Changing Habits is Hard – Why Our Challenge Will Help

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I’m so excited for the launch of our newly designed and updated New American Plate Challenge website! I love this program because it takes you on a journey of eating and physical activity changes, rather than a prescribed, one size fits all weight loss diet. Each week you’ll take on a new challenge for a healthier life – the goal is to find a way that works for you and practice it until eventually you make it a lifelong habit.

Making changes is hard, especially long held eating habits and trying to get more active, so we provide plenty of tips, recipes and support from the NAP Challenge dietitians and other participants to help you succeed. You may also decide to go at your own pace and just work on a few of the challenges and skip some as we go along. Read more… “Changing Habits is Hard – Why Our Challenge Will Help”

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    Study: Every decade of being overweight ups cancer risk for women

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    AICR’s evidence shows that carrying extra body fat increases risk for 11 types of cancer, including postmenopausal breast and endometrial. Now a new study looking at how long women have overweight and obesity suggests that if women keep their weight steady and/or lose weight – even small amounts – that may help lower risk for several cancers, especially postmenopausal breast and endometrial.

    The study gives more insight into whether losing weight leads to lower cancer risk. It makes sense that it would, and we know it helps prevent other chronic conditions like type 2 diabetes, but researchers are still working to establish the link with cancer risk. Read more… “Study: Every decade of being overweight ups cancer risk for women”

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      Study: Lose weight through diet alone, or with exercise, cut cancer- promoting substances

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      AICR’s evidence shows that having too much body fat increases risk for eleven cancers. But researchers are looking at whether losing weight, once overweight, would lead to lower risk for these cancers. Now a new study from researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center shows how weight loss – through diet alone or diet and exercise – might change pro-cancer substances in the body.
      The 12-month controlled trial of 439 healthy, postmenopausal women with overweight/obesity included 4 randomized groups: calorie restriction diet; moderate activity (goal of 3.75 hours per week), diet and exercise, and no intervention. Researchers wanted to see if these lifestyle changes would affect four substances in the body (biomarkers) that influence formation of blood vessels needed for tumor growth. Fat cell growth also requires a greater blood supply, so these biomarkers are also associated with increasing fat tissue.

      After 12 months, women in the exercise group lost 2.4% of their body weight; diet only reduced by 8.5% and those exercising and dieting lost 10.8% of their weight. And the more they lost, the more their biomarkers were reduced. Read more… “Study: Lose weight through diet alone, or with exercise, cut cancer- promoting substances”

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