Blog Posts in 2021

  • What Does Lean Body Mass Mean?

    How to Calculate Lean Body Mass In the fitness and weight loss world, the term “lean body mass” is often thrown around, but unless you have spent extensive time reading up on medical weight loss and health, it can be a little confusing. The team at Soza Weight Loss is committed to helping you along your fitness journey and helping you lose weight in healthy ways. If this includes becoming leaner ...
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  • How Does Stress Affect Your Weight?

    What Is Stress? When we talk about stress, we are referring to the feeling of being overwhelmed due to mental and emotional pressure. When you feel threatened, a chemical reaction happens in your body that allows you to behave in a way that will prevent injury. Cortisol is the primary stress hormone and it increases glucose in the bloodstream, which enhances the brain’s use of glucose and ...
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  • How to Strengthen the Digestive System

    What Is the Job of the Digestive System? When it comes to your digestive system, it is extremely important to keep it functional and strong. Your digestive system is responsible for taking whole foods and turning them into energy and nutrients to allow your body to function, grow, and repair itself. Proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and waters are all nutrients that your body ...
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  • Is It Harder to Lose Weight in the Summer?

    Pros and Cons of Trying to Lose Weight in the Summer If you are on a weight loss journey, the summer can prove to be a bump in the road on many levels. There are many facts that are stacked for and against individuals who are trying to lose weight. For one, temptations pile up in the summer. Research shows that “according to the studies out of University of Massachusetts Medical School and ...
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  • What Does Cortisol Do in the Body?

    Why It Is So Important to Have the Right Levels of Cortisol Cortisol, better known as the “stress hormone,” serves many key purposes in the body. Most cells in the body have cortisol receptors, so the hormone can affect many different functions throughout the body. Cortisol is produced from cholesterol in the two adrenal glands at the top of each kidney. Some of the functions of cortisol include: ...
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  • Why Does Louisiana Rank as One of America’s Unhealthiest States?

    Factors That Contribute to Low Access to Healthcare in Louisiana If you live in Louisiana, then you know there is so much to love about the Pelican State. Brimming with sports fanatics, a subtropical climate, mouthwatering Cajun and Creole cuisine, and a lower cost of living than the rest of the country, it is easy to see why almost 5 million people call Louisiana home. Sadly, the state we love ...
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  • What Foods Put Your Body in Fat-Burning Mode?

    How Fat Leaves the Body Your body stores excess consumed energy in fat cells in the form of triglycerides, which appear as a type of fat found in your blood. This allows your body to preserve energy, but it can also cause fat to accumulate over time. For this reason, to experience weight loss, you will need to reach your calorie deficit. In other words, you must consume less calories than you ...
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  • Why Is Nutrition Important?

    The Life-changing Benefits of Finding the Right Diet for You The fact that it is important to be mindful of your nutrition might seem obvious. Sometimes, though, when we are given a piece of advice so many times, it can be easy to forget what the purpose of it was in the first place. On top of that, nutrition has not exactly been a priority in the public education system. The National Center for ...
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  • How Can I Make My Skin Tighter?

    Regain a Youthful Glow with These Skin Tightening Tips When we are young, our skin naturally appears high, tight, and youthful. We can thank the abundance of collagen that is found in the bones, joints, and tendons for this. As we age, our body loses collagen and elastin, so our skin is not able to stay lifted the way it once could. This is a natural process and is nothing to be ashamed of, but if ...
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  • How to Jumpstart a Healthy Lifestyle

    Get Our Simple Healthy Lifestyle Tips What does it mean to live a healthy lifestyle? The answer will look a bit different for everyone, and it’s important to remember there is no “one-size-fits-all” prescription. When it comes down to it, being healthy is all about taking the steps that keep your body feeling strong in the long run. Some people might prefer to take a more literal approach to this, ...
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  • Is Oatmeal Good for Weight Loss?

    Add One of the Best Soluble Fiber Foods to Your Diet Oatmeal has long been praised for its ability to help people lose weight. For one, it is a much healthier alternative to traditional American breakfast options, like bacon and sausage, which are packed with saturated fats. Simply cutting out these processed meats can make a big difference in your weight loss journey. The main reason oatmeal is ...
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  • Does Apple Cider Vinegar Help with Weight Loss?

    Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar Apple cider vinegar is made by fermenting sugar from apples. This process turns them into acetic acid, which is the main active compound in vinegar. Historically, apple cider vinegar has been used to add a sweet, tangy taste to salad dressings, soups, sauces, and hot drinks. Even before that, it was used in ancient practices as a natural, healing medicine. In recent ...
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  • Why Is Losing Weight So Hard?

    How to Overcome Common Roadblocks in Your Weight Loss Journey For many of us, it feels like weight gain happens so rapidly. You might feel like you gain weight quickly for a variety of reasons that depend on the needs of your body. Some people gain weight quickly when they are consistently staying up late and not giving their bodies the rest they need. Others find that they have an excessive ...
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  • How to Avoid Loose Skin When Losing Weight

    Keeping Skin Firm Through Weight Loss Nothing feels better than losing that extra weight you had been carrying around. It truly feels like a burden has been lifted from your shoulders. However, those of us who have lost a substantial amount of weight in the past know there are some less than pleasant side effects that come along with our joy. Namely, when you lose fat, you can be left with loose ...
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