Dr. Ann

The stunning blue to purple hues in plant-based foods come from a special class of plant pigments called anthocyanins. In the lab, anthocyanins exhibit dazzling anti-inflammatory power, but studies in real people have been lacking. In one of the very first large-scale studies in human subjects, these potent plant-based compounds displayed great promise for improving […]

Sometimes we found ourselves facing buffet lines tempting us with a vast assortment of calorie-loaded, not-so-good-for-us choices. An intriguing study from Cornell University offers a super-simple strategy for successfully navigating bountiful buffets without wrecking your waistline and your health. According to their carefully conducted studies, we are much more likely to select the food items […]

Eating fewer overall calories with more fruits and vegetables is not only healthy; it can be life-changing and delicious, too! Just follow these simple steps to success. – “Volumize” your meals and snacks with as many high- fiber, high- water fruits and vegetables as possible. The best choices include the following: Fruits—berries, cherries, plums, any whole […]

I hope this report lights up your day! In a fascinating study, researchers noted a robust and consistent relationship between exposure to bright, natural light in the early part of the day and a lower body weight. For the study, researchers had 54 adults wear a special device that monitored their light exposure and the […]

If you love almonds like I do, you will be delighted to learn that this wonder of a superstar food provides significantly fewer calories than previously thought. In a study specifically designed to accurately measure the actual number of “digested and absorbed” calories provided by almonds – scientists found the calorie counts were in reality […]

Appetite control is the Holy Grail for weight control.  Here are 3 simple and delicious ways to help you eat less. Dig the Power of Protein Protein is nature’s diet pill – providing longer lasting appetite suppression than either fats or carbs. Include some healthy (lean) protein at every meal.  The right dose (around 12+ […]

In a powerful landmark report that sought to drill down to what specific dietary and lifestyle factors most closely correlated to weight gain over time, Harvard researchers uncovered some very striking and consistent findings. This behemoth of a study involved over 115,000 adults followed for up to 20 years. Of all the factors they followed […]

Reduce Your Intake of the Great White Hazards. This includes the refined, high glycemic carbs – white flour products, white rice, white potatoes, and sugars/sweets. Increase Your Levels of Physical Activity.  Strive for at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily, but more is even better. Additionally, avoid prolonged sitting. Increase Your […]

Metabolism is the process by which your body uses fuel provided by foods you eat to produce energy at the cellular level. Of all the things you could do to ensure a healthy, robust metabolism – nothing is more effective than regular physical activity. The reason is simple – exercise can enhance metabolism through four […]

1. Dining out, especially for lunch 2. Eating while distracted, especially while watching TV 3. Eating directly out of the bag, box, or food container, especially large sizes 4. Eating quickly 5. Keeping ready to eat foods visible and in close proximity (think the cookie jar or bags of chips on the kitchen counter)

If you want to keep your hunger under wraps, be sure to include a nice dose of protein at each of your meals. Past studies have indicated that protein, relative to carbs and fats, has superior hunger-quieting effects. In an effort to confirm protein’s unique sating power, researchers performed a systematic review of past studies […]

If you are using artificial sweeteners to control your weight, take heed. While past studies in both animals and humans have suggested they can lead to weight gain, scientists have identified how this can happen. In a series of sophisticated lab experiments, scientists found that lab animals regularly fed a diet containing the popular artificial […]