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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.

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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

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

Dietary Supplements Send Thousands to ER Yearly

Weight loss dietary supplements rush nearly 23,000 individuals to the hospital emergency room annually, says a new study. This is the first time someone has calculated national numbers on this issue.

Dietary Supplents for Weight Loss

Dietary supplements send 23,000 to ER annually, says study. Photo by news@jama

According to a new study published in The New England Journal of Medicine, supplements for weight loss and energy were the most threatening, and heart problems were the most common issue with those type of supplements. Seniors, women and preschoolers were at higher risk, because they don’t care about right ways of using bodybuilding formulas.

“People may not notice that dietary supplements can cause any adverse events, but each year thousands of Americans are treated in emergency rooms for symptoms related to dietary supplements,” says Andrew Geller, MD, a medical officer at the CDC who led the study. Some supplements may be safe but I always recommend diet and exercise for natural weight loss.

With over 150 million Americans taking dietary supplements, the number of people who go to the emergency room seems small to supplement manufacturers. “If you look at the projected number of emergency room visits and do the math, we’re looking at far less than one-tenth of one percent of supplement users will visit the ER,” says Duffy Mackay, ND, senior vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs for the Council for Responsible Nutrition, a trade organization.

I still believe that 23,000 visits to the emergency room for a weight loss or dietary supplement is too many. Experts who did not take part in the study agree that these figure are too high. “The number is alarming,” says Pieter Cohen, MD, an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School who studies the safety of dietary supplements.

The results were found by researchers at the Center for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration who went through medical records maintained by at least 60 hospitals around the United States. They studied a 10-year time frame, from 2004 to 2013 and searched for occurrences that physicians had specially noted had been caused by some type of supplement.

Adults between the ages of 20 and 34, and women, were most at danger. Energy and weight loss products were the blame for this age group and women were more affected than men overall. Heart issues such as racing pulse, chest pain and irregular heart beat were the most common reason individuals requested help. Adults over the age of 65 had issues with swallowing their supplement so this group was the most likely to be hospitalized. Preschoolers made up for 1 in 5 visits to the ER because many of them had taken a pill when the parent or guardian was not watching. I suggest that anyone who has dietary supplements to keep them out of sight and reach of children. Seniors can ask their physicians about other forms of taking the supplements or split the pill in half to prevent choking.

I do not believe all weight loss dietary supplements are bad but agencies need to step in and make sure that are at least safe. I would like to see those 23,000 emergency room visits decline greatly in the future and hope that people find a safe weight loss supplement to take when trying to lose weight.

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

Source: Andrew I. Geller, Nadine Shehab, Nina J. Weidle, et al “Emergency Department Visits for Adverse Events Related to Dietary Supplements” The New England Journal of Medicine 15 October 2015

Drink More Water to Lose Weight

Drinking water not only keeps your body hydrated but it is good for weight loss as well. According to a study published in the journal Obesity, drinking 16 ounces of water before you eat can help you lose weight.

Drinking Water to Lose Weight

A study says drinking 16 ounces of water before each meal can help you lose weight. Photo by Charming Style

Researchers gathered 84 adults with obesity for a 12 week study in which they received general weight loss advice. They were split into two groups with one group drinking 16 ounces of water 30 minutes before they ate. The other group was told just to imagine they were full before they ate. I bet it was very difficult just thinking about being full when they were probably starving!

Everyone’s weight was observed throughout the study and urine was monitored as well to make sure the first group was definitely drinking more water. Their physical activity was observed also but it did not change.

The group that drank more water lost nearly three more pounds than the group that did not increase their water consumption. The results got better as they drank more water; the ones who drank 16 ounces before each meal lost 9 pounds over the course of the study. Dr. Amanda Daley, study author of the University of Birmingham in the U.K., says that it is equivalent to what you get from Weight Watchers. I guess that a half a pound to 2 pounds weekly is a great start for weight loss.

The reason water is so effective may be because “it fills you up” and helps you feel full, Daley mentions. I know each time I am hungry and have a glass of water, I usually do not have much of an appetite and I find myself eating less. Daley says that drinking a couple of glasses of water thirty minutes before you eat gives you time to feel fuller, which can help influence decisions on what you consume.

Drinking more water along with diet and exercise is a good fat loss strategy in my opinion. I understand this is just the beginning and more research is necessary before scientists can fully understand it. I believe drinking water is one of the best things you can do for your body and if it helps weight loss, we should drink more.

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

Source: Parretti, H. M., Aveyard, P., Blannin, A., Clifford, S. J., Coleman, S. J., Roalfe, A. and Daley, A. J. (2015), “Efficacy of water preloading before main meals as a strategy for weight loss in primary care patients with obesity”: RCT. Obesity, 23: 1785–1791. doi: 10.1002/oby.21167

Obesity Gene Discovery May Aid Fat Loss

Losing weight without diet or exercise may seem impossible but new genetic research about the causes of obesity makes it possible. According to a report in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers have discovered a genetic “switch” inside fat cells that can increase your metabolism and help you burn fat as heat energy.

Obesity Gene & Weight Loss

According to new study, researchers have discovered a genetic “switch” inside fat cells that can speed up your metabolism and burn fat, preventing obesity. Photo by 123R

In the study, mice in the lab lost 50 percent of their body weight when researchers turned that genetic switch on. By examining human fat cells, it has been indicated that this may also work for humans, said senior author Manolis Kellis, a professor of computer science and computational biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass. This sounds like a cool idea, eat as much as you want, then flip on a genetic switch to help you burn calories and lose weight.

The mice were eating the same amount but were not exercising more. The energy burned was in the form of heat so this means that researchers switched their metabolism from energy storage to energy dissipation.

The focus on this research was a gene region known as “FTO,” which has been in the spotlight since its discovery in 2007. Prior research tried to pair the FTO region with brain circuits that control hunger, but researchers now believe the action happens in fat cells and affects how much food is kept, independently of the brain. Hopefully there may be a way to trigger that gene with future medications to turn on that switch and fight obesity.

The researchers also discovered a higher occurrence of two distant genes, IRX3 and IRX5, which meant more fat storage. By changings the pathways of these genes, scientists can reverse the traces of obesity. The scientists specifically looked at “beige fat,” which is closely related to “white fat.” On the other hand, “brown fat” is usually found in newborn babies and burns faster. The mutations in the cells were manipulated so the white fat turned into beige fat. The amounts of early fat cells were increased so that they turned into beige fat instead of white fat.

According to the www.nejm.org (CDC), more than one-third of U.S. adults are obese, costing about $200 billion dollars each year for medical costs. Obesity is steadily rising and people face serious health conditions such as type-2 diabetes, heart diseases and certain types of cancer. This type of research is very important for finding another method for weight loss and preventing obesity to say the least.

With this new discovery of manipulating fat cells to fight obesity in mice, the next step will be finding out how this works with humans. Although diet and exercise is not required for this obesity gene manipulation, it is still important that you do these things for long term fat loss.

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

Source: www.nejm.org Melina Claussnitzer, Simon N. Dankel, Kyoung-Han Kim, et al “FTO Obesity Variant Circuitry and Adipocyte Browning in Humans” The New England Journal of Medicine 19 August 2015

Coca-Cola’s Funded Research Says Exercise is Better for Fat Loss

Eating less has always been more important than exercising for weight loss, but according to Coca-Cola’s new funded research, dieting is not the answer.

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Coca-Cola funds research group that says exercise is better for weight loss. Photo by Red Garage Ventures

Coca-Cola has funded over a million dollars to a new research organization claiming that exercise is the key factor to preventing obesity rather than reducing calories. However, research says cutting calories is the key player in fat loss and physical activity burns fewer calories and takes more time. Through my experience, eating less helps me lose weight faster but exercising keeps the weight off and tones me up.

“Diet is far more important for losing weight but in the long run, regular workouts are critical to keeping the weight off and staying fit”, says Philip Stanforth, a professor of exercise science at the University of Texas and the executive director of the Fitness Institute of Texas.

According to the New York Times, Steven Blair, a member of Global Energy Balance Network (GEBN), says that “blaming fast food” and sugary drinks as the cause of the obesity crisis is not the answer. This research group says that maintaining an active lifestyle and eating more calories is the key to preventing weight gain. Now that is absolutely ridiculous! Coke has just paid GEBN 1.5 million dollars to promote foolishness about weight loss!

I do agree that people who have lost weight and kept if off do exercise on a regular basis so it does make sense in that matter. However, research shows that diet plays a bigger role than exercise when you look at the bigger picture. Even if you are physically active on a daily basis but eat unhealthy, you can still develop serious health conditions such as type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure. In reality I think this entire Coca-Cola research campaign is just a front for the declining soda sales. They want to confuse the media and people struggling with weight loss with unreliable science.

Although exercise has its benefits such as muscle growth, stress relief and a faster metabolism, you will need a proper diet to lose weight effectively. From experience, I know sodas and other sugary drinks are not the answer to fat loss but reducing calories works much better and it’s easier. Ignore Coca-Cola’s new research group claims about just exercising to shed pounds and find a diet plan that works for you to lose weight properly and keep it off.

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

Source: O’Connor, A. “Coca-Cola Funds Scientists Who Shift Blame for Obesity Away from Diets” The New York Times 9 Aug. 2015 http://well.blogs.nytimes.com

Obese People Unlikely to Achieve Weight Loss

Losing weight can be a struggle for anyone but a new weight loss study reveals that obese men and women have a very low chance of achieving even a five percent fat loss in a given year: 1 in 10 for women, and 1 in 12 for men. Women who are overweight face a one in 124 chance of returning to normal weight, while men have a one in 210 chance (American Journal of Public Health).

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Obese people are unlikely to lose weight and keep it off, according to a new study. Photo by Think Progress

These findings were published in the American Journal of Public Health, which reviewed electronic health records of nearly 280,000 people who lived in England over a 9 year period. “What our findings suggest is that current strategies used to tackle obesity are not helping the majority of obese patients to lose weight and maintain that weight loss,” says lead researcher Alison Fildes, a research psychologist at the University College London. This means that new and effective ways for obesity management are urgent as the obesity rates are steady increasing.

It is obvious that the doctor’s advice of eating healthy and exercise are not enough to reduce the obesity rates and diet plans that promise quick and easy weight loss are irrelevant. “Losing 5 to 10 percent of your body weight has been shown to have meaningful health benefits and is often recommended as a weight loss target. These findings show how difficult it is for people with obesity to achieve and maintain even small amounts of fat loss,” said Dr. Alison Fildes, from the Division of Health and Social Care Research at King’s College London.

The healthiest weight loss happens at a rate between 1 and 2 pounds per week according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This federal agency mentions that losing weight at this rate provides individuals with the best chance of keeping it off. I believe the best way to conquer obesity is to stop it before it happens. This can be done by educating the youth early about weight loss to make them aware and set up inventions for them. It is important that kids understand they are obese and help them with their weight management from the start.

The researchers decided that the best way to reduce obesity rates is through education, which is teaching the public how not to become obese in the first place. “The greatest opportunity for stemming the current obesity epidemic is in wider-reaching public health policies to prevent obesity in the population, “Martin Gulliford of KCL stated in a university press release. Although diet and exercise may be the best way to lose weight, I agree that public policies about weight management would be better for preventing obesity.

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

Source: Fildes et al. “Probability of an Obese Person Attaining Normal Body Weight: Cohort Study Using Electronic Records” American Journal of Public Health 16 July 2015