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Dairy Aids Weight Loss

Posted by maikeru76 on January 5, 2009

On a diet? You probably have cut back on your portions, calorie-heavy fare and carbohydrates especially sugary drinks and candy (like me). You may have to add one food group if you would want faster weight loss: Dairy.

Dairy products like milk and yogurt, especially the lower fat varieties, are rich sources of calcium, vitamin D, and vitamins (vitamin A and vitamin B-complex). The calcium in milk and dairy aids in burning off fat and controls the body from creating more fat from the food we eat.

A study done by researchers at the The University of Tennessee had confirmed the link of dairy consumption, specifically that of yogurt, with double-digit loss of body fat. The same study revealed that men who added 3 servings of low-fat yogurt to their daily diets, with regular exercise and healthy eating, lost an average of 61 % more body fat and 81% more abdominal (stomach area) fat than those who didn’t have yogurt in their diet.

Those are really good numbers I say and I would definitely add dairy products (the lower fat variety, of course) to my diet .

Source:

http://www.menshealth.com/

http://www.wisdairy.com/

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Non-prescription FDA-Approved Diet Aid, Has “Problems”?

Posted by maikeru76 on January 2, 2009

The first non-prescription diet aid approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration still has not performed as expected. The active ingredient of Alli, by GlaxoSmithKline, is Orlistat but it has half of the dose as compared to Xenical which is being manufactured by Roche Holdings.

As with Xenical, Alli prevents the absorption of fat in the intestines. The problem with this way of blocking the fat from food is that fat tends to pass through the intestines unexpectedly. There are lot of “situations” wherein users of the drug have had experiences leading to embarrassment for users.

To remedy this problem, both manufacturers have both issued warnings or contraindications about consumption of fatty food with the pills. In the case of Alli, the pill is being marketed with a kit that includes a healthy eating guide, food journal and calorie guide. The 60-pill kit retails at about $50 while the 90-pill pack retails at about $ 60. That translates, according to company representatives’ estimates, as $1.5 billion US dollars in annual projected earnings for Alli alone.

This might be good way to start for anyone (including myself) wanting to lose weight for fat contains 9 calories a gram compared to 4 calories a gram of protein or carbohydrates.

But I would really opt for the “smarter” way of doing losing weight. That is by eating right, having enough shut-eye, and effective stress management; that is, in my case, fitting exercise in my schedule. There are a lot of good and effective supplements out there too that would definitely work like green tea or green tea extracts.

I would not want to risk an “embarrasing situation” (if I took those diet pills) to spoil a date, business meeting or make me want to turn my back on my newly-formed good habits.

Source:

http://edition.cnn.com/2008/HEALTH/diet.fitness/06/12/alli.sales.ap/index.html?iref=newssearch

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On a Diet? Check Your Fridge…

Posted by maikeru76 on July 2, 2008

I have determined by now that there is no turning back for me on my eating ‘healthy’.

I am now starting to exercise lightly for a start. Hmmm…I am moving in the right direction right now. Again, no turning back.

Ooops! But wait…Am I kidding myself here? You too may have gone on a diet and a ‘lifestyle overhaul’ presently or in the past. Trying to make that change on losing ‘extra baggage’, getting fit, feeling better or forbid it to happen; due to doctor’s orders.

Have you checked your fridge lately? Yes, the fridge. If your like me, it is the ‘most temptation-filled’ part of any home. The chocolate bars…the creamy dips…that dressing…hmmm, the yummy grilled pork ribs left-over from last night…You know what I’m talking about.

Well, probably most of us are “sabotaging” our own efforts. Willpower or determination alone won’t get us to our fitness goals. Same goes with exercise. ‘Sweating it out’ won’t make us more fitt if we still ‘pig out’ after our exercise sessions and one probable ‘suspect’ for that is the fridge. You may not be losing your extra weight as fast as you could because of the kind of food and snacks you have there.

So with our lifestyle change and our determination to be healthier, let’s ‘clean-out’ the fridge (and freezer).

Check if you still have those tempting treats that ultimately go to the waist.

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