Eating a clean diet has become even more important in the face of evidence that shows that environmental toxins can influence hormone balance and weight gain. We now know that losing weight isn’t as simple as calories in being less than calories out.
For those with stubborn weight that just won’t budge despite a healthy, whole foods diet, detoxifying your system may help get those last few pounds to budge.
Overweight and obese individuals with Type 2 diabetes who participated in an intensive 4-year lifestyle intervention program that increased their fitness and physical activity not only lost weight but also experienced an improvement in their glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c). Researchers randomly assigned 3,942 adults to a control group or to the intensive lifestyle intervention group, which included prescribed restricted caloric intake, 175 minutes weekly of physical activity, and 3 sessions each year with counselors through the entire 4-year period.
Source: Obesity 2010: 28th Annual Scientific Meeting of The Obesity Society. [Presentation title: 4-Year Effects of a Lifestyle Intervention on Change in Cardiorespiratory Fitness in Adults with Type 2 Diabetes: Results From the Look AHEAD Trial. Abstract 70-OR]
In patients who are obese, a low glycemic diet along with a supervised 12-week aerobic exercise regimen reduces morning hunger and increases satiety throughout the day, according to a study.
Source: Obesity 2010: 28th Annual Scientific Meeting of The Obesity Society. [Presentation title: Exercise Combined With a Low Glycemic Diet Enhances GLP-1 Regulation of Appetite in Obese Adults. Abstract 72-OR]
Earlier studies have shown that middle aged and older people who drank two cups of water right before eating a meal ate between 75 and 90 fewer calories during that meal. In a recent study over the course of 12 weeks, dieters who drank water before meals, three times per day, lost about 5 pounds more than dieters who did not increase their water intake despite eating the same diet.
Source: American Chemical Society (2010, August 23)