Dr. Ann

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 […]

Science consistently shows that regular breakfast-skippers tend to weigh more and snack more often on unhealthy foods and a study sheds some fresh light on what may underlie these observations. Researchers took a group of teens who rarely ate breakfast and put them on one of three different breakfast regimens – no breakfast, a normal […]

Keeping your appetite under wraps can be as simple as maintaining your blood glucose level. Here is my best advice to prevent those hunger-generating 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 […]

It’s my standard advice to forego a mid-morning snack, especially for those who want to lose weight, and a study supports this is a sound recommendation. In a twelve-month weight loss study involving 123 overweight adults put on caloric restriction diets, those who reported regular mid-morning snacking lost 40% less weight than study subjects who avoided this […]

When it comes to diet and health, it is the full spectrum of foods you consume that matters the most. In an evaluation from Sweden’s Lund University, scientists documented the awesome, collective health-boosting power multiple great-for-you foods can provide vs. individual ones. For this evaluation, 44 healthy, but overweight study subjects were put on a dietary regime […]

It is now widely accepted that sugary beverages are the most fattening of all forms of calories and have subsequently played a leading role in the obesity epidemic. In fact, of all the things you could do to lose weight, dumping sugary beverages appears to provide the single greatest return for your efforts! The unique […]

To improve your appetite control during the morning hours, choose a bowl of oatmeal over a ready-to-eat breakfast cereal. In a carefully conducted head-to-head study, researchers noted that eating a calorically equivalent bowl of prepared oatmeal resulted in greater fullness and less hunger during the following four hours relative to eating a bowl of breakfast […]

Yikes! A messy kitchen may make us eat more. Eating behavior scientists conducted a study looking at snacking in a tidy kitchen vs. a messy kitchen. For this study, researchers placed 98 women into one of two different kitchen environments—one that was organized and clean, and one that was chaotic and unkempt. Each woman was […]

In one of the largest evaluation to date, scientists concluded that normal weight individuals (those with a normal BMI) that carry their excess weight in the midsection (central obesity) are at the greatest risk of death from any cause relative to those who are overweight or obese and carry their weight elsewhere. In this large-scale […]

Genetic influences on obesity are a well-documented reality, but thanks to an encouraging study, we have further evidence that our behaviors have tremendous influence on whether or not obesity genes will do their dirty work. In this Harvard based study that included over 12,000 adults, researchers determined that taking a brisk walk for an hour […]

Want a simple, 10-second activity proven to help with weight control? Then weigh yourself daily and record it! That was the encouraging conclusion from a two-year study performed by Cornell researchers. Study subjects who weighed themselves every day and recorded their weights on a spreadsheet or chart, both lost weight and kept it off over […]

This ancient “whole grain” was revered by the Inca’s and is arguably the healthiest of all whole grains (technically it is a seed, but we call it a whole grain because of its taste and texture).  It is a fantastic source of a full package of health – building minerals, is high in protein, including […]