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July 16th, 2011

Summer Is the Season for Shaping Up: American Dietetic Association Spokespeople Review the Latest Diet and Lifestyle Books

July 13th, 2011

Shaping Up: American Dietetic Association Spokespeople Review the Latest Diet and Lifestyle Books

Released: 7/12/2011 3:55 PM EDT
Source: American Dietetic Association (ADA)


Newswise — CHICAGO – With seemingly endless information about food and diets available today, it is easy to be overwhelmed with which plan is right for you. Whether it’s a pill, a cleanse, a fast-results diet or an entire lifestyle change, there is no shortage of products, programs and books that promise life-changing results when it comes to weight loss.

Do these plans work? Are they healthful? How can people tell the good advice from the bad? The American Dietetic Association is here to help.

“Every day, Americans are flooded with information about how to lose weight and feel great fast. While some of these products and programs offer sound nutrition information, others are gimmicks and can even be dangerous,” says registered dietitian and ADA Spokesperson Marjorie Nolan. “It is important for consumers to achieve a healthy weight in a way that is safe and provides their bodies with the nutrition they need to thrive. There is no miracle cure or overnight plan for healthy weight loss.”

To help consumers separate diet fads from healthy, science-based options, registered dietitians who are media spokespeople of the American Dietetic Association have reviewed 15 of the latest diet and lifestyle books. To read the reviews, visit www.eatright.org/dietreviews.

“While many diet books have sound nutritional information and can serve as a basis for healthy weight loss, no book can offer the individualized counseling, meal planning and science-based nutrition expertise of a registered dietitian,” says Nolan, who is also one of the contributing reviewers. “RDs have the knowledge and expertise to help everyone achieve and maintain a healthy weight that ultimately leads to a healthy life.”

The latest titles reviewed by registered dietitians from ADA include:
The 4 Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat–Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman by Timothy Ferriss (Crown Archetype December 2010)
The 17 Day Diet by Mike Moreno, MD (Simon & Schuster’s Free Press March 2011)
The Amen Solution by Daniel G. Amen, MD (Crown Archetype February 2011)
Cinch! Conquer Cravings, Drop Pounds and Lose Inches by Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD (Harper One January 2011)
Clean & Lean Diet by James Duigan (Kyle Books January 2011)
Crazy Sexy Diet: Eat Your Veggies, Ignite Your Spark and Live Life Like You Mean It! By Kriss Carr (Globe Pequot Press January 2011)
The Dukan Diet by Pierre Dukan, MD (Crown Archetype April 2011)
Full: A Life without Dieting by Michael A. Snyder, MD, FACS (Hay House January 2011)
The Game On! Diet by Krista Vernoff and Az Ferguson (HarperCollins June 2009)
Healthy Eating for Lower Blood Pressure by Paul Gayler with Gemma Heiser, MSc (Kyle Books February 2011)
The Italian Diet by Gino D’Acampo (Kyle Books February 2011)
Living Skinny in Fat Genes: The Healthy Way to Lose Weight and Feel Great by Felicia Stoler, DCN, MS, RD, FACSM (Pegasus Books January 2011)
The New Sonoma Diet: Trimmer Waist, More Energy in Just 10 Days by Connie Guttersen, PhD, RD (Sterling Publishing Company January 2011)
Prevent a Second Heart Attack by Janet Bond Brill, PhD, RD, LDN (Three Rivers Press February 2011)
The Super Health Diet: The Last Diet You Will Ever Need by KC Craichy (Living Fuel Publishing February 2011)

The American Dietetic Association is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. ADA is committed to improving the nation’s health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy. Visit the American Dietetic Association at www.eatright.org.

July 11th, 2011

Food, Not Diet Soda, Makes You Fat

July 7th, 2011

Food, Not Diet Soda, Makes You Fat

Released: 7/1/2011 12:20 PM EDT
Source: Loyola University Health System


Newswise — MELROSE PARK, Ill. – You are making a healthier choice when opting for a diet soda instead of a calorie-laden drink, but beware that you don’t sabotage your good behavior by indulging in fat-adding foods. “I suspect that people are likely drinking those diet sodas to wash down high fat and high-calorie fast food or take-out meals, not as a complement to a healthy meal prepared at home or to quench a thirst after a tough workout, ” says Jessica Bartfield, MD, internal medicine who specializes in weight and nutrition at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital
Dr. Bartfield takes issue with two recent studies were presented at the American Diabetes Association in June that conclude that diet soda negatively impacts your waistline.

One study tracked 474 people, all 65 to 74 years old, for nearly a decade. It measured height, weight, waist circumference and diet soda intake every 3.6 years. The waists of those who drank soft drinks grew 70 percent more than those who did not.

Another study found that after three months of eating food containing aspartame, mice had higher blood sugar levels than rodents who ate regular food. Researchers concluded that aspartame could trigger the appetite but not satisfy it, leading you to eat more in general.

“The association studies are significant and provocative, but don’t prove cause and effect,” says Bartfield who counsels weight-loss patients at the Chicago-area Loyola University Health System. “Although these studies controlled for many factors, such as age, physical activity, calories consumed and smoking, there are still a tremendous number of factors such as dietary patters, sleep, genetics, and medication use that account for the metabolic syndome/weight gain.”

For people trying to lose weight, switiching from sugar-sweetened beverages to diet soda can have a tremendous impact on calorie reduction but Dr. Bartfield feels it comes down to one basic principle. “It still comes down to moderation,” she says. “I caution patients to keep it to one or two diet sodas per day.”

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Dieting Can Make You Fat: New Book Offers Groundbreaking Concepts That Defy Common Thinking

April 4th, 2011

Dieting Can Make You Fat: New Book Offers Groundbreaking Concepts That Defy Common Thinking About Weight Loss
Released: 4/4/2011 6:00 AM EDT
Source: Business School of Happiness

Newswise — According to boomer-generation brother and sister authors Dian Griesel, Ph.D. and Tom Griesel, every well-known diet to date is destined to deliver loss of lean muscle mass, moodiness, disappointment and failure.

Building on an exotic car metaphor, the Griesels provide a compelling alternative to conventional dieting with a new 8-step roadmap to get readers on the road to eliminate excess body fat fast and forever. The roadmap is featured in their new book, TurboCharged: Accelerate Your Fat Burning Metabolism, Get Lean Fast and Leave Diet and Exercise Rules in the Dust (BSH, 2011).

While there are a plethora of books in the “diet/weight loss/exercise” genre, the TurboCharged™ program incorporates a number of distinctions.

Did you know…
• 3-5 mini-strength routines can maintain or reverse loss of muscle mass during dieting?

• that the total time commitment for muscle retention can be accomplish this in only 5 minutes per day?

• eliminating aerobic and other strenuous exercise until a lean state is achieved is crucial to fat loss success?

• aerobics and strenuous weight training are perceived as a threat by the brain and actually cause fat gain?

• that fluids can be used to mimic bariatric surgery?

• specific food groups, based on early human evolution, should not be combined at meals?

In commenting on the book, Harvey Schiller, Ph.D., Brig. Gen., USAF, Ret. and Former CEO of the United States Olympic Committee declares: “Finally a program that allows us to toss the exercise DVDs, failed diet programs, useless equipment and take control of our bodies! TurboCharged is what we’ve all been waiting for: a simple approach to better living and a powerful new lifestyle.”

According to the authors, TurboCharged™ requires no strenuous exercise, supplements or special equipment. The program describes exactly how to train your body to use excess body fat for energy, fast; explains everyday activities that will accelerate fat loss; teaches mini-exercises requiring only 3-5 minutes each day that will trigger fat-burning while strengthening muscle; explains the ideal foods and how to eat them to burn your body fat fast; eliminates any related diet anxiety or moodiness; proves that you are truly getting younger; and provides easy ways to maintain your new lean and healthy body with minimal effort for life.

“We live in a society where we are quite literally eating ourselves to death,” writes Dr. Fred Pescatore, author of The Hamptons Diet, in the Foreword to TurboCharged. “Everyone says they want to ‘lose weight,’ but what we really need is to lose fat. TurboCharged puts the emphasis on body-fat percentage—a true indicator of your state of health and risk for certain food-related diseases, such as heart disease and stroke. The authors’ concept of the land of Leandom and the highway traveling there is a fantastic way to present what every one of us ultimately wants: to be lean and healthy.”

After spending 30 years working with scientific researchers while continuously experimenting with various diets, the Griesels explain why all other diet and exercise advice to date is inherently designed to contribute to the growing epidemic of chronic obesity. TurboCharged introduces groundbreaking concepts that defy common thinking about weight loss, and shares eight simple steps that successfully deliver body-defining rapid fat loss in record time, along with greater health and improved odds of longevity.

Srini Pillay, MD, Harvard psychiatrist and bestselling author of Life Unlocked, said: “I can’t imagine a better way for dieters to develop a healthier relationship with food, ‘TurboCharge’ their body fat loss, rev-up their energy, and stay remarkably youthful. From both a psychological and medical perspective, this one’s the Holy Grail.”

According to Dian Griesel, regardless of your age, current percentage of body fat, or scale weight, you can achieve a lean, awe-inspiring body by becoming “TurboCharged™.” Several testimonials within its pages detail the routes taken by others on their trip to the ultimate destination of “Leandom.”

A Dose of Safflower Oil Each Day Might Help Keep Heart Disease at Bay

March 22nd, 2011

A daily dose of safflower oil, a common cooking oil, for 16 weeks can improve such health measures as good cholesterol, blood sugar, insulin sensitivity and inflammation in obese postmenopausal women who have Type 2 diabetes, according to new research.

This finding comes about 18 months after the same researchers discovered that safflower oil reduced abdominal fat and increased muscle tissue in this group of women after 16 weeks of daily supplementation.

This combination of health measures that are improved by the safflower oil is associated with metabolic syndrome, a cluster of symptoms that can increase risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

These new findings have led the chief researcher to suggest that a daily dose of safflower oil in the diet – about 1 2/3 teaspoons – is a safe way to help reduce cardiovascular disease risk.

“The women in the study didn’t replace what was in their diet with safflower oil. They added it to what they were already doing. And that says to me that certain people need a little more of this type of good fat – particularly when they’re obese women who already have diabetes,” said Martha Belury, professor of human nutrition at Ohio State University and lead author of the study.

“I believe these findings suggest that people consciously make sure they get a serving of healthy oil in their diets each day– maybe an oil and vinegar dressing on a salad, or some oil for cooking. And this recommendation can be extended to everyone.”

The research appears online and is scheduled for future print publication in the journal Clinical Nutrition.

Safflower oil contains linoleic acid, which is a PUFA — a polyunsaturated fatty acid. Research dating back to the 1960s has suggested that these dietary oils from plant sources can help prevent heart disease, said Belury, who holds the Carol S. Kennedy professorship in nutrition. But attention to these fats has declined as omega-3 fish oils have gained popularity among consumers, she said.

“The health benefits of omega-3 PUFAs seem convincing, but I think there’s also a place for omega-6 PUFAs. We’ve known for a long time that polyunsaturated oils are very beneficial for cardiovascular disease prevention, and these data we are adding now show that these oils can also help with other aspects of metabolic syndrome, including even glycemic control,” Belury said. “We suspect it could be through a mechanism that is not yet identified.”

In the first study, published in September 2009, Belury and colleagues had compared the effects of safflower oil and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a compound naturally found in some meat and dairy products, on obese postmenopausal women with Type 2 diabetes. CLA had a reputation from previous studies for contributing to weight loss. Safflower oil’s association with reduced abdominal fat took the researchers by surprise.

For this current research, the scientists performed a secondary analysis of data collected from that clinical trial, applying a powerful statistical analysis to the results and also checking to see how long it took for any effects of the oils to appear in the women’s health profiles. The scientists had taken blood samples every four weeks during the study to obtain these measures.

In almost all cases in this analysis, safflower oil supplementation improved metabolic measures while CLA did not show any effects for glycemic or lipid control. Sixteen weeks of CLA supplementation did reduce total body fat and lowered the women’s body mass index (BMI), a common health measure of weight relative to height.

Several of the beneficial effects of safflower oil were evident after 16 weeks of supplementation. On average among all of the women tested, these included:

– An increase in insulin sensitivity of about 2.7 percent as measured by a formula known as the quantitative insulin-sensitivity check index. Higher insulin sensitivity is important for the transfer of sugar, or glucose, from the blood into the tissues, where it is used for energy. Insulin resistance, or lowered insulin sensitivity, is the hallmark of Type 2 diabetes.

– A small, but significant, .64 percent decrease in a blood protein called HbA1C, which is a marker of long-term presence of excess glucose in the blood.

– A roughly 17.5 percent decrease in C-reactive protein, a protein in the blood that rises in the presence of inflammation. A growing body of research suggests that high levels of this protein increase the risk for a heart attack.

– The researchers had documented in the previous study that safflower oil also lowered fasting blood sugar levels by between 11 and 19 points on average. Blood sugar is considered normal if it falls below 110 milligrams per deciliter; the women’s average blood sugar levels ranged from 129 to 148 after 16 weeks of safflower oil supplementation.

Within 12 weeks, the safflower oil led to a 14 percent increase in HDL, or “good,” cholesterol, as well as an increase in adiponectin, a hormone that regulates levels of blood sugar and fats and which influences insulin levels. Higher levels of adiponectin could be expected to increase the efficiency of dietary fat burning, Belury said.

People with metabolic syndrome generally have three or more of the following conditions: excess fat in the abdominal area, borderline or high blood pressure, cholesterol problems that foster plaque buildup in arteries, insulin resistance or glucose intolerance and a high level of triglycerides, a form of fat in the blood.

At the start of the study, the women were obese and had Type 2 diabetes, low HDL cholesterol and high levels of C-reactive protein and the HbA1c protein. Though in many cases their health measures were still high or low enough at the end of the study to leave them at increased risk for heart disease, Belury said the safflower oil could function as a complementary intervention in combination with medications used to control their disorders.

“We don’t know the long-term effects of safflower oil from this study alone, but I certainly think it’s possible that the risk for cardiovascular problems could be significantly decreased in this high-risk group if supplementation were continued,” Belury said.

She noted that the total dose of dietary oils the women took between their normal diets and the safflower oil supplementation amounted to 9.8 percent of their daily calories – a level that falls within federal guidelines for vegetable oil consumption. The women had been instructed not to change their diets during the study, and self-reports of their food intake showed that their eating habits did not change while they were taking the supplements.

“A small change in eating behavior to alter the fatty acid content of the diet might improve metabolic measures in people already consuming what is considered to be an adequate amount of dietary linoleic acid,” Belury said. “What is needed in our diet is PUFAs to help with cardiovascular disease, the No. 1 killer of men and women in this country.”

Belury is an investigator with the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. This research was also supported by an unrestricted gift from the Cognis Corp., which also provided the supplements; the National Center for Research Resources; the Clinical Research Center at Ohio State; and the National Institutes of Health.

Co-authors of the study include Michelle Asp, Angela Collene, Leigh Norris, Rachel Cole and Michael Stout of the Department of Human Nutrition and Szu-Yu Tang and Jason Hsu of the Department of Statistics, all at Ohio State.

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