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You may have read some of our articles on ADHD and alternative methods to the typical prescription drugs used to address the condition. Apparently people are taking notice, because the use of these drugs for treating ADHD and related conditions has decreased. Unfortunately, however, certain prescription drugs (like Adderall) are still being prescribed for other uses . . . namely weight loss. In fact a recent news article reported that celebrity Lindsay Lohan regularly uses Adderall to stay slim (perhaps too slim). Keep reading for a perfect example of how drug companies manage to keep afloat with little or no regard to your health.
You know that exercise is good for you—it gives you energy, boosts your immune system, and keeps you healthy and strong. But you may have a million excuses for not lacing up a pair of sneakers and fitting in fitness, especially as those New Year's resolutions seem to be fading into the distance. We're here to help! Keep reading for ways to get over the most common workout excuses.
In his welcome address to the 9th Annual Nutrition and Health Conference 2012, Integrative Health pioneer Dr. Andrew Weil described the current industry landscape with an apt Dickens quote: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” He explained that, while there is increased awareness of nutrition-related issues, our culture is increasingly inundated by nutritional perversions: noxious food chains, excessive sugar use, sedentary tendencies . . . all of which contribute to skyrocketing rates of heart disease and obesity.
It’s a convenient excuse that many of us have used: losing weight is just too difficult because our metabolism is just too slow. But so few people even understand what the metabolism is and how it works. Once you understand it, you will see the good news is that you can take control of your metabolism and burn off more calories. The bad news is that you then lose your excuse not to have the body that you want.
The holidays are a great time of year: the bustle of shopping, getting together with family and friends, the wonderful meals . . . and the extra pounds. Unfortunately, the holidays are directly responsible for those two or three additional pounds you have at the beginning of the year. However, by learning about the foods that are most likely to cause weight gain, you can sail through the holidays without picking up extra weight.
Whether you eat because you feel hungry, sad or bored, you could be overeating
without even knowing it. This excessive eating could open the door to obesity and weight problems later in life, if not already present. With the holiday season coming into full swing and the end of the year within sight, the many feasts that occur this time of the year can really wreak havoc on your diet and reverse any progress you may have recently made.
In 2011, the FDA started to roll out menu-labeling rules for fast food restaurants. Since then, many changes have been made . . . but perhaps not in the way we order
Are the new laws a step in the right direction or a futile effort that can’t be counted on?
As The Dark Knight Rises
storms through the box office, Batman might be saving more than Gotham City. How are superheroes helping to curb the obesity epidemic in our nation’s children?
It’s easy. Just ask them what Batman would eat.
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There’s a new diet pill
on the block, and this one is backed by the FDA. But that stamp of approval doesn’t necessarily mean it is safe, so why burn through your wallet and your health insurance when you can burn fat the natural way?
Side effects not included.
And, drum roll please . . . the last diet we’ll cover in our “Hottest New Diet Trends
” series, outlined by Roberta Lee, MD, at the 9th Annual Nutrition and Health Conference, held a few months ago in Boston. The final weight loss approach? The HCG Diet.
It’s time for a look at diet #4 in our series of the hottest new diet trends
: the Paleo diet. While somewhat controversial, this diet’s put it in its place at the 9th Annual Nutrition and Health Conference, held in Boston, MA.
Almost as quickly as it was introduced, the State of Massachusetts’ ban on bake sales is being overturned. Last month, Massachusetts Governor Deval L. Patrick ordered a ban on bake sales in schools across the entire state. The move, which was part of his campaign to fight childhood obesity, comes at a time when nearly one in three kids is obese, and the nation is struggling to find an effective solution.
In today’s heavily congested business world, everyone wants to stand out. Previously, all a business needed to succeed was a great idea and a few good workers to bring that idea to fruition. Now, we pay attention to a company’s philosophy and work ethic in addition to their product or service.
At the 9th Annual Nutrition and Health Conference, Dr. David S. Ludwig, Harvard Professor and Director of the Optimal Weight for Life Clinic, discussed the economic impact of obesity on society. Manifesting in the costs of resultant conditions like diabetes, pre-diabetes and cardiovascular disease, it teeters around $170 billion. At the rate this problem is escalating in the US, experts expect these economic costs to exceed $1 trillion by 2030.
As we continue our new diet trend series, we take a look at “Diet #2” that was covered at the 9th Annual Nutrition and Health Conference, held in Boston, MA, and outlined by Maya Shetreat-Klein, MD: the Raw Food Diet.
What if you could lose weight by sleeping differently? Or what if, at the very least, you could sleep better by sleeping differently? Both of those options sound good to me! So . . . how can you make it happen?
First, let’s take a look at some background on the topic, as outlined by Carolyn Coker Ross, M.D., MPH, at the 9th Annual Nutrition and Health Conference, held recently in Boston.
We’re men. We burp and fart and fight and eat things that we killed with our bare hands. We leave Diet Coke, yoga, and salads for the women, because all we need is a flag football game and an MGD 64 to get our weight back on track. And if you’re caught ordering a turkey burger on a wheat bun you might as well be punching Sly Stallone in the face and signing up for ballet.
Yes, you know that obesity is a problem. You’ve heard that it is associated with 162,000 deaths every year due to resultant cancers, conditions and diseases. You understand that it poses a significant financial strain on the American economy to the tune of $270 billion dollars per year in medical costs and decreased productivity. And you probably agree something should be done before 2015, when the World Health Organization (WHO) predicts that 700 million of the world’s population will be obese.
If you’re a fan of the Dr. Oz show, or Dr. Oz in general, than you may think he’s a fairly “straight-shooter” when it comes to advising you on your health and wellness. So, it’s no surprise that he caused quite the stir when he told his millions of viewers that mango seed extract could help with weight loss.
If you haven’t noticed lately, “Gluten Free” is kind of the new health/food/diet craze. It seems like everyone is all about the gluten-free products these days. Every eating option - from restaurant menus to packaged foods - is making a point of including gluten-free choices. Even doctors are recommending gluten-free diets to patients . . . regardless of whether or not it’s medically necessary.