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Weight-Loss Surgery May Work Even Better During Teen Years

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THURSDAY, May 16, 2019 – The earlier you have weight-loss surgery, the better, a new study suggests. Researchers found that weight-loss surgery is more effective in reversing diabetes and high blood pressure in teens than in adults, which suggests it would be better for severely obese teens not to wait until adulthood to have the procedure. For the study, investigators analyzed data from...

The Top 5 Fruits to Add to Your Diet

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THURSDAY, May 16, 2019 – Ounce for ounce and calorie for calorie, leafy greens and other types of vegetables are the hands-down favorites for delivering on nutrients. But many fruits should also have a place at the table. Researchers looked at the most nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables to see which provided meaningful amounts of B vitamins including thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, B6 and...

Are Diets High in Processed Foods a Recipe for Obesity?

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THURSDAY, May 16, 2019 – Researchers have long believed the obesity epidemic is at least partly related to the proliferation of highly processed foods. Now, new research suggests the connection is real. In a tightly controlled lab study, scientists found that people ate many more calories – and gained a couple of pounds – when they spent two weeks on a highly processed diet, versus when they...

Philadelphia's Soda Tax Tied to Big Drop in Sales

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TUESDAY, May 14, 2019 – Soda taxes appear to be an effective weapon in the war on obesity and type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests. In January 2017, Philadelphia began taxing sugary and artificially sweetened drinks, and in that year their sales in chain food stores dropped 38%. But it's too soon to know if better health will be the result, experts say. Lead researcher Christina Roberto, an...

Not All Sugars Are Created Equal

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TUESDAY, May 14, 2019 – When it comes to sugars in food, you're far better off having a bowl of blueberries than a granola bar, a nutritionist says. Added sugars just aren't the same as natural sugars, noted Kara Shifler Bowers, a registered dietitian at Penn State PRO Wellness, a health center in Hershey, Pa. "Natural sugars in fruit are different because fruits carry fiber as well as many...

Weight-Free Strength Training

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MONDAY, May 13, 2019 – You don't have to go to the gym for a strength-training workout. With these three moves, your own body weight provides the resistance needed to develop key muscles. Start with the classic wall sit. Press your back into a wall and slide it down the wall as you walk your feet out in front of you, bending at the knees. Your thighs should be parallel to the floor and make...

Body Adapts, Recovers From Occasional 'Pigging Out,' Study Finds

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MONDAY, May 13, 2019 – It's almost time for long summer weekends and backyard barbecues. And you may be wondering if a day or two of burgers and beers does any long-term damage to your body. A new Australian study suggests that if you normally have a healthy lifestyle, you can relax and enjoy the feasts. The study found that the body adapts and quickly bounces back from an occasional day of...

How Much Protein Do You Need for Weight Loss and Muscle Growth?

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FRIDAY, May 10, 2019 – Low-carb, vegetarian, Mediterranean – whatever your diet, it's important to get enough protein. Although research hasn't yet pinpointed one perfect formula, experts say that the typical "recommended" daily minimums aren't optimal, and that it helps to factor in your weight and activity level to determine how much protein you personally need. A good baseline for people who...

Health Tip: Benefits of Fitness Boxing

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-- Fitness boxing is a popular way for adults to stay fit. Unlike regular boxing, fitness boxing does not involve sparring, so there is no risk of head trauma, says Harvard Medical School. Instead, participants throw punches at the air or at a punching bag. Harvard mentions these benefits: Increased upper-body strength. Better hand-eye coordination. Increased aerobic fitness. Improved mood....

Weight-Loss Procedure, Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty, Works Long-Term, Without Surgery

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THURSDAY, May 9, 2019 – Could people struggling with obesity make headway in their efforts to shed pounds without having to go under the knife? New preliminary research suggests it's possible: A non-surgical procedure may help moderately obese people lose weight – and keep it off. Unlike standard weight-loss surgery, endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty (ESG) requires no incision and no hospital...

As Finals Draw Near, College Kids' Diets Worsen

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FRIDAY, May 3, 2019 – Up all night, stressing out, feeling pressured. Cramming for college finals can bring all that, plus have students reaching for fatty, sugary foods, a new study suggests. "Stress has long been implicated in poor diet. People tend to report overeating and comfort eating foods high in fat, sugar and calories in times of stress," said study leader Nathalie Michels, from Ghent...

Diet Sodas May Not Help Kids Cut Calories

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THURSDAY, May 2, 2019 – Kids who favor diet sodas over sugary ones don't consume fewer calories over the course of a day, a new study finds. And they average 200 more calories daily than their peers who choose water, according to the results of a survey of over 7,000 U.S. children and teens. Experts said the findings support what's already recommended by groups like the American Heart...

An Expert's Guide to Healthier Grocery Shopping

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THURSDAY, May 2, 2019 – Living well starts at the grocery store: When you choose the right foods, it's easy to cook and eat healthfully. As a general rule, shop mostly along the perimeter of the store. This is where you'll find fresh foods, such as the dairy, meat, fish and fresh produce that should be the foundation of your meals. Some of the most nutritious vegetable staples available...

4 Strategies to Cope With a Food Craving

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TUESDAY, April 30, 2019 – Sticking with a diet starts with having a plan that maps out meals and snacks based on foods that help you feel full longer. After all, if you feel satisfied, you'll be less likely to rummage through your kitchen cabinets looking for treats. But sometimes cravings can get the better of you. You might be tempted by the whiff of a bakery as you walk to work, want...

Meal Swaps That Save 200 Calories

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MONDAY, April 29, 2019 – You can often lose weight by making small yet strategic calorie cuts at every meal, rather than eliminating entire meals or cutting portions so severely that you never feel satisfied. You probably already know that a cup of blueberries with a dollop of creamy yogurt has a fraction of the calories of a slice of blueberry pie. But there are many other ways you can trim the...

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