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 …

Why Lost Pounds Return and Bring Friends

An acquaintance once said that she had lost over 200 pounds. Looking at her girth, I confess that I doubted the claim until she quickly added, “Of course, it’s the same 20 pounds 10 times.” Given the single-minded focus required to lose weight, why do so many of us (an estimated percent) regain the pounds we lost-and even add a few more? How maddening is that? Researchers are starting to explain this common experience, and their insights are both encouraging …

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 …

Backsliding or Thin for Life?

Don’t we all know someone who had lost 30 pounds, swore to never regain the weight and then regained that much and more? Or someone who had exercised regularly, suffered an injury and then became a weight-gaining couch potato? These stories worried me, especially when a back injury threw me off track. Unable to play tennis, work out at the gym or practice yoga, I was limited to therapeutic pool walking. Distressed and irritable with pain, I found it easy …

Have a No-Weight-Gain Holiday Season

Even if we don’t look at the calendar, aisles of candy in the grocery stores and drugstores remind us that Halloween is around the corner. On the heels of Halloween is Thanksgiving, followed by Christmas and Hanukkah, which are followed by celebrations for the New Year. And don’t forget the eating ritual associated with Super Bowl Sunday in early February! For the next few months, the spotlight on food-especially treats and special indulgences-will be relentless. Social gatherings and nonstop advertising will …

Pants Too Tight? Blame It On Potatoes

The pants you wore 20 years ago - do they fit today? Probably not, if you’re like most Americans. That’s because as we age, we slowly pack on extra pounds even though we swear we’re not eating any differently. Now a new Harvard study has looked at why we get fatter as we get older. Researchers  tracked the weight and eating habits of 120,877 Americans every four years for two decades and say they have found the main culprit: Potatoes. Even more …