Monday Feb, 11 2013 The Strange Reason Diet Soda Makes You Fat Want one reason for your beer belly? How about 100 quintillion? That’s about how many bacteria live in your gut. And scientists now believe these bacteria can have a significant impact on your weight. Consuming high amounts of fructose (a type of sugar), artificial sweeteners, and sugar alcohols (another type of low-calorie sweetener) cause your gut bacteria to adapt in a way that interferes with your satiety signals and metabolism, according to a new paper in Obesity Reviews. The Science of Soda: What’s Really in Your Diet Coke? “An evolution of the gut flora to this new sweetener-rich environment has a potential to negatively impact our health,” says Amanda Payne, Ph.D., lead author of the review. How does that happen? As bacteria in the gut process food, they give off byproducts called short-chain fatty acids. These can be beneficial and serve as energy in the body. But as the sweetener-adapted bacteria thrive and become more efficient at processing large amounts of high-fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, and sugar alcohols, they also produce more and more short-chain fatty acids. (Not to imply that sugar is any better than artificial sweeteners.) In those high amounts, Payne says, short-chain fatty acids decrease satiety signals. “This signaling may cause disruptions in our feeling full and hence prevent us from stopping to eat when we should,” Payne says. As if overeating isn’t enough, the short-chain fatty acids also promote inflammation in the lining of the gut. Just how? Scientists aren’t yet sure. But they do know that inflammation damages gut tissue and results in leaky gut syndrome. Pleasant as it sounds, it means bacteria leak through that damaged gut tissue into the blood stream and cause further inflammation there. That’s a serious problem that can lead to insulin resistance and an increased risk for coronary artery disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. This could partly explain the link researchers have found between drinking diet soda and being overweight. In one study, people who drank two or more diet sodas a day had five times the increase in waist circumference over a 10-year period compared to people who didn’t drink any diet soda. There are a few explanations for the findings. Maybe people drink more diet soda because they’re trying to lose weight. Calorie-free sweetness may also confuse the brain into craving more sugar. As for your gut, at this point it’s not clear if one diet soda a day is less damaging to the gut flora than ten. “I will say from a personal perspective that I don’t drink sodas—diet or regular—and I rarely eat processed foods, especially if they have high-fructose corn syrup listed on their label,” Payne says. Your best bet is to consume products containing these sweeteners in moderation, and drink mostly water. For gut flora to thrive, eat a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.* *Source Men’s Health Diabetes and Weight Loss: Finding the Right Path If you've got diabetes, losing weight can get you off insulin and other medications. Create a safe diabetes weight loss plan with the help of our experts. There's no question about it: If you're overweight and have type 2 diabetes, dropping pounds lowers your blood sugar, improves your health, and helps you feel better but before you start a diabetes weight loss plan, it's important to work closely with your doctor or diabetes educator - because while you're dieting, your blood sugar, insulin, and medications need special attention. Recommended Related to Diabetes Diabetes Care at Home We want you to live well with type 2 diabetes. In doing so, you need to learn ways to take care of your diabetes every day. This article will review many of the safe and effective remedies for diabetes care at home. These remedies allow you to manage your diabetes just like you manage other parts of your life such as your work, household chores, and family budget. In taking the appropriate steps for diabetes care at home, you can feel a sense of control about your illness. Here are a few diabetes tips. Read the Diabetes Care at Home article > > Make no mistake -- you're on the right path. "No matter how heavy you are, you will significantly lower your blood sugar if you lose some weight," says Cathy Nonas, MS, RD, a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association and a professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. A National Institutes of Health study found that a combination of diet and exercise cuts the risk of developing diabetes by 58%. The study involved people who were overweight (average body mass index of 34) and who had high -- but not yet diabetic -- blood sugar levels. "We know it's true -- that if someone with diabetes loses 5% to 10% of their weight, they will significantly reduce their blood sugar," Nonas tells WebMD. "We see it all the time: people can get off their insulin and their medication," she says. "It's wonderful. It shows you how interwoven obesity and diabetes are." Even losing 10 or 15 pounds has health benefits, says the American Diabetes Association. It can: · Lower blood sugar · Reduce blood pressure · Improve cholesterol levels · Lighten the stress on hips, knees, ankles, and feet Plus, you'll probably have more energy, get around easier, and breathe easier. On a Diabetes Weight Loss Plan, Watch for Changes in Blood Sugar Cutting back on just one meal can affect the delicate balance of blood sugar, insulin, and medication in your body. So it's important to work with an expert when you diet. Check with your doctor before starting a diabetes weight loss plan, then consult with a diabetes educator or nutritionist, advises Larry C. Deeb, MD, a diabetes specialist in Tallahassee, Fla. and president-elect of the American Diabetes Association. "Don't try to lose weight on your own," says Deeb. "With a doctor and a good nutritionist, it's very safe to do. This is very important if you're taking insulin or medications."

Tuesday 21st August 2012

Portion control is a critical part of successful weight loss and weight management. Our Portion Size Plate gives you easy-to-understand guidelines to help you avoid some common portion-size pitfalls.

Tuesday 14th August 2012

5 Food Synergy Secrets for Weight Loss Healthy food habits that can give you a weight loss edge.
1. Go for Whole Grains. Whole grains have plenty of nutritional synergy between their different components. And they just might be part of America's weight loss solution
2. Load Up on Fruits and Vegetables. What do fruits and vegetables have that typical fast food and junk food does not have? More water, fiber, and key nutrients -- but fewer calories. This makes them one of the best ways to lower your diet's "energy density" (that is, to eat more food that is low in calories in relation to its volume) and increase "nutrient density" (to add foods that are high in nutrients in relation to volume).
3.Eat Vegetarian Meals More Often. People following vegetarian diets tend to weigh less than meat-eaters, according to one review study. The researchers, who looked at data from 87 studies, found that the body weight of vegetarians is, on average, 3% to 20% lower than that of meat-eaters
4. Include Low-Fat Dairy or Soy Milk in Your Diet. A healthy diet that includes 2-3 servings a day of low-fat or nonfat dairy may help promote weight loss, perhaps even in the midsection. High-calcium, low-calorie diets have been shown to help reduce body fat and preserve muscle mass, but some experts suspect that other components in dairy foods may also contribute to this effect
5. Drink Green Tea. Some research indicates that green tea may trigger weight loss by stimulating the body to burn calories and mildly decrease body fat, possibly through catechins, a type of phytochemical. The phytochemicals in tea have a half-life of a few hours, so have one cup now, and another later in the day to get the biggest benefit. When deciding which green tea to buy (there are some great flavored options on the market), remember your nose always knows. If a tea bag smells delicious, that's how it will usually taste when brewed
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Obesity-Linked Diabetes in Children Resists Treatment Type 2 diabetes is taking an even worse toll on America’s youth than medical experts had realized. There has been a direct correlation between obesity in children and type 2 diabetes and the disease seems to progress more rapidly and be harder to treat the younger a person is. Before the 1990s, type 2 was hardly ever seen in children and although it is not common there has been an increase. There is speculation that the rason why the disease is so hard to control in children and teenagers is because of changes that take place in their bodies at puberty. The longer a person has the disease, the greater the risk of heart disease, eye problems, nerve damage and amputations. So in theory, people who develop diabetes as children may suffer its complications much earlier in life than previous generations who became diabetic as adults.
Monday April, 1 2013
Thursday June 20, 2013 AMA Decares Obesity Is A Disease On Monday the AMA made the decision to finally classify obesity as a disease. Here at New Directions Physicians Weight Loss we have recognized this for a long time. When people are sick they typically depend on their doctor to help them diagnose the problem and prescribe a prescription or program to help them get better. That is why we have been so successful for so many of our patients. We not only diagnose the problem and provide tools to help the problem, but also help you to learn how to eat healthy after the weight is gone. In today’s busy society it is very difficult to eat healthy on the run without becoming educated on where the pitfalls are and how to avoid them. We provide this information to you so you can make that lifestyle change for a slimmer healthier you.
Carbs and Sugars Can Affect Your Brain Just Like Some Drugs. There have been reports in the news recently that link high carb or high-glycemic foods to reactions in the brain that are similar to effects that some additictive drugs have on the brain. The evidence points to the fact that the brain responds to the absence of these foods after about four hours. The section of the brain that responds is the area of the brain that has long been linked to addictive behavior and reward and craving sensations and clearly shows greater activity with high carb foods vs. low carb foods when viewed using an mri. Our program is based on eating healthier low carb or complex carbohydrate foods and other behavioral changes. We strive to not only help you identify where your problem areas are, but also teach you how to maintain your weight loss with or without our help in the future.
Monday July 15, 2013