High Fat Meals' Impact on Metabolism


A new study by the German Diabetes Center & the Helmholtz Center in Munich have found that even the one-off consumption of a greater amount of palm oil reduces the body's sensitivity to insulin and causes increased fat deposits as well as changes in the energy metabolism of the liver. The results of the study provide information on the earliest changes in the metabolism of the liver that in the long term lead to fatty liver disease in overweight persons as well as in those with type 2 diabetes. In summary, overweight, obese people and people with type 2 diabetes are often associated with the consumption of saturated fats. 

Although ideally one fatty meal will not cause a major decrease in metabolism in an otherwise healthy person, yet the impact seen on the body post consuption of a high saturated fat meal, does show that long term consumption of such meals could be detrimental to health of an individual.


Are you considering a complete Juice Diet? Here's what our dietitians recommend.


A complete juice diet is not the ideal diet to adopt for weight loss or a cleanse.

Juicing removes most fibers and even some nutrients while retaining all the sugar content. Moreover, when on a juice diet your protein intake will be deficient and thus you will have the tendency to lose a lot of muscle mass, which in turns shuts down your metabolism.

It’s very important to note that this diet is not sustainable for a long period of time and could result in a doubled weight gain once you stop it.

If a detox diet is what you are aiming for, just remember your best detox is your liver and you don’t need a detox diet to clean your body. Should you still wish to go a juice only diet, make sure you do so for no more than 3 days at a time or incorporate at least 1 high protein meal per day.


Are you suffering from acid reflux and do you want to know how to reduce the symptoms through diet?


You can definitely reduce the symptoms you are having with an adequate diet. Here are some tips to try:

-  Avoid large, high-fat meals

-  Avoid eating at least 3 to 4 hours before bed-time

-  Keep your head elevated when you lay down

-  Avoid smoking

-  Avoid caffeine-containing foods and beverages (chocolate, cocoa powder, coffee, tea…)

-  Avoid highly spiced foods

-  Avoid acidic foods (lemon, vinegar, oranges, pineapple, tomato sauce…)

-  Keep your weight under control


Is a crash diet effective in weight loss?


Crash diets are very restrictive, low in calories and don’t provide your body with all the necessary nutrients. Crash diets when followed on the short term will help you lose weight quickly but will cause some physical discomfort such as excess fatigue and sometimes dizziness. Furthermore, it’s important to note that whenever you lose weight via a crash diet, most of the weight lost is from water and muscle mass and when you return to your regular diet, the weight lost will be regained easily and replaced by fats, thus making it harder for you to lose weight in the future.

We recommend you avoid unsupervised crash dieting and opt for healthy balanced eating instead along with regular exercise, which together can help you lose weight steadily and achieve your target fitness levels and ideal shape.


Will eating pineapple daily help you burn fat due to its bromelain content?


Bromelain is a proteolytic enzyme that can be found in the stem and juice of pineapple. Bromelain was found to be very effective when it comes to inflammation such as arthritis and to improve digestion. No scientific evidence is present at this moment to conclude that bromelain has any effect on fat burning or weight loss. In fact, eating excessive amounts of pineapple daily could increase your total sugar and calorie intake and cause weight gain. So, if you enjoy eating pineapple, do so in moderation. Also make sure you eat fresh pineapple, not the high sugar canned ones!


Does increased sweating during exercise make you burn more calories and lose weight?


No, sweating in itself cannot make you burn more calories or lose more weight. Sweat is simply water and electrolytes lost from your body. In fact, your body makes sweat to control your body temperature when it gets too high. Sweat is influenced by many factors such as the weather, the intensity of your workout, your physical condition and what clothes you are wearing.
It’s very important to know that any weight loss noted directly after a workout is just a loss of water that you need to replenish when you rehydrate yourself. Judge your weight loss by the intensity of your workout and let the amount of sweat be your indicator for how much water you need to drink after an exercise.