July 13, 2012

Avoid Meal-Skipping, Dining Out

1 Keeping a Food Journal Boosts Weight Loss

"Schools should have 13-year-old kids should do this for 2 weeks to learn healthy habits"
- Scott in the comments

A research study of 123 obese or overweight postmenopausal women on a year-long weight loss program found that three keys to success were keeping a detailed food journal, not skipping regular meals, and not dining at restaurants. While the women averaged an 11 percent weight loss overall, those who kept a complete diary of everything they ate lost six pounds more than non-diarists, those who skipped meals lost eight pounds less than regular diners, and those who went out for lunch or dinner at least once a week lost five pounds less than others. Of all the above weight-loss aids, the food journal was considered most effective in altering eating behavior. Meal skippers tended to overeat snacks and other meals. The study was conducrted by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

More at Usatoday.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Tags: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Food Journals, Food Journals Help Dieters, Skipping Meals and Weight Loss, Successful Diets, Dieting Techniques, Keys to Weight Loss

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Chips Must Come with Fish

2 Olympics French Fry Monopoly for McDonald's

Food vendors at Olympics venues for the 2012 games in London have been ordered not to serve French fries because McDonald's, a major Olympics sponsor, has been given exclusive rights to sell fried potatoes. However, London organizers did manage to squeeze out one exception to the ban. Because fish and chips ("chips" being British-speak for fries) are a traditional take-out food in Britain and could hardly be banned at a British Olympics, other vendors will be allowed to sell fries only if they accompany fried fish. The food service facility within the Olympic Park has posted a sign explaining the issue, complete with a threat to remove fish and chips from the menu entirely if food service staff are hassled by diners for not serving a la carte french fries.

More at The Atlantic | Posted 5 years ago by James Anderson

Previously: Olympian Says Athletes Really Do Eat McDonald's

Tags: McDonald's, Olympics, London Olympics, Olympics Food, English Food

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California Sting Operation

3 Dog X-Rays Lead to Pill Mill Doc Arrest

An undercover Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy visited a suspected pill mill in the city of Glendora seeking prescriptions for narcotic pain medicine and muscle relaxants, with only some X-rays of a German Shepherd from a local veterinary clinic as evidence of her claimed back and neck injuries. She walked out with the prescriptions shortly thereafter. The doctor, Rolando Lodevico Atiga, was arrested on suspicion of prescribing addictive drugs without medical justification. According to the deputy, Atiga let her decide which drugs he would prescribe, and examined and commented on the X-rays, which included the dog's name, Recon, and the name of the veterinary clinic. "That's the hip joint right there," the doctor reportedly said. The dog's tail was clearly visible in the X-rays.

More at The Los Angeles Times | Posted 5 years ago by James Anderson

Previously: Docs Can Prescribe Pain Meds W/O Special Ed

Tags: Pill Mills, Prescription Abuse, Rolando Lodevico Atiga

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Credit Yin & Yang and Qi Energy

4 U.S. Student Touts Acupuncture for Obesity

Traditional Chinese Medical practitioners are recommending acupuncture as a treatment for obesity, and at least one American foreign student in China is endorsing the method. Olivia Garcia says that acupuncture succeeded for her where diet restriction, exercise, and pills failed. "I lost 22 pounds in two months and felt really healthy too," she says. How might acupuncture help slim down patients? Chinese physicians interviewed by China Daily said it can reduce appetite and increase metabolism by targeting the thyroid, mouth, stomach, and spleen from common acupuncture points. Not only that, but acupuncture can put a patient's yin and yang back into balance and restore the flow of qi energy, say the physicians. The catch? Acupuncture needs to be accompanied by healthy eating and exercise.

More at China Daily | Posted 5 years ago by James Anderson

Previously: New Research on Acupuncture's Effects, Acupuncture Makes Breathing Easier with COPD

Tags: Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine

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Liver Disease, Domestic Violence

5 UK Body Urges Graphic Booze Warnings

The standards setting body for public health specialists in the U.K. is proposing that alcohol packaging include the same sort of graphically explicit health warnings that cigarette packages have in the U.K. and other countries. Alcohol is linked to various cancers, stroke, heart disease, liver disease, accidents, infertility, and violence, and dozens of other conditions, says the Faculty of Public Health. Currently much of the alcohol packaging in the U.K. includes warnings like "Drink Responsibly," and admonitions for pregnant women to abstain. Warnings of the sort proposed by the FPH would be the first worldwide if adopted. Kenya's proposal for warnings to cover 30 percent of packaging is tied up in court. But U.K. government sources say the proposal is unlikely to be acted upon.

More at The Guardian | Posted 5 years ago by James Anderson

Previously: Cigarette Makers Using Deceptive Package Colors, Graphic Warnings to Appear on Cigarette Packs

Tags: Alcohol Dangers, UK Faculty of Public Health, Alcohol Packaging

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