'Tis the season for festivities … and also weight gain. Indeed, holiday parties and large meals with family make it all too easy to pack on the pounds this time of year. But a new study from the United Kingdom suggests that some simple tips, including weighing yourself regularly, can help prevent holiday weight gain. The study, known as the Winter Weight Watch, examined whether providing people with simple advice to curb eating and drinking over the holidays could prevent weight gain. The results were published today (Dec. 10) in the Christmas issue of the journal The BMJ; the holiday edition features research that is more lighthearted than the journal's usual fare. The study's 272 participants were randomly divided into two groups. People in one group, known as the intervention group, were advised to weigh themselves at least twice a week during the holidays and to record and reflect on their weight. This group also received 10 tips for managing weight; these suggestions … [Read more...] about These Simple Tips May Prevent Holiday Weight Gain, Study Suggests
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From the first Christmas cookie to the last sip of New Year's champagne, this time of year is full of tasty temptations. But overdoing it on the holiday cheer can lead to stubborn weight gain that's difficult to lose. According to a new study, the average person gains 0.8 to 2.2 pounds per year, much of it around the holidays. But the study also found that a few simple practices can help encourage healthier choices and reverse the trend of expanding waistlines. "We know from weight tracking studies that many members of the public gain weight over Christmas that they often do not fully lose, which could adversely impact their health over time. We found that some simple strategies over this time of year prevented this from happening," study author Amanda Farley, PhD, of the University of Birmingham's Institute of Applied Health Research, told CBS News. These strategies boil down to two basic tips: Step on a scale to weigh yourself regularly And keep track of the amount of physical … [Read more...] about Simple tips to avoid holiday weight gain
Gaining too much weight during pregnancy is tied to an increased risk of complications for both mother and baby. However, some doctors are reluctant to recommend that pregnant women restrict their weight gain, in part due a lack of tools to help mothers do this safely. But now, a new study finds that with the help of nutritional counseling and a smartphone app, pregnant women who are overweight or obese can safely restrict their weight gain in pregnancy. In the study, women who were overweight or obese were assigned to follow a specific diet during pregnancy. The women received guidance from a nutritionist and used a smartphone app to log meals. At the end of the study period, these women had gained less weight than pregnant women in a control group who didn't follow the diet. The women on the diet gained 4.5 lbs. (2 kilograms) less than the other women. What's more, babies born to mothers in the diet group were not at increased risk of low birth rate or other problems. [Blossoming … [Read more...] about Pregnant Women May Now Have a New Way to Limit Unhealthy Weight Gain
For those who have a hard time losing weight, there's some good and bad news. The bad news is that common chemicals in the environment may play a role in weight gain, a new study suggests. The good news? Diet and exercise may counteract these obesity-promoting effects, according to the study. The findings suggest yet another benefit of diet and exercise, the researchers, from Harvard Medical School, wrote in their paper, published online yesterday (Aug. 31) in the journal JAMA Network Open. [12 Worst Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals & Their Health Effects] Common chemicals The study focused on chemicals called perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFASs. These are synthetic chemicals that have been used in a variety of products, including nonstick cookware, water-repellent fabrics, grease-proof food packaging, personal care products and cleaning products. PFASs can accumulate and stay in the body for a long time, and studies have linked exposure to some PFASs to … [Read more...] about Chemicals in Consumer Products May Promote Weight Gain. But There’s an Easy Fix.
Mike Stobbe, Ap Medical Writer Updated 4:05 pm CDT, Wednesday, August 15, 2018 Photo: Rich Pedroncelli, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 FILE - In this June 22, 2012 file photo, a smoker extinguishes a cigarette in an ash tray in Sacramento, Calif. If you quit smoking and gain weight, it may seem like you’re trading one set of health problems for another. But a new U.S. study released on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018 finds you’re still better off in the long run. less FILE - In this June 22, 2012 file photo, a smoker extinguishes a cigarette in an ash tray in Sacramento, Calif. If you quit smoking and gain weight, it may seem like you’re trading one set of health problems ... more Photo: Rich Pedroncelli, AP Study: Smokers better off quitting, even with weight gain 1 / 1 Back to Gallery … [Read more...] about Study: Smokers better off quitting, even with weight gain