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Diet Doc Weight Loss Offers Individual Weight Loss Plans

Diet Doc Weight Loss announced that it now offers a new diet HCG plan that personalizes a weight loss program according to the individual. The weight loss program would depend on the person’s comprehensive health history questionnaire, gender, age, and lifestyle.

Diet Doc is a doctor supervised weight loss program that gives medically supervised weight loss to patients who have failed on other weight loss programs. Diet Doc addresses metabolic issues that are common within a few weeks into the diet plan because thyroid function decreases in an effort to keep the body from losing weight.

The simple HCG diet plan would provide the best weight loss diet for people who want to experience fast weight loss without experiencing fatigue or hunger. Diet Doc patients report that they don’t consume all the food required of tem as the diet uses the bodies burning fat into ketones as well as weight loss pills. Weight loss doctors and nurses are at hand to determine why they can’t lose weight in previous weight loss plans.

Diet Doc has been acknowledged as experts in the field of weight loss. The company said that celebrity weight loss or weight gain plans have no clinical studies to support their claims. They also have no doctors to certify whether the other weight loss plans are safe for the patients.

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Toward a Lower-Cesium Diet


A year after the nuclear accident in Fukushima caused a global scare about Japanese food safety, the country is trying to reassure the consuming public with stricter new standards on radiation contamination coming into effect this Sunday.


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Livestock from Fukushima prefecture last July, after high cesium levels were detected in the prefecture’s beef.

The new rules tighten the country’s already tight limits on permissible levels of radioactive cesium — the most common source of long-term contamination after last year’s accident — in everything from drinking water to milk and meat.

The limit for drinking water will fall to one-twentieth of what it had been. For most foods, the new level will be one-fifth the old limits. Japan’s new standards will also include a separate, lower level for food given to infants, who, researchers say, are the most vulnerable to the effects of radiation.

Figuring out how much radiation is safe in food is a murky process. Scientists measure the radioactive content by tracking how many times each second radioactive energy is released by the cesium inside the food, a unit called a becquerel. After that, health authorities decide how much radioactive exposure their populations will tolerate annually from food, and how much exposure they’ll likely get from other sources.

The acceptable level assesses the anticipated physical impact of radiation. There’s also a lot of wiggle room to adjust assumptions to account for how worried people seem to be about it. The authorities then figure out how much contaminated food would have to be eaten, every day, to reach that level.

Japan’s new permissible level for drinking water, 10 becquerels per kilogram, is lower than that for milk, at 50 becquerels per kilogram, since the government assumes people will drink more water than milk.

Japan’s health ministry says the new standards bring Japan in line with some of the strictest recommendations from international bodies. The U.S. and European Union each have their own standards that permit considerably higher levels of radioactive cesium than Japan does. Their rules vary widely – both in how food categories should be grouped and in levels of radiation permissible. U.S. food-safety restrictions wouldn’t go into effect, for instance, until 1,200 becquerels of radioactive cesium had been detected per kilogram. The EU’s standard for radiation in food in the case of future nuclear accidents has one limit for liquids — 1,000 becquerels per kilogram — and another for other kinds of foods — 1,250 becquerels per kilogram.

Scientists say all those limits are far below levels of contamination where they can see any evidence of an effect on health.

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Wellness programs can put state health plan costs on a diet

Wellness programs that encourage workers to stop smoking or lose weight are showing up in more health insurance plans, state health plans included.

But North Carolina’s State Health Plan took a different course this year. A comprehensive wellness plan introduced in 2009 was eliminated has been eliminated. Instead, the more than 664,000 teachers, state employees and retirees in North Carolina must pay more for their share of healthcare coverage.

G2G ConsultingChanges to the plan were implemented last year as the state looked for ways to cover a budget shortfall. Rising healthcare costs affect everybody but state governments face challenges that their private sector health plans do not. Mark Duggan, professor of business and public policy and health care management at the University of Pennsylvannia’s Wharton School of Business, said that private sector employers deal with rising costs by scaling back coverage or even eliminating it altogether. States don’t have that option.

But Duggan added that there are ways states can see a greater bang for their buck from wellness initiatives measured against private employers. Wellness programs reduce healthcare costs in the long run. Compared to the private sector, public employee turnover is low. That means that a state worker who gets healthy and stays healthy will save state healthcare costs over a longer period of time.

“These benefits are going to accrue, the longer the better,” he said.

If a new wellness program or other changes to the state health plan come, they they won’t originate with the legislature. Oversight of the state health plan shifted last year to the North Carolina Department of State Treasurer and a board of trustees. Treasurer Janet Cowell has been participating in meetings across the state to hear concerns state workers have about coverage. Cowell’s department also coordinated a symposium held at North Carolina State University last week that included representatives from seven states, each of them bringing a different perspective on how to address healthcare costs. Cowell spoke with MedCity News after the symposium.

Q. Are there any unique challenges for North Carolina’s state health plan?

A. Everybody thinks they’re unique. But frankly, there’s a lot of commonalities. The fact that these costs are hitting states more, because there are a lot more public employees, chronic illnesses, how do you get people healthy ’ to me, there are a lot more commonalities than differences.

Q. Are there ideas from other states that would work particularly well here?

A. I think the problems, the challenges are common. What sorts of solutions we have, you’ve got a board and a legislature and you’ve got budgets. Obviously we have a very non-effective wellness program. This plan is not structured well at all certainly with high co-pays, people are not going to the doctor, they’re avoiding getting preventative care because of the way the plan is structured. I would say we’re out of the market even more so than any of these plans and we’re further behind on that area. Which of those wellness initiatives would work best? I think we’ll work through all that as a board.

Q. What are the next steps in making changes to the state health plan?

A. We did a listening tour. We’ve done this policy forum. At our next board meeting, we are probably going to contract with Siegel, who is our benefits consultant and actuarial consultant to start facilitating a strategic plan for the board … There are a lot of states that are further down the road. One of the presenters said her presentation should be trying to keep up with Susan (Susan Rodriguez is deputy personnel administrator for the State of Rhode Island, which is seeing savings from its state worker wellness program). There’s a lot of things that we have not done here because it was run out of the legislature and you have 170 people and they were running in so many different directions. I think we’re further behind, especially on that wellness piece, than other plans.

Q. Was there anything presented that came as a surprise?

A. There’s a ton that’s new. You have the medical professionals on the board who obviously know a lot about health care and are probably more familiar with some of these concepts. But even getting familiar with the specifics of a state health plan and how that works and dealing with a public sector population, I think that’s very new to them … I don’t think the outcome of this was meant to say we’re going to start narrowing down the funnel. We’re still on the open part of the funnel. There are all these ideas. It will be interesting to hear at the next board meeting how they digested this, what their reactions were.

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Diet.com to Host Spring Fitness Challenge, Prepare Dieters for Summer Months Ahead

Diet.com’s new Fitness Challenge will use weekly guides like the one above to progress members through 8 weeks of increasingly challenging workouts to help them get in shape for summer.

The Spring Fitness Challenge will be hosted on Diet.com’s Blogs pages, where each week they’ll feature a new printable, trainer-designed workout routine.

Brookline, MA (PRWEB) March 29, 2012

Diet.com, one of the web’s leading resources for diet, fitness and nutrition content and tools, has announced that the site will host an 8-week Spring Fitness Challenge for its members starting this April. The Challenge, which will begin on Monday, April 2 and run through May 27, aims to motivate members to get into shape for summer.

Diet.com’s new Spring Fitness Challenge comes on the heels of the website’s annual New Year’s Weight Loss Challenge, which earlier this year drew over 500 participants from all over the world. The Spring Fitness Challenge will be hosted on Diet.com’s Blogs pages, where each week they’ll feature a new printable, trainer-designed workout routine. The workouts will increase in difficulty each week, progressing participants through a wide range of exercises to help them push themselves and set new goals.

According to Diet.com, participants will have the option to print their workout each week or to follow along with the workout in real-time using Diet.com’s Workout Builder tool, which allows users to combine video clips of different exercises into a custom-designed, full-length workout video.

Challenge participants will check in with their own Diet.com member blogs each week, reporting on how the week’s workout is going, noting any weight loss and sharing their own successes and struggles with the Challenge.

At the conclusions of the 8-week Challenge, a winner will be chosen randomly from those who complete the Challenge and submit a short narrative about their own Challenge experience. The final prize package will include a 1-year Diet.com Premium Membership, which grants access to the site’s brand new Diet Plan, including meal plans, exercise plans and access to personal consultations with a registered dietitian.

The Spring Fitness Challenge is open to all Diet.com site members. Create a free account here to participate in the Spring Fitness Challenge as well as gain access to Diet.com’s fitness and diet tools, including expert blogs, instructional fitness videos, healthy recipes and more.

Read the full rules about the Challenge here.

About Diet.com:    

Diet.com is a multifaceted health and wellness organization that provides quality information and cutting edge tools and services to consumers and businesses alike. Since its founding, Diet.com has been a valuable online resource for dieters and those seeking information on living a healthy lifestyle. As one of the web’s leading resources for diet, nutrition, and fitness content and tools, Diet.com has created a platform where consumers are able to set and track diet and fitness goals, browse over 1,000
healthy recipes, learn new exercises, and interact with others in the thriving Diet.com online community. The diethealth YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/diethealth) has a library of over 500 videos, over 116,000 subscribers, and has received upwards of 94 million views. For any inquiries, please contact Lauren Alford, Director of Business Development, at LaurenA@diet.com or 919-616-7532.


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Diet Plan For Fat Cat Moggies

ALWAYS on a diet, prone to catfights and with a name like Fifi Bottomley, you would be forgiven for thinking that this high-profile dieter made her name on The Only Way Is Essex.

In fact, Fifi, eight, is a morbidly obese moggy battling to lose the pounds in a competition run by an animal charity.

The Bradford-based cat weighs 9.3 kilogrammes – more than twice her ideal body weight – but has managed to cheat diet plans for years by stealing food from other cats and charming neighbours into feeding her.

She faces heavy competition from a roast dinner-loving Labrador from Tamworth, Staffordshire, who was too heavy to have an X-ray, a border collie from the Wirral whose excess pounds exacerbate his arthritis and a Wakefield rabbit named Samantha who weighs more than an average cat.

‘Carb Sensitivity Program': The dumbest diet book?

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It landed on the desk at Science-ish headquarters with a thud: the 482-page Carb Sensitivity Program by Natasha Turner, a naturopathic doctor who penned the bestseller, The Hormone Diet. The skeptic in Science-ish was aroused. And after an inner battle about whether the book deserved any ink—even of the digital sort—its promises to help readers “discover which carbs will curb your cravings, control your appetite and banish belly fat” called out for a debunking.

Now, this isn’t about picking on easy, pseudoscientific targets. The reason for the urgency is this: we too often hail new miracle diets without questioning the shaky (at best) evidence supporting them. Just look at the list of reputable news outlets that have already covered Turner’s work. If carbs truly were the enemy, Yoni Freedhoff, an evidence-based obesity-focused doc, rightly pointed out, “When one in seven Americans was on the Atkins diet in the early 2000s, we would have seen the obesity epidemic go away.”

But let’s examine some of the claims Turner makes in the book. First, she begins with irresistible questions readers will no doubt identify with: Do you have a sweet tooth? Do you get sleepy or mental fogginess after meals? Do you feel bloated, especially after meals? Do you have a very large appetite or an obsession with food? According to Turner, this means you’re probably “carb sensitive.” According to Science-ish, this means you are probably human.

Still, Turner has the answer. A “carb rehab program” that will “repair your metabolism” so you become “symptom free” and “lose belly fat.” For beginners, there is no evidence whatsoever to support the notion that targeted fat loss is possible. (Check out Tim Caulfield’s book The Cure for Everything!) So any time you see a magazine or book promising to help you “bust the belly fat,” chuck it. It’s a bold-faced lie.

Turner also suggests a “supplement regime to aid detoxification.” The detox concept should sound alarm bells in any thinking person’s mind. There is reams of evidence-based literature on why the notion of a detox is bunk. But this group of scientists did a good job of summing it up: “‘Detox’ has no meaning outside of the clinical treatment for drug addiction or poisoning.” People are not full of toxins that can be expunged from their systems by systematically eliminating one food group—though it’s an appealing concept. The body can deal with the everyday chemicals it encounters and it certainly doesn’t need the Clear Detox hormonal health pack—supplements from Turner’s own wellness boutique—that she prescribes in the book.

Unscrupulous peddling aside, people who follow the diet in the book may indeed lose weight. But, “carb-sensitive” or not, anyone who consumed what Turner is suggesting for a typical day—one fruit smoothie in the morning, a “carb sensitivity shake” as a snack, “immunity-boosting Ginger Chicken” for lunch, and cauliflower and kale soup with turkey breast for dinner—would shed a few pounds.

Like the followers of many fad diets, Turner’s readers may attribute weight loss to her design. Just keep in mind what Caulfield told Science-ish: “These fad diets cause you to pay attention to what you’re eating for a specific amount of time, which forces you to concentrate on your food, and the result is weight loss. You attribute this weight loss to a magical return on your investment in the book. It’s not. (You lost weight) because you paid attention to what you’re eating.”

Now, Science-ish has shown before that comparative studies have found that just about every diet works to the same degree when it comes to losing weight. (See this trial and this one for more good evidence of that.) If it were as simple as following a fad diet, like the one Turner is selling, we’d all be thin. But, as this recent survey found, women have tried over 60 diets by the age of 45 in an effort to keep trim. We’re still overweight.

This should not be depressing news, however. It’s freeing. We can stop putting money on diet books and lining the pockets of deceitful peddlers of pseudoscience, and get on with life.

Science-ish is a joint project of Maclean’s, The Medical Post, and the McMaster Health Forum. Julia Belluz is the associate editor at The Medical Post. Got a tip? Seen something that’s Science-ish? Message her at julia.belluz@medicalpost.rogers.com or on Twitter @juliaoftoronto

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