Fat Loss Fact: Long-term Diet Study Shows Caloric Balance Key Factor In Weight Loss

March 17th, 2009
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Fat Loss Fact: Long-term Diet Study Shows Caloric Balance Key Factor In Weight Loss

A 2-year study of 811 overweight adults assigned to one of four diets has found that the proportions of macronutrients did not affect how much weight they lost. The targeted percentages of calories derived from fat, protein, and carbohydrates in the four diets were 20/15/65, 20/25/55, 40/15/45, and 40/25/35, respectively. The diets consisted of similar foods and met guidelines for cardiovascular health. The participants were offered group and individual instructional sessions.

Among the 80% of participants who completed the trial, the average weight loss was 4 kg (about 9 pounds) and the results were similar in those who were assigned to a diet with 20% or 40% fat; 15% or 25% protein; and 65% or 35% carbohydrates. Satiety, hunger, satisfaction with the diet, and attendance at group sessions were similar for all diets. The diets also improved lipid-related risk factors and fasting insulin levels. The authors concluded:

**Reduced-calorie diets will result in clinically meaningful weight loss regardless of which macronutrients they emphasize.

**A range of fat, protein, and carbohydrate compositions can have beneficial effects on risk factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

**Such diets can be tailored to individual patients based on personal and cultural preferences and may therefore have the best chance for long-term success.

[Sacks FM and others. Comparison of weight-loss diets with different compositions of fat, protein, and carbohydrates. New England Journal of Medicine 360:859-873, 2009] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19246357

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Fat Loss Proof: Here’s What 158 LBS Lost Looks and Sounds Like

January 9th, 2009

We all know – “a picture is worth a thousands words” – but what most people don’t realize that 2 pictures can be worth 100,000 words – especially when they are remarkable ‘Before and After’ Weight Loss Success Story pictures – like these…


378 Lbs down to—->> 220 Lbs

——– Original Message ——–
Subject: Hey Joey, here’s my update!
From: “Colin Cramm” – nature_nutt338@______.com>
Date: Thu, December 18, 2008 4:58 pm
To:“Joey Atlas” – joey@joeyatlas.com -

Hi Joey,

I decided to take a picture today to show you that I am still going strong with my new lifestyle. To date my percentage of body weight that I have lost is 58.20 % going from 378 Lbs down to 220 Lbs – and 48 pants down to 34 pants.

I said back before I started that “I wish I could get into size 34 pants…” and thanks to you Joey I have made a long shot possible. Thanks for your guidance and direction over the past year or so – it’s greatly appreciated.

I feel like I’m my own personal trainer now, always pushing myself to take one more step or one ab rep, and complimenting myself each time. It gives me so much satisfaction to wipe out the old way of life that could have put me in the grave being that there is heart trouble in my family and strive for a better and longer life now.

My blood pressure is all normal, thank God!

Two days ago I had a lady tell me that whenever she watches The Biggest Loser she thinks of me and I said “Oh, thanks!”… she tells me I’m doing a great job.

Here is my updated photo; before and after.

Thanks for all you have done for me Joey, I’m forever honored to be your student.

Keeping fit!

Colin Cramm

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Lose Fat and Be Fit with Herbs and Spices

June 13th, 2008

- by Joey Atlas, Author of Amazon Bestseller – ‘Fatness to Fitness’
A question was recently posted in the ‘Comments’ section of the blog – and it’s one that I hear every few weeks – and it’s a great topic to talk about. Here it is…

“While I am waiting for your book to arrive I wonder, If you can comment on use of spices such as Cinnamon, Cardamom, Cloves, etc as part of diet. Especially, for someone who likes to follow a vegetarian diet.”

The quick, short version answer to this great question is…

Herbs and spices are ESSENTIAL to a healthy diet. Thats why we’ve been gifted by their abundant presence on this earth. They are perfect for any diet – regardless of type – vegetarian, gluten-free, organic, and even the ‘regular’ non-diet – healthy diet, etc, etc…

Besides the countless benefits offered by all of the herbs and spices avaiable to us – they can, in fact, be an essential tool in helping people lose fat and become fit.

The flavor enhancing effects of these botanicals give you a feeling of satisfaction and enjoyment in your daily meals – allowing us to eat less because we were able to enjoy the amounts we did eat.

Some would say – “Well, if it tastes better – wouldn’t I eat more of it?”

In my experience the answer is no.

When combined with other tactics, strategies, and principles of a healthy fitness lifestyle – the herbs and spices become our ally.

They are easy to find, relatively cheap to purchase – and super simple to use.

They are also fun – and can make meal preparation a cool event for you and your family.

There are a lot of them – so experiment, be daring and be creative. You’ll be surprised at the results.

An Special Note: Some herbs and spices do contain compounds that can interact or interfere with certain medications or dietary supplements. Do check with your doctor if you are unsure about your specific situation.

What herbs and or spices do you like using in your healthy foods and ‘diet’ recipes? Post them below by clicking on ‘Comments’.

Your trainer,

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