This month: Start with a workout routine and your diet will follow, even 20-second workouts can be effective – office workers have no excuse, why you might feel tired after lunch, the ongoing debates about fasting and breakfast, and what Canada thinks about it all.
Want healthier eating habits? Start with a workout: In the latest evidence that it’s worth sticking to your health-focused New Year’s resolutions, researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have found that exercising regularly is linked to better eating habits. [Science Daily]
Why do you get sleepy after eating? These are the top theories: If eating makes you tired, you’ve got something in common with most people—and, for that matter, with most living things. Researchers have turned up evidence of “postprandial sleepiness,” also known as a food coma, in insects, snakes, worms and rats. [Time]
Fasting diets are going mainstream, ahead of science. Here’s why: The science behind these diets is still pretty nascent and exploratory — more than the acolytes might have you believe. While there’s lots of animal research, human studies on fasting are only just beginning to ramp up. And while we have learned that fasting helps people lose weight, it’s only if you can stick with it. But that doesn’t make fasting any less fascinating. Here’s what we know and don’t know. [Vox]
Even a 20-second exercise “snack” can improve fitness: The study finds that people can complete a meaningful series of insta-workouts without leaving their office building or even changing out of their dress shoes, offering hope — and eliminating excuses — for those of us convinced that we have inadequate time, expertise, income or footwear to exercise. [NYTimes]
Is breakfast really good for you? Here’s what science says: A new research review published in The BMJ only adds to the debate: It analyzed 13 breakfast studies and found that eating a morning meal was not a reliable way to lose weight, and that skipping breakfast likely does not lead to weight gain. [Time]
Canada’s new food guide is loyal to science, not the food industry: Canada’s new food guide is causing a splash. It urges Canadians to adopt a mostly plant-based diet, to drink water instead of milk, and to worry less about the daily servings of nutrients and specific portion sizes and more about cooking meals at home and eating with family and friends. [Tree Hugger]