(Reuters Health) - - A brief program that encouraged people to track their weight and to be mindful of the excess energy in every holiday cookie or cup of nog seems to have helped participants get through the holiday season without gaining weight. Gingerbread is seen at the Christmas market in Riga, Latvia December 5, 2018. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins The trial in the UK recruited participants in November and December of 2016 and 2017, and followed up with them about 45 days later. Those assigned to the weight-gain prevention program ended up losing 0.13 kg (about one third of a pound), on average, while the control group gained 0.37 kg (nearly a pound), the study team reports in The BMJ. “On Christmas Day alone, someone might consume 6,000 calories, or three times the recommended daily allowance,” said a coauthor of the study, Amanda Farley of the University of Birmingham. “We were unsure how well the public would respond to the idea of controlling their food … [Read more...] about Self-weighing, self-awareness may prevent holiday weight gain
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From the first Christmas cookie to the last sip of New Year's champagne, this time of year is full of tasty temptations. But overdoing it on the holiday cheer can lead to stubborn weight gain that's difficult to lose. According to a new study, the average person gains 0.8 to 2.2 pounds per year, much of it around the holidays. But the study also found that a few simple practices can help encourage healthier choices and reverse the trend of expanding waistlines. "We know from weight tracking studies that many members of the public gain weight over Christmas that they often do not fully lose, which could adversely impact their health over time. We found that some simple strategies over this time of year prevented this from happening," study author Amanda Farley, PhD, of the University of Birmingham's Institute of Applied Health Research, told CBS News. These strategies boil down to two basic tips: Step on a scale to weigh yourself regularly And keep track of the amount of physical … [Read more...] about Simple tips to avoid holiday weight gain
(Reuters) - Alkermes Plc’s schizophrenia drug met its main goal of keeping in check a common side effect of antipsychotic medicines - weight gain - taking the company one step closer to a marketing approval for the treatment. Data from a late stage trial showed that patients on Alkermes’ drug had a mean weight gain of 4.21 percent after six months, compared with an average gain of 6.59 percent in patients receiving olanzapine, the most commonly used antipsychotic drug. However, some analysts questioned the extent to which the drug was able to reduce weight gain. The relatively small difference in weight gain between the two groups may dampen physician excitement about the drug, Citi analyst Liav Abraham said, noting that weight gain was the most common reason for patients dropping out of the study. The company’s shares fell as much as 3.7 percent before recovering to trade marginally higher. The drug, ALKS 3831, is a tablet composed of Alkermes’ new drug … [Read more...] about Alkermes schizophrenia drug keeps weight gain side effect in check
Could your slow metabolism be the real reason why you can’t shift that weight gain? BelfastTelegraph.co.uk You're eating a balanced, nutrient-rich diet, you're regularly working up a sweat in your local spin studio and you've put a virtuous ban on all after-work wines at the pub. So when you step on the scales after weeks of blood, sweat and tears, why has your weight-loss progress stubbornly plateaued? https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/life/health/could-your-slow-metabolism-be-the-real-reason-why-you-cant-shift-that-weight-gain-37445429.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/life/features/article37445423.ece/cec3f/AUTOCROP/h342/2018-10-23_lif_45118320_I2.JPG Email You're eating a balanced, nutrient-rich diet, you're regularly working up a sweat in your local spin studio and you've put a virtuous ban on all after-work wines at the pub. So when you step on the scales after weeks of blood, sweat and tears, why has your weight-loss progress stubbornly plateaued? Perhaps … [Read more...] about Could your slow metabolism be the real reason why you can’t shift that weight gain?
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 by: Edsel Cook Tags: bad nutrition, baddiets, badfood, badhealth, body weight regulation, diet, dietary strategies, excess weight gain, health problems, imbalances in metabolism, obesity, obesogens, perfluoroalkyl substances, PFAS, PFAS exposure, proper diets, proper nutrition, slender, unintended weight gain, weight, weight control, weight gain, weight loss, weight regulation (Natural News) Gains made from weight loss diets and regular exercise can be compromised by chemicals in the utensils and packaging used to prepare and store otherwise healthy food. This is the conclusion of a Harvard-led study that found a correlation between obesogens and weight increase among dieters. The technical term for obesogens is “perfluoroalkyl substances” (PFAS). They are a class of chemicals that have been used in food wrappers, pots, pans, and other consumer and industrial products for the last 60 years. Called “obesogens” because of … [Read more...] about Double whammy: Chemicals found in everyday products such as fast food wrappers found to sabotage metabolism, contribute to weight gain