Dr. Ann

Weight Control


3 of My Favorite Ways to Shave Calories While Boosting Nutrition

1.  Substituting non-fat Greek plain yogurt for mayonnaise, sour cream, or cream in my dressings, sauces, soups, and tuna or salmon salads 2.  Substituting a big bed of chopped spinach for the noodles/pasta in my spaghetti and other dishes that feature pasta (I throw frozen chopped spinach in the microwave and squeeze out all of […]

If you want to improve your shut-eye and brighten your spirits, losing a little weight may do the trick. In an uplifting report, researchers found that losing as little as 5% of existing body weight was enough to improve sleep quality and mood in overweight study subjects. For the study, scientists assigned 390 obese adults […]

I am a big believer in simple visuals for staying on track with healthy eating and was thrilled when the USDA adopted the “My Plate” icon to replace the confusing and essentially useless “food pyramid.” When I sit down to order a meal, I always aspire to create the “perfect plate” – with one-half of […]

Evidence is rapidly mounting that junk foods may be truly addicting.  Both in animal and human studies, it seems that ultra palatable foods, especially those high in both fat and sugar (think donuts, milk shakes, cheesecake) can highjack our normal appetite regulatory mechanisms, throwing us into a perpetual cycle of desire and binging. A laboratory study […]

The mineral magnesium is involved in over 300 critical biochemical reactions in the human body, including converting vitamin D into its active form. Unfortunately, low dietary intakes of this mighty mineral are rampant. Limiting processed, industrial foods and replacing them with whole, real foods direct from Mother Earth is a wonderful start. Additionally, make note […]

Past studies have repeatedly identified snacking as a risk factor for weight gain. As such, it was disheartening to learn that Americans are snacking at an all-time high. Based on this evaluation, snacking accounts for a whopping 25% of our daily calories or an average of 580 calories a day! Even more alarming, half of […]

If you are looking for a tasty, healthy, and highly effective way to quiet your hunger and eat less—look to beans. In a placebo-controlled clinical trial that pitted bean-based meals head to head with meat-based meals, beans came out on top. For this study, investigators fed 43 young men three different test meal burgers, each […]

Rejoice! Just a single minute of intense movement results in health benefits on par with much, much longer periods of continuous exercise.  That was the conclusion of a report that is fantastic news for the millions of Americans who claim they “do not have enough time to exercise.” For this evaluation  scientists assigned 27 sedentary […]

Anthocyanins are plant pigments that exhibit show-stopping antioxidant and anti-inflammatory power.  Here is the list of foods that offers the highest concentration of anthocyanins per serving.  For best results, include these foods in your diet regularly. Black raspberries Black currants Blueberries Blackberries Red cabbage Black plums Red radish Red raspberries Breathe Easier with These Fruits […]

The power of healthy living to prevent our most dreaded chronic diseases has received resounding scientific validation.  In a landmark report, scientist identified five cardinal behaviors that if practiced throughout adult life, could slash the risk of our most life-robbing and deadly diseases by 60 to 70%. For this evaluation scientists carefully monitored the health and […]

  As the wife of an ophthalmologist, I have a special appreciation for the value of good eyesight, and a study suggests that lifestyle factors under our direct control may help protect our vision. For the evaluation, researchers tracked vision and lifestyle factors in nearly 5,000 US adults over a 20-year period. Study subjects who […]

This is a great health tip that will get you even more nutritional oomph from your salad veggies. All you have to do is throw in some eggs. Researchers from Purdue University found that when whole eggs (yolks required!) were added to a salad of mixed veggies, the absorption of vitamin E increased up to 4 […]

If you are concerned with type 2 diabetes, you will be pleased to hear that the scrumptious Mediterranean-style eating pattern has been shown to provide significant protection from this modern-day epidemic. In a powerful review that combined 19 former studies including over 162,000 people from several different countries and ethnic backgrounds, a Mediterranean diet was found to […]