Researchers from the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth in the UK conducted a systematic review of complementary therapies for reducing body weight.
Literature was searched up through 2005 on Medline, Embase, Amed, and the Cochrane Library, along with hand-searches of relevant medical journals and bibliographies of identified articles. Data from RCTs and systematic reviews, which based their findings on the results of RCTs, were also included.
Six systematic reviews and 25 additional RCTs met the inclusion criteria and were reviewed. The evidence gathered related to acupuncture, acupressure, dietary supplements, homeopathy and hypnotherapy.
In the past, studies of weight-control diets that are high in protein
or low in glycemic index have reached varied conclusions, probably
owing to the fact that the studies had insufficient power.
Because of this, a team of researchers enrolled overweight adults
from eight European countries who had lost at least 8% of their initial
body weight with a low-calorie diet. Participants were randomly
assigned, in a two-by-two factorial design, to one of five diets to
prevent weight regain over a 26-week period. These were: a low-protein
and low-glycemic-index diet, a low-protein and high-glycemic-index diet;
a high-protein and low-glycemic-index diet; a high-protein and
high-glycemic-index diet; or a control diet.
Hello Ms. Naparstek. First, thank you for sharing your wonderful imagery CDs with us. I am enjoying them very much. :)
I bought Self Confidence and Weight Loss ,
but I have only been listening to Self Confidence so far. I read in
your Archives that you suggest people start with one CD so I reluctantly
picked Self- Confidence and have been waiting to start the other. :)
I've been listening for about a week now, not a very long time, I
would think. But what makes me very happy is that I've noticed it is
easier for me to turn down excess food. So I was curious - do people
tend to have other positive side effects when listening to the CDs? Or
is the food thing somehow related to Self-Confidence then? Hey -
anything that keeps me out of the lasagna is a GOOD thing! lol :)
Thank you very much again. Wishing you all good things and continued success. :)
We found this note posted on our Weight Loss page. It’s very encouraging for anyone currently doing battle with his/her own body over weight issues. Here it is:
“This CD was sent to me by a friend at one of the lowest points in
my life. Although I was once healthy and active, after my father's
death and a couple of other major life changes, I found myself 100
pounds overweight, compulsively bingeing, anxiety ridden/severely
depressed and unable to do anything about it.
We’ve been getting an increase in queries about what to do for sugar addiction, which seems to be on the rise. We wondered how effective our program for Alcohol and Other Drugs would be for a sugar problem…
Feedback and common sense led us to assume that craving sugar would in effect be a form of chemical dependency, and that the suggestions on this guided imagery audio would work just fine for sugar addiction. But still, it was good to get this feedback, posted as a review this past week on our catalog page.
So we thank “Kelly” for posting this and wish her the best of luck:
I am not a user of drugs or alcohol, but of sugar. I own Health Journeys' Weight Loss meditation, but it doesn't touch on the deep shame and guilt that lifelong sugar cravings and obsession have caused, and this meditation bridges that gap nicely. I am getting a lot out of it.
Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania examined the effects of a 6-wk intervention that used guided relaxation and exercise imagery (GREI) to increase self-reported leisure-time exercise behavior among older adults.
A total of 93 community-dwelling healthy older adults (age 70.38 ± 8.15 yr, 66 female) were randomly placed in either a placebo control group or an intervention group. The intervention group received instructions to listen to an audio compact disk (CD) containing a GREI program, and the placebo control group received an audio CD that contained 2 relaxation tracks and instructions to listen to music of their choice for 6 wk.
Investigators from the Research Centre in Physical Activity, Health & Leisure in Porto, Portugal conducted a study to analyze the association between blood pressure and (1) body mass index (BMI), (2) degree of physical activity and (3) cardio-respiratory fitness (CRF) in young people.
The study included 66 boys and 97 girls (average age around 14). Measures were taken of blood pressure and cardio-respiratory fitness during the school day, and accelerometers were used to determine degree of physical activity, both during and away from school.
Researchers from the Department of Psychology at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec tested the idea that adding targeted mental imagery to a behavioral change program with the goal of eating more fruit would increase the probability of subjects following through on their goals.
One hundred seventy-seven residents of a student residence were assigned the goal of consuming extra portions of fruit every day for 7 days. They were randomly assigned to one of four conditions: (1) control (active rehearsal), (2) planning of intentions, (3) mental imagery or (4) mental imagery targeted to the plan.
Researchers from the Department of Nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill examined the efficacy of a podcasting program to promote weight loss.
The study sample was made up of 78 overweight men and women in the Raleigh-Durham NC area. They were randomly assigned to receive 24 episodes of a currently available weight-loss podcast (control podcast) or a 12-week weight-loss podcast based on social cognitive theory (SCT), designed by the researchers (enhanced podcast).
Outcomes were measured by weight on a digital scale at baseline and follow-up. Both groups also completed questionnaires assessing demographic information, food intake, physical activity, and SCT constructs at the introductory and 12-week meetings. Additional questionnaires at the 12-week meeting assessed perceptions of the intervention.
Researchers from the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles conducted a 4-week pilot study to determine whether Interactive Guided Imagery could be effective for stress reduction (and therefore reduce the metabolic disease risk associated with obesity and hypercortisolism) in overweight Latino adolescents.