By David H. Rahm, M.D. Q: I’ve noticed a number of weight loss programs recommend starting with a detox or cleansing regimen. Is this a good idea and is this a safe thing to do? The practice of “kicking off” a weight loss program with a cleanse offers dieters some advantages. By… Continue Reading
Food & Eating
Artificial Sweeteners Alter Blood Sugar & Gut Bacteria
Sometimes, you just need something sweet. Whether it’s for your morning coffee, in your diet soda, or for “better-for-you” home-baked goods, who hasn’t tried a sugar-free sweetener in the name of health or weight loss? But what if your efforts to reduce your sugar intake were actually making you fatter? What if you are… Continue Reading
A Granny Smith Apple a Day Keeps Obesity Away
An apple a day is supposed to keep the doctor away by reducing the risk of developing cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease. But it’s time to add to that list, because in addition to being rich in important antioxidant polyphenols, flavonoids, and fiber, it turns out that the non-digestible compounds in… Continue Reading
Are Your Gut Bacteria Causing Your Cravings?
It’s happened to the best of us. Suddenly, you’re hit with a craving for chocolate, ice-cream or something good and greasy, and as healthy as you’ve been and want to be, you give in. Stress, hormones, or a lack of willpower usually get the blame, and you feel guilty for days. But what if… Continue Reading
Weight Loss Depends on Weekday Meals
It’s easy to find yourself cheating on the weekend – cheating on your diet, that is. Between special occasions, social gatherings, and all the fun we reserve for the end of the week, it’s not uncommon to splurge on rich foods and desserts. But how far do these treats set us back? Is it… Continue Reading
LeanBiotics™ – The New Weight Loss Solution?
There are many traits that make each of us – even identical twins – unique. This includes our personalities and our fingerprints, and now we can add our intestinal flora to the list. But why is this important? Well, with all the recent research being done on how the microbes in our gut affect… Continue Reading
Exercise Blunts Effects of Overeating & Inactivity
The holidays are a time of indulgence, and quite often, our workout gets pushed to the wayside in favor of food, friends, and alcohol. But how much damage can a brief break do? As it turns out, a lot. A study published in The Journal of Physiology considered the significance of exercising daily during… Continue Reading
Will Intermittent Fasting Help Me Lose 15 Pounds & Keep it Off?
By David H. Rahm, M.D. Q: Over the past 20 years I’ve gained 15 pounds and I’d like to lose it. I’ve heard that the Fast Diet is not only effective for weight loss but weight maintenance. Is this just the latest fad diet or does the Fast Diet really work? You’re not… Continue Reading
Sports Fans Eat More Sugar and Fat After Defeat
Pizza, wings, chips, soda, beer — watching sports is already tied to unhealthy eating habits. For those who love sports, watching their favorite team is a weekend ritual. But have you found yourself gravitating toward the fridge to engage in some “emotional eating” after a big loss? Did you know that being a fan of… Continue Reading
Sleep Loss Leads to Junk Food Cravings
It seems like on some days more than others, it’s harder to make healthy food choices. You just can’t help reaching for the pizza, chips, and ice cream, even when healthier options are available. But what exactly affects your decision-making on these particular days? Hunger? Bad habits? Possibly, but a new study has a… Continue Reading