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Is Fasting Better for Weight Loss?

Although you may dislike the everyday restrictions of a conventional diet, a new study suggests that fasting one day and eating anything you want the next may not be better for weight loss.

Fasting

Fasting every other day may not be better for weight loss, study. Photo by Daily Burn

At the end of one year, researchers discovered that weight loss on either type of diet was about the same. There was a 6 percent weight loss on the alternate-day fasting diet and a little over 5 percent for the ones on a daily restricted diet.

“We thought the alternate-day fasting group would do better. It allows people to have a break from dieting every other day, so we thought their adherence would be better,” explained lead author Krista Varady.

“But it turns out people in both diets lost the same amount of weight,” said Varady. She’s an associate professor of kinesiology and nutrition at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

“People in the alternate-day fasting group were eating more than the 500 calories prescribed on the fast day, but a lot less than the calories prescribed on the feast day. That’s why they lost the same amount of weight,” she explained.

However, “people who stuck to the [alternate-day fasting] diet lost 20 to 50 pounds in a year,” Varady added. “It does work for some people.”

In the study, 100 obese people were randomly assigned to an alternate-day fasting diet, a conventional diet, or no diet at all.

People assigned to the conventional diet managed to stick to their diet goals better than the alternate-day fasting group, says researchers.

The dropout rates said it all: nearly 40 percent of the alternate-day fasting group gave up, while only 30 percent of the conventional diet group and 26 percent of control group quit.

Sticking to just 500 calories a day is very difficult but reducing your calories by 25 percent is much easier so a conventional diet would be a better choice for many.

The fasting diet appeared to be safe, she added. On fast days, people were encouraged to eat a lot of protein, because protein makes you feel full, she said. Whole grains are also a good choice because they can suppress your appetite as well.

In terms of weight loss, all calories are the same, but not all calories are healthy ones, Varady said. On days people could eat anything, some ate bags of chips and still lost weight, she noted. Snacks are not a good choice if you are trying to receive better health benefits even if you still lose weight.

“If you are reducing your food intake, you are going to lose weight, but in terms of health benefits, people should try to eat less processed foods and more fruits and vegetables,” Varady said.

Even though some have been fasting for years and love this lifestyle, this is not for everyone. You must find a diet that works for you and stick to it long term for successful weight loss.

Source: Krista Varady, Ph.D., associate professor, kinesiology and nutrition, University of Illinois, Chicago; Samantha Heller, M.S., R.D., senior clinical nutritionist, New York University Medical Center, New York City; May 1, 2017, JAMA Internal Medicine, online

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

Lose Weight Fast Forever

The holidays are here so we all want to find new ways to lose weight fast and keep it off. Getting fit is not easy so it really takes hard work and dedication to achieve long term goals. Today I will share some great ways to lose those extra pounds and maintain a healthy weight throughout the year.

Lose Weight Fast

You can lose weight fast with just a few small changes to your lifestyle. Photo by Secrets of Healthy Eating

First, you can start with making small changes to your lifestyle. Switch from the all-or-nothing approach to one or two healthy changes in your daily routine. “Doing this can lead to more weight loss than you ever imagined,” says Marissa Lippert, RD, author of The Cheater’s Diet. I do things like eat more veggies, eliminate late night snacking and portion out my meals during the day. These small tweaks can help you lose 10, 25 or even 60 pounds!

Next, if you like to eat out often as I use to, you can swap out your to-go order with a grilled chicken salad instead of a large bowl of pasta. I work full time so I found it convenient just to eat out for lunch. Now, I love to prepare delicious meals that I love before work which in turn saves me time and money.

Third, do not skip breakfast! We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and it’s really a great way to start our day. A simple banana with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with wheat bread is a quick choice. The whole grains and peanuts will curb your appetite and keep you from unhealthy snacking in the morning. The banana will give you energy to jumpstart your morning and suppress your appetite as well.

Is your fridge filled with junk food? If so, do a purge and clean out your pantry of all the foods you overindulge in. For instance, replace ice-cream with lower calorie snacks, such as roasted sunflower seeds or Special K Chocolatey Delight cereal. These better choices will definitely help you lose weight fast and keep you slimmer.

Another great way to shed to those extra pounds is to workout after work. I now go to the gym for at least 45 minutes and exercise a little with friends which keeps me motivated. To be honest, it took some time to see results but I stayed dedicated and it really paid off. Me and my colleagues motivate each other and that is what matters the most. “After work, my colleagues and I always grabbed dinner—and it was usually deep-fried. Then we changed things up. Instead of nights out, we started walking and running around a local track. A year later, I’m down 40 pounds.” —Ellen Setzer, Cleveland, OH

If you really want to maintain a healthy weight, go out for a walk or jog at least three to four times a week. I love running so it is nothing for me to go out for a nice jog early in the morning or late in the evening when the weather is nice. I feel great when I get my heart rate up and break a small sweat every now and then. If you feel discouraged, take a friend along with you and before you know it, you will have done a few miles before the conversation is over.

As I have mentioned in the beginning, weight loss is not easy but with a few small tweaks you can really lose weight fast and keep it off. Just by making these small changes to your diet and getting a little more exercise daily, you will maintain a healthy weight all year long.

Source: G. Jessica, “16 Ways to Lose Weight Fast” www.health.com

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

Burn Fat Without the Gym

We understand that weight loss involves eating healthy and daily physical activity but sometimes we just do not have time for the gym. Thanksgiving is over so it is time to get back on track with our diet and exercise plans. Today I will go over some great ways to burn fat without stepping foot in a gym.

Burn Fat at Home

You can still burn fat without the gym with great workouts backed by research. Photo by BodyBuilding.com

Start the Day with Exercise

Eating breakfast first is usually a routine for me but according to a 2013 study in the British Journal of Nutrtition, exercising first thing in the morning can help you lose 20 percent more fat than working out after breakfast. You can try this HIIT workout that includes lunges and squat jumps. It only takes 10 minutes and it can be done right in your living room.

High-Intensity Workouts

If you normally exercise for 30 minutes, try only a third of  that, but go hard! According to Jordan Metzl, MD, author of Dr. Jordan Metzl’s Workout Prescription, an intense 10 minutes boosts your metabolism and equals about 30 minutes at a moderate intensity. Since I like running, I can run for about 3 minutes and burn 200 more calories over the rest of the day, says a 2013 study from Colorado State University.

Get More Sleep

If you are trying to maintain your weight this season, know this: Research from the University of Chicago discovered that dieters lost 55 percent less fat when they slept for 5 1/2 hours rather than sleeping for 8 1/2 hours. To fall asleep faster avoid eating, bright screens and beer a couple hours before bed. Foods that do help you fall asleep faster are bananas, jasmine rice and cherries.

Take a Walk

Walking around the block for about 15 minutes will burn three times as much calories as opposed to sitting down for the same amount of time, says a new study in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health. Also, walking after a big holiday dinner will help aid digestion.

Laugh off the Calories

This season is full of joy and fun so go ahead and laugh it up with family. Did you know that laughing for 10 or 15 minutes can burn as much as 40 calories? Picture going through the entire day with laughter while the calories slowly disappear.

The holidays are here and we still have weight loss goals to accomplish. If you find yourself with no time for the gym, these great fat loss tips will help you continue to burn fat will at home.

Source: Leicht., L “12 Ways to Burn Fat Without Setting Foot in the Gym” www.health.com

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

Weight Loss Leads to Increase in Appetite

People who lose weight often wonder why they end up regaining the weight back after all that hard work. A new study sheds light on how weight loss can accidentally increase your appetite therefore causing you to regain weight.

Weight Loss Leads to Increase in Appetite

Weight loss can actually cause a surge in appetite, which leads to a weight regain, study. Photo by Eat This Not That

According to researchers, individuals who lose weight get really hungry and could eat up to 100 more calories for every two pounds lost. This means the more weight you lose, the more calories you consume causing you to gain more weight than before.

“That’s the very first time that number has been quantified. We never knew how big that number was before the study,” says researcher Kevin Hall, PhD, who studies how the body responds to weight loss at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, MD.

He says it’s the strong increase in appetite, rather than the reduction in metabolism, people have after weight loss that causes weight regain. I can agree that after an intense workout I do become extremely hungry and I end up eating more than I may need to satisfy my appetite.

The effect of appetite is 3 times stronger than for reducing metabolism. The two combined will assure that lost weight will sneak right back, Hall says.

This study will be published in the November issue of the journal Obesity and independent experts say it will change how physicians treat patients who have lost weight.

In the trial, data was analyzed for people who had type 2 diabetes and could eat without restriction for a year. Of the 242 participants, 153 received canagliflozin, a drug that caused a substantial surge in the amount of glucose excreted in their urine.

The funny thing about it was that the group taking the drug had not lost more weight. Hall developed an equation in his lab to find out why the patients’ weight loss came to a stop. The formula measured the number of calories a person would need to eat to have weight changes over time.

He found out that even though the people did not know how much calories the drug was burning, their bodies were fighting against the weight loss, making them eat more to make up for the loss.

This study sheds light on how not achieving weight loss is not all your fault. Your body actually fights against the long-term maintenance of that weight, says Scott Kahan, MD, director of the National Center for Weight and Wellness at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

However, this study did have limitations. Researchers studied people with type 2 diabetes so the results in appetite changes might be different for healthy people, Hall says. Different amounts of weight loss could also cause different changes in appetite.

I believe if further researcher support these findings, it aims at a new way doctors can help their patients lose weight.

Source: Kevin Hall, PhD, section chief, Integrative Physiology Section, Laboratory of Biological Modeling, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, Bethesda, MD. Obesity. October 2016

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

Obesity Gene Does Not Affect Weight Loss

The so-called “obesity gene” does not affect people’s ability to lose weight through diet, exercise and weight-loss medications, a new study says.

Obesity Gene

You can still lose weight even you carry the FTO gene. Photo by Newsmax

I know this is shocking to many individuals who are overweight because losing weight can be very difficult so you would think that an obesity related gene would slow down your weight loss.

British researchers reported that individuals with the FTO gene respond to these weight-loss strategies as well as those who do not have the gene. According to the study authors, the FTO gene is related to increased body weight and the study mentions that a person’s environment may play a bigger part in their weight management than DNA.

This means that regardless of the obesity related gene, you can still lose weight just like the individuals who do not have the gene. This is great news for all the overweight individuals who had doubts about weight loss because of carrying the FTO gene.

The trial included nearly 10,000 individuals who were analyzed by researchers to find the relationship between the FTO gene and weight loss plans.

At the beginning of the study, the ones who had the FTO gene were about 2 pounds heavier than those who did not carry the gene. However, there was no relation between FTO gene and the individuals’ ability to lose weight.

These findings were true despite the participants’ gender, age, the weight loss strategies they followed and other variables, said researchers.

These findings were published Sept. 20 in BMJ.

According to the National Institutes of Health, approximately 70 percent of adults in America are overweight or obese. This is definitely a global health crisis and researchers say the only way to stop this epidemic is to help people find ways to live healthier.

It seems that improving your eating habits and getting regular physical activity is the most common strategy of long term weight loss, regardless if you have obesity related genes or not.

Source: BMJ, news release, Sept. 20, 2016

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

High Protein Diet for Weight Management

When you are looking to gain lean muscle or lose weight, eating a high protein diet is very important and squeezing those meals into a busy schedule is quit challenging. On my journey to gain lean muscle and weight management, I have developed a quit meal that is high in protein and packed with carbohydrates (carbs) to keep you fueled throughout the day.

Fist & Broccoli Diet

Fish and broccoli is high in protein and easy to prepare. Photo by Natura Skin Clinic

Since I love fish and I need two easy meals at work, I eat fish and rice or broccoli at least twice while I am at work from Monday through Friday. I eat two pieces of salmon or tilapia with brown rice or broccoli on my first break, then another meal on my lunch break. These meals are great for me because each piece of fish has at least 21 grams of protein plus the brown rice or broccoli. When you calculate it, you are getting at least 50 grams of protein per meal. After work and during the weekends, I usually eat what I want to make my diet fun and not stressful.

If you don’t like fish or you get tired of it, you can substitute it with a chicken breast, which contains about 43 grams of protein per cup. You can also alternate your sides with a baked potato or a slice of wheat bread for carbs.

The good thing about these two meals is that they are quick and easy to prepare. They are also high in protein and delicious at the same time. With two protein shakes, you could easily have four meals per day and not be stressed about it. When you add a simple exercise routine with these meals, you will be able to maintain your weight while gaining lean muscle as well.

I have been on my diet and exercise plan for about two months now and I have already gained about 10 pounds of lean muscle. I also feel better and I have more energy at work.

For anyone who has a busy work schedule and cannot find the time to cook healthy meals, this easy fish diet will be a great start to maintaining a healthy weight and gaining lean muscle.

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

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.

Pasta Diet

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

Weight-Loss Surgery May Boost Survival

Weight loss surgery may greatly reduce obese people’s risk of premature death, a new study says.

Gastric Bypass Weight Loss Surgery

Weight loss surgery may boost survival for obese, says study. Photo by Healthy Hippie

Nearly five years after surgery, the death rate was over one percent for the individuals who had weight loss surgery and four percent for those in the non-surgical group, according to researchers.

The study was led by Christina Persson from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, who analyzed data from almost 49,000 obese people in Sweden. They were between 18 and 74 years of age.

Over 22,000 people had weight-loss surgery between 2000 and 2011. About 93 percent of the people in the surgery group had the procedure known as gastric bypass. The study compared them with approximately 26,000 people who did not have surgery.

According to the research, the overall death rate was reduced by 57 percent in the surgery group, compared to the non-surgery group. This number remained consistent after researchers adjusted for age and other previous diseases such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Heart disease, cancer, suicide and accidents were the most common causes of death among those who did not have the surgery.

Cancer and heart disease accounted for most of the major difference in mortality rates between obese people who underwent weight-loss surgery and those who did not, says researchers.

Losing weight is not easy for anyone overweight so undergoing weight loss surgery should be recommended by doctors or health care providers. A death rate that is decreased by about 60 percent is amazing and I believe more obese people should consider having gastric bypass surgery to increase his or her survival.

According to the CDC, over one-third of adults in the U.S. are obese, so this is a very serious issue. There is no overnight success or magic pill that will make you lose weight so it really does take hard work and dedication.

The study was set to be presented Thursday at the European Obesity Summit. Findings presented at meetings are usually viewed as preliminary until they have been published in peer-reviewed journals.

Leeman Taylor
Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice
Real Estate Investor & Internet Marketer
Source: European Obesity Summit, news release, June 2, 2016

Beans, Chickpeas May Aid Weight Loss

Beans, peas, lentils and chickpeas may be great for weight loss, according to a new Canadian research study.

Beans, Chickpeas Aid Weight Loss

Beans, chickpeas or also known as “pulses”, help you feel full to lose weight. Photo by the Globe and Mail

Data from 21 clinical trials that was analyzed on foods known as “pulses”, found that they can help people on a diet feel full and lose unhealthy weight. Beans, peas and other legumes are some of my favorite foods in my diet so this is good news for me as well. I could eat beans almost every day with rice and not get tired of it. Consuming these pulses on a regular basis means I am maintaining my weight while eating something I enjoy at the same time.

“Though the weight loss was small, our findings suggest that simply including pulses in your diet may help you lose weight, and we think more importantly, prevent you from gaining it back after you lose it,” study lead author Russell de Souza, a researcher at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, said during a hospital news release.

These foods are high in fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals so there is no question how they help you lose weight or lower cholesterol levels if consumed regularly.

The new analysis in the trial included a total of 940 adults who began eating one serving (3/4) cup of pulses each day. They lost 0.75 pounds on average over a six week period without making any extra effort to stay away from other kinds of foods, said researchers. This may not seem like a lot of weight loss but the fact that pulses suppress appetite is the main point. When you feel full, you eat less. The Canadian team also noted that pulses have a “low glycemic index” — meaning that they break down slowly in the digestive tract.

Prior research has found that one serving of legumes makes individuals feel fuller. Each time I eat a few good servings of beans or peas I always have a low appetite and feel less hungry later.

“This new study fits well with our previous work, which found that pulses increased the feeling of fullness by 31 percent, which may indeed result in less food intake,” Russell de Souza, the study’s lead author and researcher with the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital, said in a statement.

I love the fact of adding foods to your diet instead of removing them to lose weight and most diets fail according to research. It excites me even more that eating beans and peas has been shown to lower bad cholesterol while lowering the risk of heart disease at the same time.

To say the least, if you love beans, chickpeas or other legumes like I do, you should eat them more often to lose weight and improve your health for the future.

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

Source: Souza et al. “Effects of dietary pulse consumption on body weight: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials” Am J Clin Nutr ajcn124677First published online March 30, 2016.doi:10.3945/ajcn.115.124677

Exercise Alone May Not Lead to Weight Loss

Many of us tend to believe that more exercise is better for burning calories and weight loss. However, this is not the case according to a new study published in Current Biology.

Exercise May Not Lead to Weight Loss

Exercising more than average may not help you lose weight, according to new study. Photo by Women’s Health Magazine

According to researchers, when we increase our exercise regimen our bodies adapt to the energy expenditure which causes us to reach a plateau. This means there is a limit to the amount of calories we can burn through exercise. This study is not to discourage exercise which is essential to keeping your mind and body healthy, but to shed light on how important dieting is for losing weight.

Lead researcher Herman Pontzer, PhD, a professor of anthropology at City University of New York, and Edward L Melanson, PhD, an associated professor in the division of endocrinology, metabolism, and diabetes at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Auroro measured the daily activity of more than 300 men and women. They came from the U.S., Africa and Jamaica. People in some of those countries are usually more active physically than many Americans.

Although they did not track whether the people lost weight or gained, they had a record of their body mass index (BMI) and calculated their calorie burning for 7 days. As people got more exercise, the calories burned did not rise very much. People who had average physical activity lost about 200 more calories than those who were inactive. Unfortunately, those who exercised more than the average saw no change in the amount of calories burned.

According to Pontzer, moderate exercisers are active “but not serious athletes”. For example, someone who rides a bike to work or walks a couple of miles each day. Although this study did not focus on the role of exercise in weight loss, Pontzer does mention that diet and exercise work together as an effective fat loss strategy.

This study seems to point out that the obesity epidemic may be caused by overeating rather than inactivity. I have always heard the saying that “abs start in the kitchen” so I understand how important diet is already. I also understand how over working out at the gym is not effective as well. Pontzer says that our body adapts to our exercise routine if we are more active which creates an energy expenditure plateau. This is why many people wonder why they workout at the gym for hours every day and see no weight loss results.

The researchers believe that our body has a “sweet spot”, a point at which the calories burned during workouts peak. The way to find it is to pay attention to your body, Pontzer says. If you feel worn out and need more time to recover from exercise, you may be over doing it and need to work out less.

To say the least, diet should be the first step in weight loss but exercise must be included as well for preventing diabetes, stress, high blood pressure and heart disease.

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

Source: Pontzer, Herman et al. “Constrained Total Energy Expenditure and Metabolic Adaptation to Physical Activity in Adult Humans” Current Biology 28 January 2016