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November 13, 2014 by  
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Counseling is an Effective Tool for Weight Loss

When it comes to losing weight, cutting calories, exercising and medication are all effective measures that doctors often talk to patients about. However, one of the most effective tools, counseling, is often overlooked.


A new analysis published in the Journal of the American Medical Association analyzed 12 studies looking at a total of 3,893 patient,s and found that patients who underwent weight-loss counseling in addition to modifying their diet and exercising lost on average 10 pounds more over the course of six months than patients who did not have the counseling.


Ultimately, study co-author Meghan Butryn, a psychologist with Drexel University, told NBC Philadelphia, the findings show that while weight loss is never easy, not going through the journey alone can make it better. “Overweight and obese adults should feel very encouraged that if they participate in a high-quality behavioral treatment program, they’re likely to lose enough weight to have a meaningful impact on their health.”


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Shannon Hayes, 40, doesn’t do anything she doesn’t want to do.


When she gets up at 4 a.m. to write, it’s because it makes her happy. When she takes a morning walk, it’s because it feeds her spirit. When she sits down to home-school her two daughters, it’s because she loves them.


“It’s a life of free choice,” says Hayes, a self-proclaimed “radical homemaker” who lives and farms in West Fulton, New York. “If I’m out there with chicken crap on my shoes, it’s because it’s where I want to be.”


Hayes hasn’t always chosen animal waste over a conventional lifestyle. The blogger at “Yes!” magazine earned her PhD in sustainable agriculture and community development from Cornell University at 26 years old without dropping a dime. She was ahead of track for a promising academic career.


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The Case for Processed Foods


I need to get something off my chest: Not all processed foods are the devil, writes U.S. News blogger Keri Gans. Actually, the word “processed” in the world of food is very misunderstood. For me, there is a difference between “processed” and “overly processed.” The latter, in my opinion, is when a food is so far removed from its original form you don’t recognize it at all.


But truthfully, almost everything we eat today has been processed in some way. Milk, yogurt, roasted nuts, canned beans, olive oil, canned tuna and cereal – even a low-sugar, high fiber one – have all been processed. Basically, anything that you find in the supermarket in a box, package, bottle or can is processed.


Don’t get me wrong: I whole-heartedly promote buying fresh fruits and veggies, and looking for grocery items that are as close to nature as possible. However, I am also a realist. And even though I don’t want you buying a food that has a list of ingredients as long as a novel, I do believe some foods you buy may contain an ingredient or two that you’re not 100 percent familiar with. And, just because you don’t recognize that ingredient doesn’t mean it’s harmful. Hey, a product loaded with sodium or added sugar (words you know) can still be harmful.



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