If you followed the headlines about a recent study of contestants in the “Biggest Loser” reality-TV show, you might be despairing about your own chances of maintaining a healthy weight. The study, published in the journal Obesity, tracked contestants appearing on the show’s eighth season, with 14 of the 16
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Losing weight can improve your cholesterol and triglyceride levels as well as your waistline, according to a major new intervention study. The study found similar weight loss amounts could be achieved by lower-fat or lower-carbohydrate diets, whether the lower-carb diet was rich in walnuts or in monounsaturated fat (as in
Emerging research suggests that when you eat may be just as important as what you eat. Nutrition experts have long suspected that skipping meals early in the day may result in increased hunger, which leads to overeating later in the day. In fact, several studies confirm that missing breakfast is
Intermittent fasting is an integral part of our history. Our early ancestors managed without three meals a day, and fasting has long been observed in many cultures and religions, including Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Catholicism. Recently, fasting became a new diet trend, but the question remains: are there true
Rich in the savory flavor sense known as umami, mushrooms are neither plant nor animal—they are classified in the fungi kingdom and offer much more than just good taste. With only 20 calories per cup, mushrooms are rich in a type of fiber called beta-glucans, as well as other beneficial
When it comes to diabetes management, few things are more controversial and confusing than carbohydrates, macronutrients found in a variety of foods, such as grains, vegetables, dairy products, sweets, legumes, and fruits. If you have diabetes, you may have heard that carbs are your enemy. But research shows that nutrient-rich
Low-fat diets have been around for decades, with the hope of cutting weight, as well as disease risk. Most of the research on low-fat diets (less than 30 percent of calories from fat) has not been fruitful, though some studies indicate that very low-fat diets may be an option for
Protein is an essential nutrient for optimum functioning, and while most people think of meat, poultry, and fish as the main sources of dietary protein, many plant-sourced foods also can contribute significantly to your protein needs while providing important health benefits.
Plant foods that are good sources of protein include
Q. What’s the best way to lose weight? That’s the question that spurs the $20 billion per year U.S. weight loss industry. Increasingly, research suggests that an array of popular weight loss diets can help you lose weight, but over the long term they may not be so effective.
About one-quarter of adults aged 65 years and older use mobility devices—such as canes, walkers, and wheelchairs—according to a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, May 2015. Researchers interviewed 7,600 Medicare beneficiaries, and found that 16.4 percent of seniors used a cane, 11.6 percent used walkers,