Can High Calorie Foods Help to Fight Weight Loss?

High Calorie Foods to Fight Weight Loss

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When I was going through treatment, there were always high calorie foods in the chemo suite for patients to nibble on, typically sugary snacks like cookies and doughnut holes. I asked one of the oncology nurses who looked after me about this. Shouldn’t the snacks be healthier? She said that so many patients have problems eating during chemo causing debilitating weight loss, that the nurses tried to emphasize the importance of eating whatever high calorie foods a patient could manage during treatment to keep weight on, and that aside nutrition shakes like Ensure or Enu, choices like ice cream, donut holes and even fast foods, although counterintuitive from a healthy eating point of view, were worthwhile to help patients maintain their weight.  If you want to try to stay on the healthy side of eating, some of our own seemingly counterintuitive suggestions are:

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  • Not to shy away from eating fats, to eat full fat dairy products instead of skim for example, or the dark meat and skin on poultry
  • To enjoy high fat fruits, nuts and seeds for example avocados, coconuts – milk and oil, and nut and seed products like nut butters or tahini
  • When you feel ill, to eat foods that are easy to digest for example starchy fruits like bananas, and white foods pasta, potatoes, white bread and white rice, maybe with a little butter or olive oil if you can take it
  • When you feel well, to eat fats with healthy high calorie protein rich starches like beans and peas and whole grains, as well as with nutrient packed starchy veggies like winter squash or sweet potato.
  • Try cooking with spices to keep those chemo jaded taste buds happy.

Here are some healthier ideas for high calorie foods to help you keep the weight on

Original Article Source: High Calorie Foods to Fight Weight Loss – Cook for Your Life

Low-Calorie Sweeteners

Low-Calorie Sweeteners are an Effective Tool for Weight Loss

The internet is rife with misinformation about low- and no-calorie sweeteners, from their safety to their efficacy as a weight loss tool. In a recent column for South Strand News, Nick McClary, a doctor of physical therapy, looks at the evidence to determine if low- and no-calorie sweeteners can help you lose weight.

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McClary notes that when people want to lose weight, “calories are king… To lose weight, you must create a caloric deficit, which is best done by both cutting back on the calories you consume and increasing the calories burned from exercise.” He suggests that some people may choose to use low- and no-calorie sweeteners in food and beverages as a strategy to cut calories.

To determine if this truly an effective strategy, McClary looks to the science – “A systematic review of studies in the International Journal of Obesity published an article in 2015 reviewing both human and animal studies on what was termed “low-energy sweeteners,” which includes your common artificial sweeteners, as well as stevia, a plant-derived zero-calorie sweetener…Overall, they found that artificial sweeteners induced weight loss in subjects.”

McClary concludes, “we can be reasonably confident that artificial sweeteners can help us lose weight.” It’s time to mark this statement as “true” once and for all.

Not only are these sweeteners effective, they’re safe! Both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) have found low- and no-calorie sweeteners to be safe for use in foods and beverages. In fact, EFSA reaffirmed that aspartame is safe for consumption by the general population as recently as December 2013. This opinion is based on the most comprehensive risk assessments of aspartame to-date.

For more information about low- and no-calorie beverages can be found at Let’s Clear It Up.

 

Original Article Source: True or False: Low-Calorie Sweeteners are an Effective Tool for Weight Loss

Cut the Calories Without Cutting the Flavor

Cut calories without cutting flavor

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(BPT) – This post is sponsored by Eisai Inc.

Approximately two-thirds of adults in this country are overweight or obese. This extra weight may pose life-threatening health risks including diabetes, heart disease, stroke and certain cancers. For an overweight person, losing even 5 percent of their weight can be meaningful. While the idea of losing weight may feel overwhelming, beginning the journey means starting with small steps.

An important place to start is with healthy eating. Often times, go-to food favorites are high in fat, sugar, starch and sodium. Eating large portions of such foods can hinder weight loss and lead to obesity and related health risks. Reducing portions can help cut calories, and there are ways of adjusting favorite recipes to add healthy ingredients without skimping on flavor.

For example, try the Oven-Fried Fish & Chips recipe below for a lighter take on a popular dish. To cut the calories in half and reduce the fat, this recipe calls for coating the delicate fish in a crispy cornflake crust before baking it along with sliced potatoes.

When trying to lose weight, physical activity is also an important factor. Consider finding ways to work small changes into your daily routine; taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or parking on the far side of the lot are great ways to get started.

Some people still struggle with weight loss despite reducing calorie intake and undertaking an exercise routine. For those looking to add to their weight-loss regimen of a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity, BELVIQ® (lorcaserin HCl) CIV is an FDA-approved prescription weight-loss medication that, when used with diet and exercise, can help some overweight (Body Mass Index [BMI] =27 kg/m²) adults with a weight-related medical problem, or obese (BMI =30 kg/m²) adults, lose weight and keep it off. It is not known if BELVIQ when taken with other prescription, over-the-counter, or herbal weight-loss products is safe and effective.

BELVIQ was tested in three major clinical studies–two trials in adults without type 2 diabetes mellitus and one study in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus. All three studies evaluated the effect of BELVIQ 10 mg twice daily compared to diet and exercise alone. The combined results of the two studies in patients without diabetes showed that almost half of patients (47.1%) taking BELVIQ lost 5% or more of their body weight after one year of treatment, and some (22.4%) lost 10% or more of their body weight after one year of treatment. In the study that enrolled overweight men and women with type 2 diabetes, results showed that more than a third of people taking BELVIQ with diet and exercise (37.5%) lost 5% or more of their body weight, compared with those using diet and exercise alone (16.1%). In the same study, the BELVIQ group showed significant improvements in blood sugar levels, compared with those using diet and exercise alone.

People taking BELVIQ with diet and exercise also had significant improvements in their blood pressure and cholesterol levels, compared to those using diet and exercise alone. It is not known if BELVIQ changes your risk of heart problems, stroke, or death due to heart problems or stroke.

Those looking to manage their weight while overcoming challenges to become healthy can learn more and become inspired by others through BELVIQ® VOICESTM at www.belviqvoices.com, an online community featuring real life weight loss journeys of patients living with obesity. Meant to inspire and encourage honest, open conversation with health care providers, BELVIQ VOICES shares the true stories of patients who have struggled with weight loss. The site also provides information about the obesity epidemic, associated health risk factors and the need for action. Patients who have tried BELVIQ and want to share their own weight loss story can email belviqvoices@mahercomm.com.

Oven-Fried Fish & Chips

Prep time: 25 mins

Cook Time: 45 mins

Servings: 4

Difficulty: Easy

INGREDIENTS

Canola or olive oil cooking spray

1 1/2 pounds russet potatoes, scrubbed and cut into 1/4-inch-thick wedges

4 teaspoons canola oil

1 1/2 teaspoons Cajun or Creole seasoning, divided

2 cups cornflakes

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 large egg whites, beaten

1 pound cod or haddock, cut into 4 portions

PREPARATION

  1. Position racks in upper and lower third of oven; preheat to 425°F. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray. Set a wire rack on another large baking sheet; coat with cooking spray.
  2. Place potatoes in a colander. Thoroughly rinse with cold water, then pat dry completely with paper towels. Toss the potatoes, oil and 3/4 teaspoon Cajun (or Creole) seasoning in a large bowl. Spread on the baking sheet without the rack. Bake on the lower oven rack, turning every 10 minutes, until tender and golden, 30 to 35 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, coarsely grind cornflakes in a food processor or blender or crush in a sealable plastic bag. Transfer to a shallow dish. Place flour, the remaining 3/4 teaspoon Cajun (or Creole) seasoning and salt in another shallow dish and egg whites in a third shallow dish. Dredge fish in the flour mixture, dip it in egg white and then coat all sides with the ground cornflakes. Place on the prepared wire rack. Coat both sides of the breaded fish with cooking spray.
  4. Bake the fish on the upper oven rack until opaque in the center and the breading is golden brown and crisp, about 20 minutes.

NUTRITION

325 calories/per serving

Carbs 45g

Fat 5g

Saturated Fat 0g

Monounsaturated Fat 3g

Protein 24g

Cholesterol 43mg

Fiber 3g

Sodium 331mg

Potassium 955mg

Recipe from EatingWell.com © Meredith corporation. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Important Safety Information about BELVIQ®

Pregnancy: Do not take BELVIQ if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, as weight loss offers no potential benefit during pregnancy and BELVIQ may harm your unborn baby.

Serotonin Syndrome or Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (NMS)-like reactions: Before using BELVIQ, tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, especially medicines that treat depression, migraines, mental problems, or the common cold. These medicines may cause serious or life-threatening side effects if taken with BELVIQ. Call your doctor right away if you experience agitation, hallucinations, confusion, or other changes in mental status; coordination problems; uncontrolled muscle spasms; muscle twitching; restlessness; racing or fast heartbeat; high or low blood pressure; sweating; fever; nausea; vomiting; diarrhea; or stiff muscles.

Valvular heart disease: Some people taking medicines like BELVIQ have had heart valve problems. Call your doctor right away if you experience trouble breathing; swelling of the arms, legs, ankles, or feet; dizziness, fatigue, or weakness that will not go away; or fast or irregular heartbeat. Before taking BELVIQ, tell your doctor if you have or have had heart problems.

Changes in attention or memory: BELVIQ may slow your thinking. You should not drive a car or operate heavy equipment until you know how BELVIQ affects you.

Mental problems: Taking too much BELVIQ may cause hallucinations, a feeling of being high or in a very good mood, or feelings of standing outside your body.

Depression or thoughts of suicide: Call your doctor right away if you notice any mental changes, especially sudden changes in your mood, behaviors, thoughts, or feelings, or if you have depression or thoughts of suicide.

Low blood sugar: Weight loss can cause low blood sugar in people taking medicines for type 2 diabetes, such as insulin or sulfonylureas. Blood sugar levels should be checked before and while taking BELVIQ. Changes to diabetes medication may be needed if low blood sugar develops.

Painful erections: If you have an erection lasting more than 4 hours while on BELVIQ, stop taking BELVIQ and call your doctor or go to the nearest emergency room right away.

Slow heartbeat: BELVIQ may cause your heart to beat slower.

Decreases in blood cell count: BELVIQ may cause your red and white blood cell counts to decrease.

Increase in prolactin: BELVIQ may increase the amount of a hormone called prolactin. Tell your doctor if your breasts begin to make milk or a milky fluid, or if you are a male and your breasts increase in size.

Most common side effects in patients without diabetes: Headache, dizziness, fatigue, nausea, dry mouth, and constipation.

Most common side effects in patients with diabetes: Low blood sugar, headache, back pain, cough, and fatigue.

Nursing: BELVIQ should not be taken while breastfeeding.

Drug interactions: Before taking BELVIQ, tell your doctor if you take medicines for depression, migraines, or other medical conditions, such as: triptans; medicines used to treat mood, anxiety, psychotic or thought disorders, including tricyclics, lithium, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, selective serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, monoamine oxidase inhibitors, or antipsychotics; cabergoline; linezolid (an antibiotic); tramadol; dextromethorphan (an over-the-counter (OTC) common cold/cough medicine); OTC supplements such as tryptophan or St. John’s Wort; or erectile dysfunction medicines.

BELVIQ is a federally controlled substance (CIV) because it may be abused or lead to drug dependence.

For more information about BELVIQ, click here for the full Product Information or visit www.Belviq.com.

BELVIQ® is a registered trademark of Arena Pharmaceuticals GmbH. VOICES™ is a trademark of Eisai Inc.

For more information on weight loss and patients’ experiences, visit www.BELVIQVoices.com.

Original Article Source: The Paper of Montgomery County : Weight loss tips: Cut calories without cutting flavor