Why We Should Stop Seeking the ‘Best’ Diet

Is the paleo diet the best for losing weight? Or how about Weight Watchers? Maybe low fat? South Beach? Atkins? Oh, stop. This whole debate over the “ideal” diet is misleading, and researchers and the media need to knock it off, says weight-management expert and psychologist Sherry Pagoto, Ph.D., with the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Pagoto, an associate professor who also counsels weight-management patients at the university’s Weight Center, says there really is no such thing as the “best” …

40,000 Health Apps: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Christine Porter is hooked on the My Fitness Pal app. In October, after deciding to lose 50 pounds, Porter started typing in everything she eats, drinks and any exercise she gets. “This is like my main page here,” says Porter, who lost 42 pounds in nine months. “It’s telling me I have about 1,200 calories remaining for the day. When I want to record something I just click the ‘add to diary’ button. I’m on it all day either through my …

Dining Out On A Diet: How To Save Calories, Money

Americans love to eat out. Of every dollar we spend on food, nearly half — 48 cents — goes to the restaurant industry. (Compare that to 1955, when only 25 cents of every food dollar went toward dining out.) All told, each day Americans shell out a whopping $1.7 billion on meals out, says the National Restaurant Association. Obviously, the restaurant industry is quite happy about this, but the health experts who look at our ever-expanding waistlines are not so …

The Takeaway: Weight Watchers, Fashion Icons and Middle Ageism in America

Overweight patients following the Weight Watchers plan lost around 50 percent more weight in one year than people who got tried standard diet-and-exercise … “Retirement is for old people,” said 79-year-old Italian designer Valentino Garavani … Middle ageism in America has become a tacit business practice … And a French judge fines man for not having enough sex with his wife.

Check Those Buns: The Best and Worst Burgers To Order

Of course you love a thick, juicy, all-American burger. Even First Lady Michelle Obama, anti-obesity advocate and nutrition-conscious mom, recently ordered a burger and fries at D.C.’s Shake Shack during a lunch with friends. But there are burgers and there are burgers. Some can be nutrition nightmares, packing in a day’s worth of calories, fat and sodium between two buns. By making smart choices, you can still indulge without undermining your health. Health.com recently took a look at the best …