People who don’t fear trying new foods weigh less and lead healthier lives than picky eaters. In a study of 500-plus subjects published in Obesity, those who said they liked a wide variety of more unusual foods—like beef tongue and seitan (flavored wheat gluten—uh… yum?)—were likely to be more active, thinner, and healthier.
“A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE AFRAID OF
HEIGHTS. NOT ME, I’M AFRAID OF WIDTHS.”
4% BODYFAT LOSS
Scientists at the U. of Texas’ Health Science Center monitored three groups who either
did yoga, gym exercises, or whatever activity they consistently enjoyed. Each participant
was tested for body-fat percentage and physical fitness at the start of the study.
After exercising for three hours per week for one hour during each session, each group had similar physical improvements and everyone lost about 4% of body fat. The takeaway? Consistency is still the main key to fitness.
Adding vitamin D, prebiotic dietary fiber, and calcium to your next whey protein shake could provide benefits beyond muscle building, says a study published in the CyTA-Journal of Food. Researchers gave the concoction to subjects for 21 days and found it reduced levels of LDL, or bad, cholesterol and triglycerides in their blood.
Most docs agree that fish oil is the one supplement everyone should be taking daily, and scientists at Kyoto University have just added to the evidence. They discovered that fish oil can actually help manage weight gain in middle age by turning the cells that store fat into cells that burn fat. The researchers found that fish oil may help activate so-called “beige” fat, which metabolizes fat instead of storing it. They gave fish oil to mice with their meals and found that they gained up to 10% less weight and 25% less fat compared with mice that didn’t get the oil.
200 NUMBER OF ADDITIONAL CALORIES MEN BURNED IN A DAY WHEN THEY PERFORMED 25 MINUTES OF INTERVAL TRAINING–Colorado State University