Weight Loss

Tube Feeding K-E Diet has Short and Long Term Risk warn the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

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(Best Syndication News) - The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is warning people about the newest weight loss fad called the K-E Diet, which is also called the Ketogenic Nutrition Diet. The weight loss is achieved by hooking up a feeding tube through the nose for a 10-day period. The liquid food is delivered 24 hours a day via a pump.

The group acknowledges that using a feeding tube in certain circumstances is important, such as when a person is unable to eat in a normal way.

Skechers to offer Consumer refunds for Shape-ups after agreeing to $40 million FTC Settlement

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(Best Syndication News) - The Federal Trade Commission today announced that Skechers USA, Inc. agreed to pay $40 million for promising more than what their Shape-ups shoes could actually do. Skechers decided not to fight the FTC charges. The goverment agency said the company made unfounded claims that the shoes could aid in losing weight, and for toning and strengthening their bottom half.

The good news is consumers who have purchased the Shape-ups can submit a claim to get some amount of a refund. The website is http://www.skecherssettlement.com/ where consumers can apply for reimbursement. The refunds are being offered for consumers who purchased the Shape-ups, Resistance Runner, Shape-ups Toners/Trainers, and Tone-ups starting on August 1, 2008 to present day. The consumer settlement refunds will vary depending on the number of participants in the claim and depending on the shoe model ranging from $20 up to $80.

Capsaicin interrupts Nerve Signals - Possible Alternative to Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery

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(Best Syndication News) - Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) investigated the use of capsaicin, which is found in hot peppers, to see if it useful for a vagal de afferentation procedure. As a comparison, the researchers investigated a vagatomy for weight loss. The researchers wanted to see how these procedures would work for weight loss. While the study was conducted in a laboratory setting, it might eventually become another option to bariatric weight loss surgery. The study results are published in the May issue of Digestive Diseases and Sciences.

Ali Tavakkoli, MD, BWH Department of Surgery, and his team investigated the two surgeries – Vagotomy and Vagal de-afferentation – in the lab and found that the vagotomy significantly reduced visceral abdominal fat as well as total body fat. The visceral fat is found in the spaces between the abdominal organs and is associated with obesity-related diseases such as diabetes. The Vagal de-afferentation surgery also showed reduction of fat, but in a smaller amount, but the researchers says it is still remarkable. The vagal de afferentation had fewer side effects than the vagotomy.

Ground Green Coffee Beans might aid in Weight Loss

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(Best Syndication News) - The study was small, and the weight loss was achieved by eating a healthy diet and exercising. Previous studies have suggested green coffee extract may aid in weight loss, which prompted Joe Vinson, Ph.D. and his colleagues to investigate ground green coffee beans. The researchers will present the study results at the 243rd National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

The study involved 16 participants that were overweight or obese, between the ages of 22 and 26, to take several green coffee capsules daily along with eating a low-fat healthy diet and following an exercise program for a period of 22 weeks. The participants cycled between a placebo, a 700 mg, and 1050 mg dose of the green coffee pills. The researchers said that the participants’ diet and exercise remained the same throughout the study.

Brain Activity for Appetite increases with Sleep Deprivation

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(Best Syndication News) - Getting enough sleep may be one of the most important ways to stay slim. A new study from Uppsala University in Sweden found that people who were sleep deprived for only one night had heightened brain activity in the region associated with appetite.

Previous research, conducted by Christian Benedict and Helgi Schiöth from the Department of Neuroscience at Uppsala University, found that young men at normal weight had reduced energy expenditure the following day after one night of complete sleep loss. Also noticed was that the participant’s hunger levels increased as well. The two researchers wanted to investigate how the brain is involved in hunger response with sleep deprivation.

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