Home > Diet and nutrition > How to lose weight sensibly How to lose weight sensibly All sections in Diet and Nutrition » Beverages » Healthy Diets » Healthy foods » Nutrition Basics » The Immune System » Vitamins, Minerals and Supplements » Weight loss » Diet and Nutrition News » Food Safety Why taller people are likely to be slimmer Genetic variation between countries could explain national differences in height – however environmental factors are the main influence on a population's BMI. Check Glycaemic index tool » Count Calorie counter » Quiz Ready for weight loss? » Ask DietDoc » Don't get into these bad winter habits Jamie Oliver and Ed Sheeran rap against obesity Obesity epidemic still a serious problem in US To date, the investments made in curbing obesity in the US have been limited and haven't been sufficient to turn the tide. Scientists figure out how obesity gene works Scientists have discovered how a gene glitch makes people fat; suggesting a possible new way to treat obesity. Burn off excess fat while you sleep A new treatment which seems to reduce weight by speeding up your metabolism, has been tested on mice. Many overweight teens don't see the problem It's important that young people be aware when they are above a healthy weight. This could be a first step to becoming more active and making healthy changes to their diet. ‘Fat burning’ diet pill kills man A man has died after consuming 2.4-dinitrophenol (DNP) more than a month after Interpol issued a worldwide notice warning countries about the highly toxic substance. Here's how to not pick up that unwanted weight as you grow older A new look at what kinds of foods might help people keep their weight in check as they age found that not all calories are created equal and some foods are not as bad for the middle-aged waistline as many believe. Could vitamin D supplements help with weight loss? An Italian study suggests that a daily vitamin D pill may boost dieting efforts of obese people who are low in the nutrient. Lose weight without taking toxic diet pills A nutritional consultant tells Health24 there is no such thing as a quick-fix to lose weight, following a warning over the deadly drug 2.4-dinitrophenol (DNP). Obese people may be more sensitive to food smells A small UK study found that obese people were better at detecting chocolate odour than a non-obese group and also rated the odour as more pleasant. Summer bodies are made in winter It's not too late to shake off that winter layer and start chiselling away your summer body. Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig beat other diet plans Only two out of 32 major commercial weight-loss programmes – Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig – can boast scientific evidence showing their clients maintain weight loss for at least a year. Forget BMI, these are better ways to measure your body fat In the light of the limitations of the BMI, DietDoc discusses a number of other ways to determine how fat – or not – you are. Simple maths equals easy weight loss The pleasure of eating a chocolate bar lasts only a few minutes. However, burning off the kilojoules it delivers can take nearly three-quarters of an hour. 7 tips to lose weight the smart way If you want to lose weight permanently, forget about fad diets and magic slimming potions. Discover the route to a new and healthier you by following these smart tips. 8 simple diet rules Make these eight simple diet rules part of your lifestyle and you will be on your way to permanent weight loss, says registered dietician Kim Hoffmann. How to speed up your metabolism Here are a few clever ways in which you can speed up your metabolism easily. Crash diets: a quick solution to your weight woes? If the holidays have left you feeling fat and flabby, you may be considering a crash diet. How lemon juice and hot water may help you lose weight Many people believe in the health benefits of a glass of hot water and lemon juice first thing in the morning. Is the Zoe Harcombe diet right for you? Are you a yo-yo dieter? Do you struggle with food cravings? Do you want a diet that is sustainable long-term? The Harcombe diet may be right for you. Obesity in SA: where will it end? The latest figures on obesity in South Africa are frightening; especially as obesity can lead to serious lifestyle diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and some types of cancer, says DietDoc. 'How I lost 30 kilos and made fitness my life' Kelly Stegan graduated from a yo-yo dieter to a fitness freak and body builder in just 12 weeks. Here's how she did it. The Fast Diet Here's what you need to know about the Fast Diet, also called the 5:2 Diet. Is Fexaramine the weight loss pill we've all been waiting for? DietDoc reports on a completely new diet pill called Fexaramine that may well open the door to successful global weight loss. Low-carb diets may come out tops for weightloss A low-carb diet is better for losing weight than low-fat options and may also be better for lowering the risk of heart disease, a new study says. Keeping that weight loss resolution If you're one of the many Americans who plan to lose weight next year, there are a number of things you can do to improve your chances of success, an expert says. FDA approves stomach-filling balloon for weight loss The FDA has approved a medical balloon that is inserted into the stomach and filled with saline solution to treat obesity. 10 ways to beat cellulite Don’t put too much faith in skin products – beating cellulite requires a firm commitment to making a number of lifestyle adjustments. Could a microbe in your gut help you lose weight? A study suggest that there is one bacteria linked to lower levels of blood sugar, insulin and fat. Weight-loss surgeries increase demand for cosmetic ops According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons there is a correlation between major weight-loss procedures and cosmetic operations. Living at higher altitudes may keep you slim People who live at least 450m above sea level may be less likely to gain weight than those who live at lower altitudes. Warning about deadly weight-loss pill South Africans are being urged against using a highly toxic ‘fat burning’ substance known as 2.4-dinitrophenol (DNP), following a global warning and death of a student. Fat like me? Brandon fights the pain Health24 user Brandon Faber, who weighs 120kg, has completed his first week of CrossFit and shares his experience. Piling up those winter kilos? Don't! It's winter and, for many South Africans, also holiday time. Unfortunately, this could be a dangerous combo when it comes to weight management. How accurate is BIA in gyms to measure body fat? This week DietDoc discusses the pros and cons of bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) to determine 'fatness'. Are low carb diets more effective for weight loss? A study by Stellenbosch University shows that low carb diets are not more effective for weight loss than balanced diets and demystifies the notion that there is a “magic bullet” solution for weight loss. The Association for Dietetics in South Africa takes a close look. 10 kitchen tips to keep you slim With its fridge and cupboards full of tempting treats, sometimes the kitchen can seem like a dangerous place to be when you’re trying to lose weight. Foods that keep the kilos down Need to fit into that little black number or your new bikini? Certain foods can help you on the road to a healthier weight. Paleo diet - is it worth the switch? The paleo diet, also known as the Tim Noakes diet in South Africa, is fast becoming one of the most popular diets of the new millennium. Is it worth making the switch? DietDoc takes a closer look. Banting helped me lose 75kg In less than two years, Laetitia Hayes went from a size XXXL to taking part in her first Impi Challenge – 75kg lighter. How accurate is the BMI? The Body Mass Index is widely used to assess if an individual is overweight or not. DietDoc investigates how accurate this tool really is. People associate obesity with bad odour A new study suggests that some people are so repulsed by obesity that they actually imagine a bad smell. Could 'poo transplants' help us lose weight? 'Faecal transplants' can clear up nasty infections, and CyberShrink wonders if this procedure may also inadvertently cause people to lose or gain weight. Less popular surgery tied to greater weight loss Biliopancreatic diversion, a less-popular type of weight loss surgery, may lead to more weight loss than gastric bypass, but is linked to more complications. Duromine diet pill sees surge in popularity The appetite suppressant Duromine seems to be the latest trend in weight loss with an increasing number of prescriptions being filled across SA. US approves first new weight-loss device in 8 years The FDA has approved a new weight-loss device that 'blocks nerve activity between the brain and the stomach'. Are you being misled by bogus weight-loss supplements? Think a pill you saw advertised on the Internet can miraculously help you shed unwanted pounds? You're not alone: A new survey finds many are misinformed about the quality and effectiveness of these supplements. 'Imaginary meals' trick the body into losing weight Researchers have developed a pill that is like an imaginary meal that tricks the body into thinking it has consumed calories, causing it to burn fat. 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