Saturday, 21 July 2018

Fat, not carbs, is directly linked to weight gain


  • The research looked at mice on 30 different types of diets. The result of the research found that the mice on a high-fat, low-carb diet gained the most weight, while mice on a low-carb diet actually gained no weight at all.
  • The findings suggest that trendy high-fat, low-carb diets might not be effective at helping you lose weight — but is that actually true?If you're trying to lose weight, you've probably jumped on the low-carb diet bandwagon at one point or another. Many weight loss gurus have claimed that cutting down carbs and increasing your fat intake can help you lose weight. This has contributed to the increasing popularity of diets like the keto diet, which suggests that if you stick to a high-fat, low-carb diet, your body will go into ketosis, thus prompting you to shed more pounds. But a new study suggests this might not be the case.
The study which was published this month in Cell Metabolism, from the University of Aberdeen and the Chinese Academy of Sciences found that mice who ate high-fat diets gained more weight over a three-month period than mice who ate high-carbohydrate diets. Surprisingly, the mice on high-carbohydrate diets did not gain weight at all.
Conclusion
 According to the researchers, eating fat is the only thing that made mice gain weight.

Friday, 20 July 2018

5 high calorie foods that can make you lose weight

 

man drinking milk from carton
Full-fat milk isn't as bad for you as people once thought.
For much of the 20th century, low-calorie and low-fat diets were touted as the best method for weight loss.
But in reality, counting calories isn't always the best way to lose weight. According to the Independent, many foods marketed as low-calorie can be unsatisfying, making it difficult to maintain a strict low-calorie lifestyle. Not to mention, many foods marketed as low-calorie options are devoid of nutrition and unhealthy in the long run.
Foods with more calories aren't necessarily unhealthy — some of them are so high in calories because they contain nutrients. They're also often more filling, so adding some high-calorie health foods into your diet might keep you from snacking.
The following foods are relatively high in calories, and may have even been shunned by weight loss advocates in the past — but they could actually aid weight loss.
Keep in mind, though, that not all high-calorie foods are created equal. The foods on this list are rarely overeaten for a reason: they're largely unprocessed and incredibly filling. The same can't be said for a high-calorie donut or cheeseburger so you should still enjoy those sparingly.
 

Egg yolks don't deserve their bad reputation.

Don't disregard the yolks.
Conventional wisdom held that because egg yolks contained much of the fat and cholesterol content of the egg, they were the enemy of dieters everywhere.
Today, we've realized that while the yolk, according to the USDA, is the most caloric part of the egg (it has 55 calories compared to the white's 17), that's because it's the part of the egg that holds all the nutrition.
Egg yolks contain vitamin B12, phosphorus, iron, folate, and lutein. Some of these vitamins and minerals are hard to find in other foods, making the egg yolk a staple of a healthy diet.
For weight loss purposes, the egg is handy because of its high fat and protein counts. These compounds make eggs more filling than many other foods with similar amounts of fat and protein. Plus, according to the USDA, one egg has only 0.56 grams of sugar, meaning eggs are unlikely to spike your insulin and cause you to become hungry later on.
And before you insist that eggs belong on a bad-food list because of their fat and cholesterol content, here's some good news: Dr. Joseph Mercolatold HuffPost that cholesterol and fat have been unfairly demonized for years. The truth about dietary cholesterol's effect on cholesterol in the blood is much more complicated than previously believed.

Avocados are a healthy, filling snack.

The fruit can be used to make any meal filling.
It's hard to believe that millennials' favorite brunch staple was once placed on the "avoid" lists of so many diets. According to the USDA, avocados are quite highly caloric and high-fat for a plant-based food, which turned many nutritionists off. But their low-sugar, high-fat and high-protein breakdown makes them a great diet food.
According to Women's Health Magazine, avocados have high levels of potassium, which may help reduce bloating. Their high-fat content makes them super filling. Plus, their monounsaturated fat content makes them a vital tool in combating heart disease and bad cholesterol, according toMayo Clinic.
 

Oils and butter are filling and satisfying, in moderation.

Just be sure to eat it in moderation.
Oils and butter have been demonized for decades, and some of their detractors might have a point: foods that are fried in oil could increase risks of diabetes, heart disease, weight gain, and more, according to research done by Harvard University.
There are few studies on oil's direct connection to weight loss, but anecdotal evidence proves that many people are finding success by adding butter and oil to their meals, most notoriously to their coffee. But a small amount of grass-fed butter or unheated oil can add fat to your meal can make your meal much more satisfying.
One study shows that if you're going to add a butter or oil to your diet, your best bet might be medium-chain triglyceride oil. MCT oil was found to be more satisfying than coconut oil or vegetable oil, and study respondents reported feeling full for three hours longer after consuming MCT oil.

Eat full-fat dairy to lose weight.

If you're going to eat dairy, eat it full-fat.
Dairy might not be for everyone. Some scientists say it might not even be necessary for a balanced diet, while others have found that a diet rich in cheeses can help you lose weight, as reported by The Telegraph. You might not be down with dairy, but if you are going to eat it and hope to lose weight, you should probably make it full-fat.
While skim milk used to be the preferred dairy product of dieters, it's now been found that consumption of full-fat dairy is actually linked to a lower rate of obesity, according to NPR. Low-fat milk has been linked not only to weight stagnation butweight gain. If that's not a good reason to swap your sad zero-fat string cheese for some sharp, full-fat cheddar, I don't know what is.
 

Nuts will fill you up quickly.

Perhaps it's the crunch that keeps you from eating too much.
Nuts are another wholesome, naturally occurring food that was considered fattening for years. They pack an insane caloric punch in terms of mass, but they're super filling.
This isn't only due to their protein, fat, and fiber content, but could also be because of their texture. Nutrition scientist Richard Mattes speculated to the New York Times that they might be especially filling because of how crunchy they are. That satisfying crunch could send signals to your brain that you're full, he said.
As a bonus, they have been linked to a lower risk of heart disease.
Credit: this is insider.com

Thursday, 19 July 2018

What happens when obese women lose weight before conception?

What happens when obese women lose weight before conception?

 
In a bid to determine how weight loss prior to pregnancy affects maternal and fetal health a new Michigan Medicine clinical trial are now enrolling participants.
Pregnancy
 
It has already been established that a woman’s overall health before conception can impact her pregnancy and the health of her fetus.
“Half of all pregnant women in the United States are overweight or obese, increasing the mother’s risk of pregnancy complications, including gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, fetal anomalies, premature birth, C-section and fetal demise,” says Amy Rothberg, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of endocrinology at Michigan Medicine.
“The infants of these mothers also carry a lifetime risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease.”
What Rothberg is now doing is leading a new clinical trial to investigate what happens when obese women lose weight before conception.
“Evidence proposes that the origins of obesity start at the earliest stages of human development: while still in the womb and during early infancy,” Rothberg says.
“A mother’s nutritional, metabolic and behavioral status, such as pre-pregnancy weight and diet before and during pregnancy, may permanently influence the metabolic, endocrine and immune function of the fetus well into adulthood.”

- letgoonline.com.ng
 

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Khloe Kardashian said she's lost 33 pounds since giving birth to her daughter True

Beautiful celebrity, Khloe Kardashian revealed on her app that she's lost 33 pounds since giving birth to her daughter True just three months ago. She said she was shocked to learn that she had lost that much weight that quickly.
The 34 years old reality TV star, credits her weight loss to breastfeeding, an active lifestyle, and a low-carb diet.


According to Khloe :
“After I had True, I didn’t put any pressure on myself to lose the baby weight. I just wanted to get back to my regular routine from before I got pregnant, which was working out five to six times a week,” she said in a recent post on her app.
Khloe said she was "shocked" by the new number on the scale. “I’m chalking this up to the combination of breastfeeding and being very active during and after my pregnancy,” she added.

“I’m currently on a low-carb diet that my nutritionist, Dr. Goglia, gave me,” she wrote on her app early last month, according to People. “It has lots of protein, so I’m able to go all out at the gym, but the best part is that I’m never hungry because I’m always eating!"
 Khloe said she works hard at not comparing herself with other moms: “I never compare myself to other women as every woman has their own journey," she said. "We also all have different priorities in our day-to-day lives."
“Staying healthy and active is something that it’s very important to me, she said. "Exercise is something I’ve always used to maintain my sanity and relieve stress. And now that I have a baby, I still want to keep something that’s my time, my space, something that I’m doing for myself."

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Women who work 45 hours or more each week increase their risk of diabetes

 New research has suggested that women who work 45 hours or more each week may be increasing their risk of diabetes. However, men who work the same number of hours, are not affected.
Meanwhile most prior research that has suggested a link between a long work week and an increased risk of diabetes focused on men.
Interestingly, this recent research seems to find the opposite effect in males: the longer the work week, the lower the incidence of diabetes.
For women who work 45 hours per week or more, though, their risk was considerably higher.

The authors of the new study, which was published in BMJ Open Diabetes Research and Care, looked at data from the 2003 Canadian Community Health survey, which included respondents aged 35–74.
They also looked at the Ontario Health Insurance Plan database for physician services, as well as the Canadian Institute for Health Information Discharge Abstract Database for hospital admissions.

In all, over 7,000 Canadian employees were included in the research. As well as looking at hours worked, the researchers also included other factors in their analysis, such as: sex, marital status, parenthood, ethnicity, place of birth, place of residence, long-term health conditions, lifestyle, weight, and body mass index (BMI).
The study authors also considered unique workplace factors, such as shift work and the type of job the respondents did — for instance, whether it was predominantly active or sedentary.
Overall, the risk of diabetes was "only slightly reduced" when factors such as smoking and alcohol levels were considered.
CONCLUSION
Diabetes will be reduced in women if they stop working long hours a week.

6 best nutritional foundation for fetal growth and development

Anyone trying to become a mom, should try focusing on the following foods to help your body function at optimum and improve your fertility environment as well as create the best nutritional foundation for fetal growth and development:
Eat moreTo gain
Whole grainsB vitamins, vitamin E, fiber
Fruits, vegetablesVitamin C, antioxidants
Lean meats, beansProtein, zinc, iron
Low-fat dairyProtein, calcium
DHA/Omega-3 (salmon, canned light [not albacore] tuna, some egg brands)Benefits baby's brain and nervous system development; reduces risk of premature birth
Multivitamin with 400 mcg of folic acidReduces risk of spinal cord and brain defects, especially in weeks before conception and first trimester of pregnancy

Friday, 13 July 2018

4 reasons why bread is not one of the healthy foods to consume daily


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Slices of bread. Avoid bread with too much salt.[Photo/Businessplan]

Eating several slices of bread is not what is bad what is bad is eating it everyday. This is because bread is not exactly one of the healthy foods to consume.

4 reasons why bread is not one of the healthy foods to consume daily
1. It does not have nutrients.
Bread lack essential nutrients. There is nothing important that we are getting from eating bread.
Especially consuming white bread that lacks fiber due to the absence of the whole grain. Bread baked out of whole grains should be something we opt for.
2. Contains too much salt.
Salt is one of the ingredients for making bread. Most bread varieties that we buy from the supermarket contain a lot of salt. Consuming lesser bread ensures that the level of sodium in your body is significantly reduced. One can opt to bake bread at home without adding too much salt.
3. Makes you gain weight. You should be careful with eating bread daily if you are watching weight. Eating bread in moderation is important. It contains carbs, salt, refined sugar and preservatives that can make you add pounds. Always take time to ensure that the bread you are eating is healthy.
4. Will always make you feel hungry. Slice bread can make you feel hungry since most bread we eat lacks nutrients and slice bread is not thick and strong like normal bread . Basically bread is not a wholesome filling meal.

Fat, not carbs, is directly linked to weight gain

The research looked at mice on 30 different types of diets. The result of the research found that the mice on a high-fat, low-carb diet ga...