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Linoleic Acid and Safflower Oil: Two Dietary Oils Proven to Burn Fat

You may have heard that some dietary oils can help you trim extra inches, but are the rumors true?

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Side Effects of Herbal Weight-Loss Supplements: What do Clinical Studies Show?

Herbal remedies claim to be safe and effective for weight loss, but herbal dietary supplements aren’t held to the same standards as conventional drugs. As a result, these weight-loss supplements might not accurately warn of unpleasant—or even dangerous—side effects.

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Nutrient Deficiencies in Bariatric Patients

Surgical solutions to obesity can correct severe obesity, but what effect do they have on the body’s ability to extract nutrients from meals? After experiencing a drastic reduction in the ability to consume food—and, in some surgeries, skipping over some of the nutrient-absorbing parts of the digestive tract—bariatric patients may suffer from nutrient deficiencies.

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Does Soda Make You Fat?

Soda has long been cited as a reason for increasing American waistlines. As we’ve started getting fatter, some argue, soda has gone from being an occasional treat to becoming a prominent part of people’s daily diets. Could there be a relationship between the two trends?

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Are Nuts Good for Weight Loss?

Usually, you try to stop eating (or at least cut back on) calorie-dense foods when you’re trying to lose weight. Recent studies, however, show that nuts (peanuts and treanuts) are surprisingly good for weight loss. A 2007 research review out of Purdue University shows that there is no link between eating nuts and gaining weight.

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Sleeping Less Is Linked To Obesity In Older Adults

Plenty of studies have noted that in younger people there is an association between sleeping less and gaining weight. What do studies show in older adults? Do the sleeping troubles of older people contribute to weight gain?

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How Does Sleep Deprivation Make You Fat?

Americans have been getting fatter for the past 20 years. During the same period, there’s been a shift toward an all-go-all-the-time culture of jam-packed schedules.  That much is old news, but what about a relationship between the two? A 2007 paper from the University of Chicago’s Department of Medicine explored how weight gain is linked to sleep deprivation.

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Does Sleep Deprivation Make Children Fat?

Young people are not immune to the sleep-straining pressures of modern life. With an ever-increasing list of commitments, children have been getting less and less sleep in recent years. Meanwhile, obesity in childhood has become increasingly common. Short sleep can increase the risk of obesity and, in turn, the risk of disease in adulthood.

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Why Does TV Make You Fat?

The couch potato stereotype might not be so far off-base. According to a 2008 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, people who watch more than three hours of TV a day are more likely to carry extra inches around the midsection than those who watch an hour a day or less.

Television And Belly Fat : The Study

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Blasting Belly Fat with Moderate- or High-Intensity Aerobics

You already know that shedding abdominal fat means spending time at the gym, but you may be wondering just how intense your cardio workouts have to be. Some experts say that moderate intensity is enough, but others will tell you that it’s best to go all-out. So, how hard should you be exercising?

Is high-intensity aerobics really necessary for abdominal fat loss?

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