‘Having weight loss surgery was a huge mistake’: One woman’s story of addiction | Fox News

(Photograph courtesy of Katie Pritchard)

Ten years ago, after her gastric bypass surgery at age 22, Katie Pritchard became an alcoholic and a drug addictand, she says, lost sight of who she really wanted to be. If she could go back in time, she’s not sure she would have had the surgery. This is her story, as told to Aviva Patz.

It’s not that there were medical complicationsmore like emotional complications. You’re supposed to undergo psychotherapy before and after gastric bypass surgery (here are 8 things you need to know about weight loss surgery before you get it), but I didn’t do that. And I desperately needed to. I’ve suffered from mental illness all of my life. My childhood was full of abuse, trauma, and bullyingby my peers, my brother, and my own dad. Gaining weight early, being insecure, and having poor social skills made me an easy target. Every day I got called things like “you ugly fat a**” and “you worthless pile of sh**,” and never had positive affirmations and validation, especially in the looks department.

I had tried to lose weight fast many times. I tried Atkins, the South Beach diet, veggies and fruit, you name it, but nothing ever worked. I blame my poor mental health at the time. The depression and anxiety were so debilitating that there was just no motivation to give it my all. I felt hopeless. 

The bariatric surgery did help me drop pounds146, to be exact. But it didn’t solve my problems. It actually made them worse. After I began losing weight, when men started telling me I was “pretty” (even calling me “hot” and “stunning”), I became promiscuous, wild, and irresponsible. I was finally getting the attention I craved and the love I wanted. I ate the attention up! I would do anything to keep that attention and prove to everyone who ever treated me poorly, “See! I am worth something! I’m not worthless! I’m not fat and ugly! I’m stunning! I’m beautiful!” (Heres what happened when 3 sisters underwent gastric bypass surgery.)

What I didn’t realize was that I was giving sex to get love, while the men I dated were giving love to get sex. And even as they lavished attention on me, my identity and self-worth remained firmly rooted in the toxic soil of pain, heartache, and loss. I may have looked pretty on the outside, but on the inside, I was still ugly from the damage, abuse, and trauma from my childhood. I still felt worthless.

I went on dates and began drinking. Eventually I would show up early to the dates to drink, stay after to drink, or go out and drink when I had no dates at all. (Could you have a problem? Here are 6 sneaky signs youre drinking too much.) I became addicted to painkillers after the surgery, as well; long after the pain was gone, the recreational high was irresistible.

At the time of my operation, I was 274 pounds (size 24/26). I went down to 127 pounds (size 6/8) in a year. But over the next 5 years, my drinking and drug use put back 100 of the 146 pounds that I had lost.

I hit rock bottom 5 years after the surgery. I was an alcoholic, a drug addict, extremely mentally ill, unemployed, bankrupt, single, STD-infected, and homeless. I cut my wrists to try to kill myselfI was very, very drunk at the time and didn’t care if I lived or died. I did it in the kitchen of the house I used to share with my ex-boyfriend. We had a three-tiered garden with a fountain in the back of the house. I remember holding my arm up in the moonlight in the kitchen after I slit my wrists and watching the blood drip down my arm. I remember thinking how pretty it looked, and I felt a strange peace come over me. My ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend called 911. I refused to go to the hospital, but the paramedics said I had no choice.

A week later, I got arrested for driving while intoxicated. Having handcuffs around my slashed wrists was the last straw. I’m a Christianthat’s an important part of my lifeand I believe it was God’s way of saying, “She’s had enough. She’s been through everything she needs to go through.”

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I started getting better mainly because I finally wanted to. But also for a practical reason: The treatment centers at the homeless shelter where I was stayingthe Union Gospel Mission Homeless Shelter for Womenprohibited alcohol and drug abuse, so I would have gotten kicked out if I’d continued using. That rule, and the shelter’s amazing classes and counseling, are in large part what helped me get back on my feet.

I returned to school for the last semesterI’d been working on my college degree for 10 yearsand finally graduated. At that point, I had an opportunity to get my own apartment, where I now live with two kittens, Patrick and Maddie. I have been in therapy and receiving mental health treatment with the same providers for almost 2 years, and they have been an absolute miracle in my recovery and healing. (Ready to change your life? Join us for a 21-day challenge to lose weight, get stronger, and be happier than ever.)

Ten years later, I’m losing weight on my terms: through ballroom dancing, which is a passion I’ve had for years and never had a chance to pursue. I also gave up Mountain Dew and fast food. I’ve lost 31 pounds since January.

For many people, bariatric surgery is a lifesaver. For me, it just deepened my heartache, increased the number of memories I wish I could forget, and broadened the spectrum of the people I had to forgiveincluding myself. I needed time, therapy, processing, forgiveness, acceptance, and my relationship with God to do the deeper healing that has gotten me to the place I am today.

On April 28, I will be 2 years sober, and I’m entirely, completely, and utterly happier and more content than I’ve ever been.

This article originally appeared on Prevention.com.

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Mediterranean diet linked to lower risk of heart attack, stroke

(CNN)The list of Mediterranean diet benefits is getting even longer. A new study found that a diet high in fruits, vegetables, fish and unrefined foods is linked to a lower risk of heart attack and stroke in people who have heart disease.

The latest research builds on previous evidence that your health might benefit if you follow the Mediterranean diet. It can help your bones, keep your brain young, help you live longer, manage your weight better (PDF) and lower your risk of cancer and cardiovascular diseases.
The current study examined more than 15,000 people in 39 countries around the world, all with stable heart disease and an average age of 67. Researchers asked about their diet, including how many times a week they consumed servings from food groups such as meat, fish, dairy, whole grains or refined grains, vegetables, fruit, desserts, sweets, sugary drinks, deep-fried foods and alcohol. Participants were given a “Mediterranean diet score,” based on consumption of healthy foods, or a “Western diet score,” based on consumption of unhealthy foods.





Drayer said the Mediterranean diet is consistent with the new U.S. Dietary Guidelines and other diets, such as Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, which have proved to be protective in terms of disease prevention. She recommends including foods from the Mediterranean diet, such as salmon, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and even a glass of wine, to keep our hearts healthy.
“The diet has proven itself, and it behooves every one of us to eat more fish on a regular basis, to have half of our plate filled with produce and to enjoy the occasional glass of wine,” she said. “And the more consistent you are with this type of diet, the more impact it has on your health.”

Study isn’t a ‘green light’ for unhealthy foods

The researchers also found that consuming a Western diet did not increase the risk of cardiovascular events. Stewart said this is surprising because such a diet includes foods known to increase the risk of obesity.
Although the study didn’t find an association with the Western diet, Drayer said it’s still important to limit processed and fried foods, since they’ve been shown to increase weight gain, cholesterol and heart disease risk.

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The study does have some limitations, as it relied on people’s memories of what they ate, and the questionnaire didn’t define a serving size. The study was also part of a drug trial, but the findings of this study were not related to the drug.
Stewart and Drayer both caution that these new findings don’t mean people can consume unhealthy foods without restrictions.
“This study should not give people the green light to go ahead and eat large portions of sugary foods and beverages and deep-fried foods,” Drayer said. “But this study shows that it’s never too late to make changes in your diet, and it can be particularly beneficial to include healthy foods.”

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Our gigantic problem with portions: why are we all eating too much?

We are consuming ever bigger portions on ever larger dinner plates. Food manufacturers keep pushing us to eat more. Can we learn to control our helpings? Plus: Jay Rayner, Gizzi Erskine and Tamal Ray on their struggles with cutting down

If you want to see how inflated our portion sizes have become, dont go to the supermarket head to an antique shop. You spot a tiny goblet clearly designed for a doll, only to be told it is a wine glass. What look like side plates turn out to be dinner plates. The real side plates resemble saucers.

Back in a modern kitchen, you suddenly notice how vast everything is 28cm has become a normal diameter for a dinner plate, which in the 1950s would have been 25cm. Just because we are eating off these great expanses of china does not of course mean that we have to serve ourselves bigger portions. But as it happens, we usually do. Brian Wansink is a psychologist (author of Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think) who has done numerous experiments to prove what you would hope common sense might already tell us: that oversized tableware makes us consume bigger portions. A large ice-cream scoop makes you take more ice-cream; a short, squat glass makes you pour more juice. Because it doesnt look like much, we still feel we are consuming roughly the same amount. Wansink calls this the size-contrast illusion. The real danger of these kitchen traps, writes Wansink, is that almost every single person in the world believes theyre immune to them.

What a recommended portion actually looks like

In fact, it seems that the only people who are immune to big portions are tiny children. Up until the age of three or four, children have an enviable ability to stop eating when they are full. After that age, this self-regulation of hunger is lost, and sometimes never relearned. This is a cross-cultural phenomenon, from London to Beijing. One study from the US found that when three-year olds were served small, medium and larger portions of macaroni cheese, they always ate roughly the same amount. By contrast, five-year-olds ate a lot more when the portion of macaroni cheese was oversized.

The average shepherds pie ready meal has nearly doubled in size since 1993. Photograph: Felix Clay for the Guardian

In a world where food is ever-present, many of us have become like Alice in Wonderland, controlled by cakes that say Eat Me and bottles that say Drink Me. As the nutritionist Marion Nestle remarked 10 years ago in her book, What to Eat: It is human nature to eat when presented with food, and to eat more when presented with more food. The trouble is that we are pushed more food, more often, every day. In 2013, the British Heart Foundation published a report called Portion Distortion on how portion sizes in Britain have changed since 1993. Back then, the average American-style muffin weighed 85g, whereas 20 years later it was not uncommon to find muffins weighing 130g. Ready meals have also ballooned in size, with chicken pies expanding by 49% and the average shepherds pie nearly doubling in size since 1993 (from 210g to 400g). To overeat in such an environment may be less about lacking willpower than being set in your ways. Food psychologists talk about unit bias meaning that we are inclined to think that a portion equals one of something, no matter what the size. Even when its the 2,000-calorie single slice of pizza that nutritionists managed to buy in New York City: a whole days worth of calories in a single snack.

Could you pour out a recommended portion of breakfast cereal? Photograph: Sally Anscombe/Getty Images/Flickr RF

But while portions in cafes and restaurants are often now gargantuan, the recommended portions on food packets may be unrealistically small. For most breakfast cereals, the serving size across the EU is 30g. In a Kelloggs Variety pack, the Corn Flakes are just 17g. To my 16-year-old son, this is hardly more than a mouthful (admittedly, he is 6ft 11in). A couple of years ago, I interviewed a spokesperson for Kelloggs, who said that these tiny recommended sizes are aimed at children but admitted that adults do eat a bit more. They certainly do. A study in 2013 found that when 140 British adults in Southend and Birmingham were asked to pour out a normal bowl of cornflakes, 88% of participants took more than 30g. The average was 44g.

Our confusion over portions in Britain is linked to the fact that we have lost so many of our basic instincts about cooking. When the Department of Health tells us that the ideal portion of broccoli is two spears whereas for cauliflower it is eight florets, it doesnt bear much relation to ordinary meals. By contrast, a 2010 survey of nearly 1,500 elderly South Koreans found that there was still a remarkable level of convergence over how much to eat of particular foods, because of traditional cuisine. Almost all the Koreans in the survey agreed that a portion of polished white rice was 75g; sweet potato was 120g; spinach was a hefty 40g; and roasted white sesame seeds was 1g.

Without this kind of shared knowledge to guide us, we remain at the mercy of the food industry. In a state of overabundance, food companies have two possible strategies. One is to sell us smaller portions at higher prices this January, Unilever announced that it was cutting the size of ice-creams such as Magnum and Cornetto by up to a third (though, needless to say, it did not bring the prices down by the same margin). The other, more universal, approach is to attempt to sell us more food. In 1988, you could only buy a Cadburys Dairy Milk chocolate bar in a single size: 54g. Now, you can buy it as 49g, 110g, 200g and 360g. Compared with the truly colossal 360g bar, the still-massive 110g looks almost modest.

Our problem with portions is partly this: no one likes the concept of less. We are conditioned from childhood onwards to yearn for the overflowing glass and the laden table. An easy way to address this at home is simply to use smaller tableware. Often at the end of a meal, I am not really hungry but yearn for something sweet. I find that if I get a tiny dipping bowl and pile it high with whatever I desire dense chocolate brownies, sticky halva I feel satisfied, even with a tiny portion. When I first tried this, it felt silly. Could I really be fooled by a plate? Yes. I could. And so could you.

Last year, researchers at Cambridge University led by Theresa Marteau, director of the behaviour and health research unit, conducted an experiment in a local Cambridge pub called The Pint Shop. The researchers found that when larger glassware was used (370ml compared with 300ml), sales of a standard 175ml measure of wine went up by 9%. Marteau, whose research focuses on how people can be encouraged to adopt healthier behaviours, noted that the larger glasses made people feel they were drinking less, and so they gulped the wine faster. Marteaus hope is that government will look at studies such as this and adopt policies to reduce the availability of large portions. The short-term effect of the study has been rather different, however. Having seen the impact on sales, The Pint Shop is now permanently serving its wine in larger glasses.

Confessions of the food experts

Jay Rayner: I have no idea what reasonable portion control is

Rayner: I did not get to where I am today by being blessed lavishly with self-control Photograph: Suki Dhanda for the Observer

My approach to portion control is, like my sizable thighs, entirely hereditary. I got it from my parents. They were both raised in meagre surroundings during the second world war, with food in short supply and so, when they became parents, they went the other way. They made sure the table was always full. This was combined with the Jewish tendency even among those Jews with no interest in God or his weird picky dietary laws to overcater. Somewhere deep in the DNA is imprinted the message that tomorrow the Cossacks might be coming and so now you must eat, and who knows whether the Rosenbaums might be coming round needing to be fed, too.

Certainly, my late mother regarded enough food just for the members of the family as not quite enough, and I cant help feeling the same way. I freely admit to having no idea what reasonable portion control is. When dinner involves individual items a pork chop each, say, or a fillet of fish I end up feeling edgy, for there is no excuse to cook more of them than the number of people eating. I am happier when its a one-pot dish, a stew or a ragu for pasta, where volume is allowable and leftovers an absolute certainty, even if as a family we do it justice. I did not get to where I am today by being blessed lavishly with self-control. What kind of restaurant critic would that be?

To be fair, mine is a house of home workers, so nothing gets wasted; last nights overcatering is merely todays fridge lunch. That said, there are irritations. I should by now know how much rice or pasta to cook for four people. They even tell you on the side of the pack. Do I pay attention to such things? Do I hell. Our fridge is always stacked with little white bowls of last nights carbs. One day Ill learn. Possibly.

For dinner, Rayner will make a Thai green curry. Photograph: Getty Images/EyeEm

Jays typical food day

Breakfast will usually consist of granola, yoghurt and milk. And a bucket of coffee (milk, no sugar), followed by a second bucket of coffee. For lunch, Ill have some leftover roast chicken and salad, if Im feeling virtuous. Cheese on toast, if Im not. For dinner, Ill typically make something like a Thai green curry, using four chicken breasts, cauliflower and green beans, and serve it with white rice, which I tend to avoid myself. I cook too much, so some ends up in the fridge. If its a drinking night, Ill definitely have three 175ml glasses of white wine. And then, if Ive had the wine, a mini-Magnum. One leads to the other.

Gizzi Erskine: Feeling full makes me feel sane

Erskine: Im intrinsically greedy, too, so I need to be quite careful when serving up at home. Photograph: Katherine Anne Rose for the Observer

I get kicks from feeding people. But Im intrinsically greedy, too, so I need to be quite careful when serving up at home if Im feeding myself and my boyfriend, Ive been known to look at our dinner plates and take the more heaving of the two plates. Even serving the same amount on each plate is actually crazy I may be stocky and need a lot of fuel (Im quite buzzy and run around a lot), but hes 6ft 6in.

When I eat at home, my plate is mostly whole grains, pulses and vegetables. I eat lots of nuts, mostly cashews, an avocado a day. Im getting more into things like tofu and tempeh, too, so serving size is of less importance there. I eat fish a couple of times a week and each year Im eating less and less meat and dairy. Once a week Ill make a Sunday roast with a big joint, or a whole chicken, and then use the remaining meat in dishes throughout the week. Im really good with leftovers and I take solace in batch cooking, specifically to gauge how much food Im meant to be eating so, if Im making a stew, I will portion it up into cartons to store in the freezer. But as a rule I dont have food left on my plate I pretty much always finish what Ive served, eating until Im bursting. Feeling full makes me feel sane.

Eating out is a minefield. I tend to go overboard my friends have stopped me ordering now as I want to try different things and I can put food away at a jaw-dropping rate. I never really question whether this is going to affect my weight or health because when I line it up with how I eat at home, it ends up pretty balanced. I question my alcohol consumption, but thats it.

Erskine eats an avocado a day. Photograph: foodfolio / Alamy/Alamy

Gizzis typical food day: For breakfast Ill have two eggs, normally fried with half an avocado, and either a spicy tomato sauce and small corn tortilla, or loads of sauted spinach and mushrooms with a spot of creme fraiche. And a cappuccino. Mid-morning, I have a green juice, and I drink lots of water. Lunch is pasta with either a tomato-based sauce such as puttanesca or a cavolo nero, chili and anchovy pesto (I weigh 80g of good durum wheat pasta but add too much sauce and cheese). I dont really snack but feed occasional epic chocolate cravings when they come. For dinner, Ill have a recipe Ive been developing maybe a chicken stew with chorizo and barley and a green salad. And a decent glass of wine, four or five days a week.

Tamal Ray: Its difficult to not end up comfort eating in front of the telly

Ray: I try to decide on a sensible amount to plate up and never go back for seconds. Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian

Being a bit of a chubby kid, portion control wasnt something I was particularly good at, and even now, I havent really nailed it. Im totally incapable of self-control anywhere that has free food or a buffet, hoovering it all up like Im still a hungry student surviving on baked beans and bits of stale bread. Im terrible in restaurants, too. I still get really excited at the prospect of eating out, so I find it difficult not to go the whole way and have three courses. Its almost a relief if the plates of food arrive with measly portions at least I know that I wont be leaving the dinner table uncomfortably full.

I grew up in a Bengali household, a culture where moderation doesnt fit easily with our love of food. In a Bengali meal youll typically have a large plate with rice surrounded by a few small bowls each containing a different dish: dahl, vegetables, fish and maybe some meat. Each dish is supposed to be enjoyed individually with some rice, as eating them together would be considered to ruin the flavours.

When cooking for myself, I try to stay a bit more health conscious by sticking to a few simple rules. If the plate is divided up into vegetables, carbs and protein, then the vegetables should make up the biggest section on the plate. However, a quick browse of the latest health advice on portion control tells me something I could have already guessed myself: I eat too much meat. With a single chicken leg potentially being twice as much as my daily recommended intake of meat, its easy to end up overindulging. The solution is something Ive been meaning to do for a while: cook more meals with vegetables as the stars rather than as the unimaginative side dish to the meat.

As I like to take my time when cooking, I tend to make large amounts that will last for a few meals. Theres an obvious temptation to overeat when faced with a big pot of food and a hungry stomach, so I try to decide on a sensible amount to plate up and never go back for seconds. Honestly though, arriving home mid-week, knackered and starving, its difficult to stick to the rules and not end up comfort eating in front of the telly.

For an early breakfast, Ray takes porridge. Photograph: Image Source/Getty Images/Image Source

Tamals typical food day: breakfast: a bowl of porridge if Ive woken up early enough. More likely to be a slice of toast eaten on the drive to work. Morning snack: Overpriced cup of coffee. Lunch: roast chicken salad with plenty of leaves and a flapjack. Dinner: lamb meatballs with rice and a kale and butternut squash curry. Snacks: A couple of kiwi fruit and some yoghurt with honey and raisins.

Hear Jay Rayner, author of The 10 (food) Commandments, explain how to eat at a Guardian LIve Q&A on 24 June at Cadogan Hall, London

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Biotech Company Claims To Have Successfully Used Gene Therapy In Attempt To Reverse Aging

In what they are claiming is a world first, biotech company BioViva hasannounced that they have used gene therapy to lengthen the caps on the end of DNA known as telomeres in the CEO of their company, Elizabeth Parrish.

Implicated in the aging process, telomeres protect the DNA.BioViva claims that their experimental treatments that were given to Parrish over a year ago, used initially against loss of muscle mass and stem cell depletion,have had the resultinstead of increasing the lengths of the telomeres in her white blood cells. Others are highly skeptical.

Telomeres are found on the ends of each chromosome, which contain all the genetic information thatcodes for the organism, and protect the DNA from natural wear and tear. Think of them as the little bit of plastic on the end of shoelaces thatprevent them from becoming unraveled. As a cell divides and the chromosomes are copied, a little bit gets shaved off each telomere meaning that as you age, they get shorter and shorter until they reach a critical length and the cell stops dividing or dies.

BioViva CEO Elizabeth Parrish claims that the gene therapy she received successfully lengthened her telomeres. 10,000x/YouTube

These caps and their shortening havebeen variously linked to aging and disease, and so the theory goes that if you can prevent, or somehow reverse this, it could also prevent the aging process. This is not as extraordinary as it sounds, as something to this effect has already been managed on human cells cultured in the laboratory. One team at Stanford University Medical Center, for example, introduced a modified type of RNA, which they engineered to extend the telomeres. They successfully managed to get the RNA to reverse the shortening of telomeres in skin cells, allowing them to divide more than 40 times more than untreated cells.

This method, however, is only designed to help extend the life of cultured human cells used in drug testing or disease modeling, and after a few days the protective effect wore off. This new announcement from BioViva claims to have made the leap from petri dish to human, sayingthat they have managed to lengthen the telomeres in Parrishs white blood cells. Unable to conduct the treatment in the U.S., Parrish flew to Colombia to get it done, adding to the murky circumstances surrounding the therapy, of which no other details seem to have been released.

Without a published study or independent verification, a sample size of one and that one being the CEO of the company in question and not in a clinical trial it is impossible to say whether or not they have actually achieved this. It maysimply be some form of PR campaign or,as others have put it,a new low in medical quackery. Self-experimentation is not unheard of, with some who undertake it even going on to win a Nobel Prize, but that comes with hard data and evidence. Both are so far lacking here.

The researchers over at BioViva are saying that they will now continue to test Parrish for potentially years to come, though some have already hit out against the experiment, and even members of the companys own scientific advisory board have distanced themselves from Parrish and the experiment. It waits to be seen if any other information about the procedure is released by BioViva, and whether that will stand up to scrutiny.

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The Best Natural Herbs For Weight Loss

If you feel that dieting and exercising do not allow you to shed off excess pounds effectively, you are not alone. This is the reason why so many people opt for the intake of natural herb supplements meant to help in slimming down. These days, herbs for weight loss are very popular due to the fact that they tend to produce very little or even no side effects. Read on to get to know some of the most sought after ones.

Many of those who like to become slimmer naturally choose green tea. This well-known herb is capable of increasing the temperature of the body. In turn, this causes the metabolism to accelerate. It doesn’t come as a surprise why green tea is an ingredient shared by many slimming supplements. If you want to enjoy impressive results, consider drinking 4 to 5 cups of green tea everyday.

Also a popular supplement is ginseng. This herb is used by traditional healers in boosting the nervous system and enhancing the energy of their patients. Ginseng is also known to help the body react much better to stressful situations. By supplementing with ginseng, it is possible for you to have all the energy you need so you may carry out your exercise regimen on a regular basis.

Hibiscus is popular among weight watchers who are having a hard time watching their diet. That’s because this herb is known to reduce the absorption rate of fat and carbohydrates in food. There are a lot of slimming supplements on the market containing hibiscus powder. You may also get your hands on some hibiscus tea bags. It’s a good idea to drink a cup of hibiscus tea after every meal.

These days, many also go for supplements containing prickly pear. Traditionally, the herb is given to persons suffering from diabetes because it can regulate blood sugar levels. A lot of weight watchers these days take advantage of the said herb in getting rid of excess pounds. Aside from being able to regulate blood sugar levels, prickly pear also possesses appetite suppressing properties.

Numerous appetite suppressants contain ginger extract. It is no secret that ginger is very good at dealing with indigestion as well as various inflammatory conditions such as arthritis. However, this herb is also excellent at combating overeating as it can make your stomach feel full for a long time. Additionally, ginger is capable of increasing the core body temperature, thus promoting a speedier metabolism.

Guarana is another herb revered for its ability to make you slim down. It works by stimulating the nervous system, thus allowing you to have your daily dose of exercise. Guarana also has diuretic properties, which means that it can increase the production of urine and make you lose excess water. If you wish to get rid of a little water weight, consider taking a supplement containing guarana.

The above are some of the most well-known herbs that promote weight reduction. See to it that you choose the offering of a manufacturer that is known to produce top-notch supplements. Make sure that you carefully read the packaging and follow the instructions provided. Especially if you’re suffering from a medical condition, inform your doctor about your plan on taking a slimming supplement.

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Role Of Soy Protein Shakes For Weight Loss

Recommendable body exercise is very important in the process of weight reduction. Old people tend to involve themselves in less vigorous activities, making them gain a lot of weight which is not good for the health of an individual. Obesity is an ailment that commences when fats accumulates in the body of affected individual. This dangerous ailment can be prevented by taking required amount of soy shakes to lose weight. To complement the above stated method it is very important to perform abundant body exercises to acquire good results.

Persons who have tried the procedure, in their effort to reduce their mass have indicated that the method is a good and promising. The process has also been applauded by various scientists who have carried out lab tests and other types of research work to prove it. These proteins consumption work in that they tend to build muscles rather than causing accumulation of fats.

Taking these proteins, one remains full throughout. This is of great importance in that it reduces the chances of consuming some snacks either between the meals or late in night which accelerates the rate at which one gains the weight.

This kind of protein has low fat contents within it. This means that its consumption cannot in any way lead to increase in fat within the body of the individual consuming it. Normally, when one consumes glucose, the level of blood sugars rises at a very high rate. However, for these proteins it is not the case. This is because they have low-glycemic index. These feature crystal clearly indicates that they are likely to cause immediate mass reduction as one intended.

The main component of soy beans is proteins. Owing to this condition, their concentration is very high in that they have nine amino acids, which the body of a human being requires. They are able to satisfy what the body of a person requires. They are far richer in protein concentration compared to that in meat. And individual feeding in these beans is likely to be healthier than one consuming meat from either goats or cows.

Soy proteins are derived from pure soybeans. These beans are neither genetically modified nor have they been interfered with before the proteins are deducted. This is enough evidence that soy protein have not been genetically modified as some of mythical stories reveal. This process of fat reduction is healthy and as per now, there are no any negative side effects have been reported.

To reduce weight successfully, one ought to act as instructed by medics. Failure to follow them, the results may not be promising at all. Usually, a specified amount of proteins is taken two times per day to provide excellent results. In addition to that, multivitamin is also consumed with the intention of reducing calorie consumed. Good results will be achieved on regulating the amount of snacks one feeds on.

Weight intended can be reached fast enough by if one will engage in vigorous activities that will enhance body exercises. One should also avoid eating fatty foods as much as possible to quicken the mass loss. Soy protein helps one stay for longer periods without the urge of eating food.

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What’s one of the WORST ways to motivate someone? Hint: You see it all the time.


TRUE or FALSE: The best way to motivate a certain behavior in someone is simply to reward them for it.

False. Well, kind of.

Of course, it’s not entirely that simple. The ideal motivation depends on what kind of task you’re trying to get someone to accomplish. Author Daniel Pink cites a couple studies that prove this whole motivation thing is a lot more complicated than we thought. Let’s take a look.

The experiment: Give people different levels of cash rewards to perform various tasks.

Seems pretty straightforward, right? People were asked to memorize numbers, solve crosswords, play basketball all sorts of stuff. And they were promised cash rewards as motivation. Money money money money! So, what happened?

The result: For any tasks that called for cognitive skill, higher pay resulted in poorer performance.

Say WHHAAAAATTT!? Yep. As long as the task involved only mechanical skill, bonuses worked as expected: higher pay = better performance. But as soon as the task called for cognitive skill, bonuses worked in the opposite way: higher pay = poorer performance.

OK, well then how do you motivate people to perform those tasks that do require thought?

Daniel Pink says the answer here lies in three fancy buzzwords: autonomy, mastery, and purpose.

First, you gotta pay people enough that money is no longer an issue. Then they can actually focus on the work at hand. That’s where autonomy (our desire to be in charge of our own lives), mastery (our desire to get better at stuff), and purpose (our desire to make a difference) come into play.

Purpose is kind of the kicker here. We all want to make the world a better place. Maybe the thing standing in the way of us making a better world is just the outdated way we think about motivation. How about that carrot for thought?

“If we start treating people like people, and not assuming that they’re simply horses … if we get past this kind of ideology of carrots and sticks and look at the science, I think we can actually … make our world just a little bit better.”


Read more: http://www.upworthy.com/whats-one-of-the-worst-ways-to-motivate-someone-hint-you-see-it-all-the-time?c=tpstream


Acupuncture Is No Better Than A Placebo For Treating Back Pain, Says Report

Since 2009, the use of acupuncture has beenrecommended as a treatment for chronic back pain by the U.K.s National Health Service (NHS). But after a review of the scientific evidence for whether the procedure provides pain relief, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), which draws up guidelines for patient care for the NHS, has concluded that the treatment is no better than a placebo in treating those suffering from sciatica and lower back pain, and should stop being used.

Regrettably, there is a lack of convincing evidence of effectiveness for some widely used treatments, says Professor Mark Baker, clinical practice director forNICE, in response to the new report. For example, acupuncture is no longer recommended for managing low back pain with or without sciatica. This is because there is not enough evidence to show that it is more effective than sham treatment. In other words, acupuncture is no better than a mock procedure that mimics the therapy.

The draft guidelines come after the authors compared multiple studies looking into the effectiveness of acupuncture in clinical trials, both as an addition to other treatment as well as a procedure on its own. They found that while in many cases it might appear to be providing benefit and pain relief to patients, it was in fact no different to the placebos. They also found that paracetamol on its own was not effective either. Instead, the draft guidelines recommend regular exercise in all its forms as the first attempt to treat low back pain, and if drugs are to be used, try non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen first.

The evidence suggests that it is more the environment and context that helps the patients, rather than the acupuncture treatment itself. So, the evidence showed that there was no clinically important difference between acupuncture and sham acupuncture for its effects on pain, explains Dr. Ian Bernstein, a GP and musculoskeletal physician based in London. The guidelines development group thought that acupuncture was unlikely to have a specific biological treatment effect, but was acting through contextual mechanisms such as seeing a caring and pathic health care professional, or the laying on of hands.

The review of evidence for acupuncture comes following another debate surrounding the prescription of homeopathy by the NHS. This has been met with great criticism from many researchers and scientists, who suggest that the NHS has a duty to ensure its funds are spent on the most effective treatments, and that homeopathy is not one. Last year, the government announced a review into whether or not the taxpayer should be funding these treatments.

Read more: http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/exercise-better-acupuncture-treat-lower-back-pain

Reality About Minimally Invasive Weight Loss Surgery

Body weight is a vital factor influencing ones health conditions. Most fatal diseases such as diabetes and blood are directly related to the excess body mass. This situation has become a menace to most people, and it has become extra difficult to control it naturally. The best alternative that most people have opted to go for is through undergoing minimally invasive weight loss surgery.

Weight loss surgery is an operation that is frequently undertaken to help in reducing ones body mass. The logic behind it is that most overweight conditions are due to what one eats. Surgery done in the event one is not satisfied with the first operation is known as additional surgery. Several methods of weight loss operation are commonly performed such as; the gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, duodenal switch and gastric band.

Gastric bypass: this surgical procedure entails the doctor reducing the stomach size by removing much of it and living behind a small pouch. The pouch left cannot accommodate much food and upon eating the food will tend to pass direct from the pouch to the small intestines.

In adjustable gastric band surgery, a small band is used to limit the amount of food getting into the stomach when put at the top of the stomach. The method used to perform it is the same as the one performed in gastric by-pass.

Another procedure that is taken is the gastric sleeve procedure. As the name suggests, the stomach, in this case, is reduced to a tiny tube kind of a shape. This small tube has a small capacity limiting the amount of food eaten. Apart from restricting the amount of food eaten, this procedure has the ability to control enzyme ghrelin which is responsible for causing hunger.

Last but not least is the duodenal switch. It is not common because it the most complicated but the most useful. In a duodenal switch, just like in other types mentioned above, much of the stomach is removed. Additionally, the food eaten is restricted from passing through much of the small intestines through a gastric sleeve limiting the nutrients absorbed by the small intestines.

It is not a guarantee that undergoing this exercise will eventually help in curbing your body mass issues. In such events or case of unsatisfactory, one can undergo an additional procedure typically known as a revision weight loss surgery.

These kinds of operations are very critical of the operation to the recovery stages. It is, therefore, paramount that gets the service of a competent surgeon. Before the procedure, one should also be thoroughly advised on which one of these surgeries they should undergo. Any blunder in the process is dangerous being fatal at some points.

One is encouraged to follow the doctors instructions to the latter so that they end up getting the best results. One key precaution is to check on the meals one takes. The food should be the right amount that can be accommodated by ones stomach. Taking frequent exercise is also advisable.

Even though there are different means of dealing with excess weight people should strive to avoid excess body mass by all means possible. The procedure is very demanding.

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Home Gyms – Benefits of Having Your very own Home Health club

If you want to commit to a physical fitness way of life but your present way of life and commitments keep you from getting to the gym, then you may desire to create the possibility of setting up your own home fitness center. We comprehend that we need to work out and be relentless with our efforts.

This is where a home health club can be reliable for you. Don’t get me incorrect, gym subscriptions are a fantastic thing to have as well. Having an area to set aside to exercise can be an important possession to people that make fitness a top priority. In this article I wish to discuss 3 benefits of having your very own home fitness center:

Flexibility is an advantage that can have significant effect on our lives. You will be able keep your commitment to your fitness. With Home Gyms, you can exercise at any time. You will also have less time restraints to skip exercise. House health clubs are likewise a time saver for weekends. You can just assign a half hour of your schedule to weight lifting and after that invest the remainder of the time being with your family.

An ideal example of the flexibility of a home health club is when you experience an un-expected schedule change. You might constantly get a fast work out at house prior to you leave for work if you wake up late and miss your chance to go to your fitness center. You might likewise utilize this advantage during the night time as well. If you miss your morning workout, you can always work out at night when you get home from work.

When you have your own home health club, privacy is also and benefit. I discover the most vital benefit to having privacy is that you get to focus on your regimen. Given that there is less possibility of socializing (than there would be at the health club), you can truly dial into your exercise. Also, you can listen or watch to what ever you want while you’re exercising.

The optimal part of having a gym at home is that you have control. If for some reason life throws you a curve ball where you have to cancel your subscription for any factor, you can utilize your home set up to your advantage.

One disadvantage to having a home gym is that the devices can be costly. You do not have to buy expensive items for your home fitness center if you don’t want too.

If you’re an individual with many day-to-day commitments and can’t make it to the gym all the time, then consider investing in home health club.

If you want to commit to a fitness way of life however your current lifestyle and commitments keep you from getting to the health club, then you may desire to create the possibility of setting up your own house health club. In this article I would like to discuss three advantages of having your own home fitness center:

House health clubs are likewise a time saver for weekends. If you wake up late and miss your chance to go to your gym, you might constantly get a quick work out at home prior to when you leave for work. Privacy is likewise and advantage when you have your own home gym and use a weight loss dieting plan to control what you eat. Go here to get weight loss information.