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Exercise and physical activity may have many benefits—but losing weight isn’t one of them. In fact, people who exercise regularly are more likely to put on a pound or two, a new study has found.
People who are constantly on a yo-yo diet end up putting on more weight than if they hadn’t started dieting in the first place. It’s all to do with our biology and the messages we send our body about feast and famine, say researchers.
A typical teenager is drinking a bathtub of sugary drinks every year, a UK survey has discovered—and US teenagers could be drinking even more.
We’ve all seen the serious jogger wired up to a fit watch or an arm monitor—but don’t envy them, the devices aren’t very useful. In fact, those who wear them lose only half as much weight as those who don’t keep track, a new study has found.
Alli (orlistat) is one of the world’s most popular slimming drugs—but just 3 per cent of its adverse reactions were published when it was going through its safety tests. Without these results ever coming to light, orlistat was approved as a safe and effective therapy in 1998.
Losing weight comes with an added bonus: you’re also less likely to develop cancer. When you drop the pounds, you also reduce the levels of proteins that help feed some cancers, researchers have discovered.
Adding probiotics to your diet can help you lose weight—and the more of the ‘friendly bacteria’ you take, the more weight you’ll lose. Those who take several probiotics a day, and keep to it for at least eight weeks, benefit the most, a new study has found.
There’s a joke that used to do the rounds of newspaper offices: don’t let the facts spoil the story. Medicine seems to have its equivalent version, with inconvenient truths being buried to safeguard a cherished theory.