Have you ever noticed that the media are constantly reporting findings from yet another nutrition research study? Knowing which types of studies are the most reliable is helpful, according to Rachel Johnson, PhD, MPH, RD, who presented on this topic at an American Dietetic Association (ADA) meeting. IDEA author Cathy Leman, RD/LD, draws on the ADA session to explain the different types of research, from the most to least reliable.
Dr. Jan Atwood, an incredibly fit 72-year-old retired exercise science professor from Penn State, knocked on my office door about a year ago. When I complimented her on looking so great, she humbly told me that her running days were over and walking was her new exercise focus despite the pain in her knees. She was hoping I could suggest a nutrition supplement or a special food that, put simply, could make the pain go away. Although I didn’t know Jan well, I knew she wouldn’t be asking for something unless the pain was real and persistent.
While Congress is reviewing a proposal that restaurants be required to publish nutrition information on their menus, consumers now have a new tool in their arsenal to make informed food choices when dining out. The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) just released a report called Anyone’s Guess, which provides sample menus and their respective calorie contents.
Four popular diets all appear to lower the risk of heart disease equally, according to research by Michael L. Dansinger, MD, of Tufts University New England Medical Center in Boston. He presented his study, which looked at Weight Watchers, the high-fat Atkins diet, the low-fat Ornish diet and the high-protein/moderate-carbohydrate Zone diet, at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2003.
For years you’ve been hearing that you should eat a diet high in carbohydrates. Now you’ve heard the opposite—that protein is king—from doctors, researchers and the media alike. What’s the straight answer? Can popular high-protein diets like the Atkins diet help you lose weight? Get the facts below from Amy Paturel, MS, MPH, nutrition consultant, educator and counselor.
Sick of all the hype over “miracle” weight loss diets? Looking for an eating style that is easy to follow, is heart protective and tastes good? Consider the merits of the Mediterranean diet. Get the scoop on this classic diet with tips below from Cathy Leman, RD, LD, ACE-certified personal trainer and owner of NutriFit, a nutrition counseling/ consulting and in-home personal training business in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.
They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. But what if your favorite man’s waist circumference is expanding, putting his health at risk? A new study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise (2003; 35 , 207-13) examined the weight loss results of 30 obese male members of the Singapore Armed Forces who completed a 4-month regimented basic training program. Fat-free mass, fat mass and percent body fat were determined through skinfold measurements.