Want to avoid weight gain? Maybe some more sleep would help. People who got very little sleep ate more but didn’t burn any extra calories, according to a U.S. study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that adds to evidence supporting a link between sleep deprivation and weight gain. Approximately 50 to 70 million U.S. residents — including a significant number of shift workers — suffer from chronic sleep loss and sleep disorders, according to the National Institutes of Health.
We all know that Americans — leading the way for the rest of the developed world — are getting fatter. We hear about the “obesity epidemic” on the TV news, with footage of people depicted from the waist down shuffling around in XXL sweatpants and carrying supersized sodas. The majority of us are overweight, complaining about how our jeans are getting tighter and wondering why, despite all our efforts to diet and go to the gym, the number on the scale keeps edging higher.
In the game of life and long-term weight maintenance, calories count, but the types of foods might matter more, according to a study by Harvard researchers published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine. Diets that include potatoes, white bread, sugar-sweetened beverages and meats — well, all that defines modern America — were associated with the greatest weight gain over the 20-year study period.
Breakfast is often touted to be the most important meal of the day. Your mother may have told you that, but if you’re like many people, you skip it anyway. Recent research now backs up your mother’s advice. The conclusion of researchers at the University of Missouri who studied the topic is that people who eat a balanced breakfast, especially one high in protein, experience less hunger throughout the day.
When it comes to keeping your weight down, a new study by Harvard researchers suggests that the quality of your food matters more than its calorie count. Intuitively, we know that gorging on burgers and French fries and slurping down soda leads to more weight gain than eating fresh fruits, veggies and brown rice. But in the most comprehensive and detailed study of its kind, researchers have figured out exactly how much weight gain is associated with the consumption of certain foods.
A modest reduction in consumption of carbohydrate foods may promote loss of deep belly fat, even with little or no change in weight, a new study finds. Results of the study are being presented at The Endocrine Society’s 93rd Annual Meeting in Boston. When paired with weight loss, consumption of a moderately reduced carbohydrate diet can help achieve a reduction of total body fat, according to principal author Barbara Gower, PhD, a professor of nutrition sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
A study has shown that dietary supplementation with coconut oil may result in a reduction in waist circumference and other benefits. A randomized, double-blind clinical trial of 40 women divided them into two groups — one that received daily dietary supplements of soybean oil (group S) and another than received a similar amount of coconut oil (group C). Both groups were instructed to follow a balanced hypocaloric diet and to walk for 50 minutes each day.
Allergy season is upon us, and the record pollen levels we’re experiencing this year may have you heading to the allergy relief aisle at your local drugstore. But what you take to alleviate your symptoms could have unpleasant side effects on your waistline. Researchers have suggested thatallergies and weight gain go hand in hand, and that could have to do with the drugs you take or more subtle underlying problems.
Overweight and obese people looking to drop some pounds and considering one of the popular low-carbohydrate diets, along with moderate exercise, need not worry that the higher proportion of fat in such a program compared to a low-fat, high-carb diet may harm their arteries, suggests a pair of new studies by heart and vascular researchers at Johns Hopkins. “Overweight and obese people appear to really have options when choosing a weight-loss program, including a low-carb diet, and even if it means eating more fat”.
Now you can blame your job for something other than stress. New research estimates that, every day, Americans are burning at least 100 fewer calories at work than they did in the 1960’s; in other words, our jobs are making us fat. The authors of the new study are blunt in their conclusion: “Over the last 50 years in the U.S. we estimate that daily occupation-related energy expenditure has decreased by more than 100 calories.
Although we currently face an obesity epidemic, that doesn’t mean losing weight can’t be easy. There are so many different and very effective ways to keep the pounds off and feel better. Here are 5 simple techniques that will shed the fat, reduce the waistline, and also make you feel fantastic. Research shows that a breakfast rich in protein can boost metabolism for hours after consumption. In addition, Studies have shown that those who consume a breakfast rich in protein experience more appetite control.
To lose weight, eat less, right? Not always. New research shows that eating more of certain foods can stave off hunger pangs and control calories. The foods, which include cayenne pepper and puréed vegetables, are natural appetite suppressants. As diet pills fall into increasing disrepute — since Abbott Laboratories withdrew its drug Meridia last year, the Food and Drug Administration has rejected three new diet drugs in recent months — these foods offer a welcome option to people struggling with their weight.
A Princeton University research team has demonstrated that all sweeteners are not equal when it comes to weight gain: Rats with access to high-fructose corn syrup gained significantly more weight than those with access to table sugar, even when their overall caloric intake was the same.
Losing weight may be one of the most common goals for the United States population, with obesity rates as high as ever. With millions of people using fad diets to try and shed a few pounds, it is amazing how the essential needs of the body are often neglected.
A new study out of the University of California, San Diego, found that obese children were far more likely to be infected with adenovirus 36 (AD36) than fit children. This is a strain of the cold virus. Mainstream media outlets have begun linking the cold strand
Teens who skimp on shut-eye eat more fatty foods, a new study suggests. In the study, adolescents who slept fewer than eight hours on a weeknight consumed more of their daily calories from fat and fewer calories from carbohydrates than teens who slept eight hours or more. The findings might explain why previous work has found a link between lack of sleep and obesity in teens. The results also underscore the importance of sleep for this age group.
Gym memberships and excessive exercise is not the total solution to weight loss. Daily exercise can improve physical fitness and promote a person’s overall health, but it’s not the main determining factor in body fat reduction.