Need quick weight loss? Simply eat up!
Trying hard to get in to shape? Looking in the mirror and frowning
has now become a habit, eh? Stop scoffing at your obese figure, man or
woman. You should be ashamed not to trust your will power to support
your attempts at weight loss.
Just believe me, if there is a will this is the way to do it. Go head
first because emotions only get you down. Just use your head;
strategize, stand by your determination.
Like all achievers you are bound to have an enjoyable time working
out a diet you’d love to live on. For once stop starving. Eat well.
Watch your weight, loose like sand in your hand, slipping away the
kilos, as you go slimming in style. Its not how much you eat; its all
about what you eat.
Eat up and slim down with these fat-fighting foods. Our old western
influenced diet has cost us dearly: One in three of us is now overweight
or obese, and a third of our children will develop diabetes in their
But the answer isn’t eating less food”, it’s eating more of the right
foods, a few of them in particular, can be called miracle foods for
slimmers. Here are more secrets on how to lose weight and keep it off
Nuts are smart. They’re packed with mono unsaturated fatty acids,
those good-for-you fats that lower your risk of heart disease and
diabetes, and, according to new research, help you control your
Researchers have found that eating a high-protein, high-fat snack,
such as almonds, increases your calorie burn for up to 3 1/2 hours. And
just 1 ounce of almonds boosts vitamin E levels, increasing memory and
cognitive performance, according to researchers. In another study,
people who ate pistachios for three months lost 10 to 12 pounds, on
It’s not a magic disappearing act, but it’s close: When Harvard
University researchers analyzed the diets of more than 27,000 people
over 8 years, they discovered that those who ate whole grains daily
weighed 2.5 pounds less than those who ate only refined-grain foods. Go
for red rice and kurakkan!
study from Penn State University found that whole-grain eaters lost 2.4
times more belly fat than those who ate refined grains.
Whole grains more favorably affect blood-glucose levels, which means
they don’t cause wild swings in blood sugar and ratchet up cravings
after you eat them.
Plus, the antioxidants in whole grains help control inflammation and
insulin. Whole grains also strengthen your heart, helping you live
Avocados and other healthy fats
Just because a food has plenty of fat and calories doesn’t mean it’s
fattening. See, certain foods cause you to gain weight because they
provoke hormonal changes that trigger cravings. One hunger-control
hormone, leptin, becomes blunted by starchy, sweet, fatty, and
Avocados, aren’t fattening, because they’re loaded with healthy fat
and fiber and don’t cause wild swings in insulin levels. So enjoy the
fat in avocados, olive oil, and nuts. Research shows that diets
containing upward of 50 percent fat are just as effective for weight
loss as those that are low in fat. Discover the new you!
Grass-fed beef, chicken, and pork are leaner and healthier than
conventional livestock” and can help trim away pounds.
A 3.5-ounce serving of grass-fed beef has only 2.4 grams of fat,
compared with 16.3 grams for conventionally raised beef.
In fact, grass-fed beef is so much more nutritious than commodity
beef that it’s almost a different food.
Grass-fed beef contains more conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which
has been shown to reduce abdominal fat while building lean muscle. It
also has more omega-3s and less omega-6s than corn-fed beef. It’s the
same with chickens. According to a recent study, free-range chickens
reared in our compounds have significantly more omega-3s than grain-fed
chickens do, and less harmful fat and fewer calories than grain-fed
varieties. This is important because omega-3s improve your mood, boost
your metabolism, sharpen your brain, and help you lose weight.
Choosing seafood these days isn’t easy. Some species contain
obesity-promoting pollutants (dioxins, PCBs). Others which are rared in
farms are fattened with soy, which lowers their levels of healthy
omega-3s. In fact, the American Heart Association recently urged people
who are concerned about heart disease to avoid eating tilapia for just
that reason. Ask your fisherman for the names of fish and avoid the kind
that has a fishy after effect. That goes against conventional wisdom,
So what kind of fish should you eat? Generally, small, oily ocean
fish like herring, mackerel, sardines are low in toxins and score
highest in omega-3s.
Wild Alaskan salmon, Pacific halibut, rainbow trout, and yellow fin
tuna are generally low in toxins and high in nutrients.
And then there are fish that we should avoid at all times: farmed
salmon, farmed tilapia, Atlantic cod, Chilean sea bass, and farmed
shrimp. Fishy eh?
Raspberries and other berries
A recent study by researchers at Yale University School of medicine
discovered that after eating a high-carb, high-sugar meal, free radicals
attack the neurons that tell us when we’re full.
As a result it’s hard to judge when hunger is satisfied. Escape the
cycle of overindulgence by eating foods that are rich in antioxidants;
berries top the list.
berries that give you the most antioxidant bang per bite, in order of
merit are cranberries, black currents, blueberries, blackberries,
raspberries, strawberries and pomegranates. Fiber is the secret to
losing weight without going hungry. One US Department of Agriculture
study found that those who increased their daily fiber intake from 12
grams to 24 absorbed 90 fewer calories per day than those who ate the
same amount of food but less fiber.
Instant oats are one of the easiest ways to get more real fiber into
New research indicates that oats can also cut your risk of high blood
pressure and type 2 diabetes, and even reduce your risk of weight gain.
Oats also have 10 grams of protein per half-cup serving, so they
deliver steady muscle-building energy. Choose oatmeal that contains
whole oats and low sodium, and also has whole-grain wheat flakes and
Cruciferous vegetables and other folate-rich greens
The more folate you have in your diet, the lower your risk of
obesity, heart disease, stroke, cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s and
And a recent study in the British Journal of Nutrition found that
those with the highest folate levels lose 8.5 times more weight when
dieting. Cruciferous vegetables, like broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels
sprouts, kale, cabbage, Swiss chard, and bok choy, are not only rich in
folate, they’re also rich in potassium.
Researchers at the Department of Agriculture’s Human Nutrition
Research Center on Aging, at Tufts University, found that foods rich in
potassium help preserve lean muscle mass. New research shows that folate
helps protect against damage from estrogenic chemicals like bisphenol-A
(BPA), which have been linked to obesity.
Apples and other fruits
What makes the apple so potent? In part, it’s because most of us eat
the peel: It’s a great way to add fiber and nutrients to your diet. But
there’s a downside: The peel is where the fruit tends to absorb and
retain most of the pesticides they are exposed to, apples and peaches
being the worst offenders.
That’s why, for maximum weight-loss potential, we strongly recommend
you buy organic versions of apples, pears, peaches, and other
eat-the-peel fruits. In a recent study, normal-weight people reported
eating, on average, two servings of fruit and 12 grams of fiber a day;
those who were overweight had just one serving and 9g.
Credit that extra 3g fiber; the amount in one single apple or orange
is the difference maker. Understood the logic?
Diabetes to exact huge costs on poor countries
Diabetes and its complications, such as strokes and heart disease,
will place an enormous financial burden on poorer countries in years to
come, researchers warned in a report published Tuesday.
“Diabetes is moving from being a disease of developed countries to a
disease in developing countries like India and China, and this could put
pressure on healthcare systems through rising healthcare costs”, Philip
Clarke, associate professor at University of Sydney’s School of Public
Clarke and his colleagues examined records of 11,140 patients with
severe diabetes in 20 countries, including the complications they
suffered, money spent and length of hospital stays, and they found
diabetes hit healthcare costs more severely in poorer
countries.“Patients in Asia and Eastern Europe had higher incidence of
some events (like a stroke) than patients in established market
economies, lower rates of hospitalization and longer lengths of stay”,
according to the report.
While average per capita spending on healthcare in China was around
$216 (international dollars) a year, health expenditure for a diabetic
who ends up with stroke would be 10 times more, or $2,166, according to
the study, which was published in the latest issue of PLoS Medicine.
International dollar is the equivalent of the US dollar but adjusted
for purchasing power across countries.
“We know there are efficient ways of reducing these rates of
complications. If you can stop people having strokes through blood
pressure control, you can clearly reduce these patients’ healthcare
costs,” Clarke told Reuters by telephone.
Flightless mosquitoes may curb dengue
Genetically altered mosquitoes that cannot fly may help slow the
spread of dengue fever and could be a harmless alternative to chemical
insecticides, US and British scientists said on Monday.
They genetically altered mosquitoes to produce flightless females,
and said spreading these defective mosquitoes could suppress native,
disease-spreading mosquitoes within six to nine months.
is no vaccine or treatment for dengue fever, which is endemic in the
tropics and is particularly prevalent in Asia and the western Pacific.
The disease, which causes severe flu-like symptoms and can kill, is
spread through the bite of infected female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.
“This could be the first in a new wave of products that might
supplant insecticides”, researcher Anthony James of the University of
California, Irvine, said in a telephone interview.
There are an estimated 50 million cases of dengue fever each year and
about 2.5 billion people, two-fifths of the world’s population, are at
risk, mostly in Africa and southeast Asia, according to the World Health
James’s team, including a group from the British biotechnology firm
Oxitec Ltd, altered mosquito genes to disrupt development of the
insects’ wing muscle.
The genetic modification grounded only the virus-carrying females and
did not affect the males’ ability to fly, they wrote in the Proceedings
of the National Academy of Sciences here The idea would be to distribute
tens of thousands of eggs that would hatch out these genetically
modified males, that would proceed to create a new generation of
flightless, and thus doomed, daughters.
Because eggs are so small and easy to distribute, there would be far
more genetically modified mosquitoes than natives, so they could in
effect blot out the dengue-carrying population. “We stack the numbers in
our favor by releasing a lot of these things,” James said. “The
technology is completely species-specific, as the released males will
mate only with females of the same species,” added Oxitec’s Luke Alphey,
who led the study.
Alphey said using genetically modified mosquitoes would be an
environmentally friendly alternative to chemical insecticides and would
“All people in the treated areas are equally protected, regardless of
their wealth, power or education,” he said. Both Oxitec and Oxford
University have applied for a patent.
The current work is focused on mosquitoes that carry dengue fever,
but the researchers said it could be adapted to other species that
spread malaria and West Nile fever.
HIV drugs prevent infection in African study
Maggie Fox Health and Science Editor
People across Africa who took AIDS drugs were far less likely to
infect their partners with the virus, researchers said on Wednesday.
The study, presented at a meeting of AIDS experts, is one of the
first to show so clearly that the drugs can prevent infection as well as
keep patients healthy. It could boost efforts to provide the AIDS drugs
to people, especially in the hardest-hit countries in Africa.
Dr. Deborah Donnell of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in
Seattle and colleagues followed 3,400 couples in which one partner was
infected and the other was not in seven African countries.
The couples were all counseled on how to protect themselves and given
free condoms. Each patient with HIV began taking a drug cocktail when he
or she became eligible based on a measure of immune system damage called
Over the next one to three years, 103 of the previously uninfected
people became infected. Nearly all, 102 infections, happened before the
infected partner started taking the drugs, Donnell told the Conference
on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in San Francisco.
What is Prediabetes?
Having higher than normal blood sugar levels, but not yet in the
range of diabetes, puts you at increased risk for developing Type 2 or
full-blown diabetes. To help address prediabetes, as well as prevent
other forms of diabetes, consider these four lifestyle changes.
Diabetes Support. Working
toward optimum health and maintaining a strong immune system is
especially important for diabetics.
Start by eating a diet designed to address diabetes; add in regular
exercise and plenty of fluids; and consider taking immune supportive
Manage your health. Get
regular checkups for blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride
levels, and seek treatment if necessary.
Maintain a healthy weight.
If you are overweight, the more pounds you lose, the less your chance of
developing diabetes. Talk with your doctor about what your optimum
weight should be and how to achieve it.
Eat a diet low in refined carbohydrates and incorporate fresh fruits,
vegetables, whole grains and monounsaturated fats (such as olive oil)
into your diet.
Get daily physical activity.
Exercise improves the action of insulin, moving glucose out of the
bloodstream and into tissues where it can be used for energy.