Why finding healthy foods you love beats avoiding treats

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Don’t eat the ice cream. Seriously, don’t eat that smooth, chocolaty ice cream. How much do you want ice cream now?

Many people will try this method of avoiding treats to improve their diet. Another common diet strategy is to eat more healthy foods. We know that maintaining a healthy weight is important for preventing cancer and other chronic diseases. But how effective are these avoid and approach strategies for adopting a better eating pattern?PicMonkey Collage

The newest study on these diets finds out why people with high self-control have more success. Read more… “Why finding healthy foods you love beats avoiding treats”

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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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      Study, poor hydration links to higher weight

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      You know water is good for you. And a lot of the healthiest foods, such as fruits and veggies, are loaded with water. It’s common dietary advice, but how much does this nutrient matter when it comes to losing and staying a healthy weight?

      Today a new study reopens the water-weight discussion suggesting that not having enough water — from any form — increases the likelihood of being overweight.

      The study was published today in the Annals of Family Medicine and it simply shows a correlation between being hydrated and a healthy weight, not that less watery intake causes weight gain. Yet it adds to the research on behaviors that could help people with weight control. For lower cancer risk, staying a healthy weight is one of the most important steps you can take. Read more… “Study, poor hydration links to higher weight”

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