Chew on This with Kim Barnouin: Cheat Days & Weight Loss, Write Your Worries PLUS Artificial Sweeteners Linked to Diabetes

Dr. Friedman and Kim chew on using cheat days to improve weight loss success, why writing down your worries helps alleviate stress, and how artificial sweeteners may contribute to type-2 diabetes. 

Are "Cheat Days" the Key to Long-Lasting Weight Loss?

Research published by the International Journal of Obesity revealed the best way to lose weight and keep it off is to take a two-week break from dieting.

In this four-month study, they compared obese people who cut calories and followed a restricted diet to people who went on the same diet for only two weeks and then took a two week break. After analyzing the data, they found the group that took breaks lost 50 percent more weight than those who didn’t.

Also, those who deviated from the plan shed the most fat (meaning those who weren’t as strict during the two weeks of actual dieting did better).

Researchers followed up six months later and discovered both groups regained weight. However, those who took two-week breaks were about 18 pounds lighter than those who followed the diet continuously. That means, the long-term results were also better for those doing the intermittent dieting.

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Write Those Worries Down!

People worry a lot, which leads to stress, anxiety and many related diseases. The majority of these worries are based on feelings or future events that might never happen.

A whopping 75 percent of people fall into the chronic "worry wart" category.

Writing down what’s stressing you out can help to alleviate your problems, according to a new study from Michigan State University published in the Journal of Psychophysiology.

By getting your worries out of your head and on paper, your cognitive resources are freed up, allowing you to become more efficient. Plus, it helps your immune system.

Artificial Sweeteners Linked to Diabetes

People choose artificial sweeteners in  place of real sugar to help them combat their weight and reduce the risk of developing diabetes, but according to The European Association for the Study of Diabetes, artificial sweeteners predispose users to developing type-2 diabetes.

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Chew on This with Kim Barnouin: Cheat Days & Weight Loss, Write Your Worries PLUS Artificial Sweeteners Linked to Diabetes
Kim Barnouin
Kim BarnouinBefore she was a Skinny Bitch, Kim Barnouin was a high school drop-out turned model who only crossed paths with a vegetable on her pizza. Today she is the co-author of the New York Times Bestseller, Skinny Bitch, with its sequels Skinny Bitch in the Kitch, Skinny Bitch: Bun in the Oven, Skinny Bitch: Just Bitchin, and a line of fitness DVDs.

As a kid, Kim used to spit veggies into her napkin. As a young adult, she couldn't get enough of earth's treats. It was during this transition that Kim became obsessed with nutrition. She got her hands on every book and enrolled in a Bachelor's program in Natural Health. 

She wouldn't stop there. 

This retired beach bum went on to receive a Master's in Holistic Nutrition and is currently working on her PhD. Learning about how food affects and heals many diseases and illnesses was something she wanted to share with everyone.