New Scientist rounds up scientifically sound ways to approach weight-loss .
- vaccination – a growing number of microbes are being linked to obesity. While only a cold virus is proved, its still another reason to look at getting round to that flu jab
- Relax – constant stress is linked to obesity.
- Keep cold – or at least be exposed to it to keep the fat fighting brown fat stores in your body active
- Eat a protein rich diet – it keeps you fuller longer, and one study suggests we have a baseline requirement and will keep eating till we hit that.
- Avoid PVC type 3 plastic – containing phthalates and BPA, known endocrine disrupters (though the current regulations say we’re using safe levels)
- Avoid light at night, especially blue light. More reasons to blackout the bedroom
- Avoid polluted air (like that’s possible…)
If running is one of your goals, here’s a look at the pros and cons of a marathon. Advice on eating for a marathon without resorting to sports drinks and gels. Advice on training for a marathon while minimising the chronic cardio dangers. Of course, you could go the other way.
And a reminder to keep it in perspective when focussing on the new you – what does healthy look like?