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Diet Chef Reveals How Your Dinner Date Could Make You Fat

LONDON, Sept. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — If you’re struggling to lose weight – don’t give up on the diet yet, new research suggests that one of the top tips to helping you lose weight may be as simple as just getting a new lunch buddy!

Research published in the British Journal of Nutrition by psychologists at the University of Birmingham monitored 100 women at a lunch buffet and found that people unconsciously mirrored eating habits of the people around them even if they were trying to lose weight.

They found when those around the women helped themselves to the fattening array of cocktail sausages, pasties and crisps, while avoiding vegetables, the women did the same. On the contrary when they chose healthier items, the women did also consuming around 200 fewer calories.

Dr Eric Robinson, a psychologist at the University of Birmingham, said: “We found that pairing people with unhealthy eating partners reduced the amount of healthy food they were eating. They tended to pick the foods that were high in calories”.

Therefore it is thought that recognising this effect could help people who are trying to diet and lose weight to avoid being influenced by others.

Caron Leckie, nutritionist at Diet Chef says “The research reflects the effect of social influence on our eating habits – it can be harder to stick to a diet, choose the better options and lose weight if everyone around you is doing the opposite. It can be a good idea to make sure when you start your diet that someone close to you is there also as a dieting buddy or for support on your weight loss plan“.

Diet Chef carefully counts the calories of all meals so dieters on the plan will be averaging less than 1,200 calories per day. The daily menu allows you to get delicious diet food delivered, as well as offering a tasty and varied, healthy balanced plan encouraging dieters to lose weight at a healthy pace.

Those on the diet looking to check their own progress can do so using the weight loss calculator as well as sharing their weight loss success stories via the website or Diet Chef social media channels.

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Diet Industry Supports Mayor Bloomberg’s Proposal to Limit Oversized Beverages

One week before the Board of Health is scheduled to vote on Mayor Bloomberg’s proposal to limit the sizes of oversized drinks, Weight Watchers and other diet companies, including The South Beach Diet, Jenny Craig and Bob Greene of The Best Life Diet, are supporting the proposal.

I have previously blogged on The Huffington Post about my support for the proposal and also testified at the hearing in July.

As reported in the New York Times, David Burwick, the president of Weight Watchers North America, said, “There’s been a lot of hand-wringing about obesity but very little action.”

As reported in Metro NY, Mayor Bloomberg said “As the size of sugary drinks has grown, so have our waistlines, and so have diabetes and heart disease.” And Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley added: “In a city with large sizes of high-calorie snack foods and beverages at your fingertips around the clock, it is no wonder many New Yorkers struggle to maintain a healthy weight.”

I could not agree more!

Here are five good reasons:

1. Portion sizes have exploded in recent years.

2. Large portions contain more calories than small portions.

3. Large portions encourage us to eat more.

4. Large portions encourage us to underestimate how much we are eating.

5. Sugary sweetened beverages are empty calories and have no nutrition benefits to offer.

The Board of Health is scheduled to vote on the ban Thursday, Sept. 13, and it would go into effect six months after, on March 13.

Stay tuned!

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Tips For A Nutritious And Healthy Diet

Tips For A Nutritious And Healthy Diet

Nutrition is a very important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Without the proper balance of nutritional components, our body feels depleted, aged and even ill at times. There has been much written about nutrition and sorting through so much information can often become confusing. Here we will outline some of the best tips to help you get started on your path to feeling healthier.

Going out to eat, but mindful of nutrition? If you’re in the mood to order something high in calories and fat, ask your waiter to divide your meal in half in the kitchen. Your waiter can put half of your meal in a “to go” container, and only bring the other half on your plate. This will help you keep yourself on track with your consumption of calories and fat. It will also let you enjoy some of the good things you love. And you’ll get to enjoy it again, for leftover!

Eat a lot of fruits, vegetables and nuts. You should try to eliminate snacking all together, but if you find yourself craving something to munch on throughout the day or for a midnight snack, try having a piece of fruit. It can be just as filling as a cupcake or cookie but it’s a lot healthier and a lot less calories.

With nutrition a key factor to focus on is fluid intake. Make sure you try to drink low calorie beverages such as water, tea or even diet soda. Sugar sweetened drinks add useless calories to your daily intake and will only make good nutrition harder to achieve, but staying hydrated is important.

Everyone wants to feel healthy. Maintaining the proper balance of nutritional values is an integral part of living a healthier life. Proper nutrition leads to longevity, a more youthful appearance and decreased illnesses. Follow the tips we have provided in this article and you too can begin to reap the benefits of a healthier lifestyle.

Diet Doc Launches Prescription Diet Pills That Represent a New Frontier in Fast Weight Loss

Diet Doc announces new prescription diet pill as part of their fast weight loss program with patients reporting 30 pounds of fat loss per month. These new weight loss pills represent a new frontier in safe and effective weight loss. Diet Doc offers people a safe, rapid, and effective weight loss program that is doctor developed and managed. These new diet pills during an in-house study are shown to be clinically proven for fast weight loss and a lot more effective when compared to the over the counter options that do not require a prescription or which are not FDA approved.

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Diet Doc Launches Prescription Diet Pills That Represent a New Frontier in Fast Weight Loss.

Diet Doc announces new prescription diet pill as part of their fast weight loss program with patients reporting 30 pounds of fat loss per month. These new weight loss pills represent a new frontier in safe and effective weight loss. Diet Doc offers people a safe, rapid, and effective weight loss program that is doctor developed and managed. These new diet pills during an in-house study are shown to be clinically proven for fast weight loss and a lot more effective when compared to the over the counter options that do not require a prescription or which are not FDA approved.

Diet Doc launched a new weight loss pill that deliver on their promise of fast, effective, and safe weight loss making them an ideal option for all those people who would like to lose weight. Though people find buying over-the-counter weight loss pills rather tempting because they don’t have to a see a doctor and don’t need a prescription, weight loss is not merely about just restricting calories using these pills. Easily available in the local drugstore, supermarket or health food stores, over-the-counter weight loss pill brands, dietary supplements and weight-loss aids are not subjected to the rigorous standards that prescription weight loss drugs are. Furthermore, there is limited or absolutely no proof of their effectiveness or safety.

The sale of natural weight loss pills, supplements and products such as those containing ephedra and ephedrine-like ingredients were banned by the FDA in 2004 due to their adverse effects. According to the FDA, there is an emerging trend of companies selling products purporting to be dietary supplements but which contain hidden and harmful ingredients and this is particularly true among over-the-counter weight loss pills and supplements. They acknowledge the fact that there may be hundreds of other drug-contaminated weight loss pills and supplements and other products for sale that the agency does not have the resources to identify. With no procedure in place to notify the agency of the introduction of another new over-the-counter dietary supplement product, the weight loss diet that has been designed by Diet Doc is a better and safer way to approach weight loss.

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Weight Watchers, other diet groups support NYC’s crackdown on big, sugary drinks

Bloomberg and other proponents call it a sensible way to encourage people to cut calories. Opponents see it as government overreaching and question its effectiveness.

To the diet groups, it’s a tool that fits with their approach to making healthy eating easier.

“Today, we live in a world where despite our best intentions, it’s oftentimes very difficult on your own to make the healthy choice,” said David Burwick, president of Weight Watchers North America. “We all need to take more personal responsibility for our own weight and eating habits, but it helps to remember what a healthy portion size is in a world where super-size portions have become the norm.”

The proposal is set for a Sept. 13 vote at the city Board of Health, whose members are appointed by Bloomberg. If approved, it would take effect as early as March.

Bloomberg has been the leading advocate for the plan, which follows other efforts to spur New Yorkers to mind what they eat. During his 11-year tenure, the city has barred artificial trans fats from food served in restaurants and compelled chain restaurants to post calorie counts on menus.

Still, the city spends roughly $4 billion a year on weight-related health problems, the mayor says. He sees limiting the serving size of sugary drinks as a meaningful step — but not an inflexible order — to keep people from downing calories they might not even think about.

“Nobody is restricting the amount of sodas you can buy or the amount of sodas you can drink,” he said, noting that people would be free to purchase multiple 16-ounce cups or bottles if they liked. “It is simply using portion control to point out to you … how many calories you are consuming.”

Along with Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig, the creator of the South Beach Diet, the founder of The Best Life and other diet experts expressed their support. City Hall also has released a roster of kudos from people including physicians, elected officials, chef Jamie Oliver and filmmaker Spike Lee.

Critics, too, are counting their ranks.

An opposition group called New Yorkers for Beverage Choices said it has the backing of more than 2,000 businesses and 201,000 people. A New York Times poll last month showed that six in 10 New Yorkers opposed the plan.

Opponents say the city is overstepping its authority and infringing on personal freedom. And they call the diet companies’ stance inconsistent with their own emphasis on letting people make food choices, rather than absolute limits.

“Restrictions and bans will do nothing to address the very complex issue of obesity,” New Yorkers for Beverage Choices said in a statement Tuesday. “New Yorkers are smart enough to make their own decisions.”

Some City Council members support the proposal; others have criticized it. Regardless, it isn’t scheduled to come before them for a vote.

The rule wouldn’t apply to lower-calorie drinks, such as water or diet soda, nor to alcoholic beverages or drinks that are more than half milk or 70 percent juice.

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Diet Pepsi formula being tweaked for longer shelf life

NEW YORK — Diet Pepsi is tweaking its formula to stay sweet a little longer.

PepsiCo Inc. is testing new artificial sweeteners that let the soda keep its taste for a longer period of time. The problem is that the current sweetener used in the soda — aspartame — loses its potency faster than high-fructose corn syrup, the sweetener that’s used in most regular sodas.

A person with knowledge of the situation says the company had considered importing versions of Diet Pepsi sold in other countries to the U.S. But now it’s testing other sweetener mixes, with a new version set to come out as soon as next year.

The new version will use the same formula that creates Diet Pepsi’s overall taste, according to the person, who requested anonymity because she wasn’t authorized to speak publicly. But it will use a mix of artificial sweeteners, including acesulfame potassium, or ace-K, that has a longer shelf life.

Aspartame on its own is more sensitive to heat, which is a problem when sodas are sitting in trucks or waiting to be shipped to retailers.

In an e-mailed statement, PepsiCo said that it’s “always looking at ways to provide the best consumer experience,” but that it has no plans to change the taste formula of Diet Pepsi. Candice Choi, The Associated Press

Diet Pepsi getting a sweetener tweak

NEW YORK – Diet Pepsi is tweaking its formula to stay sweet a little longer.

PepsiCo is testing new artificial sweeteners that let the soda keep its taste for a longer period of time. The problem is that the current sweetener used in the soda – aspartame – loses its potency faster than high fructose corn syrup, the sweetener that’s used in most regular sodas.

A person with knowledge of the situation says the company had considered importing versions of Diet Pepsi sold in other countries to the U.S. But now it’s testing other sweetener mixes, with a new version set to come out as soon as next year.

The new version will use the same formula that creates Diet Pepsi’s overall taste, according to the person, who requested anonymity because she wasn’t authorized to speak publicly. But it will use a mix of artificial sweeteners, including acesulfame-potassium, or ace-K, that has a longer shelf life.

Aspartame on its own is more sensitive to heat, which is a problem when sodas are sitting in trucks or waiting to be shipped to retailers.

In an e-mailed statement, PepsiCo said that it’s “always looking at ways to provide the best consumer experience,” but that it has no plans to change the taste formula of Diet Pepsi.

It’s not the first time PepsiCo is tweaking a diet soft drink. The company, based in Purchase, N.Y., made a similar switch to its Diet Mountain Dew in 2006. The Coca-Cola Co. tweaked the sweetener used Diet Sprite in 2000.

By blending artificial sweeteners, companies create a “synergistic effect” that prolongs the sweetener’s potency, said John Sicher, publisher of the industry tracker Beverage Digest.

PepsiCo’s latest tinkering comes as an increasing number of diet drinks have come on the market. Coca-Cola in 2005 introduced its Coke Zero, which is intended to taste more like the original Coke. Pepsi followed up two years alter with Pepsi Max. But Pepsi Max hasn’t performed as strongly as Coke Zero.

After losing market share to Coke in recent years, PepsiCo is looking to bolster its flagship soda brand this year. The company is significantly boosting advertising for Pepsi, which two years ago was edged out by Diet Coke as the No. 2 soda in the country. Coke remains No. 1.

Diet Pepsi ranks as No. 7, according to Beverage Digest, and its sales volume last year was about half that of Diet Coke,.

A spokesman for Coca-Cola, Scott Williamson, said there are no changes planned for Diet Coke, which still uses only aspartame as a sweetener.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved ace-K for use in 1998. It is often used in combination with other artificial sweeteners, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a food safety advocacy group. The sweetener is used in a wide range of foods, including baked goods, chewing gum and gelatin desserts, as well as diet soft drinks.

Ryan’s diet of whoppers

Anyone familiar with this column knows that I prefer the progressive vision over the conservative one. But I believe it’s not possible for the nation to set a course without a vigorous, honest debate — and I know there can be no such contest of ideas without agreement on factual truth.

Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan‘s speech Wednesday night was another demonstration that he and presidential nominee Mitt Romney have no apparent respect for the truth. Romney’s pollster, Neil Newhouse, boasted this week that “we’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers.” I’ll say.

Ryan built his career on a reputation for wonkish immersion in the details and willingness to tell uncomfortable truths. But in his address to the convention he lied and dissembled so shamelessly that I thought I detected a whiff of desperation in the air. Or maybe it was just ambition.

The whopper with which those pesky fact-checkers are having a field day is Ryan’s attempt to blame President Obama for the shutdown of a huge General Motors plant in Ryan’s hometown of Janesville, Wis. Ryan’s point of reference was a visit Obama made to the plant during the 2008 campaign.

“A lot of guys I went to high school with worked at that GM plant,” Ryan said. “Right there at that plant, candidate Obama said: ‘I believe that if our government is there to support you … this plant will be here for another hundred years.’ That’s what he said in 2008. Well, as it turned out, that plant didn’t last another year. It is locked up and empty to this day. And that’s how it is in so many towns today, where the recovery that was promised is nowhere in sight.”

In other words, Obama promised to help those workers by keeping the plant open but failed to deliver. This is a bald-faced lie.

As Glenn Kessler, author of The Washington Post‘s Fact-Checker column, has noted, Obama visited the Janesville plant in February of 2008. GM announced the plant’s shutdown in June 2008 — five months before Obama was elected and seven months before he took office. Ryan should be blaming George W. Bush, not Barack Obama.

And technically, the plant isn’t even closed. It’s on “standby,” according to GM, and can be reactivated if the demand for production rises sufficiently.

Ryan was careful with his words. He didn’t specify who was president when the plant was ordered to cease production. He described it as “locked up and empty,” rather than “closed.” But by any reasonable standard, Ryan was being deceptive. He wanted his listeners to believe something that simply is not true.

Another supremely dishonest moment was Ryan’s criticism of how Obama dealt with the Simpson-Bowles debt panel: “He created a bipartisan debt commission. They came back with an urgent report. He thanked them, sent them on their way, and then did exactly nothing.”

Low-calorie diet may not help you live longer, if you’re a monkey

Low-calorie diet: If you’re a rhesus monkey, a low-calorie diet may not help you live longer, reports a new study that overturns previous findings.

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The longevity diet’s premise is seductively simple: cutting your calorie intake well below your usual diet will add years to your life.

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New research published on Wednesday, however, shows the extreme, emaciating diet doesn’t increase lifespan in rhesus monkeys, the closest human relatives to try it in a rigorous, long-running study. While caveats remain, outside experts regarded the findings as definitive, particularly when combined with those from a similar study.

“If there’s a way to manipulate the human diet to let us live longer, we haven’t figured it out yet and it may not exist,” said biologist Steven Austad of the University of Texas Health Science Center’s Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies, who wrote an analysis of the study in Nature.

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Since 1934, research has shown that lab rats, mice, yeast, fruit flies and round worms fed 10 percent to 40 percent fewer calories than their free-eating peers lived some 30 percent longer. In some studies, they lived twice as long.

Such findings have spawned a growing community of believers who seek better health and longer life in calorie-restricted (CR)diets, as promised in the 2005 book “The Longevity Diet,” including 5,000 members of the CR Society International. The research has also prompted companies like Procter Gamble and Nu Skin Enterprises to develop drugs to mimic the effects of calorie restriction.

The new study, from the National Institute on Aging, part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, suggests a surprising disconnect between health and lifespan. It found that most of the 57 calorie-restricted monkeys had healthier hearts and immune systems and lower rates of diabetes, cancer or other ills than the 64 control monkeys. But there was no longevity pay-off.

“You can argue that the calorie-restricted animals are healthier,” said Austad. “They have better cholesterol profiles, less muscle loss, less disease. But it didn’t translate into greater longevity. What we learn from this is you can un-link health and longevity.”

The NIA study, launched in 1987, is one of two investigating whether eating just 70 percent of the calories in a standard lab diet extends life in a long-lived primate. The Wisconsin National Primate Research Center’s study, begun in 1989, also uses rhesus monkeys, whose physiology, genetics and median lifespan (27 years) are closer to humans than are the rodents in earlier calorie-restriction research.


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Great Information To Help You Stay Fit

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Everyone wants to get their bodies in shape. Especially when summer comes and they want to look good in their new bathing suits. But not a lot of people know where to start when it comes to looking and feeling fit. The following article will give you advice on how to get that body you’ve always dreamed of.

If you think you’re too out of shape to workout, think again. Try doing a program like the 100 Push Ups or 200 Sit Ups program. They’re designed to cater to each person’s level of fitness. They start out small and gradually, increase the work until you’re able to complete the ultimate goal.

If you find an exercise that you do not enjoy doing, start doing it. A lot of times, the reason that you do not like or enjoy the exercise is that you are weak at it. If you begin doing the exercise regularly, your strength will increase in the muscles that you use, and you may find that you actually enjoy doing the exercise.

A good tip to help you stay fit is to avoid raiding the refrigerator late at night. Snacking late at night is a surefire way to tack on body fat. This is because your body has no chance to burn the calories off. Avoid late night eating.

To protect your less durable stabilizer muscles, do the more intense exercises that focus on your larger muscle groups first. That means when you are weight lifting you should begin with the dumbbells, proceed to the barbells and then move to the machines. This prevents you from exhausting the smaller muscles before your workout is complete.

Now that you’ve finished our article, you’re on your way to looking and feeling great! Personal fitness may not be an easy goal, but it’s one worth striving for. Even if thing get tough, don’t give up! If you find yourself needing more help, there are plenty of other resources out there with different pieces of advice for you to give you that boost.