The Fat Trap

Last week I was listening to NPR and heard a really interesting discussion on weight loss based on a New York Times Magazine article called “The Fat Trap” written by Tara Parker-Pope. Since I was in and out of the car I only heard portions of the radio show, but I came home and read the article.

At first I found it so disheartening I wasn’t going to share it, but then I thought that if knowledge is power it might actually be helpful and there are aspects of the article that are very interesting. It discusses just how difficult it is to maintain weight loss. If you struggle with maintaining your weight you’ll either find the article frustrating because it explains why it is so hard and there is not much you can do about it or comforting because it helps explain why you might be having difficulty.

I have to question the science a little (which might provide some hope). Most of the studies put people on extremely low (and I would argue unhealthy) calorie diets to lose weight fast. While the article briefly touched on this at the end, I suspect that […]

The Fat Trap2014-08-04T18:02:35-04:00

Exercise for your Brain

MRI scan of brain

If you needed another reason to convince you to exercise, now it seems absolutely clear that physical exercise improves brain function. It’s good for your body and your brain, especially if you get your heart rate up.

Listen to the whole story (physical exercise for the brain is just part of it) on NPR’s Fresh Air or click this link to get a recap (where you can view a transcript of the whole show or listen to it).

Exercise for your Brain2017-09-12T19:35:25-04:00