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Thu, 15 Mar 2007 03:55:34 GMT

Let's Lose Some Weight!

Let's Lose Some Weight!
Join with me. We'll lose some weight together. FatSecret is a social networking site for people who want to lose weight or get in shape. This is a totally free weight loss site where you can get advice and help from other people who are also trying to lose weight. Find out what works and what doesn't.

It's a fact that people lose weight faster when they have a support team. With all these other people on your weight loss team you are bound to lose weight. If you don't, well at least you'll make some new friends.

Choose from one of the popular diets and chat with other people on that same diet or create your own diet and share it with the group. Keep track of your weight and how you feel each day. There is even a journal where you can post tips for other people, talk about what you did that day or whatever you want to talk about.

Posted by: Linda Roeder      Read more     Source

Thu, 15 Mar 2007 03:51:05 GMT

Ariel: 2 Tablets After Every Meal

Ariel: 2 Tablets After Every Meal

Ariel was launched this print advertisement campaign to promote in Argentina that clearly lacks freshness and originality as the idea has been repeatedly used for detergents. However, this campaign took efforts to repeat the old idea while taking a unique approach but it is unlikely to help campaign anyway. The advertisements are showing different colorful dishes that are most frequent to stain clothes.

The advertisement then takes a novice approach as the ad suggests using two tablets of Ariel after meal, not for stomach, to remove stains. The photography of the campaign is undoubtedly marvelous that helped the campaign to produce visually somewhat engaging advertisements. The text of the ad reads ‘2 tablets after every meal’. The campaign was Del Campo Nazca Saatchi & Saatchi.

Via Twenty Four

Posted by: Balendu      Read more     Source

March 13, 2007, 10:16 PM CT

Belly fat may drive inflammatory processes

Belly fat may drive inflammatory processes
As researchers learn more about the key role of inflammation in diabetes, heart disease and other disorders, new research from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis suggests that fat in the belly may be an important promoter of that inflammation.

Excess fat is known to be linked to disease, but now the scientists have confirmed that fat cells inside the abdomen are secreting molecules that increase inflammation. It's the first evidence of a potential mechanistic link between abdominal fat and systemic inflammation.

For years, researchers have been aware of a relationship between disease risk and excess belly fat. "Apple-shaped" people, who carry fat in the abdomen, have a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes and other problems than "pear-shaped" people, who tend to store fat in the hips and thighs. Too much abdominal fat is linked to a defect in the body's response to insulin. During medical exams, some physicians measure waist circumference to identify patients at increased risk for these problems.

Not just any belly fat will cause inflammation, however. Back in 2004, Washington University researchers observed that removing abdominal fat with liposuction did not provide the metabolic benefits normally linked to similar amounts of fat loss induced by dieting or exercising.........

Posted by: Evelyn      Read more         Source

Tue, 13 Mar 2007 02:38:27 GMT

Are You Living Life with a Spoon or Chopsticks?

Are You Living Life with a Spoon or Chopsticks?
What a great question. Think about how you eat when you use a spoon. It's like a little mini shovel enabling you to gobble your food without regard for taste, texture or experience.

For those of us in the Western Hemisphere, chopsticks are not the normal utensil used when eating. Infrequently when we endeavor to use them, we find that we are forced to SLOW DOWN, take smaller bites and consequently are able to enjoy the flavor of our food.

This morning the Children's Message at church compared consuming life with a spoon vs. chopsticks. The speaker encouraged us to consider the fact that with chopsticks we are forced to be in the moment of life. No longer can we scarf down experiences, quickly moving from one to another with little regard for what we could be taking in; the people around us, nature, the very journey itself.

The successful use of chopsticks requires practice. We can't expect everything we try to be done correctly the first time. It takes practice. Are we willing to try new things even if it means failing at first?

You can't just use one chopstick. Unless you stab at life, the proper use of chopsticks requires using them in pairs. In life we need to reach out to others, leaning on others, for together we can accomplish great things,

I ask you....are you living life with a spoon or a chopstick?

Posted by: Deborah Brown      Read more     Source

March 6, 2007, 4:51 AM CT

New View On Biology Of Flavonoids

New View On Biology Of Flavonoids
Flavonoids, a group of compounds found in fruits and vegetables that had been believed to be nutritionally important for their antioxidant activity, actually have little or no value in that role, as per an analysis by researchers in the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University.

However, these same compounds may indeed benefit human health, but for reasons that are quite different the body sees them as foreign compounds, scientists say, and through different mechanisms, they could play a role in preventing cancer or heart disease.

Based on this new view of how flavonoids work, a relatively modest intake of them the amount you might find in a healthy diet with five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables is sufficient. Large doses taken via dietary supplements might do no additional good; an apple a day may still be the best bet.

A research survey, and updated analysis of how flavonoids work and function in the human body, were recently published in Free Radical Biology and Medicine, a professional journal.

"What we now know is that flavonoids are highly metabolized, which alters their chemical structure and diminishes their ability to function as an antioxidant," said Balz Frei, professor and director of the Linus Pauling Institute. "The body sees them as foreign compounds and modifies them for rapid excretion in the urine and bile".........

Posted by: Evelyn      Read more         Source

March 5, 2007, 9:45 PM CT

BMI often not an accurate indicator of body fat

BMI often not an accurate indicator of body fat
Body mass index, or BMI, long considered the standard for measuring the amount of fat in a person's body, may not be as accurate as originally thought, as per new research.

A research team from Michigan State University and Saginaw Valley State University measured the BMI of more than 400 college students - some of whom were athletes and some not - and observed that in most cases the student's BMI did not accurately reflect his or her percentage of body fat.

The research is reported in the recent issue of Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, the official journal of the American College of Sports Medicine.

BMI is determined by this equation: A person's weight divided by his or her height squared. Generally a BMI of 25 or above indicates a person is overweight; 30 or above indicates obesity. A person with a higher BMI is believed to be at a greater risk of heart disease, diabetes and other weight-related problems.

"The overlying issue is the same criteria for BMI are used across the board," said Joshua Ode, a Ph.D. student in the MSU Department of Kinesiology and an assistant professor of kinesiology at Saginaw Valley. "Whether you're an athlete or a 75-year-old man, all the same cut points are used".

"BMI should be used cautiously when classifying fatness, particularly among college-age people," said Jim Pivarnik, an MSU professor of kinesiology and epidemiology. "It really doesn't do a good job of saying how fat a person really is".........

Posted by: Evelyn      Read more         Source

March 5, 2007, 5:05 AM CT

Childhood obesity may contribute to earlier puberty

Childhood obesity may contribute to earlier puberty
Increasing rates of childhood obesity and overweight in the United States may be contributing to an earlier onset of puberty in girls, say researchers at the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital.

In a new study published in the recent issue of the journal Pediatrics, the researchers reveal that a higher body mass index (BMI) score in girls as young as age 3, and large increases in BMI between 3 years of age and first grade are associated with earlier puberty, defined as the presence of breast development by age 9. This longitudinal study is unique in that it included girls younger than age 5 to examine the association between weight status and timing of puberty.

"Our finding that increased body fatness is associated with the earlier onset of puberty provides additional evidence that growing rates of obesity among children in this country may be contributing to the trend of early maturation in girls," says lead author and U-M pediatric endocrinologist Joyce Lee, M.D, MPH.

Studies have suggested that girls in the United States are entering puberty at younger ages today than they were 30 years ago, says Lee. Since rates of childhood obesity also have significantly increased during the same time period, researchers have speculated that childhood obesity may be contributing to a trend of earlier puberty in girls.........

Posted by: Evelyn      Read more         Source

March 1, 2007, 10:07 PM CT

protecting against weight gain and diabetes

protecting against weight gain and diabetes
new study from Joslin Diabetes Center may shed light on why some people can eat excessive amounts of food and not gain weight or develop type 2 diabetes, while others are more likely to develop obesity and this most common form of diabetes on any diet. The study, which used two strains of mice with differing tendencies to gain weight and develop diabetes on a high-fat diet, identified genetic and cellular mechanisms that may prevent certain mice on a calorie-dense diet from gaining weight and developing metabolic syndrome.

Eventhough this study was done with mice, it points out new mechanisms that may underlie the ability of genetically different mice -- and perhaps genetically different people -- to not gain much weight on high caloric diets, said lead investigator C. Ronald Kahn, M.D., an internationally recognized researcher who is Head of Joslins Section on Obesity and Hormone Action and the Mary K. Iacocca Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

The study, reported in the online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on Feb. 5-9, builds upon years of research at Joslin and elsewhere on energy metabolism and the genetics of fat cells.

It has long been known that people significantly differ in their tendency to gain weight and develop metabolic syndrome, a group of conditions including hypertension, abdominal obesity, high triglycerides and glucose intolerance that can lead to type 2 diabetes. More than 60 million Americans either are obese or have metabolic syndrome, putting them at risk for type 2 diabetes and its frequent complications, including cardiovascular disease and other serious conditions. Currently 21 million Americans have diabetes and approximately one-third of them do not even know they have the disease. Formerly known as adult-onset diabetes, type 2 diabetes is occurring more frequently in young adults and even children.........

Posted by: Evelyn      Read more         Source

March 1, 2007, 4:45 AM CT

Frequency of Dietary Supplement Use

Frequency of Dietary Supplement Use
More than one in seven American adults have used nonprescription dietary supplements to try to lose weight, as per scientists at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

Nearly 9,500 people over age 18 were asked about the prevalence and duration of nonprescription weight-loss supplement use, associated weight-control behaviors, discussion of use with a health-care professional and specific ingredient use.

Approximately 15 percent of the respondents said they had used weight-loss supplements, and 8.7 percent said they had done so in the past year. The highest use was among women 18 to 34 years old (16.7 percent). Nearly three-fourths of respondents (73.8 percent) said they have used a supplement containing a stimulant including ephedra, caffeine and/or bitter orange.

The scientists conclude: Qualified professionals should inquire about use of supplements for weight loss to facilitate discussion about the lack of efficacy data, possible adverse effects, as well as dispel misinformation that may interfere with sound weight-management practices.

Additional research articles in the March Journal of the American Dietetic Association include:
  • Supplementation with Soy-Protein-Rich Foods Does Not Enhance Weight Loss.
  • Safety and Efficacy of a Ginkgo Biloba Containing Dietary Supplement on Cognitive Function, Quality of Life and Platelet Function in Healthy Cognitively Intact Older Adults.........

    Posted by: Evelyn      Read more         Source

March 1, 2007, 4:40 AM CT

Adolescent Dieting May Predict Weight Gain

Adolescent Dieting May Predict Weight Gain
Adolescents who go on diets to lose weight may be significantly increasing their odds of gaining weight, say scientists at the University of Minnesota.

The scientists studied results of Project EAT (Eating Among Teens) surveys, conducted in 1999 and 2000, and results of Project EAT II surveys, conducted in 2003 and 2004, to "understand the perplexing finding, that has been reported in several longitudinal studies, whereby dieting predicts greater weight gain over time in adolescents."

As per information provided by more than 2,500 adolescents, dieting predicted increased binge eating and decreased breakfast consumption among girls, "with a nonsignificant trend toward decreased fruit and vegetable intake." Among boys, dieting predicted "increased binge eating, decreased physical activity and a trend toward decreased breakfast consumption. These behaviors were also linked to increases in body mass index," as per the researchers.

The scientists conclude that dieting may lead to weight gain among adolescents in part "via the long-term adoption of behavioral patterns that are counterproductive to weight management".........

Posted by: Evelyn      Read more         Source

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