The link between stress and weight gain

  Do you ever notice your sweet tooth throbbing during times of stress? Or are you more of an I-could-eat-anything-in-a-bread-bowl type of person? It turns out these cravings are a natural by-product of cortisol, our fight-or-flight hormone. When you become stressed your brain signals your adrenal glands to release coritisol. Cortisol prepares your body to […]

Coconut oil is all the rage right now, but what’s all the hoopla about?

After all, coconut oil contains predominantly saturated fat, right? And saturated fat is still bad, right? Maybe not. There’s a profound quote often cited by scientists that goes something like this, “half of everything we know is wrong, we just don’t know which half yet.” It’s beginning to seem as though the connections we’ve attributed […]

Exposure to morning light may help with weight loss

Several recent studies have linked exposure to light in the early morning hours to a lower Body Mass Index (BMI). The BMI is a calculation of weight to height and is often used to assess overweight and obesity. A higher BMI is a risk factor for many diseases including diabetes, heart disease, and metabolic disease. […]

Increased Muscle Mass in Older Adults Linked to Longevity

A recent study published in the American Journal of Medicine found that the more muscle mass older adults have, the lower their risk of death. In the study the researchers analyzed more than 3,600 older adults (men age 55 and older and women age 65 and older) who participated in the U.S. National Health and […]

Mushrooms in meals make a low-calorie, high-nutrient addition!

Mushrooms can help us meet our health and weight loss goals while on the Metabolic Reset and Weight Loss Program because they are a low-carbohydrate, low-calorie, deliciously savory addition to any meal. While we love them for their flavor, they also pack a nutrient punch. Mushrooms are a rich source of B vitamins, potassium, selenium, […]

Dietitian offers advice for healthy eating as a family

Jodie Shield, a registered dietitian from Chicago has co-authored the book “Healthy Weight for Kids and Teens” (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, $25.95). She recently shared some tips for improving the quality of family meals with the Chicago Tribune. Shield recommends taking advantage of your child’s interest in television cooking shows. She says it’s a […]

Optimism: Is it the key the healthier eating?

Have you ever felt like some women adapt to healthier eating faster than others? Ever wonder why some women have more success with healthy eating habits? There may be proof that having a positive outlook helps. Researchers from the Women’s Health Initiative, a study of 13,500 postmenopausal women, found that women who were more optimistic […]

Ketogenic diet: not just for weight loss!

Ketosis is a physical state where your body is burning fat to use as energy. Fat is not our bodies’ preferred fuel; glucose (a type of sugar) holds this title. In our typical American diet we are able to keep our glucose-burning, intracellular machinery stocked so our bodies may not be used to burning our fat […]

Urge-surfing

What would you do with nine boxes of Girl Scout cookies in the house? Eating them is probably not weight-loss friendly, freezing them only makes them taste better, and parting with a few would send your household into rebellion. A technique developed in the 1980s to treat addiction may come in handy here. It’s called […]

Walking Can Reduce Chocolate Cravings

So we all know that exercising is good for us, right? Well, a recent study from the University of Innsbruck, in Austria, has shown that in addition to its other many benefits, a short 15-minute walk can help reduce cravings for sugary snacks, like chocolate. For most, these cravings are all too familiar, especially in […]