June 24, 2014
The Maestro Rechargeable System is the latest attempt of the weight loss
industry to keep up with the accelerated pace of technology. The device
is made to stimulate the stomach nerves electronically in an effort to
curb hunger pangs and appetite, and ultimately lose weight.
Last week, the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA)
nine-person Gastroenterology and Urology Devices Panel voted that the
device is safe to use as currently constituted with a vote of 8 to 1.
Also with a vote of 6 to 2 (with one abstention), the panel voted that
the benefits outweighed the risks. However, in what may have been the
most significant vote, four members of the panel voted that the device
would be effective on patients as opposed to five that said it wouldn't.
Even though the panel’s vote isn't binding and doesn't need to be taken
into consideration by the FDA, it typically is.
The Maestro Rechargeable Device is in the entry
level of approval and development in the United States; however, it's
currently under commercial use in Australia, the Hadi Hospital in Kuwait
City, Kuwait, as well as clinical studies. In a study that spanned one
year, results showed that patients using the device lost roughly 8.5
percent more of their weight as compared to patients not using the
Similar to other things we may put into our bodies,
the Maestro device does have side effects, and it’s a matter of whether
those effects negate whatever benefits that would come from the usage
of the device that is most important. It’s another step in the direction
of trying to find a resolution to the world’s increasing obesity
problem, and that’s something that should be applauded. We’ll keep you
updated on any new developments.
Links: CBSnews, WebMD
June 17, 2014
A recent study may give another reason why breakfast can be your most important meal of the day, especially for women.
Study conducted by the University of
Missouri-Columbia resulted in the conclusion that a high-protein
breakfast helps women maintain their glucose control. Why is this
beneficial? Eating naturally increases glucose levels. However, too much
of an increase can lead to poor glucose control, possibly resulting in
diabetes or other health complications.
"Protein-rich breakfasts led to lower spikes in
glucose and insulin after meals compared to the low-protein, high-carb
breakfast," says Kevin Maki of Biofortis Clinical Research. Protein is
found in many popular breakfast items such as eggs, oatmeal, and cottage
cheese and if this study is any indication, we may be better off
reaching for these items in the morning compared ones higher in carbs
such as certain cereals or juices.
Link: University of Missouri-Columbia
June 9, 2014
Whether it’s a vacation, taking the family for a day in the park, or
just hanging out with friends on the beach, summer is considered the
ideal time to be out and about. While we’re out, we may tend to grab a
snack to carry us through the day. However, in the midst of enjoying
ourselves we end up reaching for the water ice, ice cream, and other
sweet (but unhealthy) snacks.
Take a look at these summer treats that go great with the season, and your diet!
Grilled Vegetables: If you haven’t
yet, I’m sure you will visit a barbeque or a cookout soon, maybe even
host one of your own. When you do, try throwing some vegetables on the
grill such as zucchini, onions, eggplant, bell pepper, or any other
low-calorie vegetable that you enjoy. It will add a lot of flavor to
your meal, but won’t add nearly as many calories as other side dishes
that will be close by.
Watermelon: Watermelon is an ideal
fruit for the summer season. With a name like “water” melon, you would
think it is made of a lot of water, and you would be right. A cup of
diced watermelon contains 92 percent water, perfect for hydration during
those hot summer days. Watermelon is also high in Vitamin A (helps with
eye health) and Vitamin C (helps strengthen the immune system), add the
delicious flavor and you have your prototypical summer treat.
Salads: Salads are relatively easy
to make, and convenience is certainly what we are looking for when it
comes to summer. However, try changing things up by adding some whole
grain to your salad such as wheatberry or tabouli. Adding whole grain
gives you the chance to taste something new as well as bring all the
nutrients and benefits that comes with whole grains. If you’re looking for some healthy ways to add toppings to your salads, take a look at this.
Just because we find time to take a break during
the summer doesn't mean we have to take a break from our diet. These
snacks are great to enjoy in the summer and don’t come with the guilt of
not sticking to your diet. If you have any other snack ideas that you
love to use during the summer feel free to leave them in the comment box
Links: Watermelon.org, Webmd, Redbookmag,com
June 2, 2014
the years weight and obesity* has become an increasing concern in
America. However, a recent study shows that this issue spreads beyond
recent study published in the medical journal The Lancet, gives a
comprehensive look at obesity around the world and the results are
universally the same: obesity is rising. The study analyzed 188
countries and it took a look at obesity rates from 1980-2013. During
that time, they found that the obesity rate rose 8 percent for both men
(from 29 to 37 percent) and women (from 30 to 38 percent). Also,
overweight* and obesity rates increased in children and adolescents by
almost 50 percent, with the increases primarily occurring in developed
with the obesity increasing around the world, the United States
continues to contribute most to the rising rate with 13 percent of its
population, or 87 million, being obese. However, they are a couple of
silver linings that we can consider. For one, developed countries such
as the United States have seen their pace of obesity slowed recently,
and our physical activity levels are increasing. With and increased
activity rate and better dieting methods maybe we'll be able to be one
of the few (or the first) countries to decrease the rate in the future.
For more information on the study, click here.
*Overweight- Body Mass Index (BMI), or weight-to-height ratio, greater than or equal to 25 and lower than 30.
*Obese- BMI equal or greater than 30.
Links: Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, USA Today