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Another day, another diet. Yuriy Maksymiv/Shutterstock

The long, strange history of dieting fads

For centuries, people have been trying to lose weight in all sorts of ways – including drinking vinegar, avoiding swamps and stocking up on grapefruit.
Is coconut oil all it’s really cracked up to be, or is it just another fad? Sebastien Gabriel/Unsplash

Five claims about coconut oil debunked

Coconut oil is being hailed as the new "superfood", helping us lose weight and kill harmful bugs. But how do the claims stand up to scientific scrutiny?
Unlike the immediacy of cooking, gaining and losing fat are relatively slow processes. Rapid methods for weight loss are rarely sustainable. from www.shutterstock.com

Why terms like ‘shred, burn and melt’ belong in the kitchen, not the gym

Celebrity fitness gurus tell us to turn up the heat in the gym to see immediate results. But the science of how we use energy in our bodies shows a long-term view is the best approach.
Metabolism can change after weight loss. Women measuring waist image via www.shutterstock.com.

Why so many people regain weight after dieting

Weight loss often leads to declines in our resting metabolic rate – how many calories we burn at rest – which makes it hard to keep the weight off. So why does weight loss make resting metabolism go down?
Contrary to myth, sex is not good exercise. From www.shutterstock.com

Sex and other myths about weight loss

Losing weight is hard enough to do without myths interfering in the process. Information based on evidence, not legend, is important. Doctors aren't enough. Friends, family, media need to be on board.

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