Research

Research: Better quality of carbohydrates leads to better outcomes

Clinical outcomes: It is all about the quality of your carbohydrate intake.  

Clinicians and researchers have long suspected that not all carbohydrates are created equal.  It makes perfect sense that an unprocessed starchy food with 100 calories would not result in similar clinical outcomes as the same number of calories of table sugar.  The whole foods that are less processed should be more abundant in fiber and thus take longer to process by our bodies and result in less of an insulin and blood sugar spike.  The big problem is that there is a limited appetite to research such differences and thus there is little proof to back up such beliefs.  

 

Research: fiber intake and adherence to diet associated with weight-Loss.

Fiber intake and adherence to diet predict weight loss success.  

Low-fat diets have been long accepted to be the key to weight loss.  In recent years, higher fat and protein diets have also been shown to produce weight loss and these diets are all the rage in health and fitness magazines. Nearly all of us are looking for tips to increase weight loss success or to help us lose weight.  Many of the tips we receive have limited to no evidence to back them up.

 

Research: Web-based expert coaching may assist with weight loss

Expert coaching over the web can assist with significant weight loss.  

Expert coaching for weight loss is expensive but has been shown to help with weight loss in prior research.  Coaching is the key part that both motivates and increases engagement.  Providing coaches as part of a weight management program is a common practice in most weight programs but it is cost and time prohibitive for many.  Coach and participant interaction is the key thing that promotes this engagement, but there is limited research to show that expert coaching over the internet can promote the same benefits.  

 


Research: Weight variability increases with psychologic status

Worsening psychologic status leads to weight cycling.

Several studies have suggested an association between weight cycling and psychological status.  It makes sense that anxiety and depression will lead to an increase in eating and less exercise.  Although I think that weight cycles an lead to psychological distress, anxiety and depression (as well as other behavioral illnesses) could lead to weight cycling.  It is highly likely that both have a positive effect and magnify the effects of each other.  

 

Research: Does chromium picolinate improve weight loss?

The evidence does not support chromium supplements for weight loss.  

Chromium picolinate has long been touted as a miracle supplement for weight loss and blood sugar stabilization.  It has been suggested as a supplement for diabetic type 2 patients because this metabolic syndrome should improve with blood sugar stabilization and weight loss.  

 

Research: Extremes of carbohydrate intake tied to increased mortality

Low and high carbohydrate intakes are tied to increase mortality.  

There is much disagreement about how much carbohydrates are recommended.  For years, American experts have recommended anywhere from 45-65% of your calorie intake from carbohydrates.  Some experts argue for a lower number and others suggest higher numbers.  Who is right?  
 

Research: Pattern of steps is associated with weight loss.

Pedometers may help weight loss after all

Pedometers are all the rage today.  From the Fitbit to the Apple Watch, it is hard to find someone without one on their wrists.  I personally wear one on each wrist.  I wind the motivations and functionality of the Apple Watch to be superior, but the step counts to better on the Fitbit.  The problem with pedometers is that there is scant evidence to show they help for weight loss.  

 



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