Metabolic syndrome is the most insidious promoter of chronic disease, such as heart disease and cancer, in the U.S. and much of the world today. If you avoid metabolic syndrome, you’ll greatly decrease
The Western world, along with an increasing fraction of the rest of the world, is facing a health crisis. With a combined overweight and obesity rate of 80%, epidemics of diabetes and depression, and heart
Scientists, doctors, dietitians, and amateurs of all stripes have suggested many factors that may lead to obesity and that have lead to the obesity epidemic. But what are the odds that all of these factors
In some studies of large numbers of people, researchers have found that people with the lowest death rates had a body mass index (BMI) solidly in the overweight range. This finding has led to the so-called
By now we know that low-carbohydrate diets are much more effective for weight loss than standard low-calorie or low-fat diets. Usually, the effectiveness of low-carbohydrate diets is attributed to their
Why are so many people so overweight or obese? Why are so many people trying, unsuccessfully, to lose weight? If you can answer those questions correctly, then you can lose weight and then stay lean and
The obesity epidemic shows no signs of slowing, and Americans are now fatter than ever. When looked at in terms of body fat rather than body mass index (BMI), the numbers become astronomical. No use sugarcoating
A just published paper makes the case that carbohydrate restriction with high-intensity interval training is the optimal combination to treat metabolic disease. Let’s take a look at why this combination
Researchers debate the fundamental causes of the obesity epidemic, and dietary changes are the most likely reasons. But which changes? Experts have pointed their fingers at sugar, refined carbs, excess
Insulin is the hormone that promotes uptake of nutrients into cells; it rises after eating, especially with consumption of carbohydrates and protein, and the amount of insulin required for this task varies
I wrote the other day about the less-than-optimal control animals and humans used in fasting and calorie-restriction studies. Partly this is due to the bad food that most people eat, as well as the substandard
The obesity epidemic may be much worse than even the dismal statistics describe. Body mass index under-measures obesity; body fat is more important than body mass index.
Among white men over the age of
Obesity has dramatically increased in the U.S. over the past several decades, and what Americans eat has a lot to do with it. In this article we’ll look at the links between processed food, supernormal
Of all the states in the U.S., Colorado has the lowest rate of obesity, at about 20% as of 2015. Mississippi has the highest rate at about 35%. Why is obesity low in Colorado?
What could account for the