By: The People's Pharmacy November 26, 2014 1 Comments
    Calorie Counts to Appear on Many Menus

    Most of us have no idea how many calories there are in the meals and snacks we eat, but that could soon change. Calorie Counts The FDA will require restaurants, pizza places and even movie theaters to…

    By: The People's Pharmacy November 13, 2014 1 Comments
    Action-Packed Viewing and Mindless Munching

    Television viewing may lead to overeating. This has been variously attributed to commercials for appealing, fattening foods or to the sedentary nature of watching TV. Now a small study of 94 college s…

    By: Terry Graedon June 4, 2014 8 Comments
    Is White Bread Making You Fat?

    Scientists have a new scapegoat in the search for the drivers of the obesity epidemic. A study conducted among more than 9,000 Spanish university students for five years found a link between eating wh…

    By: Terry Graedon April 24, 2014 3 Comments
    Added Sugar Makes the Standard American Diet Dan…

    Sugar may be an unexpected contributor to death from heart disease. For decades, Americans were told to reduce the amount of fat in their diets. Food companies compensated for the loss of flavor in lo…

    By: Terry Graedon January 15, 2014 2 Comments
    Drinking Diet Soda Is Not an Easy Way to Lose We…

    For millions of Americans diet soft drinks have seemed like the solution to obesity. The implied promise: Have your cake and eat it too...or more specifically, drink your favorite soda without gaining…

    By: Terry Graedon January 9, 2014 2 Comments
    Beware Bogus Weight Loss Products, Says Federal …

    While people are still struggling to keep their New Year's resolutions to lose weight, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is trying to make sure supplement companies don't take unfair advantage of the…

    By: Terry Graedon January 2, 2014 4 Comments
    New Nordic Diet Offers Another Path to Weight Co…

    The Mediterranean diet has gotten a lot of attention in the past few years, but researchers in Denmark say it is not the only way to lose weight and lower blood pressure. In a study of 181 Danes with …

    By: Terry Graedon December 2, 2013 4 Comments
    Diet Dictocrats May Have to Eat Their Words

    The flip-flop is official. Nuts are no longer bad. Thanks to new research from The New England Journal of Medicine (Nov. 21, 2013), we are now urged to eat nuts daily to reduce our risk of heart disea…

    By: Terry Graedon September 4, 2013 4 Comments
    Exercise Intensity Trumps Duration When It Comes…

    Exercise is a critical part of the weight loss equation. But those who are pressed for time--and who isn't--should be encouraged by the findings of a new study. 2,200 women and 2,300 men participated …

    By: Terry Graedon March 21, 2013 2 Comments
    Skimping on Sleep Adds Pounds

    Researchers have been warning that skimping on sleep could lead to weight gain over time. Now, investigators at the University of Colorado have found that the metabolic effects of losing just a few ho…

    By: Terry Graedon February 21, 2013 3 Comments
    Diet Soda and Dessert

    Diet soda seems like a sensible way to cut calories, but it has been controversial. Some scientists feared that the taste of artificially sweetened beverages would lead people to have a greater intere…

    By: Joe Graedon January 3, 2013 5 Comments
    How Dangerous Are Those Extra Pounds?

    Americans are being urged to shed pounds, but a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that a little extra weight may offer unexpected health benefits. For the last seve…

    By: Joe Graedon January 3, 2013 6 Comments
    Fructose Flies Under the Brain’s Radar

    High fructose corn syrup is a popular and inexpensive sweetener used in many processed foods such as breakfast bars, yogurts, bread, lunch meat and soup. It is also widely found in beverages such as j…

    By: Joe Graedon December 20, 2012 3 Comments
    Burning Fat with Exercise

    Aerobic exercise trumps resistance training for burning fat. Exercise physiologists have been debating the best type of activity for improving weight loss. Now the experiment has been completed and th…

    By: Joe Graedon November 8, 2012 2 Comments
    Weight Loss Lowers Inflammation

    Losing weight can have unexpected benefits by lowering inflammation throughout the body. There is increasing evidence that belly fat, is metabolically active. By secreting inflammatory compounds this …

    By: Joe Graedon September 20, 2012 3 Comments
    Lasting Benefits from Weight Loss Surgery

    Gastric bypass surgery can have lasting benefits for weight, metabolism, and overall health, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. There were approximately…

    By: Joe Graedon September 20, 2012 0 Comments
    Swedes Did Well with Weight Loss Surgery

    These results are consistent with the results from another long-term study of bariatric surgery, the Swedish Obese Subjects study, or SOS. In this project, approximately 2,000 Swedes received bariatri…

    By: Joe Graedon September 20, 2012 1 Comments
    BPA Higher in Overweight Youngsters

    Bisphenol A, or BPA, is associated with obesity in children. This compound is found widely in the lining of cans for foods and beverages. BPA is suspected of being an endocrine and metabolic disruptor…

    By: Joe Graedon September 20, 2012 3 Comments
    Sweet Drinks Connect with Fat Genes

    Epidemiologists from Harvard report in The New England Journal of Medicine that an interaction between genes and dietary habits may be contributing to the obesity epidemic. Data on weight, height, swe…

    By: Joe Graedon July 19, 2012 6 Comments
    Losing Weight: New Diet Pills or Changing Lifest…

    The FDA made headlines this week by approving not one but two new diet pills. Belviq (lorcaserin) and Qsymia (pronounced kyoo-sim-EE-uh and containing phentermine plus topiramate) are the first new we…

    By: Terry Graedon July 5, 2012 6 Comments
    Calories Are NOT All the Same

    Not all calories are created equal when it comes to weight loss. We have been told for decades that the source of calories doesn't matter. A calorie is a calorie is a calorie. Eat more calories than y…

    By: Terry Graedon April 5, 2012 4 Comments
    Scale May Not Tell the Truth on Obesity

    The obesity epidemic has public health experts wringing their hands. Now, a new study suggests the situation may be even more dire than they thought. A study of 1,393 New Yorkers compared a common mea…

    By: Terry Graedon March 29, 2012 3 Comments
    Chocolate Lovers Weigh Less

    Cocoa flavonoids found in chocolate have documented health benefits, such as lower blood pressure, more flexible blood vessels and more sensitive insulin response. Despite these modest but consistent …

    By: Terry Graedon February 23, 2012 15 Comments
    Fructose Not to Blame for Obesity

    Fructose has taken a lot of blame for the obesity epidemic. High fructose corn syrup is widespread in soft drinks, baked goods, ketchup and other processed foods. Some experts have postulated that fru…

    By: Terry Graedon January 5, 2012 2 Comments
    Will Your Diet Make You Fat?

    The diet wars are heating up again. This is the time of year that many people want to shed the excess pounds they put on between Thanksgiving and New Years. But should the diet be low or high in prote…

    By: Terry Graedon December 8, 2011 2 Comments
    Lower Carb Diets Benefit Girls

    The epidemic of childhood obesity has researchers looking for solutions. Researchers at the University of Alabama have found that a low-carbohydrate diet can improve metabolic measures in a group of o…

    By: Terry Graedon October 6, 2011 10 Comments
    Changing Behavior Helps Weight Loss

    Behavioral therapy helps people lose weight. There are dozens of diets, exercise programs and weight loss formulas to help people shed excess pounds. A new meta-analysis of 58 clinical trials shows th…

    By: Terry Graedon September 11, 2011 7 Comments
    Why Do We Get Fat?

    For decades we believed the experts when they repeated the mantra: "calories in-calories out." The standard advice has always been to eat less and exercise more if you wanted to lose weight. By counti…

    By: Terry Graedon July 21, 2011 6 Comments
    Counting Calories

    Some public health experts are hoping that providing restaurant customers with information about the calories in the meals they are ordering will help control obesity. No one knows yet if such a progr…

    By: Terry Graedon July 7, 2011 7 Comments
    For Weight Control, Step Away from That Spud

    Harvard researchers have advice on how to keep from gaining weight. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine analyzed data collected over two decades from more than 100,000 men and wom…

    By: Terry Graedon June 29, 2011 2 Comments
    Diet Soda Doesn’t Aid Weight Loss

    Many people drink diet soda with the understanding that this habit will help them lose weight, or at least not put on pounds. Two new studies suggest, however, that they may be disappointed. In one st…

    By: Terry Graedon June 23, 2011 3 Comments
    Fat-Free Chips Make Rats Fatter

    Americans have been told for years that they can lose weight by cutting the amount of fat they eat. The low-fat food craze of the past two decades has not produced a noticeably thinner population. Nev…

    By: Terry Graedon June 16, 2011 9 Comments
    Low-Carb Diet Targets Visceral Fat

    Visceral fat wrapped around the organs in the belly is especially harmful to health. Now scientists suggest that a moderate low-carb diet can help get rid of this deep belly fat, even if the person do…

    By: Terry Graedon January 27, 2011 2 Comments
    Will Losing Weight Improve Health?

    Weight loss is a primary tool in the fight against obesity, but Australian scientists say it is not very effective at improving health. The primary reason is that most people who diet have difficulty …

    By: Terry Graedon December 16, 2010 0 Comments
    To Keep Pounds Off, Keep Moving

    Middle-aged paunch is a common complaint for men and women alike. More people than ever are now classified as obese, with more than 30 percent of American adults in that category. The CARDIA study, fo…

    By: Terry Graedon November 24, 2010 6 Comments
    Best Diet to Maintain Weight Loss

    There has been a great deal of controversy about the best diet for weight loss and maintenance. Experts have been debating the pros and cons of high or low protein as well as high or low carbohydrate …

    By: Terry Graedon September 9, 2010 0 Comments
    Sleep to Stay Slim

    Teens who need to lose weight might start by getting more sleep. A new study has found that adolescents 16 to 19 years old who get less than eight hours sleep most week nights consume more calories. W…

    By: Joe Graedon May 20, 2010 42 Comments
    The Atkins Diet Diatribes

    We were astonished to discover that the diet dictocrats have so brainwashed the American public that data has been trumped by dogma. We recently interviewed Eric Westman, MD. He is associate professor…

    By: Terry Graedon April 28, 2010 2 Comments
    Self-Monitoring Helps Motivated Dieters

    Losing weight is one of the more difficult challenges of modern life, but one simple strategy may make a huge difference. Scientists have discovered that motivation is key, but so is a daily diary. Wr…

    By: Terry Graedon March 25, 2010 0 Comments
    How Much Exercise Prevents Weight Gain?

    A new study from Harvard sheds some light on a perpetual question: how much exercise is needed to avoid gaining weight. More than 30,000 healthy women were surveyed every few years between 1992 and 20…