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|6/5/2013 - With celeb Dr. Oz advocating its use, Garcinia Cambogia (also known as Malabar tamarind, gambooge and brindleberry), has gained notoriety as a fast-acting and cheap fat buster that both suppresses appetite and prevents fat from being made. For generations, this fruit found in India, Southeast Asia and...|
|5/28/2013 - Much has been made of the amazing power of probiotics in not only boosting the digestive and immune systems but in whole-body health. Now it appears that those symbiotic, friendly little bacteria have the ability to help us lose fat, particularly from the abdominal region. They do this by regulating...|
|5/21/2013 - Older people and those with conditions affecting their bones often believe that exercise is unsafe. However, exercise is known to reduce symptoms and even reverse some musculoskeletal issues. Older adults and people with frail bones caused by osteoporosis or aging-related loss of bone density can follow...|
|4/23/2013 - Although everyone likes to walk out of a room knowing anyone watching them will see a tight derriere, strong buttock muscles are actually important to your health. Toning exercises for the glutes give you a nice butt, but they also help to improve your balance, ease of movement, and endurance. The glutes...|
|3/22/2013 - Virtually all western cultures are presently fighting an obesity epidemic, as processed convenience foods dominate total calories consumed. Homemade meals that include fresh vegetables, fruits and lean protein sources have become a rare event over the past half century, placing the health of millions...|
|3/20/2013 - Obesity and weight loss have become major issues again. This time, the focus is more on health than appearance. The weight loss era of fad diets encouraging artificial sweeteners and margarine while discouraging healthy fats is dwindling.
The more visceral fat you have surrounding your abdominal...|
|3/17/2013 - Most U.S. parents can't tell when their children are overweight or obese, according to a nationally representative survey conducted by researchers from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), and Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH).
The poll was designed to explore parents' perceptions...|
|3/14/2013 - Folks now have another tool in their arsenal to help them lose weight, and it's omega-3 fatty acids, according to the results of a new study conducted in Australia.
Researchers at the University of South Australia took a group of 75 people who were diagnosed as being either overweight or obese and...|
|3/5/2013 - While both aerobic exercise and resistance training will improve your overall health, only aerobic exercise is actually helpful in producing weight loss, according to a study conducted by researchers from Duke University and East Carolina University, and published in the Journal of Applied Physiology.
|3/5/2013 - If you're a mother-to-be and you happen to enjoy a couple cups of coffee in the morning, you may be undercutting your baby's birth weight.
That's the conclusion by researchers who have conducted a decade-long study of nearly 60,000 women in Norway - expectant mothers who drink two cups of coffee...|
|2/27/2013 - Can you train your will to exercise greater self-control? Is will power a factor in weight loss? Are these questions not obvious enough?
A new study at The Miriam Hospital's Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center suggests the will can be trained. Participants who were identified as experiencing...|
|2/23/2013 - A new breakfast drink came on the market this year to meet a demand of people who want caffeine in the morning, but not from coffee or tea. Created by a major soft drink manufacturer; it contains caffeine, sugar, artificial sweeteners a few vitamins and a little (five percent) juice. At 16 ounces, it...|
|2/22/2013 - Women who regularly open the windows of their homes while pregnant are significantly less likely to have premature and low birth weight infants, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Southern California and published in the American Journal of Public Health.
|2/6/2013 - In trying to gain or maintain a healthy weight, how much you eat may actually matter less than the timing of your meals, according to a surprising study conducted by researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital, Tufts University, the University of Murcia, and published in the International Journal...|
|2/5/2013 - Here, I'm laying out my best wisdom on weight loss, weight management and how to make it a reality in your life. I've been through this myself, having gone from borderline obese to active and athletic. The only time I've put on weight since then is when I departed from my own advice that you'll see...|
|2/4/2013 - Excess weight, especially around the midsection, is dangerous for your health. Belly fat increases your risk of stroke, heart attack and a muffin top. Thankfully, there is a better way to shed pounds than spending hours sweating over cardio equipment. Tabata cardio workouts are short, effective and...|
|2/1/2013 - Good news for all those people who feel like they suffer from a lack of willpower and self-control: according to a study conducted by researchers at The Miriam Hospital's Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center and published in the journal Obesity Research and Clinical Practice, it is possible to...|
|1/27/2013 - A major soft drink manufacturer is now set to run big ads explaining that weight gain, and more specifically our obesity epidemic, is due to consuming too many calories over all and not to drinking too many sugar sweetened beverages. While this sounds logical, in fact it is not supported by studies...|
|1/24/2013 - Can you name the two worst foods on the planet? I'm talking about the kind of food that causes obesity and accelerated aging. Not to mention - the long list of degenerative diseases like, heart disease and cancer - since its invention. Have you guessed it yet? (keep reading for the answer - below)
|1/22/2013 - When combined with guided interventions, the social networking site Twitter can be a powerful tool for promoting weight loss, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of South Carolina and published in the journal Translational Behavioral Medicine.
The researchers found that...|
|1/17/2013 - A new study out of Heidelberg University shows that the liver is the organ that controls severe weight loss and muscle wasting (called cachexia), due to cancer. "Doctors used to believe that cancer re-programs metabolism focusing all energy into tumor growth," says Prof. Dr. Stephan Herzig, of the German...|
|1/16/2013 - The case against gluten seems to have been closed with recent research from a Brazilian research team that published a report in the January 2013 Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry. It seems to have put an exclamation point on the wheat belly controversy.
Lacking scientific data confirming the mechanics...|
|1/9/2013 - With more than one-third of the U.S. adult population now clinically obese, and roughly half of the overall population veering into overweight territory, there is no better time than the present to begin taking a serious inventory of your diet to see how it might be affecting your own figure. And if...|
|1/7/2013 - As challenging as it might sometimes seem, shedding those excess pounds and keeping them off is not an impossible task. For many overweight and obese people, simply making a few basic dietary changes is enough to achieve dramatic weight loss results that will actually last for the long haul. Here are...|
|12/30/2012 - Don't be weighed down by heavy meals and sugary treats this holiday season. Instead, try a bitter aperitif to help reduce indigestion, nausea, extra pounds and much more. Designed to improve digestion and detoxify the body, herbal bitters ease the complaints of poor food choices. But bitters are not...|
|12/19/2012 - The indulgence of thanksgiving has come and gone. But that probably amounts to one major gathering and one big meal, perhaps with leftovers that soon become boring. Now comes the real challenge for eating healthy and not putting on extra pounds.
This is the season to be jolly, and indulge in all...|
|12/17/2012 - Researchers in Sweden believe they have found a way to help low birth weight newborns: iron supplementation.
According to scientists from Umea University, the largest in northern Scandinavia, supplemental iron could boost brain development and help prevent behavioral problems in babies who are a...|
|12/14/2012 - A mobile app designed by health researchers was successful in helping people lose significantly more weight than they were able to lose without it, according to a study conducted by researchers from Northwestern Medicine and published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Just as importantly, users...|
|12/14/2012 - Most women do not know how much weight they are supposed to gain during pregnancy, according to a study published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
"Pregnancy is an important time that influences being overweight in both mothers and their babies," said researcher...|
|12/2/2012 9:20:17 PM - Most of us think if we blow-off breakfast we'll lose weight. How would you like to lose 30 pounds within a year?
Let's face it, losing weight isn't easy. But keeping it off is way harder. The people that study weight dilemmas say it can be done with little effort.
Reports say that one in five...|
|12/2/2012 - Pasta is a forbidden food on many low-carb diets due to its high starch content. Not only do starches cause weight gain; as they digest, they also cause spikes in blood sugar. Choosing the type of pasta and what toppings to add can actually help you lose weight and lower your blood sugar. Anti-obesity...|
|11/22/2012 5:54:42 PM - Obesity is not merely a cosmetic problem, but a severe threat to health and longevity. That old saying, "The longer the belt, the shorter the life," is entirely accurate.
Associated with obesity are diabetes and heart disease among others. This can be confirmed by Googling or Yahooing, "Could Sulfur...|
|10/18/2012 - The consumer advocacy organization Environmental Working Group (EWG) has put out a new paper that estimates the average person's yearly consumption of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs). And based on the figures, which EWG admits are very likely understated, the average person consumes more than...|
|10/16/2012 - It will come as no surprise to health-minded individuals that compounds from natural fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds directly alter genetic expression to promote health and prevent many chronic diseases. A number of prior studies have extolled the many virtues of eating an apple each day to prevent...|
|10/7/2012 6:58:34 PM - First and foremost I need to rectify something. In my previous article about reversing acne I presented some information on how to make drinking water safe from chlorine and fluoride. I was half right and half wrong. What I said works for chlorine but not for fluoride and I humbly apologize. For fluoride...|
|10/6/2012 - Individuals who struggled with obesity as children are about 50 percent more likely to develop certain forms of cancer as adults compared to those who were of a normal weight as children. These are the findings of a new study published in the journals Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention and...|
|9/20/2012 - We all understand the importance of sleeping seven to nine hours each night to allow for adequate cellular housekeeping, as the body metabolizes and synthesizes enzymes and proteins that are critical to our survival. In the past, a sound sleep has been shown to lower incidence of heart disease, diabetes...|
|9/6/2012 - With obesity reaching epidemic proportions, new ways to slim down are in demand. Instead of fad diets and strange drinks, try natural green tea and probiotics. Both are found to be exceptionally effective in helping individuals shed extra pounds and maintain healthful weight.
Several studies have...|
|9/3/2012 - As obesity rates continue to soar among all age groups in the U.S. and most other countries, the incidence of chronic diseases spawned by excess abdominal fat follows on a parallel course. Medical scientists have repeatedly confirmed that risk for heart disease, diabetes, stroke, cancer and dementia...|
|8/30/2012 - The amount of research on low-carbohydrate diets have skyrocketed the last couple of years; mostly due to the increased popularity of carbohydrate restriction and the "overwhelming" amounts of anecdotal reports from people following these types of diets. Individuals who adhere to a low-carbohydrate...|
|8/29/2012 - Increase energy, lose weight, feel happier and eliminate depression by raising the levels of the brain neurotransmitter dopamine with simple dietary changes.
Dopamine is naturally produced by the brain and controls the body's movements, stimulates metabolism and proper body weight, supports the circulatory...|
|8/25/2012 - Eating foods cooked with dry heat could be making you fat, inflamed, diabetic, and cancer-prone. These are the suggested findings of a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which outlines how exposure to methylglyoxal (MG), a chemical byproduct of certain...|
|8/23/2012 - Fructose is the sugar in fruit, vegetables, grains and honey. It is also used as a popular sweetener in prepared foods including and perhaps especially in soft drinks in the form of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). According to a 2004 article in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, HFCS makes...|
|8/22/2012 - Obesity is a leading health problem in the U.S. with nearly two thirds of all adults either being obese or overweight. In an effort to profit from this crisis, two new weight loss therapies "Qysmia" (formerly known as Qnexa) produced by Vivus Pharmaceuticals and "Belviq" (Lorcaserin) manufactured by...|
|8/9/2012 - The brain regulates our energy intake and expenditure through a process called energy homeostasis. The common belief is that this homeostasis is somehow maladapted and doesn't prevent overeating and weight gain. Thereby, constant voluntary caloric restriction is often recommended to maintain or lose...|
|8/6/2012 - It's well established that obesity is characterized by low-level chronic inflammation. Several theories as to how this inflammation occurs have been proposed, but dietary choices seem to be the most important factor involved. It's increasingly recognized that regular consumption of certain foods leads...|
|8/1/2012 - Kettlebell training was first used during the 1700s, and is today experiencing increased attention as an effective and fun part of a training program. When used correctly, kettlebell exercises build strength and endurance and can be used as part of a weight loss program or when trying to improve back...|
|8/1/2012 - Psyllium husk is an amazing shrub-like herb that is most commonly found in India. It possesses a plethora of health benefits and has proven effective in treating irritable bowel syndrome, colon caner, constipation, diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity, ulcerative colitis and atherosclerosis among various...|
|7/30/2012 - Recent research has scientists concerned that popular dietary recommendations for weight loss may be placing individuals at an increased risk for diabetes-related conditions.
A team from the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center Boston Children's Hospital investigated the impacts of the...|
|7/30/2012 - Studies show that people eating "ancestral diets" maintain excellent health and low body fat. Some of these healthy societies have a high carbohydrate intake while others get the majority of their calories from fat. Typically, people living closer to equator have usually gotten more of their energy...|
|7/11/2012 - You have no doubt heard about the obesity epidemic among humans, but believe it or not, the animal kingdom is also battling the bulge, and what's more, veterinarians and researchers see lots of similarities between the species that could lead to better outcomes for both man and beast.
For some time...|
|7/10/2012 - New vaccinations against obesity that could allow obese patients to eat as much junk food as they like and still lose weight are in development. As reported in the Journal Of Animal Science and Biotechnology, a research team led by Dr. Keith Haffer, of US firm Braasch Biotech, and Mariana Monteiro from...|
|7/8/2012 - Overweight and obesity continue to plague a majority of men, women and children alike, placing them at considerable risk for heart disease, diabetes and fatty liver disease as a result of chronic metabolic dysfunction. Alternative health practitioners understand that the problem is the result of much...|
|7/6/2012 - On June 27, 2012 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved lorcaserin hydrochloride, a weight-loss pill, for sale in the United States. A pharmaceutical drug allegedly designed to curb appetite signals to brain receptors in the hypothalamus that promote satiety. Rejected in 2010 for causing...|
|7/4/2012 - The extraordinary discovery of the Higgs boson particle, long sought after in the physics community to help explain the "Standard Model" of physical reality, took the world by storm today. Achieving a 5-sigma level of statistical significance, the supercollider data show with almost complete certainty...|
|7/3/2012 - You have no doubt heard that excess fat, corn syrup, sugary drinks and high-fructose, high-starch diets will boost your beltline and add pounds to your physique. Well, according to a recent study, if you're a woman there's another way to tilt your scales: Just remain vitamin D deficient.
|6/29/2012 - Obese and lean individuals have different gut flora composition. The gut microbiota of mice and humans are similar, with Firmicutes and Bacteroidetes dominating. At this point it's not clear exactly which species are important in weight management. Some studies show reduced numbers of Bacteroidetes...|
|6/28/2012 - Weight... too much of it... affects nearly 70% of adults and 15% of children in the United States. At the same time, obesity rates continue to climb causing an epidemic which, according to a recent study actually threatens the world food supply. While there are many explanations for this phenomenon,...|
|6/3/2012 - OK, I give up. I admit it, the only books that people are buying are weight loss books. So in order to get the message about magnesium across to the masses, I present you with The Magnesium Weight Loss Cure.
I just read Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight and I agree with my friend, magnesium...|
|4/28/2012 - In the United States lots of us are over weight, including nearly two-thirds of adults and one-third of children. The Brookings Institution estimates this epidemic costs our economy nearly $215 billion every year, a figure which includes costs of medical care as well as lost productivity. While eating...|
|4/15/2012 - Consumption of nuts has been largely maligned by mainstream health professionals and the media for decades due to the high calorie and fat content. As we enter an era of enlightened understanding about the role of dietary fats and macronutrients in the promotion or degradation of health and weight management,...|
|4/5/2012 - Easy access to convenient food without the hassle of preparation may well be the reason of the rising obesity trend. The ubiquity of fast food restaurants offering instant tasty meals with sweetened carbonated drinks and other high calorie snacks have encouraged abnormal eating patterns for all hours...|
|3/29/2012 - Join Mental Health Exposed with expert weight loss guest and biology researcher, Jon Gabriel. This episode is a tour de force into the most psychologically sophisticated weight loss strategies known today.
Jon Gabriel is author of The Gabriel Method, which is a powerful methodology of weight loss,...|
|3/21/2012 - The issue of weight is a prevalent source of discontent especially in western cultures. It seems that we havewoken upand realized that weight control is about much more than keeping up appearances. Obesity rates have skyrocketed along with the associated adverse health conditions. Each year more and...|
|3/17/2012 - The anabolic diet and carb cycling program are similar eating plans that naturally burn fat and spare muscle. The main concern for athletes and weightlifters when dieting is that the reduction of calories could cause a loss of muscle because the body needs calories to maintain muscle mass. Both of these...|
|3/10/2012 - The pharmaceutical industry is poised to begin churning out a slew of new diet drugs within the next few years that are sure to come with some very serious side effects, and that may not even work in the first place. But if you are an overweight or obese individual looking for solutions to your weight...|
|3/10/2012 - Below are three little known mind/body systems that contribute to high stress, weight gain and the inability to lose weight. Chances are you haven't heard of at least one of them, yet they affect your life on every level. When you understand how these systems operate, you can work with them and reverse...|
|3/7/2012 - For women marching through middle age, belly fat seems a fact of life. However, recent studies on belly fat have revealed that belly fat may no longer be common only among women in their 50's. Certain factors like stress and a sedentary lifestyle have resulted in a rise in obesity and a growing concern...|
|2/26/2012 - Artificially sweetened drinks are often promoted as healthy alternatives for weight loss and diabetes because they are low in calories and don't contain sugar. However, there is plenty of evidence to suggest that these diet sodas are harmful to human health. According to Sharon Fowler, MPH, an authority...|
|2/26/2012 - Who doesn't want flat abs? People desperate to lose weight will willingly starve themselves, take expensive supplements or do the latest fad diet that promises to give them that flawless figure in 30 days. Thankfully, belly fat is metabolically active and easier to lose. However, if proper nutrition...|
|2/24/2012 - People think of dieting as a quick fix. Pictures of well-toned bodies are sold for the idea that one can have well-toned abs or a sexy body by simply buying this gadget or this supplement meant to speed up the metabolism.
In a nutshell, there are no specific foods or exercises that when used alone...|
|2/17/2012 - Suppressing the appetite is a key way to achieve weight loss. People are less likely to eat more than they should when their appetite is low. Studies show that natural supplements with extracts from artichokes, beans and vinegar may act as hunger suppressants.
Weight lossSupplements containing artichoke...|
|1/30/2012 - At the start of every new year, many people like to make a resolution or two. Often this revolves around their weight, having over-indulged during the holiday period. So they start at a gym or engage in a weight loss program or buy a book on dieting. Often this commitment lasts only a short time, for...|
|1/25/2012 12:01:21 AM - Out of all the weight loss programs that exist, very few are as simple and obvious as a raw food diet. People often forget about the calories that get padded on to foods through basic cooking techniques. Between oil and butter, as well as the general frying and baking process, a meal can have up to...|
|1/18/2012 - Conventional wisdom about weight loss suggests coffee may be a good addition to a diet plan since it has minimal calories and no fat. While this seems logical, a more holistic view evaluates coffee from the perspective of its influence on the body's ability to metabolize the other food we eat. Recent...|
|1/10/2012 1:58:23 PM - Snacking is almost universally viewed as bad for health, primarily because snacks are associated with convenience foods like chips, popcorn and soda. The last thing many of us imagine is that snacks can not only be healthy, but also supportive of weight loss regimes. In fact, some scientists now believe...|
|12/20/2011 3:00:35 PM - A team of scientists at the Faculty of Life Sciences (LIFE) at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark has discovered evidence that seaweed fibers have a high corrective impact on obesity.
Dietary fibers increase health statusPrevious studies have already established the benefits of natural fiber intake....|
|12/9/2011 - Many lifestyle factors are associated with the development of the memory-robbing form of dementia known as Alzheimer's disease. Smoking, diet, lack of exercise and poor B-vitamin status all contribute to the sixth most prevalent cause of death each year in the US. Past studies have shown that excess...|
|11/15/2011 - Green tea (and its less refined cousin, white tea) has been a part of the ancient Chinese tradition for countless generations, in large part due to its rich endowment of bioactive catechins. Many studies over the past decade have shown that green tea is a powerful tool to improve metabolism in a way...|
|11/11/2011 - Two supplement companies and the man in charge of operating both of them are the subjects of a lawsuit that was recently settled by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Food Safety News reports that the FTC imposed a $22.5 million judgment against David J. Romeo of Nutraceuticals International LLC...|
|11/9/2011 - Pop culture is full of dietary advice, usually focused on short-term weight loss. Often the emphasis on calories and fat content in food causes people to eat unhealthy to lose weight. The same as they did to gain the extra pounds in the first place. They simply replace one type of unhealthy food habit...|
|11/3/2011 - What if you were eating right and following the advice of all your doctors to eat more "healthy grains" but continued to gain weight with worsening blood work? Millions of Americans continue to follow the diet backed by the ADA (American Diabetes Association), AHA (American Heart Association) and many...|
|10/25/2011 - Reporting in the research journal Obesity, researchers continue to mount crucial evidence to support green tea as an agent in the war against overweight and obesity. Green tea (and its less refined cousin, white tea) is shown to slow weight gain and may be a key tool in the obesity epidemic impacting...|
|10/14/2011 - For the first time in over three years, the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index poll has found that there are now more "normal weight" Americans than there are "overweight" Americans, which may signify a positive trend towards a national slimming down. However, more than 61 percent of Americans are still...|
|10/1/2011 - Vinegar is a traditional folk remedy long valued for its many health benefits. Recent research shows at least three ways in which the traditional healers were on the right track at least when it comes to weight loss. A 2006 review article in the "Medscape Journal of Medicine" concludes vinegar may have...|
|8/15/2011 - Breastfeeding has long been known to be one of the most important ways mothers can protect the health of their baby. According to the American College of Pediatrics, breastfeeding slashes the rate of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) during the first year of life and it also reduces the risk of type...|
|8/13/2011 - Many people these days think they have to follow the latest fad diet in order to lose a lot of weight in a hurry. The hard truth is that there is actually no fast fix for weight loss. It is a gradual process that involves a will to change one's lifestyle and habits. Walking is one of the safest, most...|
|8/6/2011 - If you want to avoid developing type-2 diabetes, you may need to do more than eat better and lose weight. New research published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism reveals that building and maintaining healthy muscle mass is also important in diabetes prevention, as high muscle...|
|7/29/2011 - Olestra, a synthetic fat substitute, may contribute to weight gain. In a study published in the June 20, 2011 edition of Behavioral Neuroscience researchers from Purdue University report that rats fed both low-calorie, olestra potato chips and high-calorie, high-fat (HF) regular chips gain more weight...|
|7/24/2011 - Contrary to popular belief, diet soda and other foods and beverages made with artificial sweeteners like aspartame are not healthy, and they do not bring about weight loss.
A landmark new study out of Texas confirms this, having found that not only do diet sodas not help with weight loss, but they...|
|7/24/2011 - Many health-conscious individuals understand that the key to optimal health and well-maintained body weight is achieved by adherence to a reduced carbohydrate diet. Extensive scientific evidence now exists to show that elimination of refined carbs, wheat products and sugar help the body to properly...|
|7/20/2011 - With today's culture beginning to embrace healthy living, many individuals are looking for natural, organic solutions to their health issues instead of relying upon chemicals and medications. One of the largest health problems facing the United States today is obesity, so naturally, individuals are...|
|7/14/2011 - Trying to lose weight by eating foods with imitation fat substitutes and artificial sweeteners can actually be a cause of weight gain, according to a new study published online in the American Psychological Association (APA) journal Behavioral Neuroscience. According to researchers from Purdue University...|
|7/8/2011 - It is commonly thought, even in some medical circles, that the caloric content of foods is the key factor to consider in the quest for weight loss. Although caloric count is important, new research suggests that the quality of food should be the preeminent consideration. The study's authors contend...|
|5/25/2011 - Those who try to lose weight by monitoring calories and increasing exercise may now have another weapon in their obesity-fighting arsenal -- a good night's sleep. A new European study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition augments existing evidence that sleep deprivation can lead to...|
|5/25/2011 - A wealth of new scientific evidence shines a critical light on the importance of natural foods and nutritional compounds in the fight against overweight, obesity and weight maintenance. Virtually all alternative health experts agree, the current epidemic of weight control issues plaguing western society...|
|5/6/2011 - Researchers from the American Academy of Neurology publishing in the journal Neurology have released the result of a study showing that being overweight or obese in midlife significantly increases the risk of developing certain forms of dementia, including Alzheimer`s disease, as we age. Worldwide this...|
|5/5/2011 - Melatonin is a powerful natural hormone that is well known for its association with circadian rhythms that promote a healthful sleep cycle. Researchers from the University of Granada reporting in the Journal of Pineal Research have found that melatonin helps to control unnatural weight gain without...|
|4/30/2011 - Multiple nutritional studies have demonstrated that blueberries exert a powerful cardio-protective effect due to the high concentration of polyphenols found in the berry. Researchers from the Texas Woman`s University examined the role this amazing fruit plays in the initial development of fat cells...|
|4/20/2011 - A large reduction in weight may result in sagging skin. Conventional treatments such as surgery to remove excess skin are drastic and harsh. A more natural approach combining massage with aromatherapy oils can improve blood flow and help skin elasticity.
The human body is designed to cope with enormous...|
|4/20/2011 - Compelling evidence presented in the journal Nutrition Research makes the irrefutable connection among green tea consumption, lowered body weight and reduced levels of dangerous belly fat. Drinking between 5 and 8 cups of green tea each day was shown to lower body weight by 5.6% and to decrease abdominal...|
|4/14/2011 - Most people go on diets with the sole purpose of losing the extra pounds they have put on over the years. Many are successful in their quest but around half end up either putting it all back on or gaining even more. This can have health consequences such as doubling the risk of death through heart disease,...|
|4/11/2011 - A recent study from Pennsylvania State University utilized hidden ingredients in recipes, aimed at lowering calorie content, and evaluated participants' responses to the hidden ingredients. Researchers used hidden pureed vegetables to decrease calorie content in meals in order to determine if participants...|
|2/25/2011 - It is easier to avoid gaining weight than to lose it, especially during certain times of the year, when even the best intentions are quickly replaced by phrases like just one taste. If only our sampling ended there! But as most of us know from experience, willpower is seldom enough to survive the season...|
|2/18/2011 - Figs are originally native to the Middle East and were one of the earliest fruits to be cultivated. Turkey and Greece are currently the world's main suppliers, with California being the third most important provider of this wonderful fruit. Figs are a member of the mulberry family. They are often more...|
|2/15/2011 - A new study published in the Journal of Nutrition indicates that overweight and obese individuals might benefit from testing their vitamin D levels. Low levels of this vitamin may indicate health issues and might be linked to heart disease, diabetes, and even some kinds of cancer. Maintaining optimum...|
|2/10/2011 - Over the last several months, the LA Times website and other mainstream media outlets have been running ads featuring text with messages like, "1 Trick of a Tiny Belly: Cut down a bit of your belly every day using this 1 weird old tip."
A Consumer Wellness Center investigation (www.ConsumerWellness.com)...|
|2/2/2011 - Studies have shown that cinnamon, the common kitchen spice frequently sprinkled on breakfast oatmeal and included in sweet potato pie, lowers blood glucose levels. Along with the benefits that it brings to this area, additional testing and folklore say that cinnamon also has fat-burning properties that...|
|1/25/2011 - It is no secret that our society struggles with weight loss resistance. Researchers at John Hopkins University estimate that by the year 2015 over 75% of Americans will be overweight with a staggering 41% being obese. Many people claim the country's propensity to overeat and indulge on junk food on...|
|1/24/2011 - It seems like half the world is trying to lose weight right now, and many are restricting calories and hitting the gym. While these aren't bad options for either health or weight loss, they aren't the fastest or most effective ways to lose weight either. The hands down fastest and most effective way...|
|1/13/2011 - Rye is more than a flavorful ingredient in baking; research shows that this humble grain packs a serious nutritional punch. Contributing to cardiovascular health, cancer prevention, and management of diabetes, rye is an important addition to the diet. Not only is this grain healthy, but it also has...|
|1/11/2011 - People who weigh more have lower circulating levels of Vitamin D according to recent research conducted at the Rikshospitalet-Radiumhospitalet Medical Center in Oslo, Norway and published in the Journal of Nutrition. Lead researcher, Zoya Lagunova, MD and her colleagues measured the serum levels of...|
|1/1/2011 - Last month everyone wore pink to symbolize the awareness of breast cancer. Even with so much information coming out on the subject, people still heavily fear being a victim of the disease that killed approximately 41,000 people in 2006. With all of the allegedly "safe" and "beneficial" practices such...|
|1/1/2011 - Obesity may be the most critical health challenge we face today. In the United States almost 70% of us are considered to be overweight including almost one-third who qualify as obese. Obesity comes with a big price tag. A recent estimate found that the medical care costs of obesity related conditions...|
|12/31/2010 - People in America are constantly looking to slim down. Shedding the pounds seems to be near the highest level of priorities for many people, despite the fact that America is showing no sign of slimming down on a grand scale. Many factors must be inspected to determine why someone is overweight. These...|
|12/29/2010 - Overweight and obesity are known to dramatically increase the risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, cancer and dementia. Excess body fat fuels the fire of systemic inflammation and the release of dangerous chemical messengers or cytokines that damage the delicate inner lining of our arteries;...|
|12/21/2010 - Weight loss surgery is becoming increasingly popular among teenagers, according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics, raising concerns about potentially unknown side effects in this younger population.
Researchers found that in California alone, 590 people between the ages of 13 and 20...|
|12/8/2010 - Many people who have never had a weight problem suddenly find themselves with extra stomach fat in middle age. For forty and fifty year olds, it is often a lot harder to lose this fat than it is for younger people. This article is a reminder as to why this is the case and what can be done to reduce...|
|12/4/2010 - Over the last month or so, the mainstream media has been making a huge deal about Kansas State nutrition professor Mark Haub who lost 27 pounds eating mostly Doritos, Twinkies and other junk food while drinking Diet Mountain Dew. But as usual, they're misrepresenting the story.
You can lose weight...|
|11/29/2010 - Excess body weight and abdominal obesity represent an astounding threat to the health of millions of men, women and children worldwide. Over the past century obesity has been relatively rare, affecting less than 1% of the population at the turn of the 20th century. Today the number of obese individuals...|
|11/18/2010 - Taking antidepressant drugs like Risperdal (risperidone) and Seroquel (quetiapine fumarate) could cause you to gain a lot of weight very quickly, according to a recent report in CNN. Atypical antipsychotic drugs are responsible for causing voracious hunger episodes in roughly 30 percent of patients...|
|11/16/2010 - Studies vary considerably when it comes to antidepressants, how they work and if they work. What is becoming clearer is the most likely reason why those who use antidepressants tend to put on weight.
SSRIs and SNRIs are routinely prescribed to millions of adults, adolescents and children for conditions...|
|11/11/2010 - I love to eat noodles, but I don't like all the carbs that go along with them. They're starchy, loaded with calories, and they really pack on the body fat if you eat too many. That's why I got really excited about what I'm about to share with you here: Kelp noodles are made from seaweed and contain...|
|10/26/2010 - Coenzyme Q10 is an amazing chemical cofactor which is required by every cell in the body to produce the energy we need to live. It`s been shown to increase the level of energy to all muscles and is especially important to cardiac function as it increases energy production at an optimal rate. Coenzyme...|
|10/25/2010 - Extreme blood sugar swings and insulin resistance are not only detrimental to your health, but they are also rapidly becoming biomarkers of aging and longevity which can be monitored and charted to determine the rate of aging and risk of disease. Many people either don`t monitor their blood sugar levels...|
|10/22/2010 - Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the US as new cases continue to be diagnosed at a rate of 4000 per day. This sobering statistic places millions of people at greatly increased risk of coronary heart disease, stroke and sudden death from a heart attack and contributes to the obesity...|
|10/19/2010 - Certain foods speed up the metabolism, making weight loss attainable without feelings of deprivation and hunger. For those desperate for a snack when trying to lose weight, try foods that actually help the body to burn more calories.
With winter on its way, many tend to snuggle inside and feast on...|
|10/14/2010 - According to an Irish proverb, a good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book. As far as sleep goes, that may just be true according to three recent studies concluding that good sleeping habits may promote weight loss, lower the risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease, and increase...|
|10/7/2010 - Triglycerides are a type of blood fat which evolved as an essential means of transporting and storing energy for use at times when food is scarce. This served us well during our evolutionary past when the next meal could be several days away. Today, high triglycerides are associated with increased risk...|
|10/3/2010 - Mid-life for many women is a constant struggle to salvage what is left of a waistline that seems to be gradually morphing into a shapeless belly. Diet and exercise are the standard advice. But what really works? One recent study indicates that exercising alone will not do the trick but keeping a sharp...|
|10/1/2010 - The link between fructose consumption and many forms of cancer are quite evident, as this form of sugar derived from fruit provides fuel to cancer cells, causing them to divide and proliferate. Fructose is an inexpensive sweetener used in many processed foods and drinks and is most frequently found...|
|9/30/2010 - There`s little doubt that the vast majority of children and adults alike eat considerably more calories than required to maintain an ideal weight. Many people are amazed to find out they`re nutritionally deficient despite the quantity of food they eat. Nutritional science is providing compelling evidence...|
|9/25/2010 - Green tea and the Omega-3 fatty acid DHA combine to provide a powerful natural shield against certain forms of cancer, heart disease, stroke and dementia while assisting weight loss and maintenance. Both of these nutrients directly target gene sequences which have been shown to lower disease risk while...|
|9/21/2010 - Resveratrol is the protective bioactive nutrient most commonly found in the skin of red grapes, peanuts and cacao. Resveratrol provides a protective barrier against disease and fungus in plants which is also beneficial to human health. A wealth of information exists to support the function of resveratrol...|
|9/17/2010 - Our body has evolved to use a very efficient pair of hormones which signal the brain when it`s time to eat, or when we`ve had enough food. Leptin and ghrelin are the hormonal messengers responsible for our desire to eat, our craving for certain foods and whether we store excess calories as body fat...|
|9/3/2010 - Eat like a cave man to lose weight, build muscle and feel great. This is what advocates of the "Paleo" diet say is the key to healthy living, a diet that consists only of meat, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and mushrooms -- also known as the "Paleolithic", or Paleo diet.
A recent Chicago Tribune...|
|8/31/2010 - Metabolism is a term often associated with weight loss. It is the name for the process by which the body converts what you eat and drink into the energy needed to power everything you do, from moving and breathing to thinking and growing. It involves a series of biochemical reactions that burn the calories...|
|8/29/2010 - Weight loss techniques are a dime a dozen these days, with experts touting all sorts of different diet and exercise regimens as the solution to obesity. But new research set to be presented at the 240th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) offers a simple approach that involves no...|
|8/25/2010 - If something sounds too good to be true, the old saying goes, it probably is. But here's an exception: scientists have documented that an all natural appetite-control agent with no side effects really does help people shed excess weight -- and what's more, it's practically free. Scientists just reported...|
|8/15/2010 - In spite of all the hoopla about billions being spent on losing weight, the fact is, most overweight Americans are not trying to lose weight. The number of people dieting is lower now than it has been in 20 years. At the same time, the rate of obesity continues to rise. This may be a hard one to swallow...|
|7/30/2010 - The obesity epidemic is rampant, and there are many reasons for this big fat problem. Although asking if antibiotics make us fat may initially sound like some type of joke, recent articles in Scientific American and Science magazine shows that some researchers are taking it seriously.
|7/28/2010 - According to a recent study out of Europe, eating lots of meat may be contributing to weight gain. Even among people eating roughly the same amount of overall calories, those that eat meat are more likely to weigh more than those who do not.
Over 400,000 Europeans from ten different countries participated...|
|7/23/2010 - Some people are convinced that not eating after 7 p.m. helps them to lose weight and keep the weight off. Whether or not this strategy works for everyone, nutritionists are offering some advice on how people who are interested in this approach can best accomplish it.
According to a report in the...|
|7/21/2010 - Resveratrol is a type of phytonutrient known as a polyphenol. Found in the skin of grapes, wine, grape juice, peanuts, and berries, it has often been hailed as a life-extending natural compound. After all, research in mice and lab rats has indicated it can protect those animals from obesity and diabetes...|
|7/1/2010 - Weight loss drugs may result only in minor weight loss, even after long-term use, according to a new study conducted by Brazilian and Canadian researchers and published in the British Medical Journal.
Researchers conducted meta-analyses of a number of studies conducted on the weight-loss drugs orlistat...|
|6/20/2010 - Women who rely on exercise to lose weight are destined to fail, so says a study that appears in the Journal of American Medical Association. Researchers found that exercise alone was useful in maintaining the weight for women, but it had no effect on heavier women.
The study analysed almost 35,000...|
|6/15/2010 - A recent two-year international study demonstrated that a long-term weight loss plan featuring the reduction of calories and processed foods with an increase in vegetables can reduce blood pressure and reverse atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).
The subjects, mostly men, included 140 overweight...|
|5/15/2010 - A water fast is rather like an internal shower, cleansing and healing the body from within. The body has to cope with toxins and pollutants from food and the environment; fasting allows the body to detoxify and heal. For the overweight, weight loss is guaranteed and it costs nothing to do. This article...|
|5/13/2010 - A new study has confirmed that atypical antipsychotic drugs can cause rapid weight gain in younger patients, as well as increasing levels of triglycerides and LDL ("bad") cholesterol in their blood.
"We are very much afraid that this will lead to diabetes and metabolic syndrome," researcher Christoph...|
|5/3/2010 - Native Americans have traditionally used dried chokeberries that grow in eastern deciduous forests of the U.S. to make teas. The plants are also used as landscape plantings throughout much of the country and a variety of birds like to feast on the bright red and dark purple fruits from chokeberry bushes....|
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|4/28/2010 - The FDA has begun an investigation into whether atypical antipsychotic drugs such as Zyprexa and Seroquel are more likely to produce abnormal weight gain and diabetes in children than in adults.
The announcement came after the agency approved both drugs for use in adolescents between the ages of...|
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