Posts Tagged ‘weight loss’

Best Diets: Winners, Losers, and Marathon Performers

January 5, 2017 — In the midst of this unfortunate season of diets, U.S. News is out with its Best Diets report. Within it, you can find some sanity without looking too hard. But the report also has enough detail so you can find your way to a fad or two if you try hard enough. Please don’t. Marathon performers sit firmly […]

Inspiring Weight Loss Meets Stubborn Biology and Daily Life

January 4, 2017 — Inspiration season has arrived. So for the next few weeks, health and lifestyle reporters will bury us with inspiring weight loss stories. These stories feature people who turn their lives and health around through force of will and strength of character. Of course, most of these people have been at it for less than a year. First […]

Getting a Grip on the Reality of Bariatric Surgery

December 28, 2016 — One of the Top 10 Advances of 2016 in obesity and health is better, more meaningful reporting. Gina Kolata of the New York Times has been producing outstanding reports on obesity for nearly a year. She continued yesterday with an in-depth story about the reality of bariatric surgery. Her latest report is the story of […]

This Is Us: Working on Weight Loss Under Contract

November 21, 2016 — What could be worse than living with obesity and feeling like you’re invisible? How about having the whole world watch while you work on your weight under the terms of an employment contract? That’s a circumstance that actress Chrissy Metz is embracing. When she signed on for the role of Kate in the hit show, […]

Unacceptable Liver Toxicity from Dietary Supplements

October 20, 2016 — To understand the potential for harm from herbal and dietary supplements (HDS) for weight loss, consider this observation recently published in Hepatology: HDS-induced liver injury now accounts for 20% of cases of hepatotoxicity in the United States based on research data. The major implicated agents include anabolic steroids, green tea extract, and multi-ingredient nutritional supplements (MINS). This observation […]

Obesity Care: Giving Up, Doubling Down, or Getting Real?

October 16, 2016 — Primary care providers face a dilemma. More than a third of adults have obesity. Providers spend 75% of their time managing the chronic diseases that result – things like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and arthritis. So what should they be doing about obesity? Does telling a patient to lose weight mean that a provider is […]

Three Kinds of Health Advice for Wishful Thinkers

October 4, 2016 — Wishful thinking is pretty easy to find when the subject is fitness, nutrition, health, and obesity. Another label for it might be magical thinking. Unfortunately, health writers promote wishful thinking far too often. Here are three notorious forms of it: Exercise for Weight Loss. The myth that working out is a great way to lose weight is […]

Score One for Mindfulness

October 1, 2016 — The concept of mindfulness has tremendous momentum in popular culture. So naturally, we are skeptical when fans suggest that it’s the answer to all our woes in obesity. But a new study published in the October issue of Obesity makes it pretty clear that incorporating mindfulness principles into behavioral therapy for weight loss and maintenance can […]

Fitness Trackers Work – For Fitness

September 28, 2016 — Last week, JAMA published a randomized, controlled study that showed fitness trackers don’t help people lose weight. This week, Obesity published a systematic review and meta-analysis of how well fitness trackers work for their intended purpose – promoting fitness activities. Surprise, surprise: adding a fitness monitor to fitness programs seems to yield more physical activity. Herman […]

This Is Why They’re Called Fitness Trackers

September 21, 2016 — A new randomized, controlled study published yesterday in JAMA found that fitness trackers added to a 24-month weight loss program did not help with weight loss. In fact, adding them actually resulted in less weight loss. People in the control arm with a standard weight loss program lost an average of 13 pounds after 24 months. […]