Freezing the ‘Hunger Nerve’ May Help Weight Loss

A new weight loss study being conducted by doctors uses gas to freeze a nerve in the back that sends hunger signals to the brain, reducing the patient’s appetite and aiding weight loss.

Hunger Nerve

According to a new study, freezing the hunger nerve may promote weight loss. Photo by News Health

This study was presented at the Society of Interventional Radiology’s 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting, that included ten people with obesity and a body mass index (BMI) between 30 and 37.

“We developed this treatment for patients with mild-to-moderate obesity to reduce the attrition that is common with weight-loss efforts,” said Dr. David Prologo, the study’s lead author and an interventional radiologist at Emory University School of Medicine. “We are trying to help people succeed with their own attempts to lose weight.”

During the study, women and men were put under sedation while doctors inserted a needle into their backs controlled by a CT scan. The needle was guided to the posterior vagal trunk, then the needle and surrounding nerve was froze. The procedure corrupts part of the nerve connected to the brain and stops the connection between the two. The process is painless and only takes 30 minutes.

All of the patients reported a decrease in appetite. The average weight loss was 3.6 percent after 90 days and the average loss of excess BMI was 14 percent.

Many weight loss programs fail because they are hard to follow and people just have trouble controlling their appetite. With this nerve-freezing study, the hunger signal to the brain can be weakened, providing a solution to mild obesity.

This is not a permanent procedure, however. The nerve will fully grow back in one year and to follow up on this study, more subjects will have to be tested in a clinical trial

Source: Lardieri, A. “New Weight Loss Procedure Freezes Hunger Nerves to Brain” 21 March 2018 www.usnews.com

Leeman Taylor
B.S. Criminal Justice

High-Energy Breakfast Aids Weight Loss, Diabetes

We all know how important it is the get your day started with a good breakfast, but a new study suggest that a high energy breakfast will also help you lose weight and control glucose levels.

High-Energy Breakfast

A new study suggest that a high energy breakfast will help you lose weight and control glucose levels.

The study took place in Israel where 11 women and 18 men with both obesity and type 2 diabetes were monitored for three months. The patients were being treated with insulin and 69 was the average age. The participants were divided into two groups. One group ate an energy-rich breakfast, medium lunch and small dinner. The other group ate six small meals during the day. The weight and glucose levels of the patients were also tracked during the three months.

The researchers found that the three meal diet with the high-energy breakfast was more effective for weight loss with the obese and type 2 diabetes patients rather than the six meals. During the study, the high-energy group lost an average of 11 pounds while the other group only lost 3 pounds. Cravings and hunger for carbs decreased in the high energy breakfast group but increased in the six meal group.

Also, the high-energy group needed a lot less insulin while the other group needed more insulin than average.

According to the American Diabetes Association, type 2 diabetes is the most common form of the disease and occurs when the body is “insulin resistant,” or does not use insulin properly. If left untreated this can cause eye, kidney, nerve and heart problems. This condition can normally be treated with lifestyle changes, pill, and insulin shots.

These results, which were presented at the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society in Chicago, suggest that proper food timing and frequency could play a role in glucose and weight control for diabetic patients.

Although this study was done with obese diabetic patients, I believe a high-energy breakfast with two meals could be effective for any obese individual. If you could stay away from white flour and refined sugar but opt for more filling foods like eggs, wheat bread or oatmeal, you will greatly increase your chances of weight loss.

Source: Dovey, D. “A Big Breakfast May Be Key to Weight Loss, Study Finds” 19 March 2018 www.newsweek.com

Leeman Taylor
B.S. Criminal Justice

Will the Ketogenic Diet Help You Lose Weight?

In this world of living healthy and losing weight, there always seems to be a new diet that claims rapid weight loss and quick fixes for fat loss. The latest diet that has been drawing attention is the ketogenic diet — a high fat, low carb diet that changes the metabolism from carbohydrates to fat. Getting the proper gym equipment is necessary when you are trying to lose weight, visit https://flexmastergeneral.com/.

Keto Diet

The keto diet is basically a low-carb diet that focuses on eating moderate amounts of fat, such as avocados and cheese. Photo by Sott.net

Just like other popular diets, this one promises to result in rapid weight loss or better yet, fat loss. This diet was created in 1920 to treat children with epilepsy who did not respond to several medications. Since the restricted food choices make it difficult to follow, the ketogenic diet is “usually not recommended for adults,” according to the National Epilepsy Foundation.

The keto diet is basically a low-carb diet that focuses on eating moderate amounts of fat, such as avocados and cheese. When you eliminate carbohydrates, your body will burn stored fat through a process known as ketosis; which helps fat loss.

According to doctors, your body will enter this state in about two days and luckily, counting calories is not necessary. It is recommended that patients eat according to their appetites. Although you do not have to count calories, you have to pay attention to the fats, carbohydrates and proteins in your diet. Research shows that the keto diet works best when it includes less than 20 grams of carbs per day.

About 60 to 80 percent of your diet should be comprised of fat, registered dietitian Stacey Mattinson told Everyday Health. Then, about 1 gram of protein per kilogram of body weight is allowed. To figure out carb allowance, Mattinson explained that you need to determine the net carbs. This can be done by subtracting fiber from a food’s total carbohydrates.

One difficult thing about the keto diet and collagen additives is that even eating the wrong serving size of fruit could make your body burn carbs instead of fat. “It’s easy to get ‘kicked out’ of ketosis,” Mattinson said. Even meats need to be consumed in moderation, and certain types are off limits completely, like breaded chicken or cold cuts.

Studies have found, however that the keto diet does have some benefits. In 2012, a paper published in Nutrition found the plan could help diabetics maintain their blood sugar levels, though there is some concern about consuming excess amounts of fat. Many studies have found the diet to be effective for losing weight.

For the most part, medical advice is always recommended before starting a new diet. Any diet that eliminates an entire food group is a big concern for me. I love diets that are easy to follow and emphasize eating whole grains with fruits and vegetables. Everyone is different so finding a diet that works for you increases your chances of weight loss.

Source; Matthews. M, “What is Keto? Trendy Diet Allows for Plenty of Cheese and Fat” www.newsweek.com 13 March 2018

Leeman Taylor
B.S. Criminal Justice

Counting Calories May Not Be Key to Weight Loss, Study

If you have ever been on a diet, you know that the formula for weight loss is to limit the amount of calories you intake.

Counting Calories

If you eat quality foods you can still lose weight without counting calories, study. Photo by Diet Doctor

According to a new study, published in JAMA, that advice may not be so relevant. It found that individuals who reduced refined grains, processed foods and added sugar while focusing on eating whole foods and plenty of vegetables — without stressing about limiting portion sizes or counting calories — lost a good amount of pounds over a year.

The plan worked whether they followed diets that were low in carbs or low in fat. Also, their results were not affected by genetics or insulin-response to carbs. The findings bring support to the fact that quality, not quantity is what really helps people lose and maintain their weight for long term.

This should encourage Americans to focus more on eliminating processed foods that contain refined starches and added sugar like refined flour, sugary snacks and white bread instead of calorie counting.

The study was led by Christopher D. Gardner, the director of nutrition studies at the Stanford Prevention Research Center. During research, 600 overweight or obese people were split into two groups, “healthy” low carb and “healthy low fat. Both members attended classes with dietitians where they were trained to eat nutrient-dense, less processed whole foods, prepared at home whenever possible.

The low-fat group was encouraged eat oats, brown rice, fresh fruits, legumes and low-fat dairy products. The low-fat group was trained to eat salmon, hard cheese, vegetables, grass-fed and pasture-raised animal foods.

Unlike previous studies, this one did not set restrictive carb or fat limits but instead emphasize that they focus eating whole or “real” foods. “The unique thing is that we didn’t ever set a number for them to follow,” Dr. Gardner said.

Obviously, many dieters do regain the weight they lose, and this study cannot determine if the participants will maintain their new habits. There was a large variability in both groups although people on average lost a significant amount of weight. Some gained weight and others lost 50 to 60 pounds. The ones who lost the most weight reported that the study “changed their relationship with food.”

I think keeping track of everything you eat while trying to burn all those calories with physical activity is very stressful and in the long run, you give up. I believe that focusing on high quality foods is a much better approach.

Dr. Gardner said many of the people in the study were surprised — and relieved — that they did not have to restrict or even think about calories.

“A couple weeks into the study people were asking when we were going to tell them how many calories to cut back on,” he said. “And months into the study they said, ‘Thank you! We’ve had to do that so many times in the past.’”

After one year, the low-carb group lost an average of 13 pounds, while those in the low-fat group lost about 12 pounds. Both groups also saw improvements in blood pressure and blood sugar levels, body fat and waist sizes.

Researchers took DNA samples and analyzed genetic variants to find out that it did not affect their responses to the diets.

The most important thing about this study is to focus more on diet quality and not tracking how many calories you have consumed. If you eat more whole foods, vegetables, less added sugar and less refined grains, you can really increase your chances of weight loss.

Gardner CD, Trepanowski JF, Del Gobbo LC, Hauser ME, Rigdon J, Ioannidis JPA, Desai M, King AC. Effect of Low-Fat vs Low-Carbohydrate Diet on 12-Month Weight Loss in Overweight Adults and the Association With Genotype Pattern or Insulin SecretionThe DIETFITS Randomized Clinical TrialJAMA. 2018;319(7):667–679. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.0245

Leeman Taylor
B.S. Criminal Justice

Weight Loss Has ‘Ripple Effect’ On Partner

Weight loss can be tough for anyone just starting out especially if you are alone and/or have genetic predispositions to obesity. However, working out with a partner is good for motivation and can increase your chances of success, but only if the both of you are committed.

 

Couple Workout

A new study found that weight loss has a ‘ripple effect’ on your parnter. Photo by Fitness Republic

A team of researchers from the University of Connecticut conducted a new study which found that losing weight has a ‘ripple effect’ on your significant other. In other words, if you are fully committed to losing weight then your partner will too. Conversely, if you are struggling with weight loss, your partner will also have the same outcome.

During the study that included 130 overweight or obese couples age 25 or order, researchers discovered when one member of a couple lost weight, it greatly raised the probability that the other partner would too — even if that partner was not actively participating in any weight loss program. Likewise, when one partner struggled to trim down, it made it more likely for the other person to have problems as well. Amy Gorin, a professor of behavioral psychology at the University of Connecticut and the lead author of a new study on these impacts, calls this the “ripple effect.”

Gorin put the couples into two groups. In one group, one partner joined Weight Watchers in which they received personal counseling and online tools to help them lose weight for six months. The partner in the other group only got a handout on exercise, healthy eating and weight management strategies.

After six months, over 33 percent of the untreated partners lost 3 percent or more of their beginning body weight, a number that dieticians regard as a sizeable benefit. These individuals did not participate in any weight loss program at all; only their partners.

With that being said, it does not matter if the partner who is trying to lose weight joins a weight loss program or not, as long as they are trying to lose weight is what counts. The main point is that anyone trying to lose weight, no matter what approach is taken, can benefit others in their lives.

Source: Gorin, A. A., Lenz, E. M., Cornelius, T., Huedo-Medina, T., Wojtanowski, A. C. and Foster, G. D. (2018), Randomized Controlled Trial Examining the Ripple Effect of a Nationally Available Weight Management Program on Untreated Spouses. Obesity. doi:10.1002/oby.22098

Leeman Taylor
B.S. Criminal Justice

Best Diets for 2018

This year the DASH and Mediterranean diets tied for first place as best overall diet.

DASH stands for dietary approaches to stop hypertension. It highlights eating fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and minimizing on salt. This diet was created by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to help individuals lower their high blood pressure. The Mediterranean diet also outlines fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, with moderate alcohol intake. Both have lean proteins such as fish or chicken.

Best Diets

The Mediterranean and DASH diets were voted best diets for 2018. Photo by U.S. News

Both diets were also ranked as easiest to follow, with the Mediterranean diet winning first place and the DASH diet fourth. They also tied for first place as best diet for people with diabetes and claimed top spots in some other categories.

Experts based their choices by how easy the diet was to follow, the likelihood of short-term and long-term weight loss, and how effective it was against diabetes and heart disease. One of the experts mentioned that there is no single diet that fits everyone. You have to find a diet that you can adapt to, manage and maintain over time.

Other best overall diets include Weight Watchers, the Flexitarian diet, Volumetrics, TLC diet and MIND diet.

The Flexitarian diet is mainly a meatless plan that focuses on plant-based foods. Weight Watchers focuses on healthy eating, with point values assigned to foods and a daily point limit. TLC is short for therapeutic changes for high cholesterol; followers exercise more and reduce saturated fat. The MIND diet joins parts of the Mediterranean and DASH diets and pushes to improve brain health.

Best commercial diets: Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers were winners for first and second place. Jenny Craig has low-calorie packaged foods and support from consultants. The Flat Belly diet and Nutritarian tied for third. The Flat Belly plan emphasizes eating healthy, with monounsaturated fats such as from olive oil and nuts and setting a 1,600-calorie daily limit. The Nutritarian diet focuses on a plant-based plan with ”anti-cancer super foods.”

Best weight loss diets: Winners included Weight Watchers, Volumetrics, Jenny Craig, Vegan, and Flexitarian. Volumetrics emphasizes eating foods that fill you up, such as broth-based soups, fruits, and non-starchy vegetables such as tomatoes and mushrooms.

Best fast weight loss diets: Winners were the HMR diet, Weight Watchers, Biggest Loser, Medifast, SlimFast and Volumetrics. The HMR diet is a low-calorie plan with meal replacement shakes that emphasize fruits and vegetables. The Biggest Loser involves eating regular meals with lean protein, fruits, and vegetables and keeping a food journal. Medifast starts with five meal replacements a day and one meal, with more meals introduced as weight is lost. SlimFast is a program of meal replacement shakes.

Best diets for healthy eating: Winners: DASH, Mediterranean, Flexitarian, TLC, Mayo Clinic, MIND, Volumetrics, and Weight Watchers. The Mayo Clinic diet emphasizes healthy lifelong eating.

Easiest to follow: Mediterranean, Flexitarian, Weight Watchers, DASH, and MIND.

Best for diabetes: After the two first-place winners, DASH and Mediterranean, followed the Flexitarian, Mayo Clinic, Vegan, Volumetrics, and Weight Watchers diets.

Best for heart disease: DASH declared the top spot, followed by Mediterranean and Ornish (tie for second) and TLC. Flexitarian, MIND, and Vegan tied for the fifth spot. The Ornish diet ranks foods from healthiest to most satisfying, inspiring followers to focus on the foods from the healthiest group.

Best plant-based diets: The top five are the Mediterranean, Flexitarian, Ornish, Vegetarian, and Traditional Asian diets. The Traditional Asian plan includes low-fat eating with minimal red meat and plenty of fresh fruits, fish, and vegetables.

As mentioned earlier, there is no one diet that works for all. Just because the diet is popular does not mean that it is right for you. The best option for weight loss is to try different diets and find one that is easy for you to stick to long-term.

 

Source: U.S. News & World Report: “Best Diets 2018 rankings.”

Leeman Taylor
B.S. Criminal Justice

Start Weight Loss Today

As the new year approaches many of us have goals of losing weight and becoming a healthier person. The holidays are here and if we are not careful, we can easily gain too much weight and make our goals of weight loss even tougher. Today I will share a few tips you can use to start your goal of becoming a healthier you before the new year begins.

Start Weight Loss Today

You can start weight loss today by taking small but steady steps to become a healthier you. Photo by The Dia Method

Slow but Steady

I know that you may be excited to lose weight and cannot wait to get that beach body that you dream of but be realistic. This means that your goals should be realistic and you should start off slow but be consistent. For instance, you can begin by losing 2 or 3 pounds per week and slowly increase your goal overtime. A great way to start exercising is by taking walks or jogging around the park and your local track. Take a friend with you if you feel yourself not motivated enough and this way you can inspire each other.

Make Small Changes to Your Diet

If you think you can ditch your current diet and start eating totally healthy overnight think again. You have to take your time and make small changes to your diet (adding supplements like the Omega Boom maybe) and over time it will become easier for you to eat healthy. You can start by adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet or replace sugary drinks with water. When I get tired of eating the same thing I switch it occasionally because it can get boring fast.

Do Not Give Up

When it seems like you have been working hard towards weight loss and you do not see immediate results you sometimes lose confidence. Sometimes it does take time to see noticeable results so if you don’t see a change at first, just keep going. Studies show that if you are making small progress but are consistent, you tend to keep the weight off longer overtime. If you do achieve your goals but reach a plateau, switch up your diet and exercise routine. Once your body gets use to a certain routine it becomes more difficult to lose weight because your metabolism has probably come to a standstill.

These are just general weight loss tips from Clinique Michel Gagner, but they provide a great way to get started today on your journey. Losing weight is not easy so it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to see real results. Certain natural supplements, like Ultra Omega Burn, may help you reach your goal at a faster pace, discover the benefits of Ultra Omega Burn today. Whatever you do, do not give up and stay focused on your weight loss goals to become healthier.

Leeman Taylor
B.S. Criminal Justice

Cinnamon May Fight Obesity

Cinnamon is a sweet spice that most of us enjoy and the fact that it may help fight obesity just makes it even better.

Cinnamon

An essential oil in cinnamon attacks fat cells and could be used as a treatment to fight obesity, according to new study. Photo by Medical News Today

According to a new study published in the journal Metabolism, an essential oil found in cinnamon attacks fat cells and could be used to fight obesity.

Researchers from the University of Michigan found that the oil cinnamaldehyde boosts metabolic health by causing fat cells to start burning energy — a process called thermogenesis.

“Cinnamon has been part of our diets for thousands of years, and people generally enjoy it,” said Jun Wu, a research assistant professor at UM’s Life Sciences Institute. “So if it can help protect against obesity, too, it may offer an approach to metabolic health that is easier for patients to adhere to.”

I believe that too much of anything is not good for you especially when we are talking about sugar and spices. I do agree that if a spice like cinnamon has the potential to help you lose weight, it will not hurt to add it to your diet in moderation if you really enjoy it.

Cinnamaldehyde is what gives cinnamon its flavor.

The research reflects off cinnamaldehyde studies in mice, where the oil fought against obesity.

The new study, published in the December issue of the journal Metabolism, tested whether the same effect would happen in humans.

Using fat cells from volunteers, researchers treated the cells — called adipocytes — with cinnamaldehyde. The results found an “increased expression” of genes and enzymes that boost metabolism while increasing proteins beneficial to thermogenesis.

Wu suggests cinnamaldehyde could be used to fight obesity by way of activating thermogenesis. But she held off on endorsing cinnamon as a weight-loss treatment until further study is done.

More research is needed to discover cinnamaldehyde’s benefits and side effects.

Source: Jiang, Juan et al “Cinnamaldehyde induces fat cell-autonomous thermogenesis and metabolic reprogramming” Metabolism – Clinical and Experimental, Volume 77, 58 – 64

Leeman Taylor
B.S. Criminal Justice

Intermittent Fasting is an Effective Way to Lose Weight

Fasting is eliminating or reducing your caloric intake for a set period of time. It has frequently been quoted as a great method for weight loss and keeping the pounds off. Whether you fast in a once-a-week pause or month-long daytime fast, no one method has really stood above the rest. However, researchers are beginning to focus on this one approach, intermittent fasting.

Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting has been found to be better for burning fat and improving metabolism, according to a new study published in the journal Cell Research. Photo by Generation Builders Ministries

Intermittent fasting has been found to be better for burning fat and improving metabolism, according to a new study published in the journal Cell Research. Scientist put mice on an intermittent fasting program for 16 weeks. The mice ate normal for two days then went one full day without eating. In the meantime, a fixed group of mice ate an equal amount of calories overall, but spread evenly over three days.

After four months, the mice that fasted had lower bodyweights compared to the fixed-group mice. They also had less white fat and more brown fat, which is used for body heat and energy, and their glucose and insulin levels were more constant.

It may be possible that intermittent fasting stimulates an anti-inflammatory cell, that triggers an increase of a blood vessel growth factor, which causes the body to burn more fat cells, according to researchers.

“Intermittent fasting without a reduction in calorie intake can be a preventative and therapeutic approach against obesity and metabolic disorders,” said study co-author Kyoung-Han Kim, an assistant professor in the department of cellular and molecular medicine at the University of Ottawa. “Strikingly, these fasting-stimulated changes in the growth of vascular cells and subsequent immune alterations occur even after a single cycle of 24-hour fasting, and are completely reversed when mice start eating again.”

Although this study was not tested with humans, I believe this type of fasting is effective for people as well. Of course, going an entire day without food is difficult, but it may be well worth the temptation if it is promising for weight loss.

Source: Kyoung-Han, K. et al. “Intermittent fasting promotes adipose thermogenesis and metabolic homeostasis via VEGF-mediated alternative activation of macrophage” Cell Research 17 October 2017

Leeman Taylor
B.S. Criminal Justice

Black Tea May Help You Lose Weight

You should know by now that green tea has its benefits to weight loss from previous studies, but now researchers from the University of California Los Angeles found that black tea can help you lose weight as well.

Black Tea

Black tea may help you lose weight, according to new study by UCLA. Photo by Organic Facts

The study that was published in the European Journal of Nutrition fed four groups of mice different diets for 30 days. The groups were as follows: low-fat and high-sugar, high-fat and high-sugar, high-fat and high-sugar with green tea, and high-fat and high sugar with black tea.

After analyzing the mice’s fat, liver tissue and gut bacteria, they discovered that both of the tea groups on a high-fat diet lost an equal amount of weight compared to the mice consuming less fat, or lesser calories overall.

That is because black tea and green tea are sufficient in polyphenols, a type of antioxidant that has been found to increase your heart health and play a role in weight loss. However, the way these antioxidants travel through your body differs in black tea, compared to green tea says researchers.

Polyphenols in green tea absorb in your blood easily. On the other hand, polyphenols in black tea work through your intestines because they are too big to be absorbed into your bloodstream. This is where they boost good bacteria in your gut to help keep your metabolism running smoothly.

Although both types of teas can positively affect gut bacteria, only black tea lead to an increase in a type of bacteria known as Pseudobutyrivibrio and short-chain fatty acids in the mice, which basically explains how it could affect your metabolism differently than green tea.

Although the study was done in mice, the researchers believe the results could apply to humans, too.

“Our new findings suggest that black tea, through a specific mechanism through the gut microbiome, may also contribute to good health and weight loss in humans,” Susanne Henning, Ph.D., R.D., lead study author and adjunct professor at the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition previous studies. “The results suggest that both green and black teas are prebiotics, substances that induce the growth of good microorganisms that contribute to a person’s well-being.”

Keep in mind that just drinking tea will not make you lose weight alone. You must add some kind of physical activity and watch what you eat on a daily basis. Still, choosing to sip on black tea instead of a sugary beverage will help you lose those extra calories.

Source: Monster, R. “Black tea may help with weight loss, too” www.newsroom.ucla.edu 2 October 2017

Leeman Taylor
B.S. Criminal Justice