If you’re looking to drop pounds it may be time to take note of your brain’s opinion on the subjects, a research team from the University of Illinois reports. The study tracked changes in the brains of obese mice that were suddenly calorie restricted.
The researchers found that alterations in the brain increased appetite and cravings for calorie-rich foods soon after caloric restriction. The scientists note that suddenly and dramatically reducing the amount of food that you eat may actually be counterproductive. Instead, they advise you to “trick” your brain by making small changes over time.
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Today I was at a shopping center and overheard a couple arguing about the walk from the car to the door. Apparently for him it was too far. He angrily chided his wife for passing up all the “good spots” closer to the entrance.
She snapped back that if he wanted her to lose the weight, he had better just shut it up and walk a few extra yards with her.
It was awkward, and kind of amusing at the same time. He was whining and she was ticked off.
Those looking to drop excess pounds should avoid certain foods like the plague while gorge on others, according to a groundbreaking research study out of Harvard University. The study sheds light on how food choices –not cutting calories alone—has a profound effect on body weight.
The foods blacklisted in the study should come as no surprise for health conscious folks. Butter, potatoes, deep fried foods and soda were considered foods that contributed to weight gain according to the study results. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy were strongly correlated with sustained weight loss.
Have you seen Medicine Man with Sean Connery? It was a predictable but engaging tale about how a scientist found a cure for cancer in the jungles of the Amazon Rain Forest, and how the cure was being destroyed by deforestation.
There are examples everywhere as to how a miracle pill started out as a plant…most notably with Digitalis. This plant-based drug is used to treat heart failure.
However, it is also known to be horrendously toxic, especially to children, pets, pregnant women, and animals.
So careful control over its use is required. But not all plant-based formulations are as readily obvious in their toxicity and contra-indications as foxglove.
Take Emulin, for example.
A while back a reader wrote in because she was concerned about her doctor’s recent prognosis that the cartilage in her knees was breaking down to the point that only surgery to replace them will be the answer. Either that, or soon she wouldn’t be able to walk at all.
There are other doctors out there who disagree, though. Many go so far as to say that with the right support, supplements, and exercise, that the cartilage can be rebuilt, thereby avoiding the knife and very expensive surgery.
Many diabetics become frustrated when they see a sky-high blood sugar reading despite religiously taking their medications. A study published in this week’s Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism found that managing blood sugar in type 2 diabetics who are obese is nearly impossible unless they reduce their body weight.
In the study, a group of 4000 type 2 diabetics were followed. Those that remained obese over the 2-year period had significantly more trouble keeping their blood sugar in check –despite taking the same medications as the normal or slightly overweight group. In fact, only one-third of the obese group was able to achieve normal blood sugar levels.
To Your Health,
We have gotten some really great comments when we publish recipes, so to continue that vibe, today I will share Julie’s mini-quiche recipe.
So many times we get comments from people trying to watch their cholesterol or on their weight loss journey who are at a loss for good, satisfying foods. Breakfast seems to be one of the biggest problems for a lot of folks.
Julie, one of my Team Members, solves this problem by taking traditional recipes and tweaking them a bit to make them low fat, low sodium, or low-cal.
The quiche recipe she is modifying comes really from her mother, who apparently used to make it for the grandkids as a way to get them to eat their broccoli, which they hate.
My team receives several emails a week with this statement in it. The way the emails typically end is with the writer asking for help or advice as to what else can be done.
On rare occasions I get a letter from someone who actually admits that he or she tries to watch their food intake but they really struggle with it.
This is one of the key elements that diet pill producers and surgeons try to capitalize on…the inability of people to be honest with themselves about what they are actually eating, and how much they are actually exercising.
When a reader brought this point up we originally thought he was talking about Chai tea. But No! He asked about the benefits of chia seed and its use in improving cholesterol levels.
As I looked into it, I found an enormous amount of research (and a ton of it was credible) to indicate this little seed is quite miraculous.
This seed was made popular by the Chia Pet people who sold it as a fun past-time for kids and adults, as it was used to grow a little garden on the outside of a clay animal, head, or other shape.
People on beta-blockers have slower metabolism and are 11 to 37 pounds heavier on the average than people similar age with high blood pressure that do not use beta-blockers.
This is the result of a study based on data from 11,438 adults, led by Dr. Paul Lee of St. Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney.
Those using beta-blockers should focus on life-style changes, such as improved diet and more exercises, to improve their metabolism. You may also want to check out our High Blood Pressure Program and Weight Loss Breeze program.