The European Union wants to help its citizens get fit and healthy. So much so that they have cofunded a project costing €4.9 million ($6.7 million U.S.) to help people more and manage their weight using technological and informational advancements.
Dubbed the Daphne Project, it will span 3 years and will incorporate sensors designed to accurately determine daily energy expenditure and monitor overall fitness. The EU is partnering in the project with universities and technology companies from Ireland, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, the U.K. and Israel.
Brian Biagioli is the executive director for the National Council on Strength & Fitness (NCSF) and a founding member of the Coalition on Registration for Exercise Professionals (CREP). A longtime leader in the health and fit- ness industry, Brian also serves as the graduate program director for strength and conditioning in the department of kinesiology and sport sciences at the University of Miami.
You probably have clients who have been dieting most of their adult lives. A study published in the International Journal of Obesity (2013; doi: 10.1038/ijo.2013.138) shows that there may be a physiologic reason why diets could be a poor bet, especially for obese people.
Not everyone uses text messages, but for those who do, fitness professionals can harness the power of technology to help clients get healthier, say researchers at Duke University.
Scientists followed 50 obese women who received either a daily text for weight loss intervention or used more traditional methodology, such as writ- ten food journals or computer-tracked journaling. Over 6 months, the 26 subjects in the texting group lost an aver- age of 3 pounds, whereas the 24 who journaled more traditionally actually gained 21⁄2 pounds.
Food journals can be a great tool to help you lose weight. Journals allow you to document everything you eat in a day in one convenient location. Scientific literature has established that keeping track of what you eat and drink is an effective tactic for making dietary changes.
You can record your food intake on paper or electronically. An effective food journal should include these basics:
Kara A. Witzke, PhD, leads the exercise and sport science program at Oregon State University-Cascades. Her work in the health and fitness industry spans more than 20 years and has included positions in personal training, cardiac rehabilitation, workplace wellness, fit- ness certification, weight management, education and research. Most recently, her research has focused on the effects of exercise on musculoskeletal and metabolic systems through funding from the National Institutes of Health.
A new study in the British Journal of Nutrition (2013; 109 , 2015–23) has found that eating either peanuts or peanut butter as part of your break- fast can control blood sugar throughout most of the day, even following a high-carb lunch.