Dr. Ann

  In an eye-opening new study that puts a whole new spin on sleep and wellbeing, investigators found that improving sleep quality over time boosts health and happiness on par with winning the lottery! For this study researchers followed the sleep patterns of 30,500 UK adults for a period of four years. Study subjects who […]

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 likely to develop age-related macular degeneration. People who eat nuts regularly are leaner than those […]

Chronic stress is an underappreciated, yet powerful driver of pathologic weight gain. Chronic stress is a potent driver of ‘toxic’ fat accumulation, and the stress hormone cortisol is the biochemical culprit.  When we experience persistent, daily stress over months to years, cortisol levels rise abnormally high and remain chronically elevated.  This leads to weight gain, […]

Past studies have suggested that artificial sweeteners may actually work against our efforts to lose weight. Now, 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 […]

If you want the healthy diet changes you make to really stick, I have some great news. According to nifty, new research your “approach” makes all the difference. The key is a positive focus.  Meaning, what works best is incorporating healthy foods you truly enjoy versus ditching your favorites or forcing yourself to eat foods […]

Eating an abundance and variety of veggies is arguably the surest way to become a biologic fortress and master weight control. In addition to dazzling your taste buds, salads offer an unprecedented opportunity to tap into the health virtues of veggies, fully exploiting this remarkable food group so you can feel full without filling out. […]

  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 for the very first time just how this can happen. In a series of sophisticated lab experiments, scientists found that lab animals regularly […]

If you want a quick and simple way to eat less, just say no to ear buds, music and TV while eating. In an intriguing set of experiments researchers at Brigham Young University were able to show that when we can hear the sounds created as we bite, chew, crunch, and munch on our foods, […]

Dark chocolate scores again! This time for metabolic health. In a study that included 1,153 adults between the ages of 18 to 69, those that consumed chocolate daily had lower blood insulin levels and better insulin function, both of which are telltale markers for superior metabolic health. These results are not surprising. Chocolate, particularly dark […]

If you’re like most Americans, the never-ending stream of ultra-processed, highly palatable foods that define our modern food supply has hijacked your taste buds. But have no fear! Fortunately, our sense of taste is highly malleable. This means that your taste buds can be coaxed into loving the simple and less intense flavor profiles typical […]

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

  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 […]