Diet Weight Loss 

Considering a Fast? Read This Remarkable Story.

Fasting is a ritual as old as civilization. It is a tradition in many religions, from east to west. The Bible says Jesus fasted 40 days in the desert, and Mahatma Gandhi often fasted for weeks at a time as he attempted to free India from British occupation. But one remarkable story of fasting happened in recent times, and it is well documented. In 1965, a 26-year-old Scotsman named Angus Barbieri walked into the University Department of Medicine at the Royal Infirmary of Dundee, Scotland, seeking treatment for obesity. He…

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Diet Weight Loss Wellness 

The Two Things You Must Have to Lose Weight

The professional literature on dieting is somewhat discouraging. Statistics show that dieting is often unsuccessful. People lose weight, but quickly regain what they lost, and frequently even more. This “yo-yo” effect is frustrating to doctors as well as those of us who hope to lose the extra pounds. A recent article in Psychology Today examined this phenomenon, and suggested ways to improve your chances of successful weight loss. As a baseline, eliminate the word “diet” from your vocabulary. Diets don’t work. The very word shifts your perception from neutral to…

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Diet Disease Healthy Foods 

Why are Americans So Fat?

Americans are fat. More than two-thirds of us are either overweight or obese, and one in twenty of us is considered “extremely obese.” Being fat is not just a problem of appearance. It presents a significant threat to your health. Obesity is implicated in type 2 diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease. Economists estimate the medical cost of obesity is over $147 billion dollars in the United States alone. Why are we so fat? There are two schools of thought. One says we eat too much fat. The low-fat diet theorists…

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Diet Health Studies 

Scientists Say Obesity May be a Brain Disorder

A recent study conducted by Macquarie University indicates that obesity may actually be a disorder of the brain, characterized by a progressive deterioration of cognitive processes that impact eating behaviors. The study shows that memory inhibition, which is the helpful ability to “block out” memories that no longer serve us (and which originates in the hippocampus), is liked to overeating. When our brains are functioning properly, our food-related memories should be prominent when we are hungry then recede when we are full. That way, thoughts of food disappear when eating…

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Diet Healthy Foods 

How One Woman Lost 88 Pounds on a Ketogenic-Paleo Diet

A woman who lost 88 pounds in a year was recently showcased on the website, Reddit. She lost the weight using a high-fat, low-carb ketogenic-Paleo diet, between July 2011 and July 2012, without exercising. Even better, she has kept it off ever since. The 5-foot-4 inch Amanda, who hasn’t disclosed her last name, dropped from her original weight of 222 pounds to a slender 134 pounds, without exercising. So of course, people are asking for her secrets. She says she ate between 1200 and 1300 calories daily, combining the principles…

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Diet Health Studies Healthy Foods Weight Loss 

Don’t Overthink Your Diet Plan, Say Experts

Most of us who need to lose weight are somewhat intimidated by the idea of choosing a diet plan. Should we count calories? Should we try eating raw? Should we go low-carb, or no carb? Vegetarian or vegan, or gluten free? We often end up spending weeks or months just deciding the best route to take to our weight loss goals. Now a new study suggests it really doesn’t matter. The study was conducted at the Durham, North Carolina Veterans Administration Medical Center. Researchers found that in the long term,…

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