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Feb. 11, 2015

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The sweet spot for workout quantity
By Natalie Rodriguez
Data show that New Years resolutions start to fizzle during the third week in January. Many workout resolutions have started to waver now that we've coasted into February. How can we find that healthy balance between enough and too much exercise? A new report published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology states that people who push their exercise too far may be just as unhealthy as inactive people. This study shouldn't encourage couch potatoes to stay put, though.More

Weight loss or not, exercise yields benefits
The Wall Street Journal
Mary Trieu does hour-long workouts at a CrossFit gym three to five days a week. She is also 5-foot-3 and weighs 205 pounds. Trieu avoids junk food and eats balanced meals, but she’s not on a diet. She works out to keep her weight stable and because she enjoys it. “As I started exercising, I just got this adrenaline rush,” says Trieu, an admissions officer at Columbia Business School. More

The 1 big thing fitness trackers don't do very well
Yahoo Health
The next time you’re at the gym, glance at the wrists of those working out around you — chances are, you’ll spot a fitness tracker or few. It’s no surprise, considering an estimated 19 million devices were in use in 2014, according to the American Council on Exercise. But according to a small new study, these trackers may not be all that accurate at estimating calories burned — and some brands may be more accurate at tracking than others.More

Where dietary-fat guidelines went wrong
A little fat may not be harmful, while too much of it can be unhealthy, and even fatal. But in the latest review of studies that investigated the link between dietary fat and causes of death, researchers say the guidelines got it all wrong. In fact, recommendations to reduce the amount of fat we eat every day should never have been made.More

The next big diet ingredient is red hot
Yahoo Health
Partial to spicy food? You’re in luck — a new study has found that capsaicin, the compound that makes chili peppers spicy, might help prevent obesity by stimulating thermogenesis and energy burning. Study author Baskaran Thyagarajan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutics and Neuroscience at the University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy, decided to research the benefits of chili pepper extract based on existing research that ties spicy foods to an increased metabolism. More

Is it really worth not eating bread, pasta and other carbs?
The Washington Post
It’s become popular to think of foods as either good or bad, something to eat or something to avoid. Carbohydrates, which had their moment as a good food back when fat was the bad guy, are now being blamed in part for the epidemic of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. And a slew of diet books proposes that you will feel better and be healthier if you never eat bread, pasta or sugar again.More

Experts say spuds are not nutritional duds
White potatoes have gotten a bad rap. All the starch contained in spuds can raise blood sugar. And potatoes — which are often consumed with loads of fat — may not do our waistlines any favor. But the reputation of the humble spud may be on the mend.More

The biggest US study on exercise just ran out of money
Bloomberg Business
Since 1991, Paul Williams, a scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, has been studying the same 156,000 people to find out how their running and walking habits affect their health. About every 10 years, he asks them about their medical history and tracks their health outcomes as the years go on. Now that many participants are older, he's also assessing their aging process and life spans.More

The debate over running while high
The Wall Street Journal
The grueling sport of ultramarathon has fostered a mingling of two seemingly opposite camps: endurance jocks and potheads. “If you can find the right level, marijuana takes the stress out of running,” says Avery Collins, a 22-year-old professional ultramarathoner. “And it’s a postrace, post-run remedy.”More

The potential danger of dietary supplements
There was some good news this week. The New York state attorney general's office has told four major retailers — Walmart, GNC, Target and Walgreens — to cease sales of their store-branded herbal supplements because their products do not actually contain the herbs purportedly listed on their labels. These herbal supplements contain mostly fillers and in some cases potential allergens. But other supplements are more worrisome.More

Which vitamins and herbal supplements can you trust?
As if the rows of nearly identical bottles in the vitamin aisle weren't confusing enough, a new New York Attorney General report has blasted several major retailers for having sketchy ingredients in their herbal supplements. But if you know what to look for, you can make sure what it says on the bottle is actually what you're putting in your body.More