Woman’s Own embracing the commercial slimming culture.
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The Wizard of Oz promised results he could not deliver but was convincing in his presentation. Diet wizards have done the same for decades.
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Dieting fads have been around for more than a century, but none of them has been shown to curb obesity long-term. The good news is that scientific evidence is revealing treatments that do work.
A woman exercising. Thousands of people will be doing the same this week in an effort to lose weight, a perennial resolution.
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Despite the efforts of millions of Americans, obesity rates continue to climb. Why is it so hard to lose weight and to keep it off? It's a lot more complicated than just pushing back the plate.
A man who is overweight walking alone in a park. Walking with a doctor could be helpful for overweight patients.
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Health care providers often recommend exercise to overweight people as a way to lose weight, but that often does not work. Injuries can occur, and frustration can mount. Can walking with them work?
A plate of fattening food is harder for some people to resist than others.
Dieting is a setup. The act of dieting causes physiological changes that make it hard to continue dieting successfully. Here's how the body fights back when some people try to lose weight.
Do you feel worried or happy at the thought of Christmas food?
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Some tips on how to fully enjoy your Christmas mince pie.
‘Skinny teas’ might not have any properties to help you lose weight, but they might remind you you’re on a diet.
You may be better off buying regular green or black tea and spending more on fruit and vegetables.
John Fekner’s art warned others of toxins poisoning the planet.
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Diet books aren't just fluff. They offer a powerful insight into who Americans are – and how we wish the world could be.
Another day, another diet.
For centuries, people have been trying to lose weight in all sorts of ways – including drinking vinegar, avoiding swamps and stocking up on grapefruit.
The price of weight loss is lifelong vigilance
Food on the mind.
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Understanding how your brain responds to food could be the key to losing weight
Woman's Own magazine created a slimming culture in the UK that lasts to this day.
A very low-carb diet can prompt changes in your brain similar to that caused by the illicit drug GHB.
Some people on very low-carb diets say they feel euphoric, have clear minds and lose their appetite. Here's why.
Unlike the immediacy of cooking, gaining and losing fat are relatively slow processes. Rapid methods for weight loss are rarely sustainable.
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.
Almost half of people report being on diets - so you should know what works and what doesn’t.
It's time to bust some diet myths and talk about the science behind weight loss
Marketing can lead you astray.
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New research shows how marketers get away with making their food look and sound healthier than it really is.
If it sounds too good to be true ...
No or little food and drink is allowed during fasting periods.
The evidence suggests that intermittent fasting can be an effective way to lose weight over a period of months. However, one size does not fit all, and it could be another's idea of hell.
Sales of protein-based health products are booming.
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Protein-based health products have been criticised for inappropriate marketing but are they even worth the money?
As many as 326,000 Australians may be unnecessarily avoiding gluten.
Gluten is a protein found in the grains wheat, rye and barley. For people with the autoimmune condition coeliac disease, eating foods that contain gluten can damage the lining of the intestines. Over time…