THE ATLANTIC: Exactly How Much Sleep Is 'Enough'?
"Today the National Sleep Foundation released new guidelines, serving to clarify the meaning of 'enough' in the tedious rejoinder, 'Most people don't get enough sleep.' The sleep-advocacy foundation convened a panel of experts, led by Harvard professor Charles Czeisler, to review hundreds of studies, reminding us that too little sleep can lead to weight gain, depression, and relative deficits of attention—and that too much sleep is, likewise, inadvisable." Click here to read the full story.
WSJ: Researchers Say When You Eat Each Day May Be Crucial to Weight Loss
"Most diet advice focuses on calories and nutrients, but new research suggests that when you eat may be just as important. That’s one conclusion of a new study by Dr. Satchidananda Panda, an associate professor at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, in La Jolla, Calif. Mice that were forced to limit how many hours they ate were thinner than mice that chowed down whenever they wanted, Dr. Panda’s team found. This was true no matter what kind of unhealthy diet the mice ate. The finding suggests scheduling may play a critical role in losing weight, according to Dr. Panda. Mice on the 'time-restricted feeding' diet also had better muscle mass and lower cholesterol, even though they were allowed to “cheat” and eat normally on the weekends, Dr. Panda added." Click here to read the full story.
AFP: Light Jogging is Best for a Long Life
"Vigorous exercise such as fast running might be harmful to your health over time, according to a Danish study Monday that found light jogging is best for longevity. People who did not jog at all were just as likely to die as people who jogged strenuously and often, according to the 12-year study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 'It is important to emphasize that the pace of the slow joggers corresponds to vigorous exercise and strenuous jogging corresponds to very vigorous exercise,' said Peter Schnohr, a researcher from the Copenhagen City Heart Study, Frederiksberg Hospital in Copenhagen, Denmark. Past research has found similar correlations between light to moderate exercise and long life, as well as the higher death risk associated with vigorous exercise." Click here to read the full story.
THE ATLANTIC: The Dangers of the Appearance-Driven Diet
"Researchers from the Netherlands published a study in the January 2015 issue of the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology that suggested that focusing on appearance could affect a person's sensitivity to their internal satiety cues. 'We found that focusing on how you look may hinder how you listen to your body’s hunger fullness cues and how you adjust your food intake,' said Evelien van de Veer, the paper’s lead author." Click here to read the full story.