Weight Loss Drugs

First an apology - the video has terrible sound this week, so I've opted to leave it out this week!

Many of us often wish for a “magic pill” to make weight loss faster and easier than it typically is for us. At the end of the day, losing weight means we have to eat a little bit less than we’re used to. For some people, though, their ravenous appetite makes it feel impossibly difficult to do so.

Our stance on weight loss drugs here at Wayza Health is that they are never enough to produce sustainable weight loss. And the reason for this is that if the methods aren’t sustainable, the results won’t be sustainable either. This means that if you don’t make changes to your eating habits, and address the overeating, binge eating, and emotional eating that got you overweight in the first place, when you stop taking the drug, the weight will come back on.

Having said that, there are good physiological reasons why people may struggle with a ravenous appetite...

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The Scale: Friend or Enemy?

 

I don’t know about you, but when I step on the scale, I get the sudden urge to smash it to smithereens with a sledgehammer. I’m sure many other women feel the same way. However, regular weigh-ins are a key component of many weight loss programs out there. There’s a good reason for this – studies consistently show that people who monitor their weight regularly tend to lose more weight. And despite our negative reaction to the scale, studies also show that weighing ourselves does not lead to a negative body image or disordered eating.

Scientists who study this postulate that the reason why weighing ourselves is so effective, is that it allows us to compare where we are now to where we want to be, allowing us to reflect on whether or not our current behaviors are moving us towards our goal, or if we have to make a new plan to reach that goal.

However, until recently, this theory had not been tested. So researchers at the University of Oxford decided to find out...

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Stress and Weight Gain

 

You hear time and time again that stress contributes to weight gain. It may be easy to assume that when we are stressed, we sometimes eat more and exercise less, but there’s way more to the story than this.

This week, we will take a deep dive into a paper from UCLA published in 2019 that really gets into the nitty gritty details of how stress can lead to weight gain and also how weight gain can lead to stress. I think you’ll come to agree that obesity and stress are much more intricately related than previously thought.

 First of all, though, let’s take a quick look at what exactly stress is.  In this paper, the author defines stress as “a negative emotional experience accompanied by predictable biochemical, physiological, cognitive and behavioral changes that are directed either toward altering the stressful event or accommodating to its effects.”

The stress response actually dates back all the way to our caveman days. In those days, our...

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Junk food: What role does it play in a healthy diet?

 

Chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and certain cancers are responsible for almost 70% of all deaths worldwide. It makes sense that we’d want to better understand the risk factors that contribute to these diseases, especially when it comes to things that are within our control, including what we choose to eat.

We all intuitively know that unhealthy diets contribute to many of these diseases, but what does the science actually say?

Well, Chen and his colleagues took a look at all the studies done on ultra-processed foods to determine exactly how they affect our health.

What exactly are “ultra-processed foods”? These are foods that have been altered from their original state by multiple processes that could include rolling, puffing, grinding and pearling. Artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners and emulsifiers are often added. These give foods a longer shelf-life and also make them super attractive to our palates.

Examples include soft...

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