Financial incentives for weight loss: reward or punishment? Why it makes a difference…

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. […]

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Top 5 Posts of 2015

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 […]

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Weekend Roundup: Metabolic benefits of a high-fat diet; cooking with vegetable oils; and self-esteem

“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 […]

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Stop kidding ourselves; weight loss isn’t about more exercise

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 […]

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