March 17, 2008 |
The Internet may be your Best Friend Forever, but when it comes to keeping weight off, you're better off communing with a real person, according to a multi-center study conducted by investigators at Duke University Medical Center and three other research institutions. In a 30-month investigation, the researchers compared the effectiveness of personal contact with a trained weight-loss counselor to Internet support in helping volunteers stave off weight gain after an initial weight loss.
June 23, 2007 |
Starting this summer, the makers of vitamins and dietary supplements will have to do something they've never done before: verify that what they sell is real. On Friday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that starting in late August, manufacturers in the $22-billon-a-year industry must conduct tests to show that their products contain all the ingredients on the label -- nothing more and nothing less. Companies must also keep records of consumer complaints.
June 20, 2005 |
Obese teenagers who took the weight loss drug orlistat while making lifestyle changes gained less weight over 54 weeks, on average, than a control group of teens who changed behaviors but took a dummy pill, a study has found. Overall, teens taking orlistat experienced a reduction in body mass index, a critical measure of whether one's weight falls within a healthy range for one's height, while those in the placebo group saw their BMIs rise.
June 13, 2005 |
Even as a new wave of dairy commercials touts eating yogurt and other dairy products as a way to shed unwanted pounds, new research shows that drinking excess milk can cause weight gain in older children. "We're concerned that adolescents will see the ads and conclude that drinking large amounts of milk will be an easy way to lose weight," says lead researcher Catherine Berkey, a biostatistician at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.
May 2, 2005 |
Deciding how often to eat can be almost as vexing as choosing what to eat. Are three daily, regularly spaced meals the best recipe for fat burning? Or five to six mini-meals? The recent publication of "The 3-Hour Diet" by fitness guru and best-selling author Jorge Cruise is likely to fuel the debate. In the book, Cruise contends that the timing of meals is as important as what's eaten.
April 11, 2005 |
Dieters often try to trick themselves into thinking they've eaten more by putting their food in smaller bowls. New research shows this tactic may work. "People often believe our stomachs tell us when we're full," says Brian Wansink, a nutrition and marketing expert at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. "But we can be tremendously influenced by the cues around us." In the study, 54 adults sat down to a free lunch, which they thought was to test a new flavor of soup.