Eating for Weight Control
Since children eat up to two meals per day at school, healthy school food can play a major role in combating obesity in young people.
As a fitness professional, you know that nutrition plays a key role in your client’s journey to better health. Get them hooked on a healthy sweet treat with watermelon! This refreshing fruit is more than just a tasty snack; it’s packed with nutrition benefits for fit-minded folks:
In today’s fast-paced world, many are guilty of eating fast. But failing to slow down could be one reason why Americans are gaining weight.
Comparing what happened when 1,070 participants ate the same test meals, researchers found a link between hunger and blood sugar responses.
Some mothers turn to bottled formulas to nourish their children. But added sugar in baby formula—like corn syrup—can lead to weight gain.
Millions of Americans spoon up oatmeal for breakfast. It seems oatmeal does raise blood sugar but the effects depend on the type of oat.
The carbohydrate in real maple syrup delivers vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that help support health and exercise performance.
Researchers determined that dairy can have a positive impact on body weight and fat mass, but only if accompanied by dietary calorie restriction.
With respect to weight management, we now have more proof that it’s not just what we eat that matters but also when we take in our calories.
Research found that following the keto diet helped strength-trained women ages 23–31 to drop fat mass with no significant loss of fat-free mass.
For clients whose primary health focus is to shed a few pounds, perhaps directing them toward a wellness-oriented app could help them nail this goal.
A recent study from researchers at the Center for Weight, Eating, and Lifestyle Science has linked working out to helping people eat less, not more.
Here’s news that will please oatmeal lovers: Making time for a hearty morning meal may boost daily calorie burn, say German researchers.
Ten months after the University of California, San Francisco, banned sales of soda and other sugar-sweetened drinks, 214 full-time employees who had frequently consumed these beverages were drinking only about half as much of them, on average, according to a study in JAMA Internal Medicine. The research also showed a drop in waist circumference among the employees.
Weight Watchers, now rebranded as WW®, recently launched Kurbo, a new weight-loss app aimed at ages 8–17. Among the weight- and diet-focused elements of the Kurbo app is a traffic-light system that indicates which foods kids can freely enjoy and which they should limit. For example, an apple gets a green light, and soda gets a red light.
How many times during a week do clients tell you they want to lose weight or talk about what they are doing to change their body weight? Among 48,026 U.S. residents over the age of 20 who answered the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey in 2015–2016, 42% responding said they were actively trying to lose weight.
Tell someone you’re a health, nutrition or fitness professional and the questions begin. As a RD I’ve been asked to calculate nutrient needs by complete strangers, am constantly peppered with diet du jour questions, and cannot get through the week without being asked about breakfast. Is it necessary? What should it include? or not? And, my favorite, “would it be better to skip breakfast or eat a donut if that’s the only option?” I’m all for everything in moderation but seriously?!? I’m not even going to answer that one.
True, some people did not win the genetic lottery with respect to gaining pounds, but that doesn’t mean they can’t tweak their diets to stave off weight creep. A study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition involving more than 14,000 adults over a 20-year period discovered that increasing one’s intake of fruits and vegetables can be protective against a genetic susceptibility to obesity.
Cynthia Walker was struggling. Although she’d been trying to lose weight for years, it just seemed like the odds were stacked against her.
“At age 42, she had a TIA (transient ischemic attack) along with high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels,” says trainer E. Faith Bell. “Then, 11 years ago, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. At 4 feet 9 inches tall, she weighed 176 pounds.”
A duo of recent studies are further strengthening the case against dumping high amounts of salt into restaurant fare and packaged processed foods.