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  • Jul 2018

    Hot pepper compound may reduce obesity

    A new trial in rodents finds that capsaicin, the compound that makes hot peppers hot, can lead to long-term weight loss and better metabolic health.

  • Jul 2018

    Fats or carbs: What causes obesity?

    Researchers have been debating for a long time whether it is fat or carb intake that leads to obesity. A new study claims it may have settled the issue.

  • Jul 2018

    Is it true that 'healthy obesity' boosts death risk?

    New research questions whether metabolically healthy obesity — obesity without diabetes, hypertension, or high cholesterol — actually increases mortality.

  • Jul 2018

    Why does the stomach bloat when starved?

    When the body is starved, it undergoes many changes. One of these may be a bloated stomach and retained fluid, which can make a person look plump. This condition is known as kwashiorkor and is caused by a lack of protein in the diet. Kwashiorkor can be fixed by slowly eating more protein and calories. Learn more here.

  • Jul 2018

    Is there a way to lose weight on birth control?

    Many women who use birth control believe that weight gain can be a side effect. While studies oppose weight gain related to birth control pills, some individuals report gaining weight after they start taking them. However, lifestyle changes can help weight control when a person is on birth control. Learn more here.

  • Jul 2018

    Can Lexapro cause weight changes?

    Lexapro is the brand name for a drug called escitalopram, which treats depression and anxiety. As a side effect, Lexapro may cause some people to gain a small amount of weight. Less commonly, it may cause weight loss. A healthful diet and regular exercise can help to prevent unwanted changes in weight. Learn more here.

  • Jul 2018

    Type 2 diabetes, obesity may soon be reversed with gene therapy

    For the first time, scientists use gene therapy to successfully reverse obesity and insulin resistance in an animal model of type 2 diabetes.

  • Jul 2018

    A savory starter could help you to make better food choices

    Umami, or savory, is the fifth basic taste that we can perceive, alongside sweet, bitter, salty, and sour. Can umami foods influence our eating choices?

  • Jul 2018

    'Skinny fat' linked to cognitive decline, study warns

    Obesity and loss of muscle mass, independently, increase the risk of cognitive decline in older adults. Put them together, and the risk is exacerbated.

  • Jul 2018

    Is time-restricted eating effective for weight loss?

    Time-restricted eating is a diet plan that requires people to limit themselves to only eating during specific hours of the day and then fasting outside of this period. Here, we look at what time-restricted eating is, whether or not it works, and what effect it has on muscle gain. We also provide tips for beginners.

  • Jul 2018

    What are the signs of having a girl?

    There are many myths about how to predict the sex of an unborn baby. But do stress levels, morning sickness, sugar cravings, and other factors really indicate that the baby is a girl? In this article, we look at the science behind these claims to see if there are any real signs during pregnancy of having a girl.

  • Jul 2018

    How to naturally lose weight fast

    Being a healthy weight offers many health benefits, as well as a feeling of wellbeing. Fast weight loss is rarely easy, but it is possible to lose weight safely and efficiently by eating a healthful diet and adopting strategies that maximize the body’s potential to burn calories. Learn how to lose weight fast here.

  • Jun 2018

    Why is there a pimple on my neck?

    A pimple can occur almost anywhere on the body, including the neck. Causes of a neck pimple include poor hygiene, rubbing the area, and hormone fluctuations. There are many over-the-counter treatments, but some people may need prescription medications. Learn more about pimples on the neck and how to prevent them, here.

  • Jun 2018

    Exercise, the 'best antidepressant,' also prevents heart disease

    Depression often interferes with the motivation to exercise and raises the risk of heart disease. New research aims to help people overcome this obstacle.

  • Jun 2018

    Can water help you lose weight?

    Staying hydrated is essential for many bodily functions, and it can also help people to lose weight. In this article, learn how increasing water intake can help to shed excess fat and keep a person feeling fuller for longer. We also describe how much water a person needs every day and tips for drinking enough.

  • Jun 2018

    Seven ways to do intermittent fasting

    Intermittent fasting is an increasingly popular dietary choice for weight loss and health. There are many different types of intermittent fasting program, so it can be hard to find the one that is right for you. Here, we discuss the most popular types of intermittent fast, such as the 16:8 fast and the Warrior Diet.

  • Jun 2018

    Product review: The desk that's also a bike

    Could a desk that doubles up as an exercise bike really work in an office environment? We were intrigued, so we trialed the FlexiSpot Deskcise Pro.

  • Jun 2018

    Sitting increases frailty risk for women

    A large, longitudinal study of middle-aged women finds that sitting for 10 hours per day drastically lowers the ability to recover from illness or injury.

  • Jun 2018

    How gut bacteria may help to spot and address liver disease

    There is a link between the composition of the gut microbiota and the development of liver disease, and this may be key to diagnostic and prevention.

  • Jun 2018

    What are the benefits of eating healthy?

    A healthful diet can help a person look and feel their best, but what are the real health benefits? In this article, we look at the top ten benefits of a varied, nutritious diet, including heart and stroke prevention, improved mood and memory, and decreased risk of cancer.

  • Jun 2018

    What are the side effects of aspartame?

    The food additive aspartame is a sweetener used in many foods and drinks. It is controversial and has a range of purported side effects, although many regulatory agencies, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), approve its use. Learn more about the side effects of aspartame, and the alternatives, here.

  • Jun 2018

    Six health benefits of safflower oil

    Safflower oil is a healthful source of fatty acids in the diet. Research suggests that safflower oil is a heart-healthy choice that may have a range of health benefits, including when used in cooking or on the skin. In this article, we look at six benefits of safflower oil and how it may be useful for weight loss.

  • Jun 2018

    Everything you need to know about dextrose

    Dextrose is a type of sugar that comes from corn. It has a wide variety of uses, including as a sweetener in many foods and as a medical treatment for low blood sugar and dehydration. In this article, learn about the uses of dextrose in food and medicine. We also cover the possible side effects.

  • Jun 2018

    Does a higher BMI protect against breast cancer?

    A recently published study investigates whether individuals with a higher BMI before menopause have a lower risk of developing breast cancer.

  • Jun 2018

    What to know about the 500-calorie diet

    A person on a 500-calorie diet eats only about a quarter of the recommended daily intake. This may be beneficial for some people, but also comes with many risks. In this article, we look at research on the 500-calorie diet, explain what people need to consider before trying the diet, and provide alternative diets.