Eat a balanced diet all week, but fall prey to too many “cheat” meals on weekends?
You just might be undoing all your hard work, says new research published in Molecular Nutrition and Food Research. Although the study examined rats, not humans, scientists from the University of New South Wales found that just three days a week of junky eating was enough to disrupt the gut microbiota—the cells that play a role in metabolism, nutrition and immune function—in the same way that a consistent diet of empty- calorie-rich foods does.
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Instead of sitting in front of the TV with a pint of Ben and Jerry’s, make the most of your Sunday Funday by doing something to truly recharge, like treating yourself to a Pilates session or catching up with a friend over coffee (hold the scone!). —Amanda Altman.
Sure, you know to ditch the drive-through if you’re trying to drop pounds, but new research out of Tufts University says you might want to give up dining out altogether. The study, published in the Journal of the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, found that 92 percent of 364 restaurant meals from both large-chain and non-chain restaurants alike—exceeded the recommended calories for a single meal. The worst offenders? The American, Chinese and Italian eateries, with calorie counts averaging 1,495 per meal.
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