Are You losing Water Weight or Fat “What is your Carb Tipping Point” ?

19 Jan

images  Hey Team, just some basic info about weight loss and why you lose water weight. I’m not endorsing ANY ONE DIET, but just laying out some of the science about weight/fat loss. One thing I will say is everyone’sCarb Tipping” point is different. This is a basic fact of real science. Also as we age are hormone levels change so we handle carbs in different than way than when we where young and we are less physically active or our workouts are designed wrong. An example I know people who take spin classes and they are disturbed they are not losing weight because they feel the are getting a good workout! Won’t get into that now, but exercise does play a role in weight/fat loss but what you eat and when you eat plays a much more important role in the beginning of a weight/fat loss program. Not the best writer but here it is: One other major point exercising or working out allot running. biking, will not do anything to increase your weight loss. That is another topic. Happy reading

Why is it that low carbers frequently experience shockingly rapid weight loss at the beginning of their diets, then appear to “plateau”?

Does going on a ketogenic diet mean you have to stay on it forever?

Why do many folks experience a few days of low-energy moodiness (“low carb flu”) at the beginning of ketogenic diets?

The answer to all of these queries can be found in understanding our body’s relationship with glycogen.

Glycogen is the way the body processes and stores glucose as energy, chiefly in the liver and the muscles. High intensity activities like sprinting draw upon the glycogen tucked away in our muscles for fuel, which is why you hear about marathoners “carb-loading” in the days before a big race.

The glycogen stored in the liver is what keeps specific systems running all day, including the brain, kidney cells, and red blood cells. For anyone not low-carbing, the body needs a minimum of 100g of glucose each day in order to meet the basic demands of the brain.

So — what if a person consumes significantly less than 100g of carbohydrates in a day? What happens when the body runs out of glycogen stores?

Your body’s just as lazy as you are on Sunday afternoon eating chips on the couch, and it will get energy from the easiest sources possible as long as they’re available. The zippiest energy comes from carbohydrates in the diet, especially simple carbs quickly converted into sugars (think white bread, sweets, fructose, etc.), with more complex carbs following shortly after.

For a person following Standard American Diet — we’re talking easily over 300g carbohydrates a day on average — the body may not ever burn through this ingested potential energy. Instead, it simply sweeps it away under the rug — you know, the one bulging around your waist — where no one will ever notice.

When you cut ingested carbs down to below that 100g/day mark, however, something quite interesting happens. The body burns through those consumed carbs first, then turns to the glycogen stores in the liver to maintain its basic system functions. When those stores run out — usually after about a day of carb deprivation — is where the magic really happens.

The body may be a lazy bastard, but it keeps a few tricks up its sleeves. If there’s no more glucose nor glycogen to be had, a process called gluconeogenesis begins in the liver (long one, but break it down: “gluco” = glucose, “neo” = new, “genesis” = to make).

Gluconeogenesis is the reason why you don’t actually need any dietary carbohydrates whatsoever to keep rattling down the street. When faced with low carbohydrate intake in the diet, the liver will kick into gluconeogenesis gear, generating the glucose necessary for brain function from glycerol in lipids and amino acids in proteins.

However, getting your glucose through gluconeogenesis is also is a much longer process, and rather shocking for your lazy punk of a body to switch to all of a sudden. Consider those marathon athletes — the condition known as “hitting the wall,” when total exhaustion just suddenly takes over and no more energy is to be had, is the direct result of glycogen depletion in the muscles.

For non-marathoners, glycogen depletion is generally brought on by switching to a diet low in carbs, and the first few days eating this way often brings on similar feelings of running into a wall. It’s a beast known by many names – the Atkins flu, Induction flu, keto flu, low carb flu — and is marked by 2-3 days of nausea, headache, low-energy, and irritability. The body’s been so used to getting its energy from quick-n-easy carbcheezies; the low carb flu is the bummer of a side effect as it switches over to other sources of fuel.

What lies on the other side of the flu is excellent news for anyone looking to ditch the jiggle, however — the best alternative energy source for the newly adjusted body is its fat stores. Congratulations: you have now entered fat-burning mode!

Are you losing just water weight?

It’s very common for those new to low-carbing to lose a significant amount of weight very quickly at the beginning of their carb restriction. We could be talking four pounds, or even ten or twelve, depending on how overweight the person is to begin with. Why is this? Isn’t this a dangerously fast rate of weight loss?

It’s all about the glycogen stores — as it turns out, each gram of glycogen is bound to 3-4 hefty grams of water. So, as your body burns its way through the reduced dietary carbs and into the glycogen stores, the water attached to the glycogen flushes away as well — resulting in the phenomenon commonly known as “water weight.” There’s no fat loss here, yet — the glycogen and accompanying water’s simply been squeezed out of your muscles and liver.

This also explains why plenty of folks experience an alarming weight gain in the day just following a cheat meal. Even if the ingested carbs are at a moderate level your greedy liver and muscles snatch up as much glucose as they can take, and up to four grams of weighty water accompany each grabbed gram of glycogen. Bam! Instant significant weight gain.

Water weight: easy come, easy go, neither cause for panic nor glee. Truly incinerating the nasty fat requires sticking to a low carb diet for a while, taking advantage of fat burning mode over time.

One of the most persistent warnings low-carb naysayers have regarding losing weight in a ketogenic state is that “you’ll just gain it all back once you go off the diet.” The horror!

Also, completely untrue. The “water weight” resulting from glycogen stores will return almost immediately as soon as you switch back to ingesting more than 100g/carbs a day — that’s just the nature of glycogen storage. Any weight gain beyond that is as a result of caloric surplus, not anything having to do with coming off ketosis.

To stop the weight gain from taking hold hopefully you already have an exercise plan in place and you have found your “Carb Tipping Point”. Just get back on the wagon. Again, carbs are needed by the body and if you do not get enough of them your Endrocrine system will product CORTISOL and it will block you from losing weigh/fat. That is why balance is key and its an ongoing experiment so you have to adjust things as you go along on your program. Too little, too much? Find your tipping point.

Also hormones play a huge role in all of this. That is a topic for another write up.

Here are some take away points:

Glycogen is a way the body stores glucose as energy
Under 100g/carbs/day will begin to deplete glycogen stores
Switching away from glycogen as your principal energy source causes the “low carb flu”
Glycogen binds with water molecules; flushing it away results in loss of “water weight

Hope you enjoyed this and got something out of it.

Pete Trapani
360 Fitness For Life & Health, LLC
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6 Jun

Washington University is in the process sorting and computing the final data from the Autism Pilot Study. They should be done craeting this document by June 30th, 2012. I will post that document and its recommendations. They are also looking to get funding for a grant to fund a large population and long term study which would start (estimated) January 2013. Will keep you updated. Any questions feel free to contact me 314-280-7398 or by email

Please click on link to see latest poster data

Kcumpata FINAL Poster after CH.2 (3)

Washington University, Makoto USA, 360 Fitness For Life & Health, LLC / Pete Trapani

11 May

Attached/linked is the the Final Poster Presentation from Washington University Autism Pilot Study. It includes the initial data and short explanation of the data results.

A detailed background data sheet will completed by the 2nd week in June. As you all know already, data coming from the study were very strong. Because of these strong results, Washington University is now writing a grant that will fund a larger study with a larger population of students.

We are now canvassing and trying to find a school district and school in  St Louis that wants to be a part of this Autism study.

If you know any decision makers in St Louis Special School District  known as SSD, school district directors who lead or work with students with Autism, principals, from any public schools etc, please contact me.

This larger study will be very exciting and will also help many children who are on the ASD Spectrum by just being a part of the study and will help many others in the long term.

Again, contact me if you have any interest or if you know a decision maker that would be interested being a part of the larger study.

Click on the link below name and number to access the poster data

Thanks. Pete Trapani


Kcumpata FINAL Poster after CH.2 (3)

Nature Vs Nurture: Do Our Genes Rule Our Destiny?

7 May

There is a great book that came out in 2010 titled ” The Genius In All Of Us” Written by David Shenk. It is  a great read that details the age-old question of  Nature Vs Nurture, “are we destined to a future that is ruled by our gene’s” or can we change our genetic profile through Nurture. Believe it or not the answer is  you can change how your gene’s respond through nurture and using your life experiences and environment to manipulate your genes to operate in different ways. So for those who have just given up and said” it in my gene’s” your are sadly mistaken. What does this have to do with fitness, weight loss, getting in shape, your health and learning, etc. We know through scientific research you can re wire your nervous system/ or what people call your brain. Have you ever changed or gotten rid of a bad habit, built muscle, lost weight, learned to read, learned to use your less dominant hand? Than you  have experienced this phenomenon. Use fitness as an example: You train your central nervous system, which in turn releases certain hormones, which in turn act on or in concert with you gene’s, which in turn produces a result. Without your Central Nervous System just exist.  I hear it all the time!!! “my mom and dad had this so its in my gene’s I cannot change it. Yes you can!!! Much more science to this that I can explain, but What do you think ??? Your thoughts are welcomed!!!

The Effects of Makoto Intervention on Motor Skills and Executive Function in Children with and without Autism Spectrum Disorders

4 May

Starting Brief/Summary: This Pilot Study for the Makoto Arena is being done by Washington University in St Louis and 360 Fitness, LLC with equipment provided by Makoto USA, Inc. Hard copies of the poster data and supporting study material will be provided over the next two weeks.
Data at this poster presentation at Washington University on April 23rd 2012 showed strong results, especially for participants of the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) group. Participants in the control group showed reaction time improvement and their effect size was strong, but the improvements seen for children of the ASD group were greater with a stronger effect size. Effect size is a statistical concept that measures the strength of the relationship between two variables or research on a numeric scale. Pre testing was done for each student prior to using Makoto and post testing was done afterwards to compare data points.
Early data showed improvements in the following areas:
 Manual Dexterity,
 Bilateral Coordination,
 Fine Motor Integration,
 Strength and
 Agility
Data showed that the children in the Control Group and the ASD group both had improved Short Term Working Memory and Organization of Material. Improvements in these areas would also be seen as improved learning in the classroom, reading, math, etc. The Short Term Memory improvement was quite significant and very strong. The Short Term Working Memory data is what Pete Trapani refers to as the holy grail of all the data. Wash U is now analyzing the rest of the data and trying to correlate improved reaction time to other cognitive functions including Sensory Integration which also showed great gains.
The results of this pilot study are very exciting because it indicates the use of equipment (Makoto) as an effective intervention for ASD as opposed to medication. Wash U said early results from the data are strong enough that they recommend a larger study be done. More data will be coming out over the next 30 days.

The Effects of Makoto Intervention on Motor Skills and Executive Function in Children with and without Autism Spectrum Disorders

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