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Aug 8

Why exercising for weight loss just doesn’t work –

Right, before we get going, a disclaimer:exercise is one of the most powerful ways to take control of your health. Not only can it prevent heart disease, strokes, metabolic syndrome, Type 2 diabetes, Alzheimers and cancer, it has been shown to help with depression, insomnia and stress. So exercise is good for you and you should go for a run as soon as you’ve finished this article.

However …when it comes to weight loss, exercise is no silver bullet.

There are two reasons why I say this.The first is physiological. Recent studies suggestthat it just isnt as simple as doing more exercise to lose weight. Both physical activity and diet are important to weight control, but if you are fairly active and ignore diet, you can still gain weight,according to Dr. Walter Willett, chairman of the nutrition department at the Harvard School of Public Health,and a co-author of an authoritative study of the topic. Diet plays more of a role in weight loss than exercise or to borrow Dr Willetts words: you cant out train a bad diet.

The advice for a long time has been to eat less, and do more; many health professionals are now calling this mantra into question. The simple fact of the matter is: if you increase your levels of exercise you will need to eat more. In the short term you may get some limited weight loss results from limiting your calorific intake, but the benefits, like the method, are completely unsustainable.

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Aug 7

Staying active is one of the best ways to stay healthy – Centre Daily Times (blog)

The days are getting shorter, students are preparing for the fall semester and in a few weeks fans will pack Beaver Stadium for the first football weekend. August marks the unofficial beginning of the end of summer, but it also marks the start of the Physical Activity and Heart Walk Month.

About 2 in 3 American adults and 1 in 3 American children are overweight or obese, and the number continues to grow. Only about 22 percent of American adults meet the federal physical activity recommendations for aerobic and strengthening activity. About 1 in 3 adults participates in no leisure time physical activity at all. Worldwide, physical inactivity (35 percent) is now more prevalent than smoking (26 percent) and is responsible for more deaths. Those are just some of the reasons the AHA focuses on the importance of physical activity, like walking, this month.

Staying active is one of the best ways to stay healthy, look and feel better and live longer. The AHA recommends getting at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity per week. Doing so can lower the risk of heart disease and stroke, help to better manage stress and sleep and improve overall health and well-being. Just 30 minutes a day, five days a week is a simple way to achieve this weekly goal. That can even be broken down into a few sessions of 10 minutes each throughout the day.

Physical activity and a healthy diet are important factors in maintaining an ideal body weight. Gaining even a little weight over time may alter the structure and function of heart muscle, affecting long-term risk of heart failure, according to new research published last month in the Journal of the American Heart Association, the Open Access Journal of the AHA/American Stroke Association.

Researchers followed 1,262 adults (average age 44, 57 percent women, 44 percent black, 36 percent obese) who were free from heart disease and other conditions that put them at high risk for heart disease for seven years. Participants had MRI scans of their hearts and multiple body fat measurements at the start of the study and then seven years later.

Researchers found those who gained weight:

even as little as 5 percent, were more likely to have thickening and enlargement of the left ventricle, well-established indicators of future heart failure;

were more likely to exhibit subtle decreases in their hearts pumping ability; and

were more likely to exhibit changes in heart muscle appearance and function that persisted even after the researchers eliminated other factors that could affect heart muscle performance and appearance, including high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking and alcohol use.

Any weight gain may lead to detrimental changes in the heart above and beyond the effects of baseline weight so that prevention should focus on weight loss or if meaningful weight loss cannot be achieved the focus should be on weight stability, said Dr. Ian Neeland, study senior author and a cardiologist and assistant professor of medicine at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Counseling to maintain weight stability, even in the absence of weight loss, may be an important preventive strategy among high-risk individuals.

The researchers caution that their study was relatively small and their findings do not mean that every person with weight gain will necessarily develop heart failure. The results do suggest that changes in weight may affect heart muscle in ways that can change the organs function.

The Heart Walk is the AHAs biggest event for raising funds to save lives from heart disease and stroke. More than a million people in more than 300 cities across the United States, including State College, are joining Heart Walks to take a stand against heart disease and stroke and help us all be Healthy For Good.

The 2017 Centre Heart Walk and 5K Run will be held on Saturday, Sept. 23 at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. with the walk/run starting at 9:30 a.m. To register in advance, visit

For additional information on local Heart Association efforts, contact Division Director Brooke Welsh at 717-730-1713.

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Aug 4

Wall Street rallies behind Oprah Winfrey as Weight Watchers’ stock soars after earnings beat – CNBC

Call it the Oprah Winfrey effect.

Shares of Weight Watchers were climbing more than 15 percent in premarket trading Friday, after the New York-based company reported earnings that topped Wall Street expectations and raised its outlook for the full year.

Ever since Winfrey associated herself with the brand back in 2015, Weight Watchers has been going up and up, following years of declines.

“There’s no doubt that the Weight Watchers’ long-term collaboration with Oprah Winfrey has certainly accelerated the company’s progress since October 2015 with high awareness of her success and happiness with the program sparking interest and excitement,” CEO Mindy Grossman said on Thursday’s earnings conference call.

“I’m personally looking forward to partnering with her as we transform the brand and business.”

The diet program’s subscribers climbed 20 percent in the second quarter, helping drive sales 12 percent higher, to $342 million, from a year ago.

Earnings came in at 67 cents per share, adjusted, topping analysts’ estimates of 51 cents, according to Thomson Reuters. And Weight Watchers now anticipates earnings per share to fall within $1.57 to $1.67 for the full year, “reflecting continued momentum.”

Grossman just began leading the company in July, coming over from an 11-year stint at shopping network HSN. On Thursday, she told analysts and investors that more and more of Weight Watchers’ customers are viewing the company as a “lifestyle-oriented, more modern and relevant brand.”

Notably, Grossman has experience working with other big-name brands Nike, Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger.

Now Weight Watchers’ biggest cheerleader, Winfrey bought a 10 percent stake in the diet company back in 2015, when the stock was trading around $6 apiece. Shares closed Thursday at $33.08.

As of Thursday’s close, shares of Weight Watchers have climbed a whopping 189 percent since the start of the year. The stock is up about 51 percent over the past three months.

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Aug 4

The obesity paradox: Why being fit may be more important than losing weight – Genetic Literacy Project

Its one of the paradoxes of the health community: slightly overweight people can be healthier than those with trim bodies. And being skinny can be just as dangerous, or worse, than being fat.

How could that be?

Harvard Medical School estimates that more than300 million people worldwide are obese (defined as having a body mass index [BMI] >/= 30). And this matters because being obese presents a risk to your health and ultimately, an increased likelihood of dying early.

Except its not as simple as that. Take, for example, a study by the Cooper Institute, a nonprofit organization in Dallas, that looked at body composition and fitness levels in 22,000 men, ages 30to83. Over the course of the eight study years, 428 participants died. Whats interesting is that those who were overweight and fit were two times less likely to have died than those who were lean and fit. There was also no significant difference in the overall death rates (the all-cause mortality) between the overweight fit men and the lean fit men.

So perhaps the pursuit of health should be directed away from a singular focus on body composition toward fitness over fatness.

Mortality is a U-shaped curve

What came out of reports a few years ago was something called theobesity paradoxor sometimes reverse epidemiology. What the data show are that those who are either at the low side of the weight curve or the very high side are at increased risk of death. Those who are slightly overweight have a 6percentlower risk of death than their normal weight peers. These factors were shown to be particularly important incertain groups of people, such as very elderly individuals or those with certain chronic diseases. It further postulates that normal to low body mass index or normal values of cholesterol may be detrimental and associated with higher mortality in asymptomatic people.

A 2004 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found similar results to the Cooper Institute data, determining that fitness, rather than body weight alone, was the stronger predictor of health. An earlier study of 2014 men followed over a 16-year period found that physical fitness appears to be a predictor of mortality from cardiovascular disease in healthy men and a high level of fitness was also associated with lower mortality from any cause. These results are further corroborated by another study that tested the prognostic capacity of exercise capacity by following 6,213 men who were referred for exercise testing, concluded that exercise capacity wasthe most powerful predictor of cardiovascular disease (CVD), even among other risk factors for CVD.

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine conducted by Harvard researchers looking at a longitudinal study of nurses that included data on both weight and activity level also found that activity level attenuated some of the effects of being overweight. But those data also suggested that the nurses who were overweight or obese tended to have a higher mortality rate; however, this particular study wasnt designed to capture robust fitness measures or body composition, simply self-reports from the study participants of activity level and their weight.

Research published in Progress in Cardiovascular Disease reported:

Overweight and obese-fit individuals had similar mortality risks as normal weight-fit individuals. Furthermore, the obesity paradox may not influence fit individuals. Researchers, clinicians, and public health officials should focus on physical activity and fitness-based interventions rather than weight-loss driven approaches to reduce mortality risk.

BMI has tended to be a rather poor measure of health or relative fitness, based on its agnosticism of muscle content and other physiological indices. While it can serve as a quick heuristic as a short-hand measure for the average of a population, it has almost no measurement precision for individual cases where it matters most. Its more like weighing your vehicle to estimate that it has enough fuel to cover a set distance there are so many other factors that could impact the result (e.g., other additional passengers, insufficient coolant level, low tire pressure). The issue is that incorporating BMI, and not more accurate body composition analyses, into research studies on weight, fitness, and longevity adds to the error rate of the results due to the imprecision of the BMI formula at measuring physiological indices.

Weight loss itself appears to not offer the same effects as improving fitness

Another study found that those who are overweight or obese in middle age have a higher risk of hospitalization and mortality from coronary heart disease, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes compared to those who are normal weight. Keep in mind that this study did not consider activity level, so weight is considered in isolation without the moderating variable of fitness.

Additionally, the NEJM reported on a long-term analysis of the effects of weight loss on cardiovascular disease in those with type 2 diabetes. They concluded, An intensive lifestyle intervention focusing on weight loss did not reduce the rate of cardiovascular events in overweight or obese adults with type 2 diabetes.

Instead of a pure focus on weight, an approach that includesand favorsfitness provides the greatest opportunity to increase survival.

Ben Locwin is a behavioral neuroscientist and astrophysicist with a masters in business, and a researcher on the genetics of human disease. BIO. Follow him on Twitter @BenLocwin.

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Aug 3

Machine-Learning Techniques Unlock Benefits of Weight Loss for Type 2 Diabetes Patients – Scientific Computing

Losing weight reduces the risk of long-term cardiovascular illness and mortality for the majority of patients with type 2 diabetes, but for a small subgroup, weight-loss intervention can lead to dramatically worse outcomes, according to new research published today inThe Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology.

A team of data science researchers at The Arnhold Institute for Global Health of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai reached these conclusions by applying new, advanced machine learning techniques to data collected during a trial that was halted in 2012 because its results lacked statistical significance.

The Arnhold Institute team, led by James H. Faghmous, PhD, Chief Technology Officer at the Institute, reanalyzed data from the trial known as Look AHEAD (Action for Health in Diabetes). They found that, despite the overall null findings of the trial, 85 percent of the study sample did experience a clinically meaningful, significant reduction in cardiovascular mortality and morbidity from the trial’s intensive weight loss intervention.

“Our analysis demonstrates that recent advances in machine learning for causal inference can increase the quantity of clinically relevant findings generated from large randomized trials,” said Aaron Baum, PhD, Lead Economist, The Arnhold Institute for Global Health; Assistant Professor, Department of Health System Design and Global Health, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; and lead author of the study. “As researchers and data scientists, we are always concerned that an overall study result could mask important disparities in benefit or harm among different types of patients, which is exactly what this study revealed. Being able to identify individuals that could benefit from an intervention is fundamental to patient care.”

“In addition to its clinical findings, this work shows the promise advanced machine learning methods can have on precision medicine beyond genetics”, said James H. Faghmous, PhD, the study’s senior author and an expert in machine learning and healthcare.

The Look AHEAD study enrolled more than 5,000 overweight and obese patients with diabetes with a planned follow-up period of up to 13 years. Its intent was to determine whether modest weight loss through a lifestyle intervention reduced the rate of mortality and serious events like heart attacks and strokes. The trial was halted early by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) after finding no difference in the rates of cardiovascular events between the two groups.

“This research strengthens the role for data science and precision medicine as essential tools that can transform the way health care is delivered,” said Prabhjot Singh, MD, PhD, Director of The Arnhold Institute for Global Health and Chair of the Department of Health System Design and Global Health, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “Identifying individuals that could benefit from an intervention is crucial for practicing clinicians, while ignoring subgroups that benefit might lead to lack of reimbursement for weight loss programs, which would neglect vulnerable populations.”

The team’s findings indicated that 15 percent of subjects had substantially increased risk of cardiovascular events such as heart attack or stroke as a result of weight loss interventions. This could be the first suggestive evidence of an adverse reaction to what is generally considered a common-sense and innocuous intervention. This subgroup was defined by a combination of two baseline characteristics: mild or well treated diabetes (HbA1c less than 6.8 percent) and a negative perception of their health status (SF-36 general health score less than 48). The latter is strongly correlated to depression. This subgroup also:

“This analysis restores my faith in basic common sense,” said Ronald Tamler, MD, Medical Director, Mount Sinai Clinical Diabetes Institute, and co-author of the study. “For the vast majority of people with diabetes, a healthy lifestyle with weight loss carries significant benefits; however, it’s not for everyone. Thanks to this work, clinicians can infer which patients will benefit the most from such a lifestyle intervention.”

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Aug 3

How dieting encourages your body to replace lost weight – Medical Xpress

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Obesity is a risk factor for numerous disorders that afflict the human race, so understanding how to maintain a healthy body weight is one of the most urgent issues facing society. By 2025, it is estimated that 18 percent of men and 21 percent of women will be obese worldwide.

In the US alone, 68.8 percent of people are already classified as overweight or obese. The UK, meanwhile, has one of the greatest problems in Western Europe 67 percent of men, 57 percent of women and a quarter of children are overweight.

In order to lose and maintain a healthy weight, public health policy typically advises eating fewer calories by reducing the calorie content of food items or reducing portion size, for example. We propose, however, that simply choosing food items with reduced calories is not necessarily the best way to maintain a low weight.

There are hundreds of diets that, for a period, reduce calorie intake and in this way decrease body weight. But the number of those who are dieting at any one time demonstrates that this is not a long-term solution. Every year in the UK, 65 percent of women and 44 percent of men try to reduce their weight, by, for example, decreasing fatty or sugary foods or eating smaller portions.

Surveys also estimate that a quarter of people are always trying to lose weight, or “yoyo dieting”. The constant dieting to lose weight, subsequent weight gain, and further weight loss are part of a cycle that repeats itself for these people. Losing weight is much easier than maintaining weight loss, yet for health reasons we need to retain the lower weight.

Fighting biology

Although cutting calories can cause weight loss, it does not follow that if a person returns to their usual diet they will maintain their new low weight. In fact, studies have found that after a low calorie diet, between one and two-thirds of people regain more weight than they had lost initially.

The fundamental problem with cutting calories is that the human body defends its original weight. Evolution has produced a body that anticipates future famine, with the result that when you reduce calorie intake there are strong physiological pressures to replace the lost energy.

For example, dieting causes the gut to release a range of hormones that increase appetite: changes that are still apparent after the diet is over. Leptin which makes one feel satisfied and full has been found to be still reduced a year after dieting has finished, while ghrelin, a hormone which stimulates appetite, remains raised. So even a year after a person finishes their diet, they will feel hungrier than when they started dieting, and still anticipate a higher food consumption than before the diet.

Reducing food intake also reduces the body’s metabolic rate and production of body heat. The resulting lower energy consumption helps a more thrifty body to return to its initial weight, as fewer calories are needed to fulfil these basic bodily functions.

There is also increasing evidence that dieting changes taste sensitivity. For example, those who have recently lost weight rate the taste of sugar as more pleasant.

When low calorie versions of foods are unknowingly consumed, there is a subconscious tendency to replace lost calories by changing other aspects of the diet. In one study, researchers gave artificially sweetened drinks to unknowing participants who were used to drinking sugary drinks. The scientists found that although on the first day the participants consumed fewer carbohydrates, from the second to the seventh day, the overall energy intake was unaffected: they made up for the lack of calories in the sweetened drinks with energy from other foods and beverages.

The overwhelming message is that the price of freedom from obesity is eternal vigilance. When the initial attention associated with dieting dissipates, basic biology ensures that weight is regained. For the weight-conscious, actively counting calories can be successful, but losing weight and keeping it off can only work if one’s calorie intake becomes an issue high on the agenda.

The passive removal of calories for example, when a manufacturer reduces portion size, or a government requests that chocolate bars should not contain more than 250 calories will only be influential if an individual persistently monitors overall calorie consumption. Without this psychological engagement, basic human biology will take over and any lost calories will be replaced.

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Aug 1

Strategies to Avoid Weight Regain – WFAA

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Strategies to Avoid Weight Regain

By Melody Foster

When youve worked hard to lose weight, stepping on the scale to see youve gained back some weight can be discouraging. While some fluctuation (give or take a few pounds) can be expected, nobody wants to lose weight, only to find it again in a few years.

If you want to maintain your weight loss long-term, here are some strategies to help you avoid rebound gains down the road.

Get support for long-term success. Setting up a support network is key to your success. Family and friends can help encourage you and hold you accountable as you strive to make healthy choices months and years after surgery. A certified professional fitness expert and a nutritionist can also be valuable members to have on your support team.

Keep your doctor in the loop. Whether youve lost 10lbs or 100lbs, keep your primary care physician apprised of your weight loss goals. Your doctor will be able to monitor your weight, answer questions and refer you to the appropriate professionals should you need to address any issues pertaining to food, weight loss or weight gain, such as emotional eating.

Learn to think differently about food. The relationship with food is often a complicated one. When food dependencies or abuse are the root cause of weight gain, getting help to address the root problem is a must, as is learning to develop healthier eating habits overall. Addressing issues may take time, but once good habits are developed they can prove as difficult to break as bad ones and can help prevent weight regain.

Create new habits. Develop new eating habits early on in your weight loss process, including focusing on nutrient-dense food and lean protein. Eating low-calorie, filling foods like vegetables can help you avoid weight gain but keep satisfied when your appetite returns.

Get active. Take advantage of your new, slimmer physique and greater energy levels and develop strong exercise habits. You should be physically active most days of the week (at least five days a week). The American Heart Association recommends adults get 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise each week, or 75 minutes of high-intensity exercise weekly. Regular exercise can make a big difference in preventing weight gain.

Most importantly, remember that we all face setbacks. Dont let a little slipup throw you off course. If you have a bad day, week or month, get up, dust yourself off, and get back on track.

About the Author

Melody Foster is a Dallas-based freelance writer and contributing author to the Nicholson Clinic blog. Melody researches and creates content for clients in industries ranging from health care, fitness and nutrition to interior decorating, legal and social good.

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Aug 1

5 expert recommendations for getting into shape –

Getting healthy and in shape is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself.

Not only will you look good, but your whole body will be healthier and happier as well.

Although there’s conflicting advice about how to get into shape, here are five recommendations from doctors, scientists and medical professionals that can get you on track to being in the best shape of your life.

Exercise is great for you, and once you find an activity you like, your overall health and fitness will benefit.

Exercise strengthens the entire human machine the heart, the brain, the blood vessels, the bones, the muscles. The most important thing you can do for your long-term health is lead an active life, according to Dr. Timothy Church, director of Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

You may not believe it, but exercising shouldnt feel like a chore. If you like the exercise you do, youll end up getting into better shape.

With all of the choices and options out there, you can find one that fits your schedule, budget and ability to commit, as long as you stay open-minded.

If you want to tone your muscles, yoga has been popular for thousands of years because of its physical and mental benefits.

Cycling, hiking, swimming and sports can all be done outside, and that is great if you love sunshine and the fresh air motivates you to move.

In general, pay attention to what exercise makes you feel great and then commit to increasing the amount of time and the intensity level you do it.

You may have heard the quote that weight loss is 80 percent about diet and 20 percent exercise.

This statement, while a generalization, is based on scientific findings. Medical professionals and researchers have used systematic analysis of subjects in weight-loss programs to determine that exercise alone is not enough to achieve significant weight loss.

A long-standing consistent observation is that regular exercise by itself is prescribed in small to moderate amounts resulting in modest weight loss or in some cases weight gain, according to a 2013 study.

Scientists have observed that peoples bodies become more efficient at doing specific exercises over time and require less calories for the same activities.

At the same time, exercising stimulates your bodys appetite, so many people who exercise often may burn calories, but they eat more calories and counteract the overall fat burning.

This doesnt mean that you shouldnt exercise; it means that you should focus a lot of your energy making sure you are fueling your body with healthy meals at specific times.

The foods you eat are the building blocks of your body, so it’s no wonder that the wholesomeness of your food and eating schedule are critical for getting into shape and looking great.

Of course, its not always easy to identify healthy foods or know exactly what you should be eating, but some simple rules can help you.

Many nutritionist support the general rule to get as much of your nutrition as possible from totally unprocessed foods like fresh vegetables, fruits, eggs and low-fat protein like chicken. Eating processed foods, like doughnuts, packaged chips or frozen dinners, should be done very seldom.

In addition to the types of foods you choose, learning to be mindful of your hunger level and controlling it with strategic eating can prevent your self-control from failing because you’re famished.

When youre looking to get into shape, monitor your hunger level and eat frequent healthy snacks. This will keep you on the right track and stop cupcakes or cookies from being irresistible.

Everyone has those spots that never seem to shrink, no matter how great our diets and exercise regimens are.

In fact, as people age, scientists have proven that hormones encourage weight gain in specific parts of individuals’ bodies. It’s difficult to reverse the process, even with a healthy lifestyle.

After you’ve remodeled your diet and exercise routine, for help with those last trouble spots, consult the professionals at Alpine Plastic Surgery.

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Jul 31

Anytime Gal: Are diet foods key to long-term weight loss? – Jacksonville Daily Progress

QUESTION: My friend stocks her cupboards with low-calorie versions of everything and seems to be losing weight. Are diet foods really the key to long-term weight management?

ANSWER: Diet foods can certainly help, but they have to be used in moderation, just like anything else. When theyre used as a crutch, achieving your weight loss goals can be much more difficult. Look what happened in the 1980s and 90s when low-fat diets were all the rage. People consumed fat-free cookies, low-fat muffins and reduced-fat chips in an effort to lose weight, and the nations waistline continued to bulge. Fat intake dropped slightly (still a higher amount than healthy standards), but carbohydrate intake skyrocketed, resulting in an increase in total calories for many folks. Bottom lineeven supposed health foods can make weight loss difficult if you simply eat too much of the packaged foods and not enough produce, beans, and other real foods.

Andrea Ivins is the club manager and Zumba Instructor at Anytime Fitness in Palestine, TX. To submit a question for future articles, please contact the author at or

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Ask the Anytime Gal: Are diet foods ket to long-term weight management? – Palestine Herald Press

My friend stocks her cupboards with low-calorie versions of everything and seems to be losing weight. Are diet foods really the key to long-term weight management?

Diet foods can certainly help, but they have to be used in moderation, just like anything else. When they’re used as a crutch, achieving your weight-loss goals can be much more difficult.

Look what happened in the 1980s and ’90s, when low-fat diets were all the rage. People consumed fat-free cookies, low-fat muffins and reduced-fat chips in an effort to lose weight, and the nation’s waistline continued to bulge.

Fat intake dropped slightly (still a higher amount than healthy standards), but carbohydrate intake skyrocketed, resulting in an increase in total calories for many folks.

Bottom line even supposed “health” foods can make weight loss difficult, if you simply eat too much of the packaged foods and not enough produce, beans and other “real” foods.

About the author: Andrea Ivins is the club manager and Zumba instructor at Anytime Fitness in Palestine. To submit a question for future articles, contact the author at or

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