Research

Research: What makes a difference in weight loss?

Self-monitoring is can make a difference in weight loss success

Weight-loss should focus on building behaviors that will not only result in weight loss but also lead to life-long change that will prevent weight regain.  In the past, changes such as calorie counting, carb counting, physical activity, and daily self-weighing have been suggested.   These self-monitoring techniques should result in weight loss and prevent regain but the research on the effectiveness of the self-monitoring techniques is very limited.

 


Research: Economic incentives to increase weight loss

Economic incentives may increase weight loss.

Obesity and obesity-related illness are at near epidemic levels in the United States and other parts of the World.   The prevalence of overweight and obesity patients has more than doubled in the past three decades, leading to rising costs to treat a non-communicable disease associated with treated the illnesses associated with being overweight.  

 

Research: Does protein quality reduce energy intake during a weight loss diet plan?

Protein quality can affect your energy intake.  

Today, many nutritional experts are recommending a return to eating foods that are less processed.  Processed food reduces the nutritional quality of the food by removing parts of the nutrients such as vitamins and minerals or the nondigestible fiber.  The act of processing the foods makes them more palatable but reduced the quality by removing some of the most important parts. Many of these new experts are missing an important part of the recommendation and that is to just increase the quality of the food you eat.  

 

Research: CPAP and Weight loss

Will CPAP Use help with Weight Loss?

Obesity is an important risk factor for the development of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and we know that weight loss can reduce apnea severity or even lead to a resolution in some patients.  Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a chronic condition that is characterized by repeated episodes of airway collapse while breathing.  These collapses are often associated with snoring and intermittent low levels of oxygen or hypoxia. 

 

Weight loss tip: Add omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3: An Appetite Suppressant? 

There is no such thing as a sure thing or a magic bullet when it comes to weight loss.  Around the globe, obesity and obesity-related illnesses represent a major public health challenge. The prognosis for citizens of the United States is exceptionally poor.  Unfortunately, There is no sunrise on the horizon and the prognosis is getting worse for children, adolescents, and adults alike across the United States.  Bulging waistlines represent a major risk to the future prosperity and the only cure is to make life long changes in our activity and diet. There are something you can do to help with weight loss and suppressing your appetite.   Omega-3 fish oil supplementation seems to be a safe and appears effective option that can help with this endeavor. 

 

Research: Buckwheat may promote satiety

Buckwheat combined with satiety increases satiety.

Nearly every dieter is looking for that magic gun that will reduce their dietary intake and promote weight loss.  Researchers have long pointed to a diet rich in whole grains as a potential panacea toward weight loss and maintenance.  Whole grains have been linked to multiple beneficial health outcomes, including cardiovascular health, weight loss, and a decreased risk of acquiring type 2 diabetes. While wheat is considered a dominant grain crop in Canada and the United States, other minor crops, including gluten-free buckwheat, become popular alternatives to wheat products such as couscous.  Many of the other grains are considered to be healthier alternatives to wheat because of the higher fiber and lower gluten content.  You can quickly figure out why Buckwheat might be superior to wheat for weight control.

 

Research: Soy protein also increases satiety

Soy protein induces satiety similar to animal sources.  

There are many studies that show that a plant-based diet can help you live longer and healthier.  Plant-based protein tends to be higher in carbohydrates and fiber.  Plant-based protein also tends to be of lower quality unless you acquire it from multiple sources.  These statements may lead medical providers to recommend that patients not partake in a weight loss program while dieting because every calorie counts and there is some evidence to indicate that it will take more to get the total amino acid requirements to meet your nutritional needs.  More food will lead to more calories, and this would be more difficult to lose weight.  If you stick to a lower calorie count, it might be fair to assume that you might have less satiety.  

 

Weight loss tip: Add color to your food and plate

Color Up Your Food and Dinner Plate for Weight Loss

When I started to research this as a topic after reading an article on colors of plates and weight loss, I thought this topic is crazy.  The color of a plate is not going to cause someone to lose weight.  What inherent property would a colored plate have that could introduce weight loss?  It is not going to post your metabolism.  Then it hit me.  I had a class in advertising and psychology in college that discussed colors and what emotions they cause.  It is possible.

 

Research: Frequency, not amount lowers cravings

The frequency of foods consumption can lower cravings.

We all crave certain foods and the craving of these foods can be near to impossible to avoid consumption.  A food craving is simply an intense desire for a specific food and they differ from person to person.  Food cravings are thought to be the result of social conditioning with the consumption of certain foods.  One person may crave salty foods and another may want something sweet.  This desire can seem uncontrollable and the hunger may not be satisfied until they get that particular food.  The question has always been how do we limit of control cravings?  

 

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