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 Are you making this huge weight-loss mistake? Here’s what you need to know. Vit & Min doses per day » Count calories in food » Is my vegetarian diet balanced? » Ask The Dietitians » 10 foods to boost your immune system Your quick guide to Banting If you can maintain weight loss for a year, it gets easier The weight is hard to lose and it's even harder to maintain, according to science. Keeping the weight off – the role of meal replacements The latest findings from evidence-based nutrition are coming out strongly in favour of scientific meal replacement options. The greatest weight loss myths With so much clutter in the market place, it's worth debunking some of the myths around weight loss and seeing what evidence-based nutrition is telling us. Think you're overweight? Use these 5 ways to find out What’s the best way to measure your weight – BMI or the old-fashioned scale? Turns out there are a number of ways. How just a few extra kilos can ruin your health Adult weight gain is not a benign condition, and experts recommend monitoring one's weight on a regular basis, especially during life transitions. To lose weight, start with dairy swaps A good action plan is to decrease the fat in your diet by using low-fat or fat-free dairy products. World's fattest man aims to lose half his body weight A Mexican man, who is believed to be the fattest person on earth, has a good chance of losing fifty percent of his body weight by about six months after undergoing surgery. Open-plan kitchens may encourage overeating The results of a study suggest that people may eat more in a dining area with direct view of and access to the serving area, versus a separate dining space. “Wobbly bits must fall” and other weight loss winners Hundreds of South Africans competed in a body transformation challenge during the past winter. The weight loss results were impressive. Obesity more deadly for men than women It isn't clear why obese men are at greater risk for premature death than women, but it could be because obese men have greater insulin resistance, liver fat levels and diabetes risk than women. Drinking enough water can help you stay slim Research suggests that people who are inadequately hydrated have higher body mass indexes (BMIs) than those who are adequately hydrated. Balloon-in-a-pill the latest way to curb obesity Patients swallow a capsule containing a balloon, and once it's in the stomach the balloon is inflated via a catheter, filling up the stomach and curbing appetite. Educated parents = anorexia risk Girls whose mothers, fathers and grandparents are highly educated may have an increased risk of developing an eating disorder, a new study suggests. Restricting kids' diet ineffective Children need to learn self-control to avoid becoming overweight, researchers say. Smart family, eating disorder risk Girls whose relatives are highly educated may have an increased risk of developing an eating disorder, a new study suggests. Chew small bites to lose weight Many weight-loss programs suggest eating smaller sized bites and savouring them in your mouth a little longer. Such advice may actually help cut food intake, researchers report. Atkins diet tough on heart A recent study which compared popular diets showed that the popular Ornish and South Beach diets seem to be easier on the heart than the high-fat, low-carbohydrate Atkins regimen. Diet supplements affect other meds People taking dietary supplements need to be careful that those don't interfere with any medical treatments they might be getting, a new report emphasises. Healthy breakfast = healthier diet Breakfast may indeed be the most important meal of the day - as long as that meal is not a doughnut - a study suggests. Big breakfast aids weight loss Starting your day with a large meal packed with carbohydrates and lean protein can help lessen cravings and hunger the rest of the day, which can lead to significant weight loss. Online diet pills may hurt heart Weight-loss supplements widely available for purchase online often include ingredients that are potentially hazardous to your heart. Big pharma creating disease? The dietary supplement industry needs to push to get its message heard by the public and medical practice to counteract pharma companies setting new disease definitions. Teen eating disorders contagious A study in US high school students provides additional evidence that eating disorders may be contagious. Unhealthy models to be banned Models aged under the age of 16 will be banned from London Fashion Week after an industry report said they should have to show health certificates to be allowed on the catwalk. Obese people pick obese mates A new UK study provides additional evidence that heavy people are more likely to choose other overweight individuals as mates. US gets worst health marks Even though Americans are willing to spend money on healthy products, they are less likely than other nationalities to make long-lasting behaviour changes, according to a report. Every man should be doing these 5 things to lose weight before noon Five things you should do before midday that will help you lose weight. Forget 'quick diets' if you want to lose weight Feeling frustrated if you're not losing weight quickly? Maintaining a healthy lifestyle over a period of time delivers more consistent results. Wholewheat bread may not be better for everyone The natural bacteria living in a person's intestine may explain why people respond differently to different breads. The truth about Garcinia and weight loss The latest 'magic' weight-loss ingredient is an extract from Garcinia cambogia, an exotic fruit. But does it work? How to make sure you achieve your goals Knowing the difference between outcome goals and behaviour goals is critical in turning your dreams into actions. 'Obesity gene' doesn't affect ability to lose weight British researchers report that a person's environment may play a bigger part in weight management than their DNA. Friendships matter if you want to lose weight Study found overweight people more likely to shed pounds if they spend time with thin friends Overweight clearly linked to premature death Using data from almost four million adults on four continents, a study found that overweight people lost about a year of life expectancy on average. FDA approves stomach-draining obesity treatment A new weight-loss system consists of a thin tube implanted in the stomach, which drains some of the recently-consumed food into the toilet. Social class dictates teen diet Teenagers' attitudes to diet and weight are shaped by their social class, according to new research. Stressed-out women eat more The urge to chow down on sweets and fast food at stressful times knows no boundaries, at least among women. Men, it would appear, don’t seek the comfort eating ‘high’. People 'illogical' about health A burger lunch and a lettuce dinner. Pizza and beer to battle the blues. Sounds normal? It is, with a survey showing most people's attitude to healthy living is quite illogical. Websites promote anorexia, bulimia Psychiatrists called on the government on Friday to address the soaring numbers of websites which promote anorexia and bulimia as a lifestyle choice rather than an eating disorder. Keep slim and save the planet Maintaining a healthy body weight is good news for the environment, according to a study. Beware recession flab People may reduce the amount they spend on food in response to a sour economy, but some experts fear they may pick up weight in the process. Kids mimic parents' diet Parents who want their preschoolers to eat their vegetables may need to take a hard look at their own eating habits, new research suggests. Eating to lose weight? Want to lose weight? Try eating. That's one of the strategies being developed by scientists experimenting with foods that trick the body into feeling full. 50% of teens have eating disorder Between 50 and 60% of teenagers develop some kind of eating disorder, according to a survey released today. Diet determines sex of child Oysters may excite the libido, but there is nothing like a hearty breakfast laced with sugar to boost a woman's chances of conceiving a son, according to a recent study. Metabolic syndrome strikes kids too Health conditions that were once almost exclusively associated with the elderly are now being increasingly diagnosed in children, which calls for immediate dietary intervention. ADHD ups eating disorder risk Teen girls with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may have a significantly increased risk of developing eating disorders, says a University of Virginia study. Models still too skinny The US fashion industry seem to have cast the issue off like last season's styles and the models still look emaciated. Risky websites attract teens They're called pro-eating disorder websites. And many teens looking to lose weight are logging on to these communities of individuals who engage in dangerous eating habits. load more articles advertisement From our sponsors Discover treatments that can help reduce acne Dementia and Incontinence: what you need to know Fill in our quick and easy survey and stand a chance of winning a R2000 voucher! What can I do to reduce or remove acne marks? Live healthier Watch out! » Gross fungal infections you can pick up at the gym You go to gym to exercise. But make sure the only thing you pick up is a dumbbell and not one of these gross fungal infections. Holiday health » Your 10-step asthma holiday checklist Don’t let asthma ruin your summer holiday. 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