eNews on Prevention, Wellness & Lifestyle
Jul. 2, 2014

5 reasons to drink coffee before your workout
Half of Americans start their day with coffee, and according to recent study, working out after downing a cup of java may offer a weight loss advantage. The Spanish study, published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, found that trained athletes who took in caffeine pre-exercise burned about 15 percent more calories for three hours post-exercise, compared to those who ingested a placebo.More

Task-oriented exercise may help with mild memory loss
Reuters via Fox News
An exercise program that challenges the mind while mimicking daily tasks may improve mental functioning in older adults with mild cognitive decline, according to a new study. The trial found significant positive changes, lasting several months, among seniors with memory and thinking changes serious enough to be noticed by others but not so severe as to interfere with daily life.More

For fitness, push yourself
The New York Times
Intense exercise changes the body and muscles at a molecular level in ways that milder physical activity doesn't match, according to an enlightening new study. Though the study was conducted in mice, the findings add to growing scientific evidence that to realize the greatest benefits from workouts, we probably need to push ourselves.More

Mediterranean diet has many health benefits, and may help control kids' weight
The Washington Post
Children who eat a Mediterranean-style diet may be less likely to be overweight or obese than kids who do not, a new study suggests. In the study, researchers looked at children ages 2 to 9 in eight European countries and found that those who were on a Mediterranean diet were 15 percent less likely to be overweight or obese than those who didn't. The link held regardless of where the kids lived, the researchers said.More

Why eating fruits and veggies won't make you thin
Eating more fruits and vegetables is a generally a good idea, but this alone isn't likely to help you lose weight, a new review of studies suggests. Researchers analyzed previous research on weight loss and increased fruit and vegetable intake, which included data on more than 1,200 The investigators found that eating more fruit and vegetables, without also changing the amount of calories from other food sources, did not cause people to either lose or gain weight.More

5 diet myths that are just plain wrong
By Archita Datta Majumdar
The recent controversy surrounding Dr. Oz and the U.S. Senate is another reminder about how obsessed we are with weight loss and dieting. It also reveals how we can be blinded by the ostentatious promises of numerous products and diet fads. While the Federal Trade Commission and the Senate make deeper probes into bogus diet product ads and weight-loss frauds, it is perhaps time to take a closer look at what we are doing wrong with our health. Informed decisions start with some basic debunking of "lean diet" myths that seem to have too strong a hold over us.More

Don't be fooled by dietary supplement claims
Recently, the Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection successfully ignited a public discussion about dietary supplements. It's about time. But this is only a first step, and of no substantive value without continued careful objective and scientific re-evaluation of how we view these products.More

American children 'consuming too many vitamins and minerals'
Medical News Today
Originally, the intention behind adding vitamins and minerals to everyday foods — such as breakfast cereals — was to protect children's health. But has the pendulum swung too far the other way? Are we now in danger of harming children? A new report from the Environmental Working Group in the U.S. says we should be concerned that American children may be consuming too many vitamins and minerals.More

Diet or exercise? 'Energy balance' real key to disease prevention
Science Daily
A majority of Americans are overweight or obese, a factor in the rapid rise in common diseases like diabetes, heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure and more. According to a paper published collaboratively in this month's issues of the official journals of both the American College of Sports Medicine and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, energy balance is a viable public health solution to address the obesity epidemic. The paper outlines steps to incorporate energy balance principles into public health outreach in the U.S.More

5 reasons to drink coffee before your workout
Half of Americans start their day with coffee, and according to recent study, working out after downing a cup of java may offer a weight loss advantage. More

Exercise and the 'good' bugs in our gut
The New York Times
Being physically active may encourage beneficial germs to thrive in your gut, while inactivity could do the reverse, according to an innovative new study.More

Eat more gluten: The diet fad must die
If you've got a hankering to make some money, now might be a good time to trademark a brand name for gluten-free salt. More

Hydration 101: Sports drinks vs. water
Most runners have heard over and over again that drinking fluids as the summer months approach is of the utmost importance; neglecting to drink when it's hot outside is committing one of the cardinal sins of sports nutrition. Well, that's somewhat true, but it isn't quite that simple. More

The most engaged fitness, health app users: Sports-loving mothers
The most frequent user of health and fitness apps for iPhones are mostly mothers between the ages of 25 and 54 who are sports fans and who generally lead healthy lifestyles, according to a recent study that tracked 6,800 health and fitness apps and about 100,000 people who used them.More