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Green Tea – Benefits for Weight Loss, Cancer and Energy Levels

By Rob Poulos On January 20, 2013 No Comments

On an impromptu lunch to your favorite cafe, your friend opts for green tea instead of cappuccino.  “It helps me stay slim,” she admits. “And it’s calorie free.”  In your favorite diet magazine, her words hold true–one article even claims it can fix your sluggish metabolism.  On the shelves of drugstores and groceries, it’s a dominating force in the diet industry–sold in supplement, liquid, or even gum form, literally all of them claim you need it to get lean.

But can it really?

Can Green Tea Make Me Skinny?

If you’ve read the buzz about green tea lately, you may be thinking it’s too good to be true–but it’s actually not.

It turns out that green tea contains properties that can boost your weight loss and much more.

The evidence trails back to the early noughties, back when ephedra wasn’t banned and no one thought twice about taking obesity drugs just to lose a

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Weight Loss 101: Easy, Safe Weight Loss Plan for Women Over 40

By Rob Poulos On January 2, 2013 No Comments

You’ve always approached your food carefully.  During dinner, you say no to dessert; instead of taking the elevator to work, you opt for the stairs to burn a few more calories.  Yet when it comes time to see the results on the scale, the work doesn’t add up: instead of losing weight, you keep on gaining weight.  So what’s the deal?

Well, here’s the deal: Your body is changing, and not in a good way.  You’re not alone either–many women in their 40s also begin experiencing changes in their body, such as a sluggish metabolism, feeling more tired, and experiencing hot flashes that are more than an occasional occurrence.  It’s something natural that happens when you get older, despite how much you fight it.  But can you fight the weight gain?

If gaining any more weight could send you into overweight or obese territory, listen up: Here’s a simple weight loss plan

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Expanding Waistlines May Contribute To Cancer Says New Report

By Rob Poulos On December 2, 2012 No Comments

While many people know that the dangers of obesity include diabetes, hypertension and heart disease, what many people don’t realize is that Expanding Waistlines May Contribute To Cancer and cause the disease to escalate faster than in normal sized people. It’s long been thought that there was a link between obesity and cancer, but until now, researchers didn’t know where that link existed. Now, new findings by researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston show that the fat progenitor cell may be a factor in cancer acceleration by supporting vessels that give vital blood to tumors. This information was reported in the American Association for Cancer Research journal Cancer Research.

By studying groups of obese individuals, researchers have shown a link between obesity and some cancers, however, the physical reasons have not been discovered yet. Statistics from The World Health Organization show that in 2008, for

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Researchers Use Biggest Loser Contestants To Study Effects of Exercise and Dieting

By Rob Poulos On November 30, 2012 No Comments

With more than two-thirds of American adults over the age of 20 facing overweight or obese conditions, it is no wonder diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, strokes and even certain cancers are rising in occurrence. But, there is light at the end of the tunnel, say researchers at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. The recent studies they’ve conducted, using contestants from the popular health show The Biggest Loser, show exercise key in reducing body fat and along with healthy diets, preserve the muscle in adults more effectively than dieting by itself. This television show follows a group of obese adults, who began a rigorous exercise regimen and extreme diet to lose weight quickly under isolated conditions on a ranch and continued the plan at home.

Senior researchers Kevin Hall, PhD., studied the use of heavy daily exercise and a very limited type of diet

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Skipping Breakfast and Weight Loss Do Not Go Hand-In-Hand Say Experts

By Rob Poulos On November 21, 2012 2 Comments

Dieters for years now have combined the ideas of skipping breakfast and weight loss success, but rarely have they actually seen it do much good. Scientists recently presented new findings from a study conducted showing that skipping breakfast early in the day makes higher than average calorie meals all the more irresistible later on in the day because the circuitry of our brains are prime towards seeking those high calorie foods when it’s a fasting mode. The experiments were funded by the UK Medical Research Council (MRC), the European Union Marie Curie Fellowship, Imperial College Healthcare Charity, and the National Institute for Health Research.

The study’s lead writer, Tony Goldstone from the Imperial College London and his colleagues looked at people’s MRI scans and their individualized eating habits, both after breakfasts were eaten and days they skipped a morning meal.

The study of the participants’ MRI scan results and scientific observations

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Pterostiblene Assists With the Lowering of Blood Pressure

By Rob Poulos On October 30, 2012 No Comments

Blood pressure in adults may be reduced with the help of a form of pterostilbene. Pterostilbene is a compound that naturally occurs in blueberries. A clinical trial was done on the effects of this compound and the findings were presented at the American Heart Association’s 2012 Scientific Sessions on High Blood Pressure Research on September 20,2012 in Washington, D.C.

This study was a double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized study undertaken by the University of Mississippi School of Medicine and School of Pharmacy researchers. The researchers were looking to see if pterostilbene improves cardiovascular health. This ingredient is being marketed under the name pTeroPure.

Researchers studied 80 patients suffering from high cholesterol. High cholesterol was defined as a total cholesterol level of 200 or greater and or an LDL cholesterol level of 100 or greater. For six to eight weeks, twice a day, study participants took 125 mg doses of this compound, 50mg doses,

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Zinc Deficiency in the Elderly is a Common Problem Which Needs to Be Addressed

By Rob Poulos On October 29, 2012 No Comments

Studies supported by the National Institutes of Health and other agencies have shown that a zinc deficiency may develop in humans as we age. Due to a biological mechanism, this deficiency may result in a number of health conditions. Inflammation commonly seen with many health conditions, ranging from heart disease, diabetes, cancer and autoimmune disease, may increase. The immune system may also decline.

Scientists from the OSU College of Public Health and Human Sciences joined with those from Oregon State University’s Linus Pauling Institute to conduct a study. Findings from the study show that the elderly must ensure they get an adequate intake of zinc from their diet. More is needed at this stage in life and yet their ability to absorb this essential micronutrient is declining.

It is estimated that two billion people the world over, including 40% of elderly Americans, are lacking the appropriate amount of zinc in their

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Weight Loss and Brain Function-The Two are Related In Ways One May Not Imagine

By Rob Poulos On October 23, 2012 No Comments

Resisting high calorie foods is often difficult, especially for those who are obese and trying to lose weight. This is no longer believed to be a lack of willpower either. New research shows that diets high in refined sugars and saturated fats may actually lead to changes in the brains of those who are obese.

Terry Davidson, director of American University’s Center for Behavioral Neuroscience, explains that these changes may lead to overconsumption of those foods high in saturated fats and refined sugars, making weight loss more challenging. This becomes a vicious cycle and one that is very difficult to break.

Mr. Davidson’s research, “The Effects of a High-Energy Diet on Hippocampal-Dependent Discrimination Performance and Blood-Brain Barrier Integrity Differ for Diet-Induced Obese and Diet-Resistant Rats” was recently published in the Physiology & Behavior journal. This research focuses on the hippocampus which is the portion of the brain responsible for learning and

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Jennie Garth and Her Weight Loss Story

By Rob Poulos On October 20, 2012 No Comments

Actress Jennie Garth is showing that just because you turn 40 doesn’t mean that you can’t get your body back into shape. The former “Beverly Hills, 90210” star, and current Old Navy commercial pitch-woman  showed off her retooled body in a photo shoot for this week’s People Magazine. Garth lost 30-pounds in the months since her 40th birthday in April, saying that she pulled herself together and got in shape for the sake of her three children.

The actress stated in an interview with the magazine that she decided to make a change after falling into a deep depression following her split with her husband of 11 years, “Twilight” start Peter Facinelli, in March.

“I just looked at it like there’s no way I can hide out… and never work again, never love again and never laugh again… Sitting on the couch eating Pringles all day is not going to help anybody,” she told

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Get In Shape with the Biggest Loser Competition

By Rob Poulos On October 17, 2012 No Comments

Thanks in part to the success of the Biggest Loser TV phenomenon, many people and other organizations are following this weight loss model with the goal of helping people to lose weight in a competitive environment. Ventura County started its own The Biggest Loser Contest in September.

If you live in the Ventura County area, you still have an opportunity to get involved in this local version of the biggest loser Contest. This eight week weight loss program is being sponsored by Ventura County’s very own Bee-Fit Health and Wellness Center.The program will focus on two aspects central to weight loss — physical training and nutrition education.

It’s important to understand that the program began with its initial weigh-in on September 24. However, lead organizer Ramona Pagel announced that they will be accepting new participants into the program and the weigh-in deadline will be October 15.

While it may be more difficult for

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The FDA Seeks Increased Oversight of Weight Loss Supplements

By Rob Poulos On October 13, 2012 No Comments

According to recent government investigations, there are weight loss and immune system supplements that are labeled illegally and don’t have scientific data to support their claims.

In a report released by the Department of Human and Health Services, it is estimated that 20 percent of over 120 supplements claiming to assist in weight loss or improve the immune system have a labeling claiming to be cures for weight loss or certain diseases. These claims are illegal.

In addition, the other supplements all lack scientific evidence to support their suggested claims. Among the many claims that are made by the supplements is that they can cure diabetes, cancer or can aid in treating HIV and AIDS. These false claims are illegal under federal law.

It is also important to understand that not only can people waste money on falsely labeled supplements; there is a possibility that these supplements that could endanger a person’s

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Childhood Weight Problems Linked To Immigration

By Rob Poulos On October 12, 2012 No Comments

A growing concern among scientists and researchers over the last decade has been childhood weight problems. Because of its links with hypertension, high cholesterol and diabetes, it’s become a worldwide concern. A new study conducted recently explores the relationship between a child’s social and economic status along with nationality among children in the US and England. According to the study published in The ANNALS of American Academy of Political and Social Science, race, ethnicity and immigrant status are all factors that go into a child’s weight problems,

Authors Melissa L. Martison, Sara McLanahan and Jeanne Brooks-Gunn explain that in the US, Hispanic and black children who had native born mothers experience a higher chance of being overweight than do the children of native-born whites. In England, the children of a black mother native-born will have a higher risk of being overweight also, and in some cases, this is true of native

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