Stress less: Keys to a calmer existence

It’s one of the greatest ironies of life: We’re too frantically busy to deal with the stuff that makes us feel frantically busy — the to-do’s that overwhelm us, the clutter that eats up our homes, the niggling personal and professional issues that preoccupy our minds.

Tackling them might feel like a someday project, the kind you’ll get around to when you have the time. Right.

The key to a calmer existence, experts say, is finding bite-size, everyday solutions for stressors and releasing what we can, be it physical or psychological clutter.

“When you start to let go, your life lightens up because you have less to think about and less to maintain,” says Geralin Thomas, a professional organizer in Cary, North Carolina. “You finally feel in control.”

The payoffs don’t end there — you can sharpen your focus and even lose weight, too. These are the strategies that will ease your load and let you enjoy life a lot more.

Clear your schedule

As we juggle it all, we’re often fueled by an I-can-do-it! sense of pride. But we might be deluding ourselves, suggests a study in the Journal of Communication that found that people misperceive the emotional high they get from multitasking as productivity.

Full story of having a calming existence at CNN Health

Beedie Savage – President of Quantum Units Education

Food Memories Can Help With Weight Loss

Research led by a psychologist at the University of Liverpool has found that using memories of recent meals reduces the amount of food eaten later on. It also found that being distracted when eating leads to increased consumption.

Researchers analyzed 24 separate studies which had examined the impact of awareness, attention, memory and distraction on how much food we eat.

Lower food consumption

They found that remembering meals, being more aware and paying added attention to meals results in lower food consumption and could help with weight loss programs.

Techniques such as writing down previous meals, using visual reminders of previous meals and keeping food wrappers were found to help with food memories and lead to a reduction in meal sizes.

Full story of food memories at Science Daily

Beedie Savage – President of Quantum Units Education

Why No Obesity Drug Will Ever Be The Next Lipitor

By Mathew Herper

New Weight Loss Drug Vivus“The next Lipitor.” That’s the prediction Christopher James of investment bank MLV & Co. made for Vivus’ new obesity drug in a Bloomberg story last week. He was quoted as saying it could be given to tens of millions of patients.

Not likely.

It’s not that Vivus’ drug, Qnexa, doesn’t have potential to become the best-selling weight loss pill ever. It’s that it could be many times bigger than any weight loss medicine ever and still not even come close to hitting Lipitor’s peak of $11 billion in global annual sales. (Until it went off patent last year, Lipitor, a Pfizer cholesterol medicine, was the best selling drug ever.)

It seems intuitively obvious that the market for an obesity drug would be vast. But the reality is that obesity drugs have never sold in Lipitor-like numbers, and they are not likely to unless someone comes up with one that is absolutely perfect in terms of efficacy and side effects.

Full story on the new weight loss drug at Forbes