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Research: Can garcinia cambogia suppress leptin and help with weight loss?

Garcinia Cambogia is likely ineffective.

If you pick up a checkout counter magazine, there is not or listened to Dr. Oz on TV, you know about Garcinia cambogia.   Garcinia cambogia (malabar tamarind, bitter kola) is a herb or supplement that is all the rage for weight loss.  This plant source for this herb is abundantly in the evergreen forests of Konkan in South India.  In fact, I wrote an article about it: Supplements: Garcinia Cambogia Extract.  In this article, I high lighted the risks and suggested that probably safe was not worth the benefit of the mild temporary weight loss.  

 


Research: New study on soda taxes.

Soda taxes reduce sales in Philadelphia by sending buyers to neighboring areas.  

In prior posts, I have been quite skeptical of sin taxes such as sugar or soda taxes.  I personally think that they will hurt those who can barely afford them and drive people to buy them elsewhere.  I wrote about it in Sugar Tax: Would it decrease obesity?  I also believe that it might reduce sales, and that is supported by my article entitled “Soda Taxes Can Change Behavior.”  So what does the new research show?  

 


Research: Eating breakfast is not good for weight loss

Eating a breakfast every day may not be a good plan for weight loss.  

Eating breakfast may be a common practice to lose weight and maintain a healthy weight.  In fact, cereal companies have pushed this myth for decades to get you to include their products into your diet.  The problem with the first meal of the day is that research keeps debunking it.  I have written an article on the link between eating breakfast and a slim waistline.  This claim that breakfast is the key to losing weight is like poorly conceived and is only correlation and not causation.  

 

Research: Does wellness in the workplace work?

Employee health program can be an effective means to increase healthy habits.  

 

Research: Web Support for Weight-Loss

Web support is a useful option to assist with weight loss.   

Obesity is a massive epidemic worldwide, but it is notably worse in the United States.  The cost of therapy for treatment is often too high and too ineffective to justify funding by some insurance companies.   If researchers could find an effective mechanism for the treatment that could reach more and be more cost-effective, it could warrant funding insurance and reach more people.  

 

Research: Fiber and energy density and the effects on weight loss.

Diets with a lower fiber intake and caloric density appear superior for weight loss. 

Little is known about the effects of a low caloric density diets on weight loss and maintenance.  It makes sense that a diet that is lower in calories and higher in fiber will result in weight loss because lower density should result in lower calories per volume eaten.   Diets are often designed to meet prescribed macronutrient targets.  An example would be a high-protein diet which often suggests a protein intake of over 40%.   The question persists as to whether individuals can actually achieve the specified levels and if they will result in weight loss.  

 

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