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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.

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Molecular Time Machine: Turning Back Brain Age

Posted on 03/22/2013 by |Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal Health Warning: This article should not be read by anyone with a brain that is under the age of 50. You don’t need to be around adolescents very long before you realize that their brains work differently from those of adults, especially senior adults. What the youthful brain lacks in judgment and stability, however, is compensated for by its speed of learning and memory recall. But what if, through a simple flip of a molecular switch, we seniors could have it …

On the Verge of Discovery: The Fountain of Youth in Pill Form

Posted on 03/18/2013 by |Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal HealthIf you could take a pill and prevent further aging, would you take it? Besides extending the length of your life, what if the pill could protect you from cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and type 2 diabetes? You might even find your skin looking younger. Do these claims sound like science fiction? Not at all, according to David Sinclair, a geneticist who heads the Lowy Cancer Research Centre’s Laboratory for Ageing Research at the University of New South Wales. Dr. Sinclair, …

Brain Fitness: Four Strategies to Keep Your Wits with Aging

Posted on 03/6/2013 by |Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal HealthHowever magnificent one’s earlier accomplishments, getting older can be a humbling experience. Loss of peripheral vision and depth judgment, lessened hearing acuity, decreased sensitivity of taste buds, stiffened arteries, declining bone density, a less efficient heart pump, reduced lung capacity, wrinkling of skin, reduced muscle strength and, for some, loss of hair are a few of the physical changes that are biologically predetermined. The aging process also brings social and emotional losses. As we age, parents and older relatives die, …

For Weight Loss, Is When You Eat as Important as What You Eat?

Posted on 02/5/2013 by |Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal HealthDo you follow the folk wisdom practice of eating like a king for breakfast, a prince for lunch and a pauper for dinner? Or do you hoard your calories and eat like a pauper throughout the day and like a king at night? If you tell me what time of day you eat your main meal, I’ll tell you whether you’ll be successful in your weight-loss efforts. This declaration is based on a large-scale study, reported in the January 2013 …

When the Flu Strikes, Laughter Is the Best Medicine

Posted on 01/25/2013 by |Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal HealthWhen you’re flat on your back with the flu, the ceiling becomes a blank slate on which you can write your thoughts.  Still bedbound on day five of what experts say is usually a three-day event (I would love to personally update these “experts”), I have moved on from feeling sorry for myself to thinking about the advantages of this dramatic interruption in my life’s reel. I found 10 benefits to offset the inconvenient and uncomfortable minuses: 1. You save …

Counter Intelligence: Take-Out Recipes for Chefs on the Go

Posted on 12/27/2012 by |Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal HealthYou no longer need to be sitting at a computer to find fabulous ideas for gourmet (and healthy) meals. Instead, you can use the latest mobile technology to find recipes on these sites: Epicurious: This website features more than 30,000 recipes from publications such as Gourmet and Bon Appétit. Recipes are organized by category, such as quick and easy, healthy and holiday and celebrations. A search function makes finding that perfect recipe easy and pain free. For those on the …