THURSDAY, March 8, 2018 -- If you've been struggling with your weight for some time, you might be wondering if bariatric surgery is the answer.
This surgery, which involves reducing the size of your stomach to limit how much food you can take in, isn't for moderate weight loss. You need to be at least 100 pounds overweight with a BMI of 40, or 35 if you also have serious health issues. You'll also need to show that you haven't been able to lose weight with other, more conventional approaches.
MONDAY, March 19, 2018 -- For some people, dieting is easier with emotional support.
In fact, research done at the University of Pennsylvania concluded that participating in diet programs focused on behavior modification may be more effective than going it alone when the sessions provide information, support and the accountability of weigh-ins. Other research found that this is true even for people who think that they prefer one-on-one help or no help at all.
THURSDAY, Feb.1, 2018 -- If you're determined to shed excess pounds, your partner may end up losing a few, too, new research shows.
The six-month study involved 130 cohabitating couples in which one partner was actively trying to lose weight. In about one-third of cases (32 percent), the other partner also lost 3 percent or more of their body weight, the findings showed.
TUESDAY, Feb. 6, 2018 -- Everyone wants a beach-ready body, and many are willing to starve themselves to achieve it quickly. But new research suggests that fat lost on crash diets may clog the heart and reduce its function.
The good news is that this effect appears temporary. And for healthy people, there probably aren't any ill effects, said the study's lead author, Dr. Jennifer Rayner.