It's a frequent question between girlfriends and spouses, and a rather weird one. Weight is, after all, measurable, a fact, and a second opinion shouldn’t be necessary. But a new study shows that people actually just don’t know where they stand.
Feeling that you exercise less than others was associated with early death in a new study, regardless of illness, age, and the amount of actual active time. Apparently, the placebo effect works for fitness as well.
Drinking a lot of sweet drinks – made with sugar or with non-caloric sweeteners – is clearly not healthy. But one can still argue that there are shades of unhealthy, and that the proof tying diet soda with diabetes is weaker than the evidence linking full calorie drinks to this disease.
Can skipping meals help you cut calories? Does it matter when you eat your meals? If somehow we could arrange the same amount of food so that our bodies registered fewer calories, we could lose weight without sacrifice.
Cutting just soda, a new study shows, leads naturally to other positive dietary changes. Participants, in fact, ate 285 fewer daily calories, and the sugary drinks they skipped accounted for just half of this reduction.
"So good it’s addicting,” now why isn't healthy food promoted this way? Appealing to people with information about health has limited success, especially when messages about those other, less healthy foods appeal viscerally.
Millennials are the first cohort to be born into an obesogenic world, they are fatter than their parents at the same age, and are projected to gain 35 pounds in the first 15 years after they finish high school.
New research helps explain why diet soda hasn’t yielded the expected weight loss. Even if we can’t be sure that diet soda directly causes obesity and metabolic syndrome, it’s fair to say thi experiment isn’t going too well.