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FDA approves first new weight-loss pill in decade


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English: Logo of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (2006) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WASHINGTON (AP) —                                                         The Food and Drug Administration has approved Arena Pharmaceutical’s anti-obesity pill Belviq, the first new prescription drug for long-term weight loss to enter the U.S. market in over a decade. Despite only achieving modest weight loss in clinical studies, the drug appeared safe enough to win the FDA’s endorsement, amid calls from doctors for new weight-loss treatments. The agency cleared the pill Wednesday for adults who are obese or are overweight with at least one medical complication, such as diabetes or high cholesterol. The FDA denied approval for Arena’s drug in 2010 after scientists raised concerns about tumors that developed in animals studied with the drug. The company resubmitted the drug with additional data earlier this year, and the FDA said there was little risk of tumors in humans. With U.S. obesity rates nearing 35 percent of the adult population, many doctors have called on the FDA to approve new weight loss treatments. But a long line of prescription weight loss offerings have been associated with safety problems, most notably the fen-phen combination, which was linked to heart valve damage in 1997. The cocktail of phentermine and fenfluramine was a popular weight loss combination prescribed by doctors, though it was never approved by FDA. In a rare move, the FDA explicitly stated in a press release that Belviq “does not appear to activate” a chemical pathway that was linked to the heart problems seen with fen-phen. The FDA says the drug acts on a different chemical pathway in the brain, which is believed to reduce appetite by boosting feelings of satiety and fullness. Belviq is one of three experimental weight-loss drugs whose developers have been trying for a second time to win approval, after the FDA shot them all down in 2010 or early 2011 because of serious potential side effects. Vivus Inc.‘s Qnexa is thought to be the most promising of the drugs, achieving the most weight loss. But the FDA has delayed a decision on that pill until July. Shares of San Diego-based Arena Pharmaceuticals Inc. jumped $3.03, or 34 percent, to $11.88 in trading Wednesday afternoon. Arena’s studies showed that patients taking Belviq, known generically as lorcaserin, had modest weight loss. On average patients lost just 3 to 3.7 percent of their starting body weight over a year. About 47 percent of patients without diabetes lost at least 5 percent of their weight or more, which was enough to meet FDA standards for effectiveness. By comparison, average weight loss with Qnexa is 11 percent, with more than 83 percent of patients losing 5 percent of their weight or more. Side effects with the drug include depression, migraine and memory lapses. In May a panel of expert advisers to the FDA voted 18-4 to recommend approval of Arena’s drug, concluding that its benefits “outweigh the potential risks when used long-term” in overweight and obese people. Experts say the challenge of weight loss drug development lies in safely turning off one of the body’s fundamental directives: to eat enough food to maintain its current weight. While several drugs are available for short-term weight loss, until Wednesday there was only one FDA-approved prescription drug for long-term weight loss: Xenical from Roche, which is seldom prescribed because unpleasant digestive side effects and modest weight loss. Other safety failures for diet pills have continued to pile up in recent years. Four years ago Sanofi-Aventis SA discontinued studies of its highly anticipated pill Acomplia due to psychiatric side effects, including depression and suicidal thoughts. In 2010, Abbott Laboratories withdrew its drug Meridia after a study showed it increased heart attack and stroke.

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Beer Batter Shrimp Po’ Boy


Beer Batter Shrimp Po’ Boy                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            If you love shrimp then you’re gonna want to try this  yummy Recipe I just found.Just follow the Instructions below and see for yourself.Not only does beer give the shrimp great flavor, but it is scientifically proven to make superior batter. As soon as the beer-battered shrimp hit the pan, CO2 bubbles begin to dance and foam up around the shrimp. A panko dredging assists the process, and, as a result, the shrimp are left trapped in a flavorful and lacy-light crust. Pile them high on bread with mayo, lettuce, and tomato.                                                                                                                                                                                             Recipe from Mark Bittman’s Kitchen Express

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Beer Batter Shrimp Po’ Boy

Heat oil for frying. In a bowl, mix together one can of beer; one and one-half cups cornmeal (or panko) and pinches of salt, pepper; and paprika. Dip shrimp into batter and fry in batches until golden, about three minutes (flip once). Serve on split crusty Italian or French loaves with lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise; lemon juice and hot sauce are also great here.                                           Beer, Black pepper, Cook, Cooking, Eating, Food, Health, Healthy Ways to Lose Weight, Home, Human nutrition, Lettuce, Nutrition, Po’ boy, Scientific method, Shrimp, Tomato

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The Dangers of Rapid Weight Loss


Rapid weight loss through CONSTANT exercise.

Rapid weight loss through CONSTANT exercise.

The Dangers of Rapid Weight Loss                                                                                                               Are you interested in losing weight?  If you are, are you looking for a rapid weight loss?  Rapid weight loss, also commonly referred to as quick weight loss or fast weight loss, involves losing weight in a short period of time, often anywhere from two to seven days.Each year, in the United States, hundreds of thousands of Americans are interested in rapidly losing weight.  Many people wish to lose weight before an important event, like an upcoming vacation or a wedding.  While it is defiantly possible to understand how you can want to lose weight quickly, namely as fast as possible, you need to proceed with caution.  Although it is possible to lose weight, at least a little bit of it, in a relatively quick period of time, you should know that there are dangers associated with doing so.One of the many dangers of rapid weight loss is some of the many measures that some people take. For instance, it is common to hear of individuals who have decided not to eat, while trying to achieve a rapid weight loss.  Going without food, for even a short period of time, can be dangerous to your health.  A better alternative is to cut back on the food that you do eat or to just make sure that it is healthy foods in which you are eating. By limiting your calories, you should be able to achieve at least a small weight loss in the time that you were looking to.  It is just very important that you do eat.

In addition to eating healthy, another component of weight loss is exercise.  Unfortunately, many individuals do not realize that it can take up to one week to notice the signs of exercise. With that in mind, the more weight you need to lose, the sooner it is that you may start seeing results.  While exercise is a major component of losing weight, it is important that you do not overdo it, especially if you haven’t had a regular exercise plan.  Running on the treadmill for three hours, instead of thirty minutes, may help reduce your calorie intake, but, at the same time, it may also land you in the hospital.

Another problem that is often associated with rapid weight loss is the taking of medications or other weight loss products.  The good news is that many of these products do work and some are even safe, but you may not be able to tell what you are getting. If you are interested in using a weight loss product, like a diet pill or a cleanse, to help you lose weight, it is important that you do the proper amount of research first.  This research may involve checking product reviews, to see if the product is effective, or speaking with a healthcare professional.

As you can see, it is important that you proceed with caution when trying to achieve rapid weight loss. Although unexpected events or appearances do pop-up, most individuals have at least a months worth of notice before attending a large event, like a wedding or even a vacation.  As soon as you know about your upcoming event, you are advised to start trying to lose weight then, if you are interested in doing so.  Rapid weight loss can be dangerous; therefore, you shouldn’t rely on it if possible.                                                         Healthy Ways to Lose Weight,diet, Dieting, dieting programs, Eating, Fitness, Health, Loss Weight, Physical exercise, Rapid Weight Loss, Shopping, Top Weight loss, United States, weight loss, weight loss programs, Weight Loss Tips, weight tips

10 Weight-Loss Myths Debunked


10 Weight-Loss Myths  Debunked                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         I found this on Shine from Yahoo: they talk about all the Myths we here about weight loss and dieting. Then they give us the facts. So before you go committing your self to a diet or weight loss program I really think you should read through this. Remember you can’t believe every thing you hear,you have to know the facts.  Diet myths Misconceptions about how to lose weight abound, especially on the Internet. Get the facts on shedding pounds now: Start by dispelling these 10 commonly held – but wholly inaccurate – notions.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Myth:1 carbs spell trouble for dieters                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 fact: Carbohydrates are actually an important source of energy. Even so, that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to learn from low-carb diets. Carbs are not all created equal, and to help you Drop 5, you want to limit processed carbs such as white bread and croissants. Instead, enjoy beans and whole grains, such as brown rice and whole-wheat bread. And don’t forget fruits and vegetables, which provide a host of nutrients and fiber, are low in calories, and can help reduce the risk of obesity and heart disease. The body also uses carbs as fuel during exercise to burn body fat – another great reason to keep bread (and sandwiches!) on the menu.    Related: 11 Worst Foods for Your Health.                                                                                                                                                                                                          Myth 2: Frozen fruits and vegetables are less nutritious than fresh ones.                                     fact:That’s true only if you live on a farm. Produce picked at the peak of ripeness does have more vitamins and minerals, but nutrient levels drop during shipping and storage. And they sink even further if you add the days that the produce lingers in your crisper. Frozen veggies and fruit, on the other hand, are usually picked ripe and immediately flash frozen, so they retain most of their nutrients. For calorie control, be sure to select frozen produce without added sugar, syrup, sauce, or cheese.                                                                                                                                                                                                            Myth 3: The cholesterol in eggs is bad for you                                                                    Are eggs bad?                            fact: One large egg has 213 milligrams cholesterol, and health experts suggest limiting dietary cholesterol to 300 milligrams a day or less (200 milligrams a day if you have heart disease, diabetes, or high LDL “bad” cholesterol). However, dietary cholesterol’s effect on blood cholesterol is still a mystery, and studies suggest that saturated fat and trans fat may have a much bigger impact. If you have cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or high LDL cholesterol, you should eat no more than 2 eggs per week, but you can have as many egg whites as you like (the cholesterol is in the yolk). Try products like Eggology On-the-Go Egg Whites (zap for 95 seconds in the microwave and presto – a scramble filled with 13 grams of hunger-sating protein) and Egg Beaters.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Myth 4: Skipping breakfast will help you lose weight.
Fact: Skipping meals can lead to weight gain. A recent British study that tracked 6,764 people found that breakfast skippers gained twice as much weight over the course of four years as breakfast eaters. Another research group analyzed government data on 4,200 adults. They found that women who ate breakfast tended to eat fewer calories over the course of the day.
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                                                                                              Myth 5: Eating the day’s foods in certain combinations will help you slim down.                           Fact: Seventy years ago, Good Housekeeping Research Institute experts declared this fad nonsense, and we say the same thing today. Almost all foods are combinations of protein, fat, and carbohydrates. In whole milk, for instance, about 20 percent of the calories are from protein, 50 percent from fat, and 30 percent from carbohydrates. The digestive system has no problem handling different types of food at the same time. If you do happen to shed pounds on a “food-combining” diet, it’s simply because you’re eating fewer calories overall.                                                                                                                                                                                                            Myth 6: Your genes determine your metabolism and body weight.
Fact: Only 25 percent of your body weight is determined by your genes – the rest is the result of your behavior. At any time in life, you can drastically change your body weight by combining low-calorie eating and exercise. And you can increase your metabolism at any age by performing strength and resistance exercises.                              Related: Flatten Your Belly in 2 Weeks
Myth 7: You can spot-reduce to lose weight.
Fact: On the contrary, the way to achieve sleeker legs or a flatter stomach, if that’s where you’re carrying your body fat, is to increase your lean muscle tissue throughout your body. By working all your muscles, you increase your metabolism. Up your metabolism and watch your eating, and you’ll start looking the way you want to.                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Myth 8: Early morning is the beBest time to exercise?Best time to exercise?st time to exercise.
Fact: “The best time to exercise is anytime you can do it,” says Samantha B. Cassetty, M.S., R.D., nutrition director at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute. You get the same payoffs and burn essentially the same number of calories whenever you work out. What’s important is doing it regularly. Some studies have shown that first-thing-in-the-morning exerciser’s are more likely to stick with a regimen than those who start late in the day, but that’s because it’s probably easier to postpone an evening workout until tomorrow. So whether you have more time or energy in the morning, afternoon, or at night, the important thing is that you do it.                                                                                                                                                                                       Myth 9: Your body won’t burn fat unless you exercise for more than 20 minutes.
Fact: You burn fat around the clock, whether you’re exercising or not. For the biggest calorie burn, exercise as hard as you comfortably can (you should still be able to carry on a conversation) for as long as you can.
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Myth 10: It’s best to starve yourself before an event.
Fact:
 This plan will backfire because you’ll use the “I haven’t eaten all day” excuse to stuff yourself when you arrive. Instead, save calories for a party by cutting back slightly at each meal for several days beforehand. Then, make the best use of your calorie allotment. For extra weight-loss insurance, increase your activity a few days before and after a big event.

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Diamond Dallas Page’s Yoga Program


A copy of the Yoga for Regular Guys DVD by Dia...Found this one on Yahoo.com for all you guys out there still struggling to shed those unwanted pounds .Well this might be just what you need. Don’t worry ladies you can use it to.Just remember what they say,   ‘It ain’t your momma’s yoga,'”                                                                                                                                              An Internet weight-loss sensation that involves a new, high-intensity form of yoga has led a onceobese man to drop a 100 pounds.

Arthur Boorman, 47, has managed to lose the weight using DDP, or Diamond Dallas Page, which is a pumped-up form of yoga that forgoes all of the gongs and serenity typically associated with the Hindu physical and spiritual discipline.

“It’s a different kind of yoga. We make a joke: ‘It ain’t your momma’s yoga,'” Boorman said.

DDP was invented by Diamond Dallas Page, an extreme former wrestler who thought yoga could use a new intensity. We all know yoga can build strength and flexibility, but it can also be the key to significant weight loss by creating a slow, deep resistance to each movement, getting the body working against itself. Page’s program capitalizes on this.

These days it’s hard to imagine that not many years ago, Boorman was a Gulf War veteran with some serious back issues. At that time he plunged into some dark days, becoming so obese that at one point, he couldn’t walk without leg braces.

Boorman thought yoga could help his back pain, but no studios wanted to work with him because he couldn’t stand on his own.

“I was up late, on a search engine just typing different things, and I typed in yoga and broken back, and up popped Dallas’ page,” he recalls.

Boorman soon got the Page’s DVDs, and slowly and surprisingly he saw himself shrinking, tightening and strengthening.

After his weight loss, Boorman has now moved from DDP student to teacher. But he must warn his pupils that there is nothing soothing or meditative about his class.

“It’s like the Marines, yoga for the Marines,” Claire, one of Boorman’s students, said.

Stacey Morris had the same shock as Boorman when she lost significant weight through DDP. At her peak two years ago, she weighed more than 300 pounds; now she has gone from size 28 to a size 8.

“I actually look better at 47 than I did at 21,” she said.

Morris, who is also 47, and Boorman say that the high-intensity yoga first gave them a new feeling of energy and control.

“It’s very cardio. It works the muscles and my body started to rehabilitate and heal and my posture changed,” Morris said.

It also encouraged both of them to change the way they eat, including more vegetables and less processed food. Key to keeping the weight off, they say, is that they lost it gradually. It took more than a year of sustained work for each of them.

“The big part of it was getting your head right … once my mind was in the right place, it was just a matter of getting the work done,” Boorman said.

Now Boorman is getting his work done, and also helping others. For a man who literally couldn’t walk, and who can now sprint, he provides plenty of inspiration

The Best Fitness Foods


Reblogged: from Women’s Health                                                                                                                                                                                              Fueling your body the right way gets you better workout results!OISHI Green Tea

Eat Exercising on an empty stomach makes you more likely to lose  muscle, and without any extra gas in the tank, your exercise intensity and overall calorie  burn will take a hit. An hour or two before working out, snack on 100 to 200  calories of complex carbs and protein (like a cup of nonfat yogurt or a piece of  fruit and a cheese stick).

Drink Sipping green tea—hot or iced—helps your muscles recover  faster after a workout so you can get back into the gym more quickly.  According to a study in Nutrition, exercisers who drank green  tea extract, which contains therapeutic antioxidants, had less muscle damage  after workouts compared with those who drank only water.

Snack Red apples, berries, and grapes contain the antioxidant  quercetin, which can boost your endurance and oxygen capacity, making workouts  feel more doable, according to a study from the University of South Carolina‘s  Arnold School of Public Health. Researchers believe quercetin also helps the  fatigue that can cause you to skip workouts.

Read more at Women’s Health: http://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/workout-foods#ixzz1uPSUC0PX

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Paleo diet Protein Shake


I thought this would be a good one to share,http://www.cocostrong.com/ if you’r planning to start a Paleo diet. This is a yummy all natual shake like drink that i’m sure you’r gonna love. I never really thought of coconut as something I wanted to try, it just didn’t sound good to me. But Vanilla is a whole differant story, I love Vanilla. So when I saw the Vanilla with the Vanilla flavoring,  and sense I am trying to get into the Paleo way of eating myself mostly for health reasons I decided to give in and buy one I figured if I lked it I would buy more.And I must say it was pretty good,and I will be buying more. It’s a great way to recharge you’r body after a workout or a long day. I will be posting more Info on the Paleo diet/or for those of you that are just looking for a healthier way of eating.Either way I would recommend Paleo hands down it has to be the healthest way to go.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Product Information

Nutrition FactsCocoStrong Workout Recovery provides 32g of high quality protein plus the health benefits of coconut milk. The result is a rich and powerful fuel for your body. And the best part is – It’s all natural and it tastes delicious. Power yourself with coconut!

CocoStrong is a clean source of protein and healthy fats. We believe the ingredient list should be short and easy to understand. There are no unnecessary fillers in our product and we use the highest quality ingredients. CocoStrong is sweetened naturally and contains only 7g of carbohydrates. This product is gluten free and contains no milk.

Vanilla Coconut Recovery Drink

A delicious workout recovery drink that combines the power of clean protein with real coconut milk goodness.

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The Paleo Diet


Free Range Chickens being fed

Free Range Chickens being fed (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Well yesterday I received a lovely comment from a very special reader. So I decided to check out her site at http://clearingenergywork.com/ and was so glad I did. That is where I had the pleasure of learning about the Paleo Diet. The Paleo diet is the healthiest way to eat because it is the only nutritional approach that works with our genetics to help us stay lean, strong and energetic! It is our modern diet, full of refined foods, trans fats and sugar, that is harming our body’s. I also did some research from a few other sites on Paleo and found this Info at http://robbwolf.com/what-is-the-paleo-diet/Eye fillet of grass-fed beef.

Building A Healthy Paleo Diet

Lean proteins

Lean proteins support strong muscles, healthy bones and optimal immune function. Protein also makes you feel satisfied between meals.

Fruits and Vegetables

  Fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants,vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that have been shown to decrease the likelihood of developing a number of degenerative diseases including cancer, diabetes and neurological decline.

Healthy fats from nuts, seeds, avocados, olive oil, fish oil and grass-fed meatNuts such as walnuts (pictured above) are rich...

                                                    Scientific research and epidemiological studies show that diets rich in Monounsaturated and Omega-3 fats dramatically reduce the instances of obesity, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and cognitive decline.

Saturated fat has been demonized by our health authorities and media. What is the basis for this position on Saturated fat? Are current recommendations for VERY low saturated fat intake justified? How much saturated fat (and what types), if any should one eat? Without a historical and scientific perspective this questions can be nearly impossible to answer. In this paper Prof. Cordain looks at the amounts and types of saturated fats found in the ancestral diet: Saturated fat consumption in ancestral human diets: implications for contemporary intakes.

One of the greatest deviations away from our ancestral diet is the amounts and types of fat found in modern grain feed animals vs. the amounts and types of fats found in grass-fed or wild meat, fowl and fish. What we observe is wild meat is remarkably lean, and has relatively low amounts of saturated fats, while supplying significant amounts of beneficial omega-3 fats such as EPA and DHA. In this paper Prof. Cordain and his team analyze the complete fatty acid profile from several species of wild deer and elk. The take home message is that free range meat is far healthier than conventional meat: Fatty acid analysis of wild ruminant tissues: Evolutionary implications for reducing diet-related chronic disease.

Meat is an essential component to the paleo way of eating. But fresh is not the only consideration  we need to think about when determining what aspects about the meat are important during the selection process. Below is a simple guide to consult when choosing meat for a paleo meal:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Grass-fed beef, Pastured / free-range, organic poultry, Nitrite & nitrate free, pastured / free-range pork, Wild-caught fish & seafood, Hunted wild game     

Resources:

Eatwild.com

Eatwild’s Directory of U.S., Canadian and International Farms & Ranches

Eatwild’s Farms that will ship to you

Eatwild’s list of Scientific References

                                                                                                                                     

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