Dr. Ann

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 […]

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 […]

Appetite control is the Holy Grail for weight control and beans prove to be a winning food for keeping hunger at bay. In a systematic review of all available clinical trials, scientists concluded that people felt about 31% fuller after eating an average of 160 grams of beans (a bit more than ¾ a cup) […]

Although moderate alcohol consumption has been shown to lower the risk of death from cardiovascular disease, alcohol offers up a slew of fattening features that can weigh heavy on your waistline. Here are six good reasons to watch it with booze, beer, and wine. Relatively speaking, alcohol provides lots of calories—specifically 7 calories per gram […]

September 11, 2018 • Weight Control

The Dangers of Belly Fat

It is now firmly established that not all body fat is created equal when it comes to making us sick.  Although we may not like the appearance of fat deposited on our arms, legs, hips, and thighs, this fat is a rather benign metabolic slug that basically just its sits there.  This is in sharp […]

KEEP IT STEADY-EDDIE! Keeping your appetite under wraps can be as simple as maintaining your blood glucose level. Here is my best advice for preventing those hunger-driving drops in your blood glucose. Minimize foods known to precipitously drop your blood sugar—namely, the refined, high glycemic “Great White Hazards”—white flour products, white potatoes, white rice, and […]

Past studies have suggested that artificial sweeteners may actually work against our efforts to lose weight. Harvard researchers may have uncovered why. In a series of laboratory experiments, the researchers found that aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal) actually blocked an enzyme called intestinal AP that plays an important role in maintaining normal metabolic function. When this enzyme […]

I’m nuts about nuts. Here are six reasons to include nuts in your diet daily! Regular nut consumption reduces the risk of heart-related death by up to 30-50%. People who eat nuts regularly live longer. People who eat nuts regularly get less type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. People who eat nuts regularly are less […]

August 27, 2018 • Weight Control

How to Stop Cravings

In an intriguing, landmark report published in the prestigious journal, Science, scientists discovered that simply thinking about eating a food can diminish your appetite for it.  It seems counterintuitive, but when study subjects mentally visualized or imagined eating a particular food (in this study M&M’s ), they subsequently ate significantly less of it relative to […]

Cheap, convenient and oh-so-tasty, black beans are the cream of the bean crop. These black beauties have megawatt nutritional goodness including a whopping dose of very “filling” fiber and protein, a full spectrum of minerals, loads of B-vitamins, and antioxidant power that rivals red grapes and cranberries. Enjoy them canned, fresh, frozen, or dried. Dr. […]