Chubby Mice Show Why Midnight Snacking Makes Us Fat

Is midnight snacking bad for you? Diet experts have gone back and forth on that question, but new research from the University of Pennsylvania provides some dramatic evidence that chowing down late at night will indeed make you fat. The study, published this week in the journal Nature Medicine, found that disrupting the body’s internal clock can play a big role in weight gain. Or, to put it another way, it isn’t so much what you eat as when you …

Reduce Depression and Enhance Happiness with the Seven-a-Day Diet

Can peas replace Prozac pills and apples replace Abilify tablets? Hippocrates, who believed in the healing power of nature, may have been on to something when he advised us nearly 25 centuries ago to make food our medicine and medicine our food. In the intervening centuries, though, we seem to have ignored the first half of Hippocrates’s counsel-to make food our medicine-and misinterpreted his advice to make medicine our food. How else can we explain the record number of Americans …

10-Second Weight Loss Secret: Read. The. Label.

This has got to be the simplest weight loss trick ever: Read the nutrition labels. That’s right. An international team of scientists, using data collected by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),  found that people who paid attention to the nutrition labels on food weighed less than those who didn’t. For women, in particular, paying attention to those nutrition facts translated into an 8.6-pound difference over those who ignored them. As reported in The Atlantic, the results …

Does Drinking Water Trigger Weight Loss?

 Perhaps so. Researchers studied middle-aged adults who were placed on a low-fat, low-calorie diet (1,200 calories for women and 1,500 for men). After three months, the subjects who drank two glasses of water before breakfast, lunch and dinner lost an average of 15.5 pounds, compared to the non-water drinkers who lost 11 pounds. The difference occurred because the adults who drank water ate 75-90 calories less per meal. Also promising were the long-term losses. Researchers continued to monitor the water …

Ten Ways to Outsmart Food Cravings

 Losing weight and keeping it off require effective management of food cravings that can easily undermine plans to eat healthfully. Use these 10 tips to manage yourself through the crazy maze of cravings: 1. Eat at regular intervals. To avoid becoming overly hungry, don’t go more than five hours without eating. 2. Include protein in each meal to control appetite. Skinless poultry, fish, eggs and low-calorie dairy products are good sources. 3. Stay hydrated with water, since thirst can mask …

Five on Fiber Quiz: Which Foods Help You Feel Fuller?

Eating high-fiber foods helps you feel fuller, which helps keep your appetite in check – a good thing when you’re trying to cut calories. But there are high-fiber foods you may actually want to eat, and then there is the seaweed supplement that was the focus of recent research that went totally bust. The study looked at whether a seaweed-based fiber supplement could help people stick to their diets. The problem, as Danish researchers discovered earlier this year, is that …