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Archive for the ‘ Weight Loss ’ Category

6 Apr

When It Comes to Sleep, Average is Best

Sleeping too little – or too much – can increase your risk for future weight gain, according to a study published in the April 1 issue of the journal Sleep. For the study, researchers from the Laval University in Quebec, Canada evaluated the sleep habits and body composition of 276 adults between the ages of […]

28 Mar

Your Belly Bone’s Connected to Your Brain Bone

A study published online in this month’s Neurology suggests that people whose waistline expands once they hit age 40 are more likely to develop dementia in their 70s than their slimmer peers. For the study, researchers measured the abdominal fat of 6,583 people between the ages of 40 and 45 living in Northern California. After […]

26 Mar

A New Future for Foodie Culture?

When you hear the words “foodie culture,” what comes to mind? Connoisseurs of all things delectable? Elaborate multi-course meals? Diabetes, obesity, and heart disease? Turns out an increasing number in the upper echelon of foodie culture are changing their indulgent ways and shaking up the foodie landscape. A New York Times article this week follows […]

18 Mar

Primal Blueprint Success Story

I got this message from a reader who has been following our site for some time and decided to incorporate my Primal Blueprint ® lifestyle tactics into his life. Photos, results and advice follow… Hello Mark, I have been following your blog for quite a while now, and am very grateful for all the information […]

4 Mar

More Chronic Cardio Talk

A few weeks back my Chronic Cardio post got a lot of response and initiated some great discussion. Since it’s one of the cornerstones of the Primal Blueprint philosophy (and an obviously popular one at that), I thought it was worth more time and tender loving attention. And why wouldn’t anyone want to hear that […]

16 Feb

Magnificent Muscle

A research study out this week indicates type II muscle mass associated with strength training not only helps reduce body fat but alters overall metabolism. Researchers from the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have demonstrated that in mice, the use of barbells may be as important to losing weight and improving health as the […]

15 Feb

Law Would Prohibit Restaurants from Serving Obese Patrons

Last week, the Mississippi legislature introduced a controversial bill that would have prohibited eateries from serving food to “any person who is obese based on criteria prescribed by the state health department.” Under the bill, which was struck down before even making it to the House, the responsibility of denying larger customers would have fallen […]

8 Feb

Diet Soda Might Increase Risk of Metabolic Syndrome

A study in the Jan. 22 edition of Circulation suggests that drinking diet soda may increase your chance of developing metabolic syndrome. To evaluate the link between nutrition and metabolic syndrome, researchers from the University of Minnesota analyzed the daily diets of more than 9,514 men and women between the ages of 45 and 64 […]

6 Feb

Weight Gained During Exercise Hiatus Tough to Lose, Study Finds

Yesterday, Mark, in the comment section of Dear Mark: Chronic Cardio, said “It all comes down to this: fat loss depends 80% on what and how you eat.” As part of the Primal Blueprint the most important aspect of weight management is your diet – what you consume. But we are still left with the […]

23 Jan

Lap Bands and Type 2 Diabetes

While caution is required in interpreting the longer-term benefits of surgery and weight loss, this study presents strong evidence to support the early consideration of surgically induced loss of weight in the treatment of obese patients with type 2 diabetes. via Science Daily I have to comment on this recent study that confirms, albeit circuitously, […]

16 Jan

The Low Down on Hunger: Health, Hankerings and Habits

Perhaps you’re stuck in an afternoon meeting after having skipped lunch to finish off a project. You can feel your glucose levels plummeting twenty stories. Your stomach is making noises reminiscent of Sasquatch depictions. Your concentration is quickly waning, and that donut your co-worker is eating across the room suddenly has you locked in and […]

11 Jan

Dining-out Danger?

We’re all familiar with the old saying “you are what you eat,” but a new study suggests it may be more of a case of you are where you eat. According to research in February’s American Journal of Preventive Medicine, the mix of restaurants in an area is an important indicator of body mass index […]

8 Jan

Dieting Downfall: Fewer Americans Dieting, Study Finds

Feel like you’re the only one on a diet these days? Turns out you might actually be right. In a survey of 26,000 American adults conducted by the Port Washington, NY-based market research firm NPD Group Inc, it was found that only 29% of women and 19% of men are on a diet, compared to […]

2 Jan

Worker Bees’ Daily Bites: Fitting in in 2008

Despite her five-a-day frappuccino habit and penchant for late night Mickey D runs, the tabloids are reporting that Britney Spears has purchased herself a whole slew of skimpy new outfits to wear once she slims down to her former pop princess physique. While the list of things one might have in common with Ms. Spears […]

2 Jan

Orthorexia Nervosa and Dietary Obsession

I talk a lot around here about honing self-discipline, avoiding temptation, and the like. Yet, I also (let the record show) merrily encourage the importance of “sensible vices,” those splendid morsels (culinary or otherwise) of personal indulgence. We at MDA approach the pursuit of health as, undoubtedly, a worthy and wise endeavor. The pursuit of […]

19 Dec

The Biggest Loser Sponsors

There are many good things that could be said about NBC’s The Biggest Loser. I can give it accolades for its goal to help people lose weight through exercise and, more importantly, by completely re-thinking their diets. And I can praise it for the inspiration it has instilled in many people around the country to […]

12 Dec

Sugarholics

Harpoon posted this video of Jack Lalanne last month. I liked it so much I had to repost it here for Mark’s Daily Apple readers. Jack’s challenge is as valid as ever. If you haven’t already, cut all refined sugars out of your diet and “you will be thanking (Jack) for the rest of your […]

4 Dec

10 Ways to Cut Calories

Ultimately, optimal health is more about what you put in your body, not how much. But “how much” does matter to some extent, regardless of what you are eating. A grass-fed steak may be one of the most nutritious foods on earth (bring on that saturated fat), but it shouldn’t cause your grocery cart to […]

29 Oct

The Burrito Diet, the Beverly Hills Diet, and the Only Diet on Earth That Actually Works

If it’s not a region – Sonoma, Hamptons, Mediterranean, South Beach, and the original locale diet, the Beverly Hills Diet – it’s a noun: Subway, Cabbage Soup, Cookie, and now the Chipotle Burrito Diet. That’s right. The latest diet is not just a single food, it’s got an adjectival spice to go with it. A […]

26 Oct

Calorie Information Wars: McDonald’s Versus the ‘Nanny Mayor’

Mayor Bloomberg has been fighting – along with city health commissioner Thomas Frieden – to force chain restaurants to display calorie information more prominently. Though he’s been labeled the “nanny mayor” by critics, Bloomberg insists that in a city where over half of the adults are overweight and a third of restaurant meals are taken […]

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