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January 22, 2016

Inulin, Whey, and Dextrin-Enriched Coffee May Lower Feelings of Hunger, Boost Satiety

Filed under: Diet & Weight loss — Emma @ 9:13 am
Emma

A recent study suggests that drinking two cups of coffee enriched with inulin, whey protein, and dextrin per day may lower feelings of hunger and boost satiety.

Participants in the study included 269 people who were given either a control beverage of coffee alone; coffee with whey protein, inulin, and dextrin; or coffee with whey protein and inulin. They were instructed to drink their beverage twice daily for one week.

No significant differences in hunger or satiety were found between the 3 groups after one week.  However, after 2 weeks, the inulin, whey, and dextrin coffee group had significantly lower hunger than the other two groups. That group also had a significant increase in satiety scores when compared to the control coffee group. Additionally, the inulin, whey, and dextrin group felt fuller compared to the control group and ate less than the other two groups.

The only adverse effects reported were higher abdominal pain after the first cup of inulin and whey coffee versus the inulin, whey protein, and dextrin coffee. The participants also noted more abdominal pain after the second cup of inulin, whey protein, and dextrin coffee and the control coffee.

Researchers from Tel Aviv University conducted the study. It was published on December 27, 2015, in the journal Nutrition.

Inulin is soluble dietary fiber that is non-digestible. It passes through to the large intestine and becomes healthy intestinal micro flora. Dandelion root, chicory root and elecampane root all have high concentrations of inulin. Previous studies have shown that inulin strengthens the immune system, enhances the absorption of minerals such as calcium and magnesium, improves digestion and lowers cholesterol.

Whey protein is one of the two proteins found in milk, but is only approximately 1% of the composition of milk. It is obtained as a byproduct of cheese making and can be purchased in powder form from health food stores. Additionally, it can be found in yogurt and in ricotta cheese, which is one of the only cheeses that do not have the whey removed.

Dextrin is a natural fiber that supports the body’s ability to remove wastes. It has the ability to lower the glycemic load of a high-carbohydrate meal, and previous stud



January 20, 2016

Losing Weight By Age 50 May Reduce Risk of Obesity-Related Diseases

Filed under: Diet & Weight loss — Emma @ 9:00 am
Emma

Obesity is associated with an increased risk of a range of health problems, including type 2 diabetes and heart disease. A recent study suggests, however, that men who are obese in their early years can reduce the risk of developing life threatening obesity-related illnesses if they lose weight before middle age.

Participants in the study included approximately 5,000 men. The researchers used the men’s military service records to determine their BMI levels at age 21 and then followed up with them 21 years later. The researchers found that the men who had high BMI levels at 21 but had lowered them by the time they were 50 had similar or lower rates of diabetes compared to the men who were normal weight when they were 21.

A higher BMI earlier in life was not associated with a higher risk of heart attack, stroke, or diabetes but a higher BMI at 50 was, regardless of BMI at earlier stages of life.

Researchers from St. George’s University of London conducted the study. It was published on September 15, 2015, in BMJ Open.

Obesity has a far ranging negative effect on health.  Each year, obesity causes approximately 300,000 premature deaths in the United States.  The negative health effects associated with obesity include high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, osteoarthritis, metabolic syndrome and sleep apnea.

Improving eating habits and increasing physical activity play a vital role in preventing obesity.  It is recommended that we eat five to six servings of fruits and vegetables per day.  It also recommended that we get at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity activity every day.



December 3, 2015

Supplement Made of Flower Heads and Fruit Rind May Help With Weight Loss

Filed under: Diet & Weight loss — Sarah @ 9:00 am
Sarah

A recent study suggests that supplements containing Sphaeranthus indicus flower heads and Garcinia mangostana fruit rind may help reduce body weight and BMI in overweight people.

Participants in the study included 57 overweight men and women who were given either 800 mg of the supplement or a placebo daily for 16 weeks.

At the conclusion of the study, the researchers found that the supplement was associated with an 11.2 lbs reduction in body weight, compared with a 2.4 lbs of weight loss in the placebo group. Additionally, the supplement group had BMI reductions of 1.9 kg/m2, compared with 0.4 kg/m2 in the placebo group.

Waist size and hip size decreased by 3.9 and 4.1 inches, respectively, in the supplement group and only 1.5 and 2.0 inches in the placebo group. Finally, the supplement was associated with a decrease in LDL cholesterol by 21.0 mg/dL, triglycerides by 30.0 mg/dL, and total cholesterol by 19.3 mg/dL when compared with the placebo.

Researchers from Meratrim® conducted the study. It was presented at the 56th annual American College of Nutrition in Orlando held November 11-13, 2015.

Sphaeranthus indicus flower head is also known as East Globe Indian Thistle. It is an Ayurvedic medicine that has traditionally been used as an anti-diabetic agent as well as increasing testosterone levels. Garcinia mangostana is commonly known as mangosteen. The rind is rich in antioxidants and tannins. It may help with diarrhea, although studies on both fruits are still rare.



November 5, 2015

Melon Juice Extract May Reduce Cellulite in Thighs

Filed under: Diet & Weight loss — Emma @ 9:00 am
Emma

Cellulite occurs when fat lobules expand in the skin and change connective tissue fibers into fibrosis. It occurs on 85-98% of all women who are past puberty. A recent study suggests that melon juice concentrate may reduce cellulite on the thighs but not the stomach.

Participants in the study included 41 healthy women between the ages of 31 and 50 with an average Body Mass Index (BMI) of 23-30. They were given either the dry melon juice supplement or a placebo for 56 consecutive days.

The researchers assessed cellulite severity using laser-scanned images. They found that the dry melon juice supplement was associated with an average 9.5% reduction on the thighs by day 28 and an average 11.3% reduction by day 56. Those reductions were observed in 71% of subjects by day 28 and 67% by day 58. However, it was not associated with a significant decrease in fat nodules on the stomach.

Researchers from Bionov in France conducted the study. It was published online ahead of print on September 29, 2015, in Phytothérapie.

Previous studies suggest that losing weight, caffeine, and collagen may also help reduce the appearance of cellulite.



October 6, 2015

Following the Mediterranean Diet May Reduce Risk of Developing Breast Cancer

Filed under: Diet & Weight loss — Sarah @ 12:40 pm
Sarah

The Mediterranean diet is based on the diets of people who live in the Mediterranean part of the world. It contains high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, fruits, vegetables, nuts and whole grains and low levels of meats and saturated fats. A recent study suggests that eating a Mediterranean diet may be associated with a lower risk of developing breast cancer.

The researchers examined data from the PREDIMED trial, which included 4,282 women between the ages of 60 and 80 who were at a high risk of cardiovascular disease. They had an average BMI of 30.4, most of them went through menopause before 55, and less than 3% had used hormone therapy. The study took place from 2003 to 2009.

The women were instructed to follow the Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), the Mediterranean diet supplement with nuts, or a control diet that included advice to lower their dietary intake of fats.

The study had a follow up period of approximately five years, during which time 35 new cases of malignant breast cancer occurred.

The researchers found that women who followed the Mediterranean diet supplemented with EVOO had a 68% lower risk of malignant breast cancer than those who followed the control diet. They also noted that the women following the Mediterranean diet supplemented with nuts had a non-significant risk reduction when compared with the control group.

Limitations on the study included the fact that breast cancer was not the primary end point for the trial, the number of breast cancer cases was low, the authors did not have information about mammograms, and the study could not establish whether the noted beneficial effect was due to the EVOO or to its consumption in conjunction with the Mediterranean diet.

Researchers from the University of Navarra in Pamplona and the CIBEROBN in Madrid conducted the study. It was published on September 14, 2015, in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Previous research has shown that the Mediterranean diet may improve heart health, lower the risk of diabetes and asthma, lower rates of obesity and possibly decrease the overall risk of mortality.

The key components of the Mediterranean diet are eating primarily plant-based foods, replacing butter with olive oil, using herbs and spices instead of salt, eating red meat no more than a few times a month, eating fish and poultry at least twice a week.



September 18, 2015

Dietary Changes, Not Calorie Counting, Recommended to Reduce Cardiovascular Death

Filed under: Diet & Weight loss — Emma @ 8:36 am
Emma

Illnesses associated with obesity accountg for more death and disease than physical inactivity, smoking, and alcohol combined. A recent editorial in the online journal Open Heart suggests that it’s time to shift our focus from calorie counting to nutritional content of foods in order to fight back against the growing obesity epidemic and reduce the number of cardiovascular deaths. In particular, the editorial’s authors recommended following the Mediterranean diet.

The authors suggest that rather than focusing on calorie levels, doctors and other health professionals should be recommending dietary changes. For example, omega-3 fatty acids, olive oil, and nuts are all high-calorie foods that might be excluded from a low calorie diet, but all of them have been linked in various studies with a reduction in death from cardiovascular disease and all causes. One study even suggested that increasing the US populations’ intake of nuts by two servings per week could reduce the number of deaths by cardiovascular disease per year by 90,000.

On the other hand, drinking a sugary drink that contains only 150 calories every day could significantly boost a person’s risk of developing type-2 diabetes.

They also noted that a study conducted by the Action for Health in Diabetes found that combining a low calorie diet with increased physical activity in people with type-2 diabetes was not associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular death, even though the participants lost a significant amount of weight during the 13.5 year study period.

They concluded by recommending the high fat Mediterranean diet as the best diet for people to follow. The key components of the Mediterranean diet are eating primarily plant-based foods, replacing butter with olive oil, using herbs and spices instead of salt, eating red meat no more than a few times a month, eating fish and poultry at least twice a week.

Previous research has shown that the Mediterranean diet may improve heart health, lower the risk of diabetes, asthma, lower rates of obesity and even decrease the overall risk of mortality.



September 7, 2015

Drinking Water Before Meals May Aid With Weight Loss

Filed under: Diet & Weight loss — Emma @ 9:03 am
Emma

Each year, obesity causes approximately 300,000 premature deaths in the United States. A recent study suggests that drinking a 2 cup glass of water thirty minutes before a meal may help obese adults lose weight.

Participants in the study included 84 obese adults. Forty-one of the participants were instructed to drink a 2 cup glass of tap water thirty minutes before eating all three main meals of the day. The other 43 participants were instructed to imagine that they had a full stomach before they started eating. All of the participants were given a weight management consultation and told how to change their lifestyle, including improving their diets and levels of physical activity.

At the conclusion of the study, the participants who had preloaded with water lost an average 2.87 lbs more than those in the control group. The researchers suggest that instructing obese adults to simply drink water, then, could be an effective way to encourage weight loss.

Researchers from the University of Birmingham conducted the study. It was published online ahead of print on August 3, 2015, in the journal Obesity.

Obesity has far ranging negative effect on health, including high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, osteoarthritis, metabolic syndrome and sleep apnea.

Improving eating habits and increasing physical activity play a vital role in preventing obesity. It is recommended that people eat five to six servings of fruits and vegetables per day. It also recommended to get at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity activity every day.



September 4, 2015

High Protein Breakfasts May Help With Weight Loss

Filed under: Diet & Weight loss — Sarah @ 8:34 am
Sarah

As many as 60% of teens skip breakfast up to four times weekly and that may be contributing to the obesity epidemic and an increased risk of type-2 diabetes. A recent study suggests that consuming a high protein breakfast rather than a normal protein breakfast may prevent weight gain, lower daily food intake and feelings of hunger, and stabilize glucose levels in overweight teens.

Participants in the study included 28 healthy but overweight teens who reported skipping breakfast between five and seven times a week. Over the course of twelve weeks, one third of the group consumed high protein breakfasts, one third consumed normal protein breakfasts, and the final third continued with their normal routine of skipping breakfast.

The normal protein breakfast included milk and cereal and had 13 grams of protein, while the high protein breakfast included eggs, dairy, and lean pork and had a total of 35 grams of protein. The participants were all instructed to record feelings of hunger and intake of food and drinks throughout every day. The researchers measured their body weight and body composition at the onset and conclusion of the study. Finally, all of the participants wore a device that measured their glucose levels throughout the day.

At the conclusion of the study, the teens eating the high protein breakfast reduced their daily food intake by 400 calories and lost body fat mass, while the other two groups gained body fat. Additionally, the high protein breakfast group had more stable glucose levels when compared with the other two groups.

Researchers from the MU School of Medicine conducted the study. It was published on June 1, 2015, in the International Journal of Obesity.

Protein functions as a building block for bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood. It is also a building block for enzymes, hormones, and vitamins. Previous studies suggest that consuming high amounts of protein may help build muscle and increase metabolism.



July 23, 2015

Vitamin D Plus Weight Loss May Significantly Lower Inflammation in Overweight and Obese People

Filed under: Diet & Weight loss — Sarah @ 9:45 am
Sarah

People who are overweight or obese also suffer from chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation has been shown to contribute to the development and progression of several chronic diseases. A recent study suggests that combining weight loss with vitamin D supplements may have a greater effect on lowering chronic inflammation than weight loss alone in overweight women.

Participants in the study included 218 healthy, overweight older women who had vitamin D levels that were less than 32 ng/mL, the recommended vitamin D level for women. All of the women took part in a 12-month diet and exercise program that included 45 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise five days a week. During that time, half of the women also took 2,000 IU of vitamin D daily while the other half took a placebo. The researchers measured biomarkers of inflammation at the beginning and end of the study.

At the conclusion of the study, all of the participants had lower inflammation levels, whether or not they took a vitamin D supplement. However, the participants who had the most significant reductions in inflammation were the ones who took vitamin D and lost 5% to 10% of their baseline weight. They had a 37% reduction in pro-inflammatory cytokine interleukin-6, while the placebo group had a 17.2% reduction in IL-6. The women who took vitamin D and lost more than 10% of their baseline weight had similar reductions in IL-6 levels.

Elevated levels of interleukin-6 are associated with an increased risk of developing diabetes and certain cancers.  Some studies have also found a link between increased interleukin-6 levels and depression.

Researchers from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center conducted the study. It was published online ahead of print on April 23, 2015, in Cancer Prevention Research.

Previous studies have associated vitamin D with reducing the risk of skin damage, reducing the risk of osteoporosis, combating diabetes, and improving age related macular degeneration.

Vitamin D can be found in milk, fortified cereals, fish, and eggs. Your body also processes vitamin D from the sun but it becomes harder for our bodies to process it as we age. A high quality vitamin D supplement is always a good option if you feel that you’re not getting enough through diet and sun.



July 13, 2015

Spinach-Based Supplement May Help Lower Feelings of Hunger, Increase Satiety

Filed under: Diet & Weight loss — Emma @ 10:24 am
Emma

A recent study suggests that a spinach-based, thylakoid-enriched dietary supplement may decrease hunger and increase feelings of satiety or fullness. Thylakoids are the cellular membranes of chloroplasts, the part of the plant that makes photosynthesis possible.

Participants in the study included 60 overweight or obese people who were given either 5 grams of the spinach-based supplement or a placebo before a standard lunch. A week later, the participants switched to the other intervention. The researchers drew blood to assess lipids and glucose four hours before lunch and two hours after lunch. The participants were given a pizza dinner four hours after lunch.

At the conclusion of the study, the researchers found that the spinach extract group had reduced feelings of hunger and reduced longing for food over two hours.  They also increased plasma glucose concentrations after eating. No difference was found in plasma lipids or calorie intake at dinner but they did find a trend toward decreased calorie intake in the men.

Researchers from LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research conducted the study. It was published online ahead of print on June 1, 2015, in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition.

Our bodies can’t digest thylakoids, so they must be processed in some way, usually by being crushed, filtrated, and centrifuged. In addition to lowering feelings of hunger an increasing satiety, previous studies suggest that the thylakoids found in spinach may help with insulin regulation and weight loss.

Thylakoids are also found in other green leafy vegetables, including cabbage, lettuce, kale, and collard greens.



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