High-Fat Diets Still Don’t Boost Endurance

Nobody ever changes a strongly held opinion because of a single study. It’s too easy to find potential flaws in any given set of results: they tested the wrong people, or used the wrong protocol, or simply got a fluke result. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. You shouldn’t discard all your previous opinions every time you read a new study. But it raises a question that’s worth asking yourself now and then with regard to controversial topics: What level of evidence would it take to convince you to change your mind? read more

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Simply Playing Ping Pong May Cut Symptoms of Parkinson’s

Parkinson’s illness (PD) is a neurodegenerative condition that is anticipated to impact 930,000 individuals by the end of 2020 and 1.2 million by 2030.1 The illness activates tremblings, slowing motions, balance issues and rigidness. There is no recognized cause or treatment and the very first line of treatment typically includes drugs that do not slow the associated neurodegeneration.2

About 60,000 are detected in the U.S. each year and to date there are more than 10 million with the illness around the world.3 The Parkinson’s Foundation Prevalence Project likewise discovers guys are most likely to be identified than females and the number who establish PD increases with age, no matter gender. read more

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Low-carb and high-carb diets have similar effects on hunger

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Do low-carb diets reduce appetite more than low-fat diets? A new study suggests the answer is no. How do we reconcile that with other studies that say the opposite?

Let’s get into the details. 84 overweight subjects with diabetes were randomized to a diet with 14% of energy from carbs (labeled as less than 50 grams per day) or a diet with 53% of energy from carbs. Both diets were designed to create a 500-1,000 kcal deficit. Researchers limited both diets to less than 10% saturated fats. By default, that likely means a high proportion of the fat in the low-carb diet came from oils rather than whole foods which would contain more saturated fats (like meat, eggs, chicken, dairy). read more

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