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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

PRESCRIPTION FOR LOSING BELLY FAT

PRESCRIPTION FOR LOSING BELLY FAT
Losing Belly Fat

Be Aware Of The Dangers Of Too Much Belly Fat
Belly fat promotes insulin storage, which increases hunger and cravings for sugar and carbohydrates, further boosts fat storage around the belly area.
The fatter a person gets, the more insulin-resistant they become, which
creates a vicious cycle of craving carbs and sugar, unwanted weight gain, yo-yo dieting, becoming hungry and gaining more weight again and again.

There are two types of belly fat to be aware of...
Subcutaneous Fat - Is the visible kind of fat just above your hips that jiggles and looks unattractive;

Visceral Fat - Not visable, but hides out deep in the abs and wraps itself around vital organs.

While subcutaneous fat can make you look and feel unattractively fat, it is the invisable visceral fat that is the real problem. Visceral fat functions like an endocrine system because it is metabolically active itself. It releases enzymes and hormones into the bloodstream that raise blood pressure, increase bad cholesterol (LDL) and lower good (HDL) cholesterol.

Visceral fat also interferes with the body's ability to use insulin and increases estrogen levels. Too much visceral fat can increase the risk
of cardiovascular disease, breast cancer, type 2 diabetes and other unhealthy conditions.

A Successful Battle Against Belly Fat
Is Easier Than You May Think
Use These Proven Ways To Lose Belly Fat:

1. Cut Back On Carbs and Sugar...
It is important to immediately reduce sugars, simple carbohydrates, processed foods and any products made with high fructose corn syrup aspartame, splenda .
It absorbs quickly, boosts inflammation, blood glucose and insulin levels. Drink plenty of water.

2. Don't Use Artificial Sweeteners As A Substitute...
Artificial sweeteners such as aspartame increase inflammation and insulin resistance, ultimately triggering increased storage of belly fat.

Try to keep your appetite satisfied (comfortably full) with a diet stimulating the body's metabolic function for efficient fat-burning. Your diet should consist of:
30% - 40% Protein,

30% - 40% Carbohydrates
No More Than 30% Total Fat

Abs, No Belly Fat Woman and Man

3. The Mediterranean Diet Is Ideal...
Traditionally, the Mediterranean diet includes high consumption of olive oil, legumes, beans, nuts,unrefined cereals, fruits, vegetables, fish, moderate servings of dairy, red wine, and keeping the consumption of red meat low.

It's deliciously-satisfying, simple and proven to be healthy... People following the Mediterranean diet lose more weight, maintain key improvements in cholesterol and reduced blood pressure. Subsequently, their risk of heart disease is lower more than people on a low-fat diet.

4. Specific Food-Source Nutrients Are Beneficial Against Belly Fat...
Omega-3 Fatty Acids from fish oil also help reduce damaging inflammation which promotes unhealthy insulin resistance and subsequent accumulation of belly fat.

Cinnamon Extract and Chromium have both been shown to lower insulin resistance, consider including supplements in your daily regimen

Green Tea contains catechins,the powerful antioxidants that have been proven in several studies to release fat cells and allow more efficient weight reduction.

5. Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Are Nutrient Rich and They're
Full of Water and Fiber..
Fruits and veggies have the unique ability to expand in your stomach and fill you up with fewer calories and nearly no fat! ThaVitamin C Rich Foodst's why it's crucial to eat at least five servings daily...

6. Be Sure To Get At Least
2-3 Servings of Whole
Grains Daily...
Eating a diet high in whole grains and low in refined carbohydrates makes it
easier to minimize storage
of fat throughout the body.
Nutrition specialists and food scientists believe the dietary fiber and magnesium in whole grains may help maintain insulin sensitivity.

One of the most important areas currently being studied is the crucial role
of whole grains on measures of insulin sensitivity.

7. Physical Activity and Regular Exercise...

Never underestimate the importance of exercising for at least 30 minutes

a day, at least five days a week. A good combination of cardio, resistance (strength) training and interval training is best, depending on your age and general physical condition.

People who don't exercise are more likely to regain weight than those
who combined a healthy Mediteranean style diet with regular aerobic exercise five days a week. People who exercise regularly also improve their cholesterol levels, aerobic capacity, blood pressure and blood glucose levels.

Reduce Belly Fat Quicker With "Interval" Training...

Interval training means alternating periods of intense exercise with low-intensity exercise or rest, and can be used successfully with any type

of aerobic sport, such as walking, biking or jogging. Alternate slow and

fast cycling or fast walking and running, recommends the Mayo Clinic.

For example... A 20-minute cycling regimen that includes sprinting on a stationary bike for 8 -10 seconds followed by 12 seconds of light cycling.
A person can lose more belly fat than those doing only cardio, even though the cardio workouts are almost twice as long!

It's also important to note that proper interval training suppresses the appetite hormone known as Ghrelin. Thus, a person naturally want to
eat less.

Weight Lifting (also known as resistance training and strength training) Is A Very Powerful Weapon Against Belly Fat...

In resistance training, a person increases their muscle strength and

endurance by doing repetitive exercises with weights or weight machines. Building lean muscle speeds up metabolism and fat burning efficiency.

Start to reap the rewards of resistance training with least 30 minutes two or three times a week.People can lift weights and do circuit-training at the gym, and do resistance crunches and push-ups at home or office.

Experts recommend performing the resistance training workout before your aerobic workout to get best overall results and to burn maximum fat.

When a person sucessfully decreases their belly fat, they will firm muscles in their central core: abs, back and chest, so they look fitter and slimmer.

8. Reduce Levels Of Stress, A Major Contributor To Gaining Fat...

With stress, the body increases its production of Cortisol, a dangerous hormone that increases the appetite and makes people crave high-fat, high-sugar comfort foods such as cookies, cake and ice cream which

all pack on unwanted, unhealthy pounds.

Research at Georgetown University Medical Center demonstrated that chronic long-term stress resulted in metabolic syndrome, a series of unhealthy symptoms including inflammation, weight gain, insulin resistance and increased belly fat.

To effectively reduce stress, try gentle stretching, deep breathing, yoga or meditation, or take a long nature walk.

9. Adequate Sleep Is Also An Important Factor In Long-Term
Reduction Of Belly Fat...

Studies show that inadequate sleep affects levels of two key appetite hormones, Leptin (which decreases hunger) and Ghrelin (which increases hunger).

Restful sleep

Several studies have proven that people who sleep only 5 hours compared to those who sleep at least 8 hours experience a dramatic decrease in Leptin and increase in Ghrelin, resulting in additional weight gain.

The increase in appetite and craving of high-carb foods like cookies, candy and cakes, rise significantly when a person skimps on sleep!.

Be sure to get at least 7 - 8 hours of quality, restful sleep each night.

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This article is for informational and educational purposes only, and is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Contact your doctor or healthcare professional for medical and nutritional consultation.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Milk Thistle Extract Stops Lung Cancer In Laboratory Mice, New Study Shows

Tissue with wound-like conditions allows tumors to grow and spread. In mouse lung cancer cells, treatment with silibinin, a major component of milk thistle, removed the molecular billboards that signal these wound-like
conditions and so stopped the spread of these lung cancers, according to a recent study published in the journal Molecular Carcinogenesis.

Though the natural extract has been used for more than 2,000 years,
mostly to treat disorders of the liver and gallbladder, this is one of the first carefully controlled and reported studies to find benefit.

Milk thistle plant - flower
How it works...

Basically, in a cell there can be a chain of signals, one leading to the next, to the next, and eventually to an end product. And so if you would like to eliminate an end product, you may look to break a link in the signaling
chain that leads to it. The end products COX2 and iNOS are enzymes involved with the inflammatory response to perceived wounds -- both can aid tumor growth. Far upstream in the signaling chain that leads to these
unwanted enzymes are STAT1 and STAT3.

These transcription factors allow the blueprint of DNA to bind with
proteins that continue the signal cascade, eventually leading to the production of harmful COX2 and iNOS.

Stop STAT1 and STAT3 and you break the chain that leads to COX2 and iNOS -- and the growth of lung tumors along with them.

"This relatively nontoxic substance, a derivative of milk thistle silibinin was able to inhibit the upstream signals that lead to the expression of COX2 and iNOS," say research scientists from the University of Colorado - Skaggs School of Pharmacy and the laboratory of University of Colorado Cancer Center.

In addition, the researchers compared the effects of silibinin to drugs currently in clinical trials for lung cancer. Would drugs that target other signaling pathways, other linked chains, similarly cut into the production
of COX2 and iNOS?

It turned out that inhibiting the chains of JAK1/2 and MEK in combination and also inhibiting the signaling pathways of EGFR and NF-kB in combination blocked the ability of STAT1 and STAT3 to trap the energy
they needed to eventually signal COX2 and iNOS production.

Compared to these multi-million dollar drugs, naturally-occurring silibinin blocked not only the expression of COX2 and iNOS, but also the migration of existing lung cancer cells.

"What we showed is that STAT1 and STAT3 may be promising therapeutic targets in the treatment of lung cancer, no matter how you target them," the researchers reported. "And also that naturally-derived products like silibinin may be as effective as today's best treatments."

This work was supported by NCI RO1 grant CA113876.

Story Source: University of Colorado Denver.

Journal Reference: Silibinin modulates TNF-α and IFN-γ mediated signaling to regulate COX2 and iNOS expression in tumorigenic
mouse lung epithelial LM2 cells. Molecular Carcinogenesis, 2011;

University of Colorado Denver (2011, November 15). Milk thistle extract stops lung cancer in laboratory mice, study shows.

This article is for informational and educational purposes only, and is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Contact your doctor or healthcare professional for medical and nutritional consultation.

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