WELLNESS TIP OF THE WEEK
Want to Lose Weight? New Research Shows a Daily Food Diary Is the Way to Go
Healthline reports that new research published in the journal Obesity has indicated that self-monitoring of your diet is the most effective way to shed unwanted weight. As it turns out, keeping a daily log of your food — whether using an app like Lose It! or just a good old-fashioned pen-and-paper diary — takes less than 15 minutes a day and helped participants in the study lose up to 10 percent of their body weight. It makes sense: having your calorie count physically written out makes it a bit more difficult to lie to yourself about what’s going in your body!
WELLNESS AROUND THE WEB
How Artificial Intelligence May Help Us Discover Our Individual, Ideal Diets
Cardiologist Eric Topol has written an interesting piece for The New York Times about the way artificial intelligence has helped researchers come to a somewhat frustrating — but ultimately helpful — conclusion: there is no single diet that’s going to work for everyone. The way each individual’s body works is so specific to them that trying to find a catch-all solution to healthy eating is a fool’s errand.
Perhaps that seems obvious when stated outright, but it does show us a glimpse of where the nutrition industry may be headed next. As appealing as fad diets are now, they can’t really hold a candle to the idea of getting science-backed recommendations specific to your body’s chemistry.
How Does Intermittent Fasting Affect Your Metabolism?
Speaking of fad diets, here’s a story from PopSugar about a way of eating that’s become fairly popular as of late: intermittent fasting, or the practice of fasting and then eating within various time windows (for example, fasting for 16 hours and then eating over the course of the remaining eight).
The outlet asked Dr. Avigdor Arad about the diet’s effect on metabolism, and he noted that it may contribute to a faster metabolic rate — with the caveat that, as outlined in the story above, it’s not going to work for everyone. It may even be dangerous, so as with any drastic change to your diet, it’s best to ask your health care provider before diving in.
LOCAL HEALTH HIGHLIGHTS
Helen Thomas Simply Smashing will be holding Yoga at the Pop-Up Gallery on Sunday at 4 p.m. Following the yoga session, there will be the opportunity to purchase jewelry, a wine tasting and a book signing of “Musing off the Mat” by Joyce Poggi Hager. Andover, Mass. | Facebook.com
The first day in the American Lung Association’s Freedom From Smoking program at Lowell General Hospital will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The group will meet weekly on Tuesdays every week for a month following the initial meeting. Lowell, Mass. | LowellGeneral.org
The 2.5-mile “Spring into Wellness” Hike at Ward Reservation from noon to 2 p.m. will offer scenic vistas of Boston and the unusual solstice stones arrangement at the top of Holt Hill, as well as panoramic skyline views from a large clearing at Elephant Rock at Boston Hill. Andover, Mass. | TheTrustees.org
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