There’s a common saying that can be applied to pretty much any field, whether business, public health, or self improvement: “What gets measured gets done.” A few days ago millions of people set New Year’s resolutions. For more than 90% of them, they will go unrealized, becoming looming reminders of what could’ve been. So, what’s […]Read more "Up Your Chances of Achieving Your New Year’s Resolution"
Money talks, right? It can be a powerful motivator, at least for some people. But this motivation usually doesn’t last long. Money’s influence over our behavior soon dries up. Such has become the standard line for weight loss programs. This week saw yet another study that found financial incentives to be ineffective at changing behavior. […]Read more "Financial incentives for weight loss: reward or punishment? Why it makes a difference…"
As read by you, here are the top 5 most popular posts of 2015. Product review: UCAN Snack Bars (oh, and by the way, be sure to check out UCAN’s new Cinnamon Swirl flavor. It’s incredible. They also use cocoa butter instead of coconut oil to minimize melting.) Does your lower back hurt? This might […]Read more "Top 5 Posts of 2015"
“It doesn’t matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn’t matter how smart you are. If it doesn’t agree with experiment, it’s wrong” –Richard P. Feynman A few headlines that caught my eye this week: The preferred cooking oils to avoid exposure to cancer-causing chemicals. Children’s self-esteem already established by age 5. Metabolic characteristics of […]Read more "Weekend Roundup: Metabolic benefits of a high-fat diet; cooking with vegetable oils; and self-esteem"
“At least once in your life you did something that was brave…only question is…when will we care enough to be brave again?” […]Read more "Weekend Roundup: low-fat diets and weight loss; how stress makes you sick; and improving your squat"
This TED talk by neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt is from a couple years ago, but it’s topic and lessons are just as relevant now as they were when she delivered it in 2013. The $60+ billion diet and weight loss industry is booming, appealing to not just adults, but adolescents as well. Such an intense focus […]Read more "Why dieting doesn’t usually work"
A provocative editorial ran in the British Journal of Sports Medicine recently claiming one important point about obesity and weight loss: it’s not because we don’t exercise. If you look at physical activity levels across countries with a high or low prevalence of obesity, there isn’t much difference in daily calorie expenditure. For example, one […]Read more "Stop kidding ourselves; weight loss isn’t about more exercise"