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Mon, 07 May 2007 23:41:19 GMT

Celebrity Weighing Scale

Celebrity Weighing Scale
How much do you weigh compared to, say, King Kong? Replace your traditional scale with this one for $firebox, which compares your weight with the likes of Mr. Ed (yes, the talking horse), Donald Trump, Hulk Hogan, Chuck Norris or Goldie Hawn.

Now, instead of dreading that scale in the morning, you'll be looking forward to a laugh. As long as it doesn't put you on par with John Candy, that is.

Posted by: Evan      Read more     Source

Mon, 07 May 2007 16:34:20 GMT

Brad Urges Angie to Eat

Brad Urges Angie to Eat

Angie: No time for food. Must save the world

Angelina Jolie is undoubtedly one of the sexiest women on the planet. But have you noticed Angie has been looking skinnier than normal. Scary skinny. A stones throw away from Nicole-Ritchie-skinny. Lover Brad Pitt thinks so too. According to Britains Grazia magazine, Brad Pitt is urging, begging, Angie to eat.

Brad and Angelinas brother James Haven (the guy who tongue-kissed Angie at the Oscars a few years ago and created a furor) are said to be worried by the actress plunging weight, and have asked her to take better care of herself.
A source said:

Brad and James adore Angelina for her endless quest to make the world a better place, but they worry about her not eating or sleeping enough.
Her mother Marcheline’s death has put pressure on her and this may partly explain the weight loss. But everyone is worried that her way of coping is by throwing herself into her UN work and looking after her kids - with scant regard for herself.

Perhaps its her high profile relationship with Brad that is to blame. I mean, who can remain immune to such media scrutiny?

The same source added:

Being seen as the woman who took Brad away from Jennifer Aniston will follow Angelina forever. And, after two failed marriages, she’s caught between her vow to never marry again and Brad’s wish to make his parents happy by ‘doing the right thing’.
Hopefully they will be able to get through this and she will gradually put the weight back on.

Source: Stuff

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Mon, 07 May 2007 06:13:23 GMT

Lose 14 pounds a year sleeping

Lose 14 pounds a year sleeping
I know your schedule is out there, that every minute of yours is calculated to its maximum efficiency, but could you by any chance squeeze in an additional hour of sleep? If you do, you could be losing 14 pounds a year - sleeping.

Not only is sleep really important for beauty (well rested face never looks wrinkly or has black under eye circles), but it also helps you keep a great figure. In addition to dr. Sanjay Patel's finpeople who sleep steady seven hours do not gain weight at a fast rate, another doctor how much calories we burn sleeping:
"Dr. Michael Sivak of the University of Michigan explained that "a person who sleeps seven hours a night and consumes 2,500 calories during the rest of the day can trim 147 calories simply by replacing an hour of "inactive wakefulness" with an hour more of sleep - or about 14 pounds a year."
This is great news for those of us who are interested in losing a few of those unwanted pounds. Interestingly, Dr. Sivak found that people tend to eat during periods of wakefulness and inactivity. Each additional hour of sleep he estimates reduces caloric intake by about 6%"
Suddenly, watching that late-night movie or reading a book does not sound so appealing.

Do try to get enough sleep my dears, it can only make you look and feel better.

Posted by: Ivy      Read more     Source

April 25, 2007, 9:27 PM CT

Fixing the 'taste' of diet soda

Fixing the 'taste' of diet soda
University of Illinois researchers Soo-Yeun Lee and Shelly Schmidt are trying to solve a mystery: Why doesn't diet soda taste more like regular soda? Can a well-trained panel of "taste testers" pinpoint the exact problem? And can food scientists do anything to fix it?

"If we could make diet soda taste better, it would be a big step in fighting the obesity epidemic," said Shelly Schmidt, a U of I professor of food chemistry. "Many people know they should cut calories, but they won't drink diet pop because they don't like the taste".

Consumers may claim they don't like diet soda because of artificial sweeteners, but Schmidt and sensory scientist Lee think people are also influenced by a subtle difference called "mouth-feel." Think body, fullness, thickness; regular soda contains high-fructose corn syrup, diet soda doesn't.

What makes these scientists think mouth-feel is the culprit? For one thing, artificial sweeteners have been greatly improved and extensively studied. "Taste profiles for artificial sweeteners now closely match the one for sucrose, which humans describe as the perfect sweetness," Lee said.

But the most compelling piece of evidence is the verdict of Lee's sensory panel--12 people trained for four weeks to use a 15-point scale in order to rate the characteristics that contribute to the mouth-feel of diet and regular soda. Lee called her panelists "highly trained instruments" because they could detect significant differences in the mouth-feel of 14 samples that the scientist's super-sensitive lab instruments identified as very, very small.........

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Sun, 15 Apr 2007 17:45:28 GMT

Slingbox PLUS Elliptical Equals Weight loss?

Slingbox PLUS Elliptical Equals Weight loss?
Thinking you need to lose a few pounds before the summer, to fit into that wonderful Speedo your wife is looking forward to seeing? Trying to fit into that Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini, but carrying an extra 40 pounds or so? Afraid you're going to miss all the "good shows," Thursday nights on ABC?

Why not combine the 2, andSlingboxElliptical Trainer and get your workout on!

Inspired by the fine foPVRblog, I think it might actually be possible to get fit enough to fit into my board shorts this June. Now if I could just do something about getting tan without shaving all the hair off my body or by spending time getting cancer in the sun?!? Oh well, I man can dream, can't he!?!

Posted by: Phil Gerbyshak      Read more     Source

April 10, 2007, 8:54 PM CT

Milk beats soy for post-weighlifting muscle gain

Milk beats soy for post-weighlifting muscle gain
Got milk? Weightlifters will want to raise a glass after a new study observed that milk protein is significantly better than soy at building muscle mass.

The study, conducted by a team of scientists at McMaster Universitys Department of Kinesiology, was recently reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. It compared how much muscle protein young men gained after completing a heavy weight workout followed by consumption of equivalent amounts of protein as either fluid skim milk or a soy drink.

"Our thinking going into the study was that milk would be better than soy. We suspected this would be the case because of work done by French researchers. However, we were really impressed by how much greater the gains in muscle protein with milk were," says Sarah Wilkinson, lead researcher and a graduate student in the department of kinesiology.

The findings would suggest that if men consume only skim milk (two cups) after each of their workouts, they would gain almost twice as much muscle in 10 weeks than if they drank the same amount of protein as a soy drink.

"This is an interesting finding, since soy and milk proteins are considered to be complete proteins that are basically equivalent from a nutritional standpoint," explains Stuart Phillips, associate professor of kinesiology, who was also involved in the study. "Our findings clearly show that milk proteins are a superior source of protein in producing muscle mass gains in response to weightlifting."........

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April 9, 2007, 11:00 PM CT

Why people eat less at unbused tables

Why people eat less at unbused tables
People watching the Super Bowl who saw how much they had already eaten -- in this case, leftover chicken-wing bones -- ate 27 percent less than people who had no such environmental cues, finds a new Cornell study.

The difference between the two groups -- those eating at a table where leftover bones accumulated compared with those whose leftovers were removed -- was greater for men than for women.

"The results suggest that people restrict their consumption when evidence of food consumed is available to signal how much food they have eaten," said Brian Wansink, the John S. Dyson Professor of Marketing and of Applied Economics at Cornell, and author of the 2006 book, "Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think".

The study, conducted with Cornell postdoctoral researcher Collin R. Payne, is reported in the recent issue of Perceptual and Motor Skills. It included 50 graduate students at a sports bar where an open buffet featured chicken wings during the Super Bowl; some tables were bused and some were left unbused.

To use environmental cues to curb overeating and overdrinking, Wansink suggested that college parties could encourage (or require) fresh plastic glasses for each drink and that the glasses be stacked as they accumulate for each person; dinner parties could use fresh glasses for refills while empty glasses, or even empty bottles, are left on the table.........

Posted by: Evelyn      Read more         Source

April 1, 2007, 8:55 PM CT

It's never too late to get your youth back

It's never too late to get your youth back
Much research has shown that reduced calorie intake can increase health and longevity. Professor Stephen Spindler (University of California) and his collaborators* have discovered that reducing calorie intake during the later part of life can still induce a number of of the health and longevity benefits of life-long calorie reduction. Importantly, this also includes anti-cancer effects. They are using this knowledge to establish a novel screening technique to find drugs which mimic this longevity effect. Right now, there are no authentic anti-ageing drugs capable of extending the lifespan of healthy people. The technique we have developed allows us to screen a relatively large number of drugs in months rather than years. The hope is that these drugs will be able to extend the lifespan of healthy animals, and possibly, after further testing, healthy humans, says Professor Spindler who will present his results at the Society for Experimental Biologys Main Meeting in Glasgow on Monday 2nd April.

Prior research has show that mice can live up to 40% longer if they simply consume fewer calories, but a highly nutritious diet. Because people are not very good at dieting, Dr. Spindler and colleagues would like to identify drugs which can produce the same beneficial health and longevity effects without the low calorie diet. The problem is to find a way to rapidly identify these drugs. Professor Spindler and colleagues are examining the gene expression patterns which are induced by low calorie diets, and looking for drugs which mimic these changes. They are searching for drugs which will have these beneficial effects and slow ageing, even when they are given late in life. One drug, normally used to treat diabetic patients, seems to produce a number of of the beneficial effects of a low calorie diet. However, it is important to be sure that healthy people will benefit from the drug. A very low level of toxicity could interfere with the beneficial effects of such a drug, if it is taken for a lifetime.........

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March 25, 2007, 7:45 PM CT

Kiwis prove that green is good

Kiwis prove that green is good
In one of the most comprehensive and definitive studies of its kind to date, a team of scientists at the University of California, Davis have proven that organically grown kiwifruit contain more health-promoting factors than those grown under conventional conditions. The research is published in the SCIs magazine Chemistry & Industry. The debate over the relative health benefits of organic versus conventional food has raged for years, with UK environment secretary David Miliband declaring in January that buying organic is just a lifestyle choice.

The Davis scientists, led by Drs. Maria Amodio and Adel Kader, showed that organically grown kiwifruit had significantly increased levels of polyphenols, the healthy compounds found in red wine and coloured berries. They also had a higher overall antioxidant activity, as well as higher levels of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and important minerals compared with their conventionally grown counterparts (Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture DOI 10.1002/jsfa.2820). Their work differed to previously inconclusive studies, as they were able to compare like-for-like with kiwis grown next to each other on the same farm at the same time, in the same environmental conditions. Kader added: [previous] studies did not include phenolic compounds in the comparison.........

Posted by: Evelyn      Read more         Source

March 22, 2007, 7:08 PM CT

Market for eating disorders

Market for eating disorders
Just saw this ad from a new campaign promoting the laxative Metamucil and nearly lost my lunch. Procter & Gamble, which markets Metamucil, has repositioned the brand and is now pitching it with the slogan, "Beautify Your Inside."

Now, I'm not the gambling type but if P&G isn't targeting anorexics, bulimics, and other weight-obsessed women with this campaign, you can have my house. Notice how the ad is clearly directed to a much younger audience than the typical (over 60) user of laxatives. Also, the top two questions on the Metamucil website FAQ (what kind of carbs does the drug contain and how a number of?) are clearly directed to weight-loss junkies.

Metamucil's desperation is all the more clear in that laxatives have fallen out of favor with some "pro-ana" (that is, pro-anorexia) types, partly because they can cause weight gain. Pro-Ana Nation, for instance, warns:

Don't take laxatives. Laxatives can cause serious medical complications, and you actually gain weight by taking them. There are natural laxatives though, found in foods like prunes and grapes. Also, there are certain sugar-free cough drops and candies that produce a laxative effect because of the sugar substitute used in them.

What does Metamucil's brand manager have to say about the overuse of his product by people with eating disorders?.........

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