For many dieters, it’s not the losing weight that’s the hardest part, it’s the keeping it off. Now, just in time for those New Year resolutions, a new study finds that exercise and weighing yourself are among the key behavior strategies that may help sustain that weight loss for at least a decade.
The study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, draws from a select — but successful — group who were part of the National Weight Control Registry (NWCR) for 10 years. To enroll in the NWCR, you had to have lost at least 30 pounds and kept it off for over a year.
The findings are important because getting to and staying a healthy weight is one of the most important ways to reduce cancer risk. Overweight and obesity is a cause of seven cancers, along with increasing risk of type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases.
For the study, almost 3,000 people answered questions about what weight-related behaviors they were doing one year after they enrolled in the NWCR. They reported their weight regularly throughout the decade. Continue reading
Are you expecting a season of holiday parties, special treats, being too busy to exercise and feeling extra stress? At our latest tweetchat we talked strategies for powering through those and other Holiday Hangups – health stoppers that can derail our usual habits that help us stay healthy, keep our weight in check, and lower risk for cancer.
I selected three topics we discussed and chose some of my favorite tips from tweetchat participants. Perhaps you’ll find an idea or two to help you stay on the healthy track tomorrow and beyond. The goal: Enjoy the holidays and delicious food AND stay energized and satisfied, but not stuffed.
1. Social gatherings – how do you manage to sneak in some healthy eating?
- The one plate rule, especially if I’m at a holiday buffet!
- I slim down my [drink] by choosing calorie-free beverages like sparkling water or club soda.
- Step away from sights and smells of the buffet table. I spend a mindful moment deciding how hungry I actually am. Continue reading
Purple sweet potatoes (yes, purple) are packed with flavor, fiber, and flavonoids—and are especially high in anthocyanins, the deeply pigmented flavonoid phytochemicals found in many blue, red, or purple fruits, vegetables, and grains such as berries, red grapes, red cabbages, and black rice.
Now, a new lab study suggests that these brilliant-colored tubers are actually cancer-fighting powerhouses that may play a role in protection from colorectal cancer.
The study, published in Molecular Nutrition and Food Research, examined the role of a specially bred anthocyanin-rich purple sweet potato (with the secret agent-like name “P40”) in colorectal cancer prevention.
The authors of the study conducted two experiments. First, they compared the cancer-fighting effects of three different sweet potato varieties—a cream-fleshed potato called “O’Henry,” a purple-skinned, white-fleshed potato called “NC Japanese,” and the brilliant purple-skinned and purple-fleshed P40—when added to the diets of mice. They injected the mice with a known carcinogen and placed the mice into groups to receive a diet enriched with O’ Henry, NC Japanese, P40, or regular mouse chow, which served as a control. Continue reading