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Pasta Tied to Weight Loss

If you love pasta and also want to lose weight, there is good news for you. In a new study, eating pasta has been tied to weight loss.

Eating Pasta & Weight Loss

Eating pasta is linked to weight loss, study. Photo by Times of Malta

A study done at the University of Toronto looked at the results from 30 different studies of individuals who eat pasta as a part of a low glycemic diet. The pasta-eaters ate at least a half cup of noodles three times per week. They did not gain weight and lost about one pound after 12 weeks.

“The study found that pasta didn’t contribute to weight gain or increase in body fat,” lead author John Sievenpiper, MD, PhD, a clinician scientist at St. Michael’s Hospital, said in a statement. “In fact, analysis actually showed a small weight loss. So contrary to concerns, perhaps pasta can be part of a healthy diet such as a low GI diet.”

The trick is to pay attention to the low GI part. Foods that have a high glycemic index cause a rise in high blood pressure and have you feeling hungry afterwards. Low GI foods under 55 do the opposite and can help you lose weight. Sweet potatoes, beans and lentils are foods with low GI that you are probably already consuming.

Although this study sheds light on eating pasta, it does not mean you should stuff your plate with pasta on a regular basis. More trials are needed to examine the effect of pasta compared to other ‘healthy’ dietary patterns. Also, long-term research should be conducted on how people fare after a year or more on low glycemic diets that include pasta.

I do not believe that following a low GI diet is the secret to weight loss. Some of the most nutritious foods rank high on the glycemic index like watermelon and should not be avoided. The key is to eat smart by controlling your portion size and include whole grains to increase your chances of weight loss.

Source: Chiavaroli L, Kendall CWC, Braunstein CR, et al “Effect of pasta in the context of low-glycaemic index dietary patterns on body weight and markers of adiposity: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials in adults” BMJ Open 2018;8:e019438. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-019438

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

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

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 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 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. Whatever you do, do not give up and stay focused on your weight loss goals to become healthier.

Leeman Taylor
B.S. Criminal Justice

Walnuts May Aid Weight Loss

Eating a good amount of walnuts may reduce your hunger and help you lose weight, a new study says.

Walnuts

Walnuts can reduce your hunger, says study. Photo by Alibaba

Consuming them activates a part of the brain linked to the regulation of hunger and cravings, according to the research published in the Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism journal.

A study that included 10 obese people were given diets over two sets of five-day sessions while living at a research center. Over the course of the two day sessions, they were given two types of smoothies on a daily basis. One of the smoothies had 48 grams of walnuts and the other one did not contain walnuts but were designed to taste the same and have equivalent nutritional value.

The participants that had the walnut smoothie reported having a reduced appetite. A functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scan was used at the end of each session to look at the brain as the participants were shown images, some of the foods included hamburgers and desserts as well as neutral items such as flowers and rocks and finally pictures of vegetables and other undesirable foods.

The results found that a part of the brain known as the right insula was active when people who had ate the walnuts were shown the foods considered to be highly-desirable.

Walnuts are found to have many benefits such as lowering your cholesterol, controlling diabetes and improving your metabolism. These types of nuts may not be the best tasting to some but I eat them once in a while when I feel hungry and they are available.

Although this is a small study, it is a step closer to figuring out why walnuts have such an effect on the brain but more research still needs to be done. This is not a weight loss study but it is a demonstration on how walnuts can affect your hunger and increase your chances of losing weight.

Sources:

Farr OM , Tuccinardi D , Upadhyay J , Oussaada SM , Mantzoros CS . Walnut consumption increases activation of the insula to highly desirable food cues: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, cross-over fMRI study. Diabetes Obes Metab. 2017;1–5. https://doi.org/10.1111/dom.13060

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/seed-and-nut/health-benefits-of-walnuts.html

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

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