Call for activity icons on food labels

A public health expert wants food labels to carry symbols that show how many minutes of several different activities are needed to burn the same amount of calories being consumed, with the aim of helping people to change their behaviour and reduce obesity. With more than two-thirds of the UK population either overweight or obese,…

LighterLife diet

What is it? LighterLife has a number of diet plans including a very low calorie diet (VLCD) where, depending on how much you weigh, you consume between 600 and 1,200 calories a day. An average man needs about 2,500 calories a day and an average woman about 2,000 calories a day. The NHS defines a…

Man loses 70 pounds on potato-only diet

Andrew Taylor has spent the last 100 days consuming nothing but potatoes—plus a beer now and then—and he’s really happy about it. Quite a bit lighter, too. A quarter of the way into his challenge to eat a potato-only diet for one year, the 36-year-old Melbourne man says he’s lost 70 pounds and is experiencing…

Healthy diet may cut blood pressure risk after pregnancy-related diabetes

Diabetes during pregnancy, known as gestational diabetes, raises a woman’s risk of high blood pressure years later, but eating healthy may bring that risk back down, according to a new study. Diets rich in fruits and vegetables and whole grains, low in red and processed meats, and low in refined grain were related to lower…

How your diet affects your risk of colon polyps

Eating foods known to promote inflammation may increase a person’s risk of developing polyps in the large intestine, or colon, a new study finds. These polyps are a common precursor to colon cancer. Compared with people whose diets contained the lowest amounts of pro-inflammatory foods, people whose diets contained the highest amounts of pro-inflammatory foods…

Drowsy during the day? High-fat diet could be the culprit

If fat is satisfying, there is a price to be paid—and not just in one’s weight. Australian researchers are reporting in the journal Nutrients that a diet high in fat appears to increase daytime sleepiness, as well as poorer sleep quality at night. After electronically monitoring 1,800 men between the ages of 35 and 80…

Weight loss may limit diabetes-related brain changes

Losing weight may help people with diabetes limit damaging changes to the brain that can result from the disease, a U.S. study suggests. Researchers followed a group of diabetics for more than a decade, offering 164 of them intensive counseling with diet and exercise support designed to help them shed at least 7 percent of…