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A Moderate-Protein Diet Produces Sustained Weight Loss and Long-Term Changes in Body Composition and Blood Lipids in Obese Adults

With so many different kinds of low calorie diets available, it can sometimes be difficult to be sure of the right kind of low calorie diet to give you the maximum weight loss in the shortest possible time. After conducting extensive studies, researchers from the University of Illinois* have concluded that the best low-calorie diet for losing weight and keeping the weight off is a high protein low calorie diet.

If you  add protein supplements to your low calorie green tea diet,  not only does this make you slim fast but you will be leaner, have better cholesterol levels and will be more likely to stick to your diet than someone on a low-protein, low -calorie diet.

*Layman, DK et al. A Moderate-Protein Diet Produces Sustained Weight Loss and Long-Term Changes in Body Composition and Blood Lipids in Obese Adults J. Nutr. March 2009 vol. 139 no. 3 514-521

Don''t Let Your Friends Sabotage Your Diet.

Everyone applauds the overweight friend who announces she''s starting a diet or who proudly informs us that she has lost  a pound or two in the last month. But it''s when she starts to take the diet program seriously, or the weight loss starts to show that friends can often be unencouraging and even hostile.

Stories abound of jealous friends taking new dieters out for calorie-laden ''light lunches'' or asking ordering heavy desserts for them or making other moves to sabotage their weight loss plans.

Unfortunately many friendships are defined by the overweight person''s size - slimmer people often feel reassured having an overweight friend because  not only are they non-threatening, but they may make the slimmer person look better.

There are other reasons for this jealousy too -  primitive rivalry. The slim woman may feel insecure about the attractiveness of her dieting friend to her own partner and she''s unconsciously attempts to keep her fat friend fat for reasons of self preservation.

The solution to this problems is to take the actions of your ''friend'' as a compliment that you are losing the weight and it is beginning to make a difference to how you look and how you are perceived. It may  also sometimes mean severing old friendships, but if that is what it takes for the new you to emerge then that can only be a good thing.

New Research Shows Green Tea Prevents Skin Cancer

Overexposing the skin to sunlight is one on the major causes of skin cancers. The Ultraviolet light (UV radiation) in sunlight can have damaging and  potentially lethal consequences - in the form of skin cancer. New research published in the Journal Archives of Biochemistry ad Biophysics* has discovered that the regular consumption of 5-6 cups of green tea a day (the same as consuming 1-2 green tea capsules) can have a significant protective effect on damage to the skin from exposure to harmful UV radiation by repairing any effects of the UV radiation on the skin before cancerous changes begin to occur.

Great news for sun loves as the weather gets warmer!

How Green Tea Works to Prevent Melanomas (Skin Cancer).

*Katiyar, SK. Green tea prevents non-melanoma skin cancer by enhancing DNA repair. Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics 508 (2011) 152–158

With the availability of cheap carbohydrates and a growing unwillingness or inability of people to exercise sufficiently type 2 diabetes is one of he most prevalent and fastest growing health problems in North America. Type 2 diabetes is a chronic disease that results in hight levels of sugar in the blood, it is caused by a problem in the way one''s body uses insulin. We need insulin for sugar to get into our cells. When a person has type 2 diabetes food that is converted into sugars in the is unable to get into the cells -  it stays in the blood where it raised the blood sugar level. In the long term having a high level of sugar in the blood can cause blurry vision , fatigue, decreased appetite, increased thirst, increased need to urinate, serious vision problems, erectile dysfunction, kidney disease, amputations, strokes, heart attacks.

Recent research* has shown that green tea improves insulin sensitivity in the body: this means that it can improve the way sugar is taken up by the body''s cells so when we eat and food is broken into sugar it is able to move out of the blood and into the cells resulting in less of a risk of raised blood sugar levels.

Always seek the advice of a physician if you have concerns about diabetes but drinking green tea appears to have a beneficial effect on this chronic disease.

Nahas, R Complementary and alternative medicine for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. Canadian Family Physician • Le Médecin de famille canadien Vol 55: JUNE • JUIN 2009

Green Tea Consumption Enhances Exercise-Induced Fat Loss in Overweight and Obese Adults

Another recent study * was carried out to see if there was a difference in the amount of weight lost when taking regular exercise and green tea compared with when a person was exercising but not taking green tea i.e to see if green tea affected the amount of weight lost by exercise .

2 groups of patients were studied for 12 weeks. The results are shown in the graph below.

In summary, at the end of the 12 week period it was found that on average people who exercised and took green tea regularly lost TWICE  AS MUCH weight as those who exercised but did not take green tea!! WOW!!!

*Maki, KC et al Green Tea Catechin Consumption Enhances Exercise-Induced Abdominal Fat Loss in Overweight and Obese Adults. J. Nutr. 139: 264–270, 2009.

Bob Harper from ''The Biggest Loser'' Recently did a Q and A session online at the Los Angeles Times.

Here are a few of his diet tips from the session.

1)    To trim your hips and thighs it’s all about cardio, use the elliptical machine, steppers, treadmills and bikes. If you’re battling with a persistent muffin- top you should incorporate lunges and squats into your workout regime.

2)     Focus on you diet to reduce the plateau effect - this usually means fewer calories and more protein.

3)     For muscle building after and intense workout eat a meal rich in protein with a little carbohydrate and little fat e.g. Egg whites, brown rice and a little olive oil.

4)     When is he best time to work out?  The best time to workout is whenever you can fit it into your schedule, but it is always better to work out in the morning. That way you can get your metabolism into overdrive in the morning and be a fat burning machine all day.

5)     The best way to lose that stubborn last 10 -15 lbs to your target weight is to increase your workout intensity: this usually also means eating more food to enable you burn the ‘vanity pounds’ it sound counterintuitive but it actually works.

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Waist Management 103: The effects of vigorous physical activity on intra-abdominal fat levels: A preliminary study of middle-aged Japanese men

Writing in the Journal Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice*  a group of Japanese researchers have conducted studies to measure the effects of different degrees of physical exercise on abdominal fat. The researchers divided their subjects into 2 groups: those that did low duration high intensity physical workouts and those that did long duration high intensity physical … Read more →

Waist Management 102: How to lose your big tummy – forever.

Your calorie consumption vs expenditure will determine if you get a big stomach: these are some of ways in which you can control these 2 factors. 1) Do cardiovascular exercises: Not everyone is able to run, or cycle. Try various exercises and find what works for you. You can power-dance, do a brisk walk daily, … Read more →

Waist Management 101. Why have I got a big tummy?

We’ve probably all had the pop-ups on out computers at one time or another – those pesky too-good-to-be-true adverts on how to lose belly fat in 3 easy steps, non of which includes exercise. The truth is these methods do not work. Why? Because there are at least 2 factors that control the development of … Read more →

Don’t Eat Yourself Out of Your Workout!

One of the commonest de-motivators from keeping up with your diet and exercise regime is when you don’t notice any changes after days or weeks of what you believe to be rigorous dieting and exercising. If you have been working out and dieting but you are not getting lighter or slimmer it may be that … Read more →

Bob Harper’s Weight Loss Tips 2011 (2)

Here’s the final part of Bob’s Question and Answer session at the LA Times. 1)     The best protein sources for vegetarians are eggs, dairy, beans, quinoa, some leafy green vegetables, nuts, and organic soy. Supplements like green pea protein and hemp protein are excellent too. 2)     Staying motivated when on a diet is one of … Read more →

Bob Harper’s Weight Loss Tips 2011 (1)

Bob Harper from ‘The Biggest Loser’ Recently did a Q and A session online at the Los Angeles Times. Here are a few of his diet tips from the session. 1)    To trim your hips and thighs it’s all about cardio, use the elliptical machine, steppers, treadmills and bikes. If you’re battling with a … Read more →

A Moderate-Protein Diet Produces Sustained Weight Loss and Long-Term Changes in Body Composition and Blood Lipids in Obese Adults

With so many different kinds of low calorie diets available, it can sometimes be difficult to be sure of the right kind of low calorie diet to give you the maximum weight loss in the shortest possible time. After conducting extensive studies, researchers from the University of Illinois* have concluded that the best low-calorie … Read more →

Doctors at the London based Centre for Men’s Health believe that up to 20% of men over the age of 50 may be affected by ‘Testosterone Deficiency Syndrome’ also known as ‘the Male Menopause’, ‘Andropause’ or by a newly coined term the ‘Manopause’ The Centre’s head Dr. Malcom Carruthers warns this condition can lead to … Read more →

New Research Shows Green Tea Prevents Skin Cancer

Overexposing the skin to sunlight is one on the major causes of skin cancers. The Ultraviolet light (UV radiation) in sunlight can have damaging and  potentially lethal consequences – in the form of skin cancer. New research published in the Journal Archives of Biochemistry ad Biophysics* has discovered that the regular consumption of 5-6 cups … Read more →

Don’t Let Your Friends Sabotage Your Diet.

Everyone applauds the overweight friend who announces she’s starting a diet or who proudly informs us that she has lost  a pound or two in the last month. But it’s when she starts to take the diet program seriously, or the weight loss starts to show that friends can often be unencouraging and even hostile. … Read more →

Here is an interesting video from Bodybuilding.com on what to look for in green tea and how to use it in the gym

The rise in Childhood Obesity is a challenge we need to take seriously to avoid the health complications associated with this social epidemic. One mother tells how she and her son worked through obstacles to overcome his obesity. Tackling Childhood Obesity

With the availability of cheap carbohydrates and a growing unwillingness or inability of people to exercise sufficiently type 2 diabetes is one of he most prevalent and fastest growing health problems in North America. Type 2 diabetes is a chronic disease that results in hight levels of sugar in the blood, it is caused by … Read more →

Advantages of Having a Normal BMI

The BMI or Body Mass Index is a way of classifying people according to their height and weight ration into underweight, normal weight overweight, obese and morbidly obese. The BMI is calculated  using the following formula:  BMI = w/h2 x 703  (You divide your weight in pounds by height squared in inches and multiply this … Read more →

Many people struggle to overcome barriers to diet and exercise ranging from not being to busy with work or family to being too self conscious to go to the gym: here is a list of a few of the more common obstacles and some strategies to overcome the barriers. Common Reason given * Barrier Success … Read more →

Drink Green Tea and Boost Your Income

Here’s another reason to drink green tea and start to lose weight – your paycheck. According to a paper in The Journal of Socio-Economics* thin women earn more at their jobs than their obese counterparts.  The research investigated the relationship between at the weight and the salaries of over 3000 women in multiple occupations ranging … Read more →

Latest CDC Report: Heart Disease, Cancer are biggest killers. Green Tea tackles both.

The Center for Disease Control, has just released it’s ‘State of the Union’s Health’ Report. The National Vital Statistics Report Vol. 59, No. 4 was published on March 16th. While overall mortality was down compared to previous years, heart disease was the number 1 cause of death in the United States last year, closely followed by Cancer … Read more →

Green Tea Consumption Enhances Exercise-Induced Fat Loss in Overweight and Obese Adults

Another recent study * was carried out to see if there was a difference in the amount of weight lost when taking regular exercise and green tea compared with when a person was exercising but not taking green tea i.e to see if green tea affected the amount of weight lost by exercise . 2 … Read more →

Scientific Research Shows Green Tea Reduces Stress in Adults.

In a study* published in the Journal Public Health Nutrition 600 adults aged between 20 and 69 years of age were asked to fill out a detailed questionnaire about their consumption of green tea, coffee and other caffeinated beverages and mental health status and lifestyle. Based on their responses they were categorized into people who … Read more →

April/8/2011 → Waist Management 102: How to lose your big tummy – forever.

April/7/2011 → Waist Management 101. Why have I got a big tummy?

April/5/2011 → Don’t Eat Yourself Out of Your Workout!

April/4/2011 → Bob Harper’s Weight Loss Tips 2011 (2)

April/3/2011 → Bob Harper’s Weight Loss Tips 2011 (1)

Waist Management 103: The effects of vigorous physical activity on intra-abdominal fat levels: A preliminary study of middle-aged Japanese men

Writing in the Journal Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice*  a group of Japanese researchers have conducted studies to measure the effects of different degrees of physical exercise on abdominal fat. The researchers divided their subjects into 2 groups: those that did low duration high intensity physical workouts and those that did long duration high intensity physical … Read more →

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