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Workable Weight Loss Diets

Ask about weight loss tips and you will be flooded with a number of remedies. Search about the same on internet and you will witness a number of websites claiming 100% result weight loss diets.

In such a scenario, it gets difficult to choose the one, which will work in your favor. In order to simplify your weight loss problem, a group of experts from India has clubbed most beneficial diets.

Fats are not always bad for health. There are fats, which are good for health and those are mono and polyunsaturated fats. These fats are best when it comes to weight loss and maintaining the reduced weight.

Moreover, there are certain food items that help weight loss as well as maintain energy. Avocado is said to beneficial for insulin maintenance and extra virgin oil is said to be effective in burning brown fat.

One of the best weight loss diets that work for weight loss is fruits and vegetables. It is said that eating at least eight portions of the same is great for body. In addition, it has been said that almonds are great for weight loss and are great source of protein and fats and a perfect snack for mid-day for good result in weight loss without having to use weight loss drug.

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decrease fat consumption can help in weight loss

Reducing fat intake leads to weight loss, smaller waists

By Stephanie Leveene, medwireNews Reporter

Reducing fat intake leads to reduced body weight, body mass index (BMI), and waist circumference in adults over the long term, even when weight loss is not the intended outcome, according to a meta-analysis published in the BMJ.

From a public health perspective, these findings give credence to efforts to decrease total fat intake to less than 30% of energy intake, with the potential to reduce related mortality.

"The effect on health of an individual reducing his or her body weight by 1.6 kg is likely to be small, but the effects of a whole population doing so would be noticeable," say Lee Hooper (Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia, UK) and co-authors.

The World Health Organization (WHO) Nutrition Guidance Expert Advisory Group subgroup on diet and health assessed the relationship between total fat intake and body weight with a view to updating WHO guidelines. Hooper and colleagues assessed 33 controlled trials that measured interventions to reduce total fat intake but were not specifically weight loss studies. Study durations were a minimum of 26 weeks and a maximum of 8 years.

Participants in these studies were randomly assigned to participate in one of two arms: lower fat intake or usual fat intake. The mean effect of the decreased amount of total fat intake was a weight loss of 1.57 kg in the lower-fat group compared with controls. Each 1% reduction in energy was associated with a 0.19-kg reduction in body weight.

Significant reductions in BMI (−0.51 kg/m2) and waist circumference (−0.30 cm) were also seen in those with lower fat intake, as well as improvements in blood pressure and total cholesterol.

Hooper et al say that similar effects were noted in children and adolescents, but the sample size of that population was small.

They note that there is a need for high-quality trials examining the effect on body weight of reducing fat intake in children, especially in developing or transitional countries where total fat intake is more than 30% of energy.

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weight loss resolution and effect on your health

Why having weight loss resolution may be bad for your health

Every year many Canadians will pledge to start the year off by losing some weight to get healthier. There is plenty of evidence to show that losing weight can improve your blood pressure, blood sugar and even your cholesterol rates. Losing weight and being healthy, however, are not the same thing.

You can get healthier without losing weight, and for some, losing weight may actually be bad for your health.

When an individual loses weight, they will lose fat mass, but some of that weight loss comes from muscle mass. Muscle mass burns many more calories than fat, and accounts for a large proportion of the energy we burn even at rest. In other words, loss of muscle mass may be counterproductive to long-term weight loss goals.

Also, when an individual loses weight, their body will try to protect the body weight by decreasing the number of calories the body burns (a change in metabolic rate).

These two factors help to explain why so many of us might find it difficult to continue to lose weight after a while, and why more than 90 per cent of individuals who lose weight will regain that weight within a few years.

If that isn't bad enough, there is evidence to suggest that individuals who try to lose weight and repeatedly fail will have greater weight gain over time than individuals who do not try to lose weight at all.

This weight cycling or yo-yo dieting has also been linked to higher rates of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and higher death rates. Reasons for this are still unclear, but research suggests that unless you can keep the weight off, dieting may have negative effects on your health.

Why is it so difficult to maintain weight loss over the long term?

One of the reasons is that many individuals approach weight loss as a quick fix. Done correctly, weight loss should be a lifelong process and not a short term goal.

For example, after losing the weight, an individual cannot return to the lifestyle that led them to their elevated weight in the first place since this would only lead them back to their original weight -- or higher.

Those who struggle with their weight need to explore underlying causes first, which will help to explain the reasons for their struggle.

Factors that might contribute to weight gain include certain medication use, exposure to environmental pollutants, too much ambient light exposure or sleep deprivation.

But even stressing about your weight can trigger cravings for high fat and high sugar foods and exacerbate weight gain.

There is some good news, however.

There is actually a subset of the population who appear to be perfectly healthy despite an elevated body weight.

Research is undecided about the long-term health consequences for these individuals, but it has been suggested that weight loss may not benefit their health. In fact, one important study shows that weight loss might make their health worse.

So, thinking of losing weight in the new year?

Consider first why you want to lose weight and whether or not you have the right approach. All weight-loss methods require time, effort or money and the health benefits aren't guaranteed even if you are successful in achieving your weight-loss goals.

So what should you do?

Here's what the research to-date tells us. If you want to start the new year off by getting healthier, get active, eat better, try not to gain any more weight and don't stress about the small stuff.

If you want to lose weight, try something that you can sustain for the rest of your life -- and remember that slow and steady wins the race.

Jennifer L. Kuk is an expert adviser with EvidenceNetwork.ca and associate professor in the school of kinesiology and Health Science at York University.

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Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 22, 2012 A15

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hCGTreatments,Diet Doc hCG Diets and Weight Loss Plans Develops Industry Leading Weight Loss App for Apple Platform

Weight loss apps for mobile devices are the newest technological advancement in dieting. Diet Doc developed an industry leading mobile app to guide clients during their weight transformation.
Los Angeles.

The dieting industry has begun to more intricately incorporate technology into their operating procedures, realizing the potential of mobile apps for weight loss centered on the ability to track progress and provide quick information regarding dietary choices. 

Grasping this trend earlier than most, Diet Doc recently revamped their weight loss app to include a larger database of food information, more detailed meal planning and calorie tracking, and handy reminders alerting dieters of key dietary tasks throughout the day, like drinking more water or eating scheduled meals. 

The leader in hCG diets teamed up with a leader in mobile apps, Apillicious to design this intuitive dieting tool. This mobile app further lends accountability to dieters struggling with poor decision making, allowing them to review their food choices and pre-plan meals in order to pre evaluate calorie, fat, carbohydrate, and other nutrition content whose monitoring is imperative if results are to be had. 

The Diet Doc App allows users to monitor their diet through all 4 phases, counting calories, proteins, and allowing users to monitor every nuance of their diet. 

The Diet Doc app contains over 30 individual and unique features, including an extensive 5,000+ food database to give dieters information about the most common diet friendly foods, daily meal planning and supplement tracking, calculating time remaining until the users goal weight is achieved, and many more intuitive weight management features.
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The Diet Doc diet App is intended to help clients reach their weight loss goals quickly, and provide a tangible reference for learning how to maintain healthy habits and long term weight management. 

This app is capable of guiding dieters through the initial phase of losing weight, and offers continual support through lifelong weight maintenance, providing a useful reference for nutritional values and accountability to prevent poor dietary decisions

Diet Doc is the nation's leader in prescription only, pure hCG weight loss plans, offering the most comprehensive and successful collection of prescription and non-prescription diet products and services. For over a decade, Diet Doc has been producing the most effective results, safely and at a fraction of the cost of expensive alternatives. 

Pricing plans are available to fit even the tightest budget, making weight loss affordable for anyone nationwide via the most advanced Telehealth system in America.

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how to tackle weight loss resolutions

                                                 5 ways to tackle weight loss resolutions

TORONTO - Hands up everyone who plans to start the new year with a resolution about weight. Yup, that's a lot of hands.

As everyone who has ever tried to lose weight knows, it's not an easy pledge to fulfill. Time and temptation trip you up regularly. "I am going to" becomes "I should" becomes "I meant to" with distressingly predictable ease of weightloss.

Chances are it won't be less hard this time. There are no magic bullets for weight loss.

But there are a few things you can do to help yourself along. A few low-hanging fruit, as it were, of weight loss or weight control.

With the help of Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, an Ottawa-based weight loss expert, and Dr. Arya Sharma, who holds a chair in obesity research and management at the University of Alberta, we're going to tell you about five:

1. Cut the calories you drink. Yes, drink. People routinely forget about the calories in the fluids they imbibe, be it fruit juices, specialty coffees or alcohol, the doctors say. Unlike solid snacks, liquid calories don't fill you up. They don't trigger the brain's impulse to compensate by eating less later.

"If you drink 300 calories before your meal, you're not going to eat 300 less calories at your meal," says Freedhoff, whose book Why Diets Fail And How to Make Yours Work is coming out in April.

Nevertheless, drinks can hold plenty of calories. Look at Starbucks' non-fat caffe mocha. A tall — oxymoronically one of the smallest servings Starbucks sells — contains 170 calories, and that's only if you ask them to hold the whipped cream, according to a calorie count on the chain's website. That's more than the calories in a five-ounce glass of white wine (sauvignon blanc), according to a nutrient database on the website of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

While we're on the topic of alcohol, that is also a calorie source people often forget or underestimate, Sharma says. Depending on the serving size and the type of wine, a couple of glasses before dinner could run you 300 to 400 calories, he says: "That's a whole meal."

Despite the calories, alcoholic beverages don't come with nutritional labelling on their containers. "A can of Coke, at least I know what's in there because it says the number on the can. But when I drink a bottle of wine I have no idea how many calories I'm drinking," Sharma says.

2. Get more sleep. The scientific evidence is piling up that society's sleep deficit is contributing to the obesity epidemic. Study after study shows a link between too little sleep and weight gain.

In part it's an issue of opportunity: A sleeping person can't eat. Put another way, the more time you are awake, the more opportunity you have to consume calories.

But it goes beyond that, says Freedhoff. Science is still figuring this stuff out, but it looks like having too little sleep has an impact on the production of stress and hunger hormones and the body's ability to process the sugars in food.

There's also a vicious cycle thing at play with sleep and weight. If you're tired, it's hard to work up the motivation to go for a run or hit the gym.

"Just get an extra hour of sleep everyday and see how your life changes," Sharma says.

3. Assess the liveability of your approach. Unless you're a lucky person who only needs to shed a couple of pounds gained on a cruise or over Christmas, if you want to lose weight chances are weight control is going to be an ongoing part of your life.

So going on a drastic diet may shed the excess weight. But if you ease up, it's going to come back.

"The idea that 'I'm just going to do something for a couple of weeks and lose weight' — you're just setting yourself up for failure. That weight is going to come back," Sharma says.

So consider whether the plan you're working on is something you can live with over the long term. "People don't want to lose for now, they want to lose for good," says Freedhoff.

4. Set realistic goals. You're not a runner but you decide your path to your ideal weight is by becoming a marathoner. Or you pledge to spend 90 minutes at the gym every day when you currently get there three or four times a month.

Not going to happen.

Setting a goal you have no hope of reaching sets you up to give up in despair. It's better to fix your sights on something you can actually do.

"I think people should take small steps that are sustainable. You know, whether it's 10 minutes, more days than not in the week to start with a program rather than 'I'm going to start working out an hour three or four times a week' and of course ultimately giving up that new exercise program that was overdoing it," Freedhoff says.

5. Focus on behaviours, not pounds. Your weight is where it is because of your habits. Maybe you snack in front of the TV at night or you give yourself a free pass when you eat out — and you eat out a lot.

Grappling with those habits is what you have to do to make inroads on weight control, Sharma says.

He can think of a bunch of habits that may be sabotaging your weight control efforts. Skipping meals — especially breakfast. Letting yourself get hungry. Not getting enough sleep. Being too sedentary.

Sharma suggests replacing these undermining habits with ones that will help you succeed. Wear a pedometer. Keep a food diary — or at least cultivate calorie awareness, so you have a sense of how much you are eating. Eat regularly, and from a smaller plate.

Freedhoff suggests examining your pattern of eating out, and figuring out where you could cut back on these kinds of meals, which can erode your will-power and torpedo your diet.

It's not that people should cut out eating out altogether, he says. But he suggests finding your laziest convenience meal, and making a commitment to replacing it with a home-cooked meal instead.

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Banned Weight Loss Products

Additional Unauthorized Weight Loss Products Seized from Richmond, B.C. Store (Cube Inc.)

Information Update
December 20, 2012
For immediate release

OTTAWA - Further to our previous communications, Health Canada is advising Canadians that three additional unauthorized products promoted for weight loss have been seized from the "Cube Inc." store in Richmond, B.C.

Health Canada's testing of these products identified hidden drug ingredients (sibutramine and phenolphthalein) that may pose serious health risks. Caffeine was also found in two of the products and was not listed on the product label.

Consumers should consult their health care practitioner if they have used or are using "NanFangYiRen Slimming Coffee Pure Taste, Perfect Figure", "Charantin Slimming", or "ZiRanTang Slimming Breakfast Slimming Biscuit & Brazil Black Coffee," and should report any adverse reactions to Health Canada.

If new weight loss products containing sibutramine or additional hidden ingredients are identified, Health Canada will add them to its list of affected products. Canadians are advised to monitor this list for updates.

Sibutramine was previously used to treat obesity but is no longer authorized for sale in Canada because of its association with an increased risk of cardiovascular side-effects such as heart attack and stroke.

Phenolphthalein, which was previously used as a laxative, is no longer authorized for sale in Canada because it may cause cancer. Additional side-effects associated with phenolphthalein include decreased blood pressure, skin rash and gastrointestinal bleeding.

Caffeine may pose health risks to people sensitive to its effects.

Health Canada would like to remind Canadian retailers that the sale of health products is governed by the Food and Drugs Act and its Regulations, and that selling unauthorized products is against the law. Retailers found selling unauthorized products may have them seized by Health Canada or by various law enforcement authorities.


Weight Loss System Delivers Life-Saving Results For Diabetic Mother

Washington, DC (December 18, 2012) -- Just half a year ago, Mona Aaron's personal "time bomb" was ticking. This Waldorf, Md.-based mother in the prime of her life weighed 212 pounds and wore a size 18. She also took five different medications to manage three life-threatening conditions -- diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Treating the symptoms of her medical conditions on a daily basis was a regular brutal reminder that Mona's life was at risk and that only a serious change in diet and lifestyle would change the course of her life.
Then one morning when she was taking her 11-year-old son to the bus stop, Mona tuned into "The Steve Harvey Morning Show," which that day featured JJ Smith, nutritionist, weight loss expert and developer of the Detox-Eat-Move (DEM) System(TM). Mona listened as JJ described how the three-phase DEM System(TM) could shed stubborn body fat, reverse health problems, and restore the body to optimal health. She immediately bought JJ's bestselling book, Lose Weight Without Dieting or Working Out! (See sample chapters at www.jjsmithonline.com/products/lose-weight.html). 
"Six months later, I weigh 155 pounds, wear a size 8, and no longer need medication for my diabetes and cholesterol," says Mona (www.jjsmithonline.com/feature-story/mona-aaron.html). "My blood pressure medication has been reduced to 10 mg, and I am hoping to be off of that medication on my next doctor's visit next month." 
While some may view Mona's case as exceptional, it's anything but a stroke of luck, according to JJ, who designed the weight loss system with only one goal in mind: fast results. 
A natural, stress-free strategy, the DEM System features solutions to detoxify the body, balance hormones, and boost metabolism to burn fat effortlessly. Uniquely, JJ's methodology melts fat without an exercise regime or rigorous workout, and it does not force people to consume diet food, count calories, or starve themselves. It's simply a proactive approach to nutrition -- tailored to the distinct demands and sensitivities of women's bodies. A growing number of women like Mona are using this approach to defeat obesity and associated medical problems. 
"Mona's courageous story and gorgeous photo demonstrate that she is winning the battle against obesity and chronic disease," says JJ. "I am happy that Mona shared her success with the DEM System because it shows how this approach can actually exceed expectations. More than simply putting women on the weight-loss path, the DEM System can deliver lifesaving results." 
JJ concludes, "Ladies, it's time to get healthy now. Resolve to Detox-Eat-Move in 2013."

About JJ Smith
JJ Smith (www.JJSmithOnline.com) is the author of the #1 Amazon Bestseller and USA Today Bestseller, Lose Weight Without Dieting or Working Out. JJ is a nutritionist and certified weight-loss expert who has been regularly featured in today's popular print and online media, on major news networks, and on daily programs such as "The Steve Harvey Morning Show," "The Montel Williams Show," and "The Jamie Foxx Show." Since reclaiming her health, losing weight, and discovering a "second youth" in her 40s, bestselling author JJ Smith has become the voice of inspiration to women who want to lose weight, be healthy, and get their sexy back.

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Aerobic Physical Bodily Exercise may be best at burning fat, weight loss

Looking to lose weight and fat in the new year? Aerobic exercise may be your best bet.  

Aerobic exercise -- which includes sweat-inducing activities like walking, running and swimming -- has been known to help people reach their target weight. However, resistance training, which includes weight lifting to build muscle mass, is normally more advised because it has the ability to raise a person's resting metabolic rate -- the amount of calories you burn while resting -- and improve glucose control. But, resistance training's effects on fat loss have not been proven. 

"Balancing time commitments against health benefits, our study suggests that aerobic exercise is the best option for reducing fat mass and body mass," Cris A. Slentz, a Duke exercise physiologist, said in a press release."It's not that resistance training isn't good for you; it's just not very good at burning fat."

For the study, researchers looked at 234 overweight or obese people. Subjects either had to do resistance training (three sets of weight lifting for three days a week, eight to 12 repetitions per set), aerobic training (about 12 miles a week) or aerobic and resistance training (both requirements). Exercise sessions were supervised to make sure everyone was doing what they were supposed to.

Researchers then used data from 119 people who successfully completed the exercise regimen.
The aerobic exercise group worked out an average of 133 minutes a week and lost weight, while the resistance group worked out about 180 minutes a week without dropping pounds. 

The combination group, while having to spend twice the amount of time to complete both routines, had a mixed result. They did not lose weight and fat mass, but they did have the biggest reduction in waist circumference probably due to the time they spent working out.

Resting metabolic rate was not measured. But, since the scientists observed no changes in weight or fat loss, the common assumption that resistance training may increase the resting metabolic rate may be moot.

"No one type of exercise will be best for every health benefit," author Leslie H. Willis, MS, an exercise physiologist at Duke Medicine, said in a press release. "However, it might be time to reconsider the conventional wisdom that resistance training alone can induce changes in body mass or fat mass due to an increase in metabolism, as our study found no change."
However, Dr. Timothy Church, director of preventive medicine research at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La., cautioned to HealthDay that resistance training shouldn't be discounted because people lose muscle mass when they grow older, and stronger muscles can help improve quality of life. 

Dr. Melina Jampolis, a physician nutrition specialist and CNN's diet and fitness expert, also warned to CNN that we don't know how effective aerobic exercise is at weight loss in the long run.

"If you are short on time and are not dieting, cardio is better for weight loss in the short-term, but we don't know in the long-term. And in my opinion, to maintain weight loss and achieve optimal health, strength training is still very important," said Jampolis.

The study appeared Dec. 15 in the Journal of Applied Physiology.

Individual Patient-managed weightloss programm gives good weight loss result

By Sarah Guy, medwireNews Reporter

Adding use of a personal digital assistant (PDA) to an intensive weight-loss program results in significantly greater weight loss, as well as enabling patients to take charge of their own weight management, report US researchers.

Their study randomly assigned patients in a weight-loss program to either use a PDA for 6 months or not, which entailed recording their food intake, and receiving goals set by para-professional coaches who telephoned patients to give individualized guidance.

Participants assigned to the PDA group lost significantly more weight over a 6-month period, show the findings.

"This study highlights the promise of a mobile technology system as a scalable, cost-effective means to augment the effectiveness of physician-directed weight loss treatment," say Bonnie Spring (Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois) and co-authors in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

They suggest that handheld tools such as the one in their study embrace patient-centered care by helping patients manage their own behavior changes as well as reducing cost and patient burden in "strained" care systems.

In all, 70 participants were randomly assigned to the PDA intervention (n=35) or to their standard weight-loss program alone (controls), including 59 men with a mean weight of 114.3 kg at baseline, and 11 women with a mean baseline weight of 96.3 kg.

Overall, participants in the PDA group had lost a mean 3.9 kg more bodyweight (equal to 3.1% more) than controls by the 6-month primary study endpoint, report Spring et al.

Indeed, weight loss was greater in the PDA group than among controls at all time points in the year-long study, they add, at 4.5 kg versus 1.0 kg at 3 months, 3.9 kg versus 0.9 kg at 9 months, and 2.9 kg versus -0.02 kg at 12 months.

Furthermore, the PDA group was a significant 6.5 times more likely than controls to achieve a 5% or greater weight loss by the study end.

In an accompanying editorial, Goutham Rao (University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Illinois) and Katherine Kirley (NorthShore University Health System, Evanston, Illinois) remark that technologies such as the PDA allow patients to take charge of their own weight management, which is "an essential component of the increasingly important patient-centered medical home model of care."

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Weight Loss Programms May Help Reverse and stop Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes has long been thought of as a chronic, irreversible disease. Some 25 million Americans are afflicted with the illness, which is associated with obesity and a sedentary lifestyle, as well as high blood pressure. Recent research demonstrated that gastric bypass surgery—a form of bariatric surgery that reduces the size of the stomach—can lead to at least temporary remission of type 2 diabetes in up to 62 percent of extremely obese adults. But can less drastic measures also help some people fight back the progressive disease?

A new randomized controlled trial found that intensive weight loss programs can also increase the odds that overweight adults with type 2 diabetes will see at least partial remission. The findings were published online December 18 in JAMA, The Journal of the American Medical Association. “The increasing worldwide prevalence of type 2 diabetes, along with its wide-ranging complications, has led to hopes that the disease can be reversed or prevented,” wrote the authors of the new paper, led by Edward Gregg of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The study tracked 4,503 overweight adults with type 2 diabetes for four years. About half of the subjects received basic diabetes support and education (including three sessions per year that covered diet, physical activity and support). The other half received more intensive lifestyle-intervention assistance. This second group received weekly individual and group counseling for six months, followed by three-sessions each month for the next six months, and refresher group sessions and individual contact for the subsequent three years. The interventions aimed to help individuals limit daily calories to 1,200 to 1,800—in particular by reducing saturated fat intake—and to help them get the recommended 175 minutes per week of physical activity.

After two years about one in 11 adults in the intervention group experienced at least partial remission of their diabetes, meaning that a patient’s blood sugar levels reverted to below diabetes diagnosis levels without medication. Only about one in 60 in the control group, which received only basic support and education, saw any remission after two years. The findings suggest that “partial remission, defined by a transition to prediabetic or normal glucose levels without drug treatment for a specific period, is an obtainable goal for some patients with type 2 diabetes,” the researchers noted.

The improvement, however, was not indefinite for everyone. After four years, only about one in 30 people in the intervention group were still seeing an improvement in their condition. Researchers think that regaining weight and falling behind on diet and physical activity goals increase the risk that people will return to a diabetic state.

About one in 75 in the intervention group saw complete remission of their diabetes, in which glucose levels returned to normal without medication.

The study did not find, however, that individuals in the lifestyle intervention group had lower risks for heart trouble, stroke or death than did those in the control group. “This recently led the National Institutes of Health to halt the [trial],” noted David Arterburn, of Group Health Research Institute in Seattle, and Patrick O’Connor, of HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research in Minneapolis, in an essay in the same issue of JAMA. Similar results have come out of studies looking at more intensive medical treatment of diabetes. “A more potent intervention—bariatric surgery—already appears to achieve what intensive medical and lifestyle interventions cannot: reducing cardiovascular events and mortality rates among severely obese patients with type 2 diabetes,” they noted.

As with any disease, however, prevention is the best strategy. “The disappointing results of recent trials of intensive lifestyle and medical management in patients with existing type 2 diabetes also underscore the need to more aggressively pursue primary prevention of diabetes,” Arterburn and O’Connor noted. One recent study found that compared with no treatment at all, lifestyle interventions reduced the onset of type 2 diabetes by 58 percent in people with pre-diabetes (and the medication metformin reduced the onset rate by 31 percent). Bariatric surgery seemed to reduce the onset of diabetes in obese patients by 83 percent, Arterburn and O’Connor pointed out in their essay.

For people who already have diabetes, however, those who are still in the early stages and those with the biggest weight loss and/or fitness improvement had the best odds for beating the disease. And even if lifestyle interventions aren’t capable of dialing back the disease entirely, any reduction—whether through lifestyle or other changes–in the need for medication and in medical complications due to diabetes can be considered an improvement in managing the disease, which already costs the U.S. health system $116 billion each year and is estimated to affect 50 million Americans by 2050.

Katherine HarmonAbout the Author: Katherine Harmon is an associate editor for Scientific American covering health, medicine and life sciences. Follow on Twitter @katherineharmon.

Weight loss benefits of Interval Training

Interval training is a pulsating workout that will pump energy in you and challenge your body to go the extra mile. The good news doesn't stop there. Interval training can boost your metabolism and burn calories well after the workout is over.

Suffering through a stressful phase? Interval training can help you reduce tension and anxiety. It can also boost your endurance and tone your body. Today our fitness coach, Arnav Sarkar helps us decode the success of this intense workout. On your marks, get set, go...

What is interval training?

Arnav explains the simplicity of what constitutes Interval Training, "Interval training refers to any type of training in which either one alternates between different speeds, or the activity is done in a start-stop type of nature. For eg if you run while changing speeds every minute, then that is interval training. Even weight training is a type of interval training since it has a start-stop type of nature, where you do a set and then rest till the next set."

Can interval training help you lose weight?

Arnav gets to the main question that is plaguing our lives, 'how to lose weight'. Can this workout help you burn calories? He continues to explain how a start-stop exercise helps you shed the embarrassing kilos, "Such types of interval training allow you to go at a higher intensity, and also do not allow your body to adjust to a steady speed. These two factors make interval training a far greater fat burner when compared to any regular steady speed activity. Interval training has been shown to burn more fat, preserve lean muscle, and increase cardiovascular fitness. So overall interval training is a better choice when weight loss and overall health improvement is the goal." A double whammy!

Difference in cardio and interval training

Cardio breaks down muscle tissue to produce energy. Interval training benefits aerobic and anaerobic fitness, while cardio also maximises aerobic fitness.

How often should you do it?

Arnav tells you the secret to the best outcome of this intense workout, "If we are talking about HIIT cardio done at high intensities, then 1-3 sessions a week would be ideal. The key is to keep the duration to about 10-20 minutes for best results. More than that for high intensity work could lead to overtraining. On the other days you could do a much milder form of interval training, where you don't go too fast."

Who should opt for Interval Training and who should avoid it?

"Anyone who wants to improve their health can do it. You can adjust the intensity based on your fitness levels so that you can do it without any problems. However for those who may have any particular medical problem which prohibits them from interval training, it will be necessary to avoid doing intervals. Thus it is always best to consult a physician before embarking on any fitness program," says Arnav, the best way to avoid damaging your body.

You can apply Interval Training to:





Weight training

Rowing to name a few

Difference in interval training and high intensity interval training

The coach elaborates on the misconception that people have between these two workout models. Arnav Sarkar makes it clear, "One needs to understand that interval training does not automatically mean high intensity interval training or HIIT as it is popularly called. For eg., an unfit person can do a lower intensity interval like doing one minute of fast walking, followed by a minute of slow walking. For an unfit person, even such mild intensity intervals can offer a lot of benefits, when compared to walking at the same speed for a long time."

What is high intensity interval training?

'HIIT is an exercise strategy alternating periods of short intense anaerobic exercise with less-intense recovery periods.' As mentioned on Wikipedia,HIIT

This workout last for 20 minutes, and exercises every muscle group.
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Raspberry Ketone Diet for weight loss

It's a weight loss fad that's really been getting attention the last few months, the Raspberry Ketone Diet.

At the hike and bike trails in Downtown Austin.  It shouldn't come as a surprise that most of the exercise-conscious Central Texans we talked to are well aware of the Raspberry Ketone Diet.

"I've just heard that raspberry is one of the natural fat burning foods that you can have," said Alissa Leenher.

"Everybody is looking for some help in losing weight, especially belly fat, and that's what it's supposed to be focusing on," said Thomas Figulski.

Raspberry Ketone is the natural compound that produces the sweet smell of raspberries.  But lately Raspberry Ketone has become better known as a potent fat burner.  Studies show Raspberry Ketone increases Adiponectin, a protein hormone, that has a correlation with body fat percentage.

"Adiponectin is our friend and we want that to be as high as possible," explained Dr. George Rodgers, a cardiologist with Seton Heart Institute.  He says fat cells tend to produce more Adiponectin and that's a good thing.  "Unfortunately as we gain weight, as our fat cells become fatter so to speak or plumper, Adiponectin levels go down."

Rodgers says the more we can boost Adiponectin, the better we are, and the most effective way to do that is by losing weight.  Raspberry Ketones may be able to help accomplish that goal.

"It seems to help in terms of enhancing our body to burn that fuel that's trapped within our fat cells and enhance that," said Dr. Rodgers.

But Rodgers cautions Raspberry Ketones by themselves are not enought.

"If you think by taking it daily (and then) drinking beers and eating Buffalo wings in front of the television is going to make you lose weight, you are mistaken," he said.

Charlie Hartwig, the owner of Total Nutrition, says he drives that point home by asking questions of his customers who are looking for weight loss products.

"People coming in, they expect this magic pill or powder, and that's just not the realistic part of it.  You've got to include the exercise.  You've got to include the diet to see the results," said Hartwig.  "We ask them what their goal is.  We ask them what expectations they have.  Are they working out, are they dieting, are they exercising?  These things will actually contribute to us making a plan for them rather than just walking them over to raspberry ketones and tell them to get this product today."

Doctors and nutrition experts say when choosing a Raspberry Ketone product be sure to consider whether the extract is 100% pure with no extra ingredients, fillers or binders.  Does it have the right dose per serving?  Is the Raspberry Ketone extract real or synthetic?

Back at the hike and bike trails, we ran into people who were considering trying Raspberry Ketones, as well as those who've been on the diet for weeks, even months.  Opinions varied as to whether the product is all that it claims or if it's more hype than help.

"You still have to watch your diet and exercise anyway.  You are not going to lose it just because of a pill," said Figulski.

"I've seen some results to it," said James Prestegard.  "I've lost a couple of pounds and it's just something you have to keep at plus your working out and your food intake so I think it does help out.

"I feel like I've lost a little bit of the belly fat," said Dallas Heenan.  "The weight is still there, but this is going down."

That difference of opinion may be due to the fact that doctors we spoke to say there's been no research involving humans and the effectiveness of the Raspberry Ketone Diet.

Pregnancy hormone fuels Florida diet craze

South Florida's latest weight-loss craze and the booming business it's spawned are based on a pricey hormone that many doctors say is useless as a diet aid and may carry serious health risks.
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The U.S. government has refused for decades to approve the substance known as HCG for weight loss, and two states ban its prescription for that purpose. But a Sun Sentinel investigation found South Florida clinics charging hundreds of dollars for diet plans that employ the hormone produced by pregnant women, and facing virtually no regulation, inspection or oversight.
In its probe of 50 Florida clinics and HCG providers, more than two dozen of which are in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties, the Sun Sentinel found:
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• Physicians and counselors say HCG will help patients obtain dramatic weight-loss results without side effects, hunger pangs or the need for exercise, claims that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and a significant body of medical research dispute.
• Many of the facilities are run or staffed by entrepreneurs with no medical training, doctors or medical assistants disciplined by state medical boards, or self-described "nutrition counselors" without medical licenses.
• In random visits to more than 10 of the clinics, the Sun Sentinel found none fully complied with Florida's patient protection laws. The newspaper also found three people who reported obtaining HCG without seeing a doctor first, which is illegal.
Though HCG has been around since the 1950s, South Florida doctors and health professionals said, there has been a recent surge in demand due in large part to use by celebrities, residents' obsession with physical appearance, and the state's lax laws and oversight. One Florida-based clinical compounding pharmacist estimated the market for HCG may have tripled in the past two years.
"There are things people do without any evidence, without any support, but which are not illegal — I would put HCG in that category," said Dr. Olveen Carrasquillo, associate professor of medicine and chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Miami Health System. "For HCG, you have pretty good evidence that it doesn't work. Some states are better at regulating, trying to outlaw this thing, than Florida is. It's much more a state that believes the less regulation, the better."
If patients do lose weight, say doctors who oppose the use of HCG, it has nothing to do with the hormone that may cost up to $700 as part of a monthlong weight-loss plan, and everything to do with the drastic diets prescribed along with it. HCG dieters are supposed to limit themselves to the caloric equivalent of about one Big Mac sandwich a day. More liberal plans allow the equivalent of 1 1/2 Big Macs daily.
"People lose weight because they're not eating," said Dr. Hillel Z. Harris, an emergency room physician in Boca Raton. "That's what it medically comes down to."
'A roaring lion'
The FDA is so adamant that HCG (full name: human chorionic gonadotropin) is ineffective for dieters that its prescription label is required to state that "there is no substantial evidence that it increases weight loss beyond that resulting from caloric restriction, that it causes a more attractive or 'normal' distribution of fat, or that it decreases the hunger and discomfort associated with calorie-restricted diets."
Yet many Florida doctors make precisely those claims as they offer HCG injections or liquid drops administered under the tongue as elements of weight-loss plans that require patients to consume only 500 to 800 calories daily. Some of their websites and advertisements carry disclaimers saying results will vary; some also note the FDA has not approved the drug for weight loss.
Advocates of the hormone say it decreases appetite and tricks the body — female and male alike — into thinking it is pregnant, thereby causing it to tap into fat stores rather than muscle.
"HCG has been around for 50 years," said Dr. Bart Gershenbaum, founder and owner of HCG Waist Management in Davie. He called use of the substance, plus the accompanying reduction in caloric intake, "the best diet plan I've ever seen."
"Why it's not FDA-approved, I can't answer. In the two years I've been associated with this office, I've seen unbelievable results with an unbelievable safety profile," Gershenbaum said.
Results reported by South Floridians vary widely.
Barby Chirino paid a Fort Lauderdale clinic $300 for a 30-day supply of HCG and lost 22 pounds. However, the Miami woman said she regained all of that weight, plus 18 additional pounds, right after she came off the diet.
"As soon as I stopped, it was almost like I regressed," Chirino said. "My appetite came back like a roaring lion."
But one of Gershenbaum's patients, Angela Schmitt, 27, of Hollywood, said she tried and failed to lose weight for years before shedding 78 pounds in two months last year.

Losing belly fat can help you sleep better: study

A new study finds that not only can weight loss improve your sleep, but losing belly fat in particular enahnces the quality of your sleep.

Researchers from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine enrolled 77 overweight or obese subjects who had type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes in a six-month program.

The subjects were then randomly assigned to one of two groups -- one group went on a weight-loss diet with exercise training, while the second group only had diet intervention. Before the study, subjects also were interviewed about their sleep issues, such as insomnia, daytime fatigue, and sleep apnea.  After six months, both groups lost about 15 pounds and about 15 percent of their belly fat. Also, interestingly, both groups also improved their overall sleep score by about 20 percent with no differences between the groups.  

"We found that improvement in sleep quality was significantly associated with overall weight loss, especially belly fat," says senior author Kerry Stewart, professor of medicine and director of clinical and research exercise physiology.  "The key ingredient for improved sleep quality from our study was a reduction in overall body fat, and, in particular belly fat, which was true no matter the age or gender of the participants or whether the weight loss came from diet alone or diet plus exercise," she adds. 

Stewart presented her team's research at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions in Los Angeles.  Prior research has linked obesity with poorer sleep, but there is a catch-22: experts recently advised in the September issue of Canadian Medical Association Journal that in order to lose weight, you'll need to ensure you get sufficient rest.

Weight loss in children can be a danger signal

Dr. Joyce Adams
There are far too many children, adolescents and adults in the United States who are overweight or obese. Experts have advised us to eat more vegetables, stay away from fatty foods, cut down or eliminate sugared drinks and get at least 30 minutes of exercise every day (one hour a day for children). While this is good advice for most people, growing children who dramatically change their eating habits while also dramatically increasing their level and intensity of daily physical activity can develop serious health problems.

Joe is 12 years old and just entering puberty. His parents have noticed that he is starting to look a little “pudgy.” He has always been an anxious child, and has some tendency to be obsessive and compulsive. He hears a health talk in school and decides that if fat is bad and too much sugar is bad and exercise is good, he will take all of the advice and do the best job of anyone in his class.

He first cuts out all fast food, then all sweets, then red meat, then eggs and then milk and cheese. He starts running one mile a day and works up to running 10 miles a day. His parents notice that he is losing weight rapidly, and are at first happy that he is “eating more healthy.” However, he is now only eating steamed vegetables and a few bites of fish every day. He is irritable and yells at his parents when they suggest that he should be eating a more well-rounded diet.

When he has his weight and height measured at the pediatrician’s office four months later, his weight has dropped from 100 pounds to 60 pounds, he has not grown at all, and his Body Mass Index (BMI) has dropped from a normal 18 to 14; from the 75th percentile for BMI to well below the fifth percentile. The pediatrician also notices that Joe’s resting pulse is 35 beats per minute, his blood pressure is low, he gets dizzy when he stands up and his hands and feet are cold and blue.

This boy now has severe protein/calorie malnutrition and his body is trying to conserve every bit of energy by lowering his heart rate, blood pressure and temperature and his heart is shunting blood to his core organs instead of his hands and feet. He is at risk for developing fatal arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythms), osteopenia (thin bones), very low testosterone, arrested growth and arrested physical development.

His “healthy eating,” taken to extremes, has resulted in an eating disorder with medical complications. This is a medical emergency and he needs to be admitted to the hospital for cardiac monitoring and careful “re-feeding.”

Joe could just as well be Jennifer, and could be 8 years old or 14 years old or 17 years old. In girls, in addition to the complications mentioned above, menstrual periods can be delayed and not begin when they would be expected to, or can stop after being regular for months or years. Severely malnourished girls will usually have estrogen levels in the range of a woman who has gone through menopause.

Surprisingly, children and adolescents who start out obese and loose weight rapidly so that they look like a “healthy” weight for their age and height can also develop all of the medical complications of a child of average weight who becomes severely underweight. Rapid, excessive weight loss is a shock and stress to the body that sends the same message to the brain; all energy needs to be conserved.

It is recommended that if parents notice any of the following, a visit to the pediatrician should be scheduled. Some of the symptoms and signs to watch out for are:

• Losing a lot of weight quickly.

• Not eating meals with the family, saying she/he has already eaten.

• Complaining of being cold all the time.

• Complaining of pain when eating or being constipated.

• Becoming angry and irritable when parents try to have him/her eat more normally.

• In girls, noticing that menstrual periods have stopped.

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More information on eating disorders in children can be found at eatingdisorders.ucsd.edu

Lessons a Hot Midwestern Weight Loss Start-up Can Teach Us About Digital Health

This week, Chicago-based personal weight-loss company Retrofit announced that it had raised an $8M series A round, an investment nicely covered by my Forbes colleague Kelly Reid, who also wrote a terrific profile of Retrofit back in August.

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In short, the company sells a highly-personalized, digitally-enabled weight loss coaching service, at $250-$350/mo with a one-year commitment required.  As Reid described, each Retrofit client is paired with an experienced team that includes a dietician, an exercise physiologist, a behavior coach, and a program manager, who regularly and directly interact with the client (often via Skype).  Progress is also monitored electronically, both through a wifi-enabled scale and a FitBit wireless activity monitor. 

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Retrofit targets a weight loss of 10-15%; in the view of founder Jeff Hyman, most diets fail because they promise rapid weight loss that even if achieved, is rarely sustained – 95% of “successful” dieters regain the weight (or more) within a year, and 99% within 3 years.  In contrast, Retrofit aims to deliver a more “realistic” or achievable goal that can be sustained, and is said to be associated with significant health benefits.
Retrofit’s growth and traction offer three key lessons for digital health.
1. Tangible revenue model.  Among the most significant issues plaguing the digital health space is the absence of a viable revenue model – a solid answer to the question “who is going to pay for this?”   (As my Forbes colleague Brett Nelson shared in a memorable column, “Generating positive cash flow is one of the f—ing hardest things in the world.”)
Retrofit has this covered, via a hefty subscription fee — perhaps it’s not a coincidence that early adopters seem to include a Chicago law firm and a Silicon Valley venture fund.
They have also focused on the workplace, and try to leverage network effects there; if several colleagues are subscribers, and seem to be succeeding, others might be tempted to join as well.  With their recent raise, they’ve also announced a “Retrofit My Company” contest specifically to drive this segment.
2. Realistic health goals. Many digital health companies I encounter are fired up about their potential to change the world (a laudable goal), yet often overpromise the dent in the healthcare universe their enterprise will deliver.  Retrofit seems to take the opposite view, evidently believing that successfully delivering on a seemingly more modest goal is a ultimately a better proposition.
That said, Retrofit certainly promotes their benefits to employers by suggesting a benefit to the bottom line, a premise that I’ve recently arguedtends to be more theoretical than realized — a conclusion shared by disease management guru Al Lewis,  who has written an entire book, “Why Nobody Believes the Numbers,”  deconstructing the questionable math associated with many health and wellness revenue claims.
3. Technology plays a supportive role.  This is perhaps the single most important lesson of Retrofit, which is basically a high-end coaching service.  While digital health monitoring devices figure prominently in the offering, they are explicitly used in service of the customized advice developed and delivered by real people.
There may be a real parallel here in the success of Up-To-Date , essentially an e-textbook that has nevertheless become indispensible for many if not most physicians (as I’ve discussed here).  The key to Up-To-Date’s success aren’t fancy algorithms that collect data or generate advice, but rather the many expert physicians who distill the literature and offer interpretations and recommendations, insight with far more credibility (at least at this point) than what faceless algorithms seem likely to offer.
Rather than replace expert health advice with computer-generated and delivered suggestions, Retrofit seeks to enable experts, allowing them to provide the most useful input possible (I’ve made a similar case for digital health enabling, not replacing, physicians).
It’s still early days, and far too soon to designate Retrofit a “success story.”  Their price point is conspicuously high, and it’s possible that a well-designed offering could deliver a similar benefit for less using fewer experts, sophisticated algorithms, and great design – and many startups are explicitly working on this.
But I’m inclined to believe there’s an important lesson about health and technology here: at the end of the day, so much of health (as I’ve incessantlyargued) is about people and connection, and the best digital health technology will support, not supplant, human relationships.
One final observation: it’s interesting to note that there seems to be a rise of digital health investors in the Northern Midwest – the “Cold Coast,” as I’ve termed it.   While Retrofit’s latest round was led by Silicon Valley-based DFJ, previous investors included New World Ventures and the I2A fund, both based in Chicago.  Chicago-based Apex Ventures joined New World and others in funding Analyte Health to the tune of $22M this summer, while Wisconsin-based Lemhi Ventures announced (also this summer) that they had raised their second fund, $150M, to focus on “disruptive new business models” in healthcare.
With the ascent of intrepid healthcare investors, the emergence of promising startups, and the established dominance of Minnesota-based Epic (see hereand here), the Cold Coast may be one of the hottest regions for innovation in digital health.
Addendum (11/18): See this recent discussion of market leaders in the weight-loss space by my Forbes colleague Peter Cohan (h/t Zina Moukheiber, who also reminded me Epic is based in WI, not MN as I originally, incorrectly, stated).


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