Eating this fruit every day can help you lose weight

Could an apple a day keep the extra pounds away? According to a recent study in Food Chemistry, yes, because apples contain non-digestible compounds that promote the growth of good bacteria in your gut associated with weight loss.

How it works: These compounds–fiber and polyphenols–remain undigested until they’re fermented in the colon, where they act as food for friendly bacteria and help your body outweigh the bad bacteria that thrives on junk food, said lead study author and food scientist Giuliana Noratto. This restored microbial balance appears to reduce chronic inflammation, which increases the risk of obesity, and boosts feelings of fullness to help stave off overeating.

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“Obese people have an out-of-balance gut,” Noratto said. “So changing our gut bacteria via what we eat, making it similar to that of a lean person, could help prevent weight gain.”
In the study, obese mice that were fed apple compounds ended up with gut bacteria similar to that of lean mice.

But what kind of apple you eat may matter. Tart Granny Smiths reign supreme: They contain the highest concentration of fiber and polyphenols compared to varieties like Gala, McIntosh, and Golden Delicious.

Need more reason embrace the fall fruit? Previous research links apples to everything from a healthier immune system to a reduced risk of stroke, diabetes, high cholesterol, and cardiovascular disease.

Aim to eat an apple a day–or up to two or three, Noratto said. As for apple pie or crisp? Sorry, those don’t count: Cooking destroys the polyphenols in apples. Try some Granny Smith slices dunked in cinnamon-spiked peanut butter instead, or paired with a sharp cheddar cheese.

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Overweight people to be PAID to lose weight: Slimmers will be given cash or …

  • The amounts are still unclear, but may depend on extent of weight loss
  • Employers will also be urged to offer incentives to staff who shed pounds
  • NHS spends £5 billion a year treating obesity-related illnesses
  • NHS chief exec said UK must follow US’s work-based weight loss schemes
  • Supporters say the move could slash number of sick days taken by 50%

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Workers who lose weight will be rewarded with cash or shopping vouchers, under radical new NHS-backed plans to tackle the obesity crisis

Overweight people will be paid to lose weight, under radical new Government plans unveiled today to tackle the escalating obesity crisis

Under the NHS-backed scheme, those who shed the pounds will be rewarded with cash or shopping vouchers.

Incentives could be higher or lower depending on the amount of weight a participant loses, although the amounts are still unclear. 

However only those with a job will qualify – and employers will also be urged to offer incentives to staff who shed pounds.

Firms would receive tax breaks from the Government and would also some funding to set up slimming or exercise classes.

The move is part of a wider effort to ease the strain placed on the NHS by fat patients.

More than two thirds of UK adults are clinically overweight or obese and the NHS spends £5 billion a year treating obesity-related illnesses. 

Under the new plans, NHS staff will also be urged to ‘set a national example’.

Access to unhealthy foods on NHS premises will be cut and staff will have their health and wellbeing ‘measured’. 

Around 700,000 of the NHS’s 1.3 million staff are either overweight or obese

NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens said earlier this year that staff must ‘get our own act together’ before lecturing the public on cutting down on calories.

He said too many hospitals serve ‘chips and burgers’ to both patients and staff – and the latter face being banned from eating junk food in hospital canteens to force them to set an example to patients.

Mr Stevens said workplace schemes to encourage weight loss have been largely ignored – despite success abroad.

He personally managed to lose nearly 3st thanks to a weight-loss incentive scheme at his previous job, the U.S. insurance firm United Healthcare.

Mr Stevens said the tax-payer funded NHS has led to a ‘blind spot’ about the healthcare of employees.

He explained: ‘Employers in many countries have developed voluntary schemes for their employees whereby, for example, you actually get cash back based on participation in Weight Watchers, or other type schemes.’

Asked what sorts of rewards could be offered, he said: ‘It could be shopping vouchers, it could be cash, it could be prizes.’ 

It is understood the NHS plans to ‘challenge’ firms to bring in such schemes rather than offer them money.

NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens personally managed to lose nearly 3st thanks due to an incentive scheme at his at his previous job an a U.S. insurance firm. Dr Sally Norton (right), a weight loss surgeon, said such schemes could reduce the number of sick days taken by 50 per cent

Mr Stevens added that obesity is ‘getting worse in some respects’ and described the issue among children as a significant future health threat.

He said: ‘When your son or daughter starts primary school one in 10 children are obese. 

IT’S IMPOSSIBLE TO EAT HEALTHILY, SAY STRESSED NHS STAFF  

Stress at work and no time to eat nutritious meals are to blame for so many medical staff to eating badly, a survey claims.

Six out of 10 nurses are too stressed to eat healthily, according to a poll by Nursing Standard magazine. 

Almost 3,500 nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants from around the country took part in the research. 

Sixty per cent of respondents said workplace stress had a negative effect on their diet, while 79 per cent reported that a lack of breaks made it difficult to eat a healthy meal at work.

Fifty six per cent said poor staffing levels had a knock-on effect on their diet. 

Of those polled, 73 per cent of respondents said they are heavier than they would like to be.

Seventy six per cent said they feel they should be eating more healthily, while 65 per cent are trying to lose weight.

A staggering 74 per cent of those who work night shifts say vending machine snacks are often the only meal option available, while only 33 per cent rated the overall quality of food on offer in their workplace as good or excellent. 

‘By the time they reach Year 6 that’s doubled to one in five, so something is going wrong with the way in which we are keeping our children healthy and setting them up for a good start in life.’

The NHS must also make a concerted effort to address the root causes of ill health – such as poor diets, alcohol consumption and smoking, a landmark report published today said,

Called the Five Year Forward View, and published by the NHS, it said: ’Put bluntly, as the nation’s waistline keeps piling on the pounds, we’re piling on billions of pounds in future taxes just to pay for preventable illnesses.

It added: ‘The future health of millions of children, the sustainability of the NHS, and the economic prosperity of Britain all now depend on a radical upgrade in prevention and public health.’ 

Discussing the report, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt insisted people needed to take responsibility for their own health.

Speaking on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, he said: ‘The report is not saying the Government should give people cash. 

‘If we are going to have a sustainable health service going forward we all have to take responsibility.

‘One shocking statistic is the number of children who go into primary school obese is 10 per cent and the number of primary school children who leave obese is 20 per cent. We have got to stop this.’

Dr Sally Norton, a weight loss surgeon, told MailOnline that while employers might shudder at introducing such schemes, they could reduce the number of sick days taken by 50 per cent.

She said: ‘Employers should take note of the boom in workplace wellness programmes in the U.S.

‘There, companies have seen the benefit of caring for their staff. 

‘UK employers lose over £20 billion a year due to absenteeism, but the costs of presenteeism – reduced productivity at work due to ill-health or poor fitness – may be three times higher.

She added that being overweight or obese increases the number of sickness days taken by 50 per cent – equating to approximately £14 billion a year in lost revenue.

More than two thirds of UK adults are clinically overweight or obese and the NHS spends £5 billion a year treating obesity-related illnesses.

£200 OFF COUNCIL TAX BILL FOR VOLUNTEERS WHO FEED ELDERLY

The weight loss incentive scheme was announced as part of a wider shake-up of the healthcare system in England in the next parliament proposed by NHS bosses. 

Other measures include tax cuts for volunteers and ‘breaking down the boundaries’ between GPs and hospitals. 

The report also includes plans to recruit an army of volunteers to help feed elderly dementia patients in hospital or care for them at home.

These members of the public would then get 10 per cent off their annual council tax bill – as much as £200 depending on where they live.

It does not yet specify how much voluntary work would need to be done to be entitled to this benefit or the exact tasks entailed.  

‘If we don’t challenge the causes of illness then the NHS is at risk of becoming bankrupt.

‘While many people argue ‘surely it is down to the individual to take responsibility for their own weight and wellbeing’ – maybe in an ideal world.

‘But this is the real world and we need to face facts.’

The weight loss incentive scheme was announced as part of a wider shake-up of the healthcare system in England in the next parliament proposed by NHS bosses. 

Other measures include tax cuts for volunteers and ‘breaking down the boundaries’ between GPs and hospitals. 

The report also includes plans to recruit an army of volunteers to help feed elderly dementia patients in hospital or care for them at home.

These members of the public would then get 10 per cent off their annual council tax bill – as much as £200 depending on where they live.

It does not yet specify how much voluntary work would need to be done to be entitled to this benefit or the exact tasks entailed

   

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I Was Told To Lose Weight, And I Said ‘Thank You’

For the vast majority of my life, I thought very little about my weight. Amid insecurities about my pigeon-toed gait, room-dominating volume and geeky love for homework, my body type was a constant point of confidence throughout the notoriously-insecure preteen and teen years. Naturally small and with the metabolism only possible under the age of 30, I had the unique ability to eat virtually whatever I wanted (read: a LOT of carbs) without gaining much of anything.

But at some point during my sophomore year of college, I began feeling like I was carrying around a little extra weight — maybe 5 to 10 pounds, the exact amount unknown due to the fact that I had never owned a scale. I took up some yoga classes, cut back on the chocolate, and called it a day. It was on my way to one of these yoga classes that I ran into guy, a year older than me, who I considered to be a good friend. It was an unremarkable and unmemorable run-in — typical small talk including parting words that I would see him a few nights later, at a fraternity event I would be attending.

The fraternity event in question was one I was particularly proud to be invited to — a semi-exclusive dinner held for the best friends and girlfriends of the fraternity. I threw on one of my favorite dresses, spent an hour or so taming my wildly curly hair, and was looking forward to a night of the type of debauchery that (thankfully) only happens in college. And largely, that was exactly how the night proceeded.

It wasn’t until a few hours in, where our inhibitions were all a bit dissolved by cheap vodka and loud music, that the same guy friend asked me how many days I was attending yoga classes. Thinking it a harmless question, I told him two. To which he responded a string of words that, unfortunately, I think I will remember for the rest of my life:

“Do you think you could maybe make that a few more? I just know what you looked like freshman year — I mean, if you still looked like that you could have any guy you want. Coming from a friend, ya know.”

It stung as badly as the cheap vodka did, and made me feel even more likely to vomit. Stunned by the comment and not wanting to make a scene, I responded in a way that I still cannot believe: I nodded and agreed, and then I said thank you.

I thanked someone for telling me, in the least-subtle-way-possible, that I had gained weight. And that this weight gain had made me significantly less attractive. And that the reason I wasn’t already married to Channing Tatum was because I had let myself go over the past year. I thanked this douchebag, and then I retreated into a bathroom stall and cried. I cried the next morning, and standing in front of the mirror the next few days, and to this day whenever I tell the story. I cried because I live in a society where men think it’s okay to tell a girl these things, and that the girl would respond by thanking him.

I’m lucky that the bit of confidence I had left, a severe love of food, and a kick-ass group of girlfriends helped me avoid letting this incidence trigger an eating disorder, or worse. I didn’t instantly drop the extra weight, or start going to yoga classes more than twice a week, or suddenly throw up after all my meals. But, as much as I tried not to, I did let it affect the way I thought of myself, and the way I presented myself to others.

It’s enough to have to look at magazines, TV shows and movies portraying women that look nothing like 99 percent of us, but having real-life people tell us that we’re inadequate? At some point we’re going to start believing it, and that’s not true — we are not inadequate, we are human. And that’s okay.

For any other girl (or guy, for that matter) who’s been made to feel they’re inadequate, I hope this can serve as a reminder that you are not. You are beautiful. You are special. You are human. And you do not have to do exercise, or look a certain way, to be these things. And you certainly, should not thank anyone for making you feel differently.

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Some of the participants in the slimathon weight loss initiative at Temple Emanu-El in Edison are, from left, Brenda Zuckerman, Joan Ellen, Barbara Shapiro, Rheda Sulzman, Therese Jaffe, Laurel Stahl, and Bobbi Goodman.     

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A group of congregants from Temple Emanu-El in Edison are combining spiritual and physical health with a dash of competiveness, all while helping the surrounding community.

The participants are competing in a “ slimathon,” enlisting sponsors as they compete to lose weight. The proceeds will be used to fund the synagogue’s lifelong education programs and such social action efforts as its community garden and food bank, which feed the hungry, and mitzva projects to benefit schoolchildren and others.

As of Oct. 15, the 13 participants — 10 women and three men — have raised $2,350 toward a $35,000 goal. 

“We are a healthy spiritual congregation,” said event chair Bobbi Goodman. “However, we also want to be a healthy physical congregation and wish to be a fiscally healthy congregation.”

The initiative has been dubbed “From New Year to New Year — A New You.” It kicked off Oct. 7 at JFK Medical Center in Edison, where participants were weighed and a staff nutritionist spoke to them about healthy eating and dietary issues. 

The slimathon will end on Jan. 7 with a weigh-in at the hospital. Prizes will be awarded to the man and woman who loses the most weight. Goodman said the hospital will also award a grand prize.

She said the program was suggested as a twist on the many marathons, 5k runs, and other endurance fund-raisers. 

“We are helping ourselves while raising money,” Goodman said. “The hospital agreed to sponsor us and will keep all the records. We are all going to follow whatever diet suits us best and have agreed to support each other if need be, which I think is a really spiritual experience. Already there have been e-mails back and forth with ideas, suggestions, and accomplishments.”

Those interested can join at any time for an $18 fee by going to the synagogue’s website, edisontemple.org, where the amount raised to date by each participant and list of donors is posted. To made a pledge, go to 99pledges.com/fund/edisonsxWeightLoss.

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Should Selena Gomez Lose Weight? Kris Jenner Reportedly Thinks So!

Selena Gomez reportedly has a new manager, and it’s one of the most reputable “momagers” in the entertainment industry – Kris Jenner! Although the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star has a track record for success, things may be getting off to a bumpy start for her and the former Wizards of Waverly Place star, reports Hollywood Life.

For those who missed it, Selena recently opened up on the Ellen DeGeneres Show about her plans for her career. She revealed that she plans to focus on her acting career as opposed to directing all of her attention toward music. Of course, she has aspirations to perfect her craft, and her new manager has reportedly given her advice about how she should do so.

Apparently, Kris feels some type of way about the 22-year-old singer-actress’ weight because she reportedly told her it would be beneficial for her acting career if she dropped a few pounds.

An insider close to the Kardashian clan recently shared details about Kris’ rumored advice for Selena. According to the insider, weight loss isn’t all they’ve discussed. Plastic surgery has also been a topic of discussion.

“Kris wants Selena to harden up her body and get a Kate Hudson six-pack and has signed her up for Barry’s Bootcamp, which Kim [Kardashian West] does,” the insider reportedly told OK! magazine. “She’s [Kris] giving her tips and advice on everything from surgery to body hair Selena’s completely in awe. She’s really stepped into Selena’s departing mum’s shoes and is mentoring like she was her own daughter,” the insider said. [Kris] thinks Selena’s got a huge amount of talent and plans on making a ton of money out of managing her.”

The “Come Get It” singer is reportedly in awe of the 58-year-old Kardashian matriarch. However, only time will tell if Kris’ influence on Selena is as strong as the rumors suggest.

Do you think Selena Gomez needs to lose weight? Share your thoughts.

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