Commitment devices are an increasingly popular weight-loss method, especially among economists. However, new research from Nicholas Burger and John Lynham indicates that betting on your own ability to lose weight may not be a sure thing.
By C.E. HugginsNEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Overweight and obese women who gain too few pounds, or even lose weight, during pregnancy may be putting their unborn child at risk, a new study suggests."While many people recommend that weight loss in pregnancy, particularly for very obese women is ok . . . (there) may be adverse effects," said Dr. Patrick Catalano, director of the Center for Reproductive Health at MetroHealth in Cleveland, Ohio.
Researchers have uncovered more reason to believe that properly managed diet and exercise can help overweight, obese and severely obese people lose weight, two studies have suggested.The studies, published in Wednesday's print edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association, show that behavioral changes can have a significant impact, in contrast to increasingly popular surgical interventions, such as gastric bypass procedures.Both studies used pre-packaged meals as part of their evaluations, and offered financial incentives to those participating.
Ted Frank reports on his 60k weight-loss bet with Ray Lehmann:
In late 2008, Ray Lehmann and I made an audacious bet: we would put up $60,000 that we would lose 60 pounds in nine months, and pay each other $1,000 for each pound the other lost.
...I lost 32 pounds, Ray lost 41, and we were on pace to lose 60 each. StickK.com was offering to make us their official spokespeople.
By Unconventional Capital Wisdom:Weight loss in its simplest form is expending more calories than one consumes, but it is much more complex than that. Before a person even thinks of ever starting a journey of weight loss they are faced with many barriers, some very significant. These barriers are all mental constructs which are byproducts of our current 21st century post industrial sedentary lifestyles. Our bodies and minds still have not evolved to cope with our new sedentary lifestyle.
Kim Kardashian isn't actively looking for a weightloss deal to help her shed her future baby weight, but a spokesperson from Jenny Craig is already saying they will not even consider the reality TV star as a spokeswoman.
Significant changes to the bacteria that live in our guts may be partially behind the rapid weight-loss success of patients who undergo gastric bypass surgery, a new study in mice shows. Gastric bypass is a form of weight-loss surgery performed on morbidly obese people. The stomach is made smaller, to about the size of the egg, so that people feel full faster and are not able to eat as much.