Search Weight Loss Topics:

Page 3«..2345..1020..»

Nov 1

Eat – STOP – Eat

In the last few years a lot of diet gurus have tried to argue that calories dont count And to be honest I understand why. Its what we all want to hear!…

But to be blunt Its also the biggest lie in weight loss…

Ignore for a moment all the fancy weight loss theories youve heard. Some of them may be true. Some completely bogus. And others so weak they dont make a difference in your real results.

However there is one undeniable truth about weight loss…

This one thing may not be popular. But it MUST happen, no matter what the diet gurus pretend. Here it is

To lose weight you must eat below a certain threshold of calories.

Now, stick with me for a second, ok? I know youre probably thinking

How is this any different from what Ive already heard?…

Youll see in a moment why this is totally different. First…

Lets define a calorie…

Basically its a way of talking about the energy stored in the food you eat. Its also used to talk about the energy your body burns to live and to do whatever activities you do throughout your day.

Now I know this probably isnt going to be popular advice. However…

Even though you NEVER have to count a single calorie I just dont have a magic formula that allows you to eat as many calories as you want and still lose weight. And

If someone claims you can do that run as fast as you can in the opposite direction!

And second I said you need to eat below a certain threshold of food.

The trick is knowing what your level of calories is and getting below it. However…

You dont have to do it every day. Theres a simple strategy that allows you to stay below your personal threshold WITHOUT daily discipline, precise calorie counting, or giving up any of your favorite foods.

And using this simple strategy is what helps clean out your body even at the deepest level of your cells so that you can actually turn back the clock, look younger and feel more energy than folks half your age

Eat – STOP – Eat

Oct 15

Long-Term Weight Loss –

You want to lose weight and keep it off for good. These five strategies will help you do just that.

Most people trying to lose weight only focus on their ultimate goal: dropping pounds. But it’s important not to lose sight of the diet and exercise changes that will get you there.

Choose two or three diet and exercise goals at a time that you are willing to take on. And make sure they are specific and realistic.

For example, “exercise more” is a wonderful goal, but it’s not specific. “Walk 5 miles every day” is specific and measurable. But is it realistic if you’re just starting out?

“Walk 30 minutes every day” is better, but what happens if work or weather interferes? “Walk 30 minutes for 5 days each week” is specific and realistic.

Are there situations that make you want to eat more? Start noticing them. For example, you may learn that you’re more likely to overeat while you’re bored or stressed.

Then figure out ways to get around those triggers. Do something else to soothe your stress, for instance.

Also, you might want to put treats away. You’re more likely to eat them if they’re visible and easy to get to.

That’s right: You should feel full. But how you do that might surprise you.

It’s mostly about time: 15 minutes, to be specific. You need at least that much time to feel full. So eat slower, giving your brain enough time to notice that you’ve eaten.

What you eat can also help. Think fiber (like fruits and veggies) to fill up.

Another trick is to use smaller plates so that small portions do not appear too small.

Also, changing your eating schedule can help you reach your goal, especially if you tend to skip or delay meals and overeat later.

A good reward is something that is desirable, timely, and depends on meeting your goal.

Rewards may include treating yourself to a movie or massage, taking an afternoon off from work, or giving an hour of time to yourself.

Keep in mind that many small rewards, given for meeting small goals, can work better than bigger rewards for long, difficult goals.

Jot down things like how much you exercise and what you eat. There are many apps that can help.

Doing this can really open your eyes to what you are doing and what you need to do to meet your weight loss goals.


Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Weight Watchers.

Read more:
Long-Term Weight Loss –

Sep 23

Thinking Thin: Recipe for Success for Long-Term Weight Loss

There’s no lack of people willing to sell you on the newest and best way to lose weight. But let the true experts — ordinary people who have lost weight and kept it off — share their recipe for success. Then you can take the first few baby steps to being and “thinking” thin.

Thinking thin is all about small, simple changes you make on a daily basis, not about dropping 20 pounds by year’s end.

“Thinking thin in a world that would have us be fat as barrels is no easy task,” says Catherine Fitzgerald, RD, director of the health promotion division in the University of Michigan Health System.

“Food is everywhere, so you have to develop a personal lifestyle, sooner rather than later in life, that is compatible with your long-term weight goals. People should focus their efforts on weight loss as a means of staying healthy, not reaching some unreachable ideal of beauty that our culture puts out there.”

The University of Colorado’s National Weight Control Registry set out to examine everyday people who have achieved long-term weight loss. Set up by professor James O. Hill and his colleagues nearly 20 years ago, the registry includes information about more than 3,000 people who have, on average, lost more than 60 pounds and kept if off for more than five years.

After studying the registry’s participants, Hill identified four common behaviors among those who have successfully maintained their weight loss:

Most weight-management experts would counsel against weighing yourself daily because it may be counterproductive and could lead to disappointment. And yet it works, according to the registry researchers.

Here’s how the participants said they maintained their weight loss:

Fitzgerald says that a major part of keeping a focus on weight loss or weight management is as simple as staying positive.

“It’s always better to go with what we can do, rather than what we can’t do,” she says. “Make reachable goals, like eating an extra serving of fruits or vegetables. You also can make healthier choices.”

Many fast food restaurants are including healthier items on their menus. For example, Burger King’s vegetable burgers and Wendy’s salads, Fitzgerald says.

“A healthy choice is just as easy to make today as an unhealthy one,” she says.

What role does your family play? If you come from a family with a history of weight problems, does that mean you are fighting a losing battle?

“Genetics plays a role in increasing your susceptibility to becoming obese, but genetics alone does not determine whether your body does or does not store fat,” says David Schteingart, MD, professor of endocrinology and director of the obesity rehabilitation program at the University of Michigan. “In particular, there have been a number of studies that have shown that a person’s weight and manner of fat storage is most closely linked to that of his or her biological mother.”

Still, a family history of obesity can’t be used as reason to give up.

Most of these studies show that genetics is responsible for only 25% of your risk of being obese, says Schteingart. “The other 75% then includes many facets, such as cultural influences, personal lifestyle, and availability of food, among others.”

“Behaviors and lifestyle can be extremely difficult things to change, especially as we age,” says Schteingart. “But simple steps maintained over time are what works.”

Follow this link:
Thinking Thin: Recipe for Success for Long-Term Weight Loss

Sep 23

Is Long Term Weight Loss Possible? – AskMen

If long-term weight loss were impossible, would it even be worth trying to lose weight?

Well, bad news. Areport that hit headlines recently suggests that permanent weight loss is near impossible. Decades of clinical research, public health initiatives and personal attempts at diet and exercise have yielded a net sum of zero. Sure, people lose weight all the time; thats pretty easy to do but they cant keep it off.

A review of the scientific literature shows that virtually every participant of structured weight-loss programs regains all of their weight loss within five years. Those who managed to keep the weight off averaged a weight loss of 6.6 pounds and a reduced weight of less than 3% of their initial body weight. That means that if you were a 250-pound overweight dieter, after five years of watching your weight, youd be a sleek 243 pounds. That may not sound like a lot, but it has some scientists impressed. Take Weight Watchers, for example. According to a study paid for by Weight Watchers, half of all dieters who reached their goal weight through their program were still at least 5% lighter after five years. The starting weight was 165 pounds overweight, but not obese. The dieters lost about 22 pounds, or 13.3%, by restricting calories, but then regained an average of 11 pounds five years later. Next to the near-zero success rate of hospital and university-based studies, Weight Watcher results were considered a major victory. At this point, just being able to stop people from gaining more weight is considered a success.

A long-term weight loss effort maintained anywhere from one to five years is considered successful if youre 5 to 10% lighter than you were initially. Setting the bar so low means that, in reality, successful losers go from obese to overweight not from overweight to thin. From a public health perspective, obesity is classified as a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 30. If youre a regular reader of AskMen, youll know that BMI is a measure of a persons weight in relation to their height, not an indicator of body fat. Bodybuilders with low body fat will invariably be classified as obese since muscle weighs more than fat. From a global perspective, however, we know that nations are not populated by Spartan Warriors (their descendents, the Greeks, are now Europes most overweight country), so using BMI is a fine way to measure obesity at a national level.

By now, it wont surprise anyone to hear that the world is fatter than ever. In 2010, there were 1.5 billion people worldwide who were obese, and the trend is growing. Obesity is behind 3.4 million deaths and 3.9% of years of lives lost a substantial increase from previous decades that makes obesity a major global health issue, perhaps more important than malnutrition and infectious disease. In the past 33 years, no country has had a success story in curbing their obesity epidemic. Some countries in the Middle East (Kuwait, Libya, and Qatar) and the Pacific (Tonga Kiribati, Federated States of Micronesia, Tonga and Samoa) now have more than half of their population classified as obese. In the United States, more than one-third and 17% of youth are obese. As a result, as many as 40% of women and 24% of men in America are trying to lose weight at any given time; many have tried a variety of methods such as diets, exercise, behavior modification, and drugs. Even those who are not overweight particularly young women are trying to lose weight. We know that obesity is a complex issue; it reflects inherited, environmental, cultural, socioeconomic, and psychological conditions. How to reverse the process, on the other hand, is beyond our understanding. At least, thats what the science is suggesting.

So what about the guy or girl you see in those Before and After photos in weight loss infomercials those who completely transform their bodies through diet and exercise? Either theyll regain all the weight in a few years or theyre one of those exceptional individuals that are rarely encountered like that friend of a friend you heard who lost 50 pounds and completed a marathon. If they did it, the mind convinces us, so can we. But the math is against us. If only two out of 1,000 Weight Watchers customers actually maintain large weight loss permanently, you cant expect such simple advice as Eat less, exercise more to actually work. In todays world of surplus calories and sedentariness, eating less and exercising more takes willpower, and lets admit it, willpower doesnt work.

The main reason dieting fails is because many of us still believe that cutting calories is the best way to lose weight. You will indeed lose weight but wait and see how long it takes for the starvation mechanism to kick in and for your brain to betray you with food urges that are impossible to resist. For a formerly fat person, this is what it feels like all the time. The part of the brain that controls hunger and appetite the hypothalamus is continually turned on. That means that the brain of a 175-pound man who used to be overweight is quite different than the brain of a man who was always 175 pounds. The reason we cant lose weight is because our brains think were not overweight, and might actually think that were underweight. The biochemistry of how our brain regulates bodyweight is covered in my earlier AskMen article on how to maintain weight loss.

While science has had dismal success in keeping the weight off people, it has recently shed light on why peoples brains make them gain weight. Our bodies are fine-tuned machines that keep everything in balance a process termed homeostasis. The brain regulates the amount of body fat by adjusting our energy levels, appetite and digestive efficiency. It is counter-evolutionary to carry around too little or too much fat. If obesity occurs, it means that theres a breakdown in the system caused by an imbalance in brain chemistry, mirrored by an imbalance in our environment.

Food and other things we put in our mouth (let your imagination run wild) is the closest exposure we have to our environment we literally place stuff from the outside into our insides. Its no surprise, then, to learn that diet has an enormous effect on our body and its chemistry. A recent study shows that years of eating and overeating the typical American diet actually damages the brain. More specifically, it damages the signalling pathways in the hypothalamus the part of the brain that regulates metabolism and appetite.

Two hormones have been recognized to have a major influence on appetite and energy balance: leptin and ghrelin. Leptin is a hormone that signals to the brain how much fat were carrying and can suppress appetite and energy intake. Ghrelin does the opposite its a fast-acting hormone that plays a role in increasing appetite. We can take a guess at how the brain of a former fat person works. Their brains are resistant to the appetite-suppressing effects of leptin and more sensitive to appetite-stimulating ghrelin. It cant tell how much fat is stored in the body and you cant trust the messages its sending you about appetite, hunger and fullness.

So what dietary factors in the typical American diet cause such damage to the brain? Its the fat and simple carbs. A fatty, high-carb diet causes alterations in structural plasticity, i.e. brain changes. The underlying mechanism involves inflammation and damage to the nerves, suggesting that our bodies were not designed to thrive on modern diets. They were designed for whole foods.

In one of my university nutrition classes, the professor asked us: What is the sweetest food found in nature? The answers ranged from honey and maple syrup to fruit. All of these, he noted, were seasonal only available for a few months or days out of the year. He then asked, What is the fattiest food? Animals were the correct answer. The final question What food found in nature is both high in fat and high in sugar? was too tough to answer. We couldnt think of a single one. Fruits are fat-free and animals are low-carb. Yet every single processed food we find in the grocery aisles are high in both sugar and fat and, oftentimes, salt. These three nutrients are highly addictive to humans simply because they were crucial for our survival in the wilderness.

Our bodies havent evolved as fast as the food market industry, who were quick to recognize that tasty food sells. In our fight against fat, it is plainly a fight between them and us. Fatty high-carb foods are too delicious, too tempting, and too plentiful for us to resist. Our own genes drive us towards overeating these foods, and once the weight creeps on, many of us turn to fat-free or low-carb foods that are marketed as weight-loss aids. Ironically, many of these diet shakes, diet bars, and diet packs are themselves highly processed foods.

Change your diet, and change it fast. In the words of Underground Wellness Sean Croxton, JERF just eat real food. Wholesome real food is not processed and has the closest macronutrient balance that our bodies were designed to digest and metabolise. While some damage to the hypothalamus may be permanent, it may be possible to reverse much of it. Whether you adopt the Paleo or the Mediterranean diet, choose a way of eating that works for you but that includes lean quality meats, seafood, plenty of vegetables, fruit, nuts, and seeds. Say goodbye to fast food and junk food and never, ever let yourself go hungry for the sake of losing weight. If youve been battling weight for a while, make sure to eat fish. Omega-3 fats are possibly the most potent anti-inflammatory agent in your diet and they also appear to modulate the negative effects of a fatty, high-carb diet. Even better news, fish oil is fantastic for memory and brain health, and can make developing Alzheimers far less likely.

Permanent weight loss takes time. Dont think for a second that losing weight Biggest Loser-style is the way to go. Many of those who dropped massive amounts of weight on the show have gained most of it back again within a year or two. You need to heal your brain. And unlike a scratch or a broken bone, healing your brain takes time. Be patient and keep it simple. Just eat real food.

Permanent weight loss does not work with inane methods of loss and maintenance. Dieting is typically viewed as an undertaking of severe vigilance on calorie intake and expenditure. Picture the dieter who is on a highly restrictive diet, denying their ability to use food for comfort or celebration, establishing a surreal marathon-type goal, and nail-biting their way through hunger and cravings. Theyve chosen suffering as their weight management method. No matter how much you want to lose weight, people arent built for long-term relentless suffering. To be successful, you need to find a way to enjoy your journey. Eat simply and avoid fatty, high-carb foods. The global obesity epidemic would reverse its course if traditional foods and eating habits (eating dinner as a family, for example), were preserved. Unfortunately, whether by choice or necessity (inaccessible, unaffordable, or unavailable food), inexpensive processed market foods have largely replaced indigenous cuisines. Theres no easy solution to curing obesity. However, despite what statistics show, permanent weight loss is not incurable. We just need to heal our brains first.

Read more:
Is Long Term Weight Loss Possible? – AskMen

Sep 23

Long-Term Weight Loss Success May Rely On Consistency …

Theres no one-size-fits-all weight loss plan, but taking on a consistent strategy to dropping pounds that can be repeated, rather than a quick approach as with crash diets, may be the key to slimming down for good.

In a new study conducted at Drexel University, psychologists investigatedwhy some people have success with weight loss programs, but others dont.

It seems that developing stable, repeatable behaviors related to food intake and weight loss early on in a weight control program is really important for maintaining changes over the long term, lead author Emily Feig, who conducted the researchas a doctoral student at Drexel, said in a statement.

The study, published in the journal Obesity, involved 183 overweight or obese adults, a majority of whom were white females living in the Philadelphia area. The researchers enrolled all of the adults into one of three different year-longweight loss programsinvolving behavioral treatment, such as setting goals for increasing physical activity and monitoring their calorie intake. One group was instructed to use two meal replacements each day during the first sixmonths and another group was told to eat less energy-dense foods while having more protein and fiber.

Each week, the participants weights were recorded. Additionally, they self-reported their attitudes and behaviors regarding cravings, emotional eating, and binge eating.

Feig and her colleagues found that those who had consistent weight loss in the first six weeks were more likely to keep off the unwanted pounds in the long-term compared to those whose weights varied each week.

This study goes even further in supporting the importance of early weight changes by showing that weekly variability in weight, above and beyond how much weight is lost, predicts weight loss maintenance up to two years later, Feig told CNN. So it seems that both success and consistency in weight loss at the beginning of a program is important for long-term success.

The findings add to priorstudies showing that the amount of weight a person loses early on in a weight loss program can predict how much they lose down the road, Feig pointed out.

The research also revealed in a twist that participants who reported lessemotional eating andbinging, and who wereless preoccupied with food at the beginning of the study, were more likely to have greater weight fluctuations and less weight loss overall. So success isn’t predicated on someone’s relationship to food so much as the early habits the dieter establishes in the beginning, the statement notes.

The study cant confirm why some peoples weights widely fluctuate during weight loss programs, but the researchers plan to further explore the topic. Still, principal investigator Michael Lowesays the findings highlight a possible strategy for maintaining weight loss.

Settle on a weight loss plan that you can maintain week in and week out, even if that means consistently losing of a pound each week, Lowe, a psychology professor at Drexel, said in thestatement.

The bottom line: Losing weight consistently, even if it’s not a lot, may be more effective then attempting to achieve long-term success from a risky crash diet.

Continue reading here:
Long-Term Weight Loss Success May Rely On Consistency …

Sep 7

What’s the Deal With Vibrating Fitness Equipment, and Does It Really Work? – Greatist

One of the latest fitness trends may shake up your routineliterally. Fitness companies are now incorporating vibration technology into their products, adding a buzzy twist to exercise equipment that targets and benefits the entire body (think: vibrating platforms that are big enough for you to stand on), as well as accessories that take a more localized approach (next-level foam rollers such as TriggerPoints GRID Vibe and Hyperices VYPER 2, which vibrate as you roll out) and even vibrating workout pants.

But with some pretty big claims out there (“Its as effective as cardio! Itll make you stronger!”), its hard to know how much of that is legit or just hype.

Developed by a Dutch Olympic trainer, the Power Plateone of the most well-known whole-body vibration (WBV) devicesis an effective way to turbocharge the exercises you already do. Chances are you’ve seen one of these in your gym but have no idea what it does or how to use it. Heres how it works: You perform free weight or bodyweight exercises while standing on a platform that vibrates 25 to 50 times per second, which triggers a reflexive response in the muscles, making them recruit more fibers to complete each action. So your muscles work harder in order to keep your body upright, explains Allison Lind Wiedman, doctor of physical therapy and sports specialist.

And while Wiedman suggests it may not fulfill your cardio component (in the same way training for a marathon might), you can perform cardio exercises (like toe taps or quick feet) on it for an added challenge. Plus, she adds, “you can strengthen in a very efficient way and work on your balance. Theres also evidence itll help improve muscle endurance and mobility.

WBV may also help muscles recover faster: Its been shown to cut back on delayed-onset muscle sorenessyep, were talking DOMSand improve range of motion, and scientists recently discovered it decreases lactate levels and increases heart rate recovery levels post-exercise. Effect of vibration treatment on symptoms associated with eccentric exercise-induced muscle damage. Lau WY, Nosaka K. American journal of physical medicine & rehabilitation, 2011, Nov.;90(8):1537-7385. Effect of whole body vibration on lactate level recovery and heart rate recovery in rest after intense exercise. Kang SR, Min JY, Yu C. Technology and health care : official journal of the European Society for Engineering and Medicine, 2017, Aug.;25(S1):1878-7401. To explain their findings, the researchers speculate the vibrations may boost the flow of oxygen, which might help flush the lactic acid that builds up after a tough workout.

More good news: WBV, together with cutting back on calories, may help with long-term weight loss and lead to a decrease in visceral fat, according to a study published in the journal Obesity Facts. Effect of long-term whole body vibration training on visceral adipose tissue: a preliminary report. Vissers D, Verrijken A, Mertens I. Obesity facts, 2010, Apr.;3(2):1662-4025. And WBV plus resistance exercise may equal more lean tissue. Whole-body vibration augments resistance training effects on body composition in postmenopausal women. Fjeldstad C, Palmer IJ, Bemben MG. Maturitas, 2009, Apr.;63(1):1873-4111. An important thing to note here is this technology seems to work best when used in tandem with other typical weight- and fat-loss techniquesmeaning its probably not going to make fat fly off your frame all by itself, but when paired with other healthy habits, it can make a difference.

One of the most surprising WBV studies suggests the technology might be as effective as exercise when it comes to losing weight and improving metabolism. (But before you ditch the gym, know this was a study performed on mice, and the scientists were quick to point out more research is needed to know whether the same results would occur in humans.)

Image: Hyperice As for localized vibration used in tools like foam rollers, its hard to say whether it would generate the same benefits as WBV, since the bulk of research focuses on the kind that targets the entire body, not one specific area. One exception? In one study (partially funded by Hyperice) out of UNC Chapel Hill, range of motion improved more in people who rolled out with a vibrating foam roller versus one without vibration, which is promising news for sure, but we’d also say more research still needs to be done.

Other than that, these tools could offer a fun and challenging update to your usual workout. Take a cue from the WBV platforms and try performing strength exercises (like some of these, for example) with a vibrating foam roller. The vibration will force you to engage extra stabilizing muscles to kick your routine up a notch.

Another class of vibrating fitness products takes the technology to a creative new level; unlike the Power Plate or vibrating foam rollers, Nadi Xs vibrating yoga pants arent designed to bring on any of the benefits above but to boost your yoga practice itself by using the vibrations to gently nudge you into moving your body into better, more correct alignment while in a pose. Imagine: a buzz along your leg as a reminder to externally rotate or root down during your practice.

While vibrating yoga pants offer a cool, innovative use of the technology, they come with a pretty hefty price tag ($199), and whether they’ll actually improve your practice or not is questionable and might depend on personal preference. Our tester, a certified yoga instructor, felt like it’d be better to use your money on a few extra yoga classes to master each pose instead.

Though there isnt a ton of research behind them, isolated vibration tools may be worth a shot to boost your recovery efforts (we’ve tested them, and anecdotal evidence suggests the vibrations deepen the pressure from the foam roller without increasing pain. Think of how that vibrating massage chair at your nail salon feels good while sometimes a deep-tissue massage feels painful). And with plenty of research to back it up, whole-body vibration gets the green light from both science and experts like Wiedman alike.

Original post:
What’s the Deal With Vibrating Fitness Equipment, and Does It Really Work? – Greatist

Sep 7

Dr. Nishant Rao Stresses the Importance of Moderate Weight Loss in the Fight Against Hypertension – Markets Insider

Jackson, MS, Sept. 04, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —

Jackson, MS – Nearly 85 million U.S. citizens have hypertension (high blood pressure). A normal blood pressure reading is 120 over 80, but high blood pressure (as a result of diet, lifestyle choices and stress) is higher than 140 over 90. Left untreated, hypertension can lead to cardiovascular problems. Dr. Nishant Rao, medical director at Diet Doc medical weight loss has lead his team to search for safe ways to effectively treat hypertension. Millions of Americans use Atenolol for hypertension, a medication that works well and has minimal side effects. He continued, The supply of this medication has suddenly decreased, leading many to try different medications with more side effects, or implement lifestyle changes to decrease the need and dependency for the medications.

The good news, is that numerous clinical trials have shown that as little as a 5-10 percent reduction in body weight can dramatically improve metabolic syndrome, type II diabetes and hypertension. Many people dont realize how little weight loss it takes to make a dramatic improvement in hypertension and then have the ability to use less drug intervention. Patients faced with the atenolol shortage can use this crossroads to lose fat efficiency, rapidly and directly improve outcomes for chronic disease. Diet Doc has created medically supervised programs which are free from all stimulants that cause hypertension, such as the commonly prescribed phentermine and other weight loss pills which are central nervous system stimulants. For an average patient weighing 180 lbs., this equates to a 9-18 lbs. weight loss to improve long term health outcomes, says Dr. Rao. This can be accomplished with rapid, medically supervised weight loss programs without the use of any stimulants. Diet Doc offers such programs via convenient, telemedicine-based doctor consultations and home shipments of safe weight loss medications that suppress appetite, control unhealthy eating habits and promote fast fat burning and regulate blood pressure levels.

With a team of doctors, nurses, nutritionists and motivational coaches, Diet Doc products help individuals lose weight fast and keep it off. Patients can get started immediately, with materials shipped directly to their home or office. They can also maintain weight loss in the long-term through weekly consultations, customized diet plans, motivational coaches and a powerful prescription program. With Diet Doc, the doctor is only a short phone call away and a fully dedicated team of qualified professionals is available 6 days per week to answer questions, address concerns and support patients.

Getting started with Diet Doc is very simple and affordable. New patients can easily visit to quickly complete a health questionnaire and schedule an immediate, free online consultation.

About the Company:

Diet Doc Weight Loss is the nation’s leader in medical, weight loss offering a full line of prescription medication, doctor, nurse and nutritional coaching support. For over a decade, Diet Doc has produced a sophisticated, doctor designed weight loss program that addresses each individual specific health need to promote fast, safe and long term weight loss.





Diet Doc Contact Information:

Providing care across the USA


San Diego, CA




A photo accompanying this announcement is available at

Here is the original post:
Dr. Nishant Rao Stresses the Importance of Moderate Weight Loss in the Fight Against Hypertension – Markets Insider

Sep 7

ASU fitness expert says new study underscores tricky nature of weight loss – Arizona State University

September 6, 2017

The more you exercise, the more those pounds should just melt off, right?

Not always this according to a recent exercise study out of the United Kingdom.

Conducted by scientists from Loughborough University in Britain, the study concludes that exercise as a weight-loss strategy is tricky, complex and not as relational as one might think.

To provide a deeper understanding of the nature of weight loss, ASU Now turned to Glenn A. Gaesser, an Arizona State University professor of exercise and health promotion in the College of Health Solutions.

Glenn A. Gaesser

Question: A recently published by the Journal of Endocrinology shows that exercise isnt always a foolproof weight-loss strategy in large part because exercise makes you hungrier and many people wind up consuming more calories than they normally would. What is your philosophy?

Answer: This was a short-term study, only looking at a few hours after exercise. The real issue is what happens long-term. Most studies show that weight loss from exercise training of any type is far less than what is expected on the basis of the cumulative calories burned during all exercise sessions combined.

This is because the human body tends to defend its set-point weight, much the same way a thermostat is designed to maintain a set temperature. This involves a number of physiological and hormonal responses that essentially prevent chronic exercise from reducing body weight to unhealthy levels. The same is true when people diet.

Adaptive thermogenesis prevents most people from losing weight and/or maintaining weight loss. Set-point is an individual thing, determined largely by genes but also environment. It also tends to increase with age.

Q: How do different types of exercise affect appetite?

A: This is a tough one. Higher-intensity exercise (think sprint-type interval exercise) typically suppresses appetite at least initially. But the real issue is, as I mentioned earlier, what happens in the long term? Eventually, hunger comes back and we eat. That is why virtually every study that has been published on exercise training and weight loss shows minimal effects.

Q: Are there any good non-exercise habits or methods that blunt appetite?

A: Good luck with that one. Trying to blunt appetite is essentially trying to battle biology, and biology inevitably wins. For individuals trying to lose some weight via exercise, I would suggest assessing progress fairly frequently with the scale and making adjustments accordingly.

We also published an article in the New York Times a couple of years ago showing that weight loss early on during an exercise program was also a significant predictor of weight (and fat) loss at the end of the exercise program.

Q: Ive heard that chocolate milk is the best thing to have after a workout. True or false?

A: Chocolate milk is fine I love it. Its got carbs and protein, but not necessarily the best. The overall 24-hour dietary intake is far more important than what you eat right after a workout.

Top photo courtesy of Pixabay

See the original post:
ASU fitness expert says new study underscores tricky nature of weight loss – Arizona State University

Sep 6

MARLAY — Why you should rethink use of artificial sweeteners –

With the average soda containing around 150 calories, it might seem that replacing those sugar calories with a zero-calorie artificial sweetener would promote weight loss. But several studies show that this just doesnt happen. Why?

If you think switching to drinks and foods sweetened with zero- or low-calorie sugar substitutes will help you lose weight, think again.

Thats the message from a study published in the July 2017 Journal of Canadian Medical Association. The researchers found that using artificial sweeteners did not result in weight loss. In fact, the study found that compared to people who do not routinely use artificial sweeteners, those who do gained more weight, had a larger waistline and higher incidence of hypertension, metabolic syndrome, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

The 2008 San Antonio Heart Study found that people who drank 21 or more artificially sweetened beverages a week were twice as likely to be either overweight or obese as those who drank one or less per week.

The use of artificial sweeteners is more widespread than ever. There are six no-calorie artificial sweeteners currently approved for use by the FDA. All of these are approved for safety when used in moderation. They include acesulfame potassium (Sweet One), aspartame (Equal), saccharin (Sweet N Low), sucralose (Splenda), neotame and advantame.

Additionally, stevia and monk fruit extract have been given GRAS (generally recognized as safe) status. Sugar alcohols, such as xylitol and sorbitol, are low-calorie sweeteners.

Since 1999, there has been a 200-percent increase in Americans use of artificial sweeteners. According to the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 25 percent of children and more than 40 percent of adults consume artificial sweeteners on a daily basis.

With the average soda containing around 150 calories, it might seem that replacing those sugar calories with a zero-calorie artificial sweetener would promote weight loss. But several studies show that this just doesnt happen. Why? Following are some theories.

We may replace those calories with other sweets. I had a diet soda with lunch, so I can have dessert.

Artificial sweeteners may change how we taste foods. These sweeteners are several-hundred-times sweeter than sugar. This may over-stimulate our sugar receptors. As a result, naturally sweet foods, such as fruit, might taste less sweet to us and foods that are not sweet, such as vegetables, might taste bitter and unpalatable.

Artificial sweeteners may prevent the body from associating sweetness with calories, which might cause us to crave more sweets.

Artificial sweeteners may alter our gut bacteria leading to glucose intolerance a risk factor for diabetes and obesity.

Artificial sweeteners are some of the most studied ingredients in our food supply. The American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association both approve the use of artificial sweeteners in place of sugar to combat obesity, metabolic syndrome and diabetes. The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee assessed the use of low-calorie sweeteners and found that replacing sugar with artificial sweeteners could reduce calories in the short-term but may not be effective for long-term weight loss.

The concern I have is that even if you avoid artificially sweetened beverages, you probably consume these sweeteners more than you know. Kids, especially, are at risk with their smaller bodies and the overabundance of artificial sweeteners in many commonly consumed foods. Most flavored waters and more than a third of yogurts contain artificial sweeteners. Many products marketed as light or no sugar added contain artificial sweeteners. Following are examples of products that contain artificial sweeteners.

Whole grain breads and English muffins containing a combination of sugar and sucralose

Pedialyte, which uses sucralose and acesulfame potassium

Microwave kettle corn sweetened with sucralose

Hot cocoa mixes with a mixture of sugar, corn syrup and sucralose

Reduced-sugar ketchup with sucralose

No-added-sugar fruit cups containing monk fruit extract

Flavored waters sweetened with sucralose

Natural low-calorie sweeteners, such as stevia, monk fruit extract and sorbitol, may or may not be better. They are relatively new and few studies have assessed them.

No one knows the long-term effect of consuming large amounts of multiple artificial sweeteners on a daily basis. Using artificial sweeteners as an excuse to keep eating sweet foods is not the answer to a healthy diet. With no clear evidence showing a benefit to using artificial sweeteners, I cant help but wonder if the potential for harm is worth a few saved calories.

Read the original post:
MARLAY — Why you should rethink use of artificial sweeteners –

Sep 6

Dual studies suggest high-fat, low-carb diet improves memory and lifespan – New Atlas

Are carbs the new fat? For much of the second half of the 20th century, doctors constantly suggested we avoid high-fat foods, but more recently a new target for our dietary scorn has emerged: carbohydrates. Two new companion studies are suggesting a ketogenic diet high fat, low protein, and low carbohydrates could enhance memory, improve physical strength and extend lifespan.

Whether you want to call it the Atkin’s Diet, Paleo or simply “Keto,” there have been plenty of variations on this way of eating. While some diets suggest no carbohydrates or sugars, many are underwritten by the same theory. The idea is that by severely restricting the body’s intake of carbohydrates, a state known as ketosis is entered into. This forces the body to burn stored fats as fuel instead of carbohydrates.

A ketogenic diet certainly does result in weight loss, at least in the short term, but the long-term health effects of this kind of eating have long been cause for controversy among scientists.

A recent large-scale observational study published in The Lancet concluded that a high-carb diet was more dangerous to a person’s health than a high-fat diet. The results made headlines around the world, but not all scientists were convinced. Criticisms of the study included a lack of clarity in regards to what types of carbohydrates were being recorded (processed sugars versus whole grains, for example) and a noting of the extreme levels of carbohydrate intake that the study used to constitute a “high-carb diet.”

These two new companion studies have examined the long-term effects of a ketogenic diet on mice. The results are certainly fascinating, albeit nothing close to definitive.

Over at the University of California, Davis, the mice were split up into three groups: a high-carb diet, a low-carb/high-fat diet, and a ketogenic diet. The researchers made sure the calorie count of each diet was exactly the same in order to focus just on the metabolic effects.

“We expected some differences, but I was impressed by the magnitude we observed a 13 percent increase in median life span for the mice on a high-fat versus high-carb diet,” says senior author Jon Ramsey. “In humans, that would be seven to 10 years. But equally important, those mice retained quality of health in later life.”

The mice on the ketogenic diet also displayed increased motor function and a reduced incidence of tumors.

The second study, conducted by the Buck Institute for Research on Aging in California, was constructed with a similar three-group design. This study found no extension to overall lifespan in the ketogenic-fed mice, but they did display a lower risk of dying between the ages of one and two years old.

The most interesting effects seen in the Buck study came in the cognitive tests. The mice fed a ketogenic diet displayed no age-related decline on memory tests, performing just as well in old age as they did in middle age. The ketogenic mice also displayed more exploratory behavior than the other diet groups.

“We were careful to have all of the mice eating a normal diet during the actual memory testing which suggests the effects of the ketogenic diet were lasting,” says lead scientist on the study, John Newman. “Something changed in the brains of these mice to make them more resilient to the effects of age.”

While the team at the Buck Institute is cautious to note that these results shouldn’t necessarily be mirrored in humans, the UC Davis researchers more explicitly suggest their results can be.

“In this case, many of the things we’re looking at aren’t much different from humans,” says Ramsay of the UC, Davis research. “This study indicates that a ketogenic diet can have a major impact on life and health span without major weight loss or restriction of intake. It also opens a new avenue for possible dietary interventions that have an impact on aging.”

Undoubtedly, this recent wave of pro-low-carb and ketogenic diet research will spur a new interest in the dietary phenomenon, but the long-term health effects in humans are still not clear.

A healthy human diet involves more than simple generalizations. Does this high-fat/low-carb plan address salt intake? Is anyone removing carbs from their diet still getting the necessary nutrients they would otherwise get from more complex carbohydrates like whole grains?

Eric Verdin, President of the Buck Institute, suggests the best outcomes from this research are the new therapies that can be developed. Understanding how ketones interact with our cognitive faculties for example, will help target new opportunities for anti-aging therapies. The Buck Institute is also currently looking at how a ketogenic diet affects mice with Alzheimer’s disease.

In the meantime, Verdin suggests we think about exercising more if we are excited by this ketogenic research. “Exercise also creates ketone bodies that may be one of the mechanisms why it shows such protective effects on brain function and on healthspan and lifespan,” he says.

The Buck Institute study was published in the journal Cell Metabolism, while the UC, Davis study was published in the journal Cell Metabolism.

The rest is here:
Dual studies suggest high-fat, low-carb diet improves memory and lifespan – New Atlas

Page 3«..2345..1020..»