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Some people reward themselves for exercise with food, stymying weight-loss efforts. from www.shutterstock.com

I go to the gym every day. Why can’t I lose weight?

People are often disappointed when exercise doesn't translate into weight loss. Here are four reasons it might not be happening for you (yet).
The drive to overeat may be rooted in survival brain circuits. Phovoir/Shutterstock.com

Overeating? It may be a brain glitch

New weight loss approaches seek to switch off the brain patterns that drive overeating and weight regain. Here's how that works, and how it could help you.
Looks …. tasty? Roasted crickets are shown at the Entomo Farms cricket processing facility in Norwood, Ont., in April 2016. Loblaw has added cricket powder to its lineup of President’s Choice products. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Thornhill

Jiminy Cricket! Why bugs may soon be on the menu

Canada's biggest grocery chain is now selling cricket flour under its revered private label. Here's what that says about contemporary eating habits.
Younger Canadians are going meatless, but Canada still has a love affair with meat, according to a Dalhousie University study. This 2015 photo shows rib eye steak with gochujang butter and nori. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Young Canadians lead the charge to a meatless Canada

Canadians still love their meat, but consumers under 35 are three times more likely to consider themselves vegetarians or vegans than consumers who are 49 or older.
Most Canadians eat at least double the daily adequate intake of sodium. And, shockingly, 93 per cent of children aged four to eight exceed Health Canada’s Tolerable Upper Intake Level. (Shutterstock)

Dietary salt, the silent killer: How much is too much?

Most men, women and children in Canada exceed the tolerable upper limits of salt for their bodies. Consumers need to understand how much salt is too much -- to avoid hypertension and heart disease.
Alternatives such as dates have the same number of kilojoules as sugar. Artur Rutkowski

You don’t need to quit sugar to improve your health

Quitting sugar is unlikely to improve your health any more than cutting down on ultra-processed foods, eating more vegetables and cooking food from scratch.
Eating a delicious doughnut now seems more rewarding than the nebulous concept of “better future health”. from www.shutterstock.com

Why telling people they could get sick in the future won’t persuade them to be healthy now

People tend to value potential future rewards less than similar immediate rewards when they must choose between them. Psychologists and economists call this “delay discounting”.
The researchers looked at cancer occurrence in those exposed to higher intakes of ultra-processed foods, compared to lower intakes. Shutterstock

Research Check: will eating ‘ultra-processed’ foods give you cancer?

The study showed that every 10% increase in consumption of ultra-processed food was linked to a 12% increase in developing some types of cancers. But it didn't show the processed food caused cancers.
Iron deficiency causes weakness, fatigue, poor concentration, headaches, and intolerance to exercise. Toa Heftiba

I’ve been diagnosed with iron deficiency, now what?

The first step is to take an iron supplement to give your iron stores an immediate boost, then you want to investigate the cause and possibly work on your diet.

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