A new study from Brazil suggests that trendy intermittent fasting may be the reason for increasing insulin levels and the amount of abdominal fat. It also may lead to the damage of pancreatic cells.
Intermittent fasting diet is a diet when a dieting person has “fast” days with a drastic restriction on calorie intake and “feast” days when one is allowed to eat anything.
For the study, a team of researchers placed healthy, adult rats on the diet for 3 months. During this period, scientists measured and monitored their insulin levels, function, body weight, and free radical levels.
At the end of the research, the rodents had lost weight according to expectations, but the distribution of their body fat changed unexpectedly — the amount of abdominal fat increased which is deeply associated with type 2 diabetes.
A team of researchers from Rush claims that the MIND (Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay) diet may reduce the risk of cognitive decline after a stroke.
The MIND diet has been developed by Martha Clare Morris, a professor of epidemiology and director of the Section of Nutrition and Nutritional Epidemiology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. The diet includes consumption of such foods as vegetables, nuts, beans, fish, poultry, whole grains, olive oil, and moderate consumption of wine.
Lead study Dr. Laurel J. Cherian, a vascular neurologist and assistant professor of neurological sciences at Rush University Medical Center, says: “This is a preliminary study that will hopefully be confirmed by other studies, including research looking specifically at stroke survivors. For now, I think there is enough information to encourage stroke patients to view food one of their most powerful tools to optimize their brain health.”
In the modern world, everybody knows how good fruit is for our health. It contains many essential vitamins and antioxidants. Many studies prove that eating fruits and vegetables on a daily basis can help reduce the risk of death and lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. But for those who try to lose some weight and burn fat, it is extremely important to choose right fruits. Here are top 5 low-carb fruits that are the best choice for your low-carb diet:
- Apricots have only 3.89 grams of carbs and only 17 calories. It is also a great source of vitamin A.
- Kiwi has 11 grams of carbs and rich in vitamin C and vitamin K.
- Watermelon contains only 11 grams of carbs per one cup of cubed watermelon. It is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and magnesium.
- Strawberry has 11 grams of carbs per cup with 149% of daily vitamin C needs.
- Avocado has only 8.53 grams of carbs in a 100-gram avocado. It is a good source of fiber and healthy fat.
We often think that we know quite a lot about healthy nutrition already. However, in practice, instead of the desired result, we are disappointed. Here are 5 main mistakes why diet doesn’t work for you.
1. Meaningless cuts of portions
Usually to start weight loss, it is enough to reduce your usual diet by 20%. Nevertheless, in pursuit of ideal forms, women often go on a hungry ration. This is a mistake, because with a sharp decrease in calorie intake, you do not start to consume fat reserves, but simply create the prerequisites for disrupting the thyroid gland, which can then make your figure worse.
2. Large breakes between meals
Passing to two meals a day in the morning and in the evening, you slow down the metabolic rate and force the body to save fat – as a consequence, sitting on such a “diet”, a person not only does not grow thin, but also starts gaining kilograms.
The most popular reason for the words: “This diet does not help me.” Instead of following the recommendations of a nutritionist, a person begins to indulge. One candy, a biscuit for tea, a handful of nuts at work – such small snacks are enough to reduce the results of any diet to zero.
4. Lack of sleep and sedentary lifestyle
Proper nutrition is very important, but it’s not everything you need to stay fit. In 2013, scientists from the University of Massachusetts published an article that the most stable and long-term effect of losing weight on diets was received by people who, together with the diet, were reviewing their lifestyle. Chronic fatigue and stress reduce our chances of losing weight.
5. Not appropriate diet
A vivid example is today’s fascination with mono-diets. It is not about days of unloading, it is about mono-diets, lasting from a few days to a week. Mono-diet is a sample of harmful and unbalanced nutrition, because one product can not make up for deficiency of proteins, carbohydrates and useful microelements. Giving a short-term effect in the form of several pounds, these diets seriously harm the intestines, kidneys, liver and nervous system.
If you want to improve your figure – do not make these mistakes. Follow a balanced diet, eat at least 5 times a day, give up harmful eating habits. Do not forget to engage in fitness to maintain and consolidate the results.
According to a recent study by UCLA, black tea may promote weight loss and offer other health benefits by changing bacteria in the gut.
Using a mouse model for the study, the scientists showed that black tea alters energy metabolism in the liver by changing gut metabolites. During the research, the four groups of mice received different diets. Two diets were supplemented with green tea or black tea extract. The diets lasted for four weeks.
Susanne Henning, the study’s lead author, says: “It was known that green tea polyphenols are more effective and offer more health benefits than black tea polyphenols since green tea chemicals are absorbed into the blood and tissue.”