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Putting the Brakes on 'Emotional Eating'

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THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 – Many of us make choices about whether to eat healthy or not-so-healthy foods based on whether we're in a good or not-so-good mood. When a bad mood strikes, we often tend to reach for junk food. And that can be a recipe for disaster when you're trying to lose weight. Here's how to keep your emotions from ruining your diet resolve. First, it helps to think about the ...

Skipping the Gym, Ladies? Try the Stairs

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WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 – Older women don't have to hit the gym to stay healthy, because a stair-climbing workout appears to do the trick, researchers report. Finding the right type of exercise can be difficult for postmenopausal women, according to the North American Menopause Society. For example, high-intensity resistance training reduces age-related muscle loss, but can increase blood ...

Low-Fat Diet vs. Low-Carb One: And the Winner Is …

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TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 – When it comes to shedding pounds, the debate has raged about whether low-carb diets are better than low-fat ones. But new research finds little difference between the two. That conclusion comes from the tracking of roughly 600 adults who had been between 15 and 100 pounds overweight when they embarked on either a low-fat or low-carb supervised diet for a year. "In short, ...

How to Maintain That Weight Loss

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TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 – If you've been on a diet more than once, you know that it can be harder to maintain weight than to lose weight in the first place. In fact, many people feel that dieting is easier and that not regaining the weight is the real challenge. Here's help to keep off the pounds you worked so hard to shed. Some research suggests that being more mentally relaxed about eating ...

Obesity May Give Men With Melanoma a Survival Advantage

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THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 – Obese men with advanced melanoma skin cancer seem to have a survival benefit over their slimmer peers, a new study suggests. Among men who received treatment for the potentially deadly cancer, obese patients lived an average of 47 percent longer than those with a healthy body weight, researchers found. For women, however, weight did not affect survival, according to the ...

It's Not Your Imagination: You're Hungrier After Losing Weight

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WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 – If you find yourself famished after you've managed to diet away a sizable number of pounds, you're not alone. Cutting back on calorie consumption is likely to spark changes that permanently boost appetite among obese men and women, Norwegian researchers report. Blame it on the hunger hormone ghrelin, which spikes when you suddenly lower your food intake. It's a ...

Parents Find Kids' Weight Report Cards Hard to Swallow

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WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 – Schools across the country are issuing special report cards that assess a student's weight and health – but parents often don't believe what they're seeing, a small study shows. Known as BMI report cards, they contain information about a child's body mass index – an estimate of body fat based on weight and height. BMI report cards also outline what families can do if ...

One Hidden Culprit Behind Weight Gain: Fruit Juice

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WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 – Fruit juice isn't doing any favors for your waistline, a new study reports. People who drink a small glass of fruit juice daily can expect to steadily gain a bit of weight over the years, according to data from a long-term study of women's health. It's about the same weight gain you'd expect if someone drank a similar amount of sugary soda every day, the study authors ...

Shedding Pounds Before Weight-Loss Surgery a Smart Move

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WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 – By the time you've decided to have weight-loss surgery, you've probably given up on dieting altogether. But a new study suggests that if you can drop some weight in the month before your procedure, you might have a smoother surgery and recovery – and you could ultimately lose more weight. Researchers asked people scheduled for weight-loss procedures to go on a ...

Do Common Household Chemicals Affect Your Weight?

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TUESDAY, Feb. 13, 2018 – After losing weight, many dieters soon regain much of what they took off. Now, research hints that chemicals lurking in clothing and furniture may play a role in this frustrating yo-yo cycle. Widely used manmade chemicals called perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) may undermine dieters' attempts to maintain weight loss by slowing down the body's metabolism, the new study ...

Want to Keep the Weight Off? Eat More Slowly

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TUESDAY, Feb. 13, 2018 – Instead of gulping your food, try eating more slowly. It may help you drop those unwanted pounds, a new study by Japanese researchers suggests. Also helpful: Avoiding after-dinner snacks and eating anything in the two hours before you go to bed, the researchers said. The study linked those simple changes to a smaller waist, and lower rates of obesity and overweight. ...

The Right Way to Weigh Yourself

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TUESDAY, Feb. 13, 2018 – The scale can be your best friend – or your worst enemy – when you're on a diet. But whether or not you like what you see, a scale isn't the only – or the best – way to track your progress. Rather than looking for a particular number on a scale, measure success in more meaningful ways. Changes in your body mass index, or BMI (a ratio of your weight and height), is ...

Fuel Up And Hydrate Properly Like An Olympian

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FRIDAY, Feb. 9, 2018 – While you watch the Winter Olympics from the comfort of your couch in the coming weeks, pay heed to what helped the athletes reach peak physical condition. "Olympians can teach us a lot about how to eat for better health and performance," said Kaley Mialki, a dietitian with the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. "Fueling and hydrating ...

Exergaming: Workouts That Work for All Ages

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WEDNESDAY, Feb. 7, 2018 – "Exergaming" – playing video games that get you off the sofa and into the action – has positive fitness benefits that span the generations. It can be a way to introduce sedentary kids to exercise and even keep seniors fit. Because it engages the mind, it also may lead to better cognitive function in your later years as well. Whether simulating tennis, golf or dance, ...

Losing Weight Eases Obesity-Related Pain. But How Much Is Enough?

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TUESDAY, Feb. 6, 2018 – Losing 10 percent of your body weight appears to reduce pain related to obesity, even in non-weight-bearing areas, a new study finds. "It's been known for some time that people who are obese tend to have higher levels of pain, generally speaking," said investigator Andrew Schrepf. "But the assumption has always been the pain is going to be in the knees, hips and lower ...

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