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    2500 mg potassium supplement per day improves heart function

    This new study found that giving 2500 mg of potassium per day per day for one month in the form of either potassium chloride or potassium bicarbonate had numerous benefits on the heart including "significantly improved endothelial function","increased large elastic artery compliance", "reduced [ left ventricular ] mass", "improved [ left ventricular ] diastolic function".
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    By Larry Hobbs on Wed, Mar 03, 2010 11:18 am | [17] comments

    Diet Pills: 21 years of experience

    A woman shares her 21 years of experience with diet pills.

    Debra Burnett, a mother of three from Chelan, Washington has taken diet pills for 21 years. "I'm 5' 1" tall and started out weighing about 140 lbs," Debra recalls.
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    By Larry Hobbs on Tue, Nov 18, 2003 5:10 am | [1] comments

    People lost the same amount of weight (13.9 lbs) with 15% protein as 25% protein

    People assigned to eat diets with a different composition of protein (15% vs 25%), fat (20% vs 40%) and carbohydrates (35% to 65%), but the same number of calories, lost the same amount of weight and same amount of fat according to a recent study from researchers at Harvard University. The average weight loss was 13.9 lbs after six months which was similar in all the diet groups, with 9.2 lbs coming from body fat, and 4.6 lbs coming from lean body mass (muscle) "with no differences between 25% and 15% protein, 40% and 20% fat, or 65% and 35% carbohydrate."
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    By Larry Hobbs on Tue, May 01, 2012 12:14 pm | [1] comments

    Losing 11 pounds would result in 27-34% fewer cardiovascular events over the next 20 years

    "A simple strategy such as losing [11 pounds] in 5 months has the potential to result in 27% to 34% fewer cardiovascular-related hospital admissions and deaths over the next 20 years," according to a report titled Australia's future fat bomb that was written by researchers at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Research Institute in Melbourne, Australia.
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    By Larry Hobbs on Mon, Jun 23, 2008 8:01 am | [1] comments

    Zonegran reduces sweet cravings, causes weight loss, says Dr. Jay Piatek

    Dr. Andrew (Jay) Piatek says that Zonegran (zonisamide) may be the new and improved Topamax (topiramate), causing weight loss, but with fewer side effects. Here is information that he gives his patients about Zonegran (zonisamide). Corrections as of July 19, 2004 are shown in blue.
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    By Larry Hobbs on Mon, Jul 19, 2004 4:03 pm | [44] comments

    How to Lose Weight with Phentermine, 5-HTP, exercise and motivational techniques: Dr. Jay Piatek

    Dr. Jay Piatek explains how he uses phentermine and 5-HTP plus exercise and some unique motivational techniques to help both adults and children achieve long-term weight loss.
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    By Larry Hobbs on Fri, Nov 21, 2003 6:00 am | [6] comments

    Fructose increases belly fat, whereas glucose increases subcutaneous fat notes Kimber Stanhope, PhD

    Fructose and glucose cause the same amount of weight gain and same amount of fat gain, however, fructose increases belly fat whereas glucose increases subcutaneous fat (fat under the skin) notes Kimber Stanhope, PhD, a researcher from the University of California at Davis, who has done studies comparing the effects of consuming glucose vs fructose, who was interviewed on ReachMD.com.
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    By Larry Hobbs on Wed, Apr 11, 2012 3:49 pm | [1] comments

    Non-caloric taste-enhancing crystals sprinkled on food caused weight loss of 33.6 lbs in six months

    Sprinkling non-caloric taste-enhancing crystals on food cause men to lose an average of 34.8 pounds, or 16 percent of their body weight in six months, while women lost an average of 29.9 pounds, or 14.4 percent of their body weight versus a weight loss of 2 pounds for the control group according to a study by the always interesting Alan Hirsch, MD at his Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

    “The Tastants may have induced weight loss by enhancing the taste of the food, thereby accelerating the onset of sensory-specific satiety, causing participants to feel full faster and eat less,” Dr. Hirsch noted.

    These crystals are being sold under the name of SENSA costing $210 for a 6 month supply.

    (Update: Oct 26, 2010. I attached a couple of YouTube videos about Sensa to this story. The first one is from NBC Dateline. The second is of a woman who tried and and did not lose any weight.)
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    By Larry Hobbs on Fri, Jun 27, 2008 7:14 am | [10] comments

    Calcium supplements increase the risk of heart attack by 24% according to data from 9 studies

    Calcium supplements increase the risk of heart attack by 24% according to a meta-analysis of 8 studies that gave calcium or calcium plus vitamin D, plus data from a ninth study only of the women were were not taking calcium supplements at the start of the study.


    However, the total risk of death during the durations of these studies was only 1% greater in those taking a calcium supplements, and this difference was not statistically significant, that is, it could have been due to random chance.


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    By Larry Hobbs on Fri, Feb 03, 2012 11:08 am | [4] comments

    Childhood overweight and obesity defined by BMI

    In 2000, BMI Cut off points for overweight and obesity for children aged 2- to 18-years-old have been defined for the first time. These cutoff points are linked to the adult BMI's of 25 and 30.
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    By Larry Hobbs on Thu, Nov 04, 2004 6:15 am | [1] comments

    Qnexa side effects (phentermine plus Topamax): 20% paresthesia, 18% dry mouth, 15% altered taste

    The most common side effects reported by patients given a half-dose of Qnexa (7.5 mg of phentermine plus 46 mg of Topamax) or a full-dose of Qnexa (15 mg of phentermine plus 92 mg of Topamax) were:
    • 15-20% reported paresthesia (a feeling of "pins and needles" on the skin) versus 3% in the placebo group

    • 12-18% reported dry mouth versus 0% in the placebo group

    • 8-15% reported altered taste versus 0% in the placebo group

    • 6-11% reported constipation versus 6 percent in the placebo group

    • 0.9-1.9% reported depression and altered mood versus 1.8 percent in the placebo group

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    By Larry Hobbs on Fri, Dec 12, 2008 7:01 am | [19] comments

    African Mango seed extract IGOB131 causes weight loss of 28 lbs in 2.5 months? I don’t believe it.

    A new study claims that a West African Mango seed extract called IGOB131 caused a weight loss of 28 lbs in 2.5 months without diet and exercise versus a weight loss of 1.5 pounds in the placebo group.

    I don't believe it.

    In the video, I show you exactly why I don't believe the study.
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    By Larry Hobbs on Thu, Apr 09, 2009 4:27 pm | [3] comments

    Stress increases diet-induced abdominal obesity

    "Stress exaggerates diet-induced obesity" which increases belly fat according to a study by researchers from Georgetown University Medical Center.

    Animals who were under daily stress and fed a high-fat, high-sugar diet gained about twice as much belly fat as mice who were fed the same diet but were not under stress. Giving a drug which blocked neuropeptide Y2R receptors which are involved in this process reduced abdominal fat by 40 to 50 percent.
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    By Larry Hobbs on Tue, Sep 28, 2010 7:11 am | [1] comments

    Glutamine is a fabulous for blocking sugar cravings according to Joan Mathews Larson, PhD

    "Glutamine... is a fabulous amino acid when it comes to blocking sugar cravings," notes Joan Mathews Larson, PhD, author of "Depression-Free Naturally".

    "I call it 'God's gift to Hypoglycemics' because in emergencies it can be absorbed directly into the blood stream, bypassing your intestinal
    tract."

    "Relief from cravings comes swiftly by opening a capsule and dissolving it in your mouth under your tongue (it tastes mildly sweet.)

    "Inside your brain, glutamine converts to glutamic acid, the only other source of glucose available to the brain.

    "So it becomes a great alternative source of brain fuel that will stop cravings set off by glucose levels that are dropping too low.

    "(Alcoholics using glutamine this way can and do successfully stop cravings for alcohol, which speaks loudly to these cravings having a hypoglycemic basis.)"
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    Somotrim Weight Loss Capsules contain Meridia (sibutramine) according to the U.S. FDA

    "The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting consumers nationwide not to purchase or consume [Somotrim Weight Loss Caps] marketed for weight loss because they contain [the prescription diet drug Meridia (sibutramine), an] undeclared, active pharmaceutical ingredients that may put consumers’ health at risk," according to a press release from the FDA.
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    By Larry Hobbs on Tue, Dec 23, 2008 3:18 pm | [1] comments

    How I use Topamax for weight loss by Robert Skversky, MD

    “In my experience I believe Topamax is a great adjunct for weight-loss especially when combined with anorectic agents [ such as phentermine ]," says Robert Skversky, MD, a weight loss doctor from Newport Beach, California.
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    By Larry Hobbs on Tue, Jul 20, 2010 11:58 am | [9] comments

    Eating less to lose weight simply doesn’t work for more than a few months notes Gary Taubes

    "No wonder obesity is so rarely cured. Eating less -- that is, undereating -- simply doesn't work for more than a few months, if that," writes Gary Taubes in Chapter Two of his excellent book Why We Get Fat and What To Do About It.

    "This reality, however, hasn't stopped the authorities from recommending the approach..."
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    By Larry Hobbs on Tue, Oct 25, 2011 10:12 am | [2] comments

    Vitamin C (1000 mg per day) reduced C-reactive protein by 25%, as much as statins

    Vitamin C at a dose of 1000 mg per day reduced C-reactive protein by 25 percent in people with levels above 1.0 mg per deciliter.

    This was as much as occurs with statin drugs used to lower cholesterol levels.

    Three-fourth of obese people (75 percent) had levels of C-reactive protein at or above 1.0 mg per deciliter.

    "In summary, treatment with vitamin C but not vitamin E significantly reduced CRP among individuals with CRP >/=1.0 mg/L," the researchers concluded.

    C-reactive protein is produced by the liver and by fat cells. Elevated levels of C-reactive protein are associated with an increased risk of heart attack and are a marker for inflammation in the body. Levels are elevated in obesity people because, as one researcher said, obesity is a chronic inflammatory state.
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    By Larry Hobbs on Fri, Oct 31, 2008 2:48 pm | [6] comments

    Zyprexa (olanzapine) causes significant weight gain in 40 percent of patients

    Zyprexa (olanzapine) causes a 7 percent weight gain or more in 40 percent of patients according to a new review paper about drugs that cause weight gain.
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    By Larry Hobbs on Fri, Nov 11, 2005 5:13 am | [1] comments

    People ate nearly 300 calories more when only allowed to sleep 4 hours vs 9 hours per night

    People consumed 296 more calories when they were only allowed to sleep 4 hours per night compared to when they were allowed to sleep their normal 7-9 hours according to a study from researchers at Columbia University in New York.

    On the fifth day of being allowed only four hours of sleep, they consumed an average of 2813 calories versus 2517 calories when they were allowed their normal amount of sleep.
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    By Larry Hobbs on Fri, Aug 05, 2011 9:09 am | [1] comments

    Zonegran (zonisamide) helps bipolar disease and causes weight loss of 19.8 lbs after one year

    Zonegran (zonisamide) improves depression and mania in people with bipolar disease (manic-depression) and causes an average weight loss of 19.8 pounds after one year according to a new study.
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    By Larry Hobbs on Tue, Jun 28, 2005 4:41 am | [4] comments

    A 12-14 hour mini-fast each day combined with exercise causes 16.3 lbs fat loss in 3 months

    People lost an average of 16.3 pounds of fat in three months when they were asked to fast 12-14 hours per day and then perform prolonged, moderate-intensity aerobic exercise at least 3-5 times per week during this period of fasting each day.

    This according to a study by Babak Bahadori, MD from Austria, author of the book "Dr. Bahadori´s Leanness Program" (which does not seem to be available at this time), and people from the Oasis of Hope Hospital in Tijuana, Mexico.

    The idea behind this is that exercising while fasting forces your body to burn fat.
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    By Larry Hobbs on Fri, Aug 05, 2011 10:58 am | [6] comments

    Type II Diabetes Isn’t A Disease By Dr. Malcolm Kendrick

    That’s because it’s merely a blood sugar measurement. A sign. An effect. Not a disease, or a cause. We have become mesmerized by blood sugar levels — we fight to get them down — we are happy when the level is lowered. Doctors claim when the blood sugar level falls below an arbitrary figure that the Type II Diabetes has been treated, even cured. But what exactly have we cured?

    (This article was written by Malcolm Kendrick, MD, author of the wonderful, eye-opening, paradigm-shifting book The Great Cholesterol Con: The Truth About What Really Causes Heart Disease and How to Avoid It .)
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    By Larry Hobbs on Tue, Jan 26, 2010 1:14 pm | [9] comments

    Nicotine plus caffeine raises metabolism nearly 10 percent

    Chewing gum containing nicotine and caffeine increases metabolism nearly 10 percent according to a recent study.
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    By Larry Hobbs on Wed, Oct 27, 2010 7:31 am | [2] comments

    Robert Skversky, MD on Dr. Oz talking about Phentermine plus Topamax for weight loss, Part 5

    Robert Skversky, MD from Newport Beach, California was on the Dr. Oz television show on Thursday, March 17th, 2011 talking about Phentermine plus Topamax for weight loss.
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    By Larry Hobbs on Mon, Apr 04, 2011 3:44 pm | [2] comments

    Alpha lipoic acid causes “profound weight loss” in rodents

    The nutritional supplement alpha-lipoic acid "causes profound weight loss in rodents by reducing food intake and enhancing energy expenditure," according to a recent study.
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    By Larry Hobbs on Mon, Aug 16, 2010 10:18 am | [23] comments

    Does HCG cause weight loss? I asked my good friend Eddie Ford, MD

    I just got off the phone with my good friend, 75-year-old Eddie Ford, MD, and asked him about his experience with giving patients HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) 20 and 30 years ago. He's very open-minded and the smartest person I've ever met.

    I asked him if he ever used it for weight loss. He said, "No."
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    By Larry Hobbs on Mon, Sep 15, 2008 12:06 pm | [1] comments

    Neurontin (gabapentin) can cause weight gain

    The anti-convulsant Neurontin (gabapentin) can cause weight gain according to a 1997 study.
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    By Larry Hobbs on Thu, Mar 18, 2004 1:55 pm | [38] comments

    Man loses 50 lbs, going from 330 lbs to 280 lbs, while on Byetta (exenatide)

    Here is a interesting story of a man who lost 50 pounds, going from 330 pounds to 280 pounds, while on Byetta (exenatide), an injectable drug for type 2 diabetes.
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    By Larry Hobbs on Wed, Jan 09, 2008 12:55 pm | [4] comments

    37-year-old woman loses 25 pounds of fat taking 10 grams of arginine per day

    Studies have shown that arginine reduces body fat in growing rats.

    Here is the first piece of anecdotal evidence showing that this is probably true in humans as well.

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    By Larry Hobbs on Sat, Mar 14, 2009 11:32 am | [59] comments

    Breast cancer 20% more common in women with type 2 diabetes

    Women with type 2 diabetes are at a 20 percent greater risk of breast cancer than women without type 2 diabetes according to an analysis by researchers from Sweden.
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    By Larry Hobbs on Mon, Sep 10, 2007 11:50 am | [2] comments

    Celexa (citalorpam) causes woman to gain 100 lbs in less than a year

    "Thanks to Celexa, I gained 100 lbs in less than 11 months," noted a woman named Lynn.
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    By Larry Hobbs on Thu, Oct 07, 2010 2:12 pm | [2] comments

    Contrave dose of 400 mg Wellbutrin plus 32 mg naltrexone causes maximum weight loss

    Contrave, a drug combination of Wellbutrin (bupropion) and naltrexone, causes the most weight loss with doses of 400 mg of Wellbutrin (bupropion) plus 32 mg of immediate-release naltrexone according to a press release from Orexigen Therapeutics, the company developing this drug combination.
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    By Larry Hobbs on Mon, Oct 22, 2007 6:35 am | [4] comments

    Phentermine-Effexor: Is it effective? An interview with Dr. Paul Rivas

    Paul Rivas, M.D. is an internist in the Baltimore area who is using the combination of phentermine and Effexor (venlafaxine) with good success. Larry Hobbs interviewed Dr. Rivas by phone.
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    By Larry Hobbs on Sat, Jan 08, 2005 5:15 am | [13] comments

    Shift work, sleep deprivation and exposure to bright light at night increase fatness

    "The amount of sleep has declined by 1.5 hours over the past century, accompanied by an important increase in obesity," notes a recent paper.

    "Shift work, sleep deprivation and exposure to bright light at night increase the prevalence of adiposity," they continue.
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    By Larry Hobbs on Fri, Dec 10, 2010 6:25 am | [1] comments

    HCG causes fat loss, not weight loss according to HCG organization

    Two weeks ago I wrote that HCG, human chorionic gonadotropin, does not cause weight loss. I received the following response to my article from Dr. Daniel Belluscio from Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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    By Larry Hobbs on Mon, Aug 23, 2004 10:09 am | [76] comments

    Calcium: High-calcium breakfast reduces intake by 321 calories per day

    People ate an average of 321 fewer calories for the entire day after consuming the high dairy calcium, high vitamin D breakfast compared to when the ate the low calcium, low vitamin D breakfast -- 1706 calories per day versus 2027.
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    By Larry Hobbs on Fri, Nov 05, 2010 7:34 am | [5] comments

    Obesegens: How BPA found in some plastics can make you fat from the Dr. Oz Show

    Stephen Perrine, Editor-at-Large of Men's Health magazine and author of the book, The New American Diet describes in this video clip how BPA found in some plastics can make us fat.

    This video clip is from the Dr. Oz Show on Sept 22, 2010.
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    By Larry Hobbs on Fri, Oct 08, 2010 12:40 pm | [2] comments

    Dopamine agonists such as Mirapex (pramipexole) can cause compulsive eating and weight gain

    Dopamine agonists, that is drugs that stimulate dopamine receptors, such as Mirapex (pramipexole), can cause compulsive eating and weight gain according to a new paper from researchers at Colum
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    By Larry Hobbs on Wed, Nov 02, 2005 6:12 am | [14] comments

    Milk-only diet causes weight loss of 20.7 lbs in 4 months vs 3.7 lbs with conventional diet

    Patients who were told to follow a diet consisting of drinking milk only or milk plus one designated food daily lost 4 to 6 times as much -- 17-19 lbs more -- as those who were prescribed a conventional diet of 800 calories per day.

    The average weight loss for all patients including those who dropped out of the study at some point was
    • 20.7 pounds for those on the milk-only diet which contained roughly 800 calories per day, the same as the conventional diet

    • 15.4 pounds for those on the milk-plus-one-food diet which contained roughly 1340 calories per day

    • 3.7 pounds for those assigned to a conventional diet of roughly 800 calories per day.



    The average weight loss for only patients who completed the four-month study was:
    • 24.6 pounds for those on the milk-only diet

    • 18.0 pounds for those on the milk-plus-one-food diet

    • 5.7 pounds for those assigned to a conventional diet.

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    By Larry Hobbs on Tue, Oct 19, 2010 10:47 am | [2] comments

    Exercise does not increase food intake

    Most exercise studies that have measured food intake have found that exercise does not increase appetite.

    Nineteen ( 19 ) percent of exercise studies that have measured food intake have found an increase in appetite, 64 percent found no effect and 16 percent found a reduction in appetite according to recent review paper.

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    By Larry Hobbs on Tue, Oct 19, 2010 9:05 am | [2] comments

    Ambien (zolpidem) can cause sleep eating

    Ambien (zolpidem), the most commonly prescribed sleep medication, can cause sleep eating and large amounts of weight gain according to a report on the CBS television show, "The Early Show". This has also been previously reported in the medical literature. It seems to occur mostly in people with sleep disorders such as restless leg syndrome, obstructive sleep apnea or sleep walking and previous episodes of nightly eating according to a report from the Mayo Clinic.
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    By Larry Hobbs on Wed, Mar 15, 2006 1:18 am | [3] comments

    Tea drinkers have 20 percent less body fat according to Taiwan study

    Tea drinkers have less body fat and a smaller waist-to-hip ratio than non-tea drinkers according to a study from Taiwan. People who have been drinking tea at least once a week or more were found to have 19.6 percent less body fat than non-tea drinkers and have a 2.1 percent lower waist-to-hip ratio than non-tea drinkers.
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    By Larry Hobbs on Thu, Oct 07, 2010 10:00 am | [3] comments

    Celexa (citalorpam) can cause significant weight gain

    The antidepressant Celexa (citalorpam) can cause significant weight gain according to according to a new review paper about drugs that cause weight gain.
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    By Larry Hobbs on Thu, Nov 17, 2005 8:25 am | [33] comments

    Schizophrenia, depression, etc: 1 gram of niacin plus 1 gram of vitamin C three times per day

    Several people taking drugs for schizophrenia, such as Zyprexa (olanzapine) or Seroquel (quetiapine), have complained how much weight they have gained taking these drugs. Someone called yesterday and said he had gained 80 pounds taking Seroquel (quetiapine), and asked if I had heard of any other medicines that did not cause weight gain. Yes, maybe there is.
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    By Larry Hobbs on Tue, Sep 28, 2004 7:05 am | [8] comments

    Dieters drinking 16 oz of water prior to each meal increase weight loss by 4.4 lbs in 3 months

    "Our results indicate that when combined with a hypocaloric diet, consuming 500 ml [ approximately 16 fl oz] of water prior to each of the three main daily meals (1.5 [ liters per day ]) leads to [ approximately 4.4 lbs ] greater weight loss over 12 weeks [ 3 months ] as compared to a hypocaloric diet alone, among middle-aged and older adults," the authors of new study conclude.
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    By Larry Hobbs on Mon, Feb 22, 2010 11:26 am | [2] comments

    Qnexa: Phentermine-Topriamate drug combo causes half of patients to lose an average of 25 pounds

    A drug called Qnexa, which is really just a combination of phentermine and Topamax (topiramate), caused half of the patients to lose an average of 25.1 pounds after six months compared to 4.8 pounds for those given a placebo.
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    By Larry Hobbs on Fri, May 12, 2006 7:33 am | [11] comments

    One patient given phentermine plus 5-HTP plus carbidopa lost 24% in 6 months

    On patient given phentermine plus 5-HTP plus carbidopa lost 24.4 percent of body weight in six months, while patients who had successfully maintained an average weight loss of 12 percent for 4-11 years on phentermine alone gained 6 percent when 5-HTP plus carbidopa was added.
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    By Larry Hobbs on Wed, Apr 29, 2009 3:35 pm | [4] comments

    Obesity trends in the U.S. - 1985 to 2008

    "In 1990, among states participating in the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, ten states had a prevalence of obesity less than 10% and no states had prevalence equal to or greater than 15%," according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    "By 1999, no state had prevalence less than 10%, eighteen states had a prevalence of obesity between 20-24%, and no state had prevalence equal to or greater than 25%."

    "In 2008, only one state (Colorado) had a prevalence of obesity less than 20%. Thirty-two states had a prevalence equal to or greater than 25%; six of these states (Alabama, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia ) had a prevalence of obesity equal to or greater than 30%."
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    By Larry Hobbs on Tue, Mar 09, 2010 8:47 am | [1] comments

    Phentermine-Tenuate combined with No-Dinner Diet: An interview with Dr. Gary Albertson

    "No eating after 2 pm," says Gary R. Albertson, D.O. of Monahans, Texas when asked about his No-Dinner diet. As far as diet drugs Albertson's says "I only use three diet medications--phentermine, diethylpropion and phendimetrazine."
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    By Larry Hobbs on Tue, Apr 06, 2004 7:35 am | [17] comments

    Obese men only half as likely to get a college education

    Men who are obese at the age of 18 are 52 percent less likely to get a college education than normal weight men according to a study from Sweden.
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    By Larry Hobbs on Fri, Sep 22, 2006 2:21 am | [1] comments

    Splenda (sucralose) causes weight gain in animals both during and after treatment

    Rats given Splenda (sucralose) gained more weight than rats not given Splenda (sucralose) according to a recent study from Duke University.

    They not only gained more weight -- 9-12 percent more weight -- during the three months they were given Splenda (sucralose), they also gained more weight after they were stopped given Splenda (sucralose) -- 17-21 percent more. Yikes!

    This same study found that Splenda (sucralose) also reduces good bacteria in the gut.

    My Advice: Avoid Splenda!

    My advice is -- Avoid Splenda (sucralose)! It causes weight gain during and after use. It decreases good gut bacteria which may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer and irritable bowel syndrome. It looks to me like by consuming it, you have nothing to gain and everything to lose. Sounds like something I want to avoid like the plague.
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    By Larry Hobbs on Tue, Nov 04, 2008 12:29 pm | [11] comments

    The U.S. should have ‘Medicare for All’ says Dr. David Scheiner

    David Scheiner, MD, who took care of Barack Obama for 22 years, from 1987 until he became President of the U.S. in January 2009, thinks the U.S. should have National Health Insurance, or "Medicare for All" as he calls it.

    "We spend $400 billion a year just handling the administrative cost of health care," Dr. Scheiner notes. "That would cover the 50 million [in the U.S.] who are uncovered."
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    By Larry Hobbs on Sun, Aug 23, 2009 4:01 pm | [3] comments

    Antipsychotic drug weight gain: Clozapine: 95 lbs in a year-and-two-months

    There is a case report of a person who gained 95 pounds in a year-and-two-months when put on the antipsychotic drug Clozaril (clozapine).
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    By Larry Hobbs on Mon, Jun 21, 2004 6:20 am | [1] comments

    Arginine reduces weight gain in growing rats by 40-60%

    Arginine reduces weight gain by 40 percent in rats on a high-fat diet, and by 60 percent in rats fed a low-fat diet according a new study published in the Feb 2009 issue of the Journal of Nutrition.
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    By Larry Hobbs on Wed, Feb 25, 2009 9:45 pm | [4] comments

    Fen-Phen Heart Valve Damge: “A huge number” of false claims

    "A huge number" of people asking to share in the $3.75 billion trust fund for people who took fen-phen may not have suffered heart valve damage according to an attorney for the trust.
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    By Larry Hobbs on Sun, Sep 28, 2003 11:37 am | [6] comments

    Whole body vibration lowered body weight of rats by 6.8% without any change in food intake

    Female rats that were given whole body vibration 30 minutes per day, 5 days per week for three months, weighed 6.8 percent less than other rats according to a new study from Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon, USA.
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    By Larry Hobbs on Mon, Sep 15, 2008 2:09 pm | [5] comments

    Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) changes fat burning during sleep—You’ve got to be kidding me!

    People given a supplement of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) burned slightly more fat and less protein during sleep than people given a supplement of safflower oil according to a study from researchers at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin, USA.
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    By Larry Hobbs on Fri, Sep 14, 2007 9:21 am | [9] comments

    Zyprexa: Switching to orally disintegrating Zyprexa Zydis tablets causes weight loss of 14.5 lbs

    Patients who switched from conventional Zyprexa (olanzapine) tablets to orally disintegrating Zyprexa Zydis (olanzapine) tablets lost an average of 14.5 lbs in four months compared to a weight gain of 8.1 pounds for patients who continued taking the conventional Zyprexa (olanzapine) tablets. This is difference of 20.5 pounds.
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    By Larry Hobbs on Mon, Aug 30, 2004 2:46 am | [7] comments

    Predicted weight loss: 176 lbs man reducing calorie intake by 500 calories per day is 47 lbs

    The predicted weight loss for a 40-year-old, 176 pound sedentary man who does not change his physical activity, but reduces his calorie intake is as follows according to a new model by Kevin D. Hall and Peter N. Jordan from the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, USA:
    • 100 calories per day is roughly 10 lbs

    • 200 calories per day is roughly 20 lbs

    • 300 calories per day is roughly 30 lbs

    • 400 calories per day is roughly 39 lbs

    • 500 calories per day is roughly 47 lbs

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