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Old July 27th, 2013, 03:43 PM
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I've been losing my mid-life midsection rather well lately by reducing piehole intake, but here's some interesting little helpers that may be worth trying as well;
EGCG, an antioxidant in green tea, increases metabolism to burn calories, kills fat cells and blocks formation of new ones. What to take: a green tea extract pill before meals for a total daily dose of 270mg to 325mg of EGCG.
CLA, conjugated linoleic acid, can melt body fat and build muscle without calorie counting or exercise. What to take: 1.7g, twice a day, of Tonalin CLA.
HCA, hydroxycitric acid, derived from a tropical fruit, quadrupled weight loss in an eight-week moderate diet. What to take: 1,500mg, three times a day, 30 minutes before meals. The brand Preuss tested, Super CitriMax, is available from Now Foods.
Chromium targets the loss of fat instead of muscle. What to take: For weight loss, 200mcg, three times a day, of chromium bound to niacin (ChromeMate), or chromium picolinate or histidinate; for maintenance, take 200mcg a day. (Note:" Say mentions this one below.)
Starch blockers cut absorption of carbs. What to take: CarbEase or brands with the ingredient Phase 2. Follow label directions.

More healthful tips;
Food Diary. Writing down what you eat each day can help you double the amount of weight you lose, reports Kaiser Permanente's Center for Health Research in Portland, Ore. It increases awareness so you tend to eat fewer calories, researchers say.
CUT FRUCTOSE. This form of sugar can turn to fat in your body with surprising speed. Limit processed foods and beverages sweetened with fructose. Fruit is OK.
HAVE SOUP. Girls ages 5 to 10 who regularly eat vegetable soup are at less risk of being overweight, reports a Portuguese study. Also, Penn State University finds that adults who eat vegetable soup (chunky or puréed) before a meal eat 20% fewer total calories at the meal. Soup makes you feel full and is a nutritious way to eat light when late nite munchies set in.
EAT SLOWLY. Gulping food makes you eat more, says a new University of Rhode Island study. Women who ate slowly, compared with those who ate quickly, consumed about 70 fewer calories and felt more satisfied later.
Beware Saturday. Even diligent dieters overeat then, say researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
DRINK WATER. Tests by Virginia Tech show drinking 2 cups of water a half-hour before breakfast cuts caloric intake by 13% in older Americans who are overweight. More exciting: German research says water burns calories! Drinking 2 cups of water revved metabolism 24% in overweight subjects in an hour. Cool water is best and drinking water when hunger pangs hit is a way to fool your stomach into thinking you just ate, letting you go longer between meals.
GRAB BREAKFAST. Kids who eat breakfast cereal daily are less apt to be overweight. Go for high-fiber, whole-grain cereal. Overweight dieters who ate two eggs a day lost 65% more weight in eight weeks than those who ate equal calories in bagels, says research by Saint Louis University.

A few dietary supplements that may help too;
Guggul: also called "guggulipid" and comes from the gum resin of the guggul tree, native to India and Pakistan. The herb is commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine and it boosts production of thyroid hormone. This helps burn fat, boost mood, increase energy and normalize cholesterol ratios.
Hoodia: This is a natural appetite suppressant that comes from a South African cactus. It won't speed your heart or give the jitters, it just makes you feel full. Make sure the brand you pick is 100-percent certified.
5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan): This is a precursor to serotonin in your body, which is one of your happy brain chemicals. 5-HTP helps turn off your carb craver while stabilizing mood. Because the substance later converts to melatonin, it also deepens sleep for many people.
Omega-3 fatty acids: Fish oils are rich in omega-3s and they speed up the rate at which you burn fat. Fish oils provide "essential fatty acids." These are good fats and help digest and get rid of bad fats.
Chromium: This mineral helps you balance blood sugar and makes the body more sensitive to insulin, thus reducing body fat and increasing lean muscle. If you crave sweets, you may have insulin resistance and a higher risk for diabetes. Chromium, and other minerals, are necessary for a person to overcome blood sugar imbalances which lead to cravings.
Asparagine — amino acid found in asparagus increases insulin sensitivity, which helps the body store energy in muscle, rather than storing it as body fat.
Biotin — This B vitamin boosts metabolism by stabilizing blood sugar (improving glycemic control) and reducing insulin which is known to store fat on us.
Zinc — mineral is closely tied to leptin. Low zinc reduces leptin, and that could cause you to feel hungry all the time. Restoring zinc could impact leptin and allow you to feel satisfied after one plate of stuffing.
Vitamin A — vision vitamin just so happens to tell your genes to stop storing all the food you eat as fat! Studies suggest vitamin A is capable of shrinking fat cells.
Niacin — I recommend this B vitamin for people with high cholesterol, but it increases adiponectin, a natural fat-burning hormone.
Chromium — mineral makes the body more sensitive to insulin, thus reducing body fat and increasing lean muscle.
Lipoic acid —Recommended for people with diabetes to help manage blood sugar; it helps shuttle glucose into the cells which helps burn carbs more efficiently. Good for neuropathy, too.
Magnesium — Low magnesium impairs your ability to convert carbs and sugar into fuel, so it gets stored on as fat. Correcting a magnesium deficiency helps stimulate metabolism.
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Old July 27th, 2013, 05:01 PM
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www.uspverified.org may be a good site to find if a manufacturer has voluntarily asked U.S. Pharmacopeiato verify quantity, purity, and potency of the raw ingredients or finished products. But who knows if even they can be trusted?

12 supplements you should avoid

These supplement ingredients are among those linked by clinical research or case reports to serious side effects. We worked with the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, an independent research group that evaluates the safety and effectiveness of nutritional supplements, to develop this list. We think it's wise to avoid all the ingredients on it. Unless otherwise noted, there's insufficient evidence to rate their effectiveness for their purported uses. Dangers listed are not meant to be all-inclusive.

Name
(also known as)Purported usesPossible dangers
CommentsACONITE
(aconiti tuber, aconitum, radix aconiti)Inflammation, joint pain, wounds, gout.Toxicity, nausea, vomiting, low blood pressure, respiratory-system paralysis, heart-rhythm disorders, death.Unsafe. Aconite is the most common cause of severe herbal poisoning in Hong Kong.BITTER ORANGE
(aurantii fructus, Citrus aurantium, zhi shi)Weight loss, nasal congestion, allergies.Fainting, heart-rhythm disorders, heart attack, stroke, death.Possibly unsafe. Contains synephrine, which is similar to ephedrine, banned by the FDA in 2004. Risks might be higher when taken with herbs that contain caffeine.CHAPARRAL
(creosote bush, Larrea divaricata, larreastat)Colds, weight loss, infections, inflammation, cancer, detoxification.Liver damage, kidney problems.Likely unsafe. The FDA advises people not to take chaparral.COLLOIDAL SILVER
(ionic silver, native silver, Silver in suspending agent)Fungal and other infections, Lyme disease, rosacea, psoriasis, food poisoning, chronic fatigue syndrome, HIV/AIDS.Bluish skin, mucous membrane discoloration, neurological problems, kidney damage.Likely unsafe. The FDA advised consumers about the risk of discoloration on Oct. 6, 2009.COLTSFOOT
(coughwort, farfarae folium leaf, foalswort)Cough, sore throat, laryngitis, bronchitis, asthma.Liver damage, cancer.Likely unsafe.COMFREY
(blackwort, common comfrey, slippery root)Cough, heavy menstrual periods, chest pain, cancer.Liver damage, cancer.Likely unsafe. The FDA advised manufacturers to remove comfrey products from the market in July 2001.COUNTRY MALLOW
(heartleaf, Sida cordifolia, silky white mallow)Nasal congestion, allergies, asthma, weight loss, bronchitis.Heart attack, heart arrhythmia, stroke, death.Likely unsafe. Possible dangers linked with its ephedrine alkaloids banned by the FDA in 2004.GERMANIUM
(Ge, Ge-132, germanium-132)Pain, infections, glaucoma, liver problems, arthritis, osteoporosis, heart disease, HIV/AIDS, cancer.Kidney damage, death.Likely unsafe. The FDA warned in 1993 that it was linked to serious adverse events.GREATER CELANDINE
(celandine, chelidonii herba, Chelidonium majus)Upset stomach, irritable bowel syndrome, liver disorders, detoxification, cancer.Liver damage.Possibly unsafe.KAVA
(awa, Piper methysticum, kava-kava)Anxiety (possibly effective).Liver damage.Possibly unsafe. The FDA issued a warning to consumers in March 2002. Banned in Germany, Canada, and Switzerland.LOBELIA
(asthma weed, Lobelia inflata, pukeweed, vomit wort)Coughing, bronchitis, asthma, smoking cessation (possibly ineffective).Toxicity; overdose can cause fast heartbeat, very low blood pressure, coma, possibly death.Likely unsafe. The FDA warned in 1993 that it was linked to serious adverse events.YOHIMBE
(yohimbine, Corynanthe yohimbi, Corynanthe johimbi)Aphrodisiac, chest pain, diabetic complications, depression; erectile dysfunction (possibly effective).Usual doses can cause high blood pressure, rapid heart rate; high doses can cause severe low blood pressure, heart problems, death.Possibly unsafe for use without medical supervision because it contains a prescription drug, yohimbine. The FDA warned in 1993 that reports of serious adverse events were under investigation.

11 supplements to consider

These popular supplements, listed in alphabetical order, have been shown to likely be safe for most people and possibly or likely to be effective in appropriate doses for certain conditions. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before starting any supplement. Most supplements haven't been studied in pregnant or nursing women. The list of interactions and side effects is not all-inclusive.
Name
(also known as)Efficacy for selected usesSelected potential side effectsSelected drug interactionsCALCIUM
(calcium carbonate, calcium citrate, calcium gluconate)Likely effective in combination with vitamin D in preventing and treating bone loss and osteoporosis. Taken daily, appears to reduce some PMS symptoms.Belching, gas.Calcium can decrease the effectiveness of certain antibiotics, osteoporosis drugs, and thyroid drugs.CRANBERRY
(American cranberry, large cranberry, cranberry extract)Possibly effective for preventing recurrent urinary-tract infections.Large amounts can cause stomach upset, diarrhea.Might increase the effects of the blood thinner warfarin.FISH OIL
(EPA/DHA, omega-3 fatty acids, PUFA)Effective for reducing triglyceride levels. Likely effective for decreasing the risk of heart attack, stroke, and progression of hardening of the arteries in people with existing heart disease.Fishy aftertaste, upset stomach, nausea, loose stools. High doses can increase levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol in some people or increase the chance of bleeding.Might increase the effect of blood-thinning drugs and high blood pressure medications.GLUCOSAMINE SULFATE
(G6S, glucosamine sulfate 2KCl, glucosamine sulfate-potassium chloride)Likely effective treatment for reducing symptoms of osteoarthritis of the knee. Might also help slow progression of osteoarthritis.Nausea, heartburn, diarrhea, constipation, headache.Might increase the blood-thinning effect of warfarin and cause bruising and bleeding.LACTASE
(beta-galactosidase)Likely effective for reducing gastrointestinal symptoms in lactoseintolerant people when used before consuming lactose or when added to milk.No reported side effects.None known.LACTOBACILLUS
(acidophilus, acidophilus lactobacillus, probiotics)Possibly effective for preventing diarrhea while taking antibiotics.Gas. People with poor immune function should check with their doctor first.Might cause infection in people taking immunosuppressant drugs.PSYLLIUM
(blond plantago, blonde psyllium, plantago, isabgola)Effective as a bulk laxative for reducing constipation or softening stools. Likely effective for lowering cholesterol in people with mild to moderately high cholesterol.Gas, stomach pain, diarrhea, constipation, nausea. Some people can have a serious allergic response that requires immediate medical attention.Might decrease the effectiveness of carbamazepine, an antiseizure drug; digoxin, a heart drug; and lithium, for bipolar disorder. Might cause low blood sugar when taken with some diabetes drugs.PYGEUM
(African plum tree, African prune, Prunus africana)Likely effective for reducing symptoms of an enlarged prostate.Nausea, abdominal pain.None known.SAMe
(ademetionine, adenosylmethionine, S-Adenosyl-L-Methionine, sammy)Likely effective in reducing symptoms of major depression, reducing pain, and improving functioning in people with osteoarthritis.GI symptoms, dry mouth, headache, mild insomnia, anorexia, sweating, dizziness, and nervousness, especially at higher doses. It can make some people with depression feel anxious.Might lead to a toxic reaction when taken with the cough suppressant dextromethorphan, certain antidepressants, or narcotic pain relievers. Might worsen symptoms when taken with the Parkinson's drug levodopa.ST. JOHN'S WORT
(Hypericum perforatum, Saynt Johannes Wort, SJW)Likely effective for improving symptoms of some forms of depression.Insomnia, vivid dreams, anxiety, dizziness, headache, skin rash, and tingling. It can cause skin to become extra-sensitive to the sun.Can decrease the effectiveness of a wide range of drugs, including birth-control pills, heart medications, HIV/AIDS drugs, and warfarin. Might also increase the effects or side effects of certain antidepressants.VITAMIN D
(Cholecalciferol, vitamin D3, ergocalciferol, vitamin D2)Likely effective when taken with calcium to help prevent osteoporosis. Might help reduce falls in people with vitamin D deficiency and bone loss in people taking corticosteroids.

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Old July 27th, 2013, 10:32 PM
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I lost 25 pounds in a few months. Lots of exercise, smaller portions, and green tea is a staple in my diet now. I feel a lot better. Faster too!

Getting enough water is also supposed to be good for mitigating the aging process.
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Old July 28th, 2013, 05:14 PM
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I lost 25 pounds in a few months. Lots of exercise, smaller portions, and green tea is a staple in my diet now. I feel a lot better. Faster too!
Not too shabby, V. I wish I could stand green tea, but like so many things that are good for you...
I managed to shed 15 lbs. in a month just eating when really hungry and healthier bird size meal choices. Shrinking the stomach to a walnut helps keep it all in check. Feeling/looking better to the point my skinny pants are falling off, and I'm faster too, at eating
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