Obesity

Want to Lose Fat? Count Your Hormones, Not Your Calories

January 22, 2013

In part one and part two of this blog series, I explained that the calorie model of weight loss has failed miserably as a strategy for long-term body change. I have argued that it does not work, not because it is wrong, but rather because it is incomplete. Calories matter, but hormones matter more. Calories don’t control metabolism — […]

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Could Chicken Be Contributing to the Obesity Epidemic?

June 14, 2012

You’re watching your weight, so you opt for chicken rather than red meat as your go-to smart diet choice, right? We all thought of chicken as lean, protein-rich food that’s good for weight watching, but the truth is chicken might actually be making us fatter! I wrote inThe Lean about overweight chickens bred on factory […]

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Avoid eating after dark to lose weight: study

June 12, 2012

Make your final meal of the day one that sets with the sun in order to lose weight. That’s the overriding conclusion of a recently published study which found that eating after dark could be a contributing factor to obesity. It’s a theory that correlates the metabolic cycles of different organs to eating schedules, researchers […]

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Soft drinks: Public enemy No.1 in obesity fight?

May 25, 2012

Pushing her meal cart into the hospital room, a research assistant hands out tall glasses of reddish-pink liquid, along with a gentle warning: “Remember, you guys have to finish all your Kool-Aid.” For the final two weeks of the study, volunteers drank three of the sweet concoctions daily — about 500 calories of added sugar, […]

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4 Steps to Slim Your Waistline and Beat Belly Fat

February 21, 2012

Whether you are aiming for that all elusive six pack or just want to flatten your stomach, the path to getting there requires that you balance your hormones. Here’s a quick list that will not only de-bloat your belly but can also drop inches off your waistline (and let’s face it, spring is around the […]

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A new hormone revs up the body’s fat-burning engine – The Los Angeles Times (CA) – Stanton Peele – by Melissa Healy – (Friday, January 13, 2012) –

February 6, 2012

Remember this name: irisin. A newly described polypeptide hormone named after the Greek messenger goddess Iris, irisin may one day play a role in defeating the twin epidemics of obesity and Type 2 diabetes. It made its debut on Thursday in the journal Nature.To understand how irisin might help the lumbering masses lose mass, it helps […]

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Low vitamin D levels linked to type 2 diabetes in obese kids – NY Daily News (NY) – By AFP RELEAXNEWS – (Tuesday, December 6, 2011) –

December 9, 2011

Another study underscoring the importance of the sunshine vitamin has found that low vitamin D levels in obese children could be a precursor to the development of type 2 diabetes. To be published in the January 2012 edition of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, the study found that obese children with lower levels […]

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Weight-loss hormone hCG gains popularity, critics – Billings Gazette (MT) – By Cindy Uken – (Monday, July 4, 2011) –

July 8, 2011

Christene Irigaray is a believer – and a thin one at that. HCG triggers the hypothalamus to mobilize stored, or reserve, fat into the bloodstream to be used as “food” 24/7, allowing the body to consume stored fat as energy. That said, hCG by itself doesn’t actually cause the fat loss, said Dr. Margaret Beeson, […]

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Obesity Greater Risk for Fatty Liver Than Alcohol, Study Finds – HealthDay – By Mary Elizabeth Dallas – (Thursday, June 2, 2011) –

June 7, 2011

Obesity and insulin resistance constitute a greater risk for fatty liver disease than moderate alcohol consumption, according to a new study that found drinking modest amounts of red wine posed no greater risk for developing the condition.     http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=653447

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Low Vitamin D Levels Tied to Obesity in Kids – By Robert Preidt -HealthDay – (Friday, April 29, 2011) –

May 6, 2011

FRIDAY, April 29 (HealthDay News) — Vitamin D deficiency is common in American children and linked with obesity and different types of fat distribution in white and black youngsters, new research shows. Vitamin D is found in certain foods, but humans synthesize most of the nutrient they need via the action of sunlight on exposed […]

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