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June 5, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
The debate over high-protein, high-fat diets versus high-carb, low-fat diets may never be settled. But the book "Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It" makes a solid case for upping the protein and excising some carbs, such as starchy vegetables and sugar-laden foods. The book's author, Gary Taubes, talks about his take on diet and nutrition in a live Web chat on Monday at 11 a.m. Pacific Time (1 p.m. Central Time, 2 p.m. Eastern Time). Taubes is a contributing correspondent for the journal Science and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Independent Investigator in Health Policy Research at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health.
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June 3, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Why are so many people obese or overweight? It's because of our love affair with sugar and starchy foods, says Gary Taubes, author of "Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It. " Taubes says that the key to weight loss isn't calories in and calories out nor obsessing about fat but in cutting back on stuff like potatoes and sugar (in all its forms) and eating more protein and even fat. Join a live Web chat with Taubes at 11 a.m. Pacific Time (1 p.m. Central, 2 p.m. Eastern) on Monday, June 6, and find out how you may be sabotaging your weight-loss goals.
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May 23, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
People with fibromyalgia suffer from chronic pain throughout the body, especially in their joints, muscles and tendons. But research shows that exercise can make patients feel better and improve their quality of life. Dr. Ginevra Liptan, an authority on the disorder at the Oregon Health Sciences Center, has conducted research on how a type of massage therapy of the fascia tissue -- the connective tissue surrounding muscles -- can help relieve discomfort. To find out more about the therapy and how exercise and fibromyalgia are linked, join a live Web chat Monday at 11 a.m. PDT (1 p.m. CDT, 2 p.m. EDT)
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May 20, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Dr. Ginevra Liptan was nearing the end of her first year in medical school when she felt a muscle tear in her neck while exercising at the gym. The injury began a frustrating odyssey of fatigue and chronic pain that was eventually diagnosed as fibromyalgia. She went on to obtain her medical degree and has emerged as a leading authority on the illness. LiptanĀ  recently opened a clinic dedicated to research and treatment of fibromyalgia, called the Frida Center. The clinic in Portland, Ore., is named after Frida Kahlo, the Mexican artist who is thought to have suffered from the disorder.
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May 15, 2011 | By Roy Wallack, Special to the Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
To what extremes can the human body be pushed? Ask ultramarathoner Marshall Ulrich in a live Web chat on Monday, May 16 at 11 a.m. Pacific time (1 p.m. CT, 2 p.m. ET). Ulrich ran 3,063.2 miles across the U.S., crossed Death Valley on foot a record 22 times and won the Badwater Ultramarathon four times. He's also the author of "Running on Empty: An Ultramarathoner's Story of Love, Loss, and a Record-Setting Run Across America. " How did running across America from coast to coast in 52 days -- the third-fastest crossing of all time and the fastest by anyone over 40 years old -- compare to the other ultra-extreme events he's done, such as running the 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon in 125-degree heat?
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May 13, 2011 | By Roy Wallack, Special to the Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
For some people, running a single marathon is a once-in-a-lifetime achievement. For ultra-runner Marshall Ulrich, it's a warm-up. Join a live Web chat with Ulrich on Monday, May 16, at 11 a.m. Pacific Time (1 p.m. CT, 2 p.m. ET) as he discusses his amazing feats, including running 3,063.2 miles across the U.S. in 52 days, winning the Badwater race four times and competing in nine Eco-Challenges. Ulrich is the author of "Running on Empty: An Ultramarathoner's Story of Love, Loss, and a Record-Setting Run Across America.
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May 8, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details. Staying in shape is so important to Kristi Yamaguchi that she just released a fitness DVD: "Kristi Yamaguchi: Power Workout. " Join a live Web chat with the Olympic figure skater on Monday at 11 a.m. Pacific time (1 p.m. Central, 2 Eastern), when she'll be giving tips on getting and staying fit. We asked the Season 6 winner of "Dancing With the Stars" how seriously she takes her job as role model to her two daughters, Keara and Emma.
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May 6, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
The Olympics may be behind her, but gold medal-winning figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi is still all about being healthy and fit. Join a live Web chat with Yamaguchi on Monday at 11 a.m. PDT (1 p.m. CDT, 2 p.m. EDT) when she'll be talking about her new fitness DVD, "Kristi Yamaguchi: Power Workout," as well as offering tips on getting and staying in shape. We asked the skater and winner of the sixth season of "Dancing With the Stars" what motivational tips she'd like to pass on to others.
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April 24, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times
Exercise is more fun when you have a companion along -- like your dog. Join a live web chat on how to exercise with your pet on Monday, April 25, at 11 a.m. Pacific time (1 p.m. Central, 2 p.m. Eastern). Our chat guest is Jackie Epping, a public health scientist in the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Epping, who has five dogs and a cat, presented her paper "An Exercise Machine with Hair? How Dogs Can Increase Physical Activity" at the American College of Sports Medicine's recent meeting.
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April 17, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times
Is your body ready for summer? Join a live Web chat with fitness expert Denise Austin on Monday, April 18, at 11 a.m. Pacific time (1 p.m. Central, 2 p.m. Eastern) about how to get in shape for swimming, surfing, hiking or just enjoying the great outdoors. We asked Austin how she incorporates stretching into her workouts. Stretching isn't everyone's favorite activity, but it can improve flexibility, making it easier to do everyday tasks. "Stretching can be done anytime, anywhere," she says.
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