Links I love 1/18/2013: AspireAssist, Weight Loss Fads, Energy Drinks, College Life, Black Bean Recipes

Happy Friday y’all!

This week as been a busy one…lots of interesting reading:

The AspireAssist and other weight loss magic

The AspireAssist™ Aspiration Therapy System from Aspire Bariatrics
Articles about this hot new weight loss tool from the inventor of the Segway have been popping up all over this week. Basically the AspireAssist involves implanting a tube in the stomach that connects to a port outside the abdomen. About 20 minutes after a meal, the user connects a device to the port that sucks out about 30% of the stomach’s contents before it can be digested. In a clinical trial, patients lost an average of 49% of their excess weight in a year.  The people behind this device say that people can eat and drink normal amounts and types of food and that the device would be used in conjunction with counseling and group support meetings to encourage healthier food choices. Once users learn to eat more healthily they will use the device less often.

But here’s the thing: If people using the device ate and drank normal amounts and types of food, they would be able to attain and maintain a healthy weight without the device. Nothing about this device encourages healthier food choices. It is basically a form of assisted bulimia. Encouraging healthier food choices along with using the device is kind of like saying “study hard, but if you need to sleep with your professor to get a good grade, that’s okay too.”

If you lose weight or get and A+, would you really be proud of and feel good about what you’ve accomplished?

Hot Weight Loss Products: Worth the Hype? from Healthy Eats
Get the 411 on these other popular weight loss products: raspberry ketones, green coffee, and garcinia cambogia.

Xtreme Eating 2013: Extremism Running Amok at America’s Restaurant Chains from the Center for Science in the Public Interest
This one is more of a weight gain fad.Would you rethink grabbing a Peanut Power Plus Grape Smoothie from Smoothie King as an afternoon snack if you knew the large size has 1,460 calories?

Energy Drinks

Energy Drinks from the Journal of the American Medical Association
Talks about some of the health risks associated with energy drinks. For healthy alternatives to energy drinks, see my article on GalTime.

Young Adults Swapping Soda For The Super Buzz Of Coffee from NPR
I might be writing this post from Benelux Cafe while sipping on a skim hazelnut latte. But no more coffee after 2pm.

College Life

Dodging Dorm Flu & Colds from
Why should care? Please see Hand Sanitizer from XKCD.

Phys Ed Requirements Disappearing at 4-Year Colleges from HealthDay
My college didn’t have a phys ed requirement but it’s sad to hear that other colleges are following this trend.

Top 5 Social Media Websites for College Students from MarketingIsTrendy
Social media doesn’t have to be a waste of time – some sites can actually help you as a college student.

More black bean recipes

It looks like I’m not the only one lovin’ black beans this month!

Asian Black Bean Burgers from The Lean Green Bean

Black Bean and Sausage Stew Bento from Happy Little Bento

Cooking with Beans from Saveur
Okay, there aren’t really any black bean recipes included. Gasp! But you can sub in black beans in most of the recipes.

Spaghetti Squash & Spicy Black Bean “Meat”balls from Inspiring Healthy Living
This sounds sooo good!

Have a delicious weekend,


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     /  January 27, 2013

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