Starting the New Year Diet-Free

Dieting is a losing battle How many times have you vowed to lose weight in January, but only ended up weighing more by February or March? What you thought you should be doing to lose weight – restricting your eating and starting a punishing workout regimen — only led to increased binge eating and yo-yo […]

In Praise of Real Food

Spring has sprung, at least on the calendar.  It may still be snowing in your part of the world (as it is in mine), but we know the days of summer are just around the corner in the Northern Hemisphere.  For many of us that means gardens, farmers’ markets, seasonal produce, good food, good times.  […]

Weight Loss: Overweight Kids Benefit from Healthy Lifestyle Change and Family Involvement

It may seem obvious to you and me that overweight teens and children can benefit from healthy lifestyle change, but because there are a variety of treatments out there that focus on drug treatment for obesity, researchers wanted to study the specific benefits of behavioral change. A new review, published in the Cochrane Library, examined […]

Diabetes: Curvy Women More Protected Against Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Got curves? Well, a new study (performed on mice) from Harvard Medical School suggests that 'pear-shaped' bodies, i.e., those of us with a little extra padding on the hips and buttocks, may be less likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than 'apples' (people who tend to have extra fat around the middle). Not all fat is […]

If It Looks Like a Duck: Worst Weight Loss Promises of 2008

The Healthy Weight Network recently released its 20th annual Slim Chance Awards, highlighting both the hidden dangers of diets and supplements that often contain unknown ingredients and sometimes potent drugs, and the merely ridiculous.  "To call 2008 a typical year in the weight loss field would be too easy," cites their press release. "This year’s awards go to […]

Healthy Eating: Lower Your Cholesterol with TLC

Roughly half of all adults in the United States are at risk for developing cardiovascular disease because of high or borderline cholesterol levels. As a result, statin drugs are widely prescribed both here in America and abroad. A Little TLC Goes a Long Way But drugs aren’t the only answer, stress promoters of the National […]