Most Effective Weight Loss Strategy May be the Easiest

If you want lose weight, research shows, the single best predictor of success is monitoring and recording calorie and fat intake throughout the day — to “write it when you bite it.” But dietary self-monitoring is widely viewed as so unpleasant and time-consuming, many would-be weight-losers can’t muster the will power to do it. New… Continue reading Most Effective Weight Loss Strategy May be the Easiest

Diabetes and Muscle Loss – How it Happens: Study

Diabetes mellitus is associated with various health problems including decline in skeletal muscle mass. A research group led by Professor Wataru Ogawa at the Kobe Univ. Graduate School of Medicine revealed that elevation of blood sugar levels leads to muscle atrophy and that two proteins, WWP1 and KLF15, play key roles in this phenomenon. These… Continue reading Diabetes and Muscle Loss – How it Happens: Study

Glucose Levels Improved by Specific Protein Released From Fat After Exercise: Study

It’s well-known that exercise improves health, but understanding how it makes you healthier on a molecular level is the question researchers at Joslin Diabetes Center are answering. After performing experiments in both humans and mice, the researchers found that exercise training causes dramatic changes to fat. Additionally, they discovered that this “trained” fat releases factors… Continue reading Glucose Levels Improved by Specific Protein Released From Fat After Exercise: Study

Most Americans Don’t Connect the Dots Between Their Weight and Their Health

The survey found 74 percent are concerned about their weight and 65 percent are worried about getting heart disease due to extra pounds, yet less than half (43 percent) of Americans have tried to make dietary changes to lose weight and 40 percent of those who describe themselves as overweight or obese say they aren’t… Continue reading Most Americans Don’t Connect the Dots Between Their Weight and Their Health

Why We Crave Fatty Foods When Dieting: Study

Have you ever wondered why we crave the very foods that we try to avoid when dieting? Or wish there was a way to turn off the craving? Researchers from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston have identified new brain circuits that may act as a brake on binge eating and junk food… Continue reading Why We Crave Fatty Foods When Dieting: Study

Podcast: Research Round-up, Vol. 1

Welcome to a brand new feature on the Four Pillar Fitness podcast! Each week on Research Round-up, I’ll share my take on several research studies relating to one area of health, fitness, wellness or performance. This week our studies include research on: > How eating whole eggs may help you avoid Type 2 Diabetes! >… Continue reading Podcast: Research Round-up, Vol. 1

How Exercise Cuts Belly Fat: Study

Some of you may have made a New Year’s resolution to hit the gym to tackle that annoying belly fat. But have you ever wondered how physical activity produces this desired effect? A signaling molecule called interleukin-6 plays a critical role in this process, researchers report December 27 in the journal Cell Metabolism. As expected,… Continue reading How Exercise Cuts Belly Fat: Study