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Pasta May Be Good for Your Diet After All

Pasta has always been regarded as bad for you if you eat too much of it but a new Italian study says it may actually help you lose weight.

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Pasta may help fight obesity and be a good diet choice after all, according to Italian study. Photo by Pasta For All

After analyzing data on thousands of Italians, eating pasta moderately looks to lower the risks of general and abdominal obesity. I love pasta but I try to eat it in moderation and make my meals as healthy as possible. For instance, I use whole grain noodles instead of regular noodles that have no nutritional value.

“Our data show that enjoying pasta according to individuals’ needs contributes to a healthy body mass index, lower waist circumference and better waist-hip ratio,” said George Pounis, first author of the study. Past studies would say that pasta is fattening and should be avoided if you are trying to lose weight so this finding is completely opposite.

“We have seen that consumption of pasta, contrary to what many think, is not associated with an increase in body weight, rather the opposite,” Pounis added in a journal news release.

Pasta is a part of the Mediterranean Diet, which emphasizes fruits, vegetables, beans, peas, olive oil, grains, fish and poultry. This is my type of diet and it is one that I can stick to so it has been working well for me lately.

Pounis and his colleagues at IRCCS Neuromed in Pozzilli, Italy, reviewed results of two large studies including more than 23,000 Italians. One was the Moli-sani Project, which involved citizens living in the Molise region — a little more than halfway down the boot. The other was the Italian Nutrition and Health Survey, which focuses on eating habits in all Italian regions.

The study did not mention how much pasta you can consume without getting fat. However, it did say that over eating pasta will make you fat.

“The obese population was older and at lower socioeconomic status, had higher waist and hip circumferences and waist-to-hip ratio, and consumed more pasta [grams per day] than normal or overweight participants,” wrote lead author Licia Iacoviello and colleagues, according to CNN.

After learning that eating pasta in moderation may actually help you lose weight, I believe that the Mediterranean diet is a good health choice for your diet.

Source: Pounis, G. “Association of pasta consumption with body mass index and waist-to-hip ratio: results from Moli-sani and INHES studies” Nutrition & Diabetes 4 July 2016

Leeman Taylor
Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice
Real Estate Investor & Internet Marketer

Less Common Obesity Surgery Better for Weight Loss

Gastric bypass and duodenal switch are two of the most common weight loss surgeries for treatment of severe obesity. A new study published in JAMA Surgery found that duodenal switch, the less common fat loss procedure, was shown to help individuals lose more weight and improve glycemic control (Risstad H, et al. 2015).

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Duodenal switch has been linked to greater weight loss and decreased cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Photo: Bariatrics P.A.

Traditional diet and exercise have always been my choice of natural weight loss methods but I do understand the need for surgical procedures for severely obese individuals. The clinical trial included individuals with a BMI between 50 and 60, aged 20 to 50 years, and had prior fat loss attempts that did not enable sustained weight loss (Risstad H, et al. 2015).

Of the 60 included individuals, 31 underwent gastric bypass surgery and 29 underwent a duodenal switch. Fifty-five participants (92%) returned to the 5-year visit after an average follow-up of 61 months. The total body weight loss was 26.4% after gastric bypass and 40.3% after duodenal switch which is quite shocking to me. Also, cholesterol, triglyceride concentrations and blood pressure levels were significantly decreased after duodenal switch.

The only downfalls to duodenal switch are the more adverse events as compared to gastric bypass. Surgery to correct malnutrition or severe diarrhea was required in 10% of patients after duodenal switch so readmission rates were much higher.

The bottom line is that duodenal switch results in greater weight loss and good improvements in blood sugar and cholesterol levels over a 5-year period in patients with a BMI between 50 and 60. However, duodenal switch was linked to more long-term nutritional and surgical complications compared to gastric bypass surgery for weight loss.

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

Source: Risstad H, Sovik TT, Engstrom M, et al. “Five-Year Outcomes after Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass and Laparoscopic Duodenal Switch in Patients with Body Mass Index of 50 to 60: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Surg. 4 February 2015

Bryn Mawr College Apologizes After ‘Fat Shaming’ Weight Loss Emails

Colleges have a major concern about the health of their students, so schools and institutions offer weight loss programs and facilities as well. However, students at Bryn Mawr College find an email for students with “elevated BMIs”, to be a shameful weight loss invitation (Wood 2015).

Weight Loss at Bryn Mawr College

Students at Bryn Mawr College received a weight loss e-mail invitation to a free, individualized fitness program. Fat Loss

According to Philly.com, 100 emails were sent out as an invitation to participate in a free, individualized fitness program. I honestly don’t see anything wrong with this as it provides an option for students to lose weight. “There were truly good intentions behind this,” said Bryn Mawr spokesman Matt Gray. “It’s a program that includes individual counseling, nutritional advice, and group support.”

Gray mentioned that twelve students had already gone through with the program since its launch in October and no one complained. Unfortunately, the invitations got into the wrong hands and a student felt offended. Rudrani Sarma, pre-law junior who is not obese, received one of those emails and made negative posts on Facebook that went viral.

She received an apology from the health center and was told her name was incorrectly included by a nurse. Buzzfeed, a popular viral news website, picked up the story and Sarma was reached by phone. She said “Body policing and fat shaming are both involved here, and it’s important to have a discussion about how we want to talk about our bodies.” I agree that discussing our bodies may be confidential but when an institution is targeting a group to help them, then those actions may be justified.

George Loewenstein, a professor of economics and psychology at Carnegie Mellon University who has studied behavioral economics and obesity, said the targeted email was “probably a mistake.”

Gray said the health center is rethinking how it will invite students to participate in the future (Wood 2015). I encourage all colleges, schools and institutions to continue to help students with weight loss and improve our health but just try to make invitations less offensive. Fat loss in college is not easy and being a student myself, I can share a few tips on how to lose fat in college.  First, I avoid eating out to fast food restaurants because they are expensive and the food doesn’t offer any nutritional value. I plan my meals out, then I cook at least 3 to 4 times per week. Next, I love running and boxing, so I find myself jogging 3 times per week and going to the gym to hit the bags for an hour as well. My last tip is to think positive about weight loss and find a partner to help you stay motivated. I understand college gets stressful at times but it is also very important to focus on weight management to live a longer, healthier life.

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

Source: Wood, S. “E-mail stirs ‘fat shaming’ controversy at Bryn Mawr College” 30 January 2015 Philly.com