As it turns out diet soda makes you gain weight
Sep30

As it turns out diet soda makes you gain weight

Diet soda, it turns out, may not be the panacea for weight loss that we all thought — and many of us hoped — it was. In fact, a Purdue University study has found that diet sodas may be linked to a number of health problems from obesity to diabetes to heart disease, just like their more sugary counterparts. Susie Swithers, a professor of psychological sciences and a behavioral neuroscientist, reviewed a number of recent studies looking at whether drinking diet soft drinks over the long-term increases the likelihood that a person will overeat, gain weight and then develop other health problems. A new 14-year study of 66,118 women (sup­ported by many other pre­vi­ous stud­ies) found that the oppo­site seems to be true. Diet drinks may be worse than sugar-sweetened drinks, which are worse than fruit juices (but only fresh-squeezed fruit juices).   The study, pub­lished in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, dis­cov­ered some fright­en­ing facts that should make us all swear off diet drinks and products. Diet sodas raised the risk of dia­betes more than sugar-sweetened sodas! Women who drank one 12-ounce diet soda had a 33 per­cent increased risk of Type 2 dia­betes, and women who drank one 20-ounce soda had a 66 per­cent increased risk. Women who drank diet sodas drank twice as much as those who drank sugar-sweetened sodas because arti­fi­cial sweet­en­ers are more addic­tive and are hun­dreds to thou­sands of times sweeter than reg­u­lar sugar. The aver­age diet soda drinker con­sumes three diet drinks a day. You might say that peo­ple who are over­weight and just about to get dia­betes drink more diet soda, but they sci­en­tif­i­cally con­trolled for body weight. And they found the arti­fi­cial sweet­en­ers increased dia­betes inde­pen­dent of...

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Its The Small Successes That Keep Us Motivated
Sep30

Its The Small Successes That Keep Us Motivated

It was a cool fall morning; I woke up feeling refreshed and blessed to see another day. I walked into the bathroom & there it was….staring me in the face. My scale! For some reason, this morning the scale was all I could see or think about. Reminiscing on the previous weeks about all the bad foods I ate and all the exercise I did not do I dreaded stepping on that scale. It had to be done…I had to face my fears. I checked my weight loss chart and realized that my last weigh in put me at a 59 pound lost. I just knew I had gained some of that back. No need to cry about it…suck it up  & get on the scale (this is me talking to myself, lol). I stepped on the scale, close my eyes, took a deep breathe and look down. Wait…what?! Ok, something isn’t right. I step off the scale, let it reset and stepped back on. This time taking two deep breathes, I look down & it’s the same number. I LOST 2 POUNDS!! Happy is not the word to describe my feelings at that moment. Knowing that I did not exercise in almost 3 weeks nor was I making a lot of healthy food choices, I couldn’t believe I had lost weight! I couldn’t explain how I lost the two pounds and nor do I care to figure it out. I was finally over the 20 pound weight loss mark. I danced all morning, ate healthy the entire day & exercised later that night. Reaching that 59 pound mark gave me the confidence I needed to keep going. It has been a long difficult road but the feeling I felt made it all worth it.   My advice for everyone who is trying to reach that next goal…you will make it. It may be long and hard getting there but it will be so worth it once you reach it. Whatever you do, don’t give up! If you want it bad enough, you will do whatever it takes to get it. If you want to be a jean/dress size smaller – you will get there. If you want better health – keep on exercising – you will get there! If you want to tone up for your two piece – keep on doing resistance training – you will get there. If you are reading this because you want some inspiration – believe me – it is NOT easy, set a small goal and work toward that. You will get...

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Eradicating Double Chins: The Next Half-Billion Dollar Business?
Sep30

Eradicating Double Chins: The Next Half-Billion Dollar Business?

It’s no cure for cancer, but the researchers at at Kythera Biopharmaceuticals say they are getting closer to solving a problem that plenty of people would be happy to get rid of: The double chin. You can deal with with that extra chin via liposuction or a nip and tuck, but both of these are a little too invasive for many patients. Kythera’s product, currently named ATX-101, can be injected, making it comparable to a shot of botox. The company’s stock is up almost 25% today after it released some new results from clinical trials it expects will form the basis of its application for FDA approval. The results impressed analysts following the company: “We see a very high probability of a 2015 approval for ATX-101 in the US and Europe,” wrote J.P. Morgan, calling the new data “better than expected.” Dealing with double chins — which the people in white coats refer to as submental fat — could be big business. Here’s how Kythera’s CEO, Keith Leonard, explained the opportunity in an earnings call back in August:   The submental region is visually important and impacts overall facial harmony and balance. Research indicates a suboptimal chin profile resulting from excess submental fat is a hallmark of aging of the lower face and neck and can lead to negative self image. Further, an excess of submental fat may be coincident with other aging processes such as sagging and lipoatrophy of the lower face, and can also have dietary causes, or result from a genetic predisposition. Regardless of the cause, excessive submental fat and the resulting unsatisfactory submental profile can result in low self-esteem and dissatisfaction. Despite being visually and psychologically important, the submental region is often overlooked and undertreated. In fact, there are no current FDA-approved injectable drugs for the reduction of submental fat. While liposuction or lower face and neck lift can be effective for removing excess submental fat, we know that not everyone wants or is a candidate for surgery. If approved, ATX-101 will be the only nonsurgical, submental contouring drug to improve the appearance of the face and neck. Moreover, in our studies to date, we observed that the reduction in submental fat leads to significant positive changes in patient self-perception. We believe that if approved, ATX-101 will compete largely on the basis of the following competitive factors: Consistent, meaningful and durable results, a favorable safety profile, and a low barrier to physician adoption. We plan to target ATX-101 to a ready group of patients who are already receiving facial injectables, as well as facilitate physician practice expansion into patients who are naive to facial injectable....

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Why Vegetarians Are Thinner Than You
Sep30

Why Vegetarians Are Thinner Than You

If you’ve ever downed a bag of baby carrots to keep yourself from turning to higher cal snacks, you could be on to something: New research shows that embracing a plant-based diet may be the most effective way to lose weight. Brie Turner-McGrievy, PhD, an assistant professor at the University of South Carolina, followed 63 people on vegan, vegetarian, pesco-vegetarian, semi-vegetarian, and omnivorous diets for eight weeks. Participants stuck to low-fat, low-glycemic index foods without restricting or counting calories. The results? Vegans and vegetarians lost an average of 8.2 to 9.9 pounds while meat-eaters dropped an average of 5.1 pounds. Plus, two months after the study, the vegans, vegetarians, and pesco-vegetarians (vegetarians who eat fish) all lost more weight than omnivores. At six months, the vegans were only 30% to 40% adherent to the diet, yet continued to lose more than the other groups—they lost about 7.5% of their body weight compared to vegetarians, who dropped approximately 5.8%. 1,000′s of food swaps to help you lose weight 30 lbs or more! Because the vegan diet is generally low in fat (which contains more calories per gram), it could explain why the vegans shed more pounds, Dr. Turner-McGrievy says. But there could also be something a bit more simple at play: the idea of following a diet that restricts certain foods—not calories. “The idea of being able to be on a diet where you can eat till you’re full and not have to self-monitor, even though it seems very extreme, is appealing to certain people. Some people find it very liberating,” Dr. Turner-McGrievy says. Christopher Gardner, PhD, an associate professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine, says becoming a vegan for social reasons—not just weight loss—makes it sustainable in the long term. (Need a little encouragement? These 8 cruelest foods you eat will have you looking at meals in a whole new way.) could write and sing the praises about being vegan forever, but I thought I would rather share a few lessons I have learned to help those who might be struggling in their own journeys. When I first thought about giving up meat, I honestly didn’t think I could do it. I loved meat, especially chicken, and while I always felt that hypocritical, cognitive dissonance between my “love” for animals and my food addictions, I was never able to align my actions with my conscience. Then again, I had never truly tried. When I decided to go meat-free for a few days each week, I was somewhat at a loss of what to eat. It was tough to plan a day’s menu, let alone more than one...

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Discover ways to enjoy delicious holiday dishes on a diet
Sep30

Discover ways to enjoy delicious holiday dishes on a diet

Even chefs that the holidays are challenging. However they say that it is “possible to maintain a clean diet throughout the season.” Here are 3 tips they recommend: Basics Don’t make things too complicated. Keep it simple with “minimal preparation, allowing it to shine without too many extras or unnecessary ingredients. “ In the classic sweet potato casserole dish, the chefs advise to skip marshmallows and brown sugar. Eat Mindfully Although they say allowing “yourself to indulge” is okay, always be cautious of what you are eating. Ask yourself “how you feel, what does your body want, and when has your appetite been satiated?” Clean Desserts Instead of the traditional desserts with mounds of sugar, creams, and fat try new savory dishes. If you don’t enjoy the savory flavor in desserts, you can continue to enjoy sweet desserts—just remember to keep the ingredients as original and simple as possible. Once you’ve added too many things and the dish becomes too complicated, you know you’ve gone too far. “Clean eating is not a diet-it’s a lifestyle.” In order to lead a healthy life, clean eating is a practice that we must follow daily, even after the holidays. Locro – Argentinean Stew – Recipe Ingredients: 250 g of White Beans, – Dry or Caned 250 g of White Mexican Corn – Dry or canned 01 lb Sweet Potatoes 100g Bacon 250g of Fatty Pork Meat (like Pork Shoulder) 250g Sweet Corn 01 large Onion ½ cup of Canola Oil 02 Bay Leaves Salt Pepper Sauce: Spicy Chili Glaze: Combine dry Chili, Garlic, Canola Oil, Green Onions, Rosemary, Paprika and Salt – at your leisure Directions: Soak White Beans and White Mexican Corn overnight with fresh and filtered water, if you are using dry ingredients. Next day, bake or boil the Sweet Potatoes with a pinch of salt and brown sugar, cook the Sweet Corn in salted boiling water until tender or just use Organic Canned Sweet Corn. Place on a large pan the soaked White Beans with water to cover, put it to cook on medium to low heat for about 02 hours, always check the amount of water, just to keep the beans covered. Meanwhile, bake the Pork Meat in the oven, with salt and pepper, on a large tray covered with aluminum foil for at least 01 hour. Check the meat that it should be very tender and cooked through. At this time you may add the Sweet cooked Potatoes, the Sweet Corn and the cooked Pork Meat to the White Beans pan, and let it simmer for 01 more hour. Always checking the water level, so if you...

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