Gaining it Back: The Science behind The Biggest Loser’s Failure

An article recently appeared in Obesity Journal that suggest that the future of America’s health is in danger. The article, which followed former contestants of The Biggest Loser, gives a graphic description of the difficulty of maintaining weight loss for any considerable length of time. Scientists and media have been talking about the problem for… Read more »

Runners: To Carb Load or Not to Carb Load

By Mary Perry, Director of Clinical Trials:  Eating a giant bowl of spaghetti, three bagels and a couple of baked potatoes right before a big event is actually hurting your athletic performance. According to Dr. Sears, the idea that you should load up on carbohydrates the night before a race is a myth.   Mary Perry… Read more »

Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Athletic Performance

We often think of omega-3 fatty acids in terms of treating chronic disease. However, there are a great number of reasons why the increased intake of omega-3 fatty acids can also increase athletic performance (1). That’s why the athletes I have personally worked with have won 25 Gold Medals in the past five Olympics, starting… Read more »

Why Doesn’t Exercise and Diet Reduce Heart Disease for Diabetics?

That’s a good question after the June 24 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine reported on the failure of long-term diet and exercise to reduce heart disease in diabetics1. It had been known from earlier and shorter studies that diet and exercise in diabetics appeared to generate a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease…. Read more »

Mythologies In Treatment of Childhood Obesity

We all know that obese children tend to be inactive. This leads to the “obvious” conclusion that the solution to childhood obesity is simply more exercise. But what if that conclusion is totally wrong?

Pass The Polyphenols

Considering that virtually nothing was written about the health benefits of polyphenols before 1995, it continues to amaze me the amount of health benefits this group of nutrients generates.

Ward Off The Common Cold With Exercise

There is nothing like fall in New England — the crisp air on your face, the changes in foliage and all the fun activities like apple and pumpkin picking.  Even though the calendar says the season lasts three months, the end of daylight savings in my mind signals the beginning of winter.  I think it’s… Read more »

For Losing Weight, Exercise Is Good; Diet Is Better

Here’s standard quote: “Losing weight can improve health and reduce many of the risk factors related to diabetes and heart disease.” Unfortunately, that’s not true. The correct statement is “losing excess body fat can improve health and reduce many of the risk factors related to diabetes and heart disease.” It may seem like a minor… Read more »

Milk Helpful In Workout Recovery

A common question among active people is what is the best snack or drink for recovery or to fuel with after a workout? There have been lots of studies suggesting the importance of fueling your muscles within the first 15-30 minutes after a workout and having the right combination of protein and carbohydrate, coupled with the less… Read more »

United States’ Major Export: Obesity

By Dr. Barry Sears Back in 2005, in my book “The Anti-Inflammation Zone” I wrote that many trends start in the United States and then cover the globe. We’ve exported Big Macs, Coca-Cola and the USDA Food Pyramid. Now, five years later a report from the research organization, Datamonitor, indicates we have also exported childhood… Read more »