Weight Loss

  1. Pain from obesity eased with inflammation-fighting foods

    The diet that can fight pain

    You know the risks.

    If you've let yourself go and gotten a little too big, you know you're facing diabetes and heart disease.

    But there's another risk -- one that doesn't get nearly as much attention, because you may not even realize it's being caused by your waistline.

    It's PAIN, and lots of it.

    Maybe it's in your knees or ankles. Maybe it's in your back, upper or lower. It might be a literal pain in the neck.

    Maybe it's a little of everything!

    All of these pains can be caused or worsened by obesity -- but the latest research shows a quick and easy way to fight back.

    And it can work even if you DON'T lose weight!

    Don't get me wrong; you CAN and SHOULD drop those extra pounds, since weight loss will cut your long-term risks of chronic disease and an early death.

    But those are "someday" risks for many people.

    Pain is a much more immediate problem, and the new study shows how you can chase it away -- or avoid getting it in the first place -- with a few tweaks to your dinner plate.

    The key is to focus on foods that fight inflammation, which can trigger pain in two ways.

    First, the struggle to carry around the extra pounds can take a toll on your body, especially the joints. The damage causes pain and leads to inflammation, which in turn leads to still more pain.

    And second, obesity itself boosts the body's overall inflammation levels, transforming minor aches into howling pains.

    Fight that inflammation, and you'll ease the pain.

    As a result, the new study finds that overweight and obese folks who eat inflammation-fighting foods have a lower risk of developing pain. When pain strikes, those same foods can help dial it down so it's not quite as bad.

    The study even names some of the best foods for fighting inflammation and pain: fatty fish, nuts, legumes, and peas.

    Sound familiar?

    If you're a regular House Calls reader, I'll bet it does... because those are the same foods at the heart of the inflammation-fighting Mediterranean diet.

    There's no downside to making the switch, especially when you consider that it's possible to enjoy many of the foods you already love on this healthy lifestyle, including a few that wouldn't be allowed on any other diet.

    Chocolate? That's a no-no on most diets, but a little dark chocolate is almost a requirement on a Mediterranean lifestyle.

    You can even sip the occasional glass of wine.

    Along with cutting inflammation and pain, this healthy and delicious lifestyle is proven to slash your risk of heart attack, stroke, dementia and cancer -- and it can even add years to your life.

  2. Metabolic syndrome linked to cancer

    The risk you could face even if youre slim

    Remember the old "Get Out of Jail Free" card in Monopoly?

    There was nothing like getting that one -- you could play the game with confidence knowing that even if you were sent to the clink, you could get right back out.

    Some folks think being thin is a lot like that old card, only for real life.

    If you can keep your weight down, you might think you've got nothing to worry about because health risks don't really apply to you.

    But don't get too confident.

    If you're just looking at the numbers on the scale, you're not looking close enough.

    There's another set of risk factors you CAN'T see -- problems in your metabolism that can strike even if you're slim and trim.

    We already know these can lead to heart problems. Now, the latest research finds they can also boost your risk of another deadly disease: cancer.

    The new study looked at the collection of risk factors that make up metabolic syndrome: a big waistline, triglycerides, rising blood sugar, low levels of HDL ("good") cholesterol, and blood pressure you can't quite keep under control.

    You don't need all five to have metabolic syndrome. Only three will do the trick -- and the study finds women with any three of those metabolic problems have more than DOUBLE the risk of cancers of the colon, sigmoid (or lower) colon, and rectum.

    Don't have metabolic syndrome? You're not in the clear.

    Even TWO from that list will increase your cancer risk by 49 percent.

    The study focused on women, but the research team behind it believes men would see a similar bump in risk.

    While many people who have these metabolic risk factors are overweight, nearly a third are not.

    And, in a way, they're the ones who may be facing the BIGGEST risks -- because they might THINK they're healthy. Like a Monopoly player with a "Get Out of Jail Free" card, they might even be brimming with confidence.

    Yes, these are exactly the folks who tend to skip their annual physicals.

    That means they don't get the routine blood tests that help spot those other warning signs of metabolic syndrome so they could be facing heart disease and cancer without even knowing it.

    Don't let yourself become one of them.

    If you think you're healthy, get checked out just the same. And if you know you're not but keep putting it off, don't wait a moment longer.

    Get straightened out before it's too late.

  3. SlimSuccess can help you keep your resolutions

    SlimSuccess is the natural solution that can help you keep your resolutions, disarming fat cells so you can burn them off effortlessly.
  4. Sugar study funded by junk food companies

    Sugar is bad for you. That should be obvious, but a new study claims sugar’s been given a bum rap. Turns out that “study” was funded by the junk food industry!
  5. Aspartame linked to weight gain

    Aspartame, the ingredient in many diet sodas, can shut down a key part of digestion so that it's actually tougher to lose weight... and you could even gain it instead.
  6. Fish oil can fight inflammation as you lose weight

    Fish oil should be an important part of any diet, because the omega-3 fatty acids inside can fight inflammation as you lose weight.
  7. Obesity linked to dementia and liver cancer

    Obesity isn’t healthy. Everyone knows that – but new research shows just how bad it is, finding a direct link to dementia and liver cancer.
  8. Weight gain common over holidays

    Weight gain is common over the holidays – and over time, all those festivities could add 15 to 20 pounds to your waistline. Here’s how to fight back.
  9. Obesity drugs pushed by dangerous new study

    Obesity drugs don’t work especially well and come with huge risks – but a new study claims millions of Americans should be taking them anyway.
  10. Probiotics can speed weight loss

    Probiotics can help improve your digestion so you lose weight faster.
  11. Bariatric surgery increases risk of bone breaks

    Bariatric surgery can leave you battling nutritional deficiencies, leading to weaker bone and a higher risk of breaks.
  12. Ashwagandha can help you lose weight

    Ashwagandha, a natural stress-buster, can help you lose weight faster by stopping the cravings that doom so many diets.
  13. Water can help you lose weight

    Water isn’t just refreshing. Drink a tall glass before meals, and you’ll eat less, so you can lose more weight.
  14. Weight loss needs a year to kick in

    Weight loss isn’t the hardest part. Keeping it off is – and the secret isn’t in your diet, but how long you keep working at it.
  15. Mediterranean diet with more fat leads to more weight loss

    The Mediterranean diet wins again! New research shows how this healthy diet leads to more weight loss… even when you increase your fat intake.
  16. Weight-loss surgery can lead to depression

    Weight-loss surgery might shrink your stomach, but it could also mess with your mind, setting the stage for depression… or worsening the condition if you already have it.
  17. Ease rheumatoid arthritis with weight loss

    Rheumatoid arthritis is caused by your immune system, but it can be worsened by weight – and if you don’t drop a few pounds, you might never see any improvement.
  18. Weight loss gets a little easier when you eat more pulses

    Weight loss is only the first part of a diet. Keeping it off is the other – but a key ingredient in hummus can help ensure lost weight stays lost.
  19. Extra exercise won’t lead to extra weight loss

    Exercise is great for burning calories, but only to a point. New research finds that moderate exercise is best for weight loss.
  20. Low-fat diet can be deadly

    The low-fat diet pushed by the mainstream can cause you to miss essential polyunsaturated fats, which new research finds will increase your risk of death.

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