Thin or Fiscally Fit: You Choose

Would you rather be thin or debt-free? I know, you want to be both. For those of us who are overweight and underwater, it’s a nice dilemma to mull over (beats the quandary of saving for retirement or paying for your kid’s college education). But it wasn’t a tough call for 72 percent of 2,021 Americans polled. They’d rather keep their current debt than the alternative: gain 25 pounds and owe nothing. Related: Be Debt-Free in a Year or Less Maybe …

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 …

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 …

The #1 Best All-Around Exercise for Every Post-50 Body

Recently I introduced you to one of the best exercises anyone, of any age, can do to fight osteoporosis AND get those upper arms looking lean and mean. In case you missed it, click here to read the blog post and see the short video: “Fix the Flaw: How to Get Fit Arms After 50.”  For those of you who were inspired enough to get down and “do ten” (I hope that was all of you!) get ready, ’cause we’re …

Chronic Hedonic Hyperphagia Causes Eating for Pleasure

Are you overweight? If so, you may be one of the millions of people around the world who are plagued with chronic hedonic hyperphagia. If this is the first time you’ve heard this term, you aren’t alone. Until April 2013, ordinary folks-indeed, even members of the medical community-were generally unaware of this syndrome. In research presented at the 245th meeting in New Orleans of the American Chemical Society (the members certainly meet a lot, don’t they?), Tobias Hock, PhD, explained …