Why the Atkins diet doesn’t work and never will

The goal of any diet is to help you lose excess weight and keep it off. The first part is relatively easy to achieve; the second part is incredibly difficult to maintain. Any diet that restricts calories will do the first part, but invariably the lost weight returns. This is definitely the situation for the… Read more »

Weight loss or fat loss? It makes a difference

With the New Year comes the guaranteed resolution for most people to lose weight. Invariably that resolution is usually abandoned some time in February. Part of the reason is that we really don’t know what we are talking about when it comes to weight loss.

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 »

Good thing I listened to Dr. Sears

By Mary Dinehart-Perry Having recently delivered a baby, I was surprised to see the latest article published in the Journal of The American Medical Association that fish oil supplementation rich in DHA has no impact on postpartum depression or cognitive and language development in early childhood. The study looked at approximately 2,400 Australian women who… 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 »

What exactly is BMI?

Have you ever had one of those experiences with a child when they ask you a question or to define a word that is so common you should easily be able to, but you are left dumbfounded when trying to search for the best way to explain it to them? Welcome to Body Mass Index… 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 »

Motivation through the buddy system

  Think about a time when you’ve been really successful with a health-related goal. It could be something as small as trying to decrease your intake of fast food, cutting back on sodium to reduce your blood pressure, or trying to up your activity either through more steps per day or getting to an exercise… Read more »

Women can reduce stroke risk with physical activity

A few weeks back we blogged about the Journal of the American Medical Association’s new guidelines for physical activity being raised for women. The study suggested that for women to be successful in maintaining normal weight and gaining fewer pounds, they need to exercise for about 60 minutes per day of moderate-intensity activity (1). That’s… Read more »