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February 20, 2006 | Sally Squires, Special to The Times
THE weight loss world is full of claims, rarely proven, that some pill or potion can help "burn calories while you sleep." But a recent study reports that this may, in fact, be possible -- simply by eating more lean protein. Dutch researchers have reported for the first time that consuming nearly a third of one's daily calories as lean protein -- for example, lean meats or poultry without the skin -- revs up a person's metabolism during sleep. And the benefits aren't just nocturnal.
November 28, 2005 | Jeannine Stein, Times Staff Writer
When it comes to dodging weight gain, high blood pressure and diabetes, most of us go for the cardio, trudging on the treadmill or easing into the elliptical trainer to slim down and get healthy. But aerobic activities aren't the only workouts that help stave off these problems, it turns out.
November 21, 2005
Chromium is an essential trace mineral found in a variety of foods, including whole grains, cereals, spices (such as black pepper), broccoli, mushrooms, cheese, seafood and meat. In the body, it plays a role in metabolizing fats and carbohydrates and controlling blood levels of sugar. The body has a hard time absorbing chromium supplements in mineral form; it is absorbed more easily when it's bound to another molecule.
April 3, 2005 | Robert Lee Hotz, Times Staff Writer
Many autistic children share a chronic flaw in the body's natural defenses against oxygen free radicals -- corrosive molecules in the body that can severely damage developing brain cells, scientists said Saturday in San Diego. The molecular havoc caused by free radicals -- natural byproducts of metabolism -- is believed to be a major factor in the cell damage that underlies aging.
November 8, 2004 | From the Hartford Courant
For people with metabolic syndrome, there is no shortage of the warning signs for heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Now scientists at Yale University Medical School say they have found a molecular common denominator that may help explain why conditions such as obesity, insulin resistance, high blood pressure, high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides tend to cluster in some people.
April 21, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Harry Beevers, 80, a UC Santa Cruz biology professor who made breakthroughs in the understanding of the cellular structure of plants, died April 14 at his home in Carmel after a brief illness. A native of Durham, England, Beevers earned degrees in botany and plant physiology from Durham University. After postdoctoral study at Oxford, he immigrated to the U.S. and taught at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., from 1950 until moving to UC Santa Cruz in 1969. He retired in 1990.
December 20, 2003 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Cholesterol is thought to be crucial to normal metabolism, but a team at Quark Biotech Inc. of Fremont has produced apparently healthy mice that are cholesterol-free. The team reported in the current issue of Science that it removed a gene that carries out the final step in the natural production of cholesterol. The mice, however, are smaller than normal and show poorer growth characteristics.
September 8, 2003 | Dianne Partie Lange
At least 4% of American youths age 12 to 19 -- and 30% of those who are overweight -- meet the criteria for metabolic syndrome, a condition that puts them at increased risk for diabetes and heart disease as adults.
October 28, 2002 | Carol Krucoff, Special to The Times
One of the most persistent myths about weight loss is that people who have trouble shedding fat are simply cursed with a slow metabolism. "Metabolism is everyone's favorite scapegoat," says William Evans, director of the Nutrition, Metabolism and Exercise Lab at the University of Arkansas for Medical Science. Yet the metabolic rate -- a measure of how many calories your body needs to function -- is rarely responsible for weight-loss woes.
June 25, 2001 | Stephanie Oakes
Question: I hear the phrase "metabolism" related to weight loss all the time in my gym. Can you tell me what it means and how to use it for losing a few pounds? CARLTON SCHUCK Shreveport, La. Answer: Metabolism is the sum of all chemical processes in the body that provide energy for the maintenance of life, says Richard Cotton, a spokesman for the American Council on Exercise.
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