It was all the rage not long ago. Diet books like South Beach and Atkins preached the wonders of eating foods low in glycemic load because, the theory went, low-glycemic foods kept your blood sugars down. Conversely, high-glycemic foods, even healthy ones like carrots and potatoes, were a no-no.
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We’re sure you remember these words from nutrition classes at the Pritikin Longevity Center: “Steer clear of calorie-laden beverages, especially if you’re trying to lose weight.” That’s because the calories you drink are less satiating than the calories you chew, so after a glass of orange juice, for instance, you’re more likely to consume more food (and more calories) than if you’d eaten a whole orange.
“You can handle this situation and similar types of stress-inducing events with ease and mastery if you plan in advance,” advises psychologist Dr. Coral Arvon, Director of Behavioral Health and Wellness at the Pritikin Longevity Center. “When you’re prepared, you’re calm and rational and can make good decisions.” For stressful situations like holiday buffets, “inoculate” yourself with the following “4-Step Method of Stress Inoculation.”
The average American gains five pounds during the holiday season. These 10 tips from weight-loss experts at the Pritikin Center will help you not only avoid holiday weight gain but also enjoy the holiday season more, and give you a jump-start on your healthy New Year’s Resolutions.
Analyzing 658 overweight hypertensive men and women, all of whom were attempting to shed weight over a six-month period, Jenny Ledikwe, PhD, and colleagues found that those with the greatest reductions in the calorie density of their diets lost the most weight, an average of 13 pounds. Those who made the smallest reductions in calorie density lost the least amount of weight, averaging just 5 pounds.
To lose weight, follow the habits of thin people, research suggests, and eat a lot of fiber-rich foods, particularly fruit. Researchers from the University of Southern California (USC) and University of Texas recruited 52 normal-weight adults and 52 overweight or obese adults, generally the same age and height, and studied every detail of their diets.
For years, Dr. Steven Blair of the Cooper Institute in Dallas asserted in media nationwide that regular vigorous exercise would protect people from a heart attack, no matter what their body size. Corpulent himself, Dr. Blair religiously got on a treadmill several times a week. “Too bad he was wrong,” observes Dr. William McCarthy, UCLA School of Public Health and member of the Pritikin Scientific Advisory Board. Recently, Dr. Blair has been suffering heart problems.
Men and women who were overweight in their 40s have a greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease later in life, according to research presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s annual meeting in San Diego, California, in April.
You’re exercising, you’re on the Pritikin Eating Plan, and you’ve lost a bunch of weight over the last few months, but now you’ve plateaued. What happened? What’s the solution? Get our top 10 tips for breaking through a weight-loss plateau. Tip No. 1 is: Fill up on water-rich, fiber-rich foods.
Eating disorders typically start during one’s teen years and, although more likely in women, they can affect both genders. Understanding common eating disorders is the first step in helping those who are affected by them. Anorexia Anorexia nervosa, which is most often referred to as simply anorexia, is a serious eating disorder that in five…