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 Magical 10,000 Steps

 

Many people have the goal of obtaining 10,000 steps per day. Have you ever wondered where that magical number of 10,000 steps came from? Interestingly, it didn’t come from science. In fact, it originated from Japan in 1965, with a company that sold pedometers. The Japanese name for this gadget translates to “the 10,000 step meter”. And thus a trend was born.

However, since collecting 10,000 daily steps became trendy, lots of research has been done to support the notion.

Here’s what we know:

One of the benefits of exercise when it comes to weight loss is that we tend to metabolize fat at a higher rate after exercise. However, prolonged inactivity, such as sitting at your desk job all day, puts you in a state of exercise resistance. This means that you don’t see the usual improvements to your metabolism or cardiovascular health that you normally see after a workout.

And this is where the magic of the 10,000 daily steps comes in. A study from the...

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The Minnesota Starvation Experiment

 

This week I want to take you back to 1944 when the Minnesota Starvation Experiment was conducted. This was a study designed to determine the effects of starvation on the body and the mind. The original goal was to help famine victims at the end of World War II, when lack of food was a problem around the world.

It’s a fascinating study to read about. They recruited 36 conscientious objectors of World War II, all young, lean and healthy men. They subjected these men to three different phases:

Phase 1 involved 12 weeks of normal living and eating – during this phase, the men ate just over 3000 calories per day on average. This amount kept their weight stable during this time period. The data collected during this phase defined the baseline physical and mental health of the participants.

Phase 2 involved 24 weeks of semi-starvation – this phase was designed to create a 25% loss of body weight in the participants. So for a 170-pound man, for example, this would mean a...

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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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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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