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Low Carb Diet vs Low Fat Diet – which is best to lose weight


To this day, scientists are at odds as to whether the low fat or the low carb weight loss strategy is the most effective for losing those extra pounds. On the 25th of January 2010 a study was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine that directly compare the low fat weight loss approach to the typical low carb diet.

One hundred and forty six obese or overweight outpatients from the Department of Veterans Affairs clinics in North Carolina were selected to participate in the study and randomly assigned to either a low carbohydrate diet group or a low fat diet group. The study was conducted over a period of almost a year (48 weeks).

The low carb diet was designed as a ketogenic diet and patients were instructed to consume less than 20g carbs daily. A ketogenic diet can be described as a high fat, adequate protein and low carbohydrate diet that forces the body to burn fat rather than glucose, which it normally manufactures from carbohydrates. The liver converts fats into fatty acids and ketone bodies, which then replaces the glucose as a source of energy. This dietary approach is very similar to the Atkins Diet, which also limits carbs to 20g per day during the Induction Phase.

The low fat diet designed for this study went all out to reduce fat and patients were prescribed Orlistat (120mg 3 times daily) together with a diet very low in fat content. Orlistat is the active ingredient found in Alli and Xenical. Xenical is most often prescribed by doctors for weight problems, while Alli is available over the counter. The low fat eating plan followed by participants was designed to result in a deficit in caloric intake to the tune of 500 to 1000 calories per day. Patients were also expected to ensure that less than 30% of the calories they consume come from fat.

The average weight loss achieved by patients following the low carb diet (without any diet pills or calorie restrictions) equaled the average weight loss for patients following the low fat regime. Keep in mind that the low fat group also had to take diet pills in addition to reducing their calorie intake. HDL and triglyceride cholesterol levels improved similarly for both diet groups. LDL cholesterol levels improved only for the low fat group, whereas the low carb diet had a greater beneficial impact on systolic and diastolic blood pressure. The low carb diet was also slightly more beneficial for glucose and insulin levels, but the differences were not large enough to be regarded as statistically relevant.

The conclusion drawn from this study by the scientists was that a low carbohydrate diet is as effective as orlistat in conjunction with a low fat diet for weight loss and improvement in blood sugar levels, but it is more effective in lowering blood pressure. It is suggested that a low carb diet may be a better weight loss strategy for obese clients with high blood pressure than the typically prescribed treatment of a low fat diet with orlistat.
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FDA Warns Against Three More Weight Loss Pills

The FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) is always busy evaluating and testing weight loss products in an ongoing battle to clear the store shelves and on-line stores of dangerous diet pills and weight loss supplements. On 22 December 2008, the FDA issued a press release containing 28 weight loss products to avoid. On the 8th of January 2009, the FDA expanded the list of tainted weight loss products to include 41 more dangerous weight loss pills. The last update to this list (now containing 72 products) was done on March 20, 2009 via press release. The FDA will continue to update this list on an ongoing basis.

New products are launched into this largely unregulated market on a daily basis, and it is obvious that there is no way the FDA will ever be able to test all the weight loss products on offer. This does not mean all diet pills commercially available are unsafe and / or ineffective. On the contrary, many of them can actually help you lose weight faster, but…..it is of the utmost importance that you make informed decisions when deciding to try new weight loss products. It is absolutely crucial to take responsibility for looking after your own health, so do not rely solely on FDA warning lists and double check promises made by vendors online. The only way to make informed decisions about weight loss pills is to understand which ingredients are contained in products you consider using, and then to explore the potential impact of these ingredients on your health.

Do your research on your next weight loss product thoroughly making use of the internet and any other sources of information you may have access too, for example your local pharmacist. With the overload of information available on the internet it is not always so easy to distinguish between good and bad advice, so choose a few websites (avoid those selling one product or product range) you can trust to help you make sense of the information out there. And get a second opinion every now and then just to make sure these sites are still trustworthy. If you are unable to find the necessary information, put in a request to one of your favorite sites to investigate the product for you, or choose something else that you can find information on.
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hCG Diet, Simeons Diet and Kevin Trudeau’s Weight Loss Cure: the same dangerous diet


“I’ve heard you can lose 3 pounds a day on the hCG Diet, and that it redistributes fat from your waist, hips and thighs to leave you with a better shaped body without the need for exercise. That is a loss of 21 pounds a week? Does it really work that well and how safe is this weight loss plan?” I get asked regularly. Honestly? This is probably one of the worst diets ever to have seen the light of day. The hCG Diet is really a very unhealthy fad diet to follow and the way this diet is designed leaves the field wide open for scam artists and unscrupulous vendors to take advantage of so many people battling obesity.

First things first, let’s understand how this diet is supposed to work. On the hCG Diet you are required to to restrict your food intake to 500-800 calories per day, which is dangerously low if you keep in mind that diets allowing for 1200 calories per day are already considered to be very low calorie diets. While on this diet you will receive daily injections of hCG (human chorionic gonadotrophin), or you will take hCG in oral form. hCG is a hormone produced during pregnancy; initially by the developing embryo and later on by a part of the placenta. It is believed hCG plays a role in programming the hypothalamus to protect lean muscle and mobilize the use of stored body fat for energy. hCG is manufactured using extracts from the urine of pregnant women.

In theory, hCG results in the release of 1000 to 1500 calories of energy from fat tissue in your body, meaning you won’t feel hungry and should have lots of energy even though you are on a super low calorie diet. It should be rather obvious that if you restrict yourself to 500-800 calories per day; it doesn’t matter what you inject with — you’re going to lose weight. This “miracle cure for weight loss” is nothing else but a starvation diet, so along with the fat you will lose lean muscle mass and water weight. All starvation diets end up slowing down your metabolism, making it more difficult for you to reach and maintain your goal weight in the longer term. The hCG Diet or Kevin Trudeau’s Weight Loss Cure is no different.
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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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