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FDA Approves Diet Pill Belviq

Posted: June 29, 2012 at 11:23 am

Belviq Is First New Prescription Weight Loss Drug in 13 Years

By Salynn Boyles WebMD Health News

Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

June 27, 2012 -- For the first time in more than a decade, the FDA has approved a new drug to help people lose weight.

Today, Arena Pharmaceuticals' Belviq (lorcaserin hydrochloride) became the first prescription weight loss drug approved by federal regulators in 13 years.

The FDA approved Belviq as an addition to a reduced-calorie diet and exercise, for use in chronic weight control.

The approval is specifically for use in adults with a BMI above 30 (considered obese), and for adults with a BMI of 27 (considered overweight) or above if they also have at least one weight-related medical condition, such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, or high cholesterol.

Belviq should not be used during pregnancy.

Today's move comes almost two years after the FDA refused to approve the drug, citing concerns about its safety and effectiveness.

But last May, an FDA advisory committee overwhelmingly endorsed making the drug available to people who are obese and those with health issues related to being overweight.

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Posted: June 29, 2012 at 11:22 am

There seems to be no end to the variety of diets for losing weight. The Mediterranean diet, the Atkins diet and the South Beach diet are just a few of the weight loss strategies that have gained popularity in recent years. Despite all that variety, all diets come back to one core principle. Theres no getting around it: To lose weight , youve got to eat less, said Dr George Blackburn of Harvard Medical School in his book Break Through Your Set Point (HarperCollins, 2007.) All weight loss programmes limit calories one way or another. Calories, the basic units of energy, are at the heart of weight loss.

Weight gain happens when you take in more than you expend, and weight loss happens when you use more than you consume. How much weight a person gains or loses also has a lot to do with the individuals metabolismthe process by which the bodys cells convert the calories from food into energy for bodily functions such as breathing.

How your metabolism affects your weight

The bodys metabolism is responsible for the majority of calories a person uses. However, metabolism occurs at different rates from person to person. It tends to slow with age, due to the wearing down of cells in the body. As metabolism slows, people who continue to eat the same number of calories will gain weight because the energy is not used as quickly. As many people age, their amount of physical activity also tends to decrease, and weight gain becomes even more likely.

By dieting, people limit the calories they take in and can avoid that weight gain. Many diets focus on eliminating one group of foods entirely. The Atkins diet, for example, severely limits carbohydrates. Other diets focus on limiting fats. Fat contains about twice as many calories as an equal amount of carbohydrates or proteins. But the evidence suggests people need to consider limiting both fats and carbohydrates to lose weight. Forcing scientists or the public into the jurors box to decide whether fat or carbohydrate contributes more to obesity is like debating whether tornadoes are worse than hurricanes, said Kelly Brownell and Katherine Battle Horgen, of the Yale Center for Eating and Weight Disorders, in their book Food Fight (McGraw-Hill, 2004.) People consume too many calories, which is the key to the obesity problem.

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Study: Low carb/high protein diet bad for women?

Posted: June 28, 2012 at 11:21 pm

Job worries for parents may mean poorer nutrition for kids Job worries for parents may mean poorer nutrition for kids The more work-related stress parents experience, the more likely their children are to eat unhealthy meals, a new study shows.More >> The more work-related stress parents experience, the more likely their children are to eat unhealthy meals, a new study shows.More >> Pictures of fatty, sugary foods may spur cravings Pictures of fatty, sugary foods may spur cravings Looking at pictures of hamburgers, cupcakes and other high-calorie edibles can trigger cravings for fattening foods, especially if you're drinking something sweet at the time, according to a new study.More >> Looking at pictures of hamburgers, cupcakes and other high-calorie edibles can trigger cravings for fattening foods, especially if you're drinking something sweet at the time, according to a new study.More >> 'Dessert' with breakfast boosts weight loss 'Dessert' with breakfast boosts weight loss Starting your morning with a high-protein food and a "dessert" -- such as a doughnut or a slice of cake -- may help you lose weight and keep it off, a new study suggests.More >> Starting your morning with a high-protein food and a "dessert" -- such as a doughnut or a slice of cake -- may help you lose weight and keep it off, a new study suggests.More >> Money really can't buy happiness Money really can't buy happiness Contrary to popular belief, happiness in life has more to do with respect and influence than status or wealth, according to a new study.More >> Contrary to popular belief, happiness in life has more to do with respect and influence than status or wealth, according to a new study.More >> 10 best appetite-suppressing foods 10 best appetite-suppressing foods Forget the fad diets and diet pills, which can be harmful anyway, and try eating a diet filled with appetite-suppressing foods, like the following 10.More >> Forget the fad diets and diet pills, which can be harmful anyway, and try eating a diet filled with appetite-suppressing foods, like the following 10.More >>

(CNN) - According to research done by a group of European and American scientists and professors, long term low-carb, high protein diets could be bad for women's health.

They found that a one-tenth decrease of carbohydrate intake or an increase in the amount of protein eaten, statistically raised the frequency of cardiovascular disease.

The researchers sampled more than 43,000 Swedish women between 30 and 49 years old.

They followed up with the women for an average of about 16 years.

The goal was to study the long term consequences of low-carb diets on heart health, when there's no consideration of the protein sources.

The study says high protein diets may be okay nutritionally if the protein is plant based, like quinoa or almonds.

The study is published by the BMJ Group.

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British Medical Journal Summary Stating "Atkins-Style" Diet Increases Cardiovascular Risk is False and Misleading

Posted: June 28, 2012 at 11:21 pm

DENVER, Colo., June 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Atkins Nutritionals, Inc. has requested that the British Medical Journal (BMJ) retract its false and misleading statement that, according to a recent Swedish study, an "Atkins-style" diet is to blame for increased risk of cardiovascular disease among a specific female population in Sweden.The study itself never mentioned the term "Atkins-style" and the diet in the study did not in any way resemble the Atkins Diet.

The diet tested in the study is not the Atkins Diet.

It appears that BMJ, to draw public attention to its story, misleadingly inserted the false suggestion that an "Atkins-style" diet was used in the study, and omitted the conclusion of the Swedish researchers that diets similar to the actual Atkins Diet do not necessarily harm cardiovascular health. Atkins has demanded an apology and corrective action from the British Medical Journal.

Key studies done to date measuring the Atkins Diet's effect on heart health have shown diminished risk. Examples include a 2010 study published in Circulation (lead researcher Shai) demonstrated that a 2-year weight loss diet can induce a significant regression in heart disease markers and decline in blood pressure. Additionally, a 2010 study published in Annals of Internal Medicine entitled "Weight and Metabolic Outcomes After Two Years On a Low-Carbohydrate Versus Low-Fat Diet: A Randomized Trial" demonstrated better outcomes for risk factors for heart disease and blood pressure in the low-carbohydrate participants.

Dr. David Haslam, GP bariatric physician and former chair of the British Obesity Forum adds, "The editorial to this Swedish research is below the standards one expects of the British Medical Journal and betrays the lack of awareness of scientific principles or the requirement of checking facts before publication. The Atkins Diet is a scientifically validated one, which is balanced and contains the foods deemed important by this paper. Furthermore, Atkins is a diet I recommend to my patients."

Monty Sharma, CEO of Atkins Nutritionals, states "We request those media outlets who have unwittingly republished the British Medical Journal's incorrect statements to speak with Atkins and learn what the Atkins Diet really is a healthy, scientifically proven diet that includes healthy carbs, doesn't cut out any food groups, and is being passionately supported by millions of successful dieters across the globe."

About Atkins Nutritionals, Inc.

Atkins Nutritionals, Inc. is a leader in the $2.4 billion weight control nutrition category, and offers a powerful lifetime approach to weight loss and management. The Atkins Diet focuses on a healthy diet with reduced levels of refined carbohydrates and added sugars and encourages the consumption of protein, fiber, fruits, vegetables and good fats. Backed by research and consumer success stories, this approach allows the body to burn more fat and work more efficiently while helping individuals feel less hungry, more satisfied and more energetic.

Atkins Nutritionals, Inc., manufactures and sells a variety of nutrition bars and shakes designed around the nutritional principles of the Atkins Diet. Atkins' four product lines: Advantage, Day Break, Endulge and Cuisine appeal to a broad audience of both men and women who want to achieve their weight management goals and enjoy a healthier lifestyle. Atkins products are available online at atkins.com and in more than 30,000 locations throughout the U.S. and internationally. For more information, visit atkins.com.

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Diet Doctor Defends Mom of Teen Who Died Weighing 40 Pounds

Posted: June 28, 2012 at 11:21 pm

A doctor who advocates an austere "be hungry" diet defended a mother charged with murder after her teenage daughter died weighing only 40 pounds, claiming the cause of death may have been contaminated water and not the diet.

Ebony Berry is charged with child cruelty and murder in the June 15 death of her daughter, Markea Berry, 16, who officials say starved to death.

Dr. Andrew Chung, who calls Ebony Berry a "friend through Facebook" and a "sister in Christ," suggested the jailed woman's daughter "picked up something from the water when she was missing [in 2010]," which could have contributed to her weight loss.

Markea Berry wandered away from home in 2010 when she was 14. She was found safe at a Walmart the next day. Her mother told the Atlanta Journal Constitution at the time her daughter had special needs.

Chung visited Berry at a Cobb County, Ga., jail on June 22, a jail official confirmed to ABCNews.com.

"She is a friend through Facebook. I really didn't want to see her, but she is a sister in Christ," Chung said. "It was right for me to visit her."

The Emory University-educated cardiologist, who preaches people be "wonderfully hungry" and eat no more than two pounds of food per day, said he met Berry at a health fair in 2008. He said she showed an interest in his teachings.

Berry, who lives in the same area as Chung, had reportedly been a follower of the doctor's "Be Hungry" teachings, which he says are healthy for the heart and help combat obesity.

"Guard the body by holding the right amount of food," he said, summing up his belief, which he says is rooted in science. "Everyone goes around talking as it's starvation but medically it's not. Starvation is terrible."

Chung declined to further discuss Berry's case, saying he didn't want to speak for her.

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The fad-free management diet

Posted: June 28, 2012 at 11:21 pm

(MoneyWatch) COMMENTARY It's big news and it's all over the internet: A study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that a diet based on healthy carbohydrates -- similar to a Mediterranean diet of fish, vegetables, fruit, nuts, beans, whole grains and healthy fats like olive oil -- is better for you than a low-fat or low-carb diet.

And this is news? We've known this for decades. It's how I've eaten for as far back as I can remember. It's how nearly all the healthy people I know eat.

Yes, I know, I'm forgetting about the Atkins Diet, South Beach Diet, Low-Fat Diet, Low-Carb Diet, Beverly Hills Diet, Hollywood Diet, Acai Berry Diet, and all those other diet fads that come and go because everyone wants a quick fix these days.

The only problem is quick fixes and fad diets don't work. Common sense works. It's the same thing with leadership, management, your career. It's exactly the same. The way to achieve a lasting competitive advantage, a high-performance organization, a successful business, or a fulfilling career, is through common sense and hard work - not fads and silver bullets.

Meanwhile, we're bombarded with book after book, blog after blog, website after website, and article after article about the one, seven or 10 things that will magically change your career or your company, make all the bad stuff go away and make everything wonderful.

Doesn't that sound remarkably like diets that promise to make your pounds just effortlessly melt away and leave you looking like someone from People magazine's Most Beautiful list?

7 things great employees do You won't achieve the American Dream by dreaming Trendy fads won't help your career

Here's an idea: Instead of the latest management fad; instead of all the Utopian platitudes and parables about leadership; instead of the endless obsessing over productivity, time management, employee engagement, emotional intelligence, other people's habits, personal branding, positive thinking, burnout, Gen X, Gen Y, Gen Z or how to be like Steve Jobs; why not try a little common sense for a change.

Here's the leadership, management and career equivalent of that old Mediterranean diet we've all known about forever. Let's just call it the Fad-Free Management Diet: 10 ingredients to business health and career success. Best of all, it's fad-free.

- Make smart decisions based on real-world experience, logical reasoning and solid ideas that pass the laugh test.

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Dr. Ronald Sha comments: FDA clears first new weight-loss pill in 13 years

Posted: June 28, 2012 at 11:21 pm

By: Matthew Perrone | Associated Press, NBC-17 Published: June 27, 2012 Updated: June 27, 2012 - 4:36 PM

The Food and Drug Administration has approved Arena Pharmaceutical's anti-obesity pill Belviq, the first new prescription drug for long-term weightloss to enter the U.S. market in over a decade.

Despite only achieving modest weightloss in clinical studies, the drug appeared safe enough to win the FDA's endorsement, amid calls from doctors for new weight-loss treatments.

The agency cleared the pill Wednesday for adults who are obese or are overweight with at least one medical complication, such as diabetes or high cholesterol.

The FDA denied approval for Arena's drug in 2010 after scientists raised concerns about tumors that developed in animals studied with the drug. The company resubmitted the drug with additional data earlier this year, and the FDA said there was little risk of tumors in humans.

Dr. Ronald Sha, medical director at Duke Diet and Fitness Center, said the FDA sets the bar high, which should hopefully mean the drug is safe.

The FDA realizes that as soon as theres a weight loss medicine approved, two-thirds of American adults are going to want to take it and the FDA realizes that if only a tiny fraction of a percentage of people have side effects, thats thousands of people who have side effects," he said

Still, he's not ready to prescribe it. He wants to wait a few months after it's on the market before allowing his patients to take it.

"There have been a large number of weight loss medicines approved in this country that have subsequently been taken off the market after theyve been found to have unpleasant side effects, so I think itd be wise to just wait and see if its completely safe," he said.

"The approval of this drug, used responsibly in combination with a healthy diet and lifestyle, provides a treatment option for Americans who are obese or are overweight and have at least one weight-related comorbid condition," said FDA's drug center director, Dr. Janet Woodcock, in a statement.

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Jessica Simpson: Weight Watchers Hasn't Pressured Me to Lose Weight

Posted: June 28, 2012 at 11:20 pm

Chill out, y'all!

Jessica Simpson famously became a mom for the first time May 1, when she welcomed daughter Maxwell Drew Johnson. And even before that happy day, fans have had a big question on their mind: How quickly would Simpson, 31, drop her baby weight?

PHOTOS: Jessica's bump watch

After all, the singer and fashion mogul penned a multi-million dollar deal with Weight Watchers to slim down, and has been spotted over the past month hitting a private L.A.gym with celeb trainer Harley Pasternak. But on Wednesday, Simpson cleared the air via Twitter.

"Just so everyone knows . . . Weight Watchers hasn't put ANY pressure on me!" wrote Simpson, engaged to Maxwell's dad, Eric Johnson since fall 2010. "I'm trying to be as healthy as I can be for myself and I feel great."

PHOTOS: Awesome post-baby bods

Said Weight Watchers in its initial announcement of Simpson as their new ambassador for North America: "We're thrilled that Jessica Simpson has chosen to join Weight Watchers to adopt a healthier lifestyle and inspire others to do the same. Her talent, resilience and positive outlook already make her a great role model, and by deciding to trade in yo-yo dieting for a healthier lifestyle, we know she will inspire many women to join her."

PHOTOS: Jessica's weight struggles in the past

The weight loss company continued: "From the point when we started speaking with Jessica before she became pregnant, to now when she's had baby Maxwell, Jessica has made clear her commitment to establishing a healthier lifestyle for herself and her family. We look forward to supporting Jessica as she embarks on this next chapter in her life."

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Green Tea Weight Loss Results and Health Benefits Revealed

Posted: June 28, 2012 at 11:20 pm

Houston, TX (PRWEB) June 28, 2012

Green tea benefits like weight loss are a large reason why the drink is gaining popularity in western society. Green tea is quickly becoming recognized as one of the best gifts to ones health, courtesy of Mother Nature. This is why HealthAvenger.com has revealed on their website how weight loss and green tea can benefit someone.

"Green tea is made solely from Camellia sineneis leaves that have undergone a process of minimal oxidation. Even though the actual weight loss will not likely be extremely significant, and not immediate, the polyphenols and caffeine in green tea have been shown to boost ones metabolic rate. In addition, it does it without increasing heart rate, which makes is safe even for people with elevated blood pressure."

"Strength and effectiveness vary on how one makes it, and how they ingest it. When properly prepared and drank hot, the actual green tea as a liquid is more effective than taken in pill form- especially when it comes to all the anti-oxidize and anti-carcinogenic properties. Antioxidant properties of green tea reduce toxins in the body and help users lose weight and reduce bloating. This is especially helpful to reduce puffiness in the midsection. Green tea also acts a carb blocker, and is even thought to reduce the amount of bad cholesterol in the body."

Green tea weight loss may not be extreme as some methods, but can be a good addition to ones weight loss program. The benefits of a green tea diet extend far beyond just shedding excess water weight and a few extra pounds. Some additional green tea benefits include reduced risk of cancer and heart disease and you cant beat that in one simple drink.

Many people are interested in learning more about green tea and weight loss, so to answer the call The Health Avenger website has posted more information about it plus an informative video detailing more green tea weight loss benefits. There one will find information about what health and weight loss products are worth the effort- such as adding green tea to their diet. To see the article and video one should visit: http://healthavenger.com/green-weight-loss-green-tea.

For those who want more information on fat loss and diets, the are giving away a special report on "5 Sneaky Tricks to Triple Your Fat Loss Results Now". To get access one can go to: http://healthavenger.com/5-sneaky-fat-loss-tips

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Minnesota Weight Control, Inc Announces the Opening of Newest Medifast Weight Loss Center in Rochester, MN

Posted: June 28, 2012 at 11:20 pm

ROCHESTER, Minn., June 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Medifast, the fast-growing weight loss system in Minnesota, is pleased to announce the opening of its first Rochester, MN Weight Loss Center in July 2012. The newest Medifast Weight Control Center will be conveniently located at 2048 Superior Dr NW, Suite 300 Rochester, MN 55901

The Medifast Weight Control program is based on healthy eating, combined with staff support and one on one counseling. Minnesota Weight Control, Inc currently operates six Medifast Weight Control Centers in Minnesota, with a seventh center located in Eau Claire, WI.

Originally developed by Dr. William Vitale for doctors to use with their patients, the clinically proven Medifast plan has been recommended by more than 20,000 M.D.'s since 1980. Typically, Medifast clients following the program lose up to two to five pounds a week.

Exact locations of all eight Medifast Weight Control Centers and additional information can be found at http://www.MedifastMN.com or http://www.MedifastWI.com.

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'It's fun living now'

186 pounds ago, John Borgstrom of Roseville, Minnesota was just plaintired. All the time. "I was missing out on so much. No energy. No walking. No sports. Cutting the grass was tough. I'd have to rest, take a nap afterward. Just lethargic all the time." Not that the feelings were new to him. He was 64 and, "I'd been heavy since I was a child. I'd gain weight, then I'd lose weight, then I'd gain weight."

His physician had placed him on blood pressure medication, and he knew he had to "do something for face diabetes."

Linda, John's wife of 39 years, knew it, too. "I saw him going downhill because of his weight and was concerned about 'what's next?'"

So she took action. Gently. But action, nonetheless. "We had investigated Medifast online, so I decided to visit the Roseville Weight Loss Center. I met with them, liked them, and told John about it. Then I set the material on the table and just left it there. About a week later, I said was going back to learn more about it, and asked if he wanted to come along. He said yes."

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