So, weight loss. Again. Imperial College, London and the University of Glasgow have developed a powdered food supplement, based on a molecule produced by bacteria in the gut, reduces cravings for high-calorie foods by signals the brain to reduce appetite. Studies have shown bacteria in the gut release a compound called propionate when they digest the fibre insulin, this is what signals the brain. Good news if you are a little on the weak willed side?
And who wouldn’t be after another study says that we can eat carbs and lose weight! Dr Michelle Braude says eating carbs can help with weight loss – if you eat the good carbs i.e. the wholegrain ones which supply us some of our iron, magnesium and B Vitamins - all of which are critical in maintaining energy levels and muscle function.
And, apparently, eating one table spoon of butter a day will not harm your heart either – who knew!
If you have overindulged and find that you are now diabetic there is some good news for you. A new article pancreas could be with us in two years. This will mean no more finger pricks to test your glucose levels as a monitor on your skin with do this for you automatically, and also provide insulin at just the right does for you too, via patches.
If you are worried about your heart there is new advice on surviving a heart attack too. Apparently you need to eat plenty of salmon, mackerel, sardines, pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts and vegetable oils. A diet rich in these foods can cut you risk of a heart attack by 10%, according to research carried out on more than 45,000 patients around the world.
It’s all a bit confusing to be honest. I think we all know that if we want to lose weight we need to eat less of the high fat, high sugar foods and do more exercise. That’s logical. Problems start when our ego gets involved and tells us that we ‘deserve’ a treat, or that we are too tired to go for a walk. Think of it this way, do you ‘deserve’ to have a heart attack or diabetes? Do you ‘deserve’ to be out of breath, have knee pain and not be able to see you feet? What you do 80% of the time is the most important thing, so don’t underestimate the amount of treats you allow yourself. Does that help? It is all clear now? :0S What do you think?