Cholesterol gets a lot of bad press, which is slightly unfair considering it’s necessary for the body to function correctly. So what exactly is cholesterol and how does it affect your health? Here is some information about the dual role cholesterol plays inside you. [Read more]
When you think about tomatoes, the last thing that jumps to mind may be flavor. [Read more]
As it turns out, food ads may play a huge role in obesity. A new German research study demonstrates that looking at pictures of salty or sweet foods (such as Viennese Schnitzel, ice cream or pizza) causes an increase in grehlin, a hunger hormone. Pictures of pianos, bikes or shoes did not have the same effect. This is the first time pictures of junk food pictures have been shown to cause immediate adversity. So we should take notice! [Read more]
Skimping on sleep will have a variety of negative effects on the body, including an increase in weight gain. [Read more]
Obesity may not only be linked to serious chronic health issues, but increasingly more research points to weight problems being associated with a greater risk for chronic pain. [Read more]
Among the many benefits of losing weight, reducing hypertension is one that many people may not be aware of. [Read more]
Keeping weight off should really be your initial and your ongoing goal in a weight loss program. Current belief is that keeping off at least 5-10% of your initial weight is the goal of treatment. Many people in weight loss are able to keep off even more. It seems many of them have many things that they do that seem to help. Below I have summarized 2 of the studies that are actively looking at weight loss maintenance.
Even though medical weight loss surgery is a viable option for the overweight and obese there are other options that should not be discounted. Recent research presented to the Obesity Society reminds people struggling with weight that calorie restriction and physical activity can, in many cases, work.
Craig Primack, M.D. and Robert Ziltzer, M.D. presented their research at The Obesity Society meeting in San Diego, CA on October 9-12, 2010. They showed a retrospective study of adult participants at Scottsdale Weight Loss Center, from 2006 to 2008 with BMI > 30. The patients were under full or partial meal replacement, sometimes using weight loss medications for qualified patients. Average weight loss was 22.5 lbs at 2 months, 36.3 lbs at 6 months and 37.5 lbs at 9 months. Average weight loss at 1 year was 32.7 lbs.
Long-term weight loss is the most difficult aspect of most weight loss programs. Without a structured maintenance program research shows that the majority of people who lose weight regain it within three years. Aside from attending a weight maintenance program after achieving their goal weight, people that have maintained weight loss over a long period tend to share several habits that are associated with long term success.