Same Health Benefits with Fast or Slow Weight Loss

WeightControl.com Interview with:

Jennifer L. Kuk, PhD
Associate Professor
York University
School of Kinesiology and Health Science
Sherman Health Science Research Centre, Rm 2002
Toronto, Ontario 


WeightControl.com:  What is the background for this study?  What are the main findings?

Response: Traditionally, weight loss is prescribed at the rate of 1 to 2 pounds per week.  However, this is largely based on the observation that weight losses faster than 2 pounds per week put patients at an increased risk for gallstones.  It is unclear whether this is the optimal rate of weight loss for CVD or diabetes outcomes. Furthermore, fast weight loss has historically thought to be associated with poorer long term weight loss.  However, this was largely based on research using liquid diets.  Recent evidence suggests that faster weight loss may be similar to slower weight loss when more sensible lifestyle interventions are used.  Thus, if there are additional benefits of faster weight loss for CVD or diabetes outcomes, then there may a rationale for prescribing faster weight loss as the overall rate of gallstones is fairly low.

We observed that those who lose weight faster than 2lb/wk tend to lose more weight overall, but for the same overall weight loss, there is no difference in terms of health benefits with fast or slow weight loss.

WeightControl.com:  What should readers take away from your report?

Response: Given the risk for gallstones and no additional health benefits with faster weight loss, trying to lose weight at the recommended one to two pounds per week is the safer option.

WeightControl.com:  What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this work?

Response: I think we need to develop weight management strategies that better help people achieve sustained weight loss at the recommended one to two pounds per week rate. This will help to minimize the risk for gallstones while maximizing the benefits for CVD and diabetes risk.

No Disclosures

Citation:

Jennifer L. Kuk, Rebecca A. G. Christensen, and Sean Wharton, “Absolute Weight Loss, and Not Weight Loss Rate, Is Associated with Better Improvements in Metabolic Health,” Journal of Obesity, vol. 2019, Article ID 3609642, 6 pages, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1155/2019/3609642.

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CES Show Highlights Digital Diet Solutions

Here’s a roundup of five savvy tech solutions poised to help us shed those stubborn, unwanted pounds easier, more effectively and more sustainably for the long-term:


1. Lumen and FoodMarble

Showcased at this year’s CES show, both are pocket-sized devices that users blow into. They pair with smartphone apps that tell people things like how well they are digesting food or burning calories. The firm behind Lumen states that their device provides a way for people to monitor their metabolisms. The device also has the capability of determining if the user is burning carbs or fats. Meanwhile, FoodMarble measures hydrogen levels in an attempt to make deductions about a person’s digestive health. The thought is that the device can be to help people avoid foods that cause bloating, abdominal pain and other gastrointestinal symptoms.

2. TRAQ Smart Shoes

Here’s some killer wearable technology for fitness-minded folks. TRAQ, Alegria’s first smart shoe, is the world’s first comfort smart shoes with built-in pedometer plus a personalized app community. The designs are made for walking, working and leisure, simultaneously allowing you to accurately count every step thanks to the smart Q-Chip embedded right in the shoe! Easily connect the integrated pedometer in the shoes to the accompanying Alegria TRAQ smartphone app to view your daily and monthly step activity. You can do everything in your daily routine while stepping out in intelligent, blissful comfort.  Anyone can track their steps, connect with their friends and compete on a leaderboard. Cheer on your friends and family to walk together through the app! Oh, and there’s no need to charge these smart shoes—ever—for the lifetime of the shoes.


3. HealthyWage

This app actually PAYS you to lose weight! With the HealthyWage app, you determine how much weight you want to lose, how long you want to take to lose it, and how much you want to wager each month. If you successfully reach your goal by the end date of your challenge, you win your prize. The average HealthyWager prize is over $1,200! You can also join team challenges, jackpot challenges, and step challenges through the app. Participants have collectively lost over 1 million pounds and gained over $20,000,000 since the company’s inception, and over $13,000,000 in 2018, alone.


4. Escali Primo Digital Scale

Assuradely due to due to the Escali Primo Digital Scale’s accuracy, speed and simplicity, it’s twice been rated as a best value by a leading independent consumer magazine, and was also recently named the “best kitchen scale for most people” by other key media. This device is capable of measuring in increments of 1 gram or 0.05 ounces and has the capacity to measure up to 11 pounds of food at once. Two-button controls facilitate ease of use, and a protective shield on the control panel prevents accidental spills from compromising performance. Battery life is also prolonged with an auto shut-off feature.  


5. Naked Home Body Scanner

Leverage the power of infrared light to capture a 3D model of your body with the Home Body Scanner from Naked Labs. The scanner itself is built into an attractive smart mirror with sensors that measure important metrics and calculate measurements. An integrated app allows you to track your progress. The Naked body scanner is designed to help you visualize your progress and body fat percentage as it happens, with a focus on weight loss, performance and recomposition. You’ll be able to literally watch your body as it changes each day.


Putting a high-tech spin on your weight loss makes the journey more interactive and hands-on, often notably bolstering the success of a weight-loss endeavor. Never before have our efforts, and the results thereof, been so tangible. Whether you’re winning money for losing weight or tracking your body’s progress in 3D, taking advantage of the digital tools and advancements in the weight-loss arena will surely make slimming down in the 21st Century a more efficacious undertaking.


~~~ As a branding pundit, wellness industry veteran, consumer health advocate and influential media voice, Merilee Kern spotlights noteworthy marketplace innovations, change makers, movers and shakers.  Also a two-time fitness champion, her ground-breaking, award-winning “Kids Making Healthy Choices” Smartphone APP for children, parents/caregivers and educators is based on her award-winning, illustrated fictional children’s book, “Making Healthy Choices – A Story to Inspire Fit, Weight-Wise Kids.” Merilee may be reached online atwww.LuxeListReviews.com. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/LuxeListEditor and Facebook atwww.Facebook.com/TheLuxeList.
 

Mayo Clinic Researcher Discusses Weight Gain in Women at Midlife

Weight gain is a commmon problem among post menopausal women.

Mayo Clinic’s Endocrinologist Dr. Ekta Kapoor will discuss her recent article:

Weight Gain in Women at Midlife: A Concise Review of the Pathophysiology and Strategies for Management

on an upcoming Mayo Clinic Radio program.

Mayo Clinic Radio: Weight gain in middle-aged women

Mouse Study finds GMO-Sourced Soybean Oil Causes Less Obesity than Conventional Oi

Long-term tests in mice indicate that a genetically modified (GM) brand of soybean oil causes less obesity and insulin resistance than conventional soybean oil, but doesn’t lead to lower incidences of diabetes or fatty liver….

 

http://www.genengnews.com/gen-news-highlights/gmo-sourced-soybean-oil-causes-less-obesity-than-conventional-oil/81254995?utm_medium=newsletter&utm_source=GEN+Daily+News+Highlights&utm_content=02&utm_campaign=GEN+Daily+News+Highlights_20171002

Are Men’s Magazines A Good Source of Information For Weight Control Advice?

A study in BMC Public Health finds that although men’s magazine refer to scientific information, “the content, format and scientific basis of dietary content of MH leaves much to be desired. The dietary advice as provided may not be conducive to public health”.

BMC Public Health. 2014 Oct 11;14:1062. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-14-1062.
Dietary advice for muscularity, leanness and weight control in Men’s Health magazine: a content analysis.

Cook TM, Russell JM, Barker ME1.

Hospitals Need To Become Better Equipped To Deal With Obese Patients

The obesity epidemic is straining resources at health care facilities, as hospitals learn to adapt to heavier patients and the special resources needed to care for them.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/health-hospital-obesity-bariatric-michaelgarronhospital-uofalberta-1.4305767

Increased Health Care Costs of Obesity Peak At Age 50

“Incremental lifetime costs of a patient with obesity or overweight (vs. normal weight) increased with the patient’s age, peaked at age 50, and decreased with older ages. However, weight reduction even in older adults still yielded incremental cost savings.”