An Australian study in the European Journal of Nutrition revealed low-fat diet plans that contain 17% or 35% protein both result in a 9% decrease in body weight and a 4% reduction in fat-free mass among dieters.
Health clubs and gyms use security and surveillance technology to stay open all night to accommodate an increasing number of shift workers and others who prefer an after-hours workout. Liz Neporent of the American Council on Exercise says that from a physiological standpoint, it does not matter when a person exercises, but some study data show that people who work out in the mornings tend to stick to their routines better.
Legislators in 23 states are supporting measures to amend their constitutions to ban enforcement of certain parts of the PPACA, such as requiring employers to provide health insurance and requiring citizens to buy health insurance.
A coalition of consumer advocacy groups urged the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Merck & Co. and Sanofi Pasteur for vaccine "bundling," or offering health care providers discounts in exchange for exclusive purchase agreements.
A book by nutrition experts Marion Nestle and Malden Nesheim, "Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics," looks at what calories are and how they affect the body and dieting. The authors say the overabundance of eating opportunities and increasing portion sizes make it easier for people to overeat than to stop eating when they are full.