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Jessica Alba has revealed that she followed The 321 Baby Bulge Be Gone diet and exercise programme, to get back into shape after her latest pregnancy. The 321 diet, created by personal trainer Ramona Braganza, involves 3 sets of cardio, 2 circuits and 1 core exercises and a low-carb diet regime.
3-2-1 Baby Bulge Be Gone
The grammy winning singer has been reported as being on a vegetarian diet for the past month, along with her boyfriend, in an effort to lose weight. She has also been reported as jogging daily and working with a personal trainer to get in shape.
A health study of over 8,000 young people in the UK, aged between16 and 34, has revealed that up to a third had high blood pressure (hypertension). This condition increases your risk of a heart attack or stroke. Only 25 per cent of those in the study had a normal blood pressure reading. 35% of those tested were in the high risk category and suffering from hypertension. Men were found to be more at risk than women.
Health experts believe that the increased high blood pressure is starting earlier due to teenagers' bad nutrition, obesity, excessive drinking and general lack of exercise. They recommend that young people should be encouraged to get their blood pressure checked regularly, and urge people to recognise that this condition does not only affect the middle-aged.
Viewers of the popular NBC TV programme 'The Biggest Loser', where contestants race to lose the most weight with the help of personal coaches and nutrition experts, can now follow the 'Biggest Loser' weight-loss programme at home with the diet book and online programme. More info:
The Biggest Loser Diet
An Oxford professer has discovered a way to show when your body is actually fat-burning. So eventually, when you are exercising you may be able to do a quick breath test to discover when your body has used up its supply of food energy, and has switched to breaking down fat. This will help dieters exercise to their fat-burning potential and enable them to lose weight more effectively in the future.
When the body starts to burn fat, a molecule called acetone becomes detectable in the breath. This new breath test picks up even minute changes in levels of acetone. The scientists are hoping that this may also lead to a simpler test for diabetic patients, and perhaps eventually replace the need to use blood tests to check blood-sugar levels.
Fat Burning Breath Test
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This controversial and extreme diet, also known as the K.E diet
uses a feeding tube instead of eating for 10 days. It has been reported
that dieters can lose up to 20 pounds with a drip feed of 800 calories
a day of protein, fat and water.
Feeding Tube/K.E Diet
An international study involving 500,000 children, has found links
between eating 3 burgers or more a week and a higher occurrence of
developing asthma. Health experts cannot say it is eating burgers themselves
that increases the risk, it may be a marker for lifestyle, such as
lack of exercise and obesity. However, the research showed that a 'Mediterranean
diet', high in fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and fish
seems to help reduce the risk of children developing asthma. This is
believed to be due to the high levels of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory
elements and vitamins, particularly vitamin C which is known to aid
The introduction of a new US Health Care bill means that chain restaurants, with 20 or more outlets, are now legally required to list calories on menus.
It is believed this will spread to the UK shortly, and will enable us all to know exactly what we are eating in terms of calories.
new US ophthalmic study, involving over 1800 women, has revealed that
those who eat a vitamin and mineral packed diet can reduce their chances
of developing cataracts. Cataracts are one of the main causes of blindness
as we age. A healthy diet, combined with no smoking and avoiding obesity,
can contribute to maintaining healthy eyes.
Eat your greens
To protect your eyes and help prevent vision loss from common age-related conditions, such as, macular degeneration, eat plenty of dark, green leafy green foods - spinach, chard, kale, romaine lettuce and leeks and peas.
These foods are rich in Lutein, a natural antioxidant which can help protect the eye as a natural sun block to the retina, and by neutralizing damaging free radicals.
Other healthy foods for the eye are Omega-3 fatty acids - salmon, herring, mackeral; vitamin C - oranges, grapefruits; vitamin E - almonds, walnuts.
Research has linked drinking cherry juice to aiding muscle repair.
Cherries contain powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds,
called anthocyanins, and are thought to help muscle recovery after
A group of US athletes were studied, and it was discovered that their muscle recovery after strength training was improved by drinking cherry juice concentrate, as opposed to other equally nutritious fruit juices. Scientists are hoping that cherries could help reduce inflammation in conditions like heart disease and arthritis.
Children aged 2-12 years who regularly drink 100% fruit juice are higher in
nutrients, like vitamin C, calcium, potassium, magnesium and dietary fibre,
according to a new study. They are also likely to consume more whole fruit
and grains in their diet. The doctors in the study recomended drinking fruit
juice (only 100%), as it supplies important nutrients during a child's key
growth and development years.
Fruit juice has always been recognised as being a healthy drink, but the high sugar content has restricted many parents choosing it too often for their children, especially with obesity rising in young people. However, the health benefits seem to outweigh this concern. The 100% juice contains fibre and multi vitamins.
The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) have expressed their concern that the Government's policy on healthy drinking limits is misleading. The doctors believe that the guidelines imply that it is safe for people to drink alcohol daily. Official recommendation is that men should have no more than 21 units of alcohol a week, and women no more than14 units.
The RCP agree with the limits, but also believe that drinkers should aim to
have two to three days a week without any alcohol, so their bodies can recover.
Daily drinking with no rest days can increase the chances of damaging the liver,
alcohol dependence and other serious illnesses.
How to reduce alcohol
|Sodium free or salt free - less than 5 mg per serving||
Fat-free - less than 0.5 g per serving
|Very low sodium - 35 mg or less of sodium per serving||
Low saturated fat - 1 g or less per serving, and 15% or less calories from saturated fat
|Low sodium - 140 mg or less of sodium per serving||
Low-fat - 3 g or less per serving
Reduced fat - at least 25% less fat than regular
The DASH diet plan is rich in minerals, such
as: potassium, magnesium and calcium, also protein and fibre. It
is low in saturated fat, salt, sugar and cholesterol, which combined
with a healthy, active lifestyle can help prevent and control high
blood pressure (hypertension).
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(Nov 2010) The government are involving fast food companies with UK health policy. Five 'responsibility deal' networks with business have been set up and they will be invited to come up with health policies, aimed at tackling diet and health problems. Various campaign groups have expressed their concern that such an alliance between big businesses and government could create a conflict of interest between public health and profits.
A US study, involving 474 people over 10 years, has found that drinking diet drinks does not seem to help with weight loss.
In fact, the effect is opposite - diet soft drink consumers were found to have a 70 percent greater increase in waist circumference than non consumers.
Heavy use of diet drinks in a diet was found to increase weight increase by around 500 percent. However, the study did not include details of the participants lifestyle and diet, but health experts believe that those consuming a lot of diet drinks generally tend to have a less healthy diet.
Low-calorie and diet drinks contain artificial sweeteners, like saccharine and aspartame to replace the sugars.
It has been reported that reality TV star, Kerry Katona, puts her recent weight-loss down to her 'Divorce Diet' and exercise. She has apparently dropped 3 stone since splitting up with her husband. This is not a diet choice that many will be following.
A US study has found that drinking water, just before a meal, reduces the calorie intake by 75-90 calories.
The researchers studied a group of 48 adults, aged 55 to 75 years old.They all ate a low-calorie diet, but half drank 2 glasses of water just before their meals.
After 12 weeks those that drank the water before meals lost on average about five more pounds than the other group.
Researchers are currently studying links between the speed you consume food and success with weight-loss. Research has shown that those who eat their food slowly tend to consume less calories, and usually weigh less than those who eat quickly. The study also revealed that men consumed around 80 calories per minute, while women ate about 52 calories per minute.
It is thought that eating slowly gives the brain a chance to register the intake of food, helping you to avoid overeating. Faster eaters tend to take bigger mouthfuls and chew less. Japanese research has already suggested that appetite can be suppressed by eating food slowly. The study will examine in detail whether the speed of eating can affect the appetite, and how much energy is burnt in the process.
A recent Netherlands study, involving 200 women, has shown that even a small
amount of weight-loss can help prevent osteoarthritis. The group were studied
over 2 years and only lost on average
7 poundswith a diet and exercise program. Out of this group only 19%, as compared to 25% of the control group, went on to develop osteoarthritis.
Another study, involving 454 obese men and women who already had knee arthritis,
has shown that lifestyle changes, such as diet and exercise, can help control
the progression of osteoarthritis. The study, lasting 18months, split the volunteers
into 3 groups: diet only, exercise only and diet plus exercise.
All experienced pain reduction, but the diet and exercise group had a 50% reduction in pain, and one-third of this group reported little or no pain.Their walking speed was also increased the most of all the groupsand they also had a greater reduction in inflammation.
A medical study, involving obese mice on a high-fat diet, has found that it isn't only excess weight that causes the pain of osteoarthritis; exercise alone can improve the symptoms of this inflammatory disease.
Gaining extra pounds can increase the risk of osteoarthritis, but regular exercise could slow the progression of the disease.
Eating peppers and chillies can help you to lose weight - it's been scientifically
Research from a top American university has revealed fruit and vegetables containing 'capsaicin' really can increase your metabolism and so burn off more calories, if you are following a low-calorie diet. The study also showed that capsaicin can actually 'oxidise' layers of fat by getting the body to use more fat as fuel.
incorporating fresh chillies and peppers into your daily diet can be helpful
towards achieving steady weight loss. Other studies of Capsaicin have found
evidence that it can lower 'bad cholesterols' (LDLs - Low-density lipoproteins),
but raises 'good cholesterol' levels (HDLs - High-density lipoproteins).
Capsaicin is already used in pain-relieving topical ointments for muscle and joint pain and for conditions such as arthritis. It is believed to reduce a chemical involved in transmitting pain impulses to the brain.
For those dieters who can't take the heat of chillies there are other plants that produce a non-burning type of capsaicin called dihydrocapsiate (DCT), and it is believed that this could have the benefits of peppers without the heat.
Chilli beans and tortillas
Chilli chicken with broccoli
The first diet pill to be approved by the FDA ( US Food and Drug Administration) in 13 years is to be made available on prescription for the obese, or overweight with at least one medical complication, such as diabetes or high cholesterol. Arena Pharmaceutical's anti-obesity pill Belviq, known generically as lorcaserin, is designed to be used responsibly in combination with a healthy diet and lifestyle. The drug should be made available in early 2013.
If dieters fail to lose 5% of their body weight after three months they are advised to stop taking Belviq, as it is unlikely to work for them. Recognised side effects of the drug include migraine, depression and memory lapses.
A US study has linked lower temperatures with the formation of brown adipose tissue, which burns white fat molecules in the bloodstream in order to heat up the body. Scientists believe that adults no longer have as much brown adipose fat, due to our homes being heated throughout the cold seasons.
Prolonged exposure to cold is thought to convert white harmful fat to brown fat-burning adipose tissue. If the body is cold it will produce its own energy to warm it, and so burn more calories.
A report has suggested a link between the chemical phosphate
in many fizzy drinks and premature ageing. The study
was carried out using mice, so there is no conclusive
evidence yet to suggest this applies to humans. It has
however prompted medical investigation into the effect
of excess phosphate on health.
It is also debatable whether the levels of phosphate in fizzy drinks are high enough to affect health. Fizzy drinks are already not a healthy option, due to their high sugar and calories.
A new survey shows that the French are losing their
much-envied place as the slim nation of Europe.
Changes in eating and work habits and the widespread adoption of a fast-food lifestyle mean that 15 per cent of French people are classed as obese, with almost one third officially overweight. The Brits still weigh in as the heaviest nation in Europe with British women the heaviest, and men the second heaviest after Malta according to EU figures.
HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) diet, although in the
news as a popular weight-loss programme, is not a new diet,
it has been around since the 50s. HCG is a pregnancy related
hormone that affects the hypothalamus (the area of the
brain that affects metabolism), which in pregnancy brings
nutrients to the placenta by using fat stores.
On the HCG diet daily injections of HCG, combined with a very low calorie diet of 500 calories, causes the metabolism to burn more fat and it is claimed can help you lose around 1-3 pounds per day. Some use a couple of drops of HCG on the tongue. Side effects ranging from headaches and dizziness to blood clots, have been reported in some people on this diet. Such a low calorie intake can affect stores of protein, muscle and vital organs.
This is a short-term crash diet, which is never a good idea, as you are far more likely to lose weight successfully and keep it off if you adopt a healthy diet and incorporate some exercise into your lifestyle. The prospect of daily injections is enough to put most people off trying this diet!
Studies, involving 1,000 pensioners, have shown that older people are
less likely to suffer hip fractures, if they eat more protein in their
daily diets. Protein is already recognised as helping to strengthen muscles,
and it is thought these help reinforce bones when subjected to a fall and
a possible hip injury. A protein rich diet is also believed to be linked
to higher bone density, which is important in older people, as this can
gradually decrease with age, such as in conditions like osteoporosis.
Try these delicious protein recipes:
Chicken and peppers in black bean sauce
Chilli chicken with broccoli
Grilled chicken breast
A recent Columbia University study has revealed that women
can ignore a 10 per cent increase in their man's body mass index, as long
as it is accompanied by higher earnings.
A researcher has created a formula: for every 10 per cent increase in their BMI, single men must increase their annual salary by 2 per cent to compete in the dating game. Money and power it seems does make men more attractive to women. The study found women can offset weight gain with partners by becoming more educated.
Janet Jackson has become the new spokeswoman for Nutrisystem - a weight-loss programme with home delivered packaged meals. She lost 10 pounds in just over a month, and has been reported as finding the eating plan helpful with keeping her weight under control. For many years she has battled weight fluctuations.
Actress and former "Dancing With the Stars" contestant Kirstie Alley dropped 100 pounds and went down an amazing 10 dress sizes. She now runs her own weight loss and diet programme - Organic Liasons, supplying formulas specifically developed to reduce cravings, increase energy, promote relaxation and aid rest.
Her plan involves eating six small organic meals a day, along with supplements and exercising for an hour daily. The diet products are only offered online and online membership is required. Actress, Kelly Preston has been reported as having lost her extra weight after pregnancy, by following the
Kirstie launched a campaign to help people lose weight by dancing for 100 days. Every day from January 1st 2012 there was a dance video from Kirstie online, to help encourage fun and healthy exercise.
A study by the University of Chicago has discovered that lack of sleep can increase the production of the hormone Ghrelin.
Ghrelin is an appetite-stimulating hormone which is mainly released by
the stomach. When ghrelin levels increase so does your hunger, which is
not good news for dieters!
So we all need our beauty sleep to stay slim.
When those involved in the study were only allowed 4 hours sleep their ghrelin levels were found to be around 28% higher than those volunteers who slept for the normal 8 hours. The news that effortless sleeping can help to keep you slim must be good news to dieters!
A recent US study has found that it is how much you eat that matters, rather than what you eat.
Merely adjusting your diet's components of protein, fat and carbohydrates will not enable you to lose weight. The body will build fat if it has excess calories, regardless of whether they are from protein or carbs. The participants of the study were put on low, medium and high-protein diets and all put on weight, despite expectations that a high-protein diet would increase weight loss.
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A new US study has revealed that losing even a small amount of weight can cut overweight postmenopausal women's risk of breast cancer. 439 women were studied and it was discovered that weight loss reduces the fat tissue from producing oestrogen and other hormones which can increase the risk of breast cancer.
Exercise in combination with dieting further reduced the women's hormone
levels, although the study stated that exercise may lower a woman's risk
by other means than lowering hormones. Research scientists calculated that
even a 5% loss of body weight could lower the breast cancer risk by 22%.
2 day diet lowers breast cancer risk