Let’s get dirty! Study finds that a spoonful of soil may flush fat out of the body

Eating a side of a certain kind of dirt with your dinner might help to prevent obesity by flushing fat out of your system, new research suggests.

Australian researchers found that obese rats that ate a certain kind of clay shed more pounds than those that were given a weight-loss drug, a new study reveals.

‘Go eat dirt’ is not a new phrase – or phenomenon.

There are records of ancient Greeks who looked at the ground beneath their feet and decided, ‘that looks like a snack.’

And celebrities like Shailene Woodley and Elle Macphereson have brought this unlikely nutrition trend back from ancient times, eating clay for detoxes.

In an unusual turn of events, the new scientific research suggests they might be onto something: an unlikely way to fight obesity.

For the most part radical diets and cleanses are as crazy as they seem: cabbage cleanses, soy sauce detoxes and turpentine ‘treatments’ are all dangerous and can even turn deadly.

But supplementing your diet with dirt, of all things, might actually be beneficial.

Throughout history and certain cultures, people have indulged the rather strange urge to eat dirt.

The practice – called geophagy – is most common among pregnant women and, of course, children.

Hippocrates, the ancient Greek physician, described pregnant women consuming soil, and suggested that their children would follow suit.

And the practice has been reported on every continent in the world.

Many cultures – including the majority of the US – file it under disordered eating of non-food things, known as Pica.


Feeling Fat? Here Are Tips On How To Avoid Getting Fat At Work

Many desk-bound Kenyans working nine or more hours a day may be suffering ‘weight creep’ as a result of too little exercise and eating the wrong food.

While demanding schedules can often mean it’s hard to prioritise health, a sedentary lifestyle can lead to problems down the line, according to Australian dietitian, Susie Burrell.

We take a look at Ms Burrell’s five habits for staying healthy in the office that can help manage weight and leave you with more energy to tackle a busy day.

1. Make sure you move

A hectic work schedule could be leaving you with little extra time to exercise but neglecting this can come at a cost.

‘The significant reduction in movement on a daily basis as a result of long commutes, serious time limitations and extended working hours means that we are moving less than ever before and gaining lots of weight as a result,’ She says.

2. Spend less time sitting

Ms Burrell cites research that shows spending long hours sitting can be detrimental to metabolic rate (the number of calories we burn each day).

And while hitting the gym can help, it doesn’t completely eradicate the effects, she said.

Her solution, apart from looking for opportunities to move as often as possible, is to consider investing in a standing desk.

3. Take time away from your desk

‘Eating your meals and snacks in front of the computer is a recipe for disaster when it comes to weight control,’ explained Ms Burrell.

While it can be difficult to eek out time for a much-needed break, making this a priority means you are less likely to make unhealthy on-the-run choices and it can also help with overeating because you’re not being distracted by something else.

4. Make lunch the most important meal of the day

While conventional thinking says breakfast is the most important meal of the day, Ms Burrell believes office workers need to make lunch as important.

‘When we do not consume a well-balanced meal 4 – 5 hours at most after breakfast we leave ourselves vulnerable to low blood glucose levels and overeating later in the day,’ she said.

The dietitian said lunch should be a mix of carbs, protein and some vegetables – and all by 2pm at the very latest.

5. Be careful of tempting office treats

While vending machines can be a lifesaver, they can also be packed with foods that are high in fat or sugar and if you’re feeling distracted can lead to poor choices.

‘Office environments are notorious for seeing us consume foods we never usually would simply as they are within easy reach and we are tired, bored and/or hungry,’ said Ms Burrell.


Think You’re Fat And FIT? There’s No Such Thing! Being OVERWEIGHT Leads To a Greater Risk Of Certain Diseases

There is no such thing as being fat and fit, experts warned.

Even obese people who exercise and have no symptoms of ill health are at higher risk of a heart attack or stroke later in life, according to a study of 3.5million people.

The study reverses the assumption that overweight people can be healthy as long as they exercise and eat well.

Scientists at the University of Birmingham said doctors should no longer use the term ‘healthy obesity’ to reassure overweight people that they have no signs of type 2 diabetes or heart disease.

Dr Rishi Caleyachetty, said: ‘The idea of being healthily obese is a myth.’


His team found that excess fat increased the risk of heart disease by half – even when blood pressure and cholesterol levels are normal, made a stroke more likely and almost doubled the risk of heart failure.

Experts have long debated whether people can be ‘healthy obese’ or ‘fat but fit’.

While most obese people have an increased risk of developing conditions such as heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes compared to those of a normal weight, experts had picked up on the fact that some seem to buck that trend and remain healthy.

It was thought that up to a third of obese people were healthy.

But the new study – the largest ever – shows that even if people seem healthy, problems linked to being too fat are likely to catch up with them.


The team analysed health records from 1995 to 2015 for 3.5million adults who were obese but free from heart disease and had normal blood pressure and cholesterol.

They then tracked how many developed coronary heart disease, strokes, heart failure or peripheral vascular disease.

Dr Mike Knapton, of the British Heart Foundation, said: ‘It’s not often that research on this scale and magnitude is able to clarify an age-old myth.’

But Tam Fry, of the National Obesity Forum, said: ‘Can you be fat and fit? Ask rugby forwards who shift their bulk up a field for 80 minutes and you’ll get a ‘Yes’.

‘Ask scientists stuck in a lab and you might not. And so the debate rages on.’


Why is Europe so fat? Questions and Answers

World Health Organization research published Wednesday contends that Europe is getting fatter every year, and heading for an obesity crisis.

Gema Fruhbeck, a nutrition expert and president of the executive committee of the European Association for the Study of Obesity, talks about solutions:

Q: Why is the obesity problem so difficult to tackle?

A: Obesity is not like an infection (which can be treated), obesity is something that is going to be with us all of our life.

Technology has made life easy for people, while driving them to be very inactive. Even leisure time is very much related to computer screens and it is necessary to change the mentality of society.

The current economic crisis also has a negative impact, leading low-income people or the unemployed to eat higher-energy food which is cheaper, rather than follow a healthy diet which is more expensive.

It is necessary to collaborate with politicians, urban planners, architects and sociologists to really change the whole framework in which the society addresses the problem of obesity.

Q: What are some nations getting right, such as the Netherlands where levels are on a downward trend?

A: It’s easy to cycle in Holland, which is not the case in many other European countries.

From a political point of view, they are a nation that has been very pre-occupied about initiatives to tackle the obesity problem.

We really need to be pro-active, so unless policy makers make the decision to have an action against obesity, it’s going to be very difficult. And what we are seeing now is almost the opposite since it’s becoming so frequent and so normal, many people tend to downplay the importance of obesity, many people say it’s not a disease.

Q: What would you propose to tackle obesity?

We really need to put a lot of effort in educating our children about healthy lifestyle.

Most of our celebrations are related to food, social events where food is important. Try to be able to combine this in the whole of your life, so I’ll have a very nice (meal) with friends, have a great time, but this can also be done by going for a walk and not sitting all day. We need a mentality change.

Taxes on junk food do not work because they penalise people with lower income.

Packaging is very important and so is labelling and telling the people how to read the labels.

Fighting obesity is impossible without realising that obesity is the gateway to ill health.

Photo Credits : AFP

Viral social media campaign promotes stretch mark acceptance

Stretch marks, so long the bane of the beauty industry, are finally getting some love thanks to a new online body image campaign going viral.

“Love Your Lines” encourages women to embrace their marks as a positive beauty attribute by posting honest and stylish images of them on social media. The Instagram account Loveyourlines, launched by two mothers, has posted hundreds of candid photos of “real women, real bodies and real self love” and has so far gained 110,000 followers.

The stylish black and white pictures show crisscrossed thighs, wrinkly stomachs and stripy breasts in all their glory, with a few post-surgery scars thrown in for good measure. There are plenty of baby snaps, due to the obvious association with stretch marks and pregnancy, but women of all ages are featured in the gallery.

Each of the photos is accompanied by a personal story, offering insight into how women relate to their bodies and view their perceived flaws. The tales include everything from coming to terms with post-baby abs to battling obesity and even just learning to deal with the pressure to be seen as beautiful. One woman writes: “I don’t have an inspirational story… I wish I had, but in reality I’m just a young girl that is dealing with the pressures of this society.”

The movement has a celebrity fan in the form of supermodel Chrissy Teigen, who posted a cheerful shot of her stretch-marked bare thighs on her Instagram account this week, accompanied by the caption: “Stretchies say hi!”

The post that went viral




Why you should add butter to your shopping list

The article in BMJ’s Open Heart journal argues that the advice was based on flawed data and “very limited evidence”. The warning, adopted by British authorities in the early 1980s, was based on research that focused only on unhealthy men, with the reports authors arguing: “it seems incomprehensible that dietary advice was introduced for 220 million Americans and 56 million UK citizens.

“Dietary advice does not merely need a review; it should not have been introduced.” Men were advised they should consume no more than 30g of saturated fat per day, while women were told to consume no more than 20g.

So what foods should you be adding to your shopping basket?
Butter and lard
Full fat yoghurts
Full fat milk
Cakes and biscuits (within reason, of course)
Fatty cuts of meat
Cheese and cream

And what’s out? Experts claim that it is carbohydrates, sugars and processed foods that contribute to heart disease and recommend avoiding foods such as:
Fructose (except that naturally occurring in whole fruits)
White rice
White bread
Processed foods

Might there be a cure for love handles

Sit ups help tone your stomach, while squats strengthen your legs and bottom – but love handles are particularly difficult to shift.

Now scientists believe they have discovered a way to ‘melt’ the excess white fat in muffin tops by turning it ‘brown’. While white cells are responsible for muffin tops and flab in general, brown fat cells convert excess energy in food into heat.

To make white cells behave like brown ones, researchers at the University of Bonn discovered a new signalling pathway. ‘Not all fat is equal,’ said Professor Alexander Pfeifer from the Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology of the University Hospital Bonn.

‘If we are able to activate brown fat cells or to convert white fat cells into brown ones, it might be possible to simply melt excess fat away.’ By experimenting on mice, Professor Pfeifer discovered a new signalling pathway for a molecule called adenosine.

Adenosine is known to activate brown fat cells, and is typically released during stress. The adenosine signal is transmitted adenosine receptor A2A. ‘If adenosine binds to this receptor in brown fat cells, fat burning is significantly stimulated,’ claimed Dr. Thorsten Gnad from Professor Pfeifer’s team.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2800342/a-cure-love-handles-scientists-melt-muffin-tops-activating-brown-fat.html

MCSK awards gala 2014

The MCSK (Music Copyright Society of Kenya) music awards held annually in an effort to celebrate Kenyan artistes went down last night at carnivore grounds. In performance were Amani, Nameless, Wahu, Mery Myra, Gidi Gidi, Kalamashaka, Maji Maji. Jaguar scooped the top earning artist of 2014. Below is the photo gallery from the event. Photos courtesy of twitter


How marriage makes men fat

They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.

And it seems that even after a woman has charmed her husband, she just can’t resist feeding him up.

A study commissioned by the Men’s Health Forum has shown that getting married can change men’s eating habits and their waistlines.

A team of researchers from Leeds Metropolitan University found that married men are fatter than their single counterparts.

This could be because they develop a sweet tooth – with married men treating themselves to more buns, cakes, pastries and fruit pies than single men.

And those who have tied the knot were also likely to drink ‘significantly’ more wine, the study found.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2715134/How-tying-knot-encourages-men-pile-pounds-Once-wedding-ring-goes-does-weight.html#ixzz39QZ9BhpW

“I just wanted to look like my beautiful sisters”

Growing up with three slim sisters Holly McHale, 25, always felt like the ‘ugly duckling’ having struggled with her weight from a young age.

After two of her sisters got married, the office manager from Shrewsbury resolved to make a lasting change to her lifestyle and spent £10,000 on bariatric surgery.

Having once weighed 21st and worn size 24 clothing, today she is around 13st and can fit into size 12 dresses.

Boyfriend ‘Dumped Me For Being Too Fat’

A woman lost more than six stone and 10 dress sizes after her boyfriend dumped her for being too overweight.

Mona Christensen before and after her weight loss

Now, after overhauling unhealthy diet habits and embarking on a new exercise routine, she has turned her life around to become a personal trainer.

READ MORE: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/07/18/woman-weight-loss-personal-trainer-boyfriend-dumped-her-fat_n_5598350.html?utm_hp_ref=tw