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HEALTH
August 8, 2005 | Emily Singer, Special to The Times
PEOPLE plagued by middle-age spread may now have a gentle way to halt the scale's uptick. New research shows that regular yoga practice can lessen weight gain in middle age and can help overweight people shed pounds. The weight loss boost may come more from the mental benefits of yoga than the exercise itself. "When you practice yoga, you become more aware of the sensations in your body," says lead researcher Alan R.
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HEALTH
July 4, 2005 | From Washington Post
Overweight people who are otherwise healthy might increase their risk of dying by intentionally losing weight. A study of 2,957 twins in Finland found that those who were overweight and who lost weight on purpose were about 86% more likely to die for any reason over the next 18 years compared with those whose weight remained stable.
HEALTH
June 27, 2005 | Sally Squires, Special to The Times
To reach a healthier weight this summer, consider throwing some Portobello mushrooms, veggie burgers and fish on the grill in place of the usual steak, hot dogs and chicken. A new study of about 55,000 healthy, middle-aged Swedish women finds that vegetarians of all types weighed significantly less than their meat-eating counterparts. The findings are some of the first to show a direct link between a plant-based diet and a lower body mass index.
HEALTH
June 13, 2005 | Emily Singer, Special to The Times
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.
BUSINESS
June 7, 2005 | Lisa Girion, Times Staff Writer
Jeanne Jones, a nurse at Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, gingerly felt her way down the steps because she couldn't see her feet beneath her broad belly. She waddled to the hospital lobby and pressed her plump frame into a chair. When she got up, she had to squeeze herself out. As she made her way toward the hospital pharmacy, she spied a nurse she had worked with for years. She was about to say hello when the nurse looked away.
HEALTH
May 23, 2005 | Elena Conis
Early research on conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) showed that it destroyed fat cells in mice -- a finding that has made the compound an increasingly popular weight loss supplement. CLA is a modified form of linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for nutrition. It's most abundant in milk, cheese, lamb and beef, but the CLA in most supplements comes from vegetable oils, such as sunflower oil. Most diets provide no more than a gram of CLA per day.
SPORTS
May 12, 2005 | Jerry Crowe, Times Staff Writer
So, how did Shaquille O'Neal lose all that weight? Put his mind to it, mostly. "He had a lot of self-motivation," said Ryan Oliver, a personal trainer from Portland, Ore., who oversaw O'Neal's workout regimen last summer in Orlando, Fla., implementing a program designed to meet the goals of the Miami Heat, which wanted a slimmer Shaq than the one it had acquired from the Lakers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 2005 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
Every morning, Stephanie Theroux, 16, gets in a 40-minute workout. But not at home or a private gym. Her exercise sessions are part of a new class offered at Tesoro High School aimed at helping students shed a few pounds, build muscle and learn about diet and nutrition. "I wanted to get in shape and lose a little bit of weight," said Theroux, a nearly 5-foot-8 junior who has lost 10 pounds since she began the class in the fall. She now weighs about 180.
NATIONAL
May 3, 2005 | From Reuters
A low-fat diet rich in colorful vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans has twice the cholesterol-lowering power of a conventional low-fat diet -- even when the two diets have the same amount of calories and fat, researchers said Monday. Writing in the Annals of Internal Medicine, they said the study suggested that low-fat diets might often fail to lower cholesterol because they contained the wrong nutrients.
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