Weight Management

Is keto a no no? Trending diet leads to increased risk of diabetes, suggests animal study

09 Aug 2018 --- Trending ketogenic diets, which are low carbohydrate high fat eating plans that are known to lead to weight loss, may cause an increased risk of Type 2 diabetes in the early stage of the diet, according to new research published in The Journal of Physiology. Zurich-based researchers showed that even though ketogenic diet fed animals appear healthy in the fasted state, they exhibit decreased glucose tolerance to a greater extent than high carbohydrate, high fat, western style diet (HFD) fed animals.

Metabolic syndrome scores: Gender differences in low-calorie diet benefits

08 Aug 2018 --- A low-calorie diet causes different metabolic effects in women than in men, a new Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism study suggests. In the study of more than 2,000 overweight individuals with pre-diabetes who followed a low-calorie diet for 8 weeks, men lost significantly more body weight than women, and they had larger reductions in a metabolic syndrome score, a diabetes indicator, fat mass and heart rate. 

Slendacor: Endorsement for study design on weight management solution

07 Aug 2018 --- PLT Health Solutions, Inc. has revealed the results of a clinical study the company helped develop has been published in the highly-regarded scientific journal, Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism. Entitled “Efficacy of a novel herbal formulation for weight loss demonstrated in a 16‐week randomized, double‐blind, placebo‐controlled clinical trial with healthy overweight adults” (Dixit, et al. 2018), the publication describes clinical evaluation of Slendacor Weight Management Complex, which was introduced to the market in 2017. 

Increased belly fat in older adults linked to cognitive impairment

06 Aug 2018 --- A higher waist to hip ratio has been linked to reduced cognitive function in older Irish adults (over 60 years of age) by a new study using data from over 5,000 individuals. These findings have significant implications as the global prevalence of dementia is predicted to increase from 24.3 million in 2001 to 81.1 million by 2040.

Study: Deep ocean water proven effective for weight management

31 Jul 2018 --- Deep sea water, which is filled with minerals, can exhibit anti-obesity effects, a study published in Marine Drugs has found, by regulating lipolysis, fatty acid oxidation and inflammation in rats fed a high-fat diet. The material used in the study was D-minneralz – which contains over 70 kinds of minerals and trace elements – from the Taiwan Yes Deep Ocean Water Company.

Why high-fiber diets don't always lead to weight loss: Study shows it depends on gut bacteria

23 Jul 2018 --- The increasingly popular fiber-rich “New Nordic Diet” might not work for everyone as its success depends on the particular combination of bacteria in the intestines of the dieter, according to a study in the International Journal of Obesity. In the era of personalized nutrition, the involved researchers note that there might be value in getting your stool tested and your gut bacteria counted before starting on a new diet. The results can be used to predict whether a particular diet will work for you. 

Sweet solution: Kolibri launches customizable bottle for tailored sugar intake

23 Jul 2018 --- Kolibri Drinks has collaborated with glass packaging specialists Beatson Clark to design and launch a customizable bottle which enables consumers to control the amount of sugar in their drink. Consumers squeeze in as much or as little of the nectar as they desire from the bottle cap, while the viscosity of the nectar has been designed to blend easily with the drink without any shaking. Kolibri has cited public awareness around sugar intake and consumer demand – particularly among millennials – for personalized products which are adaptable to individual lifestyle choices.

Caffeine affects breakfast food intake, but its effect is limited and transient

20 Jul 2018 --- A new study has found that drinking a small amount of caffeine can prompt people to consume 10 percent less during breakfast, but this effect does not persist throughout the day and has no impact on perceptions of appetite. Based on these findings, the investigators have concluded that caffeine is not effective as an appetite suppressant and weight-loss aid.

Mindset during meal planning pivotal to food choices and brain responses

19 Jul 2018 --- A simple instruction to change your thinking as mealtime approaches can help cut calories, according to new research from the University of Tübingen, Germany. By encouraging study participants to concentrate on different types of information when planning their meal, the experimenters saw portion sizes shift. According to the findings, presented at the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior, adopting a health-focused mindset produced better outcomes than focusing on pleasure or the desire to fill up.

Brain area linked to motivational disruptions in binge eating identified

17 Jul 2018 --- A small group of brain cells in the hypothalamus called “orexin” neurons could be a promising target for medications for controlling binge eating episodes in individuals with obesity, scientists at Rutgers Brain Health Institute have suggested. These neurons, named for the chemical messenger they use to communicate with other brain cells, have previously been shown to be important for addiction to several drugs, including cocaine.

Chili-based drug shows potential as anti-obesity treatment

17 Jul 2018 --- A novel drug based on capsaicin, the compound that gives chili peppers their spicy burn, caused long-term weight loss and improved metabolic health in mice eating a high-fat diet, new studies from the University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy have found. The drug, called Metabocin, was designed to slowly release capsaicin throughout the day so it can exert its anti-obesity effect without producing inflammation or adverse side effects.

Obesity alone does not necessarily push up mortality rate, says new study 

13 Jul 2018 --- A new study could change the way we think about obesity and the importance of weight loss after research showed that “metabolically healthy obesity” does not increase the risk of death. According to Jennifer Kuk, associate professor at the School of Kinesiology and Health Science, who led the research team at York University, says that unlike dyslipidemia, hypertension or diabetes alone, which are related with a high mortality risk, this isn't the case for obesity alone.

Savory flavors may promote healthy eating through effects on the brain

09 Jul 2018 --- Consuming a broth rich in umami – or savory taste – can cause subtle changes in the brain that promote healthy eating behaviors and food choices, especially in women at risk of obesity. This is according to research published in Neuropsychopharmacology. The findings point to new ways to facilitate healthy eating and reduce food intake in the general population. 

Just 23 percent of US adults exercising enough, as obesity spike continues: CDC figures

29 Jun 2018 --- Although more US adults are getting the recommended amount of exercise than in 2015, a larger percentage of adults are obese, new research by the US Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has unveiled. 

Gluten-free mainstreams: Is the trend leading to unhealthy weight control?

18 Jun 2018 --- Individuals who value gluten-free foods are more likely to eat a higher quality diet but are also more likely to have unhealthy weight control behaviors. This is according to a new study exploring the sociodemographic and behavioral characteristics of young adults who value gluten-free as an important food claim.

DuPont: Plant-based protein contributes to healthy weight loss and maintenance

14 Jun 2018 --- The consumption of foods high in soy protein as part of a healthy diet are valuable choices for the support of lean mass, loss of weight and weight management, a study has found. The results of the research, which was conducted at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus with support from DuPont Nutrition & Health, encourages the industry to formulate weight loss products with lean, high-quality sources of protein, such as soy and can support people seeking to lose weight healthfully on a plant-based diet.

Fytexia eyes active lifestyle and healthy weight platforms with natural ingredients

12 Jun 2018 --- French producer of premium natural ingredients Fytexia is highlighting the potential for weight management ingredients as part of an active lifestyle, combining citrus polyphenols, guarana and L-carnitine to support weight loss and a healthier body composition.

Fatty diets may desensitize us to the taste of fat, study suggests

06 Jun 2018 --- People who consume a high-fat diet may, in turn, eat more fatty foods as they become desensitized to its taste, a study has found. The study, published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, used twins to examine how individuals may vary when following either a high-fat or low-fat diet. The diets altered the fat taste sensitivity of the participants and highlighted the importance of the environment for weight maintenance.

Sleep loss linked to nighttime snacking, junk food cravings and obesity: study

04 Jun 2018 --- Nighttime snacking and junk food cravings may contribute to unhealthy eating behaviors and represent a potential link between poor sleep and obesity, according to a study by University of Arizona (UA) Health Sciences sleep researchers.

Obesity’s weight on the world: Processed food addiction and recovery

31 May 2018 --- Obesity is serious, common and costly. More than one-third of US adults are obese and some of the lead causes of preventable deaths – such as stroke, diabetes and cancers – are obesity-related, as reported by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. NutritionInsight speaks with Joan Ifland Ph.D., Doctor of Addictive Nutrition, about processed food addiction and, most importantly, how she thinks tackling it requires more than just cutting out certain foods. Community, understanding and inclusion are essential.