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Weight Loss

Introduction to Weight Loss

An Epidemic Of Obesity

Obesity is epidemic in the United States. The number of overweight and obese Americans has grown at a disturbing rate, especially over the past few years, to the point where today more Americans are overweight than are normal weight. In fact, over sixty percent of Americans are now considered to be overweight, with over 30 percent of the population considered to be obese (e.g., overweight by more than 20-30% of recommended weight). These numbers describe a tragic public health situation. Being overweight increases a person’s risk of serious illness. A very large (and growing) percentage of citizens are at increased risk for developing serious chronic diseases, and face the prospect of early disability or death as the result of being overweight. Meanwhile the entire society struggles under the burden of the resulting increase in health care costs.

Weight Loss — In The News
Health Tip: Confused About Comfort Foods?

(HealthDay News) -- One of the toughest parts of sticking to a healthy eating plan is giving up your favorite comfort foods, from macaroni and cheese to candy. That may not be entirely necessary, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. The CDC suggests: Don't entirely give... Read More

Could the 'Love Hormone' Be a Weight-Loss Aid for Men?

FRIDAY, March 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Preliminary research in a small number of men suggests that the "love hormone" oxytocin may reduce appetite, potentially turning it into a tool for weight loss. The new study tested a synthetic nasal formulation of oxytocin, and found the hormone treatment reduced the... Read More

Mouse Study Points to Potential Weight-Loss Agent

THURSDAY, March 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A molecule found in certain tree leaves helped female mice avoid weight gain, a new study claims. The molecule is found in the leaves of several types of trees in Central and South America. It binds to a receptor in muscle cells and... Read More

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Intuitive Eating Helps Dieters Manage Emotional Food Cravings

If you are trying to lose weight, are you sick of the oodles of diets out there? Each one touts its superiority over other diet plans and comes with complicated... Read More

Intermittent Fasting For Weight Loss

A number of books have come out in the past year discussing the advantages of intermittent fasting (IF) for weight loss. In fact, IF has been used to lose weight... Read More

Is Fasting An Effective Therapy For Weight Loss?

With numerous best-selling books touting the advantages of fasting for weight loss, many people are wondering if fasting is a safe and effective way to lose weight. With New Year’... Read More


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