The National Institutes of Health reported last month that their large dieting study had to be ended two years prematurely because it found no differences in cardiovascular health between participants in a strict diet and exercise program and those in a control group. The scientific community had been waiting for the results of this study for a long time, because this was no ordinary trial. This was the “Look AHEAD” (Action for HEAlth in Diabetes) trial led by eminent researcher Rena Wing. With its rigorous design and strict low-calorie diet, it had accomplished what other trials of this magnitude had not: Participants in it had been successful at their diets for four years.
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Dieting and investing: Simple, but not easy
“We need to close the gap between existing drug treatments and a gastric bypass surgery, which makes you lose 35 percent of body weight,” he said. “I firmly believe that within the next 10 to 20 years, we will have very efficient drugs.” The big problem for dieters and drug designers alike is the fact that human evolution makes it very hard for garcinia cambogia people to curb their appetite and cut calorie consumption. A predisposition to gain weight is hard-wired, with animal experiments showing that consumption of sugary food triggers the brain to release dopamine, a neurotransmitter also linked to drug addiction. THREATENED BY BROCCOLI, MOBILE APPS Weight Watchers, the leading weight loss company in the United States, is finding the going increasingly tough. Revenue has been roughly flat or down during six of the last seven quarters and the outlook for the next four is even worse. Last month, the company said that despite progress on cost-cutting, it expected full-year revenue to fall at a low double-digit percentage rate if recruitment trends failed to improve.
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Insight: Profit bonanza eludes companies chasing obesity business
Being a huge fan of analogies, I thought I would share Paul’s insight. Paul noted,”for most people losing weight is a struggle between emotional decisions driven by our subconscious minds and the iron laws of biology and physics. We humans are wired to believe that we need certain things, and this is very difficult to counteract, even when we rationally know better.” Warren Buffett’s words of wisdom The same things can be said about investing. The winning strategy is well documented and simple — using only low-cost, tax efficient, passively managed funds, build a globally diversified (across multiple asset classes) portfolio that is tailored to your unique ability, willingness, and need to take risk, and have the discipline to stay the course.
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