There can be benefits to fidgeting, such as boosting attention or helping you burn up to 800 extra calories a day. But it comes at a cost...
There are many types of “fasting” diets. But are they any better than restricting your energy intake the old fashioned way?
Fasting diets aim to make it easier to stick to a weight loss program, but they are not for everyone.
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.
Is whole body vibration just another fitness fad?
Whole body vibration therapy is undertaken by standing, sitting, lying or doing exercises on specifically designed equipment that oscillates at relatively high frequencies.
Many mindfulness studies on weight loss are flawed. Others only measure surrogate outcomes, such as snacking less.
It should be easier for men to lose weight, but they’re less likely to go on diets than women.
Had to let the belt out a notch or two lately? Then it may be time to give your eating habits an overhaul. Good news - fast meals can be tasty, and healthy.
Short bursts of intense exercise are all the rage. But a new study finds that a more moderate approach can be just as good.
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?
As obesity has become a health concern globally, weight loss information has proliferated – with questionable effects on its prevalence.
Genes aren't destiny.
Why that fitness plan you saw online probably won't help you lose as much weight as it claims.
Contrary to myth, sex is not good exercise.
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.
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?
You’ve probably seen ads and testimonials for this stuff … but what does the evidence say about its effectiveness?
Weight-loss supplement Garcinia Cambogia has had an exponential rise in sales since its marketing on the Doctor Oz show.
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.
There are a raft of weight-loss supplements and complementary medicines available, but is their efficacy proven?
The list of over-the-counter dietary and weight-loss supplements is exhaustive, with the majority based on scant supporting evidence from studies conducted in humans to support their claims.
If it sounds too good to be true ...
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.
Exercise isn’t the best way to lose weight, in fact it’s one of the hardest.
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Some common misconceptions about exercise and weight loss need to be addressed before you undertake those resolutions.
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.