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Belly Fat Increased by Diet Sodas

Do you love diet sodas but still want to lose belly fat? If so, drinking diet sodas may not be a good idea according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Researchers discovered that people who drank diet soda gained nearly 3 times the belly fat over 9 years as those who did not consume diet soda (J AM Geriatr Soc 2015).

Diet Soda Linked to Belly Fat

According to the Journal of the American Geriatric Society, people who drank diet soda gained about 3 times the belly fat over 9 years. ClipArt Photo

In the study, 749 individuals ages 65 and older were asked, every few years, how many cans of soda they consumed a day, and how many of those sodas were diet or regular.

The results were very predictive of abdominal-fat gain, even after the researchers adjusted for factors like smoking, levels of physical activity and diabetes. Individuals who did not drink diet soda gained approximately 0.8 in. around the waistline over the study period, but the ones who consumed diet soda every day gained 3.2 in. The people who fell between – occasional drinkers of diet soda – gained nearly 1.8 in.

This is quite shocking news to me because I always believed that diet sodas were a healthy choice for weight loss but now research shows it increases belly fat over time for women over 40 and 65. Visceral fat – the fat that surrounds the abdominal organs- is associated with increased cardiovascular disease, type-2 diabetes and inflammation which make this kind of fat the most dangerous. These findings, which authors refer to as “striking,” add to the rising body of evidence that no- and low-calorie sweeteners may contain some health concerns.

“Regular sugar has caloric consequences,” says the study’s senior author Dr. Helen Hazuda, professor of medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. And one of those is that it triggers satiety – a sense of fullness or satisfaction. “Your body is use to knowing that a sweet taste means you are ingesting energy in the form of calories that, if you don’t burn them off, is going to convert to fat,” she says. Artificial sweeteners, however, confuse our bodies and weaken the link in our brains between sweetness and calories. That, Hazuda says, can lead to weight gain and cravings for sweeter and sweeter treats.

On the other hand, the Caloric Control Council, an association that represents the reduced-caloric food and beverage industry- disagreed with the study’s finding. “The use of low-calorie sweeteners in fat loss have been shown to have benefits,” the group mentioned.

Researchers found that the belly-fat gain was most common in people who were already overweight. Hazuda says when people think they’re doing something good by drinking artificially sweetened drinks, it’s “actually totally counterproductive.” For the most part, if you are seeking to lose belly fat, it would be a wise idea to reduce those diet sodas and choose a healthier diet choice such as natural fruit juice or water for fat loss.

Leeman Taylor
Senior Criminal Justice Major at Florida A&M University
Real Estate Investor & Internet Marketer

Source: Hazuda, H. William, K. Fowler, S. “Diet Soda Intake is Associated with Long-Term Increases in Waist Circumference in a Biethnic Cohort of Older Adults: The San Antonio Longitudinal Study of Aging” 17 March 2015 Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

Lose Belly Fat With These Fat-Burning Foods

Losing belly fat and maintaining a flat stomach has always been a goal of mine so I took diet and exercise seriously. Consuming the proper fat-burning foods is important and David Zinczenko, best-selling co-author of the popular “Eat This, Not That!” series, has published a new book “Zero Belly Diet” in which I will discuss those belly fat-burning foods in this article today.

Fat-Burning Foods

Lose belly fat with these fat-burning foods and live a longer, healthier life.

Zinczenko created “Zero Belly” which aimed to reduce inflammation, stop bloating and shut down fat-storage genes (Zinczenko 2015). Belly fat is medically defined as “visceral fat”, which surrounds our guts and organs, pushing out our tummies. This type of fat is directly related to major health diseases such as type 2 diabetes, stroke, cancer, heart disease, liver disease and even Alzheimer’s.

According to Zinczenko, Zero Belly is based on the breakthrough science of “nutritional genetics,” which is the study of how specific foods trigger our fat genes to shut off or on. When Zinczenko put together a panel to test out the Zero Belly program, the average person lost 4 inches off their waist in just 6 weeks. This is quite interesting to me because those individuals lost weight fast without calorie counting or deprivation. The key was to develop a scientifically proven eating program that focuses on your fat genes. The Zero Belly program works in these 3 ways:

First, it reduces bloating by helping you slow down on extra salt, artificial sweeteners and dairy products. Next, it heals your gut by feeding the “good” microbes in your stomach. A balanced diet will decrease inflammation and help to shut off your fat genes. Last, it increases your metabolism with health fats, good dietary fiber and lean protein.

Lose belly fat with these 9 fat-burning foods:

Lean meat has been shown to maintain a high metabolism. These meats include lean beef, skinless chicken breast or white turkey.

Lean Meat Fat-Burner

Lean meats contain adequate protein which is essential for maintaining muscle mass. Clipart photo

Eggs contain a nutrient known as choline and researchers believe it shuts off the genes for visceral fat gain.

Beans, rice, oats and other dietary fiber can help the bacteria in your gut shut off genes for diabetes. I love oatmeal for breakfast and it’s a great way to begin your day plus satisfy your sweet tooth if you add sugar to it.

Red fruit such as apples are one of my favorite foods to eat. The darker the color, the more powerful they are at helping shut off obesity genes.

Olive oil and other healthy fats will help stop hunger cravings for up to four hours. I usually eat a high-protein diet in the mornings to keep my feeling full and curb my appetite throughout the evening.

Olive Oil Benefits

Olive oil has been shown to reduce the risk of high blood pressure, stroke, high cholesterol and even cancer. Clipart photo

Extra plant protein can be discovered in nuts and seeds like almonds, sunflower seeds or pecans and split peas or soy. I also like to add a plant-based protein powder mix to my fruit smoothies before and during my workouts.

The flavors and spices you like such as cinnamon, dark chocolate and even ginger can decrease inflammation and fight your fat genes.

Zero belly drinks”, drinks that are specifically plant-based smoothies that contain protein, fiber, healthy fat and resveratrol. You will find resveratrol in quantities in peanut butter, dark chocolate and red fruits which are all my daily favorites.

Green tea, bright vegetables, and leafy greens have been shown to decrease inflammation and help shut off fat-storage genes. I personally love bright, colorful vegetables because they add color and crunch to my meal plan.

Green Tea Benefits

Green tea contains catechins, which are antioxidants that fight and may even prevent cell damage. Clipart photo

You can include these 9 fat-burning foods along with daily physical activity help yourself lose belly fat today!

Leeman Taylor
Senior Criminal Justice Major at Florida A&M University
Real Estate Investor & Internet Marker

Source: Zinczenko, D. “Nine foods to help you beat fat” 7 January 2015 CNN.com

Fat is Released through Breathing After Weight Loss

When you lose weight, have you ever wondered where the fat goes? Most people believe that fat is converted to energy or heat, which violates the law of conservation of mass. According to researchers from the University of New South Wales in Australia, majority of the fat is exhaled or breathed out as carbon dioxide during weight loss (BMJ 2014;349:g7257).

Fat Released through Breathing After Weight Loss

Fat is released through breathing after weight loss. Photo by Healthy Eggs

Professor Andrew Brown and Ruben Meerman stated that excess carbohydrates or protein in the diet is transferred to triglyceride and placed in the lipid droplets of adipocytes. Extra dietary fat does not need conversion other than lipolysis and re-esterification (BMJ 2014; 349:g7257). When people desire to lose weight while keeping their fat-free mass, they are attempting to metabolize those stored triglycerides.

The complete oxidation of a single triglyceride molecule involves many enzymes and biochemical steps and the atoms that make up this formula are carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. Researchers wanted to study the fat storage that leaves as carbon dioxide or water during weight loss so they traced every atom’s pathway out of the body (BMJ 2014;349:g7257). The results showed that the lungs are the primary excretory organ for weight loss and when someone loses 10 kg of fat (triglyceride); 8.4 kg is exhaled as carbon dioxide. The rest of the 28 kg total of CO2 produced is contributed by breathing in oxygen.

When resting, the average 70 kg person consuming a mixed diet exhales 200 ml of carbon dioxide in 12 breaths per minute. At one day of sleeping, resting, and performing light activities that double the resting metabolic rate, each for 8 hours, a person exhales 203g of carbon from the body. If you replace just one hour of rest with exercise, you are increasing the metabolic rate to seven times that of by resting, for instance, jogging eliminates an additional 39g of carbon from your body, increasing the total by nearly 20% to 240g (BMJ 2014;349:g7257). “Physical activity as a weight loss strategy is easily foiled by relatively small quantities of excess food”, says Professor Brown and Meerman.

The main purpose of this study was to demonstrate that the lungs are the primary excretory organ for fat. Weight loss requires unleashing the carbon stored in fat cells, which reinforce the misconception of “eat less, move more.” The researchers recommend these concepts to be included in secondary school science curriculums and university biochemistry courses to correct widespread misconceptions or myths about weight loss.

Leeman Taylor
Senior Criminal Justice Major at Florida A&M University
Real Estate Investor and Internet Marketer

Source: BMJ 2014; 349:g7257

Whole Grains Have Many Health Benefits

Whole grains have become one of my favorite fat-burning foods for weight loss because they have outstanding benefits such as lowering your blood sugar, redistributing body fat and helping to prevent obesity naturally. I like that fact that whole grains have become readily available in the natural foods that I purchase such as bread, pasta, rice and crackers. Don’t get me wrong, as much as you or I may love whole grains, too much is still not good for you.

Whole Grains Health Benefits The USDA recommends consuming grains on a daily basis including at least half of whole grains. Enjoy the amazing health benefits of whole grains including protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals plus other phytochemicals to improve your health.

Watch out for bread that’s brown and may look healthy, this could just be coloring with brown sugar or molasses. Since I recently switched to brown rice, brown eggs and other whole grains I pay close attention to the ingredients to make sure there isn’t anything artificial or bleached.

Fiber is one of the main reasons to consume whole grains. There are two kinds of whole grains, insoluble and soluble, that contain health benefits such as reducing the risk of colon cancer and controlling your blood sugar levels.

Studies have shown that individuals who consumed a lot of whole grains are more likely to maintain their weight and less likely to gain fat over a period of time than those who had eaten refined grains. Whole grains can help you control your weight by making you feel fuller longer than refined grains and they also take longer to digest. You reduce your calories by eating less and the fiber in whole grains acts as an appetite suppressant to help you lose weight.Evidence shows that eating a diet that contains fruits and vegetables plus whole grains without meat or processed foods can also help you lower your risk of cancer.

Did you know that carbs can be actually good for you? The key is the find the right type of carb and the resistant starch found in whole grains is one. It actually acts more like a fiber because it takes long to digest. It travels through your digestive system slowly while burning fat, maintaining your insulin levels and controlling your cholesterol levels as well.

I have recently changed my diet around a bit and included more whole grains, lean meats and low-fat dairy products to help speed up my metabolism. I eat a good source of fiber in the morning to suppress my appetite and control my hunger cravings during the afternoon so natural grains is a must for me. Usually a bowl of cereal or oatmeal along with wheat bread would be ideal for my quick breakfast.

When it comes to losing weight just eating whole grains alone will not make you lose weight. Dieting is only the first part of weight loss in controlling your calories by watching what you eat. Physical activity is the next step in losing weight and living a healthy life by improving your cardiovascular system and physique. Take advantage and include both diet and exercise for fat loss and watch how your health improves over the course of the year. Include whole grains in your diet today and receive the amazing benefits of weight loss, lowering your cholesterol and helping to prevent obesity naturally.

SourceGardner, Amanda, www.health.com, “18 Health Benefits of Whole Grains” 2014 Leeman Taylor Senior Criminal Justice Major at Florida A&M University