Forget Calories, Focus on Food Quality

Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Harvard T.H. chan School of Public Health and author of Always Hungry? Conquer Cravings, Retrain Your Fat Cells & Lose Weight Permanently Harvard Public Health: Off the Cuff: David S. Ludwig Q: What is the ideal New Year’s resolution for losing weight? A: Forget calories, focus on food quality, […]

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“A Calorie Is A Calorie”

The principle of “a calorie is a calorie,” that weight change in hypocaloric diets is independent of macronutrient composition, is widely held in the popular and technical literature, and is frequently justified by appeal to the laws of thermodynamics. We review here some aspects of thermodynamics that bear on weight loss and the effect of […]

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Why Almost Everything You’ve Been Told About Unhealthy Foods Is Wrong

Could eating too much margarine be bad for your critical faculties? The “experts” who so confidently advised us to replace saturated fats, such as butter, with polyunsaturated spreads, people who presumably practice what they preach, have suddenly come over all uncertain and seem to be struggling through a mental fog to reformulate their script. Business […]

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Alternate-Day Fasting and Chronic Disease Prevention

Calorie restriction (CR) and alternate-day fasting (ADF) represent 2 different forms of dietary restriction. Although the effects of CR on chronic disease prevention were reviewed previously, the effects of ADF on chronic disease risk have yet to be summarized. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition: Alternate-day fasting and chronic disease prevention: a review of human […]

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Food Withdrawal Is an Important Tumor Suppressor

Tumor suppressors stop healthy cells from becoming cancerous. Researchers from Charité — Universitätsmedizin Berlin, the Medical University of Graz and the German Institute of Human Nutrition in Potsdam-Rehbruecke have found that p53, one of the most important tumor suppressors, accumulates in liver after food withdrawal. They also show that p53 in liver plays a crucial […]

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Meal Frequency and Energy Balance

Several epidemiological studies have observed an inverse relationship between people’s habitual frequency of eating and body weight, leading to the suggestion that a ‘nibbling’ meal pattern may help in the avoidance of obesity. Publimed: Meal frequency and energy balance. A review of all pertinent studies shows that, although many fail to find any significant relationship, […]

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Increased Meal Frequency and Weight Loss

There have been reports of an inverse relationship between meal frequency (MF) and adiposity. It has been postulated that this may be explained by favourable effects of increased MF on appetite control and possibly on gut peptides as well. Publimed: Increased meal frequency does not promote greater weight loss in subjects who were prescribed an […]

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Low-Salt Diet Increases Insulin Resistance

Low-salt (LS) diet activates the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone and sympathetic nervous systems, both of which can increase insulin resistance (IR). We investigated the hypothesis that LS diet is associated with an increase in IR in healthy subjects. Metabolism: Low-salt diet increases insulin resistance in healthy subjects Healthy individuals were studied after 7 days of LS diet (urine […]

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Fat and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease and Type 2 Diabetes

Objective is to systematically review associations between intake of saturated fat and trans unsaturated fat and all cause mortality, cardiovascular disease (CVD) and associated mortality, coronary heart disease (CHD) and associated mortality, ischemic stroke, and type 2 diabetes. BMJ: Intake of saturated and trans unsaturated fatty acids and risk of all cause mortality, cardiovascular disease, […]

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