Archive for the ‘Weight loss’ Category

Simple tape measure better calculator of obesity than BMI

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

crop1_240x240_25mar14Experts have revealed that a simple tape measure can help you calculate obesity better than the lengthy and often confusing current body mass index (BMI).

Dr Jude Oben, from the Obesity Action Campaign, told Sky News that measuring waist size was a more accurate assessment of someone’s fat and less “tedious” than calculating BMI.

The fat inside your abdomen is a good indicator of your metabolic risk, and a tape measure can do the measuring, he said.

Oben said that men and women should keep their waist – measured at the level of the belly-button – below 35.5 inches and 31.5 inches respectively.

Source: ANI
Image: Getty Images

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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Halve the amount of sugar in diet: WHO

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

saf_01_240x240_feb12Under new World Health Organization guidance, people are advised to halve the amount of sugar in their diet.

The recommended sugar intake will stay at below 10 percent of total calorie intake a day, with 5 percent the target, according to the WHO.

The suggested limits apply to all sugars added to food, as well as sugar naturally present in honey, syrups, fruit juices and fruit concentrates, the BBC reported.

UK campaigners say it is a “tragedy” that the WHO has taken 10 years to think about changing its advice.

The recommendation that sugar should account for no more than 10 percent of the calories in the diet, was passed in 2002.

It works out at about 50g a day for an adult of normal weight, the WHO said.

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Strength training helps tone body: Vinod Channa

Monday, February 17th, 2014

vin01_240x240_feb17Vinod Channa is a Mumbai based Personal Trainer with over 20 years experience in the fitness industry. He is often called upon by popular celebrities, world class atheletes and active business professionals for his expertise in weight loss management, general fitness, functional strength training, corrective exercise, sports performance training, nutrition and body sculpt. He has won a gold medal in Mr Mumbai in 2008.

Vinod’s clientele list include many Bollywood celebrities like Ritesh Deshmukh, John Abraham, Sohail Khan, Genelia D’Souza Deshmukh, Shilpa Shetty Kundra, Raj Kundra and many more as well as leading businessmen like Vikas Behal, Ajgaonkar Builders and Kiran Kulkarni.

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Too much salt intake linked to obesity in adolescents

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

saltpx_24Adolescents consuming more than twice the recommended daily allowance of salt increases their high sodium intake that correlates with fatness and inflammation regardless of how many calories they consume, a new study has found.

In the study of 766 healthy teens, 97 percent self-reported exceeding the American Heart Association’s recommendation of consuming less than 1,500 milligrams of sodium daily.on regardless of how many calories they consume, a new study has found.

“The majority of studies in humans show the more food you eat, the more salt you consume, the fatter you are,” Dr. Haidong Zhu, molecular geneticist at the Medical College of Georgia and Institute of Public and Preventive Health at Georgia Regents University, said.

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Balance between weight loss and blood sugar levels necessary

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Count-your-calories_240x240Maintaining the right balance of carbohydrates and proteins in meals together with right time gap can help in a smooth journey of weight loss and appropriate sugar levels, it has been revealed.

‘Weight loss’ and ‘controlling blood sugars’ are two seats of a sea-saw, hence a balance between the two phases is very important to maintain the health of an individual, Diabetic Living India magazine reported.

It was suggested that if a person with diabetes is given a crash diet with very less proteins and fibre, there will be muscle wasting which in turn can affect the insulin action.Eating less or skipping your meals can go against your aim to reduce blood sugar.

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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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Good ol’ water replaces diet sodas

Monday, January 20th, 2014

food5_240x240_17jan13Good old water fast replacing diet sodas as preferred thirst quencher

Diet sodas are witnessing a marked decline in sales and are being replaced by water.

After surging in popularity for decades, concerns over chemicals they contain have disillusioned people from the fizzy drinks, resulting in a 6.8 percent decline in sales, CBS News reported.

Several drinkers are doubtful whether diet sodas help in weight loss and are shifting to water.

Source: ANI
Image: Getty Images

How a fibre-rich diet averts obesity and diabetes

Monday, January 20th, 2014

food2_240x240_17jan13It has been known for year that a fibre-rich diet protects the organism against obesity and diabetes, and not a French-Swedish team of researchers has succeeded in elucidating this mechanism, which involves the intestinal flora and the ability of the intestine to produce glucose between meals.

The study also clarified the role of the intestine and its associated microorganisms in maintaining glycaemia. They will give rise to new dietary recommendations to prevent diabetes and obesity.

Most sweet fruit and many vegetables such as salsify, cabbage or beans are rich in so-called fermentable fibres. Such fibers cannot be digested directly by the intestine but are instead fermented by intestinal bacteria into short-chain fatty acids such as propionate and butyrate, which can in fact be assimilated by our bodies.

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