Thursday, June 26, 2008

A New Sweetener for Weight Loss, Weight Management, and Diabetes

Diet is an important part of any weight loss or weight management program. This is true for non-surgical and surgical programs. Therefore, any supplement, especially a sugar supplement, can be of help to a person trying to adhere to a diet.

In a resent press release, Supervision Entertainment Inc (SVET-O), based in Edmonton, Canada, indicated that it had signed an agreement with one of the largest sugar companies to evaluate SVET-O's FDA approved sweetener.

We contacted Supervision about the sweetener. The company told us that they could not comment on the sweetener at this time, because the company is currently "under a non disclosure agreement." However, the company did tell us that it would contact us with information about the sweetener in the future.

Because we don't have detailed test results associated with the product, we can only speculate about its usefulness. However, we believe this sweetener could improve a person's ability to adhere to a weight loss or weight management diet. And the sweetener could be a godsend for those with diabetes.

The press review reported that the sweetener tastes and looks like honey. The sweetener is made from products such as corn and wheat. And since the sweetener is not digested by the body, the sweetener does not enter the blood stream.

Thus, ingesting the sweetener does not cause a glucose increase. Hence, the sweetener does not have the negative effect on people with diabetes that many sweeteners do.

This sweetener deserves the investigation of those interested in weight loss and weight maintenance. And the sweetener may be of great significance to those suffering from diabetes. Thus, bariatric or weight loss centers should investigate this sweetener.
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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Breathing Air with a Lower Concentration of Oxygen Than Normal Could Lead to Weight Loss

No doubt you have heard people say that they have trouble maintaining a healthy body weight because their body metabolism is very low. These people are referring to the basal metabolic rate (BMR) or "the amount of calories [a person's] body burns at rest when maintaining normal body functions."

Well an article written by the Mayo Clinic staff argues that low metabolism is usually not the cause of an individual's overweight problem. Rather, it's a case where the overweight individual is not burning enough calories to offset the caloric intake.

Still, there may be cases where an increased metabolic rate plays a role in weight loss. Hypoxic air, or air with a lower concentration of oxygen than normal, can raise the BMR. Research done at St. John's Memorial University in Canada showed that breathing hypoxic air not only raised the BMR in test subjects, but breathing the air caused the test subjects' bodies to burn fat rather than carbohydrates.

Now while the researchers at Memorial University point out that breathing hypoxic air may be a concern for some persons, the researchers also believe that continued hypoxic-air research could lead to new approaches to weight loss.

Bariatric or weight loss centers should monitor this study. In the future, hypoxic-air treatment for weight loss and weight maintenance may be a service worth offering.
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