Fat to Fit

Carole Carson, author of From Fat to Fit: Turn Yourself into a Weapon of Mass Reduction, serves as the coach for the AARP Fat to Fit online community. On the brink of 60 and just 5-foot-1, Carole Carson weighed 182 pounds. Then, unbelievably, she shed 62 pounds. Next, she turned around and inspired people in her community of Grass Valley, Calif., to lose 4 tons of weight together. Now she's doing the same for AARP members with the Fat to Fit Weight-Loss Challenge.

Chronic Hedonic Hyperphagia Causes Eating for Pleasure

Are you overweight? If so, you may be one of the millions of people around the world who are plagued with chronic hedonic hyperphagia. If this is the first time you’ve heard this term, you aren’t alone. Until April 2013, ordinary folks-indeed, even members of the medical community-were generally unaware of this syndrome. In research presented at the 245th meeting in New Orleans of the American Chemical Society (the members certainly meet a lot, don’t they?), Tobias Hock, PhD, explained …

Swimsuit Time Is Pantry Makeover Time

Standing in front of a three-way mirror trying to find a flattering swimsuit may not be your idea of a fun time. You aren’t alone. More than any other time of the year, the approaching warm summer days that call for swimsuits, sleeveless blouses, cropped pants and shorts make us self-conscious about the shape of our bodies. But how we look on the outside is only part of the picture. How we look on the inside is just as important. …

Eating Done Right: Oatmeal – Food of the Week

For sheer versatility, oatmeal is hard to beat. Besides serving as a hearty breakfast cereal, oatmeal can be added to meat loaf or baked in cookies, cakes, bread, muffins and scones. Oatmeal can also be ground in a blender to create oat flour that can be used as a coating for fish or chicken. Oatmeal is credited with numerous health benefits. Regularly consuming oatmeal lowers cholesterol levels and reduces the risk of heart disease. Oatmeal also enhances the immune system’s …

Are Mindfulness Benefits Too Good to Be True?

Is Mindfulness the Latest Fad? Are the Benefits Too Good to Be True? Would you be skeptical if I told you that without taking a pill or seeing a therapist, you could lower your blood pressure, raise your self-esteem, experience equanimity in the face of stress, improve the quality of your sleep, reduce chronic pain, get greater enjoyment from eating even while eating less, increase your energy and make better decisions? That you could be happier and see the world …

Five Steps to Avoid Acting in Haste and Repenting in Leisure

Speed and efficiency have become key values for us. We expect an instant response when we flip a light switch or download a movie on television. We anticipate immediate acceleration when we put our foot on the gas and a reverse but equal response when we brake. We are a nation of fast-food lovers. Computer-mediated communication, whether by email, text messages or phone, allows us to be in touch with anyone on the globe within seconds. Life in the high-speed …

The Ageless Benefits of Team Sports: Getting Back in the Game

Growing up in Iowa in the ’50s, I played several sports including volleyball and softball, but my favorite was basketball. My father, who encouraged his five offspring to be competitive, converted the haymow of our barn to a basketball court so that we could practice year round. (He played radio music at full blast for the chickens being raised on the first floor so the sound of the pounding basketball wouldn’t disturb them.) As the fourth child, I was up …