Smart weight loss is about knowledge, not willpower

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What makes you want to eat? However complex your motivations may seem, the hunger game is essentially a game of hormones. Don’t turn it into a power struggle — you can learn how to trigger or suppress the hormones involved in the desire to eat, and stay in control of your appetite.

These hormones were forged during the evolution of our species. …

IBS patients in the US frequently test positive for a common parasite

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If you have irritable bowel syndrome, you are familiar with the misery of abdominal pain, gas, bloating, diarrhoea, and/or constipation. It just so happens that these are also common symptoms of a gut parasite infection. If your symptoms have not responded to standard IBS treatment, taking a simple test may be the first step on the road to recovery.

It is well known that the gut is inhabited by trillions of bacteria, some good and some not so good. But parasites?

If you have ever thought that your innards appear to have a life of their own, it’s because they have. Down there in that dark, murky area of your being is a parallel universe of microorganisms: microbes, transients, opportunists and freeloaders all merrily coexisting along the tube that runs from mouth to rectum. …

Yes, he lost a lot of weight and yes, he survived. Here’s how he did it.

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In June 1965, a 27-year-old Scottish man weighing 456lb (207kg) decided to stop eating until he reached his desired weight of 180lb (82kg). Angus Barbieri ate nothing whatsoever for 382 days, achieved his goal, and lived to tell the tale.

Morbidly obese, Barbieri certainly needed to lose weight, but no, this is not one to try at home. His approach was potentially life threatening, which is why this superhuman feat was achieved under strict medical supervision. Before embarking on his fast, Angus checked into the Maryfield Hospital in Dundee, returning regularly for evaluation and occasionally staying overnight.

Quite wisely, under the circumstances, Angus also gave up working in his father’s fish and chip shop, which later closed down. He spent most of his time at home, taking regular blood and urine tests and drinking calorie-free beverages. …


Maria Cross

MSc. Registered nutritionist, nutrition science writer, specialising in diet and mental health. Subscribe to AllYouCanEat.org.uk for free brain food guide.

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