Branch Chain Amino Acids Promote Lower Body Weight

Thursday, January 27, 2011  -  Byron J Richards

Branch chain amino acids, which are very high in whey protein, not only help maintain muscle but also assists in maintaining a better body weight. A new study of 4429 men and women ages 40–59 found that the lower their intake of dietary branch chain amino acids the more likely they were to be overweight.


DHA Supplementation Improves Cholesterol Quality

Tuesday, January 25, 2011  -  Byron J Richards

Overweight individuals typically have problems with excess fat blobs (triglycerides) and elevated cholesterol. A new study shows that DHA lowers triglycerides and improves the quality of both LDL and HDL.


Magnesium Supplements Improve Gene Profiles of Overweight Individuals

Sunday, January 23, 2011  -  Byron J Richards

The situation of being overweight is known to set in motion a constellation of metabolic issues that result in increased early onset of multiple diseases related to aging. A new study shows that 500 mg per day of magnesium supplementation in overweight individuals for only four weeks favorably alters many genes in the direction of less inflammation and improved metabolism.


Why Exercise-Induced Asthma is Linked to Obesity

Thursday, January 13, 2011  -  Byron J Richards

A new study has demonstrated for the first time that as your body mass rises your risk for exercise-induced asthma rises. Seventy-one percent of obese people have exercise-induced asthma. This is important because it demonstrates that weight gain progressively chokes off normal oxygenation of your body and proper oxygenation of your body is a core fundamental principle of health.


Supplemental Fiber Helps Lower Cholesterol and Boosts Weight Loss

Thursday, January 06, 2011  -  Byron J Richards

A new 12-week study compared taking psyllium fiber (55 grams of fiber per day) to a healthy diet (31 grams of fiber per day) as well as to a healthy diet plus psyllium fiber (59 grams of fiber per day), with a control group (20 grams of fiber per day).  The research showed that boosting fiber intake beyond the level found in a healthy diet offered a significant improvements, with the best improvement seen by adding fiber to a healthy diet.


A Family History of Alcoholism Means Obesity Could be Knocking at Your Door

Wednesday, January 05, 2011  -  Byron J Richards

Researchers have now established that the rate of obesity in women, and to some degree men, is rapidly rising in those whose parents have a history of excess alcohol use.  It means that those most likely to succumb to eating extra sweet, salty, and fatty foods are those with in inherited weakness relating to addiction.


Fibromyalgia and Obesity – Chicken or Egg?

Tuesday, January 04, 2011  -  Byron J Richards

Fibromyalgia means that your body hurts, especially in your shoulder area and various muscles and your energy level is impaired.  The combination of pain and a lack of energy is enough to interfere with your quality of life.  A new study shows that 77% of patients with fibro are overweight.  In fact, almost half of fibro patients are classified as obese.  The greater the weight the greater the pain sensitivity, the worse the sleep, and the greater the loss of strength.  So which came first – weight gain or fibro?


Lactoferrin Can Help Shrink a Fat Stomach

Monday, January 03, 2011  -  Byron J Richards

A new double-blind, placebo-controlled study showed that individuals with abdominal obesity who took 300 mg of lactoferrin per day for 8 weeks had a significant reduction in abdominal fat, body weight, BMI, and hip circumference.  Those taking lactoferrin lost 1.79 inches from their waistline, compared to 0.35 inches in the control group.


Obesity Trend in Infants Alarming

Saturday, January 01, 2011  -  Byron J Richards

Researchers have published some rather sobering news to start the New Year; one-third of U.S. nine-month old children are overweight or obese, and once in that condition they are still having the problem at 2 years of age.