Eating Junk Food May Worsen Overeating

Eating Junk Food May Block Signals to Stop Overeating

Eating Junk Food May Worsen Overeating

Eating Junk Food May Worsen Overeating

Self-control doesn’t come easily when it comes to eating junk food. While many of us typically blame ourselves for weak willpower, a new study this week indicates the food we eat may actually change our brain in a way that makes it harder for us to move on to other foods when we’ve had enough of the junk. Previous research has shown that many animals, including humans, have a built-in mechanism for balancing their food intake. When a person eats a lot of a certain type of food, their brain starts to decrease the appeal of the taste of that food. As this happens, a person tends to stop eating that food and moves on to something else, naturally balancing out their diet. But there are ways around this. Prior studies had indicated that eating a lot of rich, high-calorie foods could weaken this barrier in favor of the reward these tasty treats can provide, but no research had formally confirmed this hypothesis.

 

Find out more here: http://blog.doctoroz.com/in-the-news/eating-junk-food-may-block-signals-to-stop-overeating

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Some Carbohydrates May be Lethal

Deadly Carbohydrates May Be the Lethal Sugar/Cancer Connection

The Healthy You

The Healthy You

A new study shows what researchers have suspected for years—consuming carbohydrates dramatically increases the risk for a common type of breast cancer, a kind that is notoriously hard to treat, according to an article scheduled for publication in the Oct. Life Extension Magazine. The study, published earlier this year in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, revealed that postmenopausal women with previous breast cancer were two times more likely to have recurrence if their carbohydrate intake remained stable or increased after surgery. While the study focused on reducing future cancer recurrences, it has tremendous implications for women who have not yet experienced breast cancer, as well as for everyone concerned about preventing cancers in the future. “There is growing interest among the scientific community in the relationship between carbohydrate consumption and cancer, with a special focus on breast cancer,” says Michael A. Smith, M.D. and senior health scientist for Life Extension.

Read more info here: http://www.alternativemedicine.com/news-item/deadly-carbohydrates-may-be-lethal-sugarcancer-connection

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Baked or Broiled Fish Translates to Healthy Brain

For a healthy brain, eat baked or broiled fish every week

The research was conducted by investigators at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pennsylvania, who note that their study adds to increasing evidence that lifestyle factors could add to brain health later in life, perhaps even reducing risk of dementia. According to senior researcher Prof. James T. Becker, health professionals estimate that more than 80 million people will have dementia by 2040. And the Alzheimer’s Association note that 5.2 million Americans currently have Alzheimer’s disease, one of the most common types of dementia. By 2050, the organization estimates that the number of people aged 65 and older with Alzheimer’s disease could nearly triple to 16 million if some sort of medical breakthrough or intervention is not put in place to slow or stop the disease.

Find out more here: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/280640.php

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Whey Protein to Control Blood Sugar Spikes

Whey Protein Helps Control Blood Sugar Spikes

A new Tel Aviv University study, published in Diabetologia, suggests that the consumption of whey protein concentrate before breakfast may suppress post-meal glucose spikes in diabetics. According to TAU’s Prof. Daniela Jakubowicz and Dr. Julio Wainstein of the Wolfson Medical Center’s Diabetes Unit, Prof. Oren Froy of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Prof. Bo Ahrén of Lund University in Sweden, the consumption of whey protein before meals may even keep diabetics’ need for insulin treatment at bay. Blood sugar surges, or after-meal glucose spikes, can be life threatening for the 29 million Americans with diabetes. Diabetic blood sugar spikes have been linked to cardiovascular disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, kidney failure, and retinal damage.

Find out more here: http://www.nutraceuticalsworld.com/contents/view_breaking-news/2014-08-07/whey-protein-helps-control-blood-sugar-spikes/

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The Health Benefits of Chickpeas

What are the health benefits of chickpeas?

Originally cultivated in the Mediterranean and the Middle East, chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, have spread their culinary influence to areas all over the world. They are featured prominently in Italian, Greek, Indian, Middle Eastern, Spanish and Portuguese cuisine. Though the most common type of chickpea appears round and beige, other varieties include colors such as black, green, and red. Like other legumes such as beans, peas and lentils, chickpeas are prized for their high protein and fiber content, and also contain several key vitamins and minerals known to benefit human health. This MNT Knowledge Center feature is part of a collection of articles on the health benefits of popular foods. It provides a nutritional breakdown of the chickpea and an in-depth look at its possible health benefits, how to incorporate more chickpeas into your diet and any potential health risks of consuming chickpea.

Find out more here: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/280244.php

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The Best Weight Loss Supplements

Which weight loss supplements are best?

Dozens of supplement ingredients have been touted for weight loss, but which have the strongest evidence showing they work and, among those, which products are highest in quality? To answer these questions, ConsumerLab.com, the independent health and nutrition product evaluator, reviewed the clinical evidence for more than 20 ingredients and tested the quality of more than 50 products. ConsumerLab found that no supplement has a large weight-loss effect, but certain ingredients may have a modest, short-term effect equating to 1 to 3 pounds lost in a month. From a quality standpoint, however, more than one-third of products used for weight loss have failed to pass ConsumerLab.com’s testing, most often for containing less of an ingredient than claimed.

Read more here: http://newhope360.com/ingredients/which-weight-loss-supplements-are-best

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L-arginine May Help With Belly Fat

L-arginine may help blast belly fat (apologies to Dr. Oz)

A new pilot study suggests the potential of the amino acid l-arginine to promote weight loss. Mayo Clinic scientists conducted the research, which was published in the Journal of Dietary Supplements and noted on foodconsumer.org. L-arginine is one of the 22 amino acids found in high-protein foods, particularly peanuts. It’s been used as a supplement ingredient to improve libido, sports performance, and for cardiovascular health, although there are some safety concerns. Its function has been shown to improve blood flow and dilation of blood vessels by increasing nitric oxide. The researchers found that l-arginine may be useful in treating central, or visceral obesity. Central obesity (also known as abdominal obesity, or belly fat) is linked to greater cardiometabolic risk than other types of obesity.

Read more info here: http://newhope360.com/breaking-news/l-arginine-may-help-blast-belly-fat-apologies-dr-oz

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The Effects of Almonds with Meals or as Snacks

Appetitive, dietary and health effects of almonds consumed with meals or as snacks: a randomized, controlled trial.

Snacks contribute toward a significant proportion of human total daily energy intake. This study investigated the effects of almonds, a satiating and nutrient-rich, common snack, on postprandial glycemia, appetite, short-term body weight and fasting blood parameters when consumed with meals or alone as a snack. Almonds lowered serum glucose responses postprandially. Effects were most prominent in the snack groups. Almonds, consumed as snacks, also reduced hunger and desire to eat during the acute-feeding session. After 4 weeks, anthropometric measurements and fasting blood biochemistries did not differ from the control group or across intervention groups. Without specific guidance, daily energy intake was reduced to compensate for energy from the provided almonds. Dietary monounsaturated fat and α-tocopherol intakes were significantly increased in all almond groups.

Read more info here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24084509?dopt=Abstract

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The Sustainable Way to Lose Weight, Feel Better and Stay Healthy

Dr. Jonathan Goodman 

  Do you want to lose weight, feel in control of your health, and get off all the medications you are taking? Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Have you been running yourself ragged exercising, punishing yourself to find you’re getting nowhere except sore? There is a better, more sane and sustainable way to harness your body’s own fat burning machine. You don’t have to count every calorie or obsess about portion sizes.  You can eat real, delicious food and know that you’re making healthy food choices. Why not eat this way?  Let’s look at the solution.

Dr. Goodman’s Metabolically Optimized Eating Plan

First step:  Find out your metabolism:

machine   Each of us has a built-in metabolic rate that burns calories even while we’re doing nothing. This is called the resting metabolic rate, or RMR. A simple 10-minute test done in my office will reveal your rate and establish a baseline.

Second step: Find out your body fat level.

The goal is to lose fat, not so much weight, although both will happen. The more fat you lose while retaining or adding muscle, the more metabolically active you’ll be. We’ll use a simple machine to measure the percentage of your weight which is body fat.

Third step:  Lab testing.

We will determine some important values which show how your body handles hunger signals and how sensitive to sugar you are.  We will investigate overall heart health and whether you are on the way to being diabetic or handing sugar ok.  We will test for food sensitivities or intolerances if you have a lot of digestive issues.  These can make it very hard to follow an eating plan that makes us bloated and tired!

After gathering this information, we will sit down and design a metabolically optimized eating and exercise plan just for you!

So, what will I be eating?  If any specific foods show up as problem foods on testing, they will be excluded. Lots of meat, chicken and fish Nuts and seeds Vegetables – that doesn’t include starches! Fruit Grains and sugar are not allowed on the plan as they get in the way of your metabolism.  In order to harness your body’s fat burning potential, you need to cut the carbs you are taking in.  You’ll still get carbs from the fruit, veggies, nuts and seeds you eat, but these are loaded with vitamins and minerals and don’t slow your metabolism down.

What’s Next?

In the beginning we’ll meet either twice or each week for the first month to make sure you are comfortable in your new eating plan.  Most people have lots of questions and need to tweak the ratios of foods they eat to get comfortable.  After a month to six weeks, your body should be adjusted to this new way of eating.  You will be truly amazed to see the pounds coming off regardless of how much you eat. After three months we will retest your metabolism.  Given your weight loss and changes in diet, your metabolism should be slightly lower.  You can help yourself by building lean muscle. That’s where the exercise plan comes in.  Exercise is not the major way you will  be losing weight, but staying active is great for your mood and overall well-being.  We’ll go over specific exercises in the beginning to suit your temperament and capabilities. Depending on how much of your goal weight you’ve lost and where your metabolism is, we may adjust your eating plan.  We may also retest your values to see how they’ve changed and how much healthier you are!

 

Dr. Goodman can be seen in his office in either Bristol or Bloomfield, CT. To see Dr. Goodman click here.

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Are you Eating Enough Veggies?

Are You Eating Enough ‘Powerhouse’ Vegetables?

Watercress, Chinese cabbage, chard and beet greens are among the most nutrient-dense “powerhouse” vegetables, packing a huge dose of vitamins and minerals into every calorie, a new study reports. At the same time, don’t expect to receive huge amounts of nutrition from raspberries, tangerines, garlic or onions, the findings suggest. National nutrition guidelines emphasize consumption of powerhouse fruits and vegetables, which are strongly associated with reduced risk of chronic disease. But until now, the study author noted, nutritional value of veggies hasn’t been ranked in a way that would show which best qualify as nutrient-dense powerhouse foods.

Read more here: http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/news/20140605/are-you-eating-enough-powerhouse-vegetables?src=RSS_PUBLIC

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