Posts Tagged ‘Weight loss’

Want bigger, stronger muscles? Eat green tomatoes!

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

img_02_240x240_apr17Using a screening method that previously identified a compound in apple peel as a muscle-boosting agent, a team of University of Iowa scientists has now discovered that tomatidine, a compound from green tomatoes, is even more potent for building muscle and protecting against muscle atrophy.

Muscle atrophy, or wasting, is caused by aging and a variety of illnesses and injuries, including cancer, heart failure, and orthopedic injuries, to name a few. It makes people weak and fatigued, impairs physical activity and quality of life, and predisposes people to falls and fractures. The condition affects more than 50 million Americans annually, including 30 million people over age 60, and often forces people into nursing homes or rehabilitation facilities.

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Experts warn against following diet trends blindly

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

image_1_240x240mar19Experts have warned against following diet trends blindly after a research, which suggested that middle age people who are on high-protein diet are at greater risk of dying from cancer, caused many people to believe that they should totally exclude protein from their diets to avoid cancer.

Associate professor and head of the human nutrition department at Kansas State University, Mark Haub, said that the problem is when the headlines come across in social media, they allude to cause and effect.

So if somebody is only looking at the headlines or the first paragraph, they may see that and think they need to avoid protein, when in fact due to the weaknesses of the study, that’s not going to be the case for everybody, he said.

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Eating healthy this Holi!

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

holi_02_240x240Holi is a festival of colours and the vibrant aura and playful mood adds to the spirit of tradition. With tradition comes our love for delicious food and like every other festival, Holi does have its personal favourites when it comes to delicacies. Sugar, maida, starch, ghee, cream and other fats, mostly deep fried comprise the final dishes of this festivity. No doubt they taste above all but when it comes to our health we know we need to make healthier choices.

This time Dietician Priyam Ahuja allows you to eat your traditional Holi favourites with a slight magical twist added to each to make it not just healthy but also tempting and tasty.

HOLI TREAT 1: GUJIYA
Holi is incomplete without Gujiya. This Holi have gujiya but make a healthier selection of the stuffing. Add loads of dry fruits to the stuffing which shall not only make it healthy but shall maintain festivity delicacy as well. Baked Gujiya with dry fruits stuffing is my pick for the authentic Holi treat.

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Curbing animal protein intake may up longevity

Friday, March 7th, 2014

food_240x240_mar6Two groups of researchers have claimed in two different studies that consuming high-quality animal protein in moderation is one of the keys to a long and healthy life.

The first study suggests that consuming moderate to high levels of animal protein prompts a major increase in cancer risk and mortality in middle-aged adults, while elderly individuals have the opposite result.

Meanwhile, the second team of researchers found that a high-protein, low-carb diet led to a shorter lifespan in mice. Both studies find that not all calories are created equal-diet composition and animal protein intake are key players in overall health and longevity.

University of Southern California’s Dr. Valter Longo , who is the senior author of one of the papers, said that the team studied mice and humans and provide convincing evidence that a high-protein diet-particularly if the proteins are derived from animals-is nearly as bad as smoking for health.

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‘Eating for two’ causes excessive weight gain

Friday, February 28th, 2014

art_01_240x240A new study has found that overweight or obese women, who think that they are “eating for two”, are more likely to experience excessive weight gain while pregnant.

Cynthia Chuang from Penn State College of Medicine studied the attitudes and habits of women who gained appropriate weight and those who exceeded guidelines.

Participants in the study were asked about their diet habits, experience with morning sickness and physical activity habits during pregnancy.

Those who gained the appropriate amount of weight stuck to a meal plan and chose foods carefully. These women also had little or no increase in the amount of calories they consumed during pregnancy and exercised as much or more than they had before the pregnancy.

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Low fat milk good for diabetics: Dr. Radhanpurwala

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Fatima-C_240x240Dr. Fatima Radhanpurwala is a Senior Dietician at Sterling Wockhardt Hospital, Mumbai. She has actively participated as consultant dietician in a camp organised by Saifee Ambulance at Kandivali and given lectures on “Balanced diet” in Sula Wines Company. She has also been a Consultant Dietitian in camps organized by Wockhardt hospital at Dhirubhai Ambani Knowledge center, Koparkhairne. She has conducted various lectures on nutrition for children, healthy ageing, nutrition in cancer, lifestyle management and weight loss.

Dr. Fatima Radhanpurwala answered Sify readers’ queries related to the above in an exclusive chat. Read the transcript below.

Pls name some healthy snacks that could be made at home.
Sprouts chaat, fruit salads, dry bhel, sweet corn, dry fruits and pop-corn

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Omega-3 may have wider range of benefits

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

463193083_240x240_27jan13A new study has revealed that omega-3 fatty acids, especially DHA may have an even wider range of biological impacts than previously thought, suggesting that they could be of significant value in the prevention of fatty liver disease.

The research by scientists at Oregon State University and several other institutions, was one of the first of its type to use “metabolomics,” an analysis of metabolites that reflect the many biological effects of omega-3 fatty acids on the liver.

It also explored the challenges this organ faces from the “Western diet” that increasingly is linked to liver inflammation, fibrosis, cirrhosis and sometimes liver failure.

Supplements of DHA, used at levels that are sometimes prescribed to reduce blood triglycerides, appeared to have many unanticipated effects. There were observable changes in vitamin and carbohydrate metabolism, protein and amino acid function, as well as lipid metabolism.

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Enjoying life helps to keep you fit

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Family-Cycling_240x240A new study has revealed that people who enjoy life maintain better physical function in daily activities and keep up faster walking speeds as they age, compared with people who enjoy life less.

A study of 3199 men and women aged 60 years or over living in England looked at the link between positive well-being and physical well-being, following participants over 8 years.

Researchers Dr. Andrew Steptoe said the study showed that older people who are happier and enjoy life more show slower declines in physical function as they age.

“They are less likely to develop impairments in activities of daily living such as dressing or getting in or out of bed, and their walking speed declines at a slower rate than those who enjoy life less,” Steptoe added.

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Walnuts good for weight management

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

food01_240x240_jan20Nuts have gotten a bad rap for being too high in fat, but the truth about them is that nuts, especially walnuts, are a powerhouse of nutrition.

Contrary to what people believe, walnuts are actually good for weight management since an ounce of walnut contains 2.5g of omega 3 fats, 4g of protein and 2g of fibre that help provide satiety, Diabetic Living India magazine reported.

Any successful weight management plan must include the satiety factor; so walnut is undoubtedly the right food to consider if you are into a weight management programme. Despite being ‘dense in calories, walnuts can be an important tool in helping you lose weight.

These nuts can also reduce the risk of breast cancer. Eating about 28 walnut halves a day provides antioxidants and phytosterols that may help reduce the risk of the disease.

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Top 3 risk factors for child obesity identified

Monday, January 20th, 2014

food02_240x240_jan20Researchers have identified the three most significant risk factors for child obesity among preschoolers: inadequate sleep, a parental BMI that classifies the mom or dad as overweight or obese, and parental restriction of a child’s eating in order to control his weight.

“We looked at 22 variables that had previously been identified as predictors of child obesity, and the three that emerged as strong predictors did so even as we took into account the influence of the other 19. Their strong showing gives us confidence that these are the most important risk factors to address,” Brent McBride from University of Illinois said.

The researcher said that these risk factors are malleable and provide a road map for developing interventions that can lead to a possible reduction in children’s weight status.

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