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The Truth about Weight Loss

Posted by Katherine Barfuss
Katherine Barfuss
Katherine Barfuss is the Director of Nutrition Services and a Registered Dietitian for Whitsons Culinary Group...
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on Monday, 29 December 2014 in Health & Nutrition

new yearsMany of us start the New Year with a resolution to be healthier…and maybe even to lose those few extra holiday pounds. With hectic work schedules and even busier home/personal lives, the task of shedding those few extra pounds can seem daunting; which is why we so often turn to the latest weight loss miracle. Unfortunately, the truths about these “sliming supplements” are often lost in the media hype and not supported by clinical research. To help us navigate our way through the hearsay, below are some facts on popular weight-loss supplements:


Raspberry Ketones is an aromatic compound found in red raspberries, which gives them their delicious smell and flavor. According to manufacturers’ claims, raspberry ketones help to regulate the breakdown of glucose and fatty-acids in the blood, which in turn “helps the body burn fat easier.” The hype behind raspberry ketones seems to stem from two small-scale rodent studies; however, there are no human studies that support the benefits of raspberry ketones.


L-Carnitine is a substance that helps the body turn fat into energy. Your body synthesizes it in the liver and kidneys and stores it in the skeletal muscles, heart, brain and sperm. A healthy body, however, makes all the carnitine it needs; which makes the ingestion of this supplement a waste since our system is designed to excrete the excess. Plus, there is no scientific evidence supporting the benefits of weight loss.


Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) is a derivative of a fatty acid found naturally in meat and dairy products. CLA's weight management properties, which include reducing body fat and increasing lean muscle mass, have been studied in many human and animal based trials. A meta-analysis of the over 30 (human-based) clinical studies concluded that CLA has a small impact on fat mass.


To help prevent your wallet from dwindling instead of your waistline, it’s important to research the scientific evidence behind any media hyped product. Whether your goal is a healthier or slimmer you, the best advice for both diet and exercise are balance, variety and moderation.

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Katherine Barfuss is the Director of Nutrition Services and a Registered Dietitian for Whitsons Culinary Group. Katherine oversees all regulatory affairs regarding new product and recipe development, to ensure all regulatory requirements are met throughout the execution process. She manages multiple accounts’ menu design to ensure nutritional compliance with various state and federal regulations. She has also been instrumental in the creation and coordination of nutrition education programs and services to our wide range of clientele. Katherine brings to Whitsons her vast knowledge of nutrition, with nine plus years of experience as a Registered Dietitian and three years of experience as a purchasing specialist. Katherine also works as a Bariatric Dietitian, with skills ranging from menu planning, nutrition education and supplement guidance.


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