Monday, November 30, 2009

One in Ten Obese Individuals Think Their Bodies are Healthy

(Dallas Heart Study Summary)

It's important to pay attention to our body weight, as changes can oftentimes be a signal of changes in our health. From time to time, in
paying too close attention to our weight, we can be a bit too critical of our bodies. On the flip side, however, there are some individuals who do not pay enough attention to their weight, or are simply not being honest with themselves, and may overlook some important signs about their health. That's what the Dallas Heart Study has found.

In the study, nearly one in 10 clinically obese individuals thought that their weight was healthy and that they didn't need to lose any weight. In fact, some individuals even felt they could still gain some weight and be OK. Of those individuals, 35% had high blood pressure, 15% had high cholesterol, 14% had diabetes and 25% were smokers. According to Dr. Tiffany Powell, lead author of the study and a cardiology fellow at the
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, "They were also somewhat clueless about taking care of themselves...They did not visit doctors regularly. They did not exercise regularly."

The study begs the question - where is the line that separates a healthy perception of body weight and flat-out self delusion? Obviously culture, media and friends and family have an influence. Ultimately, it's important to make regular visits to your doctor to ensure your body weight is healthy, in addition to being comfortable in your own skin.

Click here to find out more about the Dallas Health Study.

Friday, November 27, 2009

FL Pizza Shop Owner Gets Healthy Eating Nothing But Pizza For a Month

Tampa, Florida pizza shop owner Matt McClellan was tired of getting dirty looks and nasty comments when he brought free samples of his product along with coupons to the gym. I mean, who in their right mind would even touch a slice of pizza when they're trying to get ripped? Well, all this inspired Matt to prove that his pizza could indeed be part of a healthy lifestyle, so he decided to eat nothing but pizza for a month and chronicle his journey along the way.

Although he looked healthy, Matt had high cholesterol and high blood pressure from an already poor diet. On his 30-day pizza diet, Matt consumed about 2500 calories per day - 6 slices of pizza throughout the day - and worked out vigorously for at least an hour a day. Wanting to prove that his weight loss and improved health was from his food intake alone, Matt didn't stop consuming beer, sodas and energy drinks concurrently with his diet.

'Pizza Diet' may seem like an oxymoron, but, in fact, pizza actually contains all the food groups - grains in the dough, dairy in the cheese, fruits and vegetables, healthy fats and meats or meat products. Despite the fact that pizza is usually sky-high in calories and fats, if it's made sensibly, it can not only be delicious, but it can be healthy too - It's all about portion control and using fresh, healthy ingredients! Matt opted for healthy toppings such as skim milk, lean meats, avocado, garlic, organic Roma tomatoes.

Here's a summary of Matt's results in 30-days:
  • Weight: 203 pounds to 179 pounds
  • Blood Pressure: 140/90 to 118/80
  • Cholesterol: 243 to 157
  • Bicep: 15 inches to 14 inches
  • Chest: 42 inches to 43 inches
  • Waist: 38 inches to 33 1⁄2 inches
  • Hips: 42 inches to 39 inches
  • Body fat: 19 % to 9 %
  • BMI: 26.9 to 23.6
All this goes to show that, with portion control, you can essentially eat whatever you like and still lose weight! Just don't forget to make healthy choices including getting enough fibre, choosing foods lower in saturated fat and higher in healthy fats, and getting enough lean protein to keep your body in tip top shape!

Read more about Matt's Journey here!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Rachel McAdams: 'Had to Rely on Yoga' for Role in Upcoming Sherlock Holmes Film

(FitCeleb Summary)

Rachel McAdams is one of the brightest young stars in Hollywood - she's beautiful, talented, and best of all, she's Canadian! And this Christmas, she'll be starring in one of the most anticipated films of the year - Sherlock Holmes - along side Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law, and directed by renowned filmmaker Guy Ritchie.

In case you haven't seen the trailers, Rachel's character, Irene Adler, is gracefully sporting an uber-tight constricting corset for most of the film. Rachel admits it wasn't easy being squeezed into the age-old contraption, but thankfully, lots of yoga and a little bit of laughter helped her fit into it just fine.

Rachel was quoted as saying: "I wasn’t allowed to take that corset off! I had to rely on yoga exercises! Don’t get me wrong, I’m such a girly girl, I was in heaven being dressed in these incredible costumes. But it was like something out of ’Gone With The Wind’. I’m holding onto the trailer door trying to eek out just a little bit of space so that I can speak properly. Each morning, they tried to make me laugh and on the laugh they’d yank – that’s how they managed to squeeze me in every day."

Sounds painful, but all that yoga definitely paid off!

Adapted from the article "Rachel McAdams: Tight Corsettes For 'Sherlock Holmes' Role = A Lot Of Yoga" From FitCeleb (Nov. 20, 2009).

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Italy: Skipping Lunch 'Violates Workers' Rights'

(Reuters Health Summary)

Italians, famous for their love for food, responded with an uproar on Tuesday to a minister's comments that lunch breaks should be abolished. According to the minister, they're bad for both waistlines and for the economy.

In Italy, lunch breaks aren't your typical sandwich-at-the-desk, or even cafeteria food. Nope, in Italy, lunches are usually an hour-long affair filled with pasta or meat, a vegetable dish, fruit and coffee at a buffet restaurant.

Cabinet minister Gianfranco Rotondi, who was heavily criticised for his comments, including being lampooned by cartoonists, argues that excessively long, indulgent lunches, take away from the work day, causing it to be unnecessarily long. This, in effect, reduces the amount of time parents can spend with their children and so on and so forth. He claims that this "ritual" "brings Italy to a standstill".

Nutritionists, on the other hand, argue that Italians already eat a very light breakfast, usually some kind of small pastry paired with an espresso, so if they were to skip lunch, they may collapse half way through the day!

Now, I don't know about you - but it seems to me that both groups in this story are being a tiny bit dramatic...Lunch should not be skipped, however it doesn't need to be a 3-course meal lasting an hour! Interesting arguments from both sides, though!

Read more about this issue in the article "Italy finds proposal to skip lunch hard to digest" from Reuters Health (Nov. 24, 2009).

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Study: On-Off Fasting May Work For Some

(American Journal of Clinical Nutrition Study Summary)

A small study from the University of Illinois at Chicago suggests that 'alternate day fasting' (ADF) may help some adults lose weight and protect their hearts.

In this very small preliminary study, sixteen obese adults completed a ten week diet trial, split in to three phases. During the 4-week weight loss/ADF phase, the adults consumed 25% of their required calories on one day, and then their normal amount the next.

The researchers found that, on average, the participants' body weight decreased by about ten pounds after 8 weeks of dieting. In addition, their body fat percentage, total cholesterol, LDL ("bad cholesterol") and triacylglycerol concentrations all decreased, but HDL ("good cholesterol") remained unchanged. To cap things, systolic blood pressure also decreased. The researchers believe that alternate day fasting may be "a viable diet option to help obese individuals lose weight and decrease coronary artery disease risk".

Once again, these findings are very preliminary and participants were all obese at the start of the trial. In other cases, results will likely differ and the health effects or potential benefits may not be generalizable.

Adapted from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (Nov. 2009).

Monday, November 23, 2009

Heidi Klum On the Runway Again Right After Baby

(AOL Summary)

It's no doubt that Heidi Klum is one of the hottest women in the world. She's an international supermodel, working with Victoria's Secret for years, as well as a mother of four. And you might be surprised to know that she's 36 years old.

If you follow entertainment news, you'd know that Heidi just gave birth to her fourth child a mere 6 weeks ago. As a result, she decided only to host this year's Victoria's Secret fashion show as opposed to participating, as she normally does. Well, when you tune in to watch the show, you'll notice that Heidi changed her mind - and you'd seriously never know she just had a baby!

Having gained 45 pounds in her pregnancy, Heidi opted to wear probably the least revealing outfit of the show, sporting a full skirt and a corset. She told the audience "I'm definitely one of the heaviest of the bunch of the 30 girls in the show. And I still have 20 pounds to go," but I'm certain that any new mom would do bad things to get a body like Heidi's. What's her secret?

Heidi leads a busy life, taking care of her family and hosting 'Project Runway' among other things. To help get her body back, she worked with her in-home personal trainer for the past few weeks, going on lots of walks and working with a medicine ball. Heidi's not working too hard on her figure at the moment, as the health of her baby as well as her own health are a priority this close to having given birth. Besides, she's not too worried about her new motherly figure anyways, saying "I embrace that I have more curves right now." Good for her!

Check out more in the article "Heidi Klum Hits The Runway After Baby" from AOL Health (Nov. 20, 2009)

Friday, November 20, 2009

Food Manufacturers: 'Blame Consumers for Excessive Sodium Content'

(Globe and Mail Summary)

Reducing our sodium intake may be a tougher battle than we realize. Although it's simple enough to limit our use of salt at home, it's another problem all together to avoid the sodium found (or hidden) in processed foods. And according to food manufacturers, that's our fault as consumers.

Catherine O'Brien, director of corporate affairs at Nestlé Canada Inc., said earlier this week “We must balance the push of science against the pull of the market. Consumers will simply not compromise on taste, therefore, [taste] must be a priority alongside improved health.” So, basically, they'll try to cut sodium
a little bit so that they look like they care about our health, but really, they mostly just want us to buy their products. They are, after all, a business, like any other.

Funny enough, medical experts are challenging that argument, saying there is no evidence to show consumers reject products with less salt. The average Canadian – including children as young as 1 – consumes about 3,100 milligrams of sodium a day, more than double the recommended amount.

Find out more in "Canadians want salt, food makers tell MPs" from the Globe and Mail (Nov.19, 2009).

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Found: Molecular Trigger that Helps Prevent Aging and Disease

(The Mount Sinai Hospital / Mount Sinai School of Medicine Summary)

It has been shown in previous research that dietary restriction, to a degree, is effective in helping to prevent aging and disease, but the mechanism has not been clear. Researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine have now found a major clue that could help 'solve' the mysteries of aging and disease.

Published in the November 17 edition of the journal Public Library of Science Biology, the study examines how dietary restriction and a high-caloric diet influence biochemical responses. The researchers found that, under certain conditions, a lower-calorie diet slows the development of some age-related conditions such as Alzheimer's disease, in addition to the aging process. The way in which the diet is restricted doesn't appear to matter.

Charles Mobbs, PhD, Professor of Neuroscience and of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, said "It may not be about counting calories or cutting out specific nutrients, but how a reduction in dietary intake impacts the glucose metabolism, which contributes to oxidative stress." Meanwhile, a high calorie diet may accelerate age-related disease by promoting oxidative stress.

Read more about this fascinating study in the article called "Scientists Find Molecular Trigger That Helps Prevent Aging and Disease" from ScienceDaily (Nov. 18, 2009)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Burger King Sues Burger King Over $1 Burger

Yes, you read that correctly - last week, Burger King Franchisees sued the Chain over their new, vehemently opposed $1 double-cheeseburger promotion.

The cost to make the burger is actually $1.10, meaning that franchisees are losing 10 cents per burger. The $1.10 is made up of about 55 cents for the meat, bun, cheese and toppings, with the remainder covering expenses such as rent, royalties and worker wages.

Even after testing the deal nationwide, franchisees rejected it twice because of it's price. The chain went ahead with the program as scheduled since, apparently, they have the right to require franchise owners to participate in their value menu promotions. Dan Fitzpatrick, a Burger King franchisee from South Bend, Ind., and a spokesman for the National Franchise Association said "New math, or old math, the math just doesn't work,".

Catch up on all the details in the article called "Food fight: Burger King franchisees sue chain" from the Associated Press (Nov. 12, 2009)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Study: Nintendo Wii Games Might Actually Provide Exercise

(Reuters Health Summary)

Nintendo's Wii Console gained a lot of buzz when it first introduced games like 'Wii Fit' that actually made players get off their butts and move around. Advertisements and promotional efforts for the console and games featured fit-looking individuals dressed in athletic gear, suggesting that playing Wii games might help individuals incorporate some kind of physical activity into their daily lives. Thanks to a new study out of Japan, this might actually be the case.

The study (funded by Nintendo, no less) found that some of the
Wii's sports and activity games can help players work up a sweat, get their heart rates up and burn calories requiring an energy expenditure of 3.0 METs or above, which is considered to be moderate intensity exercise, according to the American Heart Association (AHA) exercise guidelines.

Motohiko Miyachi, head of a physical activity program at the National Institute of Health and Nutrition in Tokyo, who led the study, said "It's a very easy and fun way to start exercising,". According to Miyachi, some physical activity, even of the video variety, is better than none. Agreed!

Catch all the details about the study in the article "Nintendo Wii may provide actual exercise: study" From Reuters Health (Nov. 16, 2009).

Monday, November 16, 2009

Diet Tips from Liz Hurley

(Daily Mail Summary)

There's no doubt that Liz Hurley, actress, mother and the face of Estée Lauder for the past 14 years, looks absolutely amazing for her age. She's got a figure that women half her age would kill for (she's 44!) so, naturally, you'd think she's got some kind of diet tricks up her sleeve, and you'd be right indeed.

In what could only be considered 'extreme' measures to stay slim and trim, Liz has cut out wine and coffee from her diet, and only eats one meal per day. She doesn't miss the wine though, because she's switched to vodka sodas. Oh yeah, and and did I mention she has a strange love affair with beef jerky? Yeah, she even has her own line of it.

Now, I don't know about you, but this so-called diet raises a lot of red flags from a nutritional perspective and is definitely NOT recommended for anyone. First off, why switch from wine, which has many health benefits and is full of antioxidants, for vodka, with no known health benefits? In addition, 1.5 oz of vodka has about the same number of calories as a regular glass of wine anyways! Secondly, numerous studies have highlighted the health benefits of coffee, and caffeine in general, in terms of assisting in weight loss, speeding up metabolism and enhancing athletic performance. Liz says she heard it causes bloating...Sure, too much of anything - including wine or coffee - is certainly not recommended, but in moderation, there are health
benefits!

Next on the agenda - only one meal a day? Come on, Liz! It's been shown in many studies that consuming smaller meals more frequently throughout the day (grazing) actually boosts one's metabolism and assists in weight loss and weight management. One meal per day can actually stall your metabolism and cause your body to go into a 'fasting' mode whereby the body preferentially stores energy as glycogen and fat. And don't even get me started on the beef jerky thing...

Liz, you look fantastic, but
please consult an expert next time before you start blacklisting foods from your diet and take extreme measures to lose weight. The same goes for all of you!

From the Daily Mail's article "Liz Hurley gives up wine and starts on the vodka to stay in shape" (Nov. 12, 2009).

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Savour Your Food To Lose Weight

(Reuters Health Summary)

Many of us have been warned against shovelling down our food too quickly, since not only is it not very well-mannered or attractive, it also tends to lead to weight gain and obesity. Several studies have backed this notion, and now there's one more that actually provides evidence behind the wisdom in slowing down when eating.

In a recent study out of Athens University Medical School in Greece and the Imperial College London in the UK, 17 healthy men enjoyed generous portions of ice cream, for scientific purposes, obviously. All men ate the ice cream under two conditions - in the first, they ate the it in two servings over 5 minutes; in the other, they ate it in small servings over 30 minutes.

While the participants felt just as full when they ate the ice cream in both conditions, the researchers found that when the men ate slowly, they showed higher blood levels of the hormones peptide YY (PYY) and glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1) for roughly three hours after the meal. PYY and GLP-1 are both released from the digestive tract sending signals of fullness to the brain, resulting in a decrease in appetite and calorie intake.

According to one of the researchers, "Our study provides a possible explanation for the relationship between speed eating and overeating by showing that the rate at which someone eats may impact the release of gut hormones that signal the brain to stop eating,".

To find out the whole story, check out the article "To eat less, your body may want you to eat slowly" from Medline Plus (Nov. 9, 2009).

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Stronger Muscles Decrease Alzheimer's Risk in Elderly

(Reuters Health Summary)

Elderly individuals with stronger muscles are at a lower risk of developing Alzheimer's disease compared with their weaker counterparts, a new study has found.

In the study, the researchers have found that, over a four year period, the stronger an individuals muscles were, the less likely they were to develop Alzheimer's disease in addition to the decline in mental capacity that precedes the disease.

A group of 970 dementia-free elderly adults with an average age of 80 years old had 9 muscle groups in their arms and legs tested for strength, in addition to testing their breathing muscles. During the follow-up, 130 individuals had developed the disease - those individuals were weaker from the get-go. People who ranked in the top 10 percent for muscle strength were 61 percent less likely to develop Alzheimer's than the weakest 10 percent. Stronger people also showed a slower decline in their mental abilities over time.

Find out more about the strength-Alzheimer's relationship in the article "More muscle power means lower Alzheimer's risk" from Reuters Health (Nov. 9, 2009).

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

CLA Aids in Weight Loss, Especially Around the Middle

The average North American is seriously lacking CLA in their diets. Why should they care? Well, a lack of CLA means that their dietary fat will preferentially be stored as the physical fat found in their problem areas. Let me explain.

As a dietary supplement, CLA has been popular in health and wellness stores for quite some time now, and for good reason. Previous studies have shown that supplementing one's diet with CLA can help speed up their metabolism and reduce BMI by increasing the amount of fat burned, but preserves lean muscle mass. CLA is naturally found in foods like red meat and dairy products, however in order to get the amount of CLA that we require would mean consuming large amounts of these foods that we really should be consuming in moderation to maintain good health.

A new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has found that CLA helps to preferentially burn fat from the abdominal area. During a 16-week supplementation period, participants' BMI and over all fat was reduced, but muscle mass stayed the same. Results were apparent after about 8 weeks, so anyone who thinks that CLA will be a 'magic pill' may be right, but they'll have to be patient!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Froot Loops: Now With Fibre?

As the epidemic of childhood obesity continues to plague the US and Canada, imagine my shock and surprise when I saw this advert on TV today. As cute as the kids in the ad are (and not obese), I can't begin to tell you how much things like this upset me. I truly wonder how ads like these are considered 'ethical' when all they're doing is brainwashing kids and parents to purchase and consume highly processed sugar-loaded morsels of food colouring and 'whole grains'.

According to a recent study out of California, children's TV networks present a whopping 7.7 food commercials every hour, which amounts to nearly 1 food commercial every 8 minutes! Ads for sugary cereals and sweets, high fat food, convenience or fast-food restaurants, chips/crackers and sugar-added beverages predominate the ad airtime.

Kellogg's is now trying to get kids to buy into their brand by sprinkling some fibre into the Froot Loops recipe and dusting it all off with a mound of sugar. Who cares if one cup of Froot Loops has 3 grams of fibre? It also has 12 grams of added sugar and contains absolutely nothing natural! In contrast, one medium apple contains 4.4g of fibre and won't make your kids bounce off the walls or contribute to childhood obesity!

Check out Kellogg's latest attempt to lure kids and parents into buying Froot Loops here, and read the article "TV Bombards Children With Commercials For High-fat And High-sugar Foods" From ScienceDaily (Nov. 5, 2009) to find out more.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Processed Food Linked to Depression

(BBC Health Summary)

I'm not sure if it could be any clearer that eating healthy foods improves your health, and eating processed 'junk' food is bad for your health - both mental and physical. Our bodily systems are all intertwined and interrelated, so anything we put into our body has the ability to help or hinder every aspect of our well being. Well, to add more evidence to this body of work, British researchers have found that diets higher in processed, junk or fast foods are linked to a higher incidence of depression versus a diet rich in whole foods.

The British researchers surveyed 3,500 participants who were split into two groups - those who ate a diet mainly based on whole foods, which includes lots of fruit, vegetables and fish, and those who ate a mainly processed food diet, such as sweetened desserts, fried food, processed meat, refined grains and high-fat dairy products.

The researchers followed up on these participants 5 years later and found that the individuals who ate the most whole foods had a 26% lower risk of future depression than those who at the least whole foods. By contrast, those individuals who ate a diet high in processed food had a 58% higher risk of depression than those who ate little or no processed foods.

If you aren't already eating a Mediterranean-style diet - high in fruits, veggies, whole grains, nuts, seeds and other healthy fats, lean protein and fish - get on it! There is no greater investment in life than in your own health.

Check out the article "Depression link to processed food" from BBC Health (Nov. 2, 2009).

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Kate Winslet Wins Lawsuit Over Exercise Claims

(Reuters Health Summary)

Kate Winslet must feel really good right now. Not only does she look amazing, but she just won £25,000 because her amazing figure comes so easily.

As we reported back in January, Kate herself admitted to doing little or no exercise per day in order to maintain her svelte physique - it just comes naturally. Winslet was quoted by The Daily Mail as saying that she doesn't attend a gym - she does about 20 minutes or so of pilates per day, and she doesn't diet. The paper accused Kate of lying and said that she obviously trains harder, given her great figure. The paper also included nude photos of Winslet from various films as 'evidence'. Winslet said in a statement:

I am delighted that the Mail have apologised for making false allegations about me.

I was particularly upset to be accused of lying about my exercise regime and felt that I had a responsibility to request an apology in order to demonstrate my commitment to the views that I have always expressed about body issues, including diet and exercise.

I strongly believe that women should be encouraged to accept themselves as they are, so to suggest that I was lying was an unacceptable accusation of hypocrisy.

Women everywhere should take note: Kate obviously understands the principle of energy balance, because she enjoys what she eats, but she clearly eats just enough to maintain a healthy balance. Energy in equals energy out.

Read more about Winslet's Lawsuit in the article "Kate Winslet wins damages over exercise libel" from Reuters Health (Nov. 3, 2009)

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Chewing Gum Aids in Energy Balance

(ScienceDaily Summary)

Energy balance is all about off-setting energy in (eating; food and drinks) with energy out (moving around; exercise). In this state, the body has just the right amount of energy it needs to get through the day, without weight gain or weight loss. A new study has found that chewing gum may be beneficial for some in maintaining this process.

Kathleen Melanson, a professor of nutrition and food sciences at the University of Rhode Island has found that, within individuals, when they chewed sugar-free gum, they tended to burn more calories through the day, but also consumed fewer calories over all, while feeling more energetic and less hungry than when they did not chew gum.

Each participant in this study came into the lab twice, once after chewing gum, and another time without having chewed gum, effectively acting as their own controls. Each participant chewed 3 pieces of gum, each for 20 minutes, in the morning and their calories consumed at lunch were measured. Compared to when they did not chew gum, participants consumed about 70 less calories at lunch, plus if they chewed gum before and after lunch, they also burned 5% more energy.

According to Melanson, "Based on these results, gum chewing integrates energy expenditure and energy intake, and that's what energy balance is about,". She went on to explain that there are nerves in the jaw that are stimulated when a person chews, signalling to the brain that there is no need to eat at the time being, resulting in reduced hunger and increased satiety.

Find out more about this incredible study in the article called "Chewing Gum Can Reduce Calorie Intake, Increase Energy Expenditure, Nutritionist Finds" from Science Daily (Nov. 1, 2009).

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Kevin Federline to Appear on Celebrity Weight Loss Program

(AOL Health Summary)

Britney Spears' ex, Kevin Federline has gone from K-Fed to K-Fat faster than you can say Fried Chicken. Kevin's rapid weight gain seemingly came out of nowhere, but he's now ready to do something about it. Along with other celebrities with a few pounds to lose, Federline will attempt to shed a reported 40 pounds and document it for the world to see on VH1's "Celebrity Fit Club".

As a former back-up dancer, Federline used to be in great shape, but since his split from Britney 3 years ago, he's started packing on the pounds.

Tune in to catch K-Fed's transformation on the newest season of Celebrity Fit Club, which premieres on VH1 Feb. 14, 2010.

Check out more details about Celebrity Fit Club at AOL Health (Oct 30., 2009).

Monday, November 2, 2009

Fight Belly Fat with Fibre

(Reuters Health Summary)

As if to reiterate the message from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada that was posted on the cafeteria wall in the Ryerson Library, a new study from LA has found that including even a little bit more fibre in your diet can make a real difference in the size of your waistline.

In the study, teens and adolescents were monitored for two years, during which time they increased the amount of fibre in their diets. The researchers found that the participants ended up with significantly less fat around their waists than at the start. In participants who decreased the amount of fibre in their diets, their waistlines expanded.

The researchers were interested in measuring changes in belly fat, because numerous studies have shown a link between bigger waistlines and an increased risk of diabetes and heart disease. Bottom line - make sure you're getting your 25-30 grams per day and your body will thank you in all kids of ways!

Check out the rest of the details in the article called "Upping fiber intake could help defeat belly fat" from Reuters Health (Oct. 29, 2009)