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Study suggests oatmeal is best for weight loss

Sep 17, 2014 - A study by the Journal of the American College of Nutrition compared the satiety levels of ready to eat breakfast cereal with oatmeal in order to determine which would be better for appetite control. The study, which took place at Louisiana State University, compared the appetite of 48 individuals. These individuals were healthy, over the age of 18, and participated in an overnight fast the night before. For the study, participants were fed Quaker Old Fashioned Oatmeal and Honey Nut Cheerios. Both breakfast items provide the same amount of calories and both claim to be good for heart health. A large difference between the cereals, however, is the amount of soluble fiber and protein. The study shows that the soluble fiber in oatmeal is the ... more.

Four reasons why a healthy diet isn't just for weight loss

Sep 9, 2014 - If your food choices don t measure up, but you re not looking to lose weight, there are still reasons to watch what you re putting in your mouth. Here s four reasons to get your diet on track 1. Beautiful skin A good cleansing routine is all very well, but you can drastically improve your skin health just by eating the right foods. Part of our body s natural detoxification process is to sweat. That means toxins that your body is trying to get rid of, come into direct contact with your skin. No wonder an unhealthy diet leads to bad skin! Swapping junk for wholesome, nutritious foods that provide your body with essential fatty acids and antioxidants reduces the amount of toxins your body needs to get rid of, leaving you with healthier and ... more.

Community-based weight loss program aids diabetes management

Sep 4, 2014 - Weight loss and control of blood sugar can reduce the risk of complications in patients with diabetes but this is difficult for many to achieve. A University of California, San Diego School of Medicine randomized controlled trial of obese adults with type 2 diabetes suggests that participants enrolled in a community-based structured weight loss program are able to shed more pounds, improve blood sugar control and reduce or eliminate insulin use and other medications compared to a control group. Support and a tailored lifestyle intervention have been shown to reduce cardiovascular disease risk factors and adverse outcomes in people with diabetes, said Cheryl L. Rock, PhD, RD, professor of Family and Preventive Medicine and principal ... more.

Dispelling popular diet myths

Aug 25, 2014 - Dr. Mehmet Oz dispelled common diet myths that could sabotage weight loss on the April 21 episode of the Dr. Oz Show. Dr. Oz s guest was obesity expert Dr. Joel Fuhrman, who said the wrong beliefs about dieting are what make it hard for some people to lose weight and keep it off. About 89 of you believe these lies, said Dr. Oz. If women stop believing these lies, they can lose weight without having to worry about dieting again. Five Small Meals a Day Is a Myth The first weight-loss myth is that you need to eat five to six small meals a day to boost your metabolism. Dr. Fuhrman, author of The End of Dieting, said eating too frequently throughout the day actually keeps you fat because you never give your body a chance to burn your fat ... more.

11 scents that can do wonders for your well-being

Aug 18, 2014 - To most people, a smell isn t just a fragrance -- it s a memory. When you get a whiff of chocolate chip cookies, you may think of baking in your Mom s kitchen. When a warm breeze blows the smell of fresh flowers, you re instantly rocketed back to your first dance and the corsage your date brought. And these nostalgic ties aren t just a coincidence -- there s science behind why we cherish these aromas. Our olfactory response is directly linked to the emotional center of our brain, causing a flood of warm and fuzzy feelings with a simple sniff. Unlike touch or taste, scents are directly correlated with past experiences. It s no wonder the smell of rain or the scent of a swimming pool makes us so reminiscent. But aside from their ... more.

7 tips for when the scale won't budge

Sep 14, 2014 - Whether the scale hasn t budged for one week or six, it s always a frustrating experience -- especially when you feel you re doing everything right to get the weight off. But before you start beating yourself up or throw in the towel on your healthy eating plan, know that you re not alone. The first thing our research shows is that everything hits a plateau, says Bob Sullivan, co-author of The Plateau Effect Getting from Stuck to Success. Every good idea, diet program, marriage and professional athlete eventually stops working, says Sullivan. This is the most confusing thing about any endeavor, and it s particularly frustrating for people trying to lose weight. Luckily, there are ways to turn things around -- though some methods aren t as ... more.

Small steps mean big changes

Aug 6, 2014 - We just bid a long, cold winter a welcome farewell. But while you re peeling off the layers, remember that swimsuit season is just around the corner. Are you ready? If not, we have a few ideas on how to lose weight and tone muscle by Memorial Day Weekend. Not enough time to make a difference? It s actually a lot of time, says Danielle Omar, a registered dietitian in Fairfax, Va. You could lose up to 15 to 16 pounds in that time, depending on the changes you make. She suggests starting by looking at everyday eating and exercise habits. Just bring your lunch to work and stop those daily Starbucks runs and you could lose more than a pound a week with just that, she says. Heather Calcote, a Washington dietitian and endurance athlete, agrees ... more.

Dr. Oz weighs in on extreme diet

Jul 25, 2014 - Dr. Oz has always been known for tackling extreme weight loss diet plans to find the ones that not only work best for his viewers, but are also safe. On April 25th, Dr. Oz welcomed Dr. Alwin Lewis to his show to discuss his controversial 5 Bite Diet that claims participants can lose up to 15 pounds in one week. According to Dr. Lewis, author of the book Why Weight Around? , the 5 Bite Diet involves only eating five bites of food at lunch and dinner. It s based off a weight loss program used by gastric-bypass patients, who are physically incapable of eating more than a few bites of food following their surgery. Lewis explained to Dr. Oz that studies show the skinnier a person is, the longer and healthier they live. His 5 Bite Diet can help ... more.

Maintaining your weight loss success

Jul 21, 2014 - Although some days it may not feel like it, spring is here and the New Year celebrations and fitness resolutions are becoming a distant memory. It s often around this time of year that many of us start backsliding on our fitness programs. If your goal was to lose weight and you followed your program consistently, you probably accomplished a lot. The goal now is to maintain your healthy weight. Weight maintenance is an elusive proposition for most dieters. The large majority of people who lose weight can t maintain it, primarily because of how they lost the weight. They either lose the motivation to maintain the lifestyle that got the weight off or they participated in an unsustainable program. Programs such as very low calorie diets, ... more.

5 'healthy' foods that prevent your weight loss

Jul 13, 2014 - Let me guess what you do the minute someone tells you that you look like you ve gained a couple of pounds you either go on a crash diet to the point of starving yourself you hit the pool, the track and the gym or you turn into a crazy calorie-counting freak, checking every little morsel of food to see how many calories it contains. Of course, there is always a chance that you approach your weight-loss project rationally and try to eat only healthy foods and exercise regularly. However, be warned that some so-called healthy foods may actually prevent your weight loss. 1. Whole grain breads The first thing many people do when trying to reduce calories from their diet is replace white bread with wholegrain bread or brown bread. What they don ... more.

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