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Gene Test Could Aid Weight Loss

A new test that claims to analyse your genes in order to determine the best diet and exercise programme to achieve weight loss, has now been made available to slimmers in the US by Inherent Health.

New Potential Weight Loss Tool Identified

Monitoring the levels of appetite hormones in the blood before dieting could help health care experts to identify people who are more likely to regain weight after successfully dieting. A new study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism shows that people with high plasma leptin levels were more likely to regain weight. Researchers believe that the finding could be used as a weight loss tool that by helping physicians to better lower obesity through personalizing weight loss plans for at-risk patients.

Eating Meals Instead of Grazing is Key to Weight Loss

Eating three meals a day, instead of grazing, could be the best way to lose weight according to scientists in Indiana. Whilst many experts claim that eating little meals often raises the body's metabolism, new research published in the journal Obesity shows that dieter's could feel fuller and may be less likely to over-eat when they sit down to three high-protein meals a day.

Demand for Slimming Pills Soars

Demand for slimming pills has soared, according to newly disclosed figures which show that the NHS now spends £50 million per year on anti-obesity drugs.

The unprecedented demand for slimming aids has seen the prescriptions for Orlistat, popularly known as Alli break the million prescription mark for the first time. And data shows that £35.7 million was spent on prescribing the pill which promotes weight loss by stopping the body from absorbing fat.

Diet, Not Exercise, Key to Weight-loss

New research shows that diet, and not exercise, may be the key to weight loss following reports that Brits are not less active than they were 20 years ago. Instead, scientists at the University of Aberdeen claim that people are eating more without increasing activity levels to level their heightened calorie intake.

Drinking Water Aids Weight Loss

Drinking two glasses of water before eating a meal could be the key to losing weight, according to new research. Scientists in Virginia found that slimmers who drank water before meals ate between 75 - 90 calories less than slimmers who did not drink before meals. Researchers hope that adopting the habit could help overweight and obese people to reach a healthy target weight.

Slowing Fat Digestion Could Cause Weight Loss

Scientists at the Institute of Food Research have discovered a new way to slow fat digestion that could be used to help slimmers feel fuller for longer. The groundbreaking research has seen food researchers use proteins to slow the digestive breakdown of emulsions in popular foods including mayonnaise, ice-cream and soup.

Scientists Link Genes to Obesity

Put down that cream cake – as new research from Yale University's Medical School shows that some people are genetically pre-disposed to obesity and are more likely to gain weight as their brains are hard-wired to eat to excess. Researchers at the ivy-league university found that some people are born with genes that affect the brain's feeding centres – causing them to eat greedily and become overweight.

Labelling People Fat Could Prompt Weight Loss

Labelling people 'fat' instead of 'obese' could prompt weight loss, according to Public Health Minister, Anne Milton - who has urged doctors to be blunt with overweight patients in a bid to shame obese patients into losing weight.

Obese and Lean Men are Tastes Apart

Obese people respond to the taste of fat in a different way than their slimmer counterparts, new research shows. A report released at the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behaviour showed that obese people were less likely to be able to taste fat - perhaps explaining why they found it more difficult to moderate their dietary fat intake.

Weight Loss Pills Dont Work Experts Claim

Weight loss pill simply don't work and should be banned, according to German researchers at the University of Gottingen Medical School, who have found that slimmer's using placebo pills lose as much weight as people using one of nine popular slimming supplements.

Worrying Diet Trend

Indulging to excess may sound like the way not to diet but a shocking new report has revealed that overweight women are willing to pile on the pounds in order to benefit from NHS funded weight loss surgery. The research shows that up to a third of women would strive to become morbidly obese in a bid to qualify for slimming surgery.

Fit Friends

Its official. Women looking to drop a dress size may just have a new weight-loss weapon - their girlfriends. Research commissioned by the insurance company Diamond, claims that women who exercise with a friend shed more than 10 lbs, on average, than female counterparts who decide to slim solo.

Lunchtime Calorie Crackdown

Put down that lunchtime sandwich as experts warn that a shop-bought snack may contain as much salt as nine packets of crisps or as many calories as a burger and chips. Consumer watchdog Which? has revealed that seemingly healthy lunch-time staples including salads and sandwiches could be exceptionally high in fat, calories and salt. The watchdog has raised concerns that consumers may be overloading on waist-widening calories that could badly affect their health.

Calcium Could Prevent Obesity

A High intake of calcium in infancy could reduce the risk of becoming obese in later life, researchers claim. Researchers at North Carolina State University made the discovery when studying calcium intake in new born pigs. The researchers found that newborn pigs who were given increased levels of calcium were much slimmer in adulthood that their calcium deprived counterparts. The findings could be key to fighting growing levels of global obesity

Fat Tax To Fight Obesity

The Food standards Agency is considering taxing junk food in order to fight growing levels of obesity. The planned "fat tax" would increase the cost of processed foods, sugary drinks, chocolate, crisps and more - operating in the same way as taxes on alcohol and tobacco.

Fast Weight Loss Has Better Results

News research suggests that 'crash dieting' could be the key to long term weight loss. Researchers at the University of Florida claim that people who lose weight slowly and steadily are less likely to maintain their new slim line shape than dieters who make dramatic lifestyle changes in order to lose weight quickly.

Chillies Linked to Weight Loss

New research shows that people eating chillies could hot-foot their way to weight loss. Researchers at the University of California claim that eating chilli peppers could cause weight loss to occur naturally by speeding up the body's metabolism resulting in shedding excess pounds.

Eat Less and Weigh the Same

Eating less may have no effect on weight loss, researchers warn. Scientists claim that new research findings indicate that cutting out calories and reducing portion sizes alone may not be enough when battling the bulge.

Losing Sleep Leads to Weight Gain

New research shows that starving yourself of sleep could lead to eating excess calories that results in piling on the pounds. The research, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, shows that people who are sleep deprived can consume up to 560 calories more per day when they lose four hours of sleep or more.

Fatty Breakfast Aids Weight Loss

Scientist have found that breakfast may truly be the most important meal of the day when it comes to fighting fat. Researchers in America have conducted a study that seems to show that eating a breakfast that is high in fat could be the key to losing weight. Scientists at the University of Alabama have produced research that suggests that eating a fatty morning meal could boost the body’s metabolism and help people to lose weight. It is hoped that this new research could help people to shed excess weight and maintain a healthy body weight.

Soybeans Aid Slimming

New research shows that soybeans can be successfully used to aid slimming. Researchers at the University of Illinois found that a number of soy proteins acted to limit the accumulation of body fat. The same soy proteins are also thought to be successful anti-inflammatories. Researchers now hope that these findings can developed and used to help tackle growing levels of obesity.

Gastric Bypass Surgery, the Obese and Type 2 Diabetes

The risk of type 2 diabetes is even more predominant in the overweight and obese; but there are many exceptions to the case. Therefore, Dr Francesco Rubino has begun an investigation into the relationship between type 2 diabetes and obesity to try and establish whether there are other characteristics that could be tested for and just how the remission of diabetes appears triggered through gastric bypass surgery.

Lose Weight by Walking Around the Edge of the Supermarket  

According to Gaye Lynn Hicks of The Methodist Weight Management Center in Houston, America, walking around the edges of supermarket could be the most effective way to lose weight. She stresses that most of the foods in the aisles are full of preservatives and are unnecessary in our diets; whilst fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and dairy are located around the edges of the supermarket.  

Revisional Bariatric Surgery Increases Risks

According to a study published in this month’s edition of Archives of Surgery, patients who need to undergo a second bariatric surgery are at a much higher risk of suffering complications than the first time they underwent the surgery. The study followed several men and women after their surgery and worryingly found that 34 out of 56 patients suffered some kind of complication following their procedure despite good body mass index and body weight reductions.

Losing Weight Solution Found in Sleep

According to a new study that has been conducted at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital the answer to the perfect figure could lie in getting the correct amount of sleep at night. With around 60% of the UK adult population being either obese or overweight, the root cause of this ever increasing problem may not be due to lack of exercise or eating too much but to not sleeping enough.

Obesity Epidemic Could Cripple the NHS

It’s nothing new to hear that there are increasing concerns over the amount of obesity cases within the UK but with the risk of other health complications alongside it the worry lies in the amount of money obesity is eating away at. The latest figures to be released by the NHS show a shocking amount of obesity cases within the UK with one in four adults thought to fall into the obese category.

Family Routines Cut Obesity Risks

As our lives become busier day-to-day routines are becoming a thing of the past, but it could be a lack of these that are having a significant impact on our health, and most significantly that of our children. According to a new study conducted at Ohio State University, taking time for simple lifestyle factors such as family meals could decrease the risks of health complications like childhood obesity.

Blame the Unfitness Genes 

Scientists at the University of London may have just found the answer as to why hundreds of us sweat buckets at the gym, run for days on end and still feel out of puff, tired and unfit. Many people will no doubt scoff at the thought of a gene determining whether we feel the benefits of aerobic exercise or not; but according to research conducted worldwide, our DNA may provide the best excuse.

Obesity Risks Outweigh Bariatric Surgery Risks

Following the news of bariatric surgery carrying many risks and with numerous patients requiring compensation following badly performed surgeries; this week sees a change in the tide with a statement by a leading nutritionist. Geisinger Center for Nutrition and Weight Management’s leading director, Dr. Christopher Still, warns that the health risks associated with obesity could far outweigh the ones recently associated with bariatric surgery.  

Older People with a Few Extra Pounds are Healthier

According to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society, those older people who carry around a few extra pounds could in fact be healthier than those of a more “normal” weight. The study, as conducted by the University of Western Australia, could provide a compelling excuse for all those men and women who have tirelessly dieted throughout their lives. 

When Bariatric Surgery causes problems

The recent progression of bariatric surgery; a surgical technique that aids obese patients to lose weight by implementing their stomachs with a band, staple and so on, has led to a worrying amount of claims made to the Medical Defence Union and harsh questions as to who “qualifies” for the surgery. It is thought that some obese patients are trying to gain weight to enable themselves to qualify for the surgery, but with a worrying number of patients claiming for compensation after their surgeries, it is clear the right solution for obesity hasn’t been found with bariatric surgery as of yet.

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