Monday, July 18, 2011

Acute liver failure caused by 'fat burners' and dietary supplements

Globally, people are struggling with obesity. Many effective, nonconventional methods of weight reduction, such as herbal and natural dietary supplements, are increasingly being sought. Fat burners are believed to raise metabolism, burn more calories and hasten fat loss. Despite patient perceptions that herbal remedies are free of adverse effects, some supplements are associated with severe hepatotoxicity. The present report describes a young healthy woman who presented with fulminant hepatic failure requiring emergent liver transplantation caused by a dietary supplement and fat burner containing usnic acid, green tea and guggul tree extracts. Thorough investigation, including histopathological examination, revealed no other cause of hepatotoxicity. The present case adds to the increasing number of reports of hepatotoxicity associated with dietary supplements containing usnic acid, and highlights that herbal extracts from green tea or guggul tree may not be free of adverse effects. Until these products are more closely regulated and their advertising better scrutinized, physicians and patients should become more familiar with herbal products that are commonly used as weight loss supplements and recognize those that are potentially harmful.
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Sunday, July 6, 2008

What is Lipozene?

Lipozene® is a 100% natural product to reduce body fat and lose weight with no side effects.Lipozene® contains Glucomannan, a 100% natural fiber from the Konjac Root.
Lipozene® works by creating a dietary fiber matrix or "sponge" that makes you feel satisfied and supressing hunger.

How much weight can be lost with Lipozene?
Weight loss varies depending on each individual, but Lipozene® guarantees you will lose weight and body fat. This promise is covered by a money back guarantee.


It is safe to take Lipozene® up to 2 capsules, 3 times a day before each meal, for a total daily maximum dosage of 6 capsules. Based on clinical studies, recommended dosage for optimum results is daily maximum dosage of 6 capsules per day. One capsule with an 8 oz glass of water before each meal is the dosage recommended for people who need to lose a few pounds. However, for people who wish to lose more weight in less time – 2 capsules can be taken at one time, 30 minutes before each meal.

The recommended dosage on the label is intended for people who want to lose the most amount of weight in the shortest amount of time! Make sure to drink plenty of water and take your Lipozene® with at least an 8 oz glass of water, at least 30 minutes before each meal.

For more information on Lipozene and to take advantage of the 2nd bottle free offer please visit the official website.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Realistic ways to achieve fat loss

Many people thinks weight loss and body fat loss are the same thing, but this is a misunderstanding. The overall well-being of a person requires a certain amount of fat in the body. Fat is part of a healthy body and the is emergency storage of energy. Indiscriminate fat loss from the body is certainly dangerous.

Men are considered obese when their body fat level is over 25% and women are obese if their body fat level is over 30%. This criterion means that about 60% of population can be considered obese.

A good program for fat loss has two components; first, controlling consumption of excess calories that cause an increase of fat in the body and second, slowly burning off the excess fat the body has acquired.
Efficiently cutting down excess calories is a matter of following a healthy diet in a disciplined manner; burning off excess fat from the body can be achieved by properly controlled exercises and it can be supplemented by some dietary practices. Even though many fat burner products are available on the market, they are not recommended.

Appropriate routine of exercises is paramount for any fat loss program. The main reason for exercising is not for building a six-pack body but to help burn the stored fat, and at the same time, to keep you healthy. Aerobic exercises and jogging are the essential to your routines. By increasing the rate of metabolic activity you help burn off the fat; muscles burn more calories than fat.

Any healthy diet requires consumption of appropriate amount of the right kind of proteins, carbohydrates and fats.

As I mentioned earlier, exercises are essential for general well-being and also for burning calories. Protein is the essential component to build muscles. Low fat milk products such as skimmed milk, cottage cheese, yogurt as well as fish are rich in proteins but are low on fat. So they are good proteins.

Similarly carbohydrates are essential as source of energy. Some foods that are good as sources of carbohydrates are beans, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. They not only supply carbohydrates but they are also natural hunger-suppressants because they are digested slowly, and in addition, they have moderate fat and calorie content.

The same way, certain fatty foods are very helpful to the body. Good sources include fish such as Salmon, Mackerel, Sardines and Herrings. These help regulate a healthy level of blood pressure, they can also lower risk of heart failures, and they prevent blood clotting.

Do not forget fibers. Fiber foods are very low in calories, and they are stomach-filling, so they are good natural hunger suppressants. Moreover they are not digested by the body and while passing through the body undigested they help in carrying away some fats and proteins. Examples of good fiber sources are apples, beans, broccoli, brown rice, nuts and bran are good fiber foods.

Finally, don't forget the simplest and cheapest of all: water. Water is a natural appetite suppressant and it is essential in the process of burning up the stored fat. It helps natural weight loss.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Losing weight gradually is best


Everyone knows how many calories needed to maintain his/her weight, and how many they are currently eating each day,you can decide how much of an energy deficit you will need to set up to lose weight steadily and safely. Cutting back on food drastically - such as by sticking to a rigid 1,000 calories a day diet when your BMR is 3,000 calories - would undoubtedly lead to rapid weight loss.But it is very unlikely that you would be able to sustain in the long term, leading to dispiriting 'failure' and, probably, an equally rapid weight gain once you started eating normally again.

Why Gradual weight loss is best?

Health professionals recommend that a safe and steady weight loss is about 1-2lb a week.Slimming at this rate ensures that you will be losing fat rather than lean tissue, such as muscle, and it should be fairly easy to achieve without drastic calorie-cutting measures, so that you can stick with your plan without it feeling like a 'diet'.And, as bonus, research shows that people who lose weight slowly are more likely to keep it off in the long run.

As it takes an energy deficit of around 3,500 calories to lose 1lb of fat, a daily saving of about 500 calories should be enough to lose 1lb a week (7x500).Saving 1000 calories a day (say,from 3,000 to 2,000) could result in a 2 lb weekly loss, but this depends on current intake: women should not try to lose weight on less than around 1,500 calories a day, while for men the minimum is around 1,900 calories a day.

In the first few weeks of a weight loss plan it is possible to lose more than 1 lb or 2 lb a week.This is because glycogen (the short-term store of surplus energy) is stored in three times its weight of water, which accounts for a lot of the initial weight loss.This can be a very motivating start to a weight-loss campaign and it may continue for longer than a week or two, especially if you have a lot of weight to lose.

For a rough guide to your daily calorie needs, multiply your weight in pounds by 15 if you are moderately active, or 13 if you have a sedentary lifestyle.

There is no need for any drastic calorie cutting- or boring meals- when losing weight; healthy food can be filling delicious.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Help with the age-related weight gains

One of the first warning of getting older is that it's gotten harder keep the weight and shape. Besides, our energy seems to have dropped to the ground from one day to the other. For too long our metabolism did our body's work for us, but as the metabolism slows down it slows us down along. In the end, we feel slower than before. Sure, getting older is normal, but "feeling" older is another thing, and it doesn't have to.

Nowadays, more men than ever are working out and at older ages. About 60 million Americans visit the gym at least 100 days in a year, which is an all-time record. In your twenties you made just half the effort you have to do now at working out - so why aren't you seeing the results of this effor in your body shape?

Fortunately the global investments in pharmaceutical Science are paying off with helpers like Provacyl. Provacylis a herbal supplement designed to take the edge off of aging, and give your fitness much-needed help as you mature. Combined with a sensible lifestyle, including a healthy diet, regular sleep, and exercise, Provacyl will make the most of your years. You'll feel that energy you thought was gone forever is back. You'll notice that the "added fat" starts to melt away easier as your muscles gain back their strength.