Weight Management

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.

“Healthy obesity” still detrimental to cardiovascular health, Lancet study finds

31 May 2018 --- Compared to metabolically healthy women of normal weight, women who are obese and who have been metabolically healthy for decades are still at higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease. This is according to an observational study that followed over 90,000 US women for up to 30 years, published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology journal. The findings indicate that obesity is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, regardless of whether they develop any of the common metabolic diseases such as high blood pressure or Type 2 diabetes.

Personalized treatments for obesity: Gut microbiome link identified by study

29 May 2018 --- Researchers at King’s College London have uncovered the role the gut plays in processing and distributing visceral fat on the body. The research demonstrates that the response of our gut microbes to our diets can directly affect obesity. Significantly, this means that they are primarily controlled by what we eat rather than our genes, paving the way for personalized treatments that utilize gut enhancing fibers or probiotics for obesity and other chronic diseases.

Avoid the snacks? To manage weight, timing of protein supplements matters

25 May 2018 --- Protein supplementation is finding its way into an ever-increasing range of formats, with on-the-go snacks and “bite-size” in particular seeing tremendous growth. However, new research by nutrition experts at Purdue University has shown that people looking to manage their weight with strength-training and protein supplements should consume their supplementation during a meal. 

calocurb: 100 percent plant-based weight management product launched in US market

25 May 2018 --- New Zealand-based nutrition and e-commerce company calocurb has launched its 100 percent plant-based, non-GMO weight management supplement into the US market. The product is designed to curb cravings and reduce calorie intake by around 20 percent at meal or snack time.

Brits wasting workouts with too many takeaways, survey shows

09 May 2018 --- Despite high average levels of exercise, Brits are undoing their hard work in the gym with weekly “cheat meals” and high-calorie snacks. A survey, conducted by health and wellness provider Benenden, found that people can end up with nearly 3,000 unburned calories each week as a result of over-indulging. This, unfortunately, is likely sabotaging weight-loss efforts and counteracting the calories burned from exercise.

Watch your calories: US menu labeling rules take effect

08 May 2018 --- The US Food & Drug Administration’s menu labeling rules have officially taken effect, requiring chain restaurants, coffeehouses and other eateries to list how many calories are in the foods on offer. To help businesses comply with the new rules, the government body yesterday also finalized existing guidance that it says provides additional clarity and details requested by the food industry on the FDA’s thinking on various topics related to the new regulation.

Nexira enters strategic partnership for nutritionals, not giving up its acquisition plans

02 May 2018 --- Nexira, a global leader in natural and organic ingredients for the food, health and nutrition industries, has announced a strategic partnership agreement with Omega Pharma NV, one of the largest OTC healthcare companies in Europe and Inqpharm Group (a Zaluvida company), a specialty pharmaceutical company.

Dieting trends (part 2): Is fasting the future?

27 Apr 2018 --- Part one of NutritionInsight’s special report into dieting trends delved into the pool of popular low-carb diets: keto and paleo. However, perhaps borrowing from the ancient religious and cultural practice of fasting could lead health seekers to their optimum diet? Taking a scientific stance by utilizing dieticians insights on the topic, NutritionInsight will take a look at intermittent fasting (IF) being used as a weight-loss diet.

Protein supplements consumed with meals may be more effective for weight control, study shows

25 Apr 2018 --- Consuming protein supplements with meals may be more effective at promoting weight control than consuming supplements between meals in adults following a resistance training regimen, a new systematic review published in Nutrition Reviews indicates.

Can you be obese yet healthy? Individual focus must prevail in disease prevention, says study

12 Apr 2018 --- Researchers have called for the end to the term “healthy obesity” has been voiced, due to its apparent misleading and flawed meaning. Dr. William Johnson, from the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University, has emphasized that further research must be conducted to understand the differences between individuals who hold the same BMI, but suffer from different health afflictions. Essentially, this could lead to the development of more stratified disease prevention and intervention efforts that are targeted at individuals.

Are sin taxes good for public health? Lancet analysis suggests benefits for soft drinks levy

05 Apr 2018 --- Taxes on soft drinks, alcohol and tobacco – widely dubbed “sin taxes” – are a powerful response to rising rates of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) worldwide, according to a comprehensive analysis of evidence on expenditure, behavior and socio-economic status, published in The Lancet. Based on data from across the globe, the analysis presents strong evidence that taxes on unhealthy products can produce major health gains among the poorest in society – often disproportionately affected by NCDs. 

Canada-US FTA increased caloric intake and obesity rates in Canada, study finds

28 Mar 2018 --- A new study has found that the 1989 Canada-US Free Trade Agreement (CUSFTA) was associated with an increase in caloric availability of approximately 170 kilocalories per person per day in Canada. These findings, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, suggest that the rise obesity in Canada since the early 1990s can be partially attributed to its close trade and investment arrangements with the US.

“Carb Blocker Capsules”: Protein World's marketing breaches EU code, UK agency rules

23 Mar 2018 --- The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ruled that the marketing of “Carb Blocker Capsules” from Protein World breaches EU regulation health codes. The “Carb Blocker Capsules” were promoted via social media but two complaints challenged whether the capsules could, in fact, stop unused sugars from carbs being stored as fat in the body, as claimed. ASA stated that although the product followed certain health regulations, the accompanying market and naming were ruled to not adequately reflect the real nature of the product, and therefore, were in breach of the code.

Intermittent fasting diets could help reduce risk of cardiovascular disease

20 Mar 2018 --- The weight loss market is seeing persistent growth, pushing increased interest in dietary patterns such as intermittent energy restriction diets. Intermittent fasting diets, such as the 5:2 diet, have now been found to clear fat from the blood quicker after eating meals than daily calorie restriction diets – reducing an important risk factor for cardiovascular disease, a new study in the British Journal of Nutrition reports.