SCIENCE DAILY: Inflammation Halts Fat-burning
"Scientists have shown in mice that excess pounds can simply be melted away by converting unwanted white fat cells into energy-consuming brown slimming cells. In a recent study, the university researchers show why the inflammatory responses that often occur in overweight people block this kind of fat cell conversion." Read full story.
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Market Watch: Costco Membership Fees Are Going Up; Here’s How Much You’ll Pay
"Costco is expected to raise its membership fees by nearly 10% this year. UBS analysts said they expect Costco to increase its annual fees from $55 to $60 for its basic membership and from $110 to $120 for its executive membership. The company hasn't yet confirmed a fee hike, but it also hasn't ruled one out." Read full story.
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THE TELEGRAPH: Diet Drinks Are Not Healthy and Could Trigger Weight Gain, Say Researchers
"A review of dozens of studies dating back 30 years found that there is no solid evidence that sugar-free alternatives prevent weight gain, type 2 diabetes or help maintain a healthy Body Mass Index. Although artificially-sweetened beverages contain fewer calories than sugary versions, researchers say they still trigger sweet receptors in the brain, which may make people crave food. Coupled with the fact that most people view diet drinks as healthier, it could lead to over-consumption, the researchers argue." Read full story.