Can Gut Bacteria Make You Fat?

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Gut Bacteria, Diet and Obesity Author: Dr. Stephen Chaney It has been known for some time that the types of bacteria found in the intestines of obese people are different than those found in the intestines of lean individuals. But no one really knew the significance, if any, of that observation. Did obesity favor certain […]

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Can Chocolate Help You Lose Weight?

If Pigs Could Fly

A Candy a Day Keeps The Weight Away? Author: Dr. Stephen Chaney Sometimes you come across news that just seems too good to be true. The recent headlines saying that you can lose weight just by eating chocolate are a perfect example. Your first reaction when you heard that was probably “Sure, when pigs fly!” […]

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Does Obesity Begin In Kindergarten?

Fat Child

Is Obesity Caused By Bad Genes Or Bad Lifestyle?  Author: Dr. Stephen Chaney In past issues of “Health Tips From the Professor” I have shared some common sense weight loss tips. But what if it is all for naught. What if there is nothing you can do about your weight! You may have seen the […]

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7 Easy Ways To Spot Fad Diets

Fad Diets

The FTC Finally Targets Deceptive Advertising Author: Dr. Stephen Chaney I think it was P. T. Barnum who said “There’s a Sucker Born Every Minute”. That’s particularly true in the diet world where hucksters seem to be all around us – especially this time of year. You’ve seen the weight loss ads touting: Pills or […]

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Are Diet Pills Safe?

New Year Diet

Another Diet Pill Bites The Dust Author: Dr. Stephen Chaney The New Year is upon us, and everyone is looking for an easy way to lose weight. Let’s face it. Losing weight is difficult. You have to give up your favorite foods. You’re often hungry and cranky. You have to change your lifestyle. And did […]

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Belly Fat Increases Your Risk Of Dementia


Does Belly Fat Make You Dumb? Author: Dr. Stephen Chaney In last week’s “Healh Tips From the Professor” I told you that abdominal obesity (otherwise known as “belly fat“) increases your risk of dying from both heart disease and cancer. But you probably knew that already. This week I’m going to tell you about a […]

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Abdominal Fat Shortens Your Lifespan

Belly Fat

Your Belly Fat Could Be Killing You Author: Dr. Stephen Chaney You’ve probably already heard about the dangers of abdominal obesity (otherwise known as “belly fat“). You’ve probably heard that it increases your risk of diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer. But did you know that your belly fat could be killing you? And, the […]

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Is High Protein Your Secret To Successful Weight Loss?

Do High Protein Diets Reduce Fat And Preserve Muscle? Author: Dr. Stephen Chaney Are high protein diets your secret to healthy weight loss? There are lots of diets out there – high fat, low fat, Paleolithic, blood type, exotic juices, magic pills and potions. But recently, high protein diets are getting a lot of press. […]

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A Big Fat Problem With Testosterone

While millions of American women are on a diet at any one time, many men just ignore those extra pounds. Things like heart disease, cancer and diabetes seem to be much more distant threats to us. The male ego also allows us to stand in front of a mirror, pot belly and all, and visualize […]

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Are “zero calorie” foods making you fat?

That question might seem like a no-brainer. Eating calorie-free foods rather than foods that contain calories has to be helpful in keeping your weight under control. Right? Maybe not. Let’s investigate that question by looking at calorie-free soft drinks. What does the evidence actually show? Between the years 1987 and 2000 the number of people […]

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