Focusing on Immediate Health Effects May Improve Weight Loss Success

Most weight loss programs try to motivate individuals with warnings of the long-term health consequences of obesity: increased risk for cancer, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and asthma. New research suggests the immediate health benefits — such as reduced pain — may be the most effective motivator for helping obese individuals shed extra weight and commit to keeping it off.

In a pilot research study, University of Cincinnati (UC) researchers found that 21 percent of participants in a local dietary weight loss program reported significantly less pain in the lower extremities and back after losing an average of 10 pounds. Additionally, study participants reported a 20 to 30 percent reduction in overall bodily pain after weight loss.

Researchers say their results indicate that even small weight loss can relieve pain and reduce the burden excessive weight puts on the musculoskeletal system.

“By focusing on an immediate benefit that can be felt — like pain reduction — instead of the future health impact of obesity, weight loss programs may be able to inspire overweight individuals to lose weight,” says Susan Kotowski, PhD, study collaborator and director of the Gait and Movement Analysis Laboratory in the UC College of Allied Health Sciences.

Kotowski and colleague Kermit Davis, PhD, report their findings in the August 2010 issue of the journal Work.

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Combo Weight Loss Pill Fights Cravings and Appetite

Will Contrave Be the Next Big Weight Loss Pill?
By Denise Mann
WebMD Health News
Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD

July 29, 2010 — An experimental obesity drug that combines the antidepressant bupropion and the addiction drug naltrexone reduces body weight by 5% or more after one year when combined with healthy diet and regular exercise, according to a new report published online in The Lancet.

If approved, the new drug may be the right choice for dieters who get waylaid by their food cravings because it taps into the brain’s craving and reward system in addition to curbing appetite. An FDA advisory panel is slated to review the drug, called Contrave, on Dec. 7. Manufacturer Orexigen Therapeutics, Inc. funded the new study.

In the 56-week study, participants received a high dose of the combination pill, a low dose, or a placebo twice a day. They were also advised to eat a low-calorie diet and engage in regular exercise. Those who took the higher dose of the new pill lost 6.1% of their body weight, while those who received the lower dose shed 5% of their body weight. By contrast, those people in the placebo group lost 1.3% of their body weight.

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Quick Weight Loss = Increased Metabolic Slow Down

I am constantly asked about questions regarding metabolism and there there are a few basic things that everyone should understand about how this mechanism works in your body and what its role is in creating weight loss during your dieting journey. Many dieters often feel the metabolic slow down after a very short time dieting and soon hit plateaus in their weight loss. While a certain degree of metabolic slowing must be expected in any diet quick losses can often lead to premature slow down and an almost complete stop of overall progress. Why does this happen?

The basics of weight loss and fat loss are simple really; burn more energy than you consume on a regular basis and your body will liberate energy stores on the body to cover the deficit. Do this long enough and consistently enough and you have constant weight loss. The problem is your body recognizes this at some point and puts the brakes on and thus your progress slows down. Your body wants to keep you alive and it is smart enough to know that quick losses mean danger if left unattended long enough. So the quicker the loses the faster the body will respond to it. And the faster your body responds the harder the adaptation that adjusts metabolism to meet your daily requirements. How can you prevent this kind of slowing of the metabolism?

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Weight loss and fat burning rules

It’s been said plenty of times that the true secret behind permanent weight loss and to a leaner body is based on lifestyle. There’s plenty of ideas around about what the best choices for this lifestyle are so how ‘bout a list of the most straight forward approaches we can all take to keep ourselves on track…

Always eat breakfast.

Eating breakfast is an excellent way to kick start your body for the day. Don’t fall into the trap thinking that avoiding this meal may help you lose weight – over time it will actually set in motion the exact opposite and you could end up with a real bulge battle on your hands. There is a reason breakfast is considered the most important meal of the day – ignore this rule at your peril!

Plan a routine.
Get into a meal routine and stick to it. When it comes to food intake the body thrives on routine – commit to your meal times and you will maintain a much healthier metabolism with more stable energy levels. Eating 5 to 6 smaller meals a day is the best way to structure eating for weight loss. Eating increases your metabolism whereas skipping meals flicks the switch for the survival response of your body to conserve calories by slowing doooown.

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Weight Loss Diet & Nutrition Myths

One more portion of delusions (this time regarding diets and weight losing):

In order to lose weight you need to exclude fats from the food you eat completely

In truth, it you want to lose weight soon it’s better to reduce the quantity of consumed carbohydrates that cause especially high insulin release what, in its turn, leads to increase of fat synthesis in our organism.

Fats (especially Omega 3) in small quantities can be even useful. You should understand the following idea: the less fat you consume the weaker necessity your organism has to use them as an energy source.

It doesn’t mean that you should eat a lot of fat food. It means that in case of weight losing you need to concentrate your attention on reduction of carbohydrates (and first of all on reduction of simple carbohydrates (sugar)).

You need to weigh yourself to find out how much excess fat you have in your body

In reality, this method to find out your normal weight is the oldest, the simplest and the most inaccurate one. People of the same stature can have different bone thickness, different amount of muscle mass, different sizes of their internals and different intestine length. All these factors determine body weight: for example, for a man of 180cm stature the normal weight varies

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