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Doctor’s Support Helps Weight Loss, Says Study

Doctor’s play a major role in helping patients with weight loss, says study.

Doctor With Obese Patient

Doctor’s support can help patients boost weight loss, says study. Photo by 123RF

Fat loss was double on average for people overweight who believed they had the most support from their physicians, compared to those who believed their physicians were not as helpful, researchers said. My parents always follow the advice from their doctors and I believe that is why they were so successful with weight loss. Cutting out the fried foods, processed foods and going on daily walks is what really improved their health.

According to the study, about 350 people participated in a U.S. government funded clinical trial on fat loss. Participants filled out two surveys at the end of the study which included questions about their relationships with their primary physicians.

Patients lost an average of 11 pounds that gave their doctors the highest ratings on helpfulness. However, the ones who gave their physicians the lowest ratings on helpfulness only lost 5 pounds. This means that doctors really have a big impact on a patient’s success with fat loss and having a close relationship with them is very important.

This study can be found in the Journal of Patient Education and Counseling. I believe these findings can inspire weight loss programs to give primary physicians a big role to ensure the success of obese patients struggling to lose weight. Weight loss programs make billions of dollars each year and over 34 percent of U.S adults are currently overweight, according the National Institutes of Health statistics. For women who are struggling to lose weight, there is a program called the Venus Factor that focuses on the leptin hormone. The leptin hormone sends signals to the brain telling your body when to stop eating and control your appetite. The Venus Factor shows you ways to control it plus it comes with a 12 weeks diet plan to help women lose a few pounds.

“This trial supports other evidence that providers are very important in their patients’ weight-loss efforts,” Dr. Wendy Bennett, an assistant professor of medicine in the School of Medicine, said in a university news release. If patients follow their primary doctor’s advice I am sure they will stay motivated and have a better chance at improving their health. Dr. Bennett agrees by saying, “Incorporating physicians into future programs might lead patients to more successful weight loss.”

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

Source: Bennett W, et al. Satisfaction with primary care provider involvement is associated with greater weight loss: Results from the practice-based POWER trial. Patient Education & Counseling. 2015.

FDA Approves Weight Loss Balloon

Obese people seeking to lose weight now have a new option: a weight loss balloon that has been recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). With more than a third of the U.S. population overweight or obese, this new device will be a very powerful tool for fat loss in my opinion.

ReShape Weight Loss Balloon

FDA approves new weight loss balloon to help patients lose weight by making them feel full. WebMD photo

The ReShape Dual Balloon is inserted through the mouth, into the stomach, and inflated with a sterile solution. The procedure only takes about 30 thirty minutes while the patient is mildly sedated.  It fills the space in the stomach to give you a feeling of fullness and it can be left there for up to six months (FDA). I believe this will be a better solution for patients who want to lose weight in a non-surgical manner instead of going through LAP band or gastric bypass surgery.

The approval of this weight loss device was based on a study of 326 obese individuals, with ages between 22 and 60, who had at least one obesity-related health issue. There were 187 people who lost an average of 14.3 pounds by the time the device was removed. Members who did not receive the weight loss balloon only lost 7.3 pounds on average. Six months later, patients who lost the initial 14.3 pounds kept about 10 pounds of that weight off (FDA). This is good news for those individuals who struggle with weight management after one year of reaching their fat loss goals.

“For those with obesity, significant weight loss and maintenance of that weight loss often requires a combination of solutions including efforts to improve diet and exercise habits,” said William Maisel, M.D., M.P.H., acting director of the Office of Device Evaluation at the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. “This new balloon device provides doctors and patients with a new non-surgical option that can be quickly implanted, is non-permanent, and can be easily removed.”

I personally love natural weight loss which is physical activity and healthy eating. This was also recommended for patients who wish to keep the lost weight off after the balloon was removed according to the FDA press release. With this new weight loss balloon, patients have another option to fight obesity but like any other procedure, it comes with its side effects.

Some of the complications included discomfort during the procedure, rare cases of allergic reaction, infection and breathing difficulties, heart attack and esophageal tear, says the FDA. Also, patients may experience vomiting, abdominal pain, nausea, feelings of indigestion and gastric ulcers, adds the FDA.

I believe this new fat loss balloon by ReShape Medical Inc. is what obese or overweight people really need to help them lose weight and keep it off for good.

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

Source: www.fda.gov “FDA approves non-surgical temporary balloon device to treat obesity” 28 July 2015 U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Vitamin D Supplement Aids Weight Loss

Overweight Americans, who are vitamin D deficient, can now take a supplement of the nutrient to help them lose weight, according to a new Italian study (HealthDay 2015).

Vitamin D Aids Weight Loss

Vitamin D may help overweight individuals lose weight who are vitamin D deficient. Photo: Sathit/Shutterstock

I love vitamins because they are good for replacing the nutrients I need for my diet plan during weight loss efforts. Prior research has demonstrated that vitamin D deficiency is related to a risk of obesity and obesity-related issues, says led scientist Vigna of the University of Milan. The team mentioned that past research on the use of vitamin D deficiency to stop obesity has been indecisive thus far.

In northern Italy, it has been estimated that severe vitamin D deficiency varies from 6 percent in overweight people to 30 to 40 percent in morbidly obese individuals. Nearly all obese persons did not have a favorable vitamin D level.

The study consisted of 400 overweight or obese individuals with low vitamin D, who were to follow a low-calorie diet and then were separated into three groups. One group took no supplements, while the other two either took 100,000 international units (IU) or 25,000 IU of vitamin D each month.

After 6 months, people who took the supplements accomplished a significantly greater weight loss and reduction in waist circumference than those who took no supplements. The people who took 100,000 units lost an average of 5.4kg, while 3.8kg was the total fat loss for the 25,000 unit group (HealthDay 2015).

“The present data indicate that in obese and overweight people with vitamin D deficiency, vitamin D supplementation aids weight loss and enhances the beneficial effects of a reduced calorie diet,” Vigna team said. The scientists recommend that all obese and overweight individuals have their vitamin D levels checked.

It is important to note that the effects of vitamin D is only limited to those who actually have a vitamin D deficiency. Consuming the proper amounts of vitamins and minerals is important, said Dr. Christopher Ochner, an expert in nutrition, weight loss and obesity of The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. However, “this study does not suggest that everyone looking to lose weight should start taking large doses of vitamin D – or any other supplement,” he stressed, adding that “most individuals are not vitamin D-deficient.”

Vitamin D has the nickname “sunshine vitamin” because the body produces the nutrient when skin is exposed to the sun. People can also get vitamin D from foods such as eggs, milk, salmon, tuna, orange juice and cereal. If you are obese or overweight and vitamin D deficient, consult with your physician to see how taking this supplement may help you lose weight.

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

Source: Preidt, R. “Vitamin D Supplements Might Help Some Lose Weight” HealthDay 2015

Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig Top Diet Plans for Weight Loss

Individuals seeking long-term weight loss should think about trying Weight Watchers or Jenny Craig, as a review of clinical trials ranks them top diet plans in a study (Ann. Intern. Med., 2015). Weight loss is a $2.5 billion growing industry with more than a third of adults obese in the United States. That is why commercial weight loss programs have become so popular but doctors still haven’t had much information to recommended specific programs.

Jennifer Hudson Weight Watchers - Weight Loss

Jennifer Hudson after her amazing weight loss with Weight Watchers. Glamaholic Photo

In the trial that lasted one year, Weight Watcher participants had at least a 2.6 percent greater weight loss than those who received only education. People who used Jenny Craig lost 4.9 percent more weight at 1 year compared to those who underwent education and counseling. Other weight-loss programs such as Nutrisystem resulted in a 3.8 percent greater fat loss, while Atkins had a 0.1% to 2.9% fat loss at 12 months.

I believe that weight loss programs that help individuals restrict calories with a strategic approach to making healthier diet choices is key to long-term weight loss. Other fat loss programs that focus strictly on supplements or prepackaged meals are not successful as Weight Watchers or Jenny Craig. Gudzune and researchers highlighted that “structure and intensity of contact” are highly correlated with program success.

Although diet and exercise are the key factors to weight loss, it seems that frequent coaching and making smart diet choices is what effects long-term weight loss the most. Clinicians may now consider referring obese or overweight patients to Jenny Craig or Weight Watchers as they are reviewed as top diet plans. Programs such as Nutrisystem, demonstrate promising fat-loss results; however, further research analyzing long-term weight loss outcomes are required.

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

Source: Gudzune KA, Doshi RS, Mehta AK, Chaudhry ZW, Jacobs DK, Vakil RM, et al. “Efficacy of Commercial Weight-Loss Programs: An Updated Systematic Review” Annals of Internal Medicine 2015

Eating Chocolate Can Help You Lose Weight, According to Study

If you love eating chocolate, it may help you lose weight as well as satisfy your sweet cravings according to a new study in the International Archives of Medicine. Diet and exercise is essential for any weight loss plan so German researchers analyzed the effect chocolate has on your diets (Bohannon et al. 2015).

Eat Chocolate to Lose Weight

Eating chocolate that’s high in cocoa content can help you lose weight. Clipart Photo

Chocolate has always been one of my favorites when it comes to sweets but it’s good to know that it may also have effects on fat loss. During the study that lasted several weeks, men and women between the ages of 19-67 were divided into three groups. One group followed a low-carbohydrate diet while consuming 42 grams of dark (81%) chocolate each day, another group followed their normal diet, and a control group followed a strict low-carb diet. Besides noting their BMI and weight, participants were also asked to assess their quality of sleep and mental state.

Shockingly, people in the chocolate intervention group experienced the easier and most successful weight loss. Even though there was a delay in the measureable effect of this diet, the weight reduction of this group surpassed the results of the low-carb group by 10% after only three weeks. Furthermore, the fat loss continued, compared to the low-carb group which saw a weight gain after a few weeks.

The chocolate group also discovered a major improvement in their physical and mental well-being while blood cholesterol levels reduced.

For those of you who love chocolate, consumption with high cocoa content can drastically improve the success of weight-loss diets. “To our surprise, the effect of chocolate is real,” says Bohannon. “It is not enough to just consume chocolate, but in combination with exercise and reduction in carbohydrates, our data indicate that chocolate can be a weight loss accelerator.” Eat more chocolate, lose weight easier!

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

Source: Bohannon et al. “Chocolate with high Cocoa content as a weight-loss accelerator” March 2015 International Archives of Medicine

Belly Fat Increased by Diet Sodas

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

Diet Soda Linked to Belly Fat

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Melissa McCarthy Shows off 50 Pound Weight Loss at SXSW

Melissa McCarthy, the ‘Bridesmaids’ star, looked amazing after her 50 pound weight loss on the red carpet at South By Southwest (SXSW) this past Sunday. The 44-year old actor had been losing weight for months now and she finally has a chance to outshine co-stars like Jason Statham and Jude Law (Brow 2015).

Melissa McCarthy Weight Loss

Melissa McCarthy shows off 50 pound weight loss at SXSW. (Photo Credit: Getty [2])

Melissa’s fifty pound weight loss apparently became the talk of the festival as she looked stunning at the Austin film extravaganza. Finding your own weight loss routine is important and Melissa credited diet and exercise for her weight loss, telling Good Housekeeping that she is an avid tennis player and committed to her Pilates routine. But she also said she’s “weirdly healthy’ when it comes to food. I love boxing and running so that’s how I stay fit it’s something I enjoy doing at the same time.

I am very happy for Melissa for her weight loss and upcoming movie ‘Ghostbusters’, which is set to hit theaters soon. I think she is a very funny actor and a person with a great heart as well who is outgoing.  For the most part, losing weight involves finding a diet and exercise plan that works for you and sticking to it, but make the weight loss fun at the same time like Melissa.

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

Source: Brow, J. “Melissa McCarthy Drops over Fifty Pounds –Stuns at SXSW” 16 March 2015 Hollywood Life

High Intensity Workouts Better for Lowering Blood Sugar

Cardio exercise, such as biking or running, is understood to be the key to weight loss but what about high-intensity workouts? According to a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, cardiovascular workouts with high-intensity may be better for your heart in lowering blood sugar and fat loss, than lower intensity workouts (Ross R, Hudson R, Stotz PJ, Lam M. 2015).

High-Intensity Workouts Better for Weight Loss

High-intensity workouts like running or boxing have been shown to help lower blood sugar levels. Photo by Sante Fe Spa

Boxing and running are my favorite cardio exercises so I often engage in high-intensity exercises when I have time after class. Researchers studied 300 abdominally obese adults to determine the separate effects of exercise amounts and intensity on glucose tolerance. Individuals were selected to perform either long, lower intensity workouts or short, high intensity workouts five times per week. They were instructed to eat a healthy diet but did not reduce caloric intake.

After 6 months, all individuals had identical reductions in waistline, but only participants in the high intensity workout group obtained reduction in 2-hour glucose levels. This means by adding more intensity to your daily weight loss routine, you can significantly lower your blood sugar levels. This is a great female fat loss tip that’s easy to implement by adding weights that gives you a more challenging workout. Men like me can add dumbbells or weights on our body suits for higher intensity.

According to Robert Ross, a researcher at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, “Higher intensity can be achieved simply by increasing the incline while walking on a treadmill or walking at a brisker pace,” Ross says. Anyone can add high intensity to their workouts and those small changes do improve your strength over time if you stay consistent.

Although high intensity exercises may have some special health benefits, this study showed that any physical activity is better than none. Individuals who exercised lost 5-6% of their body weight. I agree that health organizations should consider intensity as well, instead of issuing guidelines on the time spent while exercising for fat loss.

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

Source: Ross R, Hudson R, Stotz PJ, Lam M. Effects of Exercise Amount and Intensity on Abdominal Obesity and Glucose Tolerance in Obese Adults: A Randomized Trial. Ann Intern Med. 2015;162:325-334. doi:10.7326/M14-1189

High Fiber Diets Lead to Modest Fat Loss

Healthy diets appear difficult when we think of reducing calories to lose weight, but by adding this one type of food may be the key to improving your health and fat loss.

Dietary Fiber Leads to Fat Loss

Adding more fiber to your diet leads to modest weight loss according to a new study in the Annals of Internal Medicine 2015. ClipArt photo

According to a new study in the Annals of Internal Medicine, increasing fiber intake may be a reasonable approach for individuals who had problems with weight loss programs. Past studies show how dietary fiber can control your appetite by making you feel full, but researchers wanted to focus on the one dietary change that resulted in collateral effects (Ann Inter. Medicine 2015).

In the clinical trial, 240 adults with metabolic syndrome engaged in group and individual sessions. The group assigned to the American Heart Association (AHA) diet focused on reducing their calories and limiting saturated fat. The fiber group was only asked to consume more foods high in fiber, like whole grains and fruits, to achieve a goal of at least 30 grams of fiber each day. Neither group had to change their daily physical activity or exercise routine.

After 12 months, both groups had about the same weight loss and showed identical reductions in blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels. I was always a consumer of high fiber diets because I personally love natural fruits and vegetables. I go running about 3 times per week so adding more fiber to my diet would be great for me. “By changing one thing, people in the fiber group were able to improve their diet and lose weight and improve their overall markers for metabolic syndrome,” says study author Dr. Yunsheng Ma.

I agree that weight loss programs should begin to focus more on the good foods that improve your health rather than cutting out foods from your diet. I believe this will make it seem easier to stick to a healthy diet and reduce calories. If you love whole grains, fruits and vegetables like me, I suggest you consume more fiber in your diet for fat loss and to live healthier.

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

Source: Ma Y, Olendzki BC, Wang J, Persuitte GM, Li W, Fang H, et al. “Single-Component Versus Multicomponent Dietary Goals for the Metabolic Syndrome: A Randomized Trial.” Ann Intern Med. 2015; 162:248-257.doi: 10.7326/M14-0611