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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 ...
If you have been a normal weight all your life and find yourself gaining weight while on antidepressants, how will you know if or when your medication may make you obese? It is doubtful that your doctor will tell you; he or she usually does not have a scale in the office or a height/weight chart on the wall. The well-known side effect of antidepressant-associated weight gain is often not even mentioned by the prescribing psychotherapist lest it discourage the patient from starting or continuing the medication.
Ideally, preventing the weight gain at the beginning of treatment should be part of the management of the emotional disorder. As we mention in our book, The Serotonin Power Diet , it is not difficult to follow a dietary regimen that eliminates the overeating and cravings most antidepressants cause within weeks of starting treatment. However, in most cases, weight gain is discussed only when the patient brings it up and this may be only after a substantial amount of weight ...
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...
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