The HCG Diet: Yet another ineffective quick fix diet plan and supplement

I contribute biweekly to Science-Based Medicine and could easily devote every post to writing about weight loss supplements, and never run out of topics. As soon as one quick fix falls out of favour, another inevitably replaces it. Some wax and wane in popularity. And pharmacies don’t help the situation. … Continue reading

How the sugar industry has distorted health science for more than 50 years

The sugar industry has a long history of shaping nutrition policy in the United States, working to mask the potential risks of consuming too much of the sweet stuff. It wasn’t until this year, for instance, that the US Dietary Guidelines finally recommended people keep their consumption of added sugars … Continue reading

How Much Your Weight Can Change in a Day

You lose weight every day – here’s where it goes If you’ve ever weighed yourself when you wake up in the morning and before you go to bed, you’ve probably noticed the numbers on the scale weren’t the same. Our body weight can actually fluctuate about 5.5 pounds (2.5 kg) … Continue reading

More Fiber Lowers BP

Increasing dietary insoluble fiber intake may markedly lower systolic blood pressure. Whole wheat and wheat bran foods are abundant dietary sources of insoluble fiber. GS Aljuraiban, from Imperial College London (United Kingdom), and colleagues analyzed data collected on 2,195 men and women, ages 40 to 59 years, enrolled in the … Continue reading

Top Summer Fitness Tips

Summer is here and people are making vacation plans. In order to get ready for that cruise or family vacation, many are looking for ways to get lean, eliminate bloating and lose weight. Here are the top fitness tips to get in great summer shape: Foods to Avoid Losing weight … Continue reading

Test Your Genes to Find Your Best Diet

Your genes can help tell you what to eat and influence how diet affects your health. Variants in some of our genes determine how we metabolize and utilize nutrients, a field of study known as nutrigenomics. Nutritional genetic testing is offered by a handful of companies and clinics, though it … Continue reading

Lighter weights just as effective as heavier weights to gain muscle, build strength

New research from McMaster University is challenging traditional workout wisdom, suggesting that lifting lighter weights many times is as efficient as lifting heavy weights for fewer repetitions.  It is the latest in a series of studies that started in 2010, contradicting the decades-old message that the best way to build … Continue reading

Coconut oil & abdominal fat? (research update)

I’ve run across some VERY interesting studies recently on the relationship between coconut oil (or any type of coconut fat, including coconut milk and cream) and how it can affect your body fat… The findings may surprise you! A 2009 study published in the Journal Lipids consisted of testing the … Continue reading

Debunked: Major Weight Loss & Exercise Myth

If only we weren’t so lazy, obesity wouldn’t be a problem.  That seems to be the assumption behind Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! program which aims to solve the epidemic of childhood obesity within a generation. But as with many government programs, Let’s Move! avoided addressing the real cause of obesity.  … Continue reading

Copper is Key in Burning Fat

A new study is further burnishing copper’s reputation as an essential nutrient for human physiology. A research team led by a scientist at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and at UC Berkeley has found that copper plays a key role in metabolizing fat. Long prized … Continue reading

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