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Keep Tab of What You are Eating

Posted by maikeru76 on January 14, 2009

A new study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine on, has revealed the effectiveness of having a food journal as tool in losing extra weight. The study proponents, the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research, looked at the record and experiences of more than1,500 obese patients in their quest to lose their unhealthy extra poundage.

The strategies employed for the obese patients were lifestyle interventions like healthy eating, regular exercise, group sessions and keeping tab of what they eat through food journals. The patients who had food journals lost almost double than their counterparts who had none.

The average weight loss by participants as seen in the study was 13 pounds after five months. The food journaling group had lost almost double the average and the most significant thing was that they kept their weight off.

To have a journal might be an ‘inconvenient’ move for anyone wanting to lose weight. But as the study has shown, the ‘little things’ really do count. People don’t gain weight overnight. It is a process of bad habits snowballing until it gets really out of hand or out of our waistbands.

We have to stop our ‘excuses’ of us being overweight or obese like blaming our genes, lack of time, or simply it is really ‘inconvenient’ or ‘it takes time’ to eat right and exercise.

Which is more inconvenient, keeping the habit of being mindful of our activity levels and what we eat or having to dread the bad news from our doctor of our health deteriorating because of our bad habits?

Let us act now before the damage we have done to our bodies are irreversible.

Source:

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Fitness/story?id=5327486&page=1

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Alternative To Weight Loss Surgery?

Posted by maikeru76 on January 13, 2009

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The dream for all overweight and obese people to lose weight without surgery or having to go under a strict diet may come true…soon. Researchers from the company EnteroMedics has come up with a new technology and device called the VBLOC, which is an implant which blocks the hunger signal from the stomach. This blocking of the signal from the vagus nerve(located in the stomach) to the brain modifies the ‘hunger signal’ making a person eat less resulting in weight loss.

The device, which is under the final testing phase by the U.S. Food and Drugs Administration, has induced an average of 29.1 % reduction in weight in human study subjects, that figure is near the 30 % average weight reduction that results with gastric bypass and binding (weight loss surgery techniques currently available) but with far fewer complications.

Nausea has been the only side effect noted so far and EnteroMedics, manufacturers of the device, plan to perfect the technology so that a future device to be released may be passed through the esophagus thus eliminating surgical complications associated with present weight loss surgeries techniques such as gastric bypass and binding.

The final phase of testing with involve 300 people to further evaluate the technology and device’s safety and effectiveness.

The doctors and researchers involved in the study have expressed hope that this device would help stem the growing numbers of overweight and obese people in the U.S. “It is safe, effective and reversible.” said Henry Buchwald at the University of Minnesota (involved with the study).

If the technology and device would be deemed safe by the FDA, this might ultimately replace all other weight loss surgery techniques and would be prescribed for people who do not respond well to conventional weight loss techniques.

Source:

http://dsc.discovery.com/news/2008/07/10/weight-loss-implant.html

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/weightlosssurgery.html

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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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Genes Can Be Influenced with a Healthy Lifestyle

Posted by maikeru76 on June 19, 2008

Yes, you heard that right. A new study has shed light that having a healthy lifestyle; that is by eating right, exercising, and eliminating risk factors for disease like heavy alcohol intake and smoking, has shown that not only do our physiques improve, but our genes can undergo dramatic changes for the better.

The study was done on 30 prostate cancer (low risk) patients, who denied having conventional treatment, were prescribed a program that sought to change their eating habits, have light exercise (30 minutes of light walking), and stress management methods incorporated to their daily routines.

The results, after 3 months, were as expected such as weight loss, improved blood pressure levels and other health improvements. What made this study different was that biopsies from the patients’ prostates were compared with before and after they took the changes in their lifestyles.

The findings were astonishing. Gene markers for disease like prostate cancer appeared to have been turned off. It was also found out that genes that helped prevent predisposition of cancers and other diseases appeared to have strengthened.

The findings and study have been published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The research study was led by Dr. Dean Ornish, a world-renowned advocate of healthy living and head of the Preventive Medicine Institute based in Sausalito, California.

Though the study can been deemed inconclusive due to the small group it was done on, it appears that genes can be influenced for the better through healthy living. The common knowledge that our predisposition to diseases like cancer “is in the genes” has been opened to new scrutiny.

What we could do right now is to get a start on having a healthy lifestyle. Like what the program study prescribed to the cancer patients, that is by eating healthy, having a low impact exercise program like walking and eliminating risk factors like heavy alcohol and tobacco use; prevention can become a part of the cure.

Source:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080617/

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Weight Control Can Be Fun!

Posted by maikeru76 on June 19, 2008

Do you swear by low-carbohydrate? are you on Atkins? Have you signed up for Weight Watchers? how about South Beach Diet? Or any other “latest diet” by word-of-mouth for that matter. There are lot of choices and programs for YOU out there. With help of the World Wide Web and arming yourself with common sense, you can adapt diet and lifestyle programs that fit your lifestyle.

How? Well, all of the diet programs and “fads” have a common goal; calorie reduction and lasting weight control. All the advocates of these have different approaches to obtain that goal. All you have to do is follow them OR adapt them to your lifestyle.

If your the typical “grazer”, you add fruits and salads, with reduced-calorie dressing, in your snack “menu”. If you tend to eat heavy meals, why not watch your portions. NEVER “super-size” your fast-food servings. If you really like extra gravy on your mashed potatoes, why not try flavorful yet low-calorie gravy substitutes or step the flavor factor of your mashed potatoes or steamed rice with different seasonings that you like (just be careful with the sodium content on some seasoning mixes though). Learn new recipes of your favorites. An important key to lasting weight loss is that you reduce your calorie intake.

To boost your metabolism , that is increasing your body’s capability to burn calories, Why not start an exercise program that is approved or recommended for you by an accredited medical or fitness professional? Regular brisk walking, if done properly, does wonders for your muscles and joints. How about vigorous dancing to music you like?. Play your favorite dance track CD or download your favorite track to your music player and get ready to shake some serious booty.

You can also use other means to speed the weight reduction. I found one product that looked really good called Tonalin Cla

Weight control can really be fun!.

To wrap it all up:

  • Make wise food choices, choose flavorful substitutes.
  • Watch your meal AND snack portions.
  • Keep moving, start a sensible exercise program.
  • And above all, make it fun!.

Remember: A calorie saved is an inch lost!

Sources:

http://www.womenshealthmag.com/weight-loss/

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/weightcontrol.html

http://www.medicinenet.com/weight_management/article.htm

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