes Can Help

The average adult should get at least 46 to 56 grams of protein per day (possibly more, depending on your weight). If you are already eating a healthy, nutrient-rich diet but are struggling to get adequate protein, adding a protein shake to your daily diet can help you get closer to the recommended daily dose of protein. Protein increases calorie burn, so upping your protein intake can boost weight loss.

When Protein Shakes (and other weight loss drinks) Can Hurt

Even though a shake or drink isn’t a solid food, it still contains calories—and you might be surprised just how many calories are in a drink. Protein powder, though it varies, generally contains about 140 calories per serving, so a protein shake made from protein powder could contain as many as 300 calories. One Special K Milk Chocolate Protein Shake contains 190 calories.

Unless your physician has prescribed a liquid diet to battle other health concerns, going on a strict liquid diet simply to lose weight is not ideal. If your weight loss has stalled out, or you just need to lose a few pounds before heading to the beach, try replacing one meal a day with a protein shake.

The best formula for weight loss is to maintain a healthy, nutrient-dense, protein-rich diet and to get at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise every week.

Betty Murray, CN, IFMCP, CHC is a Certified Nutritionist & Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner with the Institute for Functional Medicine and founder of the Dallas-based integrative medical center, Living Well Dallas and she is the Executive Director of the the Functional Medicine Association of North Texas. A master of the biochemistry of the body, Betty teaches her clients how to utilize nutritional interventions to improve their health. She specializes in autoimmune conditions, MTHFR, digestive disorders and complex health issues.  Betty is a member of the Institute of Functional Medicine and the National Association of Nutrition Professionals.