March 2019

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.  


Why cutting fats is not the answer for weight loss?

An explanation of dietary fat and weight loss

Whether you are trying to lose weight, lower your blood cholesterol levels, or simply eat healthier, you may want to limit total fat intake, but you need to understand that fats are a vitally important part of your diet.  In fact, many of the processes of our body require them to function.  Not all fats are created equal, and some types are healthier than others. Choosing to eat healthier fats from lean meats or vegetable sources is the right choice.  In fact, most animal fats may increase your risk of heart attack, stroke, and other major health problems.  


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.  


Recipe: Dark Cherry Flax Smoothie

Dark Cherry Flax Smoothie

This recipe combines healthy fats from chia seeds and flax meal.  Flax meal is high in fiber and 73% of the fat is polyunsaturated.  I have added a base of Fairlife milk and kefir.  The fruit is simply 140 grams of unsweetened frozen raspberries.  This simple smoothie has enough fiber and protein to keep you full all morning long.  


List: Twenty-four ways to eat chia seeds

Twenty-four Ways to Eat Chia Seeds

Chia seeds have come a long way since being introduced in 1977 as a house botanical garden that you plant on a clay head or pet.  Since then, they have been sold in many forms from the likeness of Garfield the cat to President Obama’s and just about anything in between.  These fast-growing seeds have amazed many a child and created both a plant and humor.   Today, they become sold as a superfood in many of the products we consume and by themselves.


Progress Report: 15 March 2019

Fridays are made for time off.

This week I have lost another 1 pounds of fat loss and I have not really worked that hard to lose it.  I now weight about 222 and I need to lose about 7 pounds in 4 weeks.  The weight may seem stagnant if I just looked at the scale, but my pants definitely fit better and I have lost 2% body fat in a week.


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. 


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