In a 1984 snapshot taken as he crossed the finish line of a half marathon, 40-year-old Peter Larson looked “lean and mean” at 162 pounds. Now, 20 years later, Larson weighs in at 192 pounds. So what’s changed? For Larson, like millions of aging Baby Boomers who are losing the battle of the bulge, caloric intake no longer matches energy expenditure.
At a time when everything from sport utility vehicles to hamburgers comes “supersized,” the notion that less is more may seem out-of-date to some Americans. But when it comes to calories, eating fewer just might be a prescription for a longer, healthier life. Learn about the theory and research behind calorie restriction from Jenna A. Bell-Wilson, PhD, RD, LD, and assistant professor of medical dietetics at Ohio State University.
Women are at unique risk for certain nutrition-related diseases and conditions. Many of these diseases and conditions are caused by unhealthy lifestyle behaviors that may be preventable if women are given correct advice and information. To assist health professionals in educating this group about healthful eating habits and other lifestyle choices, the American Dietetic Association (ADA) and the Dietitians of Canada have released a new Position Paper on nutrition and women’s health.
Food industry experts are in agreement:
Low-carb products equal high sales. And manufacturers who are still hawking high-carb foods, such
as pasta, are starting to feel the pinch. According to some estimates, sales of pasta are down 7% across North America this year, while shares of Krispy Kreme doughnuts (once the darling of the food set) have lost a third of their value since May.
Here’s one more reason to dread Monday mornings: Chances are you put on a few pounds over the weekend. According to a University of North Carolina study, most people consume an extra 82 calories each weekend day compared to during the week. That can add up to an extra 13,000 calories—or
31⁄2 pounds—each year! The reasons for the weight gain were attributed to eating out (larger portions) and drinking alcohol more often on weekends.
Remember the old adage that an apple a day keeps the doctor away? Well,
a new book about diet & dermatology confirms that eating that Granny Smith apple may in fact reduce your
visits to the dermatologist. The promise behind The Acne Prescription: The Perricone Program for Clear and Healthy Skin at Every Age (HarperCollins 2004) is that fruit and certain other foods promote a healthy complexion. Maybe you should trade
that Botox injection for a bowl of blueberries!
Although short-term studies have shown that conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) can reduce body fat mass and increase lean mass, the long-term effects of this dietary supplement have not been researched. Now, a study published in the June issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2004; 79 , 1118–25) has determined that CLA may have long-term effects on reducing body fat in overweight but otherwise healthy adults.
To lay the foundation for lifelong good
nutrition, the ADA recently published guidelines
to give parents practical guidance on feeding their babies and very young children. “The Start Healthy Feeding Guidelines for Infants and Toddlers” answers frequently asked questions about specific nutrient requirements, food allergies, appropriate portion sizes and food safety