Monday, October 3, 2011

New Weight Study...interesting!

New Study May Change the Face of Weight Management

Despite a population that has heard the "eat less, exercise more" advice a bazillion times over, obesity levels are still crazy-high. So a team of experts at Harvard University stepped up to investigate specific food choices and lifestyle habits that influence weight gain. More than 120,000 healthy men and women were observed over a period of 12 to 20 years, with evaluations every 4 years. (Side note: WOW.) Some of the results are surprising; others less so...

The foods that were found to be most closely associated with weight gain are potato chips, potatoes (including boiled or mashed potatoes and French fries), and sugar-sweetened drinks. Potatoes show nearly three times the impact of sweets and desserts!

People who ate more yogurt, fruit, nuts, veggies, and whole grains gained less weight over the years than others. Yogurt and nuts top the list of foods linked to less weight gain.

Those who slept less than 6 or more than 8 hours a night gained more weight than the 6 - 8 crowd. (Sleep = good. Too much = bad!) The more TV a person watched and the more alcohol he or she consumed, the greater the weight gain. (Um, not surprising!)

We just might be chomping on fewer potatoes and more pistachios this year, plus turning off the TV early to catch some extra zzzzzzzzs...

Thanks again...HUNGRY GIRL!

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