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Do African mango supplements help with weight loss?

African mango supplements are touted to help shed pounds, but do they really work?

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Diet, weight loss reduce knee joint pain in osteoarthritis patients

HealthDay reports, “A diet consisting of eight weeks of protein shakes and soup followed by adding low-calorie, high-protein foods can help people with knee osteoarthritis (knee OA) lose weight, which may lessen joint pain and improve their quality of life,” … Continue reading

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Losing weight in middle age lowers heart disease risk

The New York Times “Well” blog reports that according to a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine, “overweight adolescents who slim down in middle age may lower their risk” of heart disease.

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Hunger hormones cause post-dieting weight gain

NBC Nightly News recently reported that a new study gives us clues of “why it’s so hard to keep weight off once you have lost it.”

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People who eat slowly consume fewer calories

Did your mom, like mine, emphasize chewing your food slowly? Now we know she was right. Here’s why.

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Weight Watchers more effective than advice from a doctor

Readers know of my fondness for the Weight Watchers program, and that I highly recommend it. Now I have another reason to do so.

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Some women still using dangerous weight-loss supplements

One of the most potentially dangerous category of supplements to take, at least in the U.S., is the category of weight loss supplements. Now there’s news that an over-the-counter diet pill and tea that were banned from the market nearly … Continue reading

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Less stress and more sleep may help you lose weight

If you or someone you love is overweight or obese, here’s some good news on a couple of other ways (other than better nutrition and exercise) you could consider to lose weight. The Los Angeles Times “Booster Shots” reported, “Getting … Continue reading

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Thirty percent of breast cancers could be prevented by lifestyle changes

The Boston Globe “Daily Dose” blog reports that a study in the journal Cancer Epidemiology “compared 6,386 healthy women with 3,074 breast cancer patients.”

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Comparing Weight Loss Plans, Dollars Per Pound

Well,  it’s the day after Thanksgiving, and there are at least two or three things on most people’s minds: (1) Black Friday shopping, (2) Football, and/or (3) Weight Loss. Have you ever wondered which of the weight loss plans cost … Continue reading

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Three Healthy Habits Cut Breast Cancer Risk, Study Finds

There’s been a lot of debate about mammograms for breast cancer screening, but an even more important health promotion exercise would be for women to everything they can to prevent breast cancer. And now experts are reporting that women can … Continue reading

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8 Tips for Eating Healthy During Menopause

Good news! Aging does not have to equal weight gain. Women do tend to put on a pound a year in their 40s and 50s, but it’s more likely due to a drop in activity rather than hormones. However, hormonal changes … Continue reading

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Three Meals A Day May Beat ‘Mini-meals’ For Weight Loss

Sitting down to eat a real meal three times a day may be a better strategy for weight loss than grazing on several smaller “mini-meals,” new research shows. Here are the details in a report from Reuters Health: Overweight and … Continue reading

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Losing Weight the Smartphone Way, With a Nutritionist in Your Pocket

FOR most of us, the formula for losing weight is a simple one: eat less, exercise more. But humans are anything but simple, and the majority of Americans struggle endlessly with losing pounds and keeping them off. Consuming fewer calories … Continue reading

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Four Recommended Apps for Losing Weight

Here are a few well-regarded weight-loss programs to consider, courtesy of a report in the New York Times. LOSEIT (iPod Touch, iPad and iPhone; free): Tell the app how much weight you want to lose and how many pounds per … Continue reading

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Women interested in preventing age-related weight gain should take up biking or walking

USA Today reports, “Women who want to prevent weight gain as they age should hop on a bike or take a brisk walk,” discoveries that add “to mounting evidence of the importance of moderate to vigorous exercise for weight control.” Those … Continue reading

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Letter from Professor about the Family Physician Academy and Coke

In a past blog of mine (Partnership Between Family Physicians and Coca-Cola Poses Ethical Problem) I wrote, “What does my national academy of family physicians, the AAFP (American Academy of Family Physicians), and Coca-Cola have in common? The common sense … Continue reading

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Could African Mango Help With Weight Loss?

Irvingia gabonensis is becoming a popular natural ingredient for weight loss. It is now showing up in several weight loss products such as Integra Lean Irvingia, Vitagetics Vita Lean, Dr. Sears Private Label Primal Force Primal Lean, and others. But, … Continue reading

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The latest drugs and supplements used for weight loss. Are any worth trying?

As soon as the holiday goodies are gone, people begin to try various products to try to lose weight. Why? Because most of us gain weight over the holidays. So, pharmacies report a run on the over-the-counter (OTC) weight loss … Continue reading

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How Much Water Per Day Do You Really Need?

This is not an infrequent question for me to be asked. And, a very nice article by Mara Betsch at Health.com will give you the information you need to answer this question for yourself, your family, and your friends: You’ve … Continue reading

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Partnership Between Family Physicians and Coca-Cola Poses Ethical Problem

What does my national academy of family physicians, the AAFP (American Academy of Family Physicians) and Coca-Cola have in common? The common sense answer should be, “Nothing.” The actual answer is, “$500,000.” Ouch! Here’s the story and an opinion about … Continue reading

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Study points to chewing gum as weight loss aid

The Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/11/10/AR2009111001029.html reports that for anybody trying to lose weight, “taking up gum-chewing might not be a bad idea,” as “there’s actually a bit of scientific evidence showing that chewing gum helps fight fat in a number of … Continue reading

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HCG injections and diet for weight loss discredited long ago

I’ve just completed a three week road trip, speaking dozens of times to doctor and student groups in Michigan and Oklahoma. A question that came up several times was what I thought about HCG injections and the “HCG diet” for … Continue reading

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Acai Berry Supplements. Super fruit or super rip off?

A reader wrote, “I would like to see Dr. Walt do a blog topic on the claimed health benefits, to include weight loss, from taking Acai Berry supplements. There seems to be a lot of controversy and confusion about the … Continue reading

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Federal health officials target sugary drinks as largest driver of obesity epidemic

The Boston Globe is reporting that, according to federal disease investigators, “the cost of treating obesity has doubled in the past decade,” and “sugar-laden beverages” are “a prime culprit.” So, what’s this mean to you? Could this story lead to … Continue reading

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Should a new mom rush to lose those extra pounds gained during pregnancy?

Most new moms will weigh more after delivery of the new baby that they did prior to becoming pregnant. And, most new moms are concerned about these extra pounds. So, is it safe or harmful to try to lose these … Continue reading

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Vibrate yourself to a leaner, healthier you

Reuters Health is reporting  that vibrating exercise platforms, which are increasingly found in commercial gyms in Europe and elsewhere, may indeed help people lose a particularly harmful deep “hidden” fat that surrounds the abdominal organs and is linked to type … Continue reading

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Study indicates cutting calories may help people lose weight regardless of diet

A new study confirms that the type of diet you pick doesn’t matter so much for weight loss; it’s sticking to it that counts.  Researchers compared a low-fat, average protein diet, a low-fat, high protein diet, a high-fat, average protein … Continue reading

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5 Ways to Avoid Winter Weight Gain

The weather is getting cooler and the days are getting shorter. As seasonal changes begin, it’s easy for people to get into a rut when it comes to dieting and exercise. And that rut can translate into extra pounds once … Continue reading

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Red yeast rice, fish oil fight high cholesterol

Reuters Health is reporting new research showing that a regimen of supplements and lifestyle coaching is just as effective as a statin medication for reducing levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or “lethal” cholesterol. Not only that, the combination was shown … Continue reading

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