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Could watching TV help with weight loss?

Despite long being blamed as one of the main reasons of weight gain, new research seems to suggest that watching TV could actually help with your weight loss troubles.

Watching TV could aid weight lossA team of scientists have discovered that watching a black and white flickering screen could reduce your food cravings.

The volunteers who took part in the study had to carry around a hand held device that showed flickering images.

Those who saw these images reported that their cravings were reduced by 23% almost immediately after viewing.

The psychologists at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia also reported that those who viewed the images as part of the study also consumed 40% fewer calories than those who did not view the images. Continue reading →


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Sex and weight loss

If you are looking for a new way to get in shape perhaps your sex life could be the answer?

Sex and weight lossHere are a few reasons how sex can help you to reach your weight loss goals.

#1 – Sex will burn calories

Did you know that having sex for just 25 minutes (including foreplay) could burn as many calories as you would on a rowing machine or stationary bike for the same amount of time?

A 150 pound woman would burn as many as 88 calories during this time, with a 180 pound man burning 106 calories during the 25 minutes.

#2 – Sex will curb those cravings

Having sex can help to halt the production of cortisol, the hormone responsible for those cravings for fatty high carb foods.

This is not the only benefit as sex can also keep your blood pressure at a sensible level while your stress levels become lower too. Continue reading →


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Are your genes making you fat?

It is a common excuse many overweight women make. Yet new research has shown that your genes may actually be what are causing you to be overweight.

Are your genes making you fat?A team of researchers at the Maastricht University in Holland looked at the weight gain and losses of a group of 5,000 men and women over a 10-year period.

After the 10 years had elapsed the team then analysed the genes of those individuals who were obese.

The results found that women who were prone to weight gain possessed a mutated version of a gene called MMP2, while men possessed a gene called FTO.

How do these genes cause weight gain?

Both the MMP2 and FTO genes increase the urge to binge on junk food.

Women who possess the MMP2 gene were more likely to develop fatty tissue and were two and a half times more likely to gain more than a stone in weight compared to those without the gene. Continue reading →