Salads are a lot less healthy once you make additions like croutons and a creamy dressing.
Many foods that seem healthy contain various hidden fats, sugars and salts. If you're trying to lose weight, it pays to know where they're hiding.
Stop blaming your parents for your weight.
Spoiler alert: kilojoules affect weight gain more than your genes or gut bugs.
Regular exercise can go a long way towards keeping off the weight gain at college and you don’t have to be a serious athlete to participate.
Research shows that young adults who don't exercise can expect an average eight kilograms of extra fat on their body by 28 years of age.
Pasta has a low glycaemic index.
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A recent study was reported to have found that eating pasta wouldn't make you put on weight, This is actually true, so long as you're following a low GI diet.
Don’t worry, 98% of health professionals surveyed didn’t know either.
Nearly all the weight we lose is exhaled.
But it depends on whether you’re a healthy weight to start.
We found that over 12 years, women who had an unhealthy weight and had yo-yoed didn't gain more weight than women who had never yo-yoed.
No, being thin doesn’t mean you can live off junk food.
Most people assume the only reason to eat healthy foods is to stay slim. But being slim doesn't mean you're healthy, and doesn't mean it's OK to eat junk.
Attempts to restructure our “obesogenic” food environment for health are often criticized - as restricting personal choice and freedom.
Bombarded with unhealthy offerings by the food industry, we blame and shame ourselves for gaining weight. But is it really our fault, or are we being "entrapped?"
The price of weight loss is lifelong vigilance
The type of sugar in popular soft drinks varies from country to country even if the brand name is the same.
A recent study found Australian soft drinks had higher concentrations of glucose than US soft drinks, which had more fructose. Does this mean Australian drinks are worse for health than US drinks?
Neuroscience shows the brain’s reward centres are activated by certain packaging.
No wonder we're addicted to junk food. Neuroscience shows food packaging affects our enjoyment of these foods, and plays on the same brain processes as hard drug addiction.
The make-up of your gut bacteria will determine whether or not you put on weight.
You may have let loose for the silly season, but there are some good reasons to cut back in the new year.
Many of us don’t treat alcohol with the respect the drug demands.
Metabolism can change after weight loss.
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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?
Current high rates of childhood obesity are the product of a perfect early-life storm.
Childhood obesity is increasing and is most common for children living in disadvantage. But it's preventable if we begin from the start of life.
Why is persistent weight loss and weight maintenance so difficult?
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One would imagine the body would generally be supportive of weight loss. If so, why is persistent weight loss and weight maintenance so difficult?
The sugar content of your favourite snacks might surprise you.
If you're an average-sized adult eating and drinking enough to maintain a healthy body weight, you should consume no more than 12 teaspoons of sugar per day.
Sugary drinks are high in energy and lead to weight gain and obesity.
It's time for Australia to follow the UK's lead and increase the price of sugary drinks.
Walking briskly for at least 30 minutes on most days of the week is a good start.
Many of us enter a new year reflecting on where we have been and our plans for the future. For some, this will mean acknowledging that a couple more kilos have crept on over the past year.
Weight loss is never easy.
If you're embarking on post-holiday weight loss, understanding your body’s physiological responses to the excess of the holiday season could give you the edge for a successful New Year’s resolution.