Your Healthy Tip for the Day
Slim down in just 2 seconds: A cup of coffee has nearly zero calories. A cup of coffee with cream and sugar has 80 calories. If you drink two cups a day, learning to take it black will save you 14 pounds in a year.
BBC: Fat Map: Largest Blueprint of Obesity Revealed
"Scientists have uncovered more than 90 new gene regions that could help explain why some people are more likely to put on weight than others. The team scoured DNA libraries of more than 300,000 people, constructing the largest-ever genetic map of obesity. Looking for consistent patterns they found a link with genes involved in brain processes, suggesting obesity could partly have a neurological basis. The results are published in the journal Nature." Click here to read the full story.
YAHOO: Health Benefits of Alcohol Disputed
"Wine and other alcoholic beverages offer negligible protective health benefits and should not be consumed in the interest of health, say researchers in the UK who worked with 52,891 subjects and concluded studies stating otherwise contain faulty data. An editorial that appeared in the British Medical Journal on Tuesday—the same day the journal published the study—says the purported health benefits of alcohol have been greatly exaggerated by science, the media and an overly enthusiastic industry, along with its consumer base." Click here to read the full story.
THE ATLANTIC: Selling the Fantasy of High-Protein Everything
"Levitsky calls high-protein milk a 'marketing ploy.' If he’s right, it’s a well-timed one: American consumers have grown more and more protein-focused over the last decade, even though most of them don’t actually need to increase their intake. One reason might be that consumers are becoming increasingly fixated on buying healthy foods, and 'protein' unfailingly symbolizes well-being to a variety of people. This must explain why one can now find products such as '2X Protein' cream cheese, 'brogurt,' and Cheerios Protein on shelves." Click here to read the full story.
NY TIMES: Test of Strength: Fitness Apps Vs. Personal Trainers
"The idea is pretty simple: While personal trainers can create a safe and effective workout, they can be expensive and sometimes inconvenient. A fitness app, though, can travel where you are and is relatively inexpensive—and sometimes even free. So I spent the month of January on a personal fitness challenge, seeing what provided a better workout: a real personal trainer or a personal training app. And while the trainer pushed me hard and motivated me to keep my expensive appointments, I found that the app was best suited to my lifestyle and might have the most long-term potential." Click here to read the full story.