Dr. Jon Walz counsels patients to keep their diet plans a secret to achieve their weight-loss goals. Obese individuals usually live with obese people, and such an environment tends to be resistant to dietary changes, with friends and family potentially trying to shift dieters back to their old habits, Walz says.
Fitness chains are always on the lookout for trends in group exercise, such as Zumba or kickboxing, to keep people coming back for more classes. Short, hardcore workouts are popular, along with wellness-oriented exercises such as yoga, but Tim Keightley of Gold's Gym says traditional aerobics classes still are in vogue, as the basic moves and motivating music have stood the test of time.
Kiwi Sweat holds indoor cycling classes at various sites in Brooklyn, N.Y., including warehouses and art galleries, so people do not get stuck in a boring routine. Program co-founder Alicia Thomas says the sites give people a chance to "discover new parts of the city and get out of their comfort zone," making exercise more of an event than a workout.
Many people do not eat enough fruits, vegetables and whole grains to meet minimum nutritional requirements, but adding one more serving of each per day can result in health benefits, registered dietitian Cynthia Sass writes. One more serving of fruit can reduce the risk of cancer by 6%, one additional vegetable can lower the chances of heart disease by up to 11% and an extra helping of whole grain daily can lower the likelihood of high blood pressure by 4%.
Obese patients who received enhanced lifestyle counseling from their primary-care providers lost 10 pounds on average, while those who had brief lifestyle counseling lost 6.4 pounds and those in standard care lost 3.7 pounds, researchers reported at the American Heart Association's annual meeting. Doctors who offer more resources and the help of registered dietitians and other health professionals may help dieters achieve significant weight-loss results, said study lead author Thomas Wadden.