Food Friday: Burn More Fat? Eat More Apples

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Don’t peel that apple.

A recent study from the University of Iowa found that a compound called ursolic acid which is found in apple peels, is related to increased fat burning. In the study, mice given ursolic acid built more muscle mass which led to increased metabolism and calories burned. They also had increased levels of brown fat which is a superior calorie burner. Researchers were pleased to find that the mice had reduced obesity, pre-diabetes, and fatty liver disease, all promising findings that could eventually lead to helping patients.

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Obesity is Linked with Increased Pain

You remember “no pain, no gain” — 1980′s. Jane Fonda. Aerobics. Leg warmers.

Today, we’d like to you think “less gain, less pain.” We’ve known for years that weight gain increases joint pain in arthritis sufferers. Now, according to new research from Stony Brook University, excess fat may be associated with increased inflammation, which can actually trigger chronic inflammatory conditions such as arthritis.

In the study, people with higher BMIs (body mass index) reported higher rates of intense pain. Why?

  • Excess fat leads to increased inflammation which leads to pain.
  • Depression can lead to pain, and many obese people are depressed.
  • People suffering from pain may avoid exercise, which can help reduce inflammation.

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The Link Between Obesity and Acne

Many of you are trying to lose weight in 2012 (W00t!) Did you know that you might be helping your acne as well? Obesity can lead to excess hormones such as androgens and insulin-like growth factors which trigger acne. Losing weight can help reduce your hormone levels and improve your acne. Have you lost weight and seen your acne improve?