- Eating less and still not losing weight? Anecdotally, some people complain that they find it harder to lose weight when they restrict calories than other people do. Recently, a study using whole-room indirect calorimetry (a good measurement of people’s metabolism), supports the idea that some people have a “thrifty” metabolism, whereby, their metabolic rate decreases significantly more than others when they cut the calories. The researchers are quick to point out, however, that this doesn’t mean you should stop trying or that eating less and exercising more can’t work for you.
- How much exercise is too much? We always tout exercise as healthy (and in most cases it is) but can you get too much? Check out the report on the effects of Ultraman competitions on the body. Double digit weight loss (not ideal for these athletes), large fluctuations in blood sugar levels, and they haven’t even finished analysing the data yet.
- Vitamin D….It’s not just for humans. Turns out that hospitalized, pet cats with higher levels of vitamin D fared much better than their furry friends with lower levels of vitamin D. That being said, the researchers don’t recommend supplementation, just a healthy diet – perhaps with a few tuna treats – and remember that vitamin D can be toxic at high levels (no we don’t know what that is for cats!).
- The psychology of eating. How can you turn eating into a healthy enjoyable experience for a child while avoiding the free-for-all that could lead to obesity? The trick is apparently for the parents to have the ultimate control in that they decide what foods are offered but to give the child the perception of control by letting them make a few decisions regarding the amount of food they eat and the timing.
- Leslie Beck shares her tips on eating to keep your mind sharp in a short video.
- Get your gardening gloves out because we think these results would old true even for adults! Kids who learn to grow veggies are more likely to eat veggies. When school lunches incorporated kid-grown salad greens, more kids choose to eat them AND plate waste decreased.