When I began my Ph.D. research comparing diet responses across varying genetic backgrounds, I ambitiously expected to identify the “best” dietary pattern for health. But, it was quickly apparent that the data did not match the story in my head. As highlighted in the journal Genetics, my study showed there is no “one-size-fits-all” diet for optimal health and personalized, or precision diets, should allow for better health outcomes. Continue reading
Eating three meals per day- breakfast, lunch, and dinner- has become engrained in many cultures. Many hold the notion that regular and frequent eating is vital for health. Yet, new research suggests that eating the same total amount of food, but increasing the duration of fasting between meals may yield better health outcomes. Continue reading
During the holiday season, many of us tend to pack on extra fat. However, research has discovered that not all body fat is equal. In fact, some types of fat are beneficial. Here, I describe three types of fat – white, brown and beige – and explain their effects on the body. Continue reading
The holiday season has ended and many of us who have put on a few pounds are thinking about tossing the junk food and hitting the gym. But, maybe you shouldn’t according to a surprising new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
The study finds that people who are overweight or grade 1 obese live longer than normal weight individuals. The researchers performed a meta-analysis of 97 studies, totaling 2.88 million people, examining all-cause mortality for people of different body mass index (BMI) groups. Continue reading
We’ve all heard that being overweight or obese is unhealthy. We know that being “fat” is undesirable in most of the world. Every day doctors tell their patients about the importance of losing weight to reduce their risk of heart disease and type II diabetes. But, how many of us actually know exactly why that extra fat is so bad for our health? How does obesity affect our risk of developing disease and what is the best way to restore our health? In this blog post, I begin these questions. Continue reading