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Vitamin C and a high protein diet can help you lose weight

It is no secret that one of the biggest problems all of us are faced with today is the sheer abundance of information on all topics, including weight loss. It is just too easy for very valuable articles (even those published in prestigious scientific journals) to disappear amongst all the other articles, blogs and advertisements all claiming that they have found the cure to all your weight loss problems. It is a rare pleasure then to stumble upon a research article published in a well known scientific journal that explains how and why a few changes to your lifestyle can help you lose weight and maintain your optimal body weight.

The article I am referring to, Strategies for Healthy Weight Loss: From Vitamin C to the Glycemic Response, was published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition in 2005 by Carol Johnston from the Department of Nutrition at the Arizona. This article may have been published over three years ago; but all the strategies suggested are still valid. They are also easy to follow and understand. What follows is a discussion of this research paper.

The two most obvious factors contributing to the obesity problem faced by the American public are reduced physical activity and increased energy intake. Of course, while most people recognize these two factors as the real causes for the obesity epidemic, it is also becoming increasingly clear that there is more to this very serious health problem than meets the eye. The fight against obesity is further complicated by a number of other influences, including psychological issues, cultural differences, lifestyle choices, environmental factors and then of course individual differences. The good news is that there are a number of strategies available to improve your chances of losing weight permanently.
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The Cabbage Soup Diet Review – It Works But

The Cabbage Soup Diet is similar in concept to the Master Cleanse Diet. Both of these fad diets work purely because you are consuming far too few calories to provide for your body’s nutritional requirements for an extended period. Both diets are also guaranteed to slow down your metabolism. As soon as you go back to eating normal food again, you typically regain all weight lost and then some more as result of your then much slower metabolism. It is a clear indication of the desperation out there that both of these very unhealthy diets appear to have passed the test of time and just keep on thriving.

The Cabbage Soup Diet is designed around heavy consumption of a low-calorie cabbage soup over a period of seven days. Its origins are unknown, but it has been around since at least the 1980’s. Different versions of this diet have been developed through the years. All of these diets can be easily recognized by the central feature: the dieter can eat as much of the cabbage soup as he or she wants. Other incarnations of this diet include: “Sacred Heart Diet”, “Military Cabbage Soup”, “General Motors Diet” / “GM Motors Diet”, “TJ Miracle Soup Diet”, and “Russian Peasant Diet”. All institutions referred to in the names of these diets have denied any links.

Most of the Cabbage Soup Diets promise that dieters can lose up to 10 pounds (4.5kg) per week! It is important to note that it is downright impossible to lose so much fat in one week. Any weight lost will include fat, but also water weight and lean muscle mass. Due to the very low calorie content of the diet, dieters are typically advised to limit the time they remain on this diet to one week at a time. It is generally recommended by most advocates of these weight loss plans that dieters wait a while (2-3 weeks) before commencing another week on this super-low-calorie diet, even if they do have more weight to lose.
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Do prescription weight loss pills actually work

Overweight and obese people all over the world have one wish in common: a magic weight loss pill that will help them slim down quickly. Manufacturers and distributors in the weight loss industry make absolute fortunes selling diet pills, and will continue to do so for as long as there are people battling lose weight and keep it off.

The sheer volume of weight loss pills and supplements available makes it impossible to discuss it as a single topic. Some of these weight loss supplements or diet pills work, others don’t. Some are dangerous to use, and yet others may be quite harmless. This article will discuss a few of the more popular weight loss pills only available by prescription.

The trust that we have in our doctors and medical systems is based in a basic belief: doctors are meant to heal us, so any drug prescribed by a doctor must be good for us. While the intentions are good, it is also true that most drugs only available on doctor’s prescription are almost invariably dangerous under certain conditions, which is exactly why it can only be used under medical supervision. If these drugs were totally harmless, they would have been available over the counter.

The question then arises: why would a doctor prescribe something for you that may damage your health? Doctors have to weigh up the potential side effects of weight loss pills against the health benefits of losing weight and then make a judgment call. He or she also has to take into account your track record in losing weight following more conventional methods. It is important for all of us to research any drugs prescribed to us, so we can make informed decisions in following medical advice.
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Weight Watchers Review

Weight Watchers is one of those diets that never goes away. It has become a familiar beacon in a sea of fad diets and miracle cures. Although Weight Watchers has been around for more than 40 years their weight loss plans are always changing to take advantage of the most current scientific information and research. The lives of millions of people have been changed for the better after they successfully lost weight using this user-friendly weight loss system.

Weight Watchers was founded in 1963 by Jean Nidetch, at the time living in Brooklyn, New York. Like many of us, she found it incredibly hard to lose weight. Just before the birth of what was to become Weight Watchers, Jean managed to lose 20 pounds, but found that she really battled to keep up her motivation levels. In examining her own needs, Jean realized just how important empathy, rapport and mutual understanding are to the whole process of losing and maintaining weight.

By sharing weight loss tips and supporting each other Jean and her group of friends all lost weight, and the word spread quickly. As the group expanded, Jean joined forces with Al Lippert to start up Weight Watchers. True to its humble beginnings the key focus area of the program from the start was the concept of group counseling. The Weight Watcher meetings became the hallmark of the program and today over 1 million people are attending weekly meetings in 30 countries around the world.
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Gastric Mind Band: Weight Loss by Hypnosis

A British woman lost over 44lbs in weight and dropped her dress size from 22 to 14 in four months after being hypnotized into believing she had a gastric band fitted. She is understandably ecstatic with the result. She says she is now completely satisfied with small food portions, and simply cannot eat the same large food portions she was used to.

Marion Corns told the UK newspaper The Sun that she decided to try this procedure after her weight ballooned to 216 lbs. She is 35 and a mum of three from Whiston, Merseyside. Before going on this treatment Marion tried “every other diet and plan the world has to offer”, including Atkins, Weightwatchers, Slimfast, milkshakes, weight loss pills, and even a personal trainer!

The treatment was completed over five sessions, during which Marion was talked through each step of the medical procedure as if she was operated on for real. So strong were the suggestions that Marion “remember” every part of the procedure right from being wheeled into theater, the sound made by the surgical equipment and even the smell of the anesthetic. Marion started losing weight after the 4th session and felt a tightening sensation in her stomach after the fifth.

To contribute to the “realness” of the experience Marion was asked to handle a model of a stomach and gastric band, while smells and sounds of the operating room were introduced into the room by computer driven equipment as she was undergoing her treatment. At the end of the treatment it was suggested to her that her stomach was the size of a golf ball.
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Weight Loss Products: FDA health warning against the use of Hydroxycut


On 1 May 2009 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning to the US public to immediately stop using fourteen Hydroxycut weight loss products; manufactured by Iovate Health Sciences Inc. of Oakville, Ontario, and distributed by Iovate Health Sciences USA Inc. of Blasdell, New York. Hydroxycut products are marketed as fat burners, energy enhancers and low carb diet aids. The FDA reports that over 9 million of these products were sold in 2008. These products were widely available in grocery stores, health food stores and pharmacies. The reason for this warning issued by the FDA is that some of the Hydroxycut products specifically have been associated with a number of serious liver injuries and one death.

Twenty three incidents of serious health problems ranging from jaundice and elevated liver enzymes (an indicator of potential liver injury), to liver damage requiring liver transplant have been reported to the FDA. One of the incidents described to the FDA was the death of a 19 year old man due to liver failure, apparently directly related to the use of Hydroxycut products. Some of the other serious health problems reportedly brought on by the use of these products include seizures; cardiovascular disorders; and rhabdomyolysis, a type of muscle damage that can lead to other serious health problems such as kidney failure.

While these occurrences were rare, incidents of liver injury were reported even in cases where consumers were strictly adhering to the doses of Hydroxycut recommended on the bottle. Symptoms of liver injury include jaundice and brown urine. Jaundice patients also often notice a yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes. Other symptoms of liver injury include nausea, vomiting, light-colored stools, excessive fatigue, weakness, stomach or abdominal pain, itching, and loss of appetite.
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Inflammation and obesity linked again


Regular readers of the Optimal Body Weight News & Reviews column may remember articles on the Zone Diet and the Perricone Weight Loss Diet, where the authors of these anti-inflammatory diets explained that obesity and inflammation go hand in hand. There may be differences in interpretation as to how it comes about, and the best approach to address it; but they both recognize the link between inflammation and obesity.

In both of these books, links between obesity and a number of diseases, including general fatigue, headaches, cancers and arthritis are also highlighted. Please note that while these two (Zone and Perricone) diets are discussed in this article about the link between inflammation and obesity, they are not necessarily the only two anti-inflammatory diets on the market, merely two of the more well-known weight loss programs focused on inflammation.

Now, it appears that a new study published in the April 2009 issue of “Cell Metabolism” may support at least some of these claims. While this study does not even touch on the effectiveness of any of the anti-inflammatory diets with regards to weight loss, it found clear evidence that an inflammatory chemokine (structurally related signaling proteins that are secreted by cells) called “CXCL5” rises and falls with obesity and subsequent weight loss in humans, and of course…mice.

This same inflammatory factor was already linked in previous studies to several diseases, including pulmonary disease, lung cancer, and arthritis. Now that it is also so clearly linked to obesity, it is also very likely that it may be responsible for insulin resistance that accompanies obesity.
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Achieve your optimal body weight by using our new free online weight loss tools


Let us start by understanding what is meant by “optimal body weight”. Your health should be the most important consideration when you determine your goal weight, so your “optimal body weight” is that number on the scales at which you are likely to be the healthiest you can be. To calculate your optimal body weight your height, age, gender, build (bone structure) and degree of muscular development must be taken into consideration.

Why are more than 60% of all Americans overweight and more than 25% obese? There are many reasons for this, including the ever-present media, the flourishing fast food industry, increasingly sedentary lifestyles of the western civilizations, misinformation and even a lack of education, just to name some of the reasons. What we must realize though, is that after all is said and done, it is our bodies. We live with the consequences of our decisions, and it is up to us to make sure that we educate ourselves well enough to make informed decisions.

It is sometimes difficult to accept responsibility for the choices we’ve made in our lives to date and to recognize when and where we have made certain bad choices. Many of us are offended by the mere suggestion that we do not take responsibility for our actions. We always do, don’t we? Not quite. If we are very honest with ourselves and we take a good look at where we are at and why; it quickly becomes clear that we very often try to find something or someone else to blame for our shortcomings. It is just so much easier to come up with excuses than to accept that we could have handled many things differently. We all use very similar excuses too. See if you recognize some of them.. Continue reading ‘Achieve your optimal body weight by using our new free online weight loss tools’

Just when you think you know how to lose weight.


Whoever finds a single fool proof way to lose weight is guaranteed to become the richest person on earth. Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, a one-size-fits-all super diet will probably never be discovered. If it is not enough that our bodies are so different, there are many, many other factors at play including cultural differences, lifestyle differences, socio-economic differences and taste preferences. The list of factors that can impact on weight loss success just goes on and on.

It’s really no wonder then that we are bombarded with conflicting and confusing scientific reports. It is very difficult to conduct an experiment that considers all of these variables. As a result, we are left with many reputable and conflicting scientific reports, each claiming that yet another dietary approach is the be-all and end-all for losing weight. Whether it is the Atkins or the Mediterranean Diet, the Low Fat or Low GI diet, or even Weight Watchers; the list is never-ending. It is just too easy to become a bit cynical after a while. How refreshing then, to come across a scientific study that found that most well balanced popular diets work well, irrespective of whether it is high in protein, low in fat, low in carbohydrates or any combination of these!

This study, called the “Comparison of Weight-Loss Diets with Different Compositions of Fat, Protein, and Carbohydrates” was published on February 26, 2009 in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). Its aim was to try and put an end to the age-old debate around the question “Which type of diet is most effective for weight loss”. The research team was of the opinion that many of the conflicting scientific reports on the weight loss topic published previously were based on populations too small to be representative, and that many studies did not track the progress of participants for a long enough period to provide sufficient information for assessment.
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Wii Fit: Can it Replace the Gym?


By Pat Barone

If the invention of TV remote controls and video games ushered in the couch potato lifestyle, could a similar device rescue us? Nintendo’s Wii Fit, which debuted in late 2006, has grown in popularity, but is it a brilliant rescue device for the overfed, a novelty that will soon fade in popularity, or a clever motivator that appeals to the addictive and/or competitive personality?

Betting on the fact that Americans love their TVs (the average American spends 19-25 hours per week in front of the screen!), Nintendo fashioned Wii Fit with a little competitive edge to keep your interest with the addictive qualities of a video game.

Depending on the activity you choose (Wii has tennis, baseball, boxing, bowling & golf, and the upgrade Wii Fit features weight lifting, aerobics, yoga, jogging, hula hoop, ski jumping, rhythm boxing and step aerobics), you might be holding a wand-like device about the size of a remote control or wearing wrist bands while standing on a surfboard-like balance board in front of your TV. You simulate the movements and force of whatever activity you are playing and the game console translates it onto an animated picture on your TV screen.

So, does it work?
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