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Weight loss challenge- Spanish town wants to shed 100,000 kilos

SPAIN: In a remote area of northwestern Spain, a small town has set itself the ultimate weight loss challenge: by early 2020, its residents must shed 100,000 kilos (220,500 pounds). Gone are bacon and fried calamari from the diets of thousands of residents in Naron who are taking to sport again as part of a slimming programme that kicked off in January. "In the 21st century, people forget they're made to walk," says Carlos Pineiro, the 63-year-old family doctor behind the programme, which has the support of the town…

Low-carb diet better when it includes more vegetables, nuts

NEW YORK: People who cut back on carbohydrates may end up increasing their risk of premature death if they load their plates with meat and cheese instead of vegetables and nuts, a U.S. study suggests. While previous research has linked low-carbohydrate diets to better success with short-term weight loss and improvements in risk factors for premature death like diabetes, less is known about the long-term outcomes of cutting carbs, or what types of foods people should eat instead for optimal health. For the current…

A perfect guide to staying healthy and hydrated this Ramazan

The holy month of Ramazan has arrived in all its glory and as Muslims around the world would start fasting for a whole month. There are few key eating habits to consider to help you maintain your health and fitness goals during the fast. Muslims fast for a whole month from sunrise to sunset avoiding all sorts of food and water intake. These long hours of fasting can cause changes in people's lifestyles and often alter nutritional intake. To have a healthy and fulfilling Ramazan, there are few dietary habits you should…

With high genetic obesity risk, healthy diet has biggest effect on weight

WASHINGTON: People who adopt a healthy diet to lose weight may get better results when they have a greater genetic risk for obesity, a U.S. study suggests. “People with high genetic risk have an elevated risk of developing obesity; however, our data indicate that genes are not destiny,” said senior study author Lu Qi of the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine at Tulane University in New Orleans. “Healthy dietary habits would prevent weight gain, and such effects are more evident in those with high genetic…

‘Inflammatory’ diet linked to higher risk of colon cancer

WASHINGTON: People who consume lots of foods linked to chronic inflammation, such as red meat and refined grains, may be more likely to develop colorectal cancer than individuals who tend to avoid these foods, a U.S. study suggests. Researchers examined more than two decades of U.S. survey data on eating habits and cancer diagnoses for 74,246 female nurses and 46,804 male health professionals. They sorted participants into five groups based on how likely it was that their daily diets could contribute to inflammation.…

Zareen Khan reveals her routine lifestyle, the diet she follows

In her pre-teen and teen days, Bollywood actress Zareen Khan was mostly criticized for her ‘large’ and ‘overbearing’ physique. However, the actress' speedy weight loss to shed an impressive 45 kg to from 100kgs has been heaped with praises. Her physical transformation that has made her fit and fabulous. Lately in an interview, Zareen was asked about her secret to smart life upon which she revealed her daily routine and the diet she follows. She said she was not following any systematic pattern of diet, it all depended on…

A fifth of global deaths linked to diet: study

PARIS: Fewer children are dying before their fifth birthday and although humans are living longer than ever before, one in five deaths last year were linked to poor diet, researchers said on Friday. More than 1.6 million people in poor countries died in 2016 from diarrhoea caused by contaminated water and food, while another 2.4 million succumbed to lung infections that mostly could have been prevented or treated. Another two million mothers and newborns perished due to complications at birth that rudimentary health care…

A fifth of global deaths linked to diet: study

PARIS: Fewer children are dying before their fifth birthday and although humans are living longer than ever before, one in five deaths last year were linked to poor diet, researchers said Friday. More than 1.6 million people in poor countries died in 2016 from diarrhoea caused by contaminated water and food, while another 2.4 million succumbed to lung infections that mostly could have been prevented or treated. Another two million mothers and newborns perished due to complications at birth that rudimentary health care…

Diet guidelines biased against poor nations: study

PARIS: Widely promoted guidelines to reduce fat intake could be unhealthy for people in low- and middle-income countries whose diets are already too starchy, researchers said Tuesday. Health authorities in Europe and North America recommend eating more fruits and vegetables while curtailing consumption of fatty foods, advice also adopted by the United Nations and globally. But people in poor nations cutting back on fat may wind up piling on more carbohydrates -- such as potatoes, rice or bread -- because fruits and…

High-fat diet linked to lung cancer risk: study

NASHVILLE, US: People who eat a lot of saturated fat - the “bad” kind of fat that’s abundant in foods like butter and beef - are more likely to develop lung cancer than individuals on low-fat diets, a recent study suggests. Compared to adults who didn’t get a lot of fat in their diets, people who ate the most total fat and saturated fat were 14 percent more likely to get lung malignancies, the study found. For current and former smokers, the added risk of a high fat diet was 15 percent. While the best way to lower the…