Why is losing the first 5 pounds on a diet so quick

First 5 pounds melted off in a week

When someone goes on a diet they are amazed at how fast the first 5 pounds are dropped.  The bad news is much of this weight loss was not lost fat at first.  To lose fat during a diet that means you have to consume 3500 less calories than you burned off.  The best way to look at it when on a diet is realistically to restrict 500 calories less than burned per day which equates to 1 pound per week is a goal.  Anyone who has done the calorie counting diet and figured out how much they burn in calories exercising plus regular calorie burn during normal activity knows this pace of 500 calorie deficit is hard to maintain.  So during the first week of a diet a highly motivated person may have burned 1 pound of fat.

The common theory about the early weight loss is that it is water weight.  This is for the most part true but it is way more complicated than that.  Most diets restrict processed foods, carbohydrates, saturated fats and alcohol.  Processed foods usually contain lots of chemicals as preservatives, artificial flavorings, dyes, and simple sugars. All of the changes are really good because these foods are pro-inflammatory, which means they elicit inflammation in the body.  The first step in the inflammatory process is flooding the extracellular fluid with water as the immune system starts the inflammatory process.  When we eliminate these inflammatory foods our body reverses this inflamed state and we rid ourselves of all the excess water thru urination and sweat.  Our immune system also backs off the assault of inflammatory response.  This is why we lose weight very fast when we clean up our diets.

This decreased inflammation also makes you feel really good.  That is why aches and pains ease during the early part of a diet not because we have less weight on our joints.

Cheating on the diet has the opposite effect

Everyone has experienced the grief on the scale after a bad weekend.  You can also gain inflammatory weight just as fast as you lost it when you cheated for a short period.  This is why when you are eating well as soon as you cheat you feel so uncomfortable and bloated.  The sad part is how many people feel this way all the time and just do not know it.

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Difference between Gluten Intolerance and Celiac Disease?

Difference between Gluten Intolerance and Celiac Disease

This article will describe the difference between Gluten Intolerance and Celiac Disease.  Much confusion and disinformation is on the internet and social media relating to these 2 topics.  I am going to outline each separate to give a clear picture.

Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is by far the least understood and most misdiagnosed condition.  It is not easy to test for because most methods of testing are inaccurate and need to be repeated multiple times to detect the disease.   The disease is an autoimmune disease that is triggered by exposure of gluten to the small intestine.  Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, and sometimes oats.  When a susceptible person eats these grains their immune system reacts by attacking the lining of the small intestine. Our small intestinal lining is not flat it has millions tiny fingerlike protrusions which make the surface area much larger allowing more surface locations for nutrient absorption.  When this lining swells it closes off the spaces between the fingers greatly decreasing absorption surface area leading to malabsorption.  The autoimmune reaction can lead to many symptoms in the gut such as gas, bloating, abdominal pain, indigestion, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or constipation. These intestinal symptoms are usually dismissed as irritable bowel syndrome or stress. The autoimmune reaction can also set off many others symptoms related to generalized inflammation such as rashes, exacerbation of any musculoskeletal inflammation (arthritis, tendonitis, neuritis, or myofacitis), fatigue, fertility issues.   The non-intestinal symptoms which are secondary to issues of malabsorption of food are weight loss, anemia, hair loss, dental, bone and joint problems, bruising easily, and vitamin/mineral deficiencies.  In young children this condition can be detected because the child is not growing and failing to thrive as a result of the failure of the small intestine to absorb food.  In adults that develop this condition slower or have a lesser degree of the illness, it will not be detected as a child or just blamed on lactose intolerance or food allergies.


Gluten Intolerance

Gluten Intolerance is more evasive as a diagnosis because it is the same etiology as Celiac disease but it is less intense overreaction of our immune system.  Therefore the symptoms are less intense as related to malabsorption. The immune system has degrees of severity of out autoimmune response in almost all autoimmune diseases.  In the case of Gluten Intolerance it has to do with how inflamed the small intestine lining becomes in the presence of gluten or in other words how intense our autoimmune response has become.  The intensity of the response is obviously less than full blown Celiac Disease so it usually goes undiagnosed or misdiagnosed which leads to it becoming a chronic process.  Many people have been suffering with multiple of the Intestinal and Autoimmune symptoms but not to a degree that raised the alarm of their physician so they usually go diagnosed with IBS, Food Allergies/Intolerance, Chronic Fatigue, Migraine, Hashimoto’s, and orthopedic conditions.  The orthopedic conditions are related to exacerbation of any inflammatory condition such as tendonitis, arthritis, neuritis, and myofacitis.  Neuritis presents as conditions like carpal tunnel and thoracic outlet syndrome to name a few, with fluid retention due to inflammation causing nerve compression.  Myofacitis presents as generalized or localized muscle soreness.


Treatment for Gluten Intolerance and Celiac Disease.

Unfortunately the only treatment gluten intolerance and Celiac disease is avoidance entirely.  Your body gets triggered into attacking your small intestine lining anytime you consume gluten.  People note that some intestinal symptoms improve within 2 weeks.  In 3 months most of the symptoms disappear but it takes 6 months for your intestinal lining to fully recover and proper digestion to return.  During the process heavy dosing of natural probiotics such as Kefir, live cultured sauerkraut, and Kampuchea tea instead of relying on usually ineffective probiotic supplements will help speed the process.  I also recommend going on the Anti-Inflammatory Diet which can be found in my blogs.

Avoidance must be strict and foods with wheat, barley, rye and other grains.   You can substitute many other carbs such as rice, potatoes, quinoa, and corn.  It is very important to watch ingredients because gluten is added to many products but if you follow the Anti-Inflammatory Diet you will find you no longer eat anything with ingredients other than the 1 ingredient you are preparing such a broccoli, salmon, rice, potatoes, and apples to name a few.  Opening a box of prepared rice or quinoa or using salad kits put you ask risk because who know what ingredients are in it.   Avoiding packaged and processed food is a centerpiece of any good diet plan.  The hardest part is sauces you use as condiments but you can find organic healthy preservative products by reading labels closely.  When you are not sure skip it.


Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome?

Complex regional pain syndrome formally know as reflex sympathetic dystrophy is a poorly understood often under diagnosed condition.  Some patients are told they have neuralgia after an injury.  I have seen cases after surgery a limb getting rigid and immobile.  My first case I encountered the patient has leg pain, atrophy, and loss of toenail and hair growth.  This disorder is characterized by decreased blood flow and nerve innervation to a part of the body following a trauma.

When our body sustains an injury it reacts with a division of the nervous system called the sympathetic nervous system. This system commonly referred to as the fight or flight nervous system acts to ready our body to fight or run.  The sympathetic system causes our heart to beat faster, our lungs to take in more oxygen and blood is shunted away from the skin, intestines, and nervous system to our muscular system.  This response is normally a temporary event, but in complex regional pain syndrome our sympathetic system doesn’t turn off.  This causes long term depletion of blood supply to the area of the body affected.  We start to have symptoms related to decreased blood flow to the nerves, skin, bones, and joints.  The muscles exhibit either weakness or tightness due to nerve and joint damage. The major symptom is extreme burning pain in the skin with hypersensitivity to touch.  Over time patients start to exhibit skin changes such as swelling and redness of the skin.  Many times Chiropractic can reverse this process by resetting the sympathetic nervous system.  Results are seen very quickly as blood returns to the depleted areas of the body.

I have found Chiropractic to be a great option to reverse Complex Regional Pain Syndrome .  Chiropractic manipulations will send a large amount of sensory input to the spinal chord.  This large burst of incoming information can reset the autonomic nervous system.  With repetition of treatments I have found many cases can be corrected.