Cabbage soup diet for weight loss, is one of the most popular diet of 2011. The cabbage soup diet is also highly recommended by dietitians, as it is considered to be one of the healthiest diet for weight loss. Cabbage soup diet is a 7 day diet plan and is a low-calorie, low-fat, high fiber diet. It includes other vegetables and fruits. It has proved to result in loss of 10 Pounds in a weeks time. Lets look at the steps of Cabbage Soup Diet for weight loss –

Day 2 – Second day is dedicated to vegetables. You can drink your soup with green leafy vegetables, preferably dark leafy vegetables. Avoid the consumption of beans and peas. Beans and peas are considered to be high in fat content. At dinner time you can also treat yourself with one baked potato with little butter.

Day 3 – Along with your cabbage soup you are free to have any fruit and vegetables of your choice but not the baked potatoes.

Day 4 – Today you have to survive on eight bananas and skimmed milk along with your bowl of cabbage soup.

Day 5 – It’s time for tomatoes. Make sure to consume at least 6 tomatoes today and add 20 ounce of beef or chicken in your cabbage soup. To day you should take your soup just once a day. Make sure to drink at least eight glasses of water. Today diet will help you clear all the uric acid in your system, thus cleansing it.

Day 6 – This is the day for unlimited beef/chicken and vegetables. Eat to your content and include loads of dark leafy vegetables in your soup.

Day 7 – Today you can treat yourself to brown rice and green leafy vegetables with sugarless fruit juice.

The seven day cabbage soup diet promotes weight loss as cabbage is a fat burning agent. This diet balances your diet with every nutrient but at the same time controls your intake of calories. The water content of cabbage helps you to be hydrated. The best part of the cabbage soup diet is that it does not ask you to starve. It allows you to keep you stomach full, which thus saves you from diet depression. This diet has proven to be a good diet for weight loss. Recipe of cabbage soup.

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NOTE: This is a blog about two guys attempting to lose weight over a six-week period. They kicked off their weight-loss “strategies” on Jan 10.

I love some of the comments we’ve received so far during the “Two Guys Lose Weight” program Tony and I are on.

LisaFlorida writes to Tony:  “Your diet is crap.  You should see a dietician.”

Patroklos tells me:  “You sound like a horrible friend.”  She was alluding to when I sabotaged my friend who was trying to lose weight with two Super Burritos every day.

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“Oatmeal is not a diet food,” AmyAlkon writes me.  (By the way I was reading this while eating my morning oatmeal.)

Tony and I appreciate the comments.  

I’m pleased so far with my results.  I’ve gone from 203 (when I weighed myself) or 205 (when my trainer weighed me) to 198.5 in one week.

“Are you starving yourself,” trainer Mike asked me on Saturday.

“Nope,” I responded.  “I’m just not grazing.”

The pounds won’t continue to fall off at this pace.  First week is always the easiest.

It’s also when you really have to alter what you eat.  That first week is the foundation.  Tony wrote Tuesday that he isn’t going to stay away from sweets saying that he will just increase his visits to the gym.

Vaya con Dios, senor.  That’s a road I can’t go down.  I stay away, as Alice in Chains sang back in the 1994 (video below).
Speaking of Alice in Chains, I’m starting to get mocked for the iPod selections during my workouts.  To the mockers I say, “I proudly wave the Hair Nation and Boneyard flags while on my quest to lose 25 pounds in 12 weeks.”  (I just don’t have the mullet and jean shorts).

Anyway, I stayed away from all the sugary landmines placed around the newsroom again on Monday.  I even trash-talked some Tootsie Rolls placed on Meredith’s desk just like Antonio Cromartie did to Tom Brady.  And look who won that contest.  (Go Steelers, by the way.)

No workout Monday.  Diet stayed the course.

Breakfast:  Oatmeal.  Coffee.

Lunch:  Green salad with lettuce, spinach leaves, broccoli, radishes, onions, and mushrooms topped with Tropics Oriental Fat-Free Dressing.  According to the label, it contains 30 calories per serving.  Each serving is two tablespoons.

Snack:  Tub of Dannon Light Fit vanilla yogurt.

Dinner:  Steamed broccoli


Tony learns from the Situation
Climbing the prettiest stairs in town
Stir-fry is better than beer and cigarettes



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MUNICH, Germany, Jan. 17 (UPI) — Eating a big breakfast may help you lose weight — but only if you eat a lighter lunch or dinner, researchers in Germany say.

Dr. Volker Schusdziarra of the Else-Kroner-Fresenius Center of Nutritional Medicine in Munich, Germany, and colleagues say they wanted to address previous research, which suggests that eating a big breakfast reduces total calorie intake during the day. The researchers say this research is misleading.

The study involved more than 300 people who were asked to keep a journal of what they usually ate — some ate a big breakfast, some ate a small breakfast and some skipped breakfast, Schusdziarra says.

The study, published in Nutrition Journal, showed that people ate the same at lunch and dinner, regardless of what they had for breakfast. A big breakfast, on average 400 calories greater than a small breakfast, resulted in a total increase in calories eaten during the day of about 400 calories.

The only difference seen was the skipping of a mid-morning snack when someone ate a really big breakfast but that was not enough to offset the extra calories they had already eaten, Schusdziarra says.

There is no magic in an extra order of hash browns, because eating a large breakfast must be counteracted by eating substantially less during the rest of the day to lose weight, Schusdziarra says.

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Kareena, who’s known to speak her mind without caring about consequences, made the startling statement when reporters asked her, why she decided to miss out on this year’s awards ceremonies.

“Awards don’t matter much to me. Lot of award functions requested me to attend them but I chose to go to Switzerland because that’s the only time in the year that I get to spend with my family and loved ones,” she revealed.

Interestingly Kareena is not the only one who has openly snubbed awards functions. Earlier this week actor Emraan Khan had called awards ceremonies “circus,” where big stars are prefered and talented actors are ignored.

Only undeserving candidates awarded–Kareena
Kareena further added that it seems like that these days only the most undeserving candidates get awards.

When asked if she thinks, awards ceremonies are fixed, Kareena replied, “I am not sure but it’s seems so because who don’t attend, their names are never declared in award ceremonies.”

Kareena’s sudden change in attitude is surprising, considering the fact that in the past she had not just performed at the awards functions but had also happily accepted several awards including Filmfare and Star Screen Awards.

Kareena: writer in making?
Kareena, who has also written a chapter in Rujuta’s book, revealed, that initially she was apprehensive about writing even a small portion in her friend’s book as she’s not professional writer.

However, she decided to give it a shot when Rujuta insisted and was surprised to find out that she enjoys writing.

The actress is currently busy with superstar Shahrukh Khan’s home production ‘Ra.One’, ‘Agent Vinod’ alongside beau Saif Ali Khan and ‘Short Term Shaadi.’

On Sunday she will be startt shooting for “Bodyguard,” in which she’s starring opposite Salman Khan.

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Allergan Inc.’s ideal customer is visibly aging and overweight — and has the money to do something about it.

The Irvine company has become a darling of Wall Street by playing to Americans’ obsession with health, and their vanity, by marketing products such as wrinkle-erasing Botox, Natrelle breast implants, Latisse eyelash lengthener and the Lap-Band weight-loss device. Its stock has soared 186% over the last decade.

But with the market for the Lap-Band leveling off in a sluggish economy, the company has turned to the Food and Drug Administration for help: It wants to increase the pool of potential customers by making the stomach-banding surgery available to less-obese people.

More than 600,000 people worldwide have had Lap-Band surgeries since 1993 — a number that could rise dramatically if Allergan gets FDA approval to expand its use.

Loosening the rules would allow millions who are now ineligible for the surgery to lose weight and reduce their risk for life-threatening conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes, Allergan Chief Executive David E.I. Pyott said. The company estimates that lowering the weight requirement would expand its Lap-Band customer base to 42 million people, up from 15 million now.

“In the U.S., we have an obesity epidemic.… One-third of people are obese, even severely obese,” Pyott said.

Critics, including the top public health official in Los Angeles County, say Lap-Band surgery is an extreme, risky measure that should be considered only after diet, exercise and other less-invasive strategies have failed. Dr. Jonathan Fielding, director of the L.A. County Department of Public Health, said the proposed new rules would make 2 million additional people eligible for the Lap-Band in the county.

Many Lap-Band patients in Europe had severe complications over time, including band erosion, slippage or leakage, according to a study published in the medical journal Obesity Surgery. The procedure has been performed overseas for 17 years for medical purposes. It received FDA approval in 2001.

“With a nearly 40% five-year failure rate … [banding] should no longer be considered as the procedure of choice for obesity,” said the report.

Allergan, a 60-year-old company founded by a Los Angeles drugstore owner, has grown from a firm that produced allergy medicine — hence the name — to one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. It moved from allergy medication to developing drugs to treat eye diseases, such as glaucoma, an area that generates the majority of its revenue.

Still, much of its recent growth can be attributed to Botox, a toxin that temporarily paralyzes facial muscles. Marketed for years as a way to fix crossed eyes and twitching eyelids, the product was launched as a cosmetic treatment in 2002 to ease the appearance of wrinkles. Sales exploded. Allergan forecast that 2010 Botox cosmetic sales will come in at a record $1.4 billion.

While Botox sales grew even during the recent recession and unemployment epidemic, Lap-Band revenue has been sluggish. Sales of Allergan’s obesity intervention products — mostly Lap-Band — fell more than 4% for the first nine months of last year to $182.4 million. That’s just a fraction of Allergan’s projected 2010 revenue of about $4.8 billion.

Allergan blamed the recent downturn in Lap-Band sales on the economy in its most recent earnings report, noting that “substantial patient co-pays associated with these products and government spending restrictions” had scared away potential customers. The surgeries typically cost about $20,000, depending on the surgeons and hospitals involved, according to several websites promoting the procedures. Most insurance companies cover a portion of the cost.

The Lap-Band is a silicone band that is surgically implanted around the upper portion of the stomach, creating a small pouch that holds a limited amount of food so that patients feel full despite eating less. It is allowed only for people who are severely obese and meet strict body-weight requirements. It is not intended for cosmetic purposes.

Allergan received some encouraging news in December when an FDA advisory panel voted 8 to 2 to recommend that the weight requirement be lowered. Under the current guidelines, a person who is 5 feet 10 inches without a serious health issue would need to weigh 278 pounds or more to qualify. That requirement would drop to 243 pounds under the relaxed rules that Allergan is seeking. For people with conditions including diabetes and high blood pressure, the new threshold would be 209 pounds, down from 243 pounds.

Although the recommendation is not binding, the FDA typically follows the advice of its advisory panels.

The FDA panel’s recommendation came despite the objections of Stephanie Quatinetz, a New York attorney whose 27-year-old daughter, Rebecca, died in 2009 after Lap-Band surgery at New York University’s Langone Medical Center. Quatinetz told the panel to consider studies that have found that stomach-banding surgeries can have significant side effects, including infection, dehydration, vomiting or pain. These symptoms sometimes don’t surface until years later.

“Let’s talk about the risks. Do the benefits outweigh the risks? I would say no,” said Quatinetz, who has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against Allergan and the doctors who installed her daughter’s weight-loss device.

Los Angeles County’s top public health official also voiced concern about the Lap-Band. Fielding wrote to the FDA in December to complain about promotional billboards that claim: “Diets fail! The Lap-Band works!”

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At five-feet, seven-inches and more than 500 pounds — he doesn’t know how much more — Jake Carte has plenty of health problems. The 26-year-old Saanich man has spent the past 20 days in Royal Jubilee Hospital, nearly half of them drifting in and out of consciousness in the intensive care unit. Now recovering, Carte says the crisis began when a skin infection called cellulitis on his left leg turned septic, then spread to his bowel and respiratory system, threatening his life.

“I ended up in hospital because I was having lots of trouble breathing,” he says from his hospital bed, where he is still receiving oxygen and is hooked up to several IV lines, including one designed to detect blood clots.

Carte was admitted the day before he was due to see Victoria surgeon Dr. Brad Amson, a specialist in weight-loss surgery. He was desperately hoping to be assigned a date for weight-loss surgery by the end of 2011.

Now Carte doesn’t know when his next consultation will be. In any event, he has been told the hospital will be home for the next several weeks.

“It’s going to be a while before I walk,” he says. Heavy all his life, Carte at one point got his weight down to 300 but is now in “the super morbid obesity class” that makes activity difficult.

Along with hundreds of other morbidly obese British Columbians, Carte is demoralized, frustrated and facing longer waits and potential health deterioration due to a major reduction in bariatric surgeries in B.C.’s public health system. Meanwhile, weight-loss procedures are being ramped up in Ontario and Alberta.

Bariatric surgeons in B.C. manage their own waiting lists independently, with waits that vary from 18 months to two years, according to the B.C. Ministry of Health — an estimate dismissed by Ron Merk, Victoria spokesman for WLS (Weight Loss and Surgery) Support. He asserts the wait now approaches six years.

Amson, who performs most of the B.C. surgeries, did not respond to interview requests but said in 2009, at the time of the cuts, that there were 800 people waiting in B.C. The Vancouver Island Health Authority will accommodate only 52 surgeries this year.

The Health Ministry website lists 473 people waiting for bariatric surgery; 456 of them in Victoria, where most of the surgeries are performed.

The situation suggests “there’s virtually nothing left for people,” in B.C., says Dr. Daniel Birch, founding member of the Canadian Association of Bariatric Physicians and Surgeons.

“It’s absolutely devastating and I’d really like to hear an explanation from the people that made those decisions,” says the Edmonton expert. “I think they should answer to the physicians and surgeons in B.C. who have asked for help, and to the patients who have asked to manage this issue and disease.”

The problem in B.C. is not a shortage of general surgeons willing to manage obesity, Birch contends. “The problem is at a higher level — administrations, surgical leadership and politics — that’s where we’re hitting the roadblocks.”

Meanwhile, Carte receives a monthly B.C. disability benefit of $906 — which in a year approaches the $13,000 cost of bariatric surgery at the same hospital where he’s now staying.

Until now, Carte didn’t know about cellulitis, although it’s one of many conditions from arthritis to high blood pressure and diabetes that are more common in obese people.

“If I weighed less, it probably wouldn’t have been as big a deal.

“If I can hear a date for surgery, I think that would give me motivation. My life feels like it’s in the balance until I have the surgery.”

Under pressure to cut a $45-million overrun on its $1.7-billion budget in 2009, the Vancouver Island Health Authority reduced the annual number of bariatric surgeries from 124 in 2008 to 52 for 2010-11.

VIHA’s entire surgical program was over budget by more than $2 million and it had to be reduced, says VIHA spokeswoman Shannon Marshall. Bariatric surgery must be balanced against operating-room time, medical and nursing staffing, financial resources and all other important surgical procedures.

Given that many bariatric surgeries are performed on patients from the mainland, “we need to work with other health care jurisdictions to ensure O.R. access is not compromised for patients requiring other procedures,” Marshall says.

Carte knows surgery itself isn’t the only answer, “but I think it’s going to be a huge key factor in me getting healthy.” He gets support from his family — he’s one of seven children — the support group and his church, Colwood Pentecostal.

While surgeons are often stymied by the politics of obesity, the associated conditions — unchecked diabetes and respiratory problems — continue to mount, Birch says. Ironically, the health system will treat everything from diminished blood flow to the legs to cardiac conditions or knee replacement for morbidly obese patients without treating the body weight that causes it all.

“It makes no sense — it’s all backwards,” Birch says. A waiting list approaching 500 is “ridiculous — it essentially says you’re not managing the disease.”

Last May, the Provincial Health Services Authority was asked by the ministry to look at whether a provincial program rather than so much dependence on a single Victoria surgeon would be a better way of dealing with bariatric surgery.

There were no official terms of reference, but the report is expected early this year. Options under review include an increase in the number of procedures funded, a centre for surgery in the Lower Mainland and MSP coverage for reversible banding surgeries, ministry spokesman Ryan Jabs confirms.

“We acknowledge the challenge of VIHA continuing to perform the majority of bariatric surgeries in the province and B.C.’s current capacity to deliver this type of surgery,” Jabs says. “This, along with emerging research on the health care costs of obesity and the potential benefits of bariatric surgery is why we are conducting our review.”

Kris Greene, Victoria-based president of the B.C. Association of Bariatric Advocates, questions the timing. “They definitely should have had the discussion and done their research before doing any cutbacks,” she says. “Because by doing the cutbacks, instead of saving lives, they’ve reduced people’s lifespan.”

Greene, 40, finds it encouraging that the issue is being discussed, but “it would be more encouraging if they actually added some more O.R. time — or more funding.”

Amson, one of three surgeons performing bariatric procedures in Victoria, told the Times Colonist at the time of the cuts that the resulting improvements in the health of patients more than covers the costs.

Severe obesity is reaching epidemic proportions in Canada as it is in the rest of the western world and “the only permanent treatment for severe or morbid obesity is bariatric surgery,” says a study published in the Canadian Journal of Surgery in 2009.

Unlike other health problems with a lifestyle component, obesity hasn’t reached acceptance as a chronic disease in Canada, even among doctors, Birch says. “It’s a great challenge. . . . We’ve gained comfort with disease related to smoking, alcoholism and even traumas related to violence. We’re just not there yet with obesity.”

Weight-loss surgery is necessary, says Greene. “It should not be considered elective.” Greene weighed 308 pounds when she had gastric bypass surgery nearly seven years ago, after a 29-month wait. She weighs 138 today, and walks a lot and does yoga to maintain her weight.

Weight-loss surgery has transformed her life, enabling her, along with a healthy diet and daily exercise “to be the person I always was, but never was. The cycle of obesity in my family line has been broken; I can now teach my children by example.”

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(CBS) It’s a matter of black and white, at least for fat people.

Compared to their white counterparts, obese African-Americans get less advice from their doctors on weight reduction and on the importance of exercise, according to a new study.

“Previous studies have shown disparities in the proportion of black obese adults informed by physicians that they were overweight compared to white obese adults,” study author Dr. Lisa Cooper, professor of epidemiology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, said in a written statement. “We now also see that black patients are receiving different medical counseling as well.”

The study was published in the Jannuary 2011 online issue of “Obesity.”

The scientists analyzed 2,231 doctor visits of white and black obese patients, all age 20 or older. They had expected to find that the weight-loss advice African-Americans received depended in part on the race of their doctors – with those being seen by white doctors getting poorer weight-loss advice than those being seen by African-American doctors.

It didn’t turn out that way. Black patients got poorer advice no matter the race of the doctor.

“This suggests that regardless of the physician’s race, black obese patients receive less weight-related counseling than white obese patients,” study author Dr. Sara Bleich, assistant professor of health policy and management at the Bloomberg School, said in the statement.

What explains the finding? The researchers don’t know for sure but said a number of factors could be involved, including doctors’ negative views toward black patients.

What do you think?

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Carrie Fisher has just been named as the newest Jenny Craig celebrity client and spokesperson.

Best known for her role as Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy, the actress and author is starting the New Year with a resolution to lose 30 pounds, a Jenny Craig press release stated. Fisher has struggled with her weight for the past three years, but has joined Jenny Craig in hope to make a necessary change.


“A day comes when you can no longer face not wanting to leave the house because you don’t like the way you look,” said Fisher.She went on to say, “A day comes when you want to stop apologizing for it. When you want to make a decision to live the rest of your life in a healthy way.”

Fisher will appear in Jenny Craig’s new advertising campaign starting in February and will join the slew of celebrity spokespeople including Sara Rue, Jason Alexander, Nicole Sullivan, and Valerie Bertinelli.

Photo Credit: Jenny Craig

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

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While previous research has detailed the impact of social influence on health behaviours, no previous study has examined whether social ties influence weight status and weight loss intentions among young adults.

Now, a new US research has shown that family, friends and social ties influence weight gain and intentions for weight control in this difficult`to`reach age group.

The study is also the first to show that health behaviours cluster in social networks and suggested social norms, such as encouragement and approval from social contacts, may account for the association.

According to the researchers from the Miriam Hospital`s Weight Control and Diabetes Research Centre, obese young adults aged 18-25 were more likely to have overweight romantic partners and best friends and also had more overweight casual friends and family members compared to normal weight peers.

Also, obese young adults who had more social contacts trying to lose weight had greater weight loss intentions.

Are you young and overweight?

The study found that 40 percent of young adults were considered obese, and young adults experienced the highest rate of weight gain per year – typically one to two pounds – of any age group.

Lead author Tricia Leahey also pointed out that young adults were less likely to participate in behavioural weight loss interventions, and when they do, they tend to lose less weight than older adults.

The study included 288 young adults, majority female and Caucasian. While 151 individuals were of normal weight, 137 were considered obese.

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All participants completed questionnaires to determine their weight and height, number of overweight social contacts (including best friends, romantic partners, casual friends, relatives and colleagues/classmates) and perceived social norms for obesity and obesity-related behaviours.

Obese participants completed additional questionnaires to assess how many of their overweight social contacts were currently trying to lose weight, perceived social norms for weight loss, and intentions to lose weight within the next three months.

`Our data suggests that obesity `clusters` in this population. But interestingly, social norms for obesity did not differ between the two groups and did not account for the clustering,` said Leahey.

`Both groups reported similarly low levels of social acceptability for being overweight, eating unhealthy foods and being inactive,` she added.

The findings emphasize the importance of targeting social influence in the treatment and prevention of obesity in this high-risk age group.

The study is published online by the journal Obesity.

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