Some people do not like green tea – it takes a while to get used to. However, here is some news about black tea vs green tea in aiding weight loss. See a previous post about green and black tea HERE.
Check out this 28 minute video that tells us what the author of The Blue Zones found out from his experiences with the longest living people of the world. Some interesting lessons emerge (it’s not so much about food).
Amazing !! Will this be a trend? Will more companies see that some changes are needed in our present food culture? Maybe.
The news continues to warn about the extensive use of glyphosate. While its carcinogenicity still remains to be determined, there are other health concerns about its extensive use. There are so many questions and biases about the production and use of the herbicide from both sides of the issue. Have the research findings been suppressed by the industry? Have they have been altered by the corporations that produce it? That depends on which side one believes. It is extremely hard to find an unbiased opinion about an important topic regarding our food supply.
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Since we are a nation obsessed by weight loss, it is so important to realize that chronic dieting itself can make some people overweight or obese as a result. There are many reasons why our bodies resist weight loss and more than likely it is due to a fear of starvation. This involves the neuro-endocrine system and we have many mechanisms to prevent this threat to our existence.
This is more than likely involving our set -points defined as “a level at which body fat or body weight seems to resist change despite changes in energy intake or output.” The set point for each of us is largely determined by genes. Signals related to food intake affect hunger and satiety (feeling of fullness) over short time periods while signals from the adipose tissue trigger the brain to adjust to both food intake and energy expenditure for long-term regulation. The two primary hormones involved are ghrelin and leptin. Ghrelin is a peptide hormone produced by the stomach that stimulates food intake and leptin is a peptide hormone produced by fat cells that signals information about the amount of body fat. The interactions are complex and better left to more academic discussions than in this blog post.
If you diet frequently, you should understand some of the implications of these interactions. The following article is a long read but it is important to know the facts – the best action is to prevent weight gain if possible so that we do not have to deal with its effects later on.
Weight management is possible by putting into practice the following simple suggestions.
Balance your intake and output, for example, weight yourself once a week; if the number goes up, cut down your calories.
Cut down on calories, e.g. bring your own lunch rather than eating out.
Don’t get too hungry – fill up on high fiber foods.
Increase activity – Take a walk during lunch break or after dinner.
Avoid fad diets – they only lead to the problem.
An article from Women’s Health provides sound and simple advice for weight loss that often gets missed or ignored when one follows fad diets. You have probably heard of most of these tried and true suggestions before, but when you put them all together, they just make a lot of good sense. No fads, just the facts based on evidence.
I might add to be aware of portion sizes. Follow the rules of measuring or estimating portions by using your hands: a fist = 1 cup; a cupped hand = 1/2 cup; a meat serving (3 oz) is about the size of your palm; a tablespoon = your thumb and a teaspoon = the tip of your thumb. There is no need to weigh foods on a scale. Keeping a food diary or journal is also a helpful idea to increase awareness of what you actually eat each day.
How many times have we heard this advice? Get your nutrients from foods, not supplements. When there is any effect, more than likely it is working through the placebo effect. As a general rule, if you eat less than 1200 kcal a day, you may consider taking a multivitamin/multi-mineral supplement. Also if you are a vegan, you should consider getting your vitamin B12 from fortified foods. A B12 deficiency is more likely due to a problem from poor absorption rather than from a low intake alone. Even though vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin, blatant deficiency is rare because the body stores and reuses it efficiently. Check with your doctor about your vitamin B12 status and diet supplement use especially if you are elderly or on a restricted diet of any kind.