Archive | April, 2010

When Cutting Calories Doesn’t Cut It

28. April 2010

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When Cutting Calories Doesn’t Cut It

New research out of the Oregon Health and Science University may explain the discrepancy between the theory and reality of dieting. They found that, at least in some of our closest relatives, cutting calories isn't enough to lose weight because the body compensates for the reduced intake by lowering activity levels. Image credit: iamchenelle, flickr

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Why Don’t We Just Eat Better?

21. April 2010

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Why Don’t We Just Eat Better?

Why is it so hard for us to eat a healthy diet? It would appear to be the easiest solution in the world. Just choose wisely at the grocery store and - Poof! - you can feel better, lose weight, and look fantastic. Of course, we all know that eating healthy is never as easy as it sounds. So what is in the way of making good food choices?

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Looking Deeper: Can Exercising 10 Minutes A Day Be Better Than 10 Hours?

2. April 2010

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Looking Deeper: Can Exercising 10 Minutes A Day Be Better Than 10 Hours?

A recent paper in The Journal of Physiology titled, "A practical model of low-volume high-intensity interval training induces mitochondrial biogenesis in human skeletal muscle: potential mechanisms." has caused quite a stir. It centers around a recent fashion in workouts called High-Intensity Interval Training, or HIT. HIT is a method of exercise which involves working as hard as you can for brief intervals followed by brief rest intervals. The idea is that by doing higher intensity workouts for shorter time intervals, you can work out "less" but get the same, or even more, benefit - but is that true?

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