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Study Highlights Benefits of Prepackaged Weight Loss Program

Jenn Fusion | May 17th, 2013
Childhood Obesity

For years, Americans have been told that their diets are “not good enough.” Weight loss can’t be as easy as picking up a prepackaged meal from the store. For starters, there’s sodium, which increases blood pressure and causes water retention. According to the Mayo Clinic, up to 75 percent of an average American’s daily sodium intake comes from processed and packaged items – “diet” or not. HelpGuide.org explains that prepackaged diet foods contain more refined ingredients, like white flour and sugar, which can… Read more »

New Weight Loss Pill Belviq May Be Available As Early as June 2013

Shay Morrigan | May 13th, 2013
silver scale

In June 2012, the FDA approved a new weight loss drug—their first in 13 years. Called “Belviq (lorcaserin hydrochloride)” and manufactured by Arena Pharmaceuticals, the pill was cleared for use in obese patients with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more. Arena could not release the pill on the market at that time, however, because the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) had yet to complete their safety review. Now, according to Bloomberg, the DEA has also cleared Belviq for sale, which… Read more »

Gastric Bypass Surgery Reduces Symptoms of Diabetes

Jessie Whitman | May 11th, 2013
Weight Loss Goals

Gastric bypass not only helps people combat morbid obesity, but the weight loss surgery also reduces symptoms of type 2 diabetes by changing the amino acids and hormones the body produces while digesting food, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. The adult-onset of type 2 diabetes is strongly correlated with excessive weight gain and increases the risk of suffering from high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, and other chronic medical conditions. More than 18… Read more »

Fox News Lists America’s Top 10 Weight Loss Resorts

Jenn Fusion | May 9th, 2013
legs on scale (knee down)

A whopping 69.2 percent of Americans are considered overweight or obese, according to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control. Not surprisingly, one of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to “lose weight,” with two-thirds of Americans confessing that, yes, they are on a diet. Yet, only about 20 percent of these people will be successful, says Dr. Jessica Bartfield MD, an internal medicine specialist at the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care.  “Dieting is a skill,… Read more »

Food Addiction: Does It Exist?

Jenn Fusion | May 3rd, 2013
happy woman on weighing scale

The term “food addiction” sounds all too easy, doesn’t it? Instead of facing the facts that we overeat, indulge in too many fats and sweets, or have little willpower, we can just blame an addiction and go into “detox.” We can do our best, but if we can’t stick with the program it’s not our fault. Despite the convenience of this excuse, there is a wealth of science to validate the notion that food addiction is, in fact, a very real phenomenon. And,… Read more »