Archive for the ‘Science & Research’ Category

March 18th, 2011

Sleep Problems And Major Weight Gain

Numerous studies, many conducted just in the past year, have provided convincing evidence that lack of sleep is a risk factor for fat gain and obesity. A new study from Finland published in the International Journal of Obesity revealed that various types of sleep problems such as difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, were also associated with obesity. In a new development, this effect appeared in women, but not in men. More on that in a minute, but first a recap of what the research has told us so far…

November 3rd, 2010

The See-Food, Reach-Food Diet

You’ve heard of the “See-Food” diet haven’t you? No, that’s not the diet where you load up on fish, lobster, crab and mussels. The See-Food Diet is the one that so many of us crack jokes about – it’s the diet where you eat everything in sight! But don’t laugh too hard. Scientists at Cornell University and other research institutions have proven that you actually WILL eat more food if you see food more. In fact, if you can see it and it’s within arm’s reach, you could eat yourself obese within a few years and not even know what hit you because the eating happens unconsciously.

November 2nd, 2009

Is Junk Food as Addictive as Heroin?

The theory of food addiction is getting tons of press lately. It’s partly because of popular books like Fat, Sugar Salt, The End of Overeating, and a whole slew of earlier books about sugar addiction. There has also been a lot of hyped-up media reporting on the latest research, with headlines such as, “Junk food is as addictive as heroin” or “Hormones turn hungry people into junkies.”  

August 13th, 2009

“Exercise Won’t Make You Thin” (Why Time Magazine Owes the Fitness Industry a Big Fat Apology)

At first I was tempted to title this article, “why John Cloud and the editors of Time magazine are idiots.” But then I thought that might be a bit harsh and decided to simply call for an apology and a correction for all the errors they made in last week’s article, Why exercise won’t make you thin.

April 13th, 2009

Calorie Restriction For Life Extension (Or… “Starving For Life?”)

QUESTION: Hi Tom. I just saw recently on Oprah, there was a 51 year old man with the heart of a 20 year old. He’s been following a “calorie restriction” plan. They claim that he may become one of the first people to reach 120 years old by following this plan. How is this food plan different from (or the same as) your Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle (BFFM) program? My thoughts are that your BFFM has more protein, we eat more often, we are building muscle, not allowing it to burn away and the amount of calories is not always low, it depends on what our present goals are; losing, gaining or maintaining. What are your thoughts on this calorie restriction idea? Couldn’t your BFFM food plan be also thought as a longevity lifestyle, but with more muscle mass?

October 24th, 2008

Avoid This Killer Weight Re-Gain Mistake

If you want to burn off fat and keep it off permanently,there are a few things you absolutely must do, and a newstudy from Wake Forest University has just uncoveredanother one…

July 18th, 2008

What The New”Low Carb”Study REALLY Says

A news media feeding frenzy erupted earlier this week when a new diet study broke in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) on Thursday, July 17th. Almost all the reporters got it wrong, wrong WRONG! So did most of the gloating low carb forumites and bloggers. Come to think of, almost everyone interpreted this study wrong. Some valuable insights came out of this study, but almost everyone missed them because they were too busy believing what the news said or defending their own cherished belief systems …

April 12th, 2008

Burn 9 Times More Fat With This Cardio Workout?

High Intensity Interval Training, or HIIT for short, has been promoted as one of the most effective training methods ever to come down the pike, both for fat loss and for cardiovascular fitness. One of the most popular claims for HIIT is that it burns “9 times more fat” than conventional (steady state) cardio. This figure was extracted from a study performed by Angelo Tremblay at Laval University in 1994. But what if I told you that HIIT has never been proven to be 9 times more effective than regular cardio… What if I told you that the same study actually shows that HIIT is 5 times less effective than steady state cardio??? Read on and see the proof for yourself.

April 3rd, 2008

How Liquid Calories May Be Making You Fat… Even Your Favorite Protein Drinks!

So far, at least 7 scientific studies have provided strong evidence that energycontaining beverages (i.e., “liquid calories”) do not properly activate the satiety mechanisms in the body and brain and do not satisfy the appetite as well as food in solid form. Epidemiological research also supports a positive association between calorie-containing beverage consumption and increased body weight or body mass index. New research now suggests that soda may not be the only culprit…

December 6th, 2007

Sleep Deprivation and Fat Gain

You’ve probably seen the magazine articles or news blurbs thatsay, “lack of sleep can make you fat!” There is a lot of confusion however, about the mechanism. It’s not uncommon for people to believe there is a cause and effect relationship between sleeping less and gaining weight. However, if sleep deprivation did “cause” fat gain, then you would always gain weight if you slept less, even if your food intake stayed the same. To the contrary, if you sleep less AND eat less, rest assured you will lose weight. If you are awake more hours and you are more active during those increased waking hours, again, rest assured you will lose weight. So how does it really work? Why do you tend to gain body fat when you are sleep deprived?…