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10 Percent of Women Diet Their Entire Lives

by Kelsey Murray

It’s a pretty safe bet to say that most women have been on a diet at least once in their lives. But for 10 percent of women, being on a diet is a part of their daily lives, for their entire lives.

This fact comes from new research from the people behind a new weight loss aid, XLS-Medical Fat Binder. The research revealed that many women give up on their diets because they feel fed-up or frustrated with the entire dieting process. It also showed that more than 10 percent of women try to lose weight by skipping meals.

“The so-called fad diets, or diets that are particularly restrictive in terms of cutting out food groups or meals, are likely to cause binge eating, potentially leading to weight gain not weight loss,” said Juliet Oosthuysen, a marketing manager at Omega Pharma. “A person can be good all week however, undo all that hard work from just one day of binge eating.”

Perhaps this scenario is what causes many women to become frustrated with their diet plans.
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4 Fool-Proof Ways to Spot a Weight Loss Scam

By Jason Brick

The weight loss industry is so filled with scams that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published a guide about recognizing unscrupulous weight loss advertising. The introduction to that guide included the following condemnation:

“The public must adopt a healthy skepticism about advertising that promises miracles and ‘scientific breakthroughs’ and face the reality that there are no fast and easy fixes for overweight and obesity.”

It doesn’t even take a doctor or certified personal trainer to tell the scams from the real deals. You just need to look for these tell-tale signs that a weight loss program isn’t on the level.

Unrealistic weight claim losses

After the beginning days of a diet, when you’ve dropped water weight, authorities in the health field say the maximum rate of healthy, sustainable weight loss is one to two pounds per week.

If a plan claims faster weight loss, one of two things is probably going on. The advertisers may be publishing claims of atypical or imaginary results, or the diet is based on unhealthy practices that won’t give you the long-term weight loss you’re seeking.
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Hoodia Hawker Loses Vacation Home in FTC Settlement

Nutracuticles Hoodia SupplementsIn an unusual settlement, a seller of hoodia supplements has agreed to sell his vacation home in addition to ceasing to make unvalidated weight-loss claims. David J. Romeo and the two companies he controlled are accused of making false claims, such as calling hoodia “the world’s best chance at a cure for obesity.”

Romeo has a year to sell his Vermont country home and surrender the proceeds to the government, failing at this, he would face a $22.5 million fine. Other false statements cited by the Federal Trade Commission include claims that hoodia can reduce calorie intake by 1000 per day and “has many wonderful effects on the body, all of which are linked to the activity of the hypothalamus of the brain.”


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Steve Jobs’ Odd Eating Habits Revealed in New Biography

The world is still mourning the death of Apple CEO Steve Jobs while also praising his many contributions to technology. Details of Jobs’ life, including some of his strange eating habits, are making their way into the public eye with the release of his biography Steve Jobs.

The book, written by Walter Isaacson, offers some fascinating information about Jobs’ bizarre eating habits. It is said that Jobs was heavily affected by the book Diet for a Small Planet while he was in college, and decided to give up all meat because of it. This book also influenced Steve Jobs’ tendencies to engage in extreme diets. Some of these diets included purges, fasts and only eating one or two foods for long periods of time.


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Obese Body Chemistry Makes Dieting Harder

Life isn’t fair and nowhere is that more evident than the findings from a new study. It appears that obese people who begin a diet with drastic changes will often do more harm than good.

“When obese persons reduce their food intake too drastically, their bodies appear to resist their weight loss efforts. They may have to work harder and go slower in order to outsmart their brain chemistry,” said Gregory G. Freund, a professor at the University of Illinois College of Medicine and a member of University’s Division of Nutritional Sciences.

Freund makes a point of telling people to not start their dieting with a cleansing day, since this seems to trigger changes in the immune system that counter weight loss efforts. The fast-start approach to dieting may also bring on brain chemistry changes that significantly alter mood and motivation levels.
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