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Weight Loss Efforts Start Well, But Lapse Over Time

Learning you have an obesity-related disease motivates many to start a weight loss program, but troubling health news is often not enough to sustain weight loss efforts, finds new research in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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Fast Food Giants’ Ads for Healthier Kids Meals Don’t Send the Right Message

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Children who viewed TV ads for Kids Meals were commonly unable to recall milk or apples, items added to make the meals healthier. Instead many kids thought apples were french fries.

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Research Finds Soda Tax Does Little to Decrease Obesity

Extra sales taxes on soda may not do anything to improve people’s health, according to new research from health economist Jason Fletcher of the La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

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Protein Followed by Exercise Is Recipe for Calorie-Burning Success in Some Women

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New research shows that for some women, a high-protein meal followed by 30 minutes of moderate exercise is an effective way of burning calories, especially when compared to exercising on an empty stomach.

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Not Only Is She Thinner Than You…Her Muscles Work Better, Too

Researchers examined how muscle physiology effects leanness. They found that while rats with "lean genes" burned a similar amount of calories at rest as those with "obese genes", the muscles of lean rats burned much more energy during mild activity. The research sheds new light on the role of muscle function and metabolism in maintaining weight.

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Debunking Water Myths: Weight Loss, Calorie Burn and More

Drinking a lot of water is often advised to those who are trying to lose weight. But a nutrition expert at UAB says, while it is important, it’s not the magic bullet to weight loss.

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Don't Choose a Diet Based on What's Trending

Human Nutritionist says to look past the social media headline when choosing a diet, because you could be missing important information.

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Obese Patients Who Feel Judged by Doctors Are Less Likely to Shed Pounds

Overweight and obese people who feel their physicians are judgmental of their size are more likely to try to shed pounds but are less likely to succeed, according to results of a study by Johns Hopkins researchers.

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Waistlines Depend on Weekday Menu, Not Weekend Splurges

Trying to lose weight? Eating well during the week might be more important than the occasional weekend splurge, says a new study. Researchers examined how the seven-days-a-week human cycle impacts weight. They discovered almost everyone loses weight during the week and gains weight on weekends.

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Disadvantaged, Non-College Bound Young Adults at Risk for Excessive Weight Gain

Although weight gain intervention for young adults attending two- or four-year colleges has been studied extensively, there has been little research into effective weight management programs targeting low-income, non-college bound young adults. A team of registered dietitian nutritionists from the University of Maine, in collaboration with scientists from multiple institutions from around the US, have now developed a weight management intervention program that is particularly relevant for disadvantaged young adults. Their results are published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.

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