Binge Dieting Decreases Breast Cancer Risk in Mice

Mice Benefit from Yo-Yo Dieting Say Researchers

Finally, another mouse study indicated that on-again, off-again dieting may actually prevent breast cancer in postmenopausal women. Mice on the so-called “yo-yo” diet regimen had a 96 percent reduction in cancer, compared to the animals allowed to eat whatever they wanted.

The results were surprising to the researchers who initially believed the effect of this yo-yo pattern would be detrimental (obviously, that’s what any sane person would have assumed).

“This is the way people used to eat,” says study author Margot Cleary, Ph.D., an associate professor at the University of Minnesota’s Hormel Institute in Austin. “For many, many centuries for human beings it was feast or famine. Maybe the body has adapted to that.”

Whether the findings will apply to humans remains to be seen but, if they do, they would add a new twist to what is known about nutrition and disease.

“It’s been well known for decades that chronic food restriction is protective against lots of things, not just cancer, but it was thought the protective effect existed to the degree you restricted calories,” Dr. Cleary explains.

“Our results show that it’s really the manner that you receive these calories that can have a significant effect on what the impact is,” she notes.

You can incorporate “cheat days” into your dieting plan and still lose weight. In fact, that’s the method employed by many bodybuilders and other elite athletes who must stay in top form year around. A once a week cheat day (or cheat meal for the ultra disciplined) goes a long way toward keeping your sanity, plus your body likes it as it does get used to the feast/famine cycle.

If you want to diet, do so with a bit more common sense. Stay on your plan for a day or two, then allow a bit of a cheat day, then back to your plan for another day or two and so forth. This disciplined approach to yo-yo dieting may be just the thing to jump start your weight loss.

By cheat day I mean go ahead and have what you want, but I don’t mean carry home two grocery sacks full of treats and consume them at one sitting. Sane binging is eating half the bag of Hershey’s Kisses, while out-of-control binging is eating that bag, plus three others you bought for Halloween, then having to go back out to restock for the trick-or-treaters.

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Dieting with Donuts

I read a recent article in a popular women’s magazine that pointed out a donut isn’t necessarily a bad choice for breakfast. They compared it to other choices like sausage McMuffins, and greasy potato wedges washed down with a 64 oz. soft drink. What they forgot to mention is that few people stop at one donut. In fact, who doesn’t buy a dozen?

Krispy Kreme is probably going to file a Chapter 11 bankruptcy because people don’t stop at one donut, they eat a dozen while driving home from work, and they finally realized they were getting to big to get in the car.

Yes, a donut is fine, once in awhile, but they aren’t a good nutritional choice for breakfast.

Fast Food Cannot be Part of Healthy Diet Says New Study

Is Fast Food Okay Sometimes?

To hear the fast food industry tell it, you can eat McDonalds every day and be perfectly healthy. I disagree with that, but you certainly can eat fast food occasionally and still lose weight. I love burgers and fries.

Healthday.com today reported that, “frequent fast food consumption cannot be part of a healthful diet, despite claims to the contrary by the food industry,” according to Dr. David Ludwig, director of the obesity program at Children’s Hospital Boston and senior author of a recent study

In response the National Restaurant Association said it could not respond to the study without knowing more details, and then submitted a statement saying, “Dietary experts agree that all foods can be part of a healthy diet — foods that are readily available in varying portion sizes on all types of restaurant menus.” Well what else would they say?

The No. 1 vegetable kids eat are french fries, with ketchup (tomato candy) the close second. That’s not good.

New Diet Drug, Not Yet, But Someday, so Is That News?

I Hate the News Reporting Theories and Their Opinions

In the time honored tradition of CNN’s reporting news that isn’t news, tonight I saw a report on the “promising” protein leptin being used to develop a new diet drug. As Dave Barry likes to say, I’m not making this up. The report said, “Unger says his group has “a lot of ideas” about how to make leptin do its job in overweight people and “we are working on them now.” He says he can’t give further details until the work is ready for publication. Well duh!

A lot of ideas … hum, that sounds like, they don’t know Jack! A lot of ideas my eye. They are sitting around cooking up these ideas then calling the media who come running.

Yes, we all wish there were a magic pill we could take so we could eat nothing but bonbons all day and stay svelte as a (fill in the blank with your favorite body type here). That day is not coming any time soon, and when it does, I’d still be wary. Most likely they’ll find out a few years later that the drug causes all your hair to fall out and you develop awful body odor or something – irreversible too no doubt. There is no free lunch will win out, mark my words.

Meanwhile, try eating for appetite control. It works marvelously well. Especially if you eat food with nutritional value! That’s a magic diet pill if you ask me.