Ephedra: It's Not Just for Weight Loss Anymore

Written by Amy S. Grant

Americans are buzzing aboutrepparttar FDA’s recent decision to reverserepparttar 140767 ban on ephedra and ephedrine supplements inrepparttar 140768 United States. Known asrepparttar 140769 “world’s oldest medicine,” ephedra has been used for thousands of years for its variety of healing properties. While ephedra is not a cure-all, it is successfully used in treating hundreds of afflictions, including some that may surprise you.

Whenrepparttar 140770 average person hearsrepparttar 140771 word “ephedra” they generally think of two things: “weight loss” and “banned.” The millions of people who have safely used ephedra to burn fat and lose weight were devastated whenrepparttar 140772 U.S. ephedra ban was imposed in early 2004. The FDA was claiming a high death rate attributed to use (or misuse) of ephedra and ephedrine (the main “active” ingredient inrepparttar 140773 ephedra plant). However, further research showed that only five of these deaths could be attributed to ephedra use, sorepparttar 140774 ban was lifted. To putrepparttar 140775 number of adverse events into perspective, consider that over 12 million people reportedly used ephedra during 1999.

Ephedra has thermogenic qualities, which means it can be used to speed uprepparttar 140776 body’s metabolism. This natural increase in metabolism is what results in virtually effortless weight loss and has earned ephedrarepparttar 140777 nickname “miracle fat burner.” Unlike other weight loss products onrepparttar 140778 market, ephedra helpsrepparttar 140779 body retain lean muscle mass. The thermogenic qualities of ephedra also improverepparttar 140780 body’s ability to eliminate toxins (through urine and sweat), which can reduce unnecessary water retention.

Weight Loss: Carbs? Or No Carbs?

Written by Michael Lewis

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Title ----- Weight Loss: Carbs? Or No Carbs?

Weight Loss: Carbs? Or No Carbs? ------------------------------------------ Dietitians just plain don't like low-carb or high-protein diets.

Whether it's The Atkins Diet, The Stillman Diet, The Scarsdale Diet or Eat Yourself Thin Like I Did by Nancy Moshier, a popular, new book that recommends a low-carb regimen, medical experts say these diets are not part of long-term weight maintenance.

"All of these diets, they are warmed-over versions of The Atkins Diet," says Heather Holden, RD, LDN, clinical dietitian at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. "Low-carb, high-protein, it doesn't matter what you call them, they don't work inrepparttar 140753 long run."

But some aspects of Eat Yourself Thin are useful, says Holden. In particular,repparttar 140754 book's focus on calorie counting can be useful.

How Many Calories Do You Need

----------------------------- "The best thing aboutrepparttar 140755 book is that it teaches people how to calculate an approximate basal metabolic rate," says Holden. "That'srepparttar 140756 number of calories your body needs every day to maintain a constant weight. The number is different for everyone."

The book, says Holden, tells readers to establish their ideal body weight and then multiply that number by 10 to arrive atrepparttar 140757 daily calorie intake. For example, if your ideal body weight was 130 pounds, you would multiply that 130 by 10 to get 1,300 calories per day.

"That is a very rough estimate of what you need to eat each day at your ideal weight," says Holden. "So that gives you a place to start. If you weigh 160 pounds, and your ideal weight is 130 pounds, then you start a calorie diary to see how much you're eating each day. Then you can get a better idea of how much you can eat every day to start working off weight to get closer to your ideal weight."

That much, she says, is useful. Butrepparttar 140758 book goes on to tout repparttar 140759 wonders of low-carb eating asrepparttar 140760 best way to maximize loss of body fat.

"That'srepparttar 140761 part you want to avoid," says Holden. "Low-carb diets provide quick weight loss but do not help you maintain weight loss."

The American Dietetic Association (ADA) says that both low-carb and high-protein diets are bad.

"These diets are not safe, they are not healthy, and they are not a good way to try to get healthy," says Leslie Bonci, RD, nutritionist withrepparttar 140762 University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Complex and a spokesperson forrepparttar 140763 ADA. "They provide short-term, rapid weight loss by causing repparttar 140764 body to shed water weight and muscle. But that is no way to keep weight off for very long, and it's dangerous to your body chemistry."

Dangerous Process ------------------------------------------------------ According torepparttar 140765 ADA, low-carb diets and others like it trigger short-term weight loss through a process called ketosis. This process kicks in when your body is in short supply of carbohydrates, a prime source of energy forrepparttar 140766 entire body, but especially forrepparttar 140767 brain, which operates exclusively on carbohydrates.

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