How to Beat Fitness Saboteurs

You may have noticed that for the most part, my articles focus on the positive aspects of getting fit. (I have found the upside so incredible that I wonder why it took me so long to make positive changes.) At the same time, I recognize the downside: when we decide to make changes and get fit, some of us will find ourselves dealing with individuals who seek to undermine our efforts. Related: The #1 Best All-Around Exercise for Every Post-50 …

Losing Weight: When Two Rights Still Make a Wrong

Denise, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has a common problem. She is doing everything she can to lead a healthy lifestyle, but the stubborn pounds refuse to leave her body. I’ve read your advice, and I have completely revamped my nutritional intake to high-quality proteins, whole grains, vegetables, fruits and fat-free dairy. I even started buying salmon to cook for myself a couple of times a week. On the exercise front, I am walking and using my pedometer, but the weight is …

Is How You Eat as Important as What You Eat?

In predicting future cardiovascular disease in preschoolers, is how children eat as important as what they eat? The surprising answer is yes. A Canadian study led by Dr. Nav Persaud, a family physician, found “a significant association between poor eating habits in kids ages three to five and their levels of non-HDL-or ‘bad’-cholesterol, putting them at risk for cardiovascular disease later in life.” The eating habits that place children at risk for heart disease in adulthood are – eating while …

If You’re Fat, Does It Mean You’re Ill? (Yes, Says AMA)

One in three American adults is obese, and the American Medical Association (AMA) believes the medical community needs to do more to help fight this problem. Th AMA’s solution is to declare obesity a disease. The nation’s largest physician organization said this week that “recognizing obesity as a disease will help change the way the medical community tackles this complex issue.” It could have a greater impact on how insurance companies deal with the problem and what additional treatments they …

Wait, Now They Tell Us Being Overweight Is OK?

Just in time for those New Year’s resolutions about diet comes this surprising news: While being obese is still bad for your health, new research suggests that those who are moderately overweight have a lower risk of dying than normal-weight people do. The study, published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association, is a big one – an analysis of 100 international studies that included about 3 million adults. The authors were researchers with the National Center for Health …

Juice Makes You Fat, Veggies Make You a Hero

Does eating extra fruits and vegetables really help you lose weight? Does adding vegetables to the dinner plate make you seem like a better, more caring cook? Glad you asked. Two surprising studies add a new twist to the old bromide about eating and serving all that healthy stuff. First, the weight-loss question. A study from researchers at Purdue University in Indiana recently took a closer look at the weight-loss advice to fill up on things like broccoli, carrots, apples and …