A recent study used BOTOX injections in the stomach (through a stomach scope) to delay emptying of the stomach, increase fullness, and to thus result in weight loss. The initial study looks promising, with larger trials to come.
In the future, rather than doing surgery, we may be doing every 3-6 month injections of BOTOX to treat obesity.
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As most of you know, I am a fan of fat and protein in the diet at the expense of starches. Atkins Diet and Paleo seem more in-tune with our evolution than the modern grain-focused fare.
This NPR piece on regular milk helping maintain proper weight, as opposed to skim milk, is another piece in that puzzle. Although we are can argue about the benefits of milk later in life, the move to skim milk can have the contrary effect of enhancing weight gain, despite it’s lower calorie count.
Weight loss is a challenge for nearly everyone. There is no simple fix and different approaches work for different people.
Good Calores, Bad Calories is a fascinating book that is a valid criticism of our general impressions of what is healthy and what is not in the area of foods, and also, gives a strong analysis of various diets and the challenges they pose.
Below, is a SYMBLOO collection of websites that can provide a starting point for looking into weight loss for yourself. Of course, there are many other places to get valid information, but I wanted to provide a simple place to look.
WEIGHT LOSS SYMBALOO LIST
In the New York Times this Sunday there was an Editorial on the topic of chemicals in our environment, organic chemicals found in many common objects and bottles, that we use every day, and the potential unknown risks they may pose. Most interesting was the connection between these chemicals and obesity.
Yes….it’s possible that your bottled water is making you fat. How? Well, there are a new category of chemicals known as ‘endocrine disrupters’. These organic chemicals are found in all sorts of plastic items, in water bottles, and in cosmetics. They can act to interfere with normal hormone action in the body, creating a change in the metabolism that can lead to many illnesses, including obesity.
Just look at the picture accompanying his article. Sobering information….about a topic that is just beginning to be uncovered.
Reducing carbohydrates (sugars) in the diet, is a major theme among many nutritionists and dietitians, particularly in an effort to reduce our reliance on carbohydrates for our calories. In so doing, the hope is that we will reduce obesity and overweight. In particular, white bread is considered ‘verboten’ as it is so highly refined, that it has a Glycemic Index is 70! (This means that eating white bread, your body gets more sugar, more quickly, than eating sugar itself! Hard to believe…but true.)
So, as an alternative, we are told to shy away from refined grains and try whole grains instead. The benefit is that they contain the necessary vitamins and minerals that are removed from the refined white bread, and that that absorb in our bodies slower (have a lower Glycemic Index) and thus have less negative consequences on our metabolism (meaning….they cause less insulin effect.)
The explanation for why whole grains don’t appeal to us, like white bread, is being evaluated by food scientists, and there is an interesting article on NPR that explains just why we can’t bring ourselves to ‘love’ whole grains as naturally as we love white bread.
Read about it here:
I must talk to 20 people a day about eating better and losing weight. It is so difficult and there are so many different ways to lose weight.
Trying to just improve our diet is a great first step and making some simple changes will give us improved health if not the weight we desire.
Check out these resources. One is from Hopkins:
On another front, there is an exceptionally appealing website paid for by YOUR TAX DOLLARS. Yes….try to get something back, by checking out this website of dietary information
I was just watching a rerun of the new Start Trek movie and I noticed that the ‘new’ version of Mr. Spock, although thin, appears to be fatter than the original version of Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy).
The reason I find this interesting as that the new Mr. Spock, taken on his own merits, does not look overweight, but when seen in comparison to the old one, he is clearly heavier.
The point of all of this is that our ‘perception’ of what is thin, is changing. I look at people all the time and think ‘they look good…they appear healthy’, but then I look at their BMI (body mass index) and I realize that, like me, they are overweight (BMI greater than 25 and less than 30).
This change in perception is important as the new standard that is we see as acceptable and healthy is actually higher than we should accept. It’s the ‘new normal’, but really it’s an overweight ‘normal’….not a ‘normal normal’.
The recent article in the opinion page of the NY Times talks about this and about an interesting study that looks at the question of why we are fatter.
Some say it is because we are less active than your ancestors and thus we become fatter because we burn fewer calories. But this article reports on a study of the HADZA people of Tanzania, a modern-day version of a hunter-gatherer society. When the scientists study how much energy they use in a routine day it turns out to be similar to what the average ‘civilized’ person uses in a day. In other words…we are doing the same amount of exercise and work that our ancestors did, so calorie use is the same…..
This means that calorie consumption….the amount we eat every day, is the real issue, not how many calories we burn.
Interesting food for thought, particularly when you realize that the average American eats 160 pounds of sugar each year! Learn more about that in my video here……
Belviq is a new weight loss medication that works on the brains serotonin receptors, working much in the same way as Prozac works on the brain in depression.
This medication results in statistically significant weight loss compared to placebo, but it is rather minimal in total, approximately 3.5% of your body weight (or 7 pounds in a 200 pound person.)
The medication appears safe, but I would caution patient against using this medication until it has been on the market for an extended period of time, at least 1 year. The reasons: the amount of weight loss is modest and the medication is ‘new enough’ to warrant a skeptical approach.
Work on your diet, work on your exercise…and you can likely achieve better results than Belviq.
A recent study from Great Britain compared one-on-on nutrition counseling vs. commercial programs such as Weight Watchers or the British equivalent of “Jenny Craig”. It turns out that the commercial programs resulted in superior weight loss and were more effective.
Obviously this is one of the most difficult areas for each of us to work on and to make progress. It’s nice to see validation of the commonly available programs.