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The Simplest And Easiest Way To Lose Weight Ever?

Here's a quick riddle for you...It's everywhere because almost everyone wants it. Yet, most never achieve it. What is it?... Weight loss.

You can't flip through the pages of a magazine or the channels on cable TV without being bombarded by advertisements for "new," "breakthrough," "Miracle," etc. weight loss solutions.

Maybe you've tried some of these "quick and easy" solutions, and maybe one word sums up the way you feel... FRUSTRATED!

So, is there anything out there that actually works?

The first thing to understand: there are no overnight "miracles." The hard truth: the REAL secret to weight loss is doing the right things... consistently... for the rest of your life.

Doing the right things will cause you to lose weight but as soon as you stop and go back to your old ways, the weight will come back, and come back with a vengeance... so will the frustration.

That's why the best way to lose weight is to become well-educated on the subject. The internet has a frightening amount of information, some good - and a lot bad.

That's why your best option is to talk to a healthcare professional who has already helped many others and can short-cut the process for you, too.

That being said, researchers have found when people eat quickly, they end up consuming more calories than they would have if they ate more slowly. In fact, according to a new study referenced in a February 10, 2010 New York Times article, "scientists found that when a group of subjects were given an identical serving of ice cream on different occasions, they released more hormones that made them feel full when they ate it in 30 minutes instead of 5.

The scientists took blood samples and measured insulin and gut hormones before, during and after eating.

They found that two hormones that signal feelings of satiety, or fullness ""glucagon-like peptide-1 and peptide YY "" showed a more pronounced response in the slow condition."

This means you eat LESS. The New York Times article also mentioned a study done by the American Dietetic Association in 2008 that reported subjects felt more full and consumed 10% less calories when they ate slowly as opposed to "wolfing" down their food.

And, a study in The British Medical Journal stated those who ate quickly and until full had triple the rate of being overweight compared with others.

What Does All This Mean For YOU?

This research simply suggests if you eat slowly you are likely to feel more full and consume less calories.

No, it's not a weight loss miracle. But, feeling full is nice, and eating less calories - over the long run - will lead to weight loss and greater health.

If you think this isn't a big deal, please remember: little hinges open big doors. It's the accumulation of small things done consistently over time that leads to great success.

In other words, stop looking for the big home run and start hitting singles. And, educate yourself as much as you possibly can. If you have any questions, your doctor of Chiropractic can help... so don't hesitate to call and ask!

American Academy of Environmental Medicine Recommends To Avoid GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOODS

Genetically modified foods are good for profit, but are they good for you? According to an article by Jeffery M. Smith on Dr. Joseph Mercola's health blog (February 24, 2010), the answer looks to be a big, fat... NO!

According to the article, "The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) has called on all physicians to prescribe diets without genetically modified (GM) foods to all patients.1

They call for a moratorium on genetically modified organisms (GMOs), long-term independent studies, and labeling. They state, "Several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GM food," including infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, insulin regulation, and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system.

"There is more than a casual association between GM foods and adverse health effects. There is causation..."

Here's the reference for the "1" above:

Former AAEM President, Dr. Jennifer Armstrong, says, "Physicians are probably seeing the effects in their patients, but need to know how to ask the right questions." Renowned biologist, Pushpa M. Bhargava, believes that "GMOs are a major contributor to the deteriorating health in America."

Here is a link for the complete article that goes deeper into the research findings: 1.

New Study With Yu'ik Eskimos May Hold Key To Reducing Chronic Disease

A new study published in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition with Yu'pik Eskimos has shown high levels of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA were associated with lower levels of triglycerides, as well as higher levels of HDL cholesterol.

Raised levels of the fatty acids were also associated with decreased levels of markers of inflammation, such as C-reactive protein (CRP), which is produced in the liver and is a known marker for inflammation. Increased levels of CRP are a good predictor for the onset of both Type-2 Diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Researchers concluded, "Increasing EPA and DHA intakes to amounts well above those consumed by the general US population may have strong beneficial effects on chronic disease risk."

Want To Be Smarter?

Take A Mid-Day Nap!

Ever get tired in the middle of the afternoon and want to take a little nap? Well, maybe your brain is telling you something - and you should listen to it!

Here's why. New research from the University of California at Berkeley shows a short nap (one hour) can dramatically boost brainpower.

On the other hand, the more hours we stay awake, the more lethargic our brains become.

The same research team previously collected data that revealed staying up all night (an "all-nighter") to study actually decreased the amount of information subjects were able to learn by 40%.

Researchers believe a nap allows the brain to clear the short-term memory and make room for new information. No matter what, this is a great excuse to take a mid-afternoon siesta!

And don't forget, if you ever have any questions or concerns about your health talk to us. Contact us with your questions. We're here to help and don't enjoy anything more than participating in your lifelong good health.