Friday, December 18, 2009

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Monday, June 22, 2009

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

blu eCigs: Electronic Cigarettes

blu eCigs perform somewhat like traditional cigarettes. They look, feel and taste the same, but blu eCigs deliver all the pleasures of smoking without any of the tar and carcinogens that are associated with traditional cigarettes.

Blu is driven by the latest microelectronic technology - a small rechargeable battery and a unique, replaceable cartridge containing water, propylene glycol, nicotine and other flavorings exclusive to blu. These are all contained in a membrane within the cartridge to suspend the ingredients and keep blu fresh while stored.

With Blu, the act of inhaling - or "smoking" - produces the tactile and cravings satisfaction smokers desire. It also triggers a vaporizing process that releases simulated smoke, which is actually a vapor that evaporates into the air within a few seconds.

To learn more on how to quit smoking with ecigs, click here.

How does blu work?
blu works with a small rechargeable battery and a unique, safe replaceable cartridge that contains water, propylene glycol, nicotine, a scent that emulates a tobacco, and other flavorings exclusive to blu. When you inhale it activates the atomizer which releases simulated smoke that is actually water vapor.

Can I really smoke blu anywhere?
Yes, blu is not a traditional cigarette and does not burn tobacco. It can be smoked in areas where normal smoking bans are in place - such as bars, restaurants, planes and offices. blu produces water vapor that is odorless and disappears in a few seconds.

Does blu produce smoke?
No, blu produces an odorless and harmless water vapor that disappears in seconds.

Is blu healthier than traditional cigarettes?
Yes, blu does not contain the tar and carcinogens associated with traditional tobacco cigarettes. It simply provides the smoker with a small dose of nicotine to satisfy their cravings.

What flavors are available?
blu has developed 5 exclusive flavors: Classic Tobacco, Magnificent Menthol, Java Jolt, Vivid Vanilla and Cherry Crush. Each flavor is available in the following strengths: Full Flavored, Light, Ultra Light and No Nicotine.

To learn more on how to quit smoking with ecigs, click here.



Friday, May 29, 2009

2 good reasons that will motivate you - start to walk and get fit with us


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Package Includes: Forerunner 305, Heart rate monitor, docking cradle, expander strap, AC charger, PC/USB Interface cable, Quick start guide, Garmin Training Center CD & owner's manual

The Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS System combines form and function. This combination running partner and Personal trainer is designed for athletes of all levels. It features a high-sensitivity GPS receiver, new courses feature, and robust ANT wireless heart rate monitor for optimal performance. The super-sensitive GPS tracks your every move, even working on tree-covered trails and near tall buildings. The heart device monitors your heart rate, speed, distance, pace and calories burned so you can train smarter, more effectively. These taskmasters will continually push you to do your personal best.
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# Courses feature lets you Download recorded courses and compete against previous workouts
# Auto Pause pauses and resumes training timer GPS features:
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# Display Size(WxH): 1.3" x 0.8" (33 x 20.3 mm)
# Lap Memory: 1,000 laps
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# Alerts: Time, distance, pace and heart rate
# Physical Size(WxHxD): 2.1" x .7" x 2.7" (53.3 x 17.8 x 68.6 mm)
# Weight: 2.72 oz. (77 g)

Heart rate monitor features:
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Monday, May 25, 2009

Estrogen Dominance: The Hidden Weight-Gain Epidemic

where your belly fat came from and why it won't budge

My guess is that you picked up this book because, over the last few years, you have put on ten, twenty, thirty, or even forty extra pounds around your abdomen, hips, and thighs. The extra weight makes you feel uncomfortable and unattractive. You've tried dieting and exercising to lose the belly fat, and while you may have lost a few pounds here and there for short periods of time, the bulk of your extra weight just hangs on.

In Part 1, you'll learn the medical reason why your belly fat appeared and why it just won't budge, no matter how hard you try. In Chapter 1, you'll learn how hormone balance is intricately connected with your body's metabolism and its predisposition to store fat. Even more important, you'll come to understand why estrogen dominance is very likely the primary hidden culprit adding pounds to your belly and inches to your waist. Already wondering if you might be estrogen dominant? In Chapter 2, you'll learn how to self-diagnose the problem.


Estrogen Dominance: The Hidden Weight-Gain Epidemic

When people hear the term hormonal imbalance, most immediately think about the change of life, menopause. Although it's true that women going through menopause have significant hormonal changes, the issues associated with hormonal imbalance, such as abdominal weight gain, typically begin in a woman's early to mid-thirties and a man's early forties.

In fact, weight-loss research proves that because of shifting hormone production, the average person will add one to two pounds around his or her middle each year between the ages of thirty-five and fifty-five. As long as your body's cellular metabolism is compromised by an untreated hormone im­balance—most particularly estrogen dominance—the extra pounds around your middle will be nearly impossible to lose.

I firmly believe that estrogen dominance is an epidemic in North America. We Americans are aging, we are constantly exposed to environmental estrogens, and too many of us are overweight.

Unfortunately, because the pharmaceutical industry has created so much marketing hype about a woman's need for estrogen replacement as a fountain-of-youth treatment for menopause, most medical practitioners and healthcare consumers are misinformed and/or confused. The consequence for millions of people is that the very real condition of estrogen dominance is often overlooked or, worse, misdiagnosed and mistreated. For instance, consider the case of a woman I'll call Sylvia.

Sylvia, a thirty-six-year-old divorced mother of three, came to my office six months after moving to Florida from Oregon. She said that she had gained twenty-five pounds in three years and was suffering from what she called the 'love-handle blues.' She was in tears as she explained the ­following:
Ever since my divorce three years ago, I have felt as if someone was pumping up a spare tire around my middle. I used to wear size 6 pants, and now I can barely squeeze into size 10. I swear I'm not eating any more than I did five years ago. If anything, I eat less. Even though I go to the gym and walk on a treadmill at least five hours a week, this fat around my belly just won't budge.

I can't go on this way. I am almost at the point of considering diet pills. Also, my doctor on the West Coast had put me on antidepressants, but my prescription has expired. Please help me.

Sylvia's age, weight gain, and mild depression were common indicators of an underlying hormonal imbalance, specifically estrogen dominance. I told Sylvia that I could help her without diet pills or antidepressants. After following the plan for six weeks, she walked into the office a changed woman. She had lost nine pounds and an inch and a half from her waist. Within ten weeks, she celebrated with a shopping spree for new size 8 pants. In my practice, I have helped thousands of people like Sylvia, people who had no idea that shifting hormone production was the hidden culprit causing their weight gain.

In order for you to understand how a hormone imbalance could affect your weight, here's a quick refresher course in the production and function of your sex hormones.

estrogen and progesterone: a careful balancing act

The human body produces three sex hormones: estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. In this book I focus primarily on estrogen and progesterone because both medical research and my experience prove that they play the starring roles in any hormone-related weight-gain drama.
healthy hormone function from puberty to thirty
When a woman begins to menstruate until she is approximately thirty years old, her ratio of estrogen to progesterone is optimal. In this ideal scenario, estrogen does the following for her:
• Develops the sex organs and secondary sex characteristics such as breasts and pubic hair.
• Maintains the menstrual cycle.
• Supports the growth and function of the uterus, specifically creating the lining of the uterus to prepare it for pregnancy.
• Stimulates cell growth.
During these same years, progesterone does the following:
• Maintains the uterus and prepares it for pregnancy during the reproductive years.
• Promotes the survival of an ovum (egg) once it is ­fertilized.
• Stimulates bone building that can prevent or treat osteoporosis.
• Acts as a natural diuretic to prevent bloating.

In women and men, progesterone also does the ­following:

• Serves as a natural antidepressant.
• Fosters a calming effect on the body.
• Maintains libido.
• Promotes regular sleep patterns.
• Opposes estrogen's predisposition to promote cell growth, thereby providing protection from uterine, breast, and ovarian cancer as well as fibrocystic ­disease in females and an increased risk of prostate cancer in males.

As you can see, when they are in sync, estrogen and progesterone are responsible for important biochemical functions in both the female and male bodies. When the ratio of estrogen and progesterone gets out of sync, many health issues arise, including unwanted weight gain.

what is estrogen dominance?

It is important to understand that being estrogen dominant doesn't mean that your body is producing too much estrogen; rather, it means that your body's estrogen production is not balanced by progesterone production. Estrogen dominance occurs when the natural ratio of estrogen to progesterone is upset—in other words, when the body's internal estrogen-to-progesterone seesaw becomes tilted.

a weight-gain double whammy—how your body becomes a 'fat magnet'

Estrogen dominance causes a host of metabolic disturbances, which occur much like a chicken-and-egg ­relationship:

• Too much estrogen circulating in the body increases body fat, and fatty tissue within the body produces and stores more estrogen. Body fat contains an enzyme that converts adrenal steroids to estrogen. At a cellular level, body fat continues to produce more estrogen, and a high estrogen level, in turn, causes the body to increase its store of fatty tissue. In other words, your belly becomes a 'fat magnet.'
• When you're estrogen dominant, your body is unable to effectively use fat stores for energy, which means that your body's ability to metabolize or burn body fat for calories is compromised. The result is extra weight that won't go away even with more exercise or less eating.
• When high estrogen levels are unopposed by sufficient progesterone, the resulting condition of estrogen dominance also impacts your body fat's distribution. In both men and women, higher estrogen levels ­predispose the body to store fat around the abdomen. In women, estrogen dominance causes fat to be stored around the waist, hips, and thighs, and it's the main reason that many middle-age women have pear-shaped bodies. Estrogen dominance is also the reason for the middle-age spare tire in men.

effects on the thyroid gland

The thyroid gland is best known for its metabolic function affecting weight. Estrogen dominance renders the thyroid hormones dysfunctional, causing your body's metabolism to slow down. The resulting condition is called relative hypothyroidism. In addition, the changes in your body's blood sugar levels—some of which occur naturally with age and some of which are due to a hormone imbalance—are also linked to weight gain. As the body's progesterone production decreases with age and estrogen becomes dominant, your body releases insulin more rapidly and more often. When fluctuating hormones unnaturally stimulate insulin release, you get hungry faster and will often crave sugar. In fact, these food cravings can sometimes be uncontrollable, and people who are estrogen dominant tend to consume more sweets even when they aren't truly hungry. As a result, they ingest more calories than their bodies require and pack on even more pounds.
If you are a woman in your thirties, you need to understand that estrogen dominance is not 'your mother's problem.' For most women, estrogen dominance is a concern to be reckoned with long before middle age or menopause. As a woman approaches her midthirties, the balance of hormones within her body begins to shift, starting with a decline in progesterone. In fact, progesterone production declines 120 times more rapidly than does estrogen production. It is this downward shift in progesterone production that causes the body to become estrogen dominant.

© by C.W. Randolph M.D.
Excerpted from the book From Belly Fat to Belly Flat: How Your Hormones Are Adding Inches to Your Waist and Subtracting Years from Your Life -- the Medically Proven Way to Reset Your Metabolism and Reshape Your Body

About the Author
C.W. Randolph, M.D., graduated from Auburn University's School of Pharmacy and received his medical degree at Louisiana State University's School of Medicine. In 2000, Dr. Randolph attended Columbia University Medical School where he completed an intensivetraining in the field of integrated medicine under Andrew Weill, M.D. He is a frequent speaker at medical organizations and is the coauthor of From Hormone Hell to Hormone Well.

Genie James, M.M.Sc., cofounded The Natural Hormone Institute of America with C. W. Randolph, M.D. A writer and consultant with an emphasis on women's health and integrative medicine, James also serves as the Executive Director of Women's Medicine, Inc., an organization dedicated to offering women natural medicine products.

About he book
Discover the hidden culprit behind the 'middle-age spread'--and the simple plan that's helped hundreds of women over 30 break the fat cycle!

It's an all-too-common problem once you hit thirty: Despite your best efforts, you just can't seem to lose the extra weight around your middle, and you look in the mirror wondering what month and year you lost your waistline. Medical research proves you're not alone--that the average American gains one to two pounds a year after age thirty--usually around the stomach. Not only does this excess belly fat make you look and feel bad, it's the most damaging kind of fat; a precursor to heart attacks and certain types of cancer.

To the contrary of other diet books, C.W. Randolph, M.D., a champion for women's health, explains that the real reason behind this problem has less to do with calories, carbs, or crunches and everything to do with a little-known but very real medical problem called 'estrogen dominance.' By treating thousands of women safely and effectively for over two decades, Dr. Randolph has discovered why we are in the midst of an estrogen epidemic and how you can save your waistline . . . and your health . . . using his 3-step plan comprised of an anti-estrogenic diet, natural progesterone supplementation, and exercise. You'll learn:

-How to self-diagnose estrogen dominance
-The top ten belly-blasting foods that jump-start weight loss and maintain hormone balance
-How your sleep patterns, exercise habits, and stress levels impact your hormone levels
-Which vitamins and supplements support, not sabotage, your overall hormone balance

The result? Well within four weeks you'll lose pounds and inches… and reveal the flat belly--and the health and vitality that go along with it.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

How to Fight a Food Temptation

When it comes to dieting successfully, temptation may be a good thing.When we try to lose weight, the first thing we usually do is banish all those tempting, high-calorie foods we know will sabotage our diet. We make sure we have no ice cream, cookies, potato chips or doughnuts in the house to derail our weight loss. Now a study from Lessius Hogeschool in Antwerpen, Belgium concludes that keeping some sweet treats and savory snacks in the house could be a good way to build willpower, reports Reuters Health.

How? By challenging yourself to resist the temptation to eat the ice cream you know is in your freezer, you'll develop greater willpower to resist this and other temptations than if you ban all sweets and snack foods from your house. "The main message is that banishing food temptations may not be the best way to limit the amount eaten. Tempting foods can actually increase willpower," lead author Kelly Geyskens told Reuters Health.

She admits this is counterintuitive. After all, you can't eat the ice cream if you never brought it home and put it in your freezer. Instead, she insists we can learn to make the tempting food a trigger for self-control strategies. "When a new temptation situation subsequently arises, these activated strategies will be activated again and will be strengthened," Geyskens told Reuters Health.

The study: Female college students were recruited for three experiments in which they were tempted with forbidden food. In each study, the women were told that a candy manufacturer was doing consumer research. They were shown photos of candy--the food temptation--but obviously they couldn't eat it since it was only a photograph. In addition, some of the women were presented with a bowl of the candy pictured in the photo, but were specifically instructed not to eat it. Soon after that, they were given a bowl of M&Ms.

The results: The women who had been presented with the forbidden bowl of candy were more likely than those who'd merely seen pictures of that candy to exercise self-restraint around the M&Ms, reports Reuters Health.

The takeaway: Removing all tempting foods from your daily life may not be the most effective weight-loss solution. Otherwise, when food temptations arise, you may not have the willpower to resist because you will not have learned self-control.

The study findings were published in the Journal of Consumer Research.
--From the Editors at Netscape

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

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Saturday, May 2, 2009

This Food May Prevent Alzheimer's!

A diet that is rich in the omega-3 fatty acids that are found in salmon and other types of fish could prevent Alzheimer's disease by thwarting the buildup of brain proteins, reports Reuters of new research in mice.

The fatty acid DHA appears to interfere with the Alzheimer's plaques and tangles that form in the brain. Docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, is a type of omega-3 fatty acid found mainly in fatty fish and to a lesser extent in seaweed, eggs, organ meats and DHA-fortified foods. These results confirm earlier studies in human beings that show people who eat more fish have higher blood levels of DHA and a lower risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.

The study: Led by Dr. Frank LaFerla of the University of California at Irvine along with a team from Martek Biosciences Corp. of Columbia, Maryland, the researchers used mice genetically engineered to develop Alzheimer's-like plaques and tangles. When the mice were three months old, they were placed on one of four diets:

  • A typical American diet with low amounts of omega-3 fats and far higher levels of omega-6 fats, which are found in vegetable oils, eggs and meat.
  • A diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids that was supplemented with DHA.
  • A diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids that was supplemented with omega-6 fats.
  • A diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids that was supplemented with DHA and omega-6 fats.

The results: After nine months, the mice on the diet supplemented with DHA alone had lower levels of beta-amyloid and tau in their brain tissue than the animals in the other three groups, reports Reuters. Beta-amyloid and tau are the two proteins that cause the abnormal clumping in the brain that leads to the telltale tangles and plaques that characterize Alzheimer's disease.

What's next? Clinical trials involving people with early-stage Alzheimer's is the next research step to confirm whether DHA supplements can slow the progression of the disease in humans. Martek, which makes a DHA product used in a range of infant formulas, foods and supplements, has launched just such a study.

The study findings were published in the Journal of Neuroscience.
--From the Editors at Netscape


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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

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Monday, March 23, 2009

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Sunday, March 22, 2009

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

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Sunday, March 15, 2009

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The Rice Diet Solution

It is wonderful, if we chose the right diet, what an extraordinarily small quantity would suffice.

-- Mahatma Gandhi Are you frustrated with your war on weight? Have you tried any number of diets, lost weight, and then, in time, put the weight back on? Do you still want to lose weight but no longer believe that any diet will really work for you?

We know exactly how you feel. We also know that we have empowered many to lose weight and keep it off -- for good.

At the Rice Diet Program, we, a registered dietitian and a cardiologist, have helped thousands of Ricers (our affectionate name for the participants who come to our program) lose weight. Some come to lose 100 or 200 pounds. Others come to us for help losing 20 pounds they've put on since stopping a sport, having a baby, or entering middle age. The reasons people gain weight vary enormously, but the way they can lose weight and maintain their goal is actually quite simple: the Rice Diet Program.

The Rice Diet Program was established in Durham, North Carolina, over sixty years ago, and since that time the Rice Diet's results are well documented by extensive studies on hundreds of people, and impressive data on thousands. It is the most medically sound program for weight reduction, and the fastest. So whether you want to lose 10 pounds or 200, the Rice Diet will show you how to lose weight safely and quickly. The Diet will also cleanse and detox your body, ridding it of excess sodium, water weight, and other toxins from both processed foods and the environment.

Here's how it works:

• As a low-sodium diet, the Rice Diet dramatically limits salt and all other sodium-rich ingredients. Salt, likerefined sugar, is an appetite stimulant. Since you will be eating mostly fresh, whole foods and dramatically reducing processed foods, you will sharply reduce your major sources of sodium (salt). Without this extra sodium, you lose not only water weight but weight associated with overeating. Ricers often say that salt works like sugar to trigger overeating; with so little salt, they rid themselves of yet another trigger that stimulates eating!

• As a low-fat diet, the Rice Diet limits saturated fats and instead relies upon carbohydrates as the main source of food. You will be eating a lot of fruits, vegetables, grains, and beans -- all whole foods that contain a lot of fiber. This high fiber cleanses your body and fills you up so you feel full more quickly with less food and calories.

• People feel satiated, rarely hungry, and lose weight faster than any other whole-food diet because they easily limit calories. It's a challenge to eat 1,500 calories on this diet.

The result? You lose weight -- fast and safely.

Though the rapidity of your weight loss depends on your age, sex, initial weight, and ability to exercise, men lose an average of 30 pounds and women an average of 19 pounds in the first four weeks. Over a period of months, a weight loss of 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 pounds per week (or 1/3 to 1/2 pound per day) is very doable. You will lose even more by gradually increasing your amount of exercise. It is very common for Ricers to lose several pounds per week. One Ricer lost over a pound a day, for a total of 217 pounds in less than seven months. As S.S. said, "In 1980, while in residence in Durham for ten months, I lost 150 pounds under the supervision of the Rice Diet staff. Here it is fifteen years later. I have maintained my weight at 115 pounds all these years. It is the hardest thing that I have ever done. My life began again when I lost the weight. This is not to say that you don't have problems when you're fat; it's an illness that shows on the outside. It's all consuming and distracts you from the real problem -- you. I can't hold my fat accountable anymore, but I wouldn't have it any other way."

Another young man told us, "My great-grandfather came to the Rice Diet Program in the 1940s to lose weight after a heart attack, so I always knew about the place. I had gotten to the point where I was embarrassed to go out with friends because I was always the largest one there and felt uncomfortable. I knew that if I did not do something about it then, that it would only get worse and I would not end up living the long, healthy life that everyone desires. When I arrived at the 'Rice House' [the popular nickname for the Program's home base] on May 9, 2000, I was twenty-one years old, had a size 56 waist, wore a size 6X shirt, and weighed 359 pounds. Now, August 1, 2001, I am twenty-two years old, I have a size 36 waist, wear a size Large or XL shirt, and weigh an incredible 215 pounds. I cannot say enough good things about the Rice Diet. People and places come into your life for a reason; this place came into my life for reasons that I will continue to discover throughout the long life it has given me back."

One of the unique and ingenious truths of the Rice Diet is that you can tailor it to your needs. We have designed three phases of the diet: Phase One focuses on cleansing your body to ready it for true, lasting weight loss; Phase Two guides you to lose the weight; and Phase Three shows you how to maintain your weight loss. We give you the guidelines and the portion sizes; and then you decide on how you want to do the three phases in order to reach your weight loss goals. You are also free to eat any food you want -- presuming that it does not cause you health problems. You are able to select from all the food groups: grains, legumes (beans), vegetables, fish and meats, dairy, and fats (preferably olive oil).

There are three other keys to making the Rice Diet work for you: becoming a mindful eater by learning about nutrition, relaxing and making time for yourself through exercise and other mindful activities, and by creating support in your community. When Ricers put these pieces of the weight loss puzzle into place, they are pretty much guaranteed to lose the weight they desire and maintain their weight loss. Our results are the best we've seen for long-term success: 43 percent of our participants maintained their weight loss, or lost even more, after six years back home!

Within days of starting the Rice Diet, you will feel remarkably better: more clearheaded, more energetic, more at peace with yourself. You will know that the Diet is working for you not just because you are losing weight, but because you suddenly feel unburdened from living -- and eating -- in a way that hasn't worked for you. This is when something magical happens: When you are freed from the grip of processed food's excess fat, sodium, and sugar, your weight loss inspires you to explore your "inner healing" tools that heal at the root level, and you discover that you truly have the power to actualize your goal weight, as well as other lifelong dreams.

We have watched these transformations again and again with Ricers at the program. When people finally learn to control their eating and achieve lasting weight loss, they do so with the understanding that they can choose to think differently -- and more positively -- about their bodies. And as a result they begin to expect more from their futures than they ever realized was possible. This is a diet that has the simplicity and the scientific support to give you the tools to cleanse your body of toxins, lose weight in the short- and long-term, and give you the power to actualize all your lifelong dreams. It is this combination that can lead you to change your life. Now what's stopping you from becoming a Ricer?

Copyright © 2006 by Rice Diet Publishing and Production LLC
Excerpted from:

The Rice Diet Solution: The World-Famous Low-Sodium, Good-Carb, Detox Diet for Quick and Lasting Weight Loss by Kitty Gurkin Rosati, Robert Rosati
Buy this book at Barnes & Noble

Synopsis

Can you really lose twenty pounds in a month? Will you really keep it off this time? With The Rice Diet Solution, you will! The Rice Diet Program has been helping dieters successfully lose weight since 1939. Now in book form, this world-renowned weight-loss method can help you change the way you eat forever.

The Rice Diet Program in Durham, North Carolina, was one of the first medical facilities in America to use diet as the primary way to treat disease. On this high-complex-carb, low-fat, and low-sodium whole-foods diet, "Ricers" lose weight faster, more safely, and more effectively than people on any other diet. Men lose on average twenty-eight to thirty pounds and women on average nineteen to twenty pounds per month! The Rice Diet also detoxes your body, ridding it of excess water weight and toxins from processed foods and the environment. The program's results have been documented by extensive studies and confirmed by thousands of people who report amazing weight loss, as well as immediate improve-ment in such conditions as heart disease, diabetes, and hypertension. After all the other diets out there have failed them, people find that the Rice Diet is the one that finally works -- for good.

Here's how it works: The Rice Diet strictly limits salt and sodium-rich ingredients. Salt, like refined sugar, is an appetite stimulant, so when you reduce salt intake, you lose water weight and are less inclined to overeat. The Rice Diet also limits saturated fats and instead relies on carbohydrates (fruits, vegetables, grains, and beans) as the main source of nutrition. The fiber cleanses your system and satisfies you so you feel full quickly. The Rice Diet makes iteasy to limit calories; when you're eating foods that truly satisfy your hunger, it's a challenge to eat 1,500 calories per day!

To make it easy to follow the program, The Rice Diet Solution includes hundreds of tasty, filling, easy-to-prepare recipes -- some from the Rice House kitchen, others inspired by major chefs and adapted to Rice Diet standards.

The Rice Diet is not just an eating plan. It's a physical, emotional, and spiritual program that will change the way you live, giving you new vitality, energy, and longevity. Ricers report that the Rice Diet not only helps them solve weight problems they've struggled with their whole lives but also teaches them a whole new way of healthier, more mindful living.

Whether you want to lose twenty pounds or two hundred, the Rice Diet can help you do it -- finally and forever.

WHAT MAKES THE RICE DIET SOLUTION THE LAST DIET BOOK YOU'LL EVER NEED?

SOLID TRACK RECORD: Turning out success stories since 1939, the Rice Diet Program is the original, most effective diet to use nutrition to achieve not only safe and rapid weight loss but also the prevention and reversal of chronic disease. On this low-sodium, low-fat, detox diet, you'll enjoy a delicious variety of satisfying foods, including whole grains, fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes, dairy, seafood, and lean meats. You will never feel hungry!

RAPID WEIGHT LOSS: The average "Ricer" loses up to thirty pounds in the first month!

LONG-TERM SUCCESS: 63 percent of people who have lost weight on the Rice Diet report weighing the same or less one year later.

MEDICALLY SOUND: The Rice Diet Program is run by Duke University-trained M.D.s (a cardiologist and an endocrinologist) with more than thirty years of medical experience using diet as the primary treatment for long-term weight loss and disease reversal.

SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN: Numerous scientific publications, including the American Journal of Medicine, have documented the diet's dramatic effects on such life-threatening illnesses as congestive heart failure and heart disease and its risk factors: diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and obesity.

HOLISTIC APPROACH: The Rice Diet Solution helps you examine root causes of health issues and empowers you to create the life you really desire. With practical, easy-to-follow instructions, you can personalize your own practice by integrating meditation, yoga, journalizing, and even quantum physics.

THE INSIDE SCOOP: A stay at the Rice Diet Program in Durham, North Carolina, costs participants thousands of dollars. Now, for just the cost of this book, you can have all the tips, recipes, and advice you'll need to lose that weight and keep it off -- for good!

Ten percent of the net sales of this book will be donated to educational and charitable causes that promote health and healing.



Monday, February 16, 2009

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Find the "best you" with a little special help

With Valentine's day approaching many of us -women and men- feel dissatisfied with their bodies. Did you try to close that beautiful sleveless dress' zip without reaching the goal? Or did you find that you favorite black suit's trousers don't close anymore?
Christmas cookies and desserts have impacted on our waistlines, and now sooner or later we're finding how much this is true. And sad.

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Monday, February 9, 2009

Join the Slow Burn Fitness Revolution!


The Slow Burn Fitness Revolution
by Fredrick Hahn, Michael R. Eades, Mary Dan Eades

In The Slow Burn Fitness Revolution, authors of the three-million-copy bestseller Protein Power team up with leading fitness expert Fred Hahn to revolutionize the way America gets strong, lean, and healthy. The Slow Burn Fitness Revolution lays out the accumulating body of scientific evidence that shows the spend-hours-in-the-gym approach to exercise is over. The Slow Burn exercise routine gives great results in just 30 minutes a week. With Slow Burn, you will:

*Get strong fast
*Increase bone density and ward off osteoporosis
*Improve cardiovascular health
*Enhance flexibility
*Say goodbye to lower back pain
*Increase your metabolism, and
*Make your body a powerful fat-burning machine

Slow Burn promises a leaner, fitter, stronger you with a realistic workout that lets you have a great body and a life!

Read an excerpt:

Chapter 1

The Exercise Myths


I get my exercise acting as a pallbearer for my friends who exercise.
-Chauncy Depew (American politician, died at age 94)

Three common myths about exercise pervade our culture today: any physical activity is exercise; all exercise is good for you; and being fitter means being healthier. As myths so often do, these three have taken on the mantle of absolute truth. A measure of the depth to which they have penetrated our collective consciousness is the way most people react to their even being called myths. Be honest. Weren't you just a little shocked when you read those initial statements? Sure you were--because if these are truly myths, then the implication is that exercise is not necessarily good for you. It would mean that the golf or tennis or roller-blading you've been doing isn't necessarily exercise, or that being fitter doesn't automatically make you healthier. And that's impossible . . . isn't it?

No. Simply put, some forms of exercise are good; some are not so good. And, as we'll explain, some can be downright dangerous to your long-term (and even to your short-term) health. Moreover, some activities that most of us would consider to be exercise don't give us nearly as much bang for our fitness buck as we've been led to believe: walking, for example. How can this be? The confusion arises out of common misconceptions about exactly what exercise is and what it isn't.

Many examples of what people consider exercise are in reality pleasurable leisure pursuits. That probably seems to be a nitpicky point, but it really isn't. Golf, softball, basketball, tennis, skiing, racquetball, and other sportsactivities are just that: sports. Games. Fun. There are undoubtedly some fitness benefits associated with these activities, but not as many as you might think. And--here's the kicker--these benefits come at what risk? Even golf, that most gentle of sports, sends its devotees to emergency rooms, physical therapists, orthopedists, and chiropractors in droves with hurt backs, twisted ankles, and injured shoulders. The other activities are even worse.

And what about the hard-core "getting-in-shape" endeavors--jogging, aerobics, roller-blading, cycling, stepper workouts, Tae Bo? Surely they improve fitness, don't they? Of course, but the way they do it is tremendously inefficient and comes with an almost harrowing amount of risk.

In 1999 alone weekend athletes and exercisers ended up in emergency rooms by the millions at a cost of some $22 billion. Most of these casualties were aging baby boomers injured trying desperately to stay in shape through jogging, biking, aerobics, roller-blading, and a host of other activities. Sadly, most of these sufferers probably accepted the idea that injury in some form--shinsplints, muscle strains, sprains, pulls, tears, or even worse--was the price of admission for better health and a trimmer, fitter physique.

Running is a case in point. Even if they don't suffer other injuries, runners end up with bad knees, damaged hips, and weak backs--all injuries that arise from the punishing beating the body takes when you run. It may surprise you to learn just how punishing it is, so let's take a look.

The impact transmitted through the ankles, legs, knees, and hips to the rest of the body from each running step is about three times your body weight. If your feet pound the ground eight hundred to a thousand times per mile, which is about average for the typical stride, and you are a 150-pound runner, you will jolt your body to the tune of about 120 tons of collective force per mile you run. If you are obese and trying to "get into shape" by running, these figures are much more frightening. A 220-pound jogger generates 175 tons of force. That's 350,000 pounds of force on knees, hips, and back. Brutal! If you don't think these forces injure runners, think again. Go pick up a copy of one of the many magazines devoted to running, and you're almost guaranteed to find at least one article on treating running injuries. Or better yet, go to the Runner's World website and navigate to the sections on injury, where you will find descriptions of over fifty typical running-related injuries and their treatments. And as if all those injuries aren't bad enough, a recent study reported that runners and boxers had the same amount of a potentially harmful protein, S-100B, in their blood. Elevated blood levels of this protein which leaks from certain brain cells when they are traumatized, have been shown to correlate with neuropsychological deficits. So, not only does running pound your back, it pounds your head as well!

Legions of people are willing to accept these risks in an effort to improve their health. And why shouldn't they? It seems like every time you open a newspaper or turn on CNN you're being told of yet another study purporting to show the health and/or longevity benefits of moderate exercise. Despite the fact that these studies are virtually all flawed, it seems as if physical activity should be good for you. To a great extent, it probably is, but not if you end up badly injured in the process. And not if you're spending hours and hours of your time engaged in pursuits you don't really enjoy in an effort to seize whatever benefit exercise has to offer. But take heart, there is a better, safer, more efficient way to reclaim or preserve your health, fitness, flexibility, and strength.

Slow Burn is a form of exercise that has been shown to provide all the benefits you seek from an exercise regimen in only thirty minutes per week, with negligible risk of injury. It's a revolutionary method of strength training that far exceeds the benefits of almost any other kind of exercise you can think of. Slow Burn will change the way you think about exercise forever. In fact, Slow Burn will establish a new paradigm for exercise, a whole new meaning for the word, and, like all truly revolutionary discoveries, a whole new vocabulary for talking about it. Exercise will never be the same again.

Exercise Versus Play

So that you'll know where Slow Burn fits in the universe of exercise and fitness activities, we need to define a few terms: exercise, for one. Most people seem to think of any physical activity they perform, from walking around the block to running a marathon, as exercise. By this common definition, bowling, golf, gardening, dancing, and even flying a kite are considered exercise, because doing any of them is more strenuous than sitting around watching television or reading. And it's true that these activities, undemanding though some of them are, all do improve fitness to some degree. So, exercise would appear to be any activity that improves fitness. But then, what is fitness? Well, fitness is what you get when you exercise--but that definition just brings us back full circle to where we started.

Let's agree instead that to be considered exercise, an activity must make you stronger, improve your cardiovascular system, help you lose excess body fat, improve your endurance, improve your flexibility, and build you up by preserving or increasing your bone density and muscle mass. Any activity that accomplishes all these objectives is exercise; anything that falls short, while perhaps beneficial to some degree, we'll categorize as play, if indeed it's a pleasurable pursuit, or not worth the effort, if it doesn't measure up and we don't enjoy it.

As you'll see in coming chapters, perhaps to your surprise, all these objective measures of fitness that we've said define exercise are chiefly manifestations of becoming stronger. The bottom line is that exercise is something that builds strength, and Slow Burn is the best way to do that.

You may think that all this business about what's exercise and what's fun is just semantics, but it isn't. It illustrates a point central to dispelling the myths of exercise. The distinction is evident not so much in relation to golf, softball, tennis, and other sports that you might honestly pursue for fun, but rather in relation to jogging, aerobics, stationary cycling, pumping a stepper, and a host of other mindless "fitness" activities that you might be doing, not particularly for fun but out of a desire to be more fit. We don't mean to imply that there aren't many people who truly enjoy jogging or biking, because obviously, some do; for these people, such activities clearly qualify as fun. What they don't qualify as, however, is exercise according to our definition. Let's examine why.

Virtually all the benefits that come from these activities derive from increased strength. If you're out of shape and you begin to jog, for example, you'll strengthen your thighs, calves, hips, and abdomen, but not the rest of your muscles and bones. The Slow Burn regimen strengthens these same muscles along with all the rest--to a much, much greater degree, and in about one-tenth the time. So if it's strength you're looking for as you grimly jog mile after mind-numbing mile three or four times a week to stay fit, why not save your ankles, hips, knees, and back and spend just thirty minutes a week doing Slow Burn instead? You'll be way ahead of the game. Not only will you get stronger faster and more safely, you'll also have the 3 1/2 hours you saved to do something you truly enjoy.

In the same vein, if you're playing tennis, racquetball, basketball, or any other sport a couple of times a week just to stay in shape (or to get in shape) and not really for the enjoyment of the game, bag it; spend a fraction of that time doing Slow Burn (without risk of twisting an ankle or taking a racquet in the eye) and spend the rest of your time doing whatever it is you truly enjoy, which may not be an athletic activity at all. But if you do love the sport you play, your added strength and stamina from doing Slow Burn is sure to improve your level of performance.

But what about endurance? What about cardiovascular fitness? Surely we need to jog or walk or bike or do some other sort of endurance-oriented activity to keep our hearts and lungs fit, don't we? Again, the surprising answer is no. Although most people think of these two exercise objectives--cardiovascular fitness and endurance--as one and the same thing, in fact, they aren't. You'll learn why in Chapter 4, which is devoted entirely to the subject of strengthening the heart.

In that chapter, you will see that while jogging does indeed improve endurance, it does so not by improving the capacity of your heart or lungs, but by increasing your strength and making it easier to run. The more you jog, the stronger your running muscles become, and the easier it is to jog. Cardiovascular fitness is another matter. As the full Slow Burn story unfolds in successive chapters, you'll come to understand that what people commonly think of as cardiovascular fitness--i.e., endurance--improves as much with Slow Burn as it does with jogging. We're not saying that doing Slow Burn will increase your running endurance better than running itself will, but by the same token, neither will running increase your endurance for other activities--rowing, for instance. Your muscles must adapt to each specific demand placed on them. That said, however, Slow Burn will indeed make you a stronger runner if you run already, and it will make you a better rower if you row already. In short, it will make you better at any endeavor you're adapted to doing.

Don't Beat Yourself Up--Build Yourself Up

The promise of the Slow Burn fitness program is to quickly and efficiently build your strength without injury and without the risk that accompanies most of the activities all of us pursue in an effort to be fit. Remember: the goal of exercise is to build yourself up, not to beat yourself up. When you're stronger you can be better at whatever it is that you want to do, whether that means athletic endeavors, leisure pursuits, or simply everyday activities.

When you join the Slow Burn Fitness Revolution, your muscles and bones will become stronger, your endurance will improve, you'll enhance your flexibility, and you'll burn more body fat. Performing a Slow Burn workout will set in motion biochemical forces that will make you less hungry and get rid of many of the aches and pains that may have seemed to be an inescapable part of getting older. Slow Burn will definitely make you fitter and, to a certain extent, healthier. Why do we say "to a certain extent"? Isn't a fitter body a healthier body? Not necessarily, which leads to the last of the exercise myths: fitness equals health.

Fit Does Not Mean Healthy

To illustrate the fallacy of this myth, let's look at two examples. The first is that of Jim Fixx, the running guru and author who died from a heart attack while jogging at age fifty-two. Certainly he was fit. But was he healthy? His autopsy report said no. Fixx had a family history of heart disease and had developed coronary arteriosclerosis himself, but he ignored the warning signs of impending cardiac disaster, apparently feeling invincible because of his extraordinary fitness. Since taking up running years before, he had shed sixty pounds, run about 37,000 miles, and completed numerous marathons, and he continued to run fifty to sixty miles per week. He walked out of the house one day in July of 1984, began his jog, and fell over dead. With all the fitness in the world, he couldn't outrun his diseased coronary arteries. Fit, but still unhealthy.

Compare Jim Fixx to Sir Winston Churchill, who was not only obese, but smoked, overate, and drank with abandon, yet lived to be ninety-one. No one would describe Mr. Churchill as fit, but he was certainly healthy. Jim Fixx could have run circles around Churchill, but Churchill lived to be forty years older. Health is a state in which all the components of the body are functioning properly and there is an absence of disease. Fitness is the ability to perform strenuous work or exercise. Clearly, it is possible to be healthy without being fit and vice versa.

Why the distinction? Because it is important to realize the limitation of all forms of exercise, including strength training, when it comes to your health. If you have severe heart disease, following a Slow Burn regimen is not going to make your heart disease go away. In fact, just as with any form of exercise, it could actually cause you to exceed the capacity of your heart and develop problems. Slow Burn cannot cure cancer. These diseases involve health issues, not fitness issues. You can undoubtedly improve your fitness doing Slow Burn, but your health is another matter. For this reason, as with any exercise prescription, it is important that you seek the advice of a physician before beginning your Slow Burn regimen to ensure that your health will support your fitness efforts. While you are doing Slow Burn training, should you experience any worrisome symptoms, such as chest pain, shortness of breath, or headache, don't ignore them. Don't be like Jim Fixx. Seek the attention of a physician.

© Copyright by Fredrick Hahn. Buy this book at Barnes & Noble



Sunday, February 8, 2009

Beat the winter blues


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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

The O Word: Obesity


Protein Power
by Michael R. Eades, Mary Dan Eades

An effective, medically sound diet that lets you eat bacon, eggs, steak, even cheese?

It's true! Lose fat. Feel fit. Stop craving. Without counting fat grams and without giving up the foods you love.

Based on cutting-edge research, this revolutionary and deliciously satisfying plan has already helped thousands of patients lose weight and achieve other lifesaving health benefits, including lower cholesterol and blood pressure readings and an improvement or reversal of common disorders such as heart disease, adult-onset diabetes, and gout. Developed by Doctors Michael and Mary Dan Eades, the simple regimen calls for a new way of eating: a protein-rich, moderate-fat, low-carbohydrate diet that will have you feeling better and more energetic within a week, and help correct blood sugar levels, high blood pressure, and elevated cholesterol within three weeks. So if you've been living the low-fat, no-fat way and still haven't lost weight, stop blaming yourself! Instead, turn to the breakthrough metabolic program that replaces lifelong dieting with lifelong health.

Red an excerpt:

For some of us are out of breath, and all of us are fat.
--Lewis Carroll

How much of a problem is obesity? According to the government, obesity is an enormous problem. The most recent figures, reported in 1995, place the segment of Americans who are "significantly overweight" at 33 percent--nearly a 30 percent jump in one decade while the population has cut fat consumption. Although the Centers for Disease Control had set goals for a reduction in obesity from the nation's lower-fat efforts, Americans went off in the opposite direction and got even fatter. If you believe your eyes, obesity is virtually epidemic--as anyone who's ever been to a shopping mall knows.

Despite the manifold health problems associated with obesity, people continue to gain weight; despite the many disadvantages obesity inflicts on its victims on the job, the cultural stigma against them, the plethora of weight-loss centers, books, and products available, more people than ever are overweight. Why?


How We Get Fat

Obesity is defined simply as the accumulation of excess fat on the body; obesity has nothing to do with excess weight. Based on the standard height-weight tables, Arnold Schwarzenegger would be considered overweight, but he obviously isn't overfat or obese.

Although it's almost always attributed to excess calories, obesity is more related to the multifaceted actions of insulin and glucagon on the storage of fat. As any juvenile-onset diabetic can readily attest, in the absence of insulin one can eatand eat and eat while continuing to lose weight; it's not just a matter of how much is consumed but the result of a complicated interplay among insulin, glucagon, and what and how much is consumed. These two hormones exert a profound influence on all the metabolic pathways, but especially on those involved in the burning and storing of fat and the development of obesity.

When you eat food, your body either breaks it down and burns it for energy or stores it away as body fat in the fat cells (or as glycogen, the storage form of glucose, in the muscles) for later use. Both functions occur simultaneously, and although both the storing and burning pathways are active to some degree all the time, one pathway usually predominates. What is important is the net direction of fat flow over time--i.e., are you mainly storing fat or mainly burning it for energy? Which pathway predominates most of the time? If you mainly store it, you develop obesity; if you mainly burn it, you lose weight.

The flow of fat is composed of the fat you eat, the fat released from storage in your fat cells, and the fat you make from excess protein and carbohydrate. Yes, the body can make fat from carbohydrate and plenty of it. That's why you can't eat fat-free cookies and ice cream and potato chips and expect to lose fat!

Obviously if the direction of fat flow is from our mouths to our fat cells for storage, we are going to gain fat; if this pathway predominates, in time we will become obese. Conversely, if the fat flows in the opposite direction, from the fat tissue to the muscle cells and other tissues to be burned for energy, we won't; in fact we will lose weight. If our goal is to remain--or become--slender and fit, obviously this second pathway is preferable. Is it possible to change the flow of fat and redirect it from the fat tissue to muscle cells? The exciting answer is yes, and here's how.


Directing the Flow of Fat Through Food Selection

Insulin and glucagon, the hormone twins, are the primary regulators of these metabolic pathways and actually direct the flow of fat down one pathway or the other. By altering the ratio of insulin to glucagon--which we can do through our selection of foods--we can determine which pathway predominates. Instead of allowing our biochemistry to control us, we can control it.

Taking as our starting point the fat in the blood, let's walk through the fat metabolism pathways and follow the flow of the fat molecules. Fat travels through the blood in a form called triglyceride, a molecule composed of three fatty acids. At the surface of the cells enzymes break down the triglyceride molecule, and the fatty acids can enter the cells.

Once inside the cells, fat reaches its first hormonal regulation point--the mitochondria. These tiny sausage-shaped power plants within the cells burn the fat--but only if the fatty acids can actually get into the power plant. To do that they need carnitine, which operates a little shuttle system to bring the fat in for oxidation. Insulin inhibits this fat-carnitine shuttle system, saying, in effect, "Hey, we're full; we don't need any more energy. Send that extra fat to the fat cells." Which is precisely what happens when there's too much insulin: the fatty acids turn back into triglycerides and move back into the blood. Glucagon in contrary fashion accelerates the shuttle, rapidly moving fat into the mitochondria. Glucagon's signal: "We need energy; let's start breaking that fat down and getting it in here to the furnace."

Muscle, liver, kidney, lung, heart, and other cells break down fat and burn it for energy, but it's a different story with the fat cells. Fat cells merely store the fat molecules. Residing on the surface of the fat cells are two enzymes--both regulated by insulin and glucagon--responsible for herding fat into or out of the fat cells. The first, lipoprotein lipase, transports fatty acids into the fat cell and keeps them there. (Lipoprotein lipase, as we shall see shortly, also plays a major role in the rapid regaining of lost weight that plagues so many dieters.) The other, hormone-sensitive lipase, does just the opposite--it releases the fat from fat cells into the blood. As you might imagine, insulin stimulates the activity of lipoprotein lipase, the fat-storage enzyme, and glucagon inhibits it; glucagon stimulates the fat-releasing enzyme, and insulin inhibits it.


The Built-In No-Win Situation

It turns out that the biological activity of this enzyme increases prodigiously immediately after weight loss. That's right, the very act of losing weight strengthens and makes more potent the enzyme that is in great measure responsible for the overweight state to begin with. Although it no doubt has an evolutionary purpose, this is a sorry state of biological affairs: while working hard to lose weight, you reinforce the biochemical underpinnings of your obesity. Add to this the fact that insulin by itself further activates the already hyperactive lipoprotein lipase and you begin to understand why 95 percent of people who manage to lose weight will not be able to keep it off.

What standard treatment is brought to bear against this combined force? The only weapon in the arsenal, the low-fat, high-complex-carbohydrate diet, a diet that stimulates the release of insulin. Expecting a formerly obese person with a history of hyperinsulinemia not to gain fat on a carbohydrate-rich diet is like throwing gasoline on a fire, then wondering why it flares. In fact, it's amazing that even 5 percent of successful dieters manage to keep it off. But that may correlate with the percentage of overweight people who don't have hyperinsulinemia and insulin resistance.

What about our goal, to divert the flow of fat away from the fat cells? Although we can't control lipoprotein lipase directly, we can control it indirectly by controlling the metabolic hormones--insulin and glucagon--that modulate it. By keeping insulin levels low, we can remove any stimulation this hormone provides; by keeping glucagon elevated, we can continue to inhibit lipoprotein lipase and thus counteract the stimulatory effect brought on by the weight loss. The nutritional plan in this book lowers insulin and raises glucagon levels, the ideal combination both to achieve and to maintain a lower fat mass. We've seen it happen in thousands of our patients, and in our experience it's the only approach that works.

Amazingly, obesity remains much less treatable than the vast majority of cancers, a grim statistic in and of itself. Are 95 percent of the overweight doomed to live out their lives swaddled in layers of fat?

Most physicians, dietitians, and nutritionists have been locked in the notorious clean and well-lit prison of a single idea for decades. These experts have been treating obesity with low-calorie, low-fat, high-complex-carbohydrate diets, then standing around wringing their hands, watching 95 percent of their patients regain their weight. Perhaps inevitably they blame the patient for the failure. In a brilliant and controversial essay on intelligence published in the winter 1969 issue of Harvard Educational Review, Arthur R. Jensen, a professor of psychology at the University of California at Berkeley, wrote: "In other fields, when bridges do not stand, when aircraft do not fly, when machines do not work, when treatments do not cure, despite all conscientious efforts on the part of many persons to make them do so, one begins to question the basic assumptions, principles, theories, and hypotheses that guide one's efforts."

The evidence seems clear that the low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet--the standard obesity therapeutic agent--is flawed in principle, out of sync with biochemical reality. So why not try something different?
© Copyright by Michael R. Eades, Mary Dan Eades. Buy this book at Barnes & Noble