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Behavior programs may cut child obesity risk

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The children of parents who attended parenting classes were less likely to become obese later in life, a new study shows. Researchers suggest that the parents learned ways to reinforce positive behavior without using food as a reward.
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Can Green tea help me lose weight? How does green tea help to burn fat?

Green tea can be beneficial in many ways. Medical bibliography contains over 2,000 studies performed on green tea and its components (eg, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), Some of the benefits that it is being tested for are:

Possible benefits are being:

weight loss,cancer prevention,antioxidant activity,cognitive enhancement,general good health and well being… and the list goes on and on.

But let’s get back to your question: how can green tea help me lose weight?

In many ways. Firstly, as a caffeine component in many popular fat burner products since green tea contains caffeine, Caffeine, of course, is a decent fat burner with a well-established track record constituting green tea as a decent fat burner tool.

Green tea though has many more powers than caffeine a p. It is a very powerful anti-oxidant due to the active ingredient.EGCG (called epigallocatechin gallate). Studies have proved that EGCG may be up to 200 times more powerful than vitamin E as an oxidant.

Specifically for those of you who are looking to green tea for weight loss.
Green tea also helps regulate glucose levels in the bloodstream by decreasing amylase activity. Amylase is a digestive enzyme which is essential for in the breakdown of starches (carbs) that can cause blood sugar levels to rise after a meal. It is believed that green tea along with chromium and a vanadyl supplement can be the most powerful inhibitor of excess glucose and the best way to manage diabetes.
Green tea helps increase metabolism. Drinking green tea helps us burn calories faster.
Green tea also contains catechins which help lower the levels of body fat as well as cholesterol levels.

Most importantly green tea helps prevent fatty acid synthase. Fatty acid synthase is an enzymatic system which attributes to the process which is responsible for coverting carbohydrates into fat. Inhibition of fatty acid synthase can lead to dramatic weight loss.

Green tea can also be beneficial to the heart. Consuming green tea high in catechins, in addition to reducing body fat can also reduces cardiovascular risks.

So, to sum up green tea can help:

increase metabolismregulate glucose levelsregulate insulinlower cholesterol levelslower triglyceride levels


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Green tea is believed to help burn fat by activating an enzyme which dissolves excess triglycerides. Hormones trigger the release of triglycerides when the body needs energy. The problem occurs when there are excessive amounts of triglycerides, because triglycerides are then converted into fat which in turn causes obesity.

Green tea, then, contains high amounts of polyphenols that activate the enzyme responsible for dissolving excess triglyceride. Over time, this means that green tea aids in burning excess fat.

Green tea stimulates the metabolism and accelerates weight loss. It contains powerful antioxidants called polyphenols and catechins are responsible for many of the benefits of green tea. Of these, in particular, EGCG has been shown to help boost metabolism and accelerate weight loss.

EGCG, along with the caffeine in green tea stimulate the central nervous system and cause the fat to be released into the bloodstream so the body can use it as fuel. This process of fat used for energy is called thermogenesis. Provides extra energy, eliminates excess water and also helps to burn body fat.

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Weight loss surgery tied to increase in drinking

Weight loss surgery tied to increase in drinking | All about Weight Loss |
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who had weight loss surgery reported greater alcohol use two years after their procedures than in the weeks beforehand, in a new study.This is perhaps a risk.

This is perhaps a risk. I don't think it should deter people from having surgery, but you should be cautious to monitor (alcohol use) after surgery," Alexis Conason, who worked on the study at the New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, told Reuters Health.

Researchers said it's possible some patients may turn to drinking if surgery successfully stops their ability to overeat without addressing their underlying issues. Or, the effects of certain types of stomach-shrinking procedures on alcohol tolerance may influence drinking habits.

Still, the new study can't show whether people were drinking in a dangerous way - and there was no clear increase in drug use or smoking after surgery.

"This does not mean that everyone who has gastric bypass surgery has problems with alcohol or becomes an alcoholic," said Conason.

Her team's study involved 155 people getting gastric bypass or gastric banding surgery, mostly women. Participants started the study with an average body mass index, or BMI, of 46 - equivalent to a five-foot, six-inch person who weighs 285 pounds.

Surgery is typically recommended for people with a BMI of at least 40, or at least 35 if they also have health problems such as diabetes or severe sleep apnea.

Alcohol use dropped immediately following surgery, from 61 percent of people who initially reported drinking to 20 percent at one month post-surgery.

But by three months, drinking rates had started to creep back up. And at two years out, people were drinking significantly more often than before their procedures, according to findings published Monday in the Archives of Surgery.

That was primarily the case for those who had gastric bypass surgery, not banding. On a scale from 0 to 10 of drinking frequency, where 0 represented never, 5 was sometimes and 10 always, gastric bypass patients reported an increase from 1.86 before surgery to 3.08 two years later.


Conason said gastric bypass, in particular, has been shown to drastically lower alcohol tolerance - to the point that some post-surgery patients have a blood alcohol content above the legal driving limit after just one drink. For some, that could make drinking more appealing, she added.

The new findings are "proving more support for the idea that we really need to talk to patients about alcohol use, especially those undergoing (gastric bypass)," said Wendy King, an epidemiologist and weight loss surgery researcher at the University of Pittsburgh, who wasn't part of the study team.

According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, about 200,000 people have weight loss surgery every year. The procedures cost about $20,000 each.

Although some researchers have questioned the long-term benefits of surgery, one recent study found three-quarters of people who'd undergone gastric bypass had lost and kept off at least 20 percent of their initial pre-surgery weight six years later (see Reuters Health story of September 18, 2012).

One limitation of the new study is that only one-quarter of the initial participants were still in touch to report their current alcohol and drug use at the two-year mark - so the researchers don't know how everyone else fared.

Psychiatrist Dr. James Mitchell, who has studied alcohol use after weight loss surgery at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Grand Forks, said there's also a need for research going out more than two years - to see if alcohol use keeps increasing.

Researchers said people who've had weight loss surgery should talk with their doctors soon if they notice themselves wanting to drink more.

"The health risks of obesity are such that people with severe obesity should not forgo bariatric surgery because of this," Mitchell, who was not involved in the new study, told Reuters Health.

But he said everyone should be warned about this possibility - and people with a history of alcohol abuse should be particularly careful.

"I don't have the impression (doctors) are talking a tremendous amount about these things," Conason said. "I think we should be. I think we should be educating patients about all the potential risks and benefits."

SOURCE: Archives of Surgery, online October 15,2012.

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