Why Can’t I Lose Weight ?

So you’re eating healthy, watching your caloric intake, and actually exercising and you still can’t lose weight.  A recent study revealed the real reason people are not losing weight.  The participants of the study were found to under estimate “calories in” and over estimate “calories out”.

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To read more about the “calories in” and “calories out” study; http://www.montrealgazette.com/health/diet-fitness/Jill+Barker+Calories+calories/9757847/story.html

FDA Approved Diet Drug Qsymia

Qsymia is an FDA-approved weight loss medication.  It is a unique once daily combination of 2 medications (phentermine & topiramate ER).  Phentermine starts working immediately and reduces your appetite. Topiramate ER works throughout the day and may help you feel full.

Qsymia was approved for as an addition to a weight-loss program that includes both calorie restriction and exercise.  Moreover, the FDA said the drug’s use should be limited to individuals with a body mass index (BMI) of at least 30, or a BMI of 27 with at least one other weight-related comorbidity such as diabetes or hypertension.

Remember, short-term changes in diet are not the answer to losing weight and keeping it off.  Lasting weight loss involves lifestyle changes that  include:

  • Healthy food choices
  • Regular physical activity
  • Balancing the number of calories you eat with the number of calories your body usesQsymia-New-Weight-Loss-Drug-for-Obesity

BEWARE of The Cotton Ball Diet !

There are millions of fad diets out there; but, I do have to say that “The Cotton Ball Diet” is the utmost craziest diet I have seen.  Not to mention, it’s potential danger.  The diet calls for consuming 5 cotton balls saturated in juice, lemonade, or smoothie in one sitting so you feel full.  Therefore, you will eat less and lose weight.  Please don’t attempt this diet!

For more details about this insane diet, http://abcnews.go.com/Health/dangerous-diet-trend-cotton-ball-diet/story?id=20942888&singlePage=true .

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Fasting 2 Days Per Week Can Actually Have Health Benefits

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Here it is!!   Fasting 2 days per week  may prevent Alzheimer’s Disease, Obesity, Cancer and Diabetes.  Fasting two or more days a week is catching on as people seek ways to avoid a range of ailments linked to obesity from dementia to cancer.  Building on promising findings in studies of mice by the U.S. National Institute of Aging, researchers are planning the first studies in humans of fasting’s potential to stave off the onset of Alzheimer’s.  That disease is just one of many in which scientists are making progress understanding how fasting may help prevent illness.

Resource:  http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT01378208?term=NCT01378208&rank=1

Are You Addicted to Oreo’s?

If you think you may have an oreo addiction, it might be true.  Eating high-fat sugary foods stimulate the neurons in the pleasure center of the brain.  This is the same effect that addictive drugs have on the brain.  Please read http://www.today.com/health/addicted-oreos-you-truly-might-be-8C11399682 for more information.

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Eating 5 A Day Fruit and Veggies Can Improve Your Health

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A recent study published in the June 2013 issue of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics showed that meeting the 5 A Day for Better Health Program was associated with lower oxidative stress and improved antioxidant status in Premenopausal Women.

What is oxidative stress?  It is a condition  where overproduction of free radicals and reactive oxygen species causes damage to components of the body, such as DNA, lipids, and proteins.   Oxidative stress can be balanced through multiple antioxidant mechanisms which can stabilize reactive oxygen species.  Moreover, oxidative stress has been linked to several chronic degenerative diseases.

Fruits and vegetables (F/V) are a rich source of antioxidants, including vitamin C and E, carotenoids, flavonoids, and numerous phytochemicals.  The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend increasing the intake of F/V to provide important nutrients, decrease chronic disease risk, and provide low-calorie food choices to maintain healthy weight.  The National Cancer Institute 5 A Day For Better health campaign recommends 2.5 cups (5 serving equivalents) of any combination of F/V per day. A vegetable serving is defined as 1 cup raw leafy vegetables, 1/2 cup cooked or other raw veggies, or 1/2 cup vegetable juice.  A fruit serving is 1 medium fruit, 1 cup berries or melon, 1/2 cup chopped, cooked, or canned fruit, 1/4 cup dried fruit or 3/4 cup 100% fruit juice.

Therefore, if you are not consuming the recommended 5 A Day,  try incorporating more F/V in green salads and mixed dishes as a way to increase your daily servings and potentially reduce oxidative stress and improve your health!

Walking After Meals Can Prevent Diabetes and Help You Lose Weight !!

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Currently, almost 26 million children and adults (8.3% of the population) in the USA have diabetes, and about 79 million Americans have pre-diabetes. In diabetes, the body does not make enough of the hormone insulin, or it doesn’t use it properly. Insulin helps glucose (sugar) get into cells, where it is used for energy. If there’s an insulin problem, sugar builds up in the blood, damaging nerves and blood vessels.

A recent study shows that moderately-paced walks after meals work as well at regulating overall blood sugar in adults with pre-diabetes as a 45-minute walk once a day.

And there’s an added benefit of walking after every meal, especially dinner: It helps lower post-meal blood sugar for three hours or more, the research found.

Walking after a meal “really blunts the rise in blood sugar,” says the study’s lead author Loretta DiPietro, professor and chair of the department of exercise science at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services.

It’s very easy!  You eat a meal, you wait a half-hour, and then you go for a 15-minute walk, every day after every meal.

Resource:  http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/early/2013/06/03/dc13-0084.abstract?sid=841bfa3a-e06d-462f-989d-41330b2161

The Skinny on Sleep and Your Weight

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A recent study suggests a link between sleep deprivation and higher body weight.  Moreover, even modest sleep restriction may induce changes in appetite hormones and provide additional time awake for calorie ingestion.  Here are the latest sleep hygiene suggestions:

  • Go to bed at the same time each night and rise at the same time each morning.
  • Make sure your bedroom is a quiet, dark, and relaxing atmosphere, which is neither too hot or too cold.
  • Make sure  your bed is comfortable and use it only for sleeping and not for reading, watching TV, or using the computer.
  • Physical activity may help promote sleep but not within a few hours of bedtime.
  • Avoid eating large meals before bedtime.

Resource:  Clinical Nutrition Insight, April 2013

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