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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’

What are the Dangers and Problems of Rapid Weight Loss

Author: Donovan Baldwin

People searching for weight loss programs and diets today seem to be searching more for rapid weight loss than permanent, healthy weight loss. Unfortunately, it is a fact that quick diet weight loss programs are seldom without their dangers, and their results usually range from erratic to nonexistent.

I would advise anyone seeking to lose weight to substitute the term ‘healthy weight loss program’ for ‘rapid weight loss program’. I hope, the following short discussion will explain my position to some extent.

You, like so many others in today’s society, are concerned about losing weight. Like so many others, you are looking for some sort of rapid weight loss program or plan. Rapid weight loss, also often referred to as quick weight loss or fast weight loss, involves, as its name implies, losing weight in a short period of time. Claims of such programs often cite fantastic results in anywhere from two to seven days.

In the United States, approximately two-thirds of the adult population is overweight or obese, and hundreds of thousands of these Americans are understandably interested in rapidly losing that unwanted weight. Many simply wish to lose weight before an important event, like an upcoming vacation or a wedding, while others are willing to accept the fact that permanent, healthy weight loss is a lifetime commitment. Continue reading ‘What are the Dangers and Problems of Rapid Weight Loss’

Wondering Why Sleep Deprivation is Bad for You? Read This!

Author: Janet Martin

If there is one thing that a person is all too willing to sacrifice in order to finish the job, prolong the video game and TV time, or simply have fun with friends, that is going to be sleep. Many think that sleep is just a luxury that one can easily give up.

In reality, however, sleep is as important as food and shelter. You may be able to survive for years without watching television or playing videogames, but you cannot stay healthy and well if you skip sleep even for just a few days.

When you were in your teens, you probably think that the effects of lack of sleep were not that visible or serious. However, as you grow older and your sleep debt has become enormous, you will feel and experience the ill-effects of skipping sleep. Here are some of the consequences of lack of sleep to watch out for:

Not Good For Your Brain

You will notice that when you are unable to sleep properly for a while, you tend to be forgetful and easily distracted. In fact, many vehicular and mechanical accidents are due to lack of focus which is common in sleep-deprived individuals. Furthermore, your brain may not create new cells if you do not sleep well. Continue reading ‘Wondering Why Sleep Deprivation is Bad for You? Read This!’

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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The Structure House Weight Loss Plan.

It isn’t food that makes us fat, but our relationship with food. We develop and hone this relationship throughout our lives, starting from when we are babies. Not only does food satisfy our nutritional needs, but it also plays a vital part in satisfying a whole range of emotional needs. Food is such an integral part of our daily existence that it is difficult to even envisage some events without food; celebrating something or needing consolation, meeting up with family and friends or even going on holiday. The list just goes on and on. According to the Structure House philosophy everyone develops a set of expectations, habits, associations, and states of mind related to food. The sum total of these, influenced by our family dynamics, our cultural backgrounds, our individual attitudes and our tastes, is regarded by Structure House as our “relationship” with food.

Gerard J. Musante, Ph.D, one of the America’s leading experts on obesity and weight loss, is a clinical psychologist and a Clinical Fellow in the Behavior Therapy and Research Society. He served on the faculty of Duke University Medical Center, where he pioneered the behavior change approach to weight loss, and currently maintains his association with Duke University in the capacity of Consulting Professor in the Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Structure House, one of the few resident weight loss programs in the United States, was founded by Dr Musante in 1977. Dr Musante drew on his experience of over thirty years in helping thousands achieve lasting weight loss to write his book, “The Structure House Weight Loss Plan.” This book aims to provide readers with all the information and insights they would have gained had they attended the resident program at Structure House.

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Alli can help you lose 50% more weight!


A single search on the internet or even a stroll down to your local drugstore can easily overwhelm you with the sheer range of diet pills available; all promising to help you lose weight. Some of them may actually work, others really do nothing at all, and then there are those that are simply dangerous to use. In such a minefield it is very welcome and comforting to come across a weight loss pill that is FDA approved. Alli, on sale in the U.S. since June 2007, is the only over–the-counter FDA approved weight loss pill.

To dieters Alli offers more than just a weight loss pill – it is supported by a well developed online weight loss program, the “Alli 1-2-3 Start Plan” that offers education, advice and support. After you purchase Alli, the diet is tailored to your individual needs as soon as you register online and create your personal profile. You’ll be provided with feedback, customized guidance, next steps, as well as access to a variety of weight loss resources and meal plans.

The Alli nutritional plan also focuses on aspects such as your general mindset, your relationship with food and exercise and your reaction to setbacks. According to the Alli program your approach to weight loss and your new lifestyle is critical to reaching your goal weight and then maintaining it. Continue reading ‘Alli can help you lose 50% more weight!’

Welcome to Optimal Bodyweight

Welcome to OptimalBodyweight.com!

Our vision is that of a world without the form of obesity caused by destructive nutritional and living habits. To help achieve this vision, we want to provide the best one stop weight management resource on the internet.

We will explore the global market so we can provide each one of you with as much relevant information as possible to achieve your goals of losing weight, and keeping it off. We believe that the more you learn, the easier it is to accomplish any goal you set your mind to..

We will provide you with information on (and links to) a wide variety of programs, products and tools in your quest for your perfect weight. The wealth of information on the internet has it’s downside too, in the sense that it is becomes increasingly difficult to identify effective products and tools.
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