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There is an article in Psychology Today describing a study where overweight people were put on a calorie restricted diet and randomized to three groups: low calcium supplements (pills), high calcium supplements, and dairy supplements at a level of calcium equal to the high calcium supplement group. On a calorie restricted diet, the low calcium group lost 6.4% of their body weight. The high calcium group lost 7.7%. But, surprisingly, the dairy group lost 10.9%, and specifically in their abdomen. Savvy readers might suspect that since all groups ate the same number of calories, maybe the dairy group ate dairy at the expense of something "worse" that the other groups may have eaten. This certainly is possible, but it would not explain why the fat loss was targeted in the abdomen, and not all over the body. However, before going to buy a cow, there are a few things to keep in mind: First, the effect is (so far) specific to yogurt, and maybe milk. Cheese ...
As most of you know my oldest daughter Melina had acid reflux as an infant and outgrew it. Most of my recent blogs have been about our youngest refluxer Ella and her journey with this painful disease. Unfortunately Ella's twin sister Ava has also started to have some symptoms of reflux and her physician recently placed her on medication as well.
Ava is pretty tiny to begin with and this bout with stomach pain has really been hard to watch. She just does not have a lot of reserves should she skip a few meals due to stomach aches. Obviously this is very concerning to myself and my husband.
Last week we decided that in addition to the mediations we needed to take a more proactive role in maintaining Ava's weight. We pulled all of the reflux triggers from her diet and started doing more calorically dense meals. Smaller and more frequent feedings have also helped her immensely.
We have also added a supplement called DuoCal to Ava's diet and switched her back to whole m...
It’s beginning to be that time of year when spring is beginning to show up. While we’re excited to see the trees starting to bud out in parts of the nation, that also means those pesky weight-loss ads encouraging everyone to be swimsuit-ready for summer are right around the corner.
But do you need to drop lots of weight to be healthy? Two recent studies add to the research base supporting the concept that dropping 5-10 percent of your body weight can go a long way in the health department. For a person who weighs 200 pounds, a five-percent weight loss is 10 pounds. A 10-percent loss would be 20 pounds.
One of these studies looked at obstructive sleep apnea, which is considered a chronic progressive disease that increases the risk of cardiovascular issues. A group of participants who were moderately obese and who had mild sleep apnea took part in this six-year study. At the start of the study, participants either received supervision on diet and exercise or only basic...
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