Humans have been trying to lose weight since as far back as the third century B.C., when Hippocrates advised patients to stay slim by eating light foods, using seawater enemas and wrestling. Diet crazes, exercise fads and other dubious practices in the name of weight loss have been going strong ever since. In the 11th century, William the Conqueror invented the all-liquid diet after he got too fat to ride his horse. (The diet failed and some time later he fell off his horse — a tumble attributed to his corpulence — and died.) Nineteenth-century poet Lord Byron was famously afraid of gaining weight. He spent days eating nothing but red cabbage and apple cider vinegar — and exercising while wearing as many as six coats, to better sweat out water weight. Recent decades have been no different. We’ve cycled through the grapefruit diet, cabbage soup, cookies crammed full of wheat germ and low-fat everything. Today, you’re apt to hear that the only path to … [Read more...] about The new frontiers of weight loss
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Vanilla Espresso Energy Bites Not all snacks can be made in snap, and some planning is part of the weight-loss puzzle. “Meal prep these energy bites in advance to ward off any ‘hangry situations’ during the day,” says Harrington. These bountiful bites are a combination of oats, flaxseed, and almond butter and are snack with staying power. If you are a coffee lover, you’ll love the addition of the espresso powder. “It will give you that little jolt to power you through the afternoon. Find espresso powder in the coffee aisle of the grocery store,” says Harrington. Make these ahead and enjoy all week. Just remember to store them in the refrigerator or they dry out and get very crumbly. Stick to two to four bites per serving (depending on how big you make them). Pita Toast with Labneh and Pomegranate Created by Jackie Newgent, RDN, a culinary nutritionist and author based in Brooklyn, NY, this probiotic- and protein-rich toast is a nutritional … [Read more...] about 6 easy snack ideas that can help you reach your weight loss goals
Swissmedic, a surveillance agency for medicines, renewed warnings on Tuesday about the dangers of weight-loss remedies purchased through the internet after more than 60 products were tested. The Bern-based organization said people who buy slimming products online are putting their health at risk. Of 61 products it tested, more than two-thirds contained active ingredients that were not declared, Swissmedic said. More than half of these products were also found to contain sibutramine, a drug that was withdrawn from the market in 2010 after it was associated with increased cardiovascular problems and strokes. Most of the remedies analyzed by Swissmedic originated from Southeast Asia. The agency said that of 41 products advertised as natural or herbal, 35 contained dangerous chemicals. Ten products were coffee-based drinks — some with harmful substances added — and eight contained synthetic ingredients. “Experience has shown that demand for slimming aids … [Read more...] about Swissmedic warns of weight-loss pill dangers
My size has always been a part of my story. I never felt ashamed of my weight or pressured to change myself. I loved my body and loved eating good food—I was even a food blogger in New York City. Yet after 14 years in New York, my life turned upside down. I'd just ended a long-term relationship and needed something new, so I decided to make a big change and moved to Greenville, South Carolina.It was a huge risk but immediately I knew it was the right choice for me. It is a charming town, known for its outdoor recreation and active lifestyle. Hiking and biking trails crisscross the city and while I loved this, at over 300 pounds it was, honestly, really difficult for me to do. I realized that while I was happy with my body I wasn't happy with it getting in the way of things I wanted to do. I decided that while I was changing literally everything about my life, maybe it was time to change this too. I deserve to be happy and healthy. Hilton Head Health, a health-focused weight-loss … [Read more...] about I Lost 50 Pounds At A Weight-Loss Resort
When it comes to weight loss, there is no shortage of pills, drinks, and supplements claiming to help the weight fall off. But do weight loss pills help, and are they safe? The best weight loss pills may contain one or more active ingredients intended to increase fat burning, decrease appetite, or reduce absorption of fat. Not all weight loss pills and supplements are created equal. Certain pills may cause unpleasant side effects while others may not be proven to result in weight loss. We will look at the following nine weight loss pills and supplements: Alli (orlistat) caffeine glucomannan garcinia cambogia extract pyruvate green tea extract conjugated linoleic acid Hydroxycut prescription weight loss pills Alli is the brand name for the drug orlistat. It is one of the most popular weight loss supplements. Orlistat is available as a prescription drug and also sold over the counter. It works by preventing the body from breaking down of some of the fat that people eat. When the … [Read more...] about Do any weight loss pills really work?