weight loss

  1. Weight loss can boost memory

    Have you found that you don't remember quite as well as you used to?

    You're not alone... but if you've packed on the pounds over the years, the cause of your memory loss might not be in your brain.

    It could actually be in your belly.

    A new study finds that weight loss can lead to significant and even dramatic improvements in memory, proving once again that the same junk foods that cause bellies to swell can actually starve the mind.

    Researchers tested the memory and attention spans of 150 overweight people with an average weight of 300 pounds, including 109 who were scheduled for bariatric surgery.

    The remaining 41 served as a control group.

    At the start of the study, the researchers found that 23.9 percent of all patients had impaired learning and 22.9 percent had poor recognition memory--or the ability to recognize things learned or encountered before.

    Then, the researchers repeated the tests 12 weeks after gastric bypass surgery, which helped those patients lose an average of 50 pounds, and found significant improvements in both memory and concentration.

    Those who didn't have the surgery, on the other hand, did not improve at all.

    The researchers say they believe the surgery alone probably wasn't the reason for the improvement--just the loss of weight. They say other overweight people might see these same changes if they'd just drop between 20 and 25 pounds, even without surgery.

    And if you've packed on the pounds over the years, take that advice now-- because the memory problems linked to big bellies can lead to more severe problems down the road.

    A 2009 study found that women with the biggest waistlines had double the dementia risk of those with normal middles. And a study the year before found that men and women with the highest levels of abdominal fat had up to three times the risk of developing dementia as those with the lowest levels. (Click here to read more.)

    That's in addition to the other risks of obesity, including diabetes, heart disease, cancer, depression sleep apnea, an early death and more.

    Don't wait for the damage to be permanent--if you're overweight, get started today... before you forget everything you just read.

  2. Drink beer to lose weight

    It's the best excuse ever to drink more beer: Suds can help you to lose weight.

    It's not exactly a beer-based diet, but a new study finds that people who enjoy a couple of brews a day (or night) as part of a healthy lifestyle aren't more likely to gain weight.

    And they might even lose a few pounds.

    Spanish researchers examined 1,249 men and women over the age of 57, and found that regular beer drinkers had less body fat, were less likely to be obese and were less likely to suffer from diabetes and high blood pressure.

    They found that men enjoyed the benefits with up to three drinks a day... while women should call it a night after two.

    The researchers said the key isn't in the beer alone--but in the combination of frosty brews and the natural Mediterranean diet enjoyed in the region. Beer drinkers who stuck to it were not only thinner and less likely to gain weight during the study, but were also more likely to lose a few pounds.

    And that's not hard to believe--because the old stereotype about the beer belly usually has more do with the food and snacks served with the beer, and not the brews themselves.

    It's that's not a good enough reason to pour a pint tonight, consider the rest of the research on this, which has consistently found that drinkers--whether it's liquor, beer or wine--tend to be healthier and in much better shape than nondrinkers.

    Last year, researchers who examined data on nearly 20,000 women found that moderate drinkers were 30 percent less likely to be overweight or obese during their 13-year study.

    Those who didn't drink at all, on the other hand, had the highest overall weight gain--a result that held even after researchers adjusted for diet, lifestyle, fitness and other habits. (Read more here.)

    Boozy drinks including beer have also shown to protect the heart and mind--and a moderate habit may even help you live longer, which is just about the best benefit I can imagine.

    It even sounds like a start of a toast: "To hearts, minds and longer lives."

  3. Imagine your way to weight loss

    Picture this: The answer to overeating could be locked inside your own mind, right now – and it won’t cost you a dime to get it out.
  4. Feds jump the gun on diet drug

    An FDA panel has voted to approve a new diet drug despite potentially deadly risks, but don't worry. They have a plan for that: They also voted to keep studying the drug once it's on the market.
  5. Calcium and vitamin D linked to weight loss

    Big Pharma's diet pills come with big risks and small results... but if you want to kick-start your own weight loss plan, there are a few things you can take that really do work.
  6. Eating to fight illness

    Sometimes, the hardest part of a cancer battle isn't the disease itself – but what it does to the rest of your body.
  7. Is that spare tire keeping your love life in the slow lane?

    We've known for some time that bigger isn't better when it comes to sex. But a new study helps illustrate how you can restore those primal urges – if you shed those pounds.

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