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Apple Cider Vinegar Diet: it actually works

Are you ready for a surprise? You will be forgiven if you have heard of the Apple Cider Vinegar Diet before and immediately dismissed it as just another fad diet; maybe something like the Cabbage Soup Diet, or the Lemon Detox Diet. It turns out there is more to the Apple Cider Vinegar Diet than meets the eye. A recent scientific study on weight loss confirmed the claim that a couple of tablespoons of vinegar (or vinegar diet pills) before meals can actually help melt those spare pounds away!

Two tablespoons of vinegar before each meal help your body maintain the necessary balance in your blood sugar levels to keep those dreaded food cravings at bay. The ingestion of carbohydrate rich foods cause a spike in your blood sugar levels immediately following the meal, which explains why our bodies love carbs so much. The sugar rush makes us feel so good. The initial spike in your blood sugar levels is then followed by a severe drop in blood sugar levels an hour or two later because your body overcompensated for the increased blood sugar levels by releasing too much insulin. Low blood sugar levels in turn result in feelings of hunger and food cravings. Your body is programmed to try and re-balance your blood sugar levels and before you know it, you are hungry again and caught in a vicious cycle of overeating.

Apple cider vinegar taken before a meal will reduce the sugar load into your bloodstream immediately following that meal. The energy contained in the food will be released slower and more gradually. You will feel fuller for longer and eat less because you are more in control of you appetite. For a more in depth discussion see this weight loss research article on the relationship between apple cider vinegar and slimming. It is fair to say that you will most probably see the same results with most types of vinegar, so if you don’t like apple cider vinegar, white wine vinegar can be a great alternative. If you don’t like vinegar in its liquid form at all, help is available in the form of diet supplements.
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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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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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Meal Replacement: a good strategy to lose weight

Meal replacement is a weight loss strategy that is fast regaining lost ground following recent clinical trials, and it is certainly one deserving of a second chance. Meal replacements can take the form of diet shakes, bars and other pre-packaged foods. These products are formulated to replace a meal and should contain all the necessary nutrients your body needs to keep going. The recommended way of using meal replacements is referred to as “partial meal replacement”, where only one or two meals are actually replaced every day.

Weight loss should, in theory, be rather easy. Your body needs a basic supply of energy to keep it going; influenced by a number of factors including your sex, height, weight, age and activity levels. If you then consistently take in fewer calories than required; your body will use stored fat to compensate for the deficit and you should lose weight. The average woman needs about 1800-2200 calories per day, while the average man requires about 2000-2500 calories per day. Your individually calculated daily energy requirement is referred to as your TER, or Total Energy Requirement.

If you reduce your daily calorie intake to a level of about 500 calories less than your daily requirement, you will lose approximately a pound per week. This is a healthy weight loss rate that will not damage your health or your metabolism. So, to lose weight you must find a way to consistently limit the number of calories you consume every day. The majority of people find it very difficult to limit their food portions, and really battle to refrain from overeating when confronted with some of their favorite foods.

The main reason for the success of meal replacement programs is that it offers dieters an easy and convenient way to manage their calorie intake. Since a single serving replace a meal, it automatically restricts calorie intake and enforces portion control. Usually the meal replacement program will also result in reduced temptation, since you will not come in contact with the foods that may normally act as a trigger for you to overeat. Dieters also often find it difficult to stick to their diets when they are traveling or when they do not have the time and energy to cook. When you use meal replacements, these problems are solved.
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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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End of Overeating: Food Rehab for obesity


Ever wondered why it is that when you open a pack of chocolate chip cookies you can’t stop until it is all gone? And then, while you are still eating; why are you already thinking about what else you have in your pantry? Dr David Kessler was watching an Oprah show on weight loss where one of the guests complained that she simply could not stop eating, and didn’t know why that was the case. Since Kessler didn’t know how to answer this question himself, he decided to launch a thorough investigation into why it is so hard to control compulsive overeating.

Dr David Kessler is a former commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration under presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton. He is widely acknowledged for his role in the fight against tobacco companies, as well as for his efforts to bring about better food labeling. The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite was finally published earlier this year following a seven-year investigation, which involved numerous scientists, physicians, and food industry insiders. What surprised Kessler was that where he was expecting a journey into nutrition and endocrinology, he ended up inside the human brain and the food industry.

In “The End of Overeating” Kessler explains how the US obesity problem came about, and what can be done to get it under control. This easy to read book carefully explains in lay terms the science behind the current obesity epidemic. Kessler believes that modern foods (rich in fat, salt and sugar) are simply too palatable. These foods overstimulate the brain’s reward centers, all the while conditioning us to want more and more. The bottom-line? We simply eat too much and compulsive overeating becomes the norm. Many people literally get addicted to certain types of foods very much the same way as they get addicted to tobacco or drugs.
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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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Are You Eating Enough?

Author: Sonia Devine

In order to lose weight, we have to eat less of the wrong types of foods, watch our portion sizes and exercise more. That makes sense, right? There is no getting around the fact that if you want to shed kilos you must be expending more energy than you take in. But is there such a thing as going to extremes? In some cases, yes. Some people eat very little yet are still overweight and (understandably) very unhappy about it!

This is exactly what was happening with my client ‘Gina’, who initially came to me because she was struggling to cope with life. She had very low self esteem, and was often reduced to tears due to the high level of stress she was under. To top it all off, ‘Gina’ was also suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) which caused her to experience severe and frequent panic attacks. Even though she was overweight, she was not in the right frame of mind to do anything about it at that point in time. We agreed to work on the more pressing issues first and address her weight later on.

As she progressed with the therapy, ‘Gina’ became emotionally much stronger and after some time, she decided it was time to lose weight. I asked ‘Gina’ to tell me about her current diet. As I listened and took notes, I was shocked to discover that despite being several kilos overweight, ‘Gina’ actually ate very little, and often skipped meals. She rarely ate until lunchtime; most days she would eat half a sandwich, sometimes a whole sandwich if she wasn’t feeling too anxious. Dinner was a handful of pasta and some kind of sauce. That was it! Continue reading ‘Are You Eating Enough?’

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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