Tag Archives: venus factor

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

Chili Peppers May Induce Weight Loss

If you love chili peppers as a spice, it may help you lose weight as well. According to researchers at the University of Wyoming, adding capsaicin from chili peppers can help induce weight loss in mice on a high-fat diet (Biophysical Society 2015).

Chili Peppers - Weight Loss

Chili peppers contain capsaicin, a chief component that stimulates fat-burning to help you lose weight. Photo: Clipart

With nearly one-third of the world’s population being obese or overweight (World Health Organization), obesity has been a major concern for all researchers across the world. We understand that diet and exercise is the key to weight loss but new alternative discoveries seem to appear every day.

Following a restricted diet and eliminating fatty foods is tough for anyone seeking to lose weight but researchers at the University of Wyoming discovered promise in the potential of capsaicin. They found that this ingredient in chili peppers may fight obesity by stimulating energy-burning and converting white fat to brown fat. This study will be presented at the Biophysical Society’s 59th annual meeting this week.

“In our bodies, white fat cells store energy and brown fat cells serve as thermogenic (heat produced by burning fat) machinery to burn stored fat. Eating calorie-rich food and a lack of physical activity cause an imbalance in metabolism that leads to obesity”, explains Vivek Krishnan, a graduate student working in Baskaran Thyagarajan’s laboratory at the University of Wyoming’s School of Pharmacy. This basically means that brown fat cells are better because they have fat burning capabilities that help burn calories.

Researchers found that high-fat-diet obesity and dietary capsaicin –0.01 percent of capsaicin in the total high fat diet—prevented high-fat-diet induced weight gain with wild mice, but not in mice that genetically lacked transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 (TRPV1).

I agree with the idea that creating a natural dietary supplement to fight obesity can be simply advanced to human clinical studies. I enjoy chili peppers to add spice to my foods and if it helps burn fat as well, I will be sure to add more to my diet plan.

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

Source: “What’s next in Diets: Chili Peppers?” 8 February 2015 Biophysical Society

Burn Fat by Drinking Red Wine

Red wine or even grape juice is not only good for lowering your blood pressure but it can also help you burn fat and lose weight. According to a new study at Oregon State University, red wine could spark fat burning when consumed in moderation (Okla, Meshail et al. 2015).

Red Wine - Burn Fat

Muscadine grape phytochemicals (MGP) found in red wine, has been show to help burn fat. Photo The Peregrine Reads

In the study, mice were fed a 60 percent high-fat diet plus given muscadine grape phytochemicals (MGP), a compound found in red wine for 10 weeks. Researchers found that MGP significantly reduced visceral fat mass or helped burn fat and that ellagic acid was a major component in removing fatty acids from liver cells. Neil Shay, PhD, a professor of food science technology at Oregon State University and the study’s lead author suggests, “ellagic acid may constitute a consumer-friendly dietary strategy that may be effective in reducing lipid accumulation and burning fat both in adipose tissue and liver.” I admire this idea because it’s a more natural approach to losing weight instead of the everyday fat loss-promoting supplements.

Venus Factor is a great fat loss system for women and it focuses on controlling the leptin hormone that signals hunger to your brain. Fat loss for women is very difficult than it is for men and this system only focuses on weight loss for women. I personally love grapes and its compound ellagic acid, has also been shown to slow the growth of tumors and eliminate cancer cells which are amazing health benefits.

This new study published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry could give way to new dietary strategies for reducing fat in the liver using just natural fruits like grapes. I never knew that drinking red wine had such great fat burning qualities but if it helps to burn fat and lose weight, then why not have a glass of red wine in moderation?

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

Source: Okla, Meshail et al “Ellagic acid modulates lipid accumulation in primary human adipocytes and human hepatoma Huh7 cells via discrete mechanism” Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, Volume 26, Issue 1, 82-90

Less Common Obesity Surgery Better for Weight Loss

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

Duodenal Switch - Weight Loss

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NFL Nick Hardwick’s Amazing 85-pound Weight Loss

Nick Hardwick should be a proud father and feel great about his recent weight loss transformation as he announced his NFL retirement on Tuesday (Braziller 2015). He played 11 years as a pro for the San Diego Chargers and weighed in at 293 pounds just this September.

NFL Nick Hardwick Weight Loss

Nick Hardwick poses with his son after weight loss (left) and how he looked last September (right). Photo: Instagram: AP

Most NFL linemen are huge and usually weigh in over 300 pounds so Hardwick had a normal size for his offensive lineman position. Unfortunately, Nick suffered a season-ending (ultimately career-ending) neck injury in Week 1, so he started focusing on his health, proper dieting, and physical activity. I believe this was good for him because many players stop focusing on their health when inactive and even more health issues began to affect them.

The former NFL lineman now weighs a shocking 208 pounds.

NFL Nick Hardwick Retirement

Former NFL lineman Nick Hardwick announces his retirement at a Tuesday press conference.
Photo: Twitter

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

Source: Braziller, Z. “NFL lineman’s shocking 100-pound weight loss” 4 February 2015

Light Jogging May Help You Live Longer

Jogging is not only important for weight loss; it may also increase your life expectancy if you jog on a leisure basis. According to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), jogging with regards of mortality risk was shown to two to three times a week.

Jogging to Live Longer

Jogging moderately has been shown to improve health and help you live longer. Clipart Photo

Being a moderate jogger myself, I always had the concept in my mind that running too much was not good for my heart and that pacing felt better. I now go jogging at least 3 times per week to lose weight and improve my health for the most part.

Researchers used data from the Copenhagen City Heart Study to observe the frequency in 1,098 healthy joggers and 3,950 healthy non-joggers to evaluate the relationship between jogging and long-term, all-cause mortality. Follow-up of all individuals began from their first examination in 2001 until 2013, or death.

The results of the study showed that jogging from 1 to 2 and a half hours per week was associated with the lowest mortality while greater quantities of jogging were not significantly different from remaining sedentary in terms of mortality risk (JACC 2015). This is great news for me and anyone else who goes jogging for at least 30 minutes a day, three times per week. I feel better now because I understand that I don’t have to run marathons to improve my health drastically to live longer.

Furthermore, researchers discovered a U-shaped relationship between jogging and mortality. Researchers reported 28 deaths among joggers and 128 for sedentary non-joggers, though no causes were recorded.

The authors concluded that “the U-shaped relationship suggests the existence of an upper limit for exercise dosing that is optimal for health benefits…if the goal is to decrease the risk of death and improve life expectancy, going for a leisurely jog a few times per week at a moderate pace is a good strategy.”

It’s safe to say running too much or having a sedentary lifestyle have the same minimal effects on health when compared to moderate jogging. To say the least, light jogging is not only essential to weight loss, but a key factor in improving your health to live longer.

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

Source: Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC) “Study Shows Leisure Jogging Associated with Lowest Mortality Risk” 2 February 2015

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

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

Weight Loss at Bryn Mawr College

Students at Bryn Mawr College received an e-mail invitation to a free, individualized fitness program. Clipart Photo

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

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

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

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

Gray said the health center is rethinking how it will invite students to participate in the future (Wood 2015). I encourage all colleges, schools and institutions to continue to help students with weight loss and improve our health but just try to make invitations less offensive.

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

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

Green Coffee Bean Weight Loss Claims End in $9 Million Fines

Are you familiar with the green coffee bean supplements for weight loss? If not don’t bother, as the makers of green tea weight loss pills are ordered by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to pay $9 million in false claims (Schiavone 2015).

Dr. Oz Green Coffee Bean Weight Loss

Dr. Oz approves green coffee bean extract for weight loss. Photo by Lucille Roberts

I have personally watched episodes on the Dr. Oz Show where companies would advertise green coffee bean extract that supposed to help you lose weight but I thought nothing of it. I always keep the mindset that weight loss is not possible without diet and exercise. According to the FTC, a guy named Lindsey Duncan “…and his companies, Pure Health LLC and Genesis Today, Inc., deceptively claimed that the supplement could help consumers shed 17 pounds and 16 percent of his or her body fat within 12 weeks without diet or exercise, and that the claim was backed by a clinical study.”

To make matters worse, that study was later discovered to be flawed, and the FTC settled charges with the company that sponsored it in September.

According to the Federal Trade Commission, Lindsey Duncan and his companies made millions by falsely claiming that green coffee bean supplements cause significant and rapid weight loss,” said Jessica Rich, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. This case shows that the Federal Trade Commission will continue to fight deceptive marketers’ attempts to prey on consumers trying to improve their health. “This not only makes me feel safer as a consumer, but I know have doubts about other weight loss claims affiliated with the Dr. Oz Show.

In the agreement, “…the defendants are barred from making deceptive claims about the health or efficacy of dietary supplements or drug products, and will pay $9 million for consumer redress,” a news release from the FTC issued Monday states.

I hope that the FTC will continue to protect consumers from future false weight loss claims and ensure that every company goes through the proper procedure to test their products for actual weight loss effectiveness.

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

Source: Schiavone, R. “Makers of Green Tea Weight Loss Pills Featured on Dr. Oz Pay $9 Million for False Claims” 27 January 2015

Zach Galifianaki Flaunts Dramatic Weight Loss at SAG Awards

Zach Galifianaki, 45 and cast member of the recent film “Birdman”, has been losing weight for several months now. He made an amazing appearance at the SAG Awards on Jan. 25 with his signature beard shaved and his hair pulled back (Benzilio 2015).

Zach Galifianaki Weight Loss

Zach Galifianaki shows off his amazing weight loss at the SAG Awards on January 25. Getty Images

I believe Galifianaki had a magnificent night at the 2015 SAG Awards because he not only appeared stunning and unrecognizable, but he also won the award for Best Ensemble Cast for his film, “Birdman”. Zach’s weight loss was first spotted in October at the Birdman premiere where he still had his full beard and curly hair.

Since then he has stopped drinking and “having a lot of vodka with sausage” to keep the weight off. Many celebrities who eliminate the sugary drinks and stop eating late nights have always been successful at weight loss. Rick Ross, “Hood Billionaire” rapper, recently lost 85 pounds by eliminating sodas from his diet and doing RossFit for his exercise routine. Zach also added “I was getting into too much trouble with the drinking, so I just kind of stopped,” which was a very positive change in my opinion.

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

Source: Benzilio, S. “Zach Galifianaki Unrecognizable At SAG Awards After Huge Weight Loss” January 26, 2015 Hollywood Life