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 …

Indulge Yourself with Health

I LOVE FOOD. I love thinking about food. I love dining out. But when it comes down to it, my favorite foods are incredibly simple: tuna salad with a mayo and celery at home, or spaghetti with Bolognese sauce when I dine out. While I like to watch reruns of Julia Child cooking for their entertainment value, I have no desire to cook coq au vin or beef bourguignon. Whether you enjoy being creative in the kitchen, or (like me) …

Chew On This: Gum Helps Surgery, But Not Diets

Chewing gum fans won one and lost one this week: A new study found that chewing gum after colon surgery could help shorten your hospital stay. On the other hand, chewing gum failed to help dieters eat less in another study. People who have surgery for colon cancer – meaning a portion of the colon is removed –  typically spend several days in the hospital waiting for their intestines to start working again so they can eat normally. Previous studies …

Good News About 7 ‘Bad’ Foods

Stay away from gluten. Eggs will raise your cholesterol. Fruits have too much sugar. Wait, what?? These are just some of the nutritional myths that keep people from eating food that’s actually healthy for them, says Washington, D.C., dietitian and author Katherine Tallmadge. In a recent Washington Post article, Tallmadge shared a list of seven myths she often hears from her clients seeking nutrition and diet counseling. Of course, the oft-repeated wisdom about moderation goes without saying here, but her …

Unraveling the Mystery of Weight Loss

If you try to stay current on the latest insights on weight loss, you quickly realize how multifaceted the issue is. Like a three-dimensional kaleidoscope, the picture is constantly changing. The following items provide insight into obesity as the new social norm, the impact of yo-yo dieting, one person’s 300-pound weight loss and the surprising success of virtual weight-loss programs: