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Ten Ways to Outsmart Food Cravings

Posted on 09/6/2012 by | Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal Health 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?

Posted on 09/6/2012 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthEating 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 …

With the Aid of Science! News Roundup

Posted on 08/31/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthBionic eyes, curing malaria and sweet, lovely chocolate. There’s a lot of cool and groundbreaking science and medical news that came out this week. Medical science was kind of awesome this week. Cyborg: A 54-year-old blind Australian woman was fitted with a bionic eye that stimulates her nervous system to allow her to see some light. While not actually vision, it does seem to be a good first step toward a better understanding of integrating technology with the nervous system. …

Secret to Weight Loss? No Cake After Menopause

Posted on 08/30/2012 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthAs if the hot flashes and all the other annoying menopausal symptoms weren’t bad enough, according to new research the real secret to losing those stubborn postmenopausal pounds is to avoid dessert. All dessert. For. Ever. (Pausing now for mass sobbing.) Here’s the latest sad, but telling, research: Women’s metabolism declines after menopause, which makes it difficult to keep from gaining weight no matter how careful you are. Even previously slim women start battling muffin tops and poochy tummies — …

The Secret To Weight Loss? Pen and Paper

Posted on 07/16/2012 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthThe most effective secret to weight loss for older, overweight women? Keeping a food diary. That was the surprising result of new research from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle that found that women who kept food journals lost six pounds more than those who didn’t. The researchers also found that skipping meals was a bad idea. Older women who skipped meals lost almost eight fewer pounds over a year than the women who did not. And the …

Happy 75th Birthday, Bill Cosby!

Posted on 07/12/2012 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentBill Cosby, who turns 75 today, was already thinking about the trials of getting older when I first spoke with him nearly 10 years ago. “Things are old,” he told me. “Parts are old. I’m talking about ‘us’ parts. AARP-parts.  Some of us were born with stronger parts than others.” It was a routine visit with his doctor that made Cosby realize just how weak at least one of his parts was—that part being his carotid artery, which was dangerously …