Scientists create ‘feel fuller’ food ingredient

British scientists have developed an ingredient that makes foods more filling, and say initial tests in overweight people showed that it helped prevent them gaining more weight.

The ingredient, developed by researchers at London’s Imperial College and at the University of Glasgow, contains propionate, a natural substance that stimulates the gut to release hormones that act on the brain to reduce hunger.


Overeating may be caused by a hormone deficiency

It’s late at night and you really just want another slice of that chocolate cake — even though you’re not hungry.

Scientists say the phenomenon could be more than just having an overactive sweet tooth. It may be the result of a hormone deficiency in the brain, a discovery that could have implications for obesity down the road.

A new study published this week in the journal Cell Reports suggests that overeating happens when people don’t have enough of a hormone called glucagon-like peptide-1, or GLP-1. The chemical is secreted from cells in both the small intestine and the brain to let our brain know when we’ve had enough to eat.


Why being FAT can be good for you: A controversial book by a top doctor claims being overweight can help you fight disease – and even live longer

Comment:  Contrary to popular opinion, convincing new research for optimal weight and health is generally on the heavier side, not slender. Yet weight must be distributed in the right places which necessitates proper dietary and health practices.

Consider the various bits of advice doled out by so-called medical experts in the past 100 years or so and you’ll realize how often there has been a complete about-turn when it comes to the validity of a certain fact, claim, or practice.

At one time or another, scientists deemed it acceptable to use X-rays to measure shoe size, recommended baby formula over breast milk, and  even endorsed cigarette smoking.

Looking back, it seems incredible that we were ever misled in this way  and yet I believe that we are currently subject to one of the greatest misconceptions of all — the belief that obesity is necessarily bad for us.


Can yacon syrup help you lose weight?

What is yacon syrup? Should I add it to my diet?

Dr. Oz’s recent segment, which involved several women testing out the product as a weight-loss aid, has us all wondering. Yacon syrup is found in the tuberous roots of the yacon plant, which is native to the
Andes Mountains. The Incas originally included this molasses-like syrup in their diet.


Can you turn off your fat genes?

You can’t change your genes, but you just might be able to change how they work in your body. And in the case of those that play a role in fat loss, pumping iron could be key.

In addition to affecting the genes in your muscles, resistance training also influences the genes in your fat, says a new study published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology. After subjecting participants to eight weeks of heavy resistance training, researchers found that the expression of two genes found in fat tissue decreased by around 20 percent. Participants also had a boost in muscle mass and fat burning, as well as a drop in the protein adiponectin, which plays a role in fat breakdown.


Pill to switch off hunger possible as ‘anti-appetite’ molecule discovered

Dieters could soon benefit from a pill that switches off hunger after scientist found that fiber reacts with the gut to produce an
‘anti-appetite’ molecule.

Researchers at Imperial College discovered that people feel full when eating fruit and vegetables because fiber releases acetate into the gut.

They believe that a pill derived from acetate could be created to help people cut down on food without experiencing any cravings.


Why cheating on your diet is actually good for you

Editorial:  This article raises the possibility that cheating on a diet might be good long term. Since it only considers the leptin angle, other relevant diet factors are omitted, making the conclusion questionable. Nonetheless, it does offer an insight into dieting and something each dieter might want to consider. Such terms as ‘splurging’ and ‘cheating’ tend to be misleading since the end of the article recommends only a slight alteration of an extra 500-1000 carbs once/ week of good calories.  Check it out.

Cheating on your diet is the easiest (and most finger-licking delicious) way to lose weight—and not just because, without it, resolve crumbles like a mouthful of red velvet Oreos.

Or, better yet, call it a splurge, a treat, refeeding, or anything that doesn’t convey the fact that you are doing something wrong by indulging. “When people see eating as black and white that could be dangerous,” says Jim White, R.D., owner of Jim White Fitness training studios and a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Being 100 percent “on” or “off” your diet sets you up for having 1) a pretty unhealthy relationship with food and 2) a metabolism gone haywire.