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Drinks For The Weekend And Still Lose Weight? OMG!

Before you grab that drink this weekend, read this.

1. Calories. For most people the calories in the mixers of their favorite cocktails pose a far greater barrier to weight loss than the healthy cocktailsactual alcohol. Just 4oz of some daiquiri or margarita mixes can contain upwards of 35 grams of sugar (that’s 7 teaspoons of sugar)! Plus, they’re more than double the amount of calories in the shot of rum or tequila included in the drink (that is, if you’re only served ½ cup of mixer). What’s worse, the calories from mixers are the worst kinds of calories, simple and refined sugars. When they’re combined with the metabolic effects of alcohol, it gets even worse.

2. Alcohol content. One myth about alcohol is that it will make you fat. But the truth is, it’s the combination of alcohol and sugars found in mixers (or the bar food often consumed with alcohol) that causes problems. Alcohol does contain calories, but it’s safe to assume that no one gains a lot of weight by throwing back shots of straight vodka. Instead, it is the metabolic priority that your body places on alcohol (over carbohydrates and fats) that causes the problem. Your body wants to process alcohol before anything else, which has been shown to create a metabolic environment that is almost the opposite of the environment your body creates following exercise—one of high circulating levels of fat and inhibited fat burning.

While this may sound all doom and gloom, there are upsides to drinking alcohol. Moderate alcohol consumption (1 drink per day for women) increases your HDL (‘good’) cholesterol, and studies show that people who have a couple drinks each week live longer. How can you get the best of both worlds?

1. When you drink, know your serving sizes. A glass of wine is not a full glass but 5oz (red wine glasses can hold 12-14oz).

2. Minimize the calories from mixers. Make margaritas with real lime juice, use diet tonic water, or even the naturally calorie-free club soda instead of regular tonic water and other high-calorie carbonated drinks.

3. If you are aggressively pursuing a weight-loss goal, corral any drinks to your splurge meals to reduce their impact on your overall fat burning.

~ courtesy of SHAPE and OMG

Chewing Gum for the Perfect 2012 Weight Loss Plan

Nicotine gum can be helpful for smokers trying to quit, so what if there was a way to formulate a gum that could help you quit overeating and lose weight faster? According to recent research reported by Science Daily, the idea of using a weight-loss ‘gum’ may not be that far-fetched.

Syracuse University scientist Robert Doyle and his research team were able to show that a hormone called ‘PPY’ (that helps you feel full after you eat) can be successfully released into your bloodstream orally. PPY is a natural appetite-suppressing hormone made by your body that is usually released after you eat or exercise. It appears to have a direct affect on your weight: research has proven that overweight individuals have lower concentrations of PPY in their system (both after fasting and eating). Science has also found that it aids in weight loss: PPY delivered intravenously successfully increased levels of PPY and reduced calorie intake in both obese and non-obese test subjects.

What makes Doyle’s study (originally published online in the American Chemical Society’s Journal of Medicinal Chemistry) so notable is that his team found a way to successfully deliver the hormone to the bloodstream orally by using vitamin B-12 (when ingested alone the hormone is destroyed by the stomach or can’t be absorbed fully in the intestines) as a method of delivery. Doyle’s team hopes to formulate a “PPY-laced” gum or tablet that you would be able to take after a meal to reduce your appetite several hours later (before the next mealtime), helping you eat less overall.

In the meantime, you can help improve the effectiveness of your body’s natural fullness mechanisms by eating a balanced diet full of nutrient-dense, naturally low-calorie, high-fiber foods and exercising regularly. Consuming unprocessed, whole foods can help naturally reduce your appetite. And some research shows that combining a healthy diet and regular exercise—or exercising within an hour after eating—may help your body release more ‘hunger hormones’ (including PPY) on it’s own.

What do you think? Would you buy (and use) a weight loss gum like this if it were available? Leave a comment and tell us your thoughts!

Source: Science Daily

Weigh in Smart – Man vs Machine

YOU SWEAT IT OUT REGULARLY at the gym, so what gives when the cardio machine shows that you’re burning a ton of calories, but the scale isn’t in agreement? If you’re not losing weight despite burning major calories on a cardio machine, the equipment you’re using may be at fault according to Dr. Olson, a professor of exercise science at Auburn University at Montgomery.

“Unfortunately, the calorie count mechanisms in treadmills and elliptical machines are often off by 20 to 30%. So, if the readout says that you’ve cranked out 260 calories worth of exercise, a more accurate estimate could be 200 calories burned.”

To even things, out I recommend doing 30% more than your target – so if your goal is to burn off 300 calories., aim to exercise off 390. Even if your machine’s calorie reading isn’t that far off, increasing your workout time or effort should be enough to bump up your weight-loss results.

Source: Michele Olson, PhD

Holiday Brunch Calorie Burner – O.J.

With all the holiday meals going on, brunch is becoming a weekend ritual. Brunch is definitely not the healthiest meal of the week. With menu including stacks of pancakes, plate size omelettes and extra helpings of bacon this feast takes the place of breakfast and lunch and probably still pushes your calorie, fat, and carb intake over the edge. But if you do indulge in the occasional Sunday splurge, drinking orange juice can minimize some of the negative health effects of the big brunch.

No, OJ won’t burn through all of the excess calories you consume, but it can help ease the inflammation that often accompanies eating unhealthy foods. According to researchers at the University of Buffalo, orange juice helps reduce the number of free radicals in the blood after high-fat and carb-heavy meals, and it can also regulate insulin resistance. Of course, this isn’t an all-out free pass to eat whatever you want-but to keep the occasional binge from adversely affecting your health, a glass of OJ can help.

~Source: Jessica Cassity

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