Weight Gain

Finally! The Dessert-With-Breakfast Diet

At the annual meeting of the endocrine society in Houston, Dr. Daniela Jakubowicz of the Wolfson Medical Center at Tel Aviv University reported that a high-protein, high-carbohydrate breakfast that included a daily dessert such as cake or a cookie resulted in a significantly greater weight loss through 32 weeks than an identically low-caloric weight-loss diet featuring a low carbohydrate breakfast, according to a randomized trial. The net loss at 32 weeks was 45 pounds in the dessert-with-breakfast group compared with a scant 7.7 pounds in the low carbohydrate group. Even more important than the speed of weight loss is that patients feel satiety—less hunger – and that prevents craving.

New Drug Old Drug?

Qsymia, a new diet pill just approved by the FDA, is simply a reincarnation of phen-fen, which was tried and roundly condemned in the 1990-s. Try it at your own risk. It wasn-t good then. A better choice seems to me to be human chorionic gonadotropin topical cream. It, too, was tried before
in the 1960-s in Europe in injectable form. Results were excellent then and it proved entirely safe. Why not again now? Both have been shown to cause impressive weight loss.

See Food, Gain Weight

You often hear people joke they can gain weight by just looking at food; it seems they are not wrong. Ghrelin is a neuropeptide found in the brain of both test animals (rats) and humans. It is increased by the sight of food. Thus, TV advertising is effective and does not require food odor in either species and results in weight gain in both. This article is from the journal Obesity and comes from Munich, Germany.

Breast Cancer

Being overweight or obese increases the risk of postmenopausal breast cancer. Waist circumference and waist to hip ratio are associated with free estradiol and free testosterone, but not hip circumference. Moving further down, lower thigh subcutaneous fat is bad and is associated with insulin resistance.

Body Mass Inde (BMI)

The following information appears in the December 29, 2010 issue of Internal Medicine Alert and comes from a study by the National Institutes of Health. It involved 1.46 million people. You can be too thin!! Of course, most people aren-t.

The target for ideal body mass index (also known as body fat percentage) should be 20-25%. This achieves the lowest all-cause mortality.The hazards ratio for healthy women who never smoked were very similar for men.

The risk of death of a higher % body fat was greater for younger people.The cause of death for a BMI of over 25% was highest for heart disease and lowest for cancer.The cause of death for BMI (% body fat) of less than 20% was only significant for the very thinnest people (BMI of less than 18.4) at 15 or more years of follow-up.