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Vince DelMonte’s Fitness Review – Any Good?

Would you believe that using Vince DelMonte’s Fitness, a long distance runner gained over 40 pounds of pure muscle and became an award winning Canadian fitness model? Well it is possible and the method to do this is widely available to people, including yourself. Vince DelMonte’s Fitness is unlike anything else you will find available on the market today. Specifically designed to fight fat and build muscle, you’ll have to try it to believe it. This easy program offers an in-depth explanation of all the usual muscle building tricks. It will show you exactly how that Canadian was able to gain 40 pounds of muscle in no time flat.

Vince DelMonte Fitness sets the bar high and lets you know how it is from the very beginning. The first things first and that was removing all the myths from your head that you may have read from any bodybuilding magazines. They can do this because they’ll let you in on the dirty little secret that the fitness industry wants to keep from you. Something that will change the way you view physical fitness for life. The Vince DelMonte’s Fitness targets the real reason you are skinny and teaches you the custom method for you body type to achieve that dream-build.

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David Rainoshek Part III: The Who, What, When, Where and Why of Juice Feasting

This interview is an excerpt from Kevin Gianni’s Rawkathon, which can be found at In this excerpt, David Rainoshek shares on juice feasting.

Rawkathon with David Rainoshek. David Rainoshek is raw foodist and co-creator of

Kevin: You’re the juice feasting guy. Tell more about juice feasting.

David: I’m one of the juice feasting guys. I’m one of the representatives of this thing out there, this entity that we call juice feasting. The person who discovered it was my good friend and colleague, John Rose, in Houston, Texas. He’d been doing it for about 10 years when I came onto the scene. John was calling it juice fasting, sometimes he’d use juice feasting as a descriptive term. They had coached several thousand people at the point they came in contact with me.

I was so sick; I was willing to hear anything. He said, “You need to eat raw foods and you need to go on this juice fast.” I said, “OK, tell me what to do.” He said, “You need to get a little press-style juicer and you need to drink about a gallon of juice a day, or more.” I said, “Whoa! I’ve juice- fasted in the past, but that was like a couple of quarts of juice, max. I mean, I didn’t really have any amounts.” So I started drinking a gallon of juice every day. In three months all my symptoms were gone, I’d lost 50 pounds; I felt amazing. I said, “I’ve got to teach other people about this.”

It took me about two-and-a-half years for it finally to [knock noise] dawn on me that we really needed to call this “juice feasting.” And the reason that I call it “juice feasting,” is because it’s really not a fast; it’s a cleanse. But you’re giving your body every calorie that it requires. You’re getting all the fat, all the protein, all the carbohydrate that you need, all the phyto-nutrients, probiotics and so forth. All the nutritional elements that we want out of our food, you’re getting from a juice feast, with the exception of fiber.

You’re not getting fiber for a very good reason. It’s because you actually turn your body onto houseclean, just as if you’re on a water fast or a juice fast. When your body doesn’t have to work very hard to access the nutrition, it will start to clean house. When there’s no fiber, or very little fiber going through your intestinal tract and your colon, all this other matter that’s been in there for a long time that’s caked onto the sides, starts to fall away. Stuff that’s in diverticuli that people may have in their colons start to come back out and leave the body. And because the colon and the intestinal tract empty out, the body realizes that, oh, hey, I can move more stuff down there, and so it will do that.

Four goals of juice feasting or any cleanse: You want to cleanse; you want to rebuild, re-hydrate and alkalize. We want to cleanse out the 65,000 toxins that are in the environment that humans have created–we want to get all of that stuff out of there. We want to cleanse out all of the toxic fats that are in our system. We want to cleanse ourselves of any other heavy metals that are there. We want to rebuild.

Rebuilding, what does that mean? You’ve got cells that are damaged from the diet that you’ve been eating, the fact that you’ve been dehydrated–which we’ll get to in a second; you want to rebuild all those. You want your body to shed the old cells and rebuild new ones. You want to save the cells that are kind of healthy, but they just need to be rebuilt a little bit. So you’ve got to rebuild in that way. Also you want to rebuild your musculature. A lot of us (have) been sitting at the computer for a long time–you know how that is–and so you want to feel good enough that you actually get out and exercise and start to build some muscle. Because the more muscle you have, the lower your blood sugar is going to be and that’s really good. About 1/3 of Americans right now are pre-diabetic and they don’t even know it. That’s about 100 million people, right now. So, strong body and active body, really good.

So cleanse, rebuild, re-hydrate–we’re about 90% water when we’re born. We’re closer to 50 or 60% water when we die. Being dehydrated, basically, compromises every function in the body: the ones that you’re going to see, the immune system function, mental functions.. Your joints are also going to dry up though, and they’re going to start to hurt.

So, a lot of people come to us to do juice feasting and they have osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. That gets fixed. [snaps fingers] Just like that. They’ve got problems–in big joints, it even works. They’ve got acid reflux disease. That gets fixed, actually just by re-hydrating yourself. That’s what I had. I was just dehydrated, basically. I had low alkaline minerals.

So cleanse, rebuild, re-hydrate and alkalize. That’s the last one. The most important alkalizing mineral–organic sodium. Where’s a good place to get that? Bok choy or celery–two really good sources of it. We suggest on a juice feast you get in about a head of celery every day, enough to re-supply organic sodium. The reason it’s so important is because organic sodium lines the lining of the stomach to keep the stomach acid in your stomach from burning a hole right through the wall of your stomach. The other thing that it does is it serves to alkalinize the acid mixture coming from the stomach down in the small intestine. This may sound boring, but it’s really important because when that acid mixture comes down the small intestine if your body cannot alkalinize it, if it doesn’t have enough organic sodium, then it will line the intestinal wall temporarily with mucus. What that also means is you don’t absorb the nutrition from your food. This happens for a lot of people with the lower parts of the spectrum of diet. They’ve got a lot of mucus lining the small intestine, and they’re not accessing the nutrition they get.

How much nutrition comes through the wall of the small intestine? According to Dr. Richard Anderson who wrote “Cleanse and Purify Thyself”, about 90 percent of your nutrition comes through the wall of the small intestine, and it has to be alkaline first because your blood is alkaline. That’s one of the reasons that we know that we are herbivores. Our blood is alkaline. Our saliva is alkaline. Our urine is alkaline. Carnivores: acid blood, acid urine, acid saliva, all three.

Kevin: So what are three important qualities that you can develop in order to move up the spectrum?

David: So I like to talk about Roshi Philip Kapleau and the Three Pillars of Zen. He talks about these three things that you develop – faith, doubt and determination. Faith, faith in yourself. Faith in the diet that you’re eating, whatever level on the spectrum that you’re at. Faith in the people that are teaching you at that level of the spectrum. You’ve got to develop that. It’s got to be a rock-solid, unshakeable faith in what it is that you’re doing at the point that you’re at. That’s faith..

Doubt. Doubt that your current level of health, or your current reality, is the way it’s going to stay because everything is impermanent. You’ve got to doubt that. You’ve got to develop a strong doubt mass, is what they call it in Zen Buddhism, a doubt mass that what conventional society is telling you about the importance of food is not the case and that food is far more important than we’ve ever been told. We’re being sold information that’s not true. So a huge doubt mass. A doubt mass that you’re going to stay at the place that you’re at. You are actually going to transform and you doubt that things are going to stay the way they are.. When you feel really bad, like, “There’s no way I could possibly feel better,” not true. The possibility for healing is infinite. So find out how you get the spectrum of diet to access that.

Faith, doubt, the last one is determination. Determination comes from Vegan 2.0, getting out there with other people and seeing people’s success. That drives your determination. It also builds faith too. So doing that. Also, determination comes from knowledge. So reading the really important books out there at whatever level of the spectrum that you’re at and saying to yourself, “I’m determined not to stay at the place that I’m at.” Write down your goals and make sure that your goals are not just at an ego-centric level but they’re also socio-centric and world-centric. I eat as an act of love for the benefit of all beings. That’s it.

Those are the three things – faith, doubt and determination. Absolutely imperative.

Kevin: Wow, that’s great. Say that again, I eat for–

David: I eat as an act of love for all beings.

Kevin: Great. I want to thank you so much for your time. I really appreciate it.

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Moderate Exercise As Easy As Walking 100 Steps Per Minute

You’ve been told by your doctor to do 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise each day for at least five days a week. You were told this would help your tendency towards weight gain, improve your blood pressure, and reduce your risk of heart disease. But what is moderate intensity exercise?

By definition an activity is defined as moderate-intensity exercise if the heart rate during the activity reaches 60 to 70 per cent of the maximum rate. [See our article on Resting and Target Heart Rate]

A recent study by researchers at the San Diego State University shows that moderate exercise can be as easy as walking 100 steps per minute.

In the study, Simon Marshall and his colleagues monitored 58 women and 39 men walking on a treadmill at different speeds. They checked the participants oxygen uptake and heart rates during the exercise. The researchers found moderate-intensity exercise was achieved by women at counts between 91 and 115 steps per minute and by men at 92 to 102 steps per minute.

Moderate exercise can be as easy as walking 100 steps per minute. Back to the 30 minutes of moderate exercise each day – 3,000 steps in 30 minutes will achieve that goal. Using a pedometer to help with the counting can make that even easier.

Using a Pedometer as a Reality Check

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Senior Health And Fitness Day Walk With Mayor Dick Dickerson

Health And Fitness Day

The Active Aging Community Task Force is celebrating Senior Health and Fitness Day with a walk with Mayor Dick Dickerson at the McConnell Foundation’s Lema Ranch Trails on Wednesday, May 23 at 9:30 am.

The walk will start from the parking lot at Armando and Hemingway off Shasta View Drive, offering three distances to walk. The first 100 walkers will get a prize. Demonstrations on how to use dynabands and LEKI Nordic Walking poles will be offered by “Fun with Senior Fitness” instructors and by Torty’s Fitness.

The Preventive Health Care for the Aging program will offer free blood pressure screening. “This event is a great opportunity for seniors to experience the Lema Ranch trails and to celebrate health and fitness,” said Sara Sundquist, of Shasta County Public Health. The 14th annual Senior Health and Fitness Day encourages seniors of all fitness levels to participate, and brings awareness to fitness programs being offered in the community. This event will highlight the ongoing low-cost “Fun with Senior Fitness” balance and strength classes throughout Shasta County. Currently there are 21 classes, three of which are brand new: Redding Rancheria, Redding Pilgrim House, and Canyon School in Lakehead.

The Active Aging Community Task Force is made up of local residents and professionals in Shasta County who gather to promote and teach physical activity for seniors. The Task Force emphasizes strength, mobility, and balance building exercise classes. Contact Shasta County Public Health at 245-6457 for information or for a “Fun with Senior Fitness” class schedule. Participants in this year’s Senior Health & Fitness Day include Burch Physical Therapy, Home Health Care Management, Kirkwood Assisted Living, and Torty’s Fitness and Massage.

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Weight Loss: Is This Goal Holding You Back?

Create a weight loss goal focusing on what you want using positive words Unfortunately many people focus their goals on the weight they want to lose. Their written goal could look like this: “My goal is to lose 24 Pounds by December 25, 2009.”

This may be compromising the end result of weight loss we have in mind as we are focusing on what we do not want, that being weight and losing.

Those who have played golf will know that if we focus on the ball not going into the water the chance of the ball going where we do not want will increase. Alternatively we could focus on where we want the ball to land rather than where we do not want it to go. The same principle applies to our goal of achieving our ideal weight. Write it down, review regularly and visualize the results. A positive goal statement could be: “By December 25, 2009 I will be a fit and healthy 130 pounds.”

Write it down and commit this to your memory.

Be precise and visualize the end result. You can get creative with this step by doing things such as finding a photo of someone of a similar body type looking how you wish to look and even wearing the dress or swimsuit you would like to wear. Paste a photo of you face on the body. Keep this image with your written goal. Break the goal down to smaller portions and reward yourself after these are achieved. It is important to break larger goals down into smaller chunks or sub-goals. For example: Break down a goal with an annual time frame into monthly goals and reward yourself only when each goal is achieved. This will give you a sense of accomplishment along the way to achieving your ideal you. Using the example in this article the major goal would remain and sub-goals would be what you would need to achieve each month in order to reach your major goal. Choose a sensible program that will create lifelong healthy lifestyle habits The next step to take is to plan a course of action in order to achieve our goal. While the concept of achieving our ideal body is simple the application is often not. Therefore it is important to:

Choose a good diet and exercise program with sensible and easy to follow guidelines. It is vital that any program chosen should be focused on a long term achievement in order to create healthy habits that will last a life time. It is generally accepted that it takes six to twelve months to create a new habit, so one must be patient and persevere.

Be aware of programs that promise super quick results using obscure dieting methods or drugs that will leave you feeling lifeless and therefore tempted to revert back to old habits. The objective should be to maintain a leaner, healthier and fitter you for life.

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Lose Weight Fun, Creative Way In 2009

“Psych Yourself Skinny” is a creative, fun and brutally honest look at your FAT self, with a 28-day schedule of meditations, freestyle dance tips, meal ideas, daily “skinny” psych sessions, explicit visual motivators and blunt advice on how to make a big change, real fast.

This book will spark your creative psyche and help you cross over that bridge from your fat self to your skinny self, even if you’re not creative. This book has a five star rating and retails for $14.95 online at It is also available in many bookstores. Read more testimonials at .

“Psych Yourself Skinny started out as a weight loss program written for my eyes only,” says Sharon Geisen Hayes, the author, “but then it evolved into a funny littleentertainment book full of laughs that I wanted to share with others who face the same struggle with weight control. It has solid weight loss advice, but it’s also for those who can laugh at themselves and not take ‘the diet thing’ too serious.”

Nationally known for her contemporary figurative “sophisticatedly fun” oil paintings featuring abstract figures with eye- sharing faces, artist/author Hayes also has another humor book in the works for 2009 titled: “Bobbie” based on the actual accounts of a nanny who once hired by Hayes, reveals that she is a psychic. Hayes also discovers her many illnesses and ultimately becomes her caregiver and friend until Bobbie dies. “This story will make for a ‘laugh out loud’ movie,” says Hayes.

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No one Said Weight Loss Is Easy

Losing weight is not easy. No one should lull you into believing there is a quick way to lose weight. One important component of weight loss is that is takes time. There is no fast track to getting in better shape, but it is also never too late to start.

Obviously, some exercise programs are more interesting than others are. Interest is the keyword. If you start an exercise program, it has to be appealing. Exercise and weight loss (and maintenance) are lifelong commitments.

Weight gain is easy. Your body does not care if you put on some pounds. It has no real defense. Calorie laden foods and inactivity make the body hungrier. It sets off a chain reaction that leads to more hunger. When fat cells accumulate in the body, an unhealthy decline of the hormone leptin leads us to seek more food.

Multiple weight loss programs exist. No one size fits all. You have to find a satisfying weight loss and exercise program that suits your lifestyle and causes no distress. Anything less sets you up for failure.

Weight gain sneaks up on us. Once we reach a certain point, it is increasingly more difficult to lose weight. Modest weight gain is easiest to reverse. The message is if you put on a few pounds, start early to get rid of them. Once too much weight gain occurs, it is almost impossible to shed, thus the constant quest for better drugs to target weight loss, and increasing popularity of obesity surgery.

The core principles of weight loss, overall fitness and good health is to remain active. Decrease your calories and increase your activity.

Here are some tips that make weight loss easier:

· Choose a friend with the same weight loss goals and develop a plan together. Using a “buddy system” has been shown to increase the odds that you will stick with your weight loss and fitness goals.

· Vary the length and type of exercise that you choose. Doing so will prevent boredom and provide challenges.

· Start exercises every other day so as not to become discouraged from soreness or time constraints.

· Reduce your food portions. You really do not have to change your diet completely, but if you wish to do so, consider a Mediterranean diet. It is heart healthy and has endured as an overall beneficial diet that you can continue throughout life.

· If you are tired, or ill with a cold or flu, give yourself a break. Never engage in exercise when it does not feel right. Listen to your body.

· Consider the benefits of stretching. It may not seem like much, but it may be a beginning if you do nothing else to start. Stretching, in itself, can increase strength and endurance.

· Remember that anything goes. Incorporate daily activities into your exercise plan. Garden, clean, vacuum, and organize. Household activities do help with weight loss and fitness.

· Start a simple walking program. Take a pedometer to measure your fitness success.
Weight loss and fitness should be everyone’s goal in the New Year. Losing weight and getting in better shape can help with depression, and help manage existing illness. Never start a weight loss or exercise program without first speaking to your healthcare provider.

Resource: Leptin reverses weight loss–induced changes in regional neural activity responses to visual food stimuli.

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The Importance of Water While Fasting

We know that water is important for every aspect of health, but did you know that it becomes even more vital during a cleanse or a fast? Water enables the body to handle the stress of fasting or cleansing, eliminate toxins, avoid headaches and tiredness and reduce cravings.

Water is the human body’s most-needed nutrient after oxygen. Our bodies are roughly 60% water by weight and depend on water to function. Every bodily process, from digestion to the functioning of the brain, involves water, and dehydration has some severe health risks, including fever, low blood pressure, rapid heartbeat, unconsciousness and even hallucinations. Even mild dehydration can result in tiredness, headaches, confusion, dry skin, muscle weakness, dizziness, irritability, and lightheadedness, so it’s vital to make sure to drink plenty of water.

How much is enough? Experts differ on exactly how much water we need daily, but some of the most common recommendations include:

– 8 10-oz glasses per day,

– 2 to 3 liters per day, or

– half of your body weight (pounds) in ounces – e.g. If you weigh 150 pounds, you should drink 75 ounces of water each day (roughly 7-1/2 full glasses)

If you’re involved in strenuous exercise, live in a hot climate, or if you’re doing a fast or a cleanse, you need even more water than usual to take care of your body’s increased needs. Athletes lose more water through sweat than the rest of us, and people who are cleansing or fasting need additional water to flush toxins out of the body.

In a total fast, where no food is being consumed, your body relies on stored energy (mostly in the form of fat) to keep your cells running. The trouble is, fat cells are also the storage centers for many kinds of toxins that the body finds it easier to store than to eliminate. During a fast or a cleanse, these toxins are released back into the bloodstream along with converted energy stores, and the body must find a way to remove them. Water is the key to flushing these toxins out of the body – the more water, the better.

Many people don’t get nearly enough water in their daily diet, in which case, food becomes an important source of water. Foods like fresh fruits and vegetables are loaded with water. Fasting takes away this water source, so it’s even more important to drink more water during a fast.

Even less intensive fasts that only restrict certain foods, like the Lenten fast in which Christians avoid sweets, meat and alcoholic products, can trigger a cleansing reaction and cause headaches, fatigue and cravings. Water is key to fighting all three of these symptoms. If you don’t enjoy the taste of pure water, herbal tea or diluted (watered-down) fruit juice can also be great sources of hydration.

  • Read more: Five tips for Safe and Healthy Fasting

Mayo Clinic, “Water: How much should you drink every day?” April 19, 2008.

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Gravity-Defying Boots For Walking

These Gravity-Defying Boots have a patented T-Spring system that transforms walking and jumping into an exhilarating low impact bounce that will build up your balance, burns calories, and strengthen your muscles.

These boots are for use on dry, flat surfaces while wearing appropriate safety gear.

The gravity defying boots come in sizes small, medium and large and they are great fun for adults and kids alike.

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Role of Diet Plan in Losing Weight

For a healthy life, you should maintain a balance between the carbohydrates, fat and protein intake. This article emphasizes on the role of food in weight managementand how you can lose weight by diet specially designed for weight loss.

The intake of food must always be sufficient to supply the metabolic needs of the body. Since different foods contain different proportions of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, an appropriate balance must be maintained among these different types of food so that all segments can be supplied with the requisite materials.

The energy liberated from each gram of carbohydrate as it is oxidized to carbon dioxide and water is 4:1 calories (cal), and that liberated from fat is 9.3 calories. The energy liberated from metabolism of the average protein of the diet as each gram is oxidized to carbon dioxide, water and urea is 4.35 calories. Also these different substances vary in the average percentages that are absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract approximately 98% of carbohydrate, 95% of the fat, 92% of the protein.

Average American receives approximately 15% of their energy from protein, 40% from fat and 45% from carbohydrates. In most of the other parts of the world the quantity of energy derived from carbohydrates far exceeds that derived from both proteins and fats.

High proportions of fats and proteins are present in meat products and high proportions of carbohydrates are seen in vegetables and grain products. Fat is deceptive in the diet for it usually exists as 100% fat whereas both proteins and carbohydrates are mixed in watery media so that each of these normally represents less than 25% of the weight as food. Therefore, the fat of one pat of butter mixed with an entire helping of potatoes often contains as much energy as all the potato itself.

20 to 30 gms of the body proteins are degraded and used for producing other body chemicals daily. Therefore, all cells must continue to form new proteins to take the place of those that are being destroyed, and a supply of protein is needed in the diet for this purpose. An average person can maintain normal stores of protein provided the daily intake is above 30 to 55 gms. In general, proteins derived from animal foodstuffs are more nearly complete than are proteins derived from the vegetable and grain sources. Animal proteins have all the amino acids whereas many of the vegetable or grain proteins are only partial proteins.

When the diet contains an abundance of carbohydrates and fats almost all the body’s energy is derived from these two substances and very little is derived from the proteins. Therefore, both carbohydrates and fats are said to be protein sparers. On the other hand, in starvation after the carbohydrate and fats have been depleted the body’s protein stores are then consumed rapidly for energy, sometimes at rates approaching several hundred grams per day rather than at the normal daily rate of 30 to 55 gms.

So the role of diet in losing weight can’t be neglected. If you wish to lose weight, you need a diet program that guide you how to choose the right food and diet thathelp in weight loss.

Natural Fat Loss, the portal on fitness and bodybuilding is a comprehensive fitness guide on fat loss, diet and workout programs, supplements and muscle building. The website has exclusive sections devoted to workout programs to get ripped six pack abs and lose stomach fat fast.

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Beware Of Diet Rebound Effects

Each year at this time, almost 75% of people who are overweight begin a diet on their own. They do so either because they have seen a particular diet plan on the media, or a relative commented on it. However, only 20 percent of these people seek medical advice on which diets to follow, says the president of the Spanish Society for the Study of Obesity (SEED).

The expert believes that “in the summer holiday season people want shortcuts to diets that promise quick weight loss and resort to quick solutions. Some of the popular diets can cause hyperthyroidism or mesenteric vein thrombosis and at least the dreaded rebound effect on recovering the lost pounds, and sometimes more. ”

This drop occurs because people abandon the enthusiasm ahead of time, causing undesirable effects on the body. Moreover, statistics provided by the SEED indicate that over 77% of people who start diets on a regular basis do so for cosmetic reasons while 38% do so for health reasons.

The fast diets include deficiencies of trace elements (proteins, vitamins and minerals), disorders such as anorexia or bulimia, or the appearance of negative psychological effects. “All are harmful and some have been fatal,” says Moreno.

To recognize them, the so-called ‘miracle diets’ have three clear characteristics. They promises losing more than five pounds a month, ensure that it can be done without effort and that they don’t pose health risks. The problem is that during the first month it is possible to get some results, but keeping them constant is the challenge. Yet, these “yo-yo” diet ads sometimes include quotes from celebrities that have allegedly been continuously successful.

Weight loss treatment should be personalized, and always under strict medical supervision.

According to Dr. M. Alemany, Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Barcelona, this “rebound effect” is very common and a great despair in those who suffer. It is coupled with a marked increase in obesity by improving the adaptability of the body against diets with lower energy content. ”

“This ability to adapt,” says Alemany, can itself be a cause for obesity, or a quantum leap from an overweight to obesity.

The “yo-yo” diets have very serious health risks. The break in the diet means the arrival of food in abundance. This in turns triggers insulin levels and thus enhances the conversion of glucose into fat. Professor Alemany says that “the danger is that it is chronic and has a rebound effect.” This is due to the inconsistency in the monitoring of the diets.

Alemany compares it with the risks of indiscriminate use of antibiotics, allowing the proliferation of drug-resistant microbial strains. Dr. Alemany says that this problem could make “racial overweight roots to physiological ” and cause a real obesity epidemic for which there is no immediate solution.

By Armen Hareyan
Source: Diario Rotativo
Spanish Society For The Study of Obesity

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Most Unaware Of Link Between Weight, Cancer

Ninety-seven per cent of people don’t list being overweight as a cancer risk, according to a Cancer Research UK survey out today (Tuesday).

After smoking, being overweight or obese is one of the biggest cancer risks.

But in a survey of nearly 4,000 people, only three per cent mentioned keeping a healthy bodyweight as something people could do to reduce their risk of cancer.

And seven per cent of those surveyed failed to name a single positive change people could make to help to prevent the disease.

Sara Hiom, director of health information at Cancer Research UK, said: “Encouraging people to change their behaviour is often difficult, but the first step is to build awareness that these changes are worth making.

“We have estimated that more than 13,000 cases of cancer could be prevented each year if everyone maintained a healthy weight.

“While many people may associate weight with being healthy in general, this survey shows that most people don’t link it directly with their risk of cancer, or don’t know how much it can reduce their risk.”

Two thirds of people surveyed mentioned giving up smoking as a way to reduce cancer risk.

Fifty-nine per cent of people said that food and diet was important, and 29 per cent understood that exercising more would help.

Twenty-two per cent of people, unprompted, said alcohol influences our risk of the disease, and 11 per cent said they knew that protecting your skin in the sun was important.

Sara Hiom added: “It may be hard for people to make the link between obesity and an increased risk of cancer because we generally associate having the disease with being underweight. But carrying extra weight means producing more chemicals in our bodies that can cause cancer to develop.

“We know it can be hard to make long-lasting changes to our lifestyles, like quitting smoking and cutting down on alcohol. But it’s important that people are aware of the things that they can do – and the extent to which these changes will affect their cancer risk – so that they can make informed choices.

“Leading a healthy life with a balanced diet and plenty of exercise does not guarantee that a person won’t get cancer but these healthy habits can help to cut the odds.”


Cancer Research UK

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Discovering Drug That Cuts Appetite, Boosts Energy

In a major advance in obesity and diabetes research, Yale School of Medicine scientists have found that reducing levels of a key enzyme in the brain decreased appetites and increased energy levels.

Reductions in the levels of the enzyme prolylcarboxypeptidase (PRCP) led to weight loss and a decreased risk of type 2 diabetes in mice, according to research published in the August issue of The Journal of Clinical Investigation. The team found that PRCP is located in the hypothalamus and regulates levels of a peptide known for inhibiting food intake and stimulating energy expenditure — the alpha-melanocyte stimulating hormone (alpha-MSH). Researchers found that blocking the PRCP enzyme keeps the alpha-MSH peptides from being degraded, resulting in higher levels of alpha-MSH and decreased appetite.

“Our research provides the first evidence that breaking down molecules in the brain that regulate metabolism is an important component of weight control,” said senior author Sabrina Diano, associate professor in the Departments of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, and Neurobiology. “Our findings provide a possible new target for the development of drugs to control metabolic disorders such as obesity and type 2 diabetes.”

Diano and her team conducted the study in congenic mice that were naturally lean and later in mice that had PRCP removed. Animals without the PRCP enzyme were leaner and ate less food. They also had higher levels of alpha-MSH in the hypothalamus compared to control animals. The mice were put on a diet of 45 percent fat—the equivalent of eating fast food everyday—and even with this high fat diet, they did not gain as much weight as control animals on a regular diet.

Diano said the next step is to study how PRCP is regulated.


Yale-New Haven Hospital

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Huge California study concludes soda consumption undeniably linked to obesity

Much like Big Tobacco once did with nicotine, the soda industry and high-fructose corn syrup producers of America have maintained a ridiculous state of flat-out denial about the links between soda consumption and obesity. “Sodas don’t make you fat,” they insist. Meanwhile, as Americans guzzle down insanely large quantities of soda and liquid sugar with each passing year, rates of obesity and diabetes continue to steadily climb. Surely diet must have something to do with it, right?

Thanks to a new California study, soda companies can no longer hide behind the defense of uncertainty when it comes to links between soda consumption andobesity. This massive study questioned the soda consumption habits of 43,000 adults and 4,000 adolescents and concluded this: Drinking one or more sodas a day increases your chances of obesity by 27 percent. A whopping 62% of adults who drink at least one soda each day are overweight or obese.

The study also found that Californians are gulping down sodas at an unprecedented rate: At least one soda is consumed daily by 41 percent of children, 62 percent of adolescents and 24 percent of adults. Through the study, another shocking statistic was revealed: The average California teen consumes 39 pounds of liquid sugar a year solely from soda consumption.

Sadly, the study didn’t look at rates of diabetes and bone loss — the phosphoric acid in sodas causes osteoporosis, even in males — but there’s little doubt that a similar correlation exists between soda consumption and those diseases, too. The whole issue of aspartame and diet sodas also wasn’t looked at in this study, but that’s yet another important area of investigation that will probably be delayed for many years until the number of people drinking diet soda who get diagnosed with brain cancer can no longer be denied.

We’ve been warning about this for years

The interesting thing about all this is that the champions of natural health have been warning society about this for years. Whether you’re talking about myself and NaturalNews, or Dr. Julian Whitaker, or even going back to Weston Price, we’ve all been shouting about the dangers of widespread cola consumption long before it appeared on the radar of mainstream consciousness.

Now, in the thick of a disastrous epidemic of obesity and diabetes, more mainstream health authorities are finally starting to put the pieces together and realize just how bad sodas are for public health. There’s now no question about it: When soda consumption goes up, so do rates of obesity. And with higher obesity rates, you automatically get greatly increased rates of diabetes, cancer, heart disease, depression and other diseases that are very expensive to treat.

Ultimately, that means that soda consumption greatly increases the health care costs of any nation, because higher soda consumption leads to higher rates of diseases that are expensive to treat. I’m guessing that for every dollar a consumer spends on soda, another dollar’s worth of long-term health care cost is created at the same time. Except those costs are paid directly by the consumer; they’re paid by the taxpayers and health insurance customers.

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Five Weight Loss Tips From Eat Clean Diet Expert

Tosca Reno, best selling author of The Eat Clean Diet Book Series and Celebrity Fitness Expert offers her Top 5 Strategic Tips for becoming a leaner person.

Recently CNN reported that over 100 million Americans make New Year Resolutions with losing weight and saving money as the top 2 on their list. Additionally, about 4 out of 5 Americans don’t stick with their resolutions. Bottom line: Resolutions are easy to make, easy to break. If a person wants to stick with them, they have to develop a strategic plan.

Tosca Reno, best selling author of The Eat-Clean Diet Book Series and Celebrity Fitness Expert offers her Top 5 Strategic Tips in becoming a leaner person in the New Year that will also save lots of money.

1) A person should assess themself. Be brutally honest about how they look and feel now. Take a photo, date the back and tuck it away in a journal or wallet. Set a realistic goal, write it down and start visualizing it.

2) Develop an Eat-Clean plan A lifestyle of eating healthy with increased activity is much more valuable than a quick 5 pound weight-loss plan. An important part of this plan is sticking to less refined, prepackaged foods – and that will save tons of money.

3) Carry food in a cooler. Most of us work outside of the home, so eating out becomes a necessity … but if eating out means restaurant food, it’s expensive for both the wallet and the waistline. Adapting to new healthy habit of carrying a cooler loaded with Eat-Clean small meals will virtually guarantee results. Pack the cooler the night before with leftovers from dinner. This is a huge time- and money-saver.

4) Never skip breakfast. Rev up the metabolism by making sure to eat 5 or 6 meals daily. Incorporate the powerful fat-burning combo of lean protein and complex carbohydrates in every meal. Add at least 2 liters of water every day. Switching from drinking sodas to water will make a significant difference right away.

5) Gather a support team. They should accessible at all times. Having a strong support network makes a person more likely to succeed at reaching their goals. Think positive – expect the best. Life is magic, live it to the fullest now. They should enjoy the journey they are now on to becoming a leaner version of themselves … and save lots of money for a new wardrobe in the process.

For more information, please contact Silvie Bordeaux at or call 818.205.9673.

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Using a Pedometer For A Reality Check

I use a pedometer as a reality check. I often go home tired after a day in surgery or in the office. I’m tired so I must have expended a lot of energy and therefore used a lot of calories and done a lot of moving right? Wrong!

In the course of a “normal” day most adults take anywhere from 900 to 3000 steps in a day and not much more. That means to truly get “enough” physical activity in daily, I (and you) need to go for that daily walk.

Fortunately, I enjoy walking. Most days (barring horrible weather) I enjoy my walks with my dog. Other days–I just do it–rain or cold or heat.

The use of a pedometer has been shown to be associated with a significant increase in physical activity, decreases in body mass index, and decreased blood pressure. Overall, pedometer users increase their physical activity by 26.9% over baseline. The person who gets the most out of the use of a pedometer is the who has a step goal (ie 10,000 steps per day).

You don’t need an expensive pedometer. The Sportline 340 works well. You don’t need to program the step length, but if you do, you will be able to track the miles walked per day. As mentioned above, you wish to keep it simple by just setting a step goal of 10,000 steps per day.

Some suggestions on getting started with your new pedometer…

* Start out by wearing the pedometer each day for two weeks and don’t do anything to change your normal routine. Keep an exercise log of the daily step count. At the end of the second week, take a look at how many steps you are taking each day in the course of living your life.

* If you feel comfortable doing so, take the highest number of steps you have walked on any given day during that 2 week period. Use that number of steps (ie 2500 steps) as your first daily step goal. To avoid injury, do not select a higher number. Continue to keep your step log.

* At the end of that two week period, review all the steps you took each day. If you are ready, add another 500 steps to your daily goal. Your new step goal is now 3000 steps a day for the next two week period.

* Continue in that manner, working up until you finally reach the goal of 10,000 steps a day.

* The goal is to keep you active for the rest of your life. So don’t go overboard and injury yourself. Take it slow. Take it easy.

It takes about six months to “lock in” a new behavior. Aim to do what is necessary to change your exercise behavior permanently. Be prepared to dedicate yourself to your daily goal each day for a minimum of six months. If you do that, you are much more likely to maintain this goal permanently.

* If you skip a few days due to illness, work or other obligations, the sooner you get back into the exercise groove, the more likely you will be able to get back into your routine.

* Reaching that walking activity goal of 10,000 steps does not mean that you can increase your food intake. Continue to try to eat a healthy and reasonable portion diet.

* So the weather’s yucky, walk laps at the mall, go to a museum, or walk laps inside your home. Get up and move!

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Women’s Exercise Passes Through Phases

Milestones such as marriage and motherhood — or retirement and widowhood — can affect the amount of exercise women get, according to a large new study from Australia.

Not surprisingly, decreases in physical activity were associated with marriage and childbirth in young women and declining health in older women. However, the study also found that women who retired or who became widows tended to increase their physical activity level.

Altogether, more than 40,000 women responded to the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health, with participants answering survey items on two occasions three years apart. The researchers looked at three life phases: young womanhood, middle age and older age.

About a third of the younger (ages 18 to 23) and middle-aged (45 to 50) women and a quarter of the older women (70 to 75) were active at both survey times.

“By recognizing the life events that are associated with decreases in activity, women could be alerted to the risk,” said lead author Wendy Brown, Ph.D., a professor at the University of Queensland. “For example, if you are an older woman with heart disease or diabetes, it is vitally important to stay active, as physical activity can help to manage these conditions.”

The study appears in the latest issue of the Annals of Behavioral Medicine. For younger women, fitting exercise into expanding family obligations can seem overwhelming.

“Situations like marriage and children change the amount of expendable time during the day,” said Amy Eyler, Ph.D., a professor of community health at St. LouisUniversity. “It may vary culturally, but having children almost always decreases the feeling of self-priority for women.”

“Being widowed was associated with increasing physical activity in the mid-age women,” Brown said. “This may reflect the fact that women use physical activity to cope with this event — or perhaps that they have more time to be active. However, young women who experienced harassment at work tended to increase their physical activity; it may be it was used as a way of coping with the stress of such events.”

Compared to the Australian study, in which less than 30 percent of women were active, physical activity rates are higher in the United States. “Overall 46.7 percent of women reported regular levels of activity to the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System,” a large U.S. survey, Eyler said. “Figuring out ways to maintain regular physical activity throughout the lifecycle is important. Even a walk around the block with a good friend can do wonders for both mental and physical health.”

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Obese blacks and whites risk prostate cancer recurrence

Men who have an undergone prostate cancer treatment and are obese are found to be at risk for recurrence of the disease, despite race. Past studies have suggested that obese blacks are more at risk for recurring prostate cancer than are whites. The new analysis shows that obesity increases the risk of recurring prostate cancer in both groups.

Stephen Freedland, M.D., an associate professor of urology and pathology in the Duke Prostate Center authored the new study published in the journal Cancer. The researchers found that obesity increases the chances of recurring prostate cancer by studying records of 1,415 men enrolled in the Shared Equal Access Regional Cancer Hospital (SEARCH) database who had radical prostatectomy for prostate cancer. Forty-seven percent were black.

The researchers examined body mass index, finding that unlike other studies, there was no difference between blacks and whites who were obese and the aggressiveness of prostate cancer.

According to lead study author, Jayakrishnan Jayachandran, M.D. a urologic oncology fellow at Duke, “We found that higher BMI was associated with significantly increased risk of cancer recurrence for both blacks and whites. Though prior SEARCH-based studies from our group found that obesity was associated with a higher risk of disease progression as measured by a rising PSA after surgery, it now appears that being obese just means a poorer prognosis, period, regardless of race.” Almost one third of the men in the data base were obese.

Obesity is associated with hormonal imbalances, perhaps fueling prostate cancer and making it more likely to recur. Insulin imbalances associated with obesity may also play a role. Men who are obese have less testosterone and higher estrogen levels. The researchers say that obesity increases the chances of aggressive prostate cancer that is more likely to recur possibly from altered hormone levels. The chance that prostate cancer will recur in obese men is equal, regardless of race.

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Involuntary Weight Loss: The One You Don’t Want

Involuntary weight loss is weight loss that you did not intend. In other words, you were not dieting or trying to loss the weight.

Involuntary weight loss of 5-10% of one’s body weight is a “red flag” that something is amiss. You should immediately make an appointment with your physician to find the problem. If it’s not you, but a family member then make them an immediate appointment for a check up.

Often those with involuntary weight loss are elderly adults but it can to happen to anyone.

There are three basic causes of weight loss. Decreased intake of food by intentional or unintentional dieting. Increased fluid-nutrient loss as can be found in malabsorption diseases (ie Crohn’s disease) and diabetes. The third basic cause is excess metabolic demand as is often found with malignancies but also metabolic diseases such as hyperthyroid disease.

Your physician will take a complete history and do a physical exam. Initial laboratory tests will commonly include CBC, HIV, blood chemistry, urinalysis, stool guaiac (checking for blood in the stool), thyroid function, chest x-ray and routine recommended cancer screening (ie mammogram to check for breast cancer, colonoscopy or abdominal CT scan).

Approximately one fourth of patients will have a medical cause (ie thyroid disease, diabetes, etc), one fourth will have a malignancies (ie colon cancer, lung cancer, breast cancer, etc), one fourth will have depression or some psychiatric disease, and in the other fourth no cause will be found.

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Fast food equals obesity if nearby and no car

According to a University of Pittsburgh study, living near fast food, without a car, is associated with higher body mass index (BMI), and obesity. The results of the analysis showed that people living in fast food neighborhoods, despite walking to restaurants, were twelve pounds heavier than those without fast food nearby.

Sanae Inagami, M.D., study lead author and assistant professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine says, “Owning a car is generally associated with a more sedentary lifestyle and excess weight gain because people spend more time in their cars and less time walking. But when Inagami and colleagues investigated, they found that now owning a car was associated with increased rates of obesity among those living in proximity to a fast food restaurant.

“Fast food may be specific to weight gain in particular populations and locations,” says Dr. Inagami. “People who are less affluent don’t own cars and can’t go distances for healthier foods. As a result, they may end up opting for the lower-priced and high caloric foods available at fast food chains.” The end result is poor health from increased weight, and higher rates of obesity when healthier food is not readily available.

The study, published this month in the Journal of Urban Health, shows how the availability of restaurants in a given area can impact health and contributes to obesity.

“There has been a major focus on fast food and its impact on individual health, but we need to consider the availability of all types of restaurants at individual and community levels”, says the researcher. The study found that living near fast food restaurants does impact health and seems to influence obesity rates.

The study looked at 2,156 adults in 63 neighborhoods in Los Angeles County. Residents without cars in areas containing five fast food restaurants per mile weighed 2.7 pounds more than those with cars. In areas without a concentration of fast food restaurants, car owners weighed 8.5 pounds more than non-car owners. Having no transportation and healthier food nearby was associated with lower weight.

Inagami suggests encouraging communities to pay more attention to their food environment, to help curb obesity rates. Previous studies have linked obesity rates to proximity of fast food restaurants. The new study suggests not having a car mandates eating unhealthy fast food for some groups.

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Could Raising Taxes on Junk Food Curb Obesity?

In recent years we have taxed cigarettes and the research has demonstrated that this tax has been the single most effective policy to reduce tobacco use. Could the latest tax include soda pop, potato chips and candy bars? Is it possible that raising taxes on junk food could curb obesity? Some are saying yes.

With nearly two-thirds of Americans being overweight or obese, some people are proposing a tax increase on the foods that can enlarge our waistline. New York Gov. David Paterson, who believes raising taxes on junk food could curb obesity, proposed an 18% soda tax last year only to abandon it three months later due to public opposition. Since his proposal, 5 other states are considering a tax proposal.

According to the Urban Institute, the group says obesity is the cause of more than 100,000 preventable deaths. They further state that obesity cost the health care system $200 billion annually. They believe that a suggested tax of ten percent on “fattening food of little nutritional value” would raise $530 billion over ten years.

Raising taxes on junk food to curb obesity is often mentioned as a way to help fund the restructuring of our current health care system, although no one in Congress is ready to endorsed this as of yet. The flip side of taxing junk food is subsidizing healthy foods. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has calculated that cutting prices offruits and vegetables by 10 percent would increase consumption by 6 percent to 7 percent.

The “Los Angeles Times” reports a Kaiser Family Foundation poll found 55-percent of respondents’ favor of a tax on snack foods. Support for a soda tax won an equally impressive 53-percent. However, 63 percent of people who opposed the idea said they would change their minds if the revenue were used to fund health care reform and combat health problems related to obesity.

There are many who oppose the idea of raising taxes on junk food to curb obesity. Some believe that taxes on unhealthy food would fall primarily on the poor who tend to eat less healthy diets. It is also suggested that it isn’t just the type of food consumed but the quantity that drives obesity. For some, bread is not a junk food but if you eat an entire loaf of bread a day and you are likely to have weight problems.

What is clear is more and more Americans are overweight and officials feel that raising taxes on junk food could curb obesity. Taxing junk food could be effective and for many it is debatable. To make a significant dent in escalating rates of obesity more education and outreach programs could help Americans make healthier choices.

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The GM diet is not a miracle diet

The General Motors diet appears wonderful at first glance. To lose 10-17 pounds in one week is very tempting. But is it safe? When dieting, it is very important to evaluate not only the safety but also the effectiveness of the diet.

The GM diet is known by several names. These are the Sacred Heart Diet, the miracle soup diet, the cabbage soup diet, and many others as well. The GM diet is a fad. It basically purports rapid weight loss in a short amount of time. Safe weight loss should be no more than 1-2 pounds a week. The weight lost here is most likely water, too. And when normal eating resumes, the weight is regained. This may result in a yo-yo effect of dieting, losing weight, normal eating, regain, back on diet … over and over again. Not only is this unhealthy, it can be dangerous.

The Sacred Heart diet, also known as the General Motors diet, was thought to originate from the cardiology department at the Sacred Heart Memorial Hospital in Montreal, Canada, used for overweight heart patients. The hospital urges that this is only a myth. In fact, the Hospital, in 2004, issued a press release to state that neither the hospital nor any nutritionists at the hospital took part in the development of the diet.

The GM diet focuses heavily on eating fruits and veggies, almost to the complete exclusion of other foods. In order for the body to get the nutrition it needs to be healthy, it must have a variety of foods. One type of food group does not supply the body with all the nutrients it needs to maintain a state of good health.

Before going on the GM diet, or any other diet for that matter, it is critical to talk with your physician prior to beginning it. It is also strongly encouraged that exercise and increasing activity is part of healthy weight loss.

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The 50 million pound challenge community

The 50 million pound challenge is a community effort to promote health and well-being through dietary and lifestyle changes. The online impetus not only focuses on weight loss, but it provides tools needed to continue a healthier lifestyle. You can gain support you might not otherwise find by going it alone. You also get a chance to lend support to others who take the 50 million pound challenge, expanding the benefits of joining.

The impetus behind the 50 million pound challenge is the soaring rates of obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and obesity among our children that will ultimately lead to a lifetime of health problems.

Ian K. Smith, MD is the founder and creator of the 50 million pound challenge, and the timing could not be better as waistlines expand, and unhealthy eating has spiraled out of control. Dr. Smith is the medical contributor to the Rachael Ray show, and current medical and diet expert on VH1’s highly-rated “Celebrity Fit Club”, making him the perfect partner for those seeking a healthier lifestyle with expert guidance.

The 50 million pound challenge website offers a free challenge kit. You can also download the challenge booklet before taking the leap toward weight loss and better health.

Dr. Smith recognizes the toll that being overweight and obese has on individual lives – it is not just about the individual though – it is about the community.

The impact of poor health from obesity and a sedentary lifestyle leads to increased spending, negatively impacts family members, and the community at large. It burdens our healthcare system.

The broad perspective presented by the 50 million pound challenge means you are doing more than just promoting your own well-being. The sum total of what the 50 million pound challenge offers is a dynamic community effort, a factor that can contribute to success with your individual goals. Take look if you want to take better control of your own life while helping others along the way.

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Fenugreek Extract May Aid Weight Loss

An extract from the herb fenugreek may make people feel full, which can help reduce the amount of food consumed and help with weight loss. The results of this recent study are reported in the journal Phytotherapy Research.

Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) has been used historically to treat digestive disorders and menopausal symptoms, but in recent years it has been gaining popularity to reduce appetite and thus assist with weight loss. It is also used to treat diabetes, induce breast milk flow, and is applied topically as a treatment for inflammation.

Fenugreek seeds are a rich source of a polysaccharide called galactomannan, the component that was extracted from the herb for the current study, which was funded by the National Institutes of Health and Frutaron, a supplement manufacturer. The researchers from the University of Minnesota and Frutaron found that study participants who consumed 8 grams of a powder from fenugreek experienced significant feelings of fullness. Feelings of satiety can be helpful in weight loss efforts.

The study included 18 obese individuals who were assigned to receive either 4 to 8 grams of the fenugreek extract or a placebo stirred into a beverage that accompanied a standardized breakfast. Participants were asked to rate their feelings of hunger, satiety, fullness, and prospective food intake every 30 minutes for 3.5 hours after breakfast. Although neither the placebo nor the 4 gram dose resulted in any significant difference in any of the factors, the 8 gram dose caused a statistically significant increase in fullness and satiety. Therefore this dose may be the most effective for individuals who want to include the supplement as part of theirweight loss efforts.

The researchers noted that the fenugreek powder they used in the study contained more than 75 percent soluble fiber, a substance that is known to increase satiety and fullness. Products that contain soluble fiber, including psyllium, gums, pectins, and glucomannan, are often used to promote weight loss. Soluble fibers are also found in vegetables, wheat, flaxseed, and cereals.

Mathern JR et al. Phytotherapy Research 2009 April 7.
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Written by Deborah Mitchell
Exclusive to eMaxHealth

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FDA Floats Hydroxycut Scare to Discredit Yet Another Supplement Company

After tens of millions of doses of Hydroxycut were taken by consumers, one person died. This, along with reports of a few dozen liver-related side effects, caused the FDA to push for an industry-wide recall of virtually all Hydroxycut products. The thinking behind the warning? The risk of side effects is very low, but the FDA doesn’t believe consumers should be exposed to such risks.

Not from a dietary supplement, anyway. When it’s from a vaccine or a pharmaceutical, such risks are deemed “acceptable” by the FDA. Remember the outcry over the COX-2 inhibitor drug Vioxx and the testimony by Dr. David Graham of the FDA who calculated the drug killed over 60,000 Americans? That drug was voted “safe” by an FDA panel even after its own manufacturer voluntarily recalled it from the market!

When it comes to pharmaceuticals, you see, killing 60,000 Americans is no big deal. But when a dietary supplement is linked to a single death, that’s more than enough for the FDA to spring into action with its spin machine to destroy the credibility of the dietary supplement in question.

The same thing happened with ephedra (ma huang), a perfectly safe Traditional Chinese Medicine that’s been safely used for over 5,000 years in China. It’s an important ingredient in all sorts of Chinese Medicine formulas, including anti-viral formulas that cave save lives during a pandemic. But thanks to the FDA, ephedra is now illegal to sell or prescribe in the United States, and anyone prescribing it to patients can be arrested and threatened with being shut down and put out of business.

Powerful pills + compromised health = bad combo

So why are weight loss pills linked with patient deaths at all? It’s simple: The few people dying from these pills are almost certainly health-compromised individuals with compromised liver or heart function who over-dose on the weight loss pills in a misguided, desperate attempt to drop some pounds.

This is what happened with ephedra: Some pill-popping consumers overdid the dosage, thinking “more is better,” over-stimulating their cardiovascular system and dying from a heart attack (which was no doubt imminent in the first place). Shoveling snow in the driveway probably would have triggered the same event.

In the case of Hydroxycut, the people who showed liver problems (there were only a few dozen even reported) no doubt suffered from serious liver problems even before they started taking the weight loss pills. They almost certainly weren’t taking a full complement of protective herbs, superfoods and nutritional supplements that protect the liver (such as dandelion and yellow dock, for example). Without a healthy liver to begin with, the extra dose of caffeine in Hydroxycut likely pushed them into the zone of liver problems.

It’s all so typically American. Everything in America is extreme, it seems: Reality TV, flavored snacks, sugary breakfast cereals, cosmetic surgery, money management and of course weight loss. American culture has no practical familiarity with the phrase, “all things in moderation,” and its people tend to take dieting efforts to the extreme. After all, what else would you call the “48-Hour Hollywood Diet,” which promises obscene weight loss in just two days drinking the world’s most over-priced fruit juice?

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