Dr. Ann

As the saying goes – “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.” Shifting more of your daily calories from lunch and/or dinner to breakfast may represent a powerful strategy for slowing the highly predictable middle-age spread. Cambridge scientists followed over 6,700 adults, age 40 to 75, over a period […]

If you “expect” a food or meal to satisfy you – chances are it will.  Fascinating new research just presented at a scientific meeting on eating behavior found our minds can indeed convince our stomachs that a food or meal will fill us up.  Appetite control is the Holy Grail for achieving a healthy body […]

We now have credible data to support that calories consumed late at night are more fattening than those consumed during the day.  An intriguing laboratory study revealed “hard data” to give us reason to be particularly food-wary during the wee hours of the night. Scientist have consistently observed that shift workers who are frequently forced to eat […]

If shedding some weight via exercise is one of your health goals for the New Year and you want to get the most bang for your time, you would be best served to incorporate aerobic vs. resistance exercise. In a study that marks the largest randomized trial ever undertaken to directly quantify changes in body […]

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 […]

This study really made me smile. Presenting at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society, scientists identified an effective appetite control agent that is 100% safe, 100% healthy, dirt cheap and requires no prescription – WATER! In this randomized, controlled intervention trial (the gold standard for proving cause and effect), study subjects who drank […]

An eye-popping report adds to growing evidence that diet drinks may be working against us in our efforts to lose weight. Researchers who followed 474 people over a 10-year period found those who used diet sodas experienced a 70% increase in their belly circumference vs. those who did not drink diet sodas. For frequent diet […]

In a highly encouraging report that echoes previous findings, scientists concluded the greatest benefits come from losing just 5% of body weight. Yes, the biggest health bang for your efforts can be attained with very modest weight loss. For this study, researchers randomly assigned 40 obese adults to maintain weight or to lose 5, 10 […]

Although no one likes to be fooled, researchers from Penn State University did just that. For this clever evaluation, researchers offered 41 unsuspecting young men and women breakfast, lunch and dinner once a week for three weeks.  At each meal, a single dish was altered to substitute pureed “hidden” steamed vegetables in place of other […]

If you want to burn more fat during your morning workout, do it before your breakfast. Exercise physiologists wanted to see how a morning workout affected food intake and fat burning. To evaluate, they had 12 fit males exercise on a treadmill at 10 AM either before or after eating breakfast. Following the exercise, all […]

Yikes! Sleep loss appears to really bring on the fat. In a new report that combined the results from 11 previous studies to provide a more accurate and robust answer, the verdict was indeed eye-opening. We eat more (lots more!) when we do not get enough sleep. Relative to study subjects with normal sleep, those […]

Have you ever noticed that your hunger increases as the day goes on and peaks at night? If so, know that science has backed up this “gut feeling,” and the body’s internal clock (the circadian system) appears to be highly involved. The researchers noted that although this pattern of appetite and subsequent food consumption may have served […]