On and on we struggle… trying to find successful and sustainable ways for people to lose weight and keep the weight off. Diets, drugs, natural health products, probiotics, functional foods, etc. They can all play a role but the honest truth is that we don’t yet have a tried, tested and true method that is pleasing to the population.
March is Nutrition Month! Check out the Pack-and-Go Solutions from Dietitians of Canada or the National Nutrition Month website from the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics.
Are chili peppers the next “miracle” for obesity? Capsaicin, the fiery compound responsible for chili peppers’ heat, may stimulate thermogenesis and energy burning by activating the “browning” of white fat. While only in animal stages of research, keep an eye on your health food store shelves!
Think that vitamin-enriched waters are the healthy choice? Think again. An article from the New York Times explains why you should stay away from vitamin enriched waters. Note the point that those who are consuming enriched products (and vitamin/mineral supplements) are often those people who need them the least!
Sugar is one of those insidious ingredients – sure, it’s obvious that soda and candy are pure sugar but there are a lot of “healthy” foods loaded with added sugars too… and food labels certainly don’t help. Here are some quick examples showing just how quick that 10% of total kcalories can add up.
If you missed our Facebook post, check out this Top Ten Things People Said After Eating KFC’s Double Down Dog on David Letterman. Our favourite? “Should I be sweating cheese?” Probably not. … We couldn’t agree more! The current Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs) allow for up to 25% of total caloric intake from added sugars, …
New research from McGill University confirms that our current food label systems are no better than chance (i.e., you might as well flip a coin in the grocery aisle) when it comes to helping consumers purchase healthy foods. The NuVal system used in some U.S. regions provided consumers with the quickest and most effective method …
When athletes need to drop weight quickly (not ideal but a reality!), popular techniques like severe caloric restriction, diuretics, vomiting, excessive training, and saunas can negatively impact performance AND result in acute and long-term health problems. Lately, there has been interest from athletes in the ability of a ketogenic diet to control body weight while maintaining muscle strength and size. Can a ketogenic diet help athletes lose weight and maintain performance? Or is this a recipe for weak muscles and sluggish times?
The FDA just approved the Maestro Rechargeable System for adults with obesity. It is designed to help people lose weight by regulating the neurological pathway between the brain and stomach; ideally controlling feelings of hunger and fullness.
Ah, brown fat! In 2009, three independent research groups published findings in the New England Journal of Medicine (1,2,3) demonstrating that this hero cousin to evil white fat was present and metabolically active in healthy adults. Ever since, research in the area of brown adipose tissue has exploded. As has media hyperbole! With the promise of …
Blueberries and avocado were the “one a day keeps the doctor away” foods this week. In separate studies, daily consumption of blueberries and avocado were linked to improvements in cardiovascular disease risk factors.