Diet and Fitness

Does a week of fatty food alter your metabolism?

Sarah Berry 11:04 AM   Five days of eating fatty foods can alter how your body's muscle processes food, researchers find. Really?

The six types fat: Know your obese 'type' to lose weight

Obese people fall into six different categories, a study has found.

Camilla Turner   Obese people fall into six distinct categories, a study suggests, leading scientists to call for a new style of bespoke treatment rather than a "one size fits all" approach to tackling the epidemic.

Western hygiene could rob us of useful gut bacteria: study

Researchers believe differences in microbiota were driven largely by differences in hygiene and sanitation.

Michael Koziol   Scientists are making incremental advances in understanding how bacteria in the gut differs between populations – and whether cleanliness could be making us sick.

Meet the woman who reveals she has genital herpes

No offence: Ella Dawson says she feels empowered talking bluntly about her genital herpes.

Danielle Paquette   Seven months after Ella Dawson says she was diagnosed with genital herpes, she remembers a young man at a college party offering her a sip of his beer.

How to get people to eat fruit, the easy way

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Harriet Alexander   What's the secret to encouraging people to eat fruit? Lower the price.

Foods for fending off colds and flu

Cold comfort: good food can help you fend off sickness.

Susie Burrell   Making sure you ingest enough energy and eat key nutrients helps the body's immune response to work best.

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What the Brazilians can teach us about healthy eating

Don't snack on the run: Brazilians tend to sit down and enjoy their meals.

Paula Goodyer   See the word ''Brazilian'' and a few things spring to mind: waxing, beach bodies and the muscle on a footballer's thigh. But how about obesity?

Are toxins in food making you fat?

Takeaway: Dr Joseph E. Pizzorno says salt is a "toxin of choice", along with cigarettes and alcohol.

Sarah Berry   New theories propose a connection between toxin levels in our modern diet and obesity.

How long does it take to get out of shape?

Puffed? Use it or lose it.

Nora Krug   Whether it's due to work or family obligations, illness or injury, or just plain fatigue, when you can't exercise, the questions are: Am I losing my fitness? How long does it take to get out of shape?

Sweet debate

Your brain on and off sugar

Too much of a sweet thing: Sugar affects our mind and body.

Sarah Berry   A teaspoon of sugar helps the medicine go down.

Caffeine control

How to have your coffee and drink it too

Coffee lovers: choose wisely.

Susie Burrell   There are health benefits, but also extra liquid calories in your coffee. Choose wisely, suggests dietitian Susie Burrell.

Food challenge

Gwyneth Paltrow sparks ridicule with $38 food stamps grocery shop

Cooking up a storm: with loads of limes.

Rob Crilly   Actress and healthy eating advocate takes up challenge of eating on budget of $29 a week and immediately attracts criticism for low calorie diet.

Health nut

Why the Kardashians may stop eating their favourite food

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Paula Goodyer   "The best thing to put on salad is air" according to real food crusader David Gillespie.

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How to eat out – and keep your waistline

Eating out? You can enjoy yourself and keep your waist in check.

Paula Goodyer   Weekend cafe breakfasts, catch ups over coffee, dinner out with friends – can we make these a regular part of the week and not succumb to kilo creep?

Quality foods prevent weight gain: study

So good: But so bad if you want to avoid long-term weight gain.

Sarah Berry   New research reinforces the theory that a nutritious diet is a more effective at reducing weight loss in the long-term.

Tofu train

Man versus Food host Adam Richman goes vegan

Tofu eat street: Chef Adam Richman.

Known for salivating over dripping racks of barbeque ribs and brimming burgers, Adam Richman now picks his meat feasts carefully.

Spread issues

Butter versus margarine

Butter up? Or not.

Hope Warshaw   Let's get some perspective on which way to spread your bread.

Bikini Body's battle

Bikini Body's Ashy Bines receives death threats after accusations of plagiarism

Subject to threats: Ashy Bines.

Ashy Bines calls herself Australia's Leading Body Training Specialist. Others are calling her a plagiarist.

Another health blogger called out for pseudoscience

Vani Hari (aka "The Food Babe") has been discredited in a fierce article by a scientist.

Mary Ward   A scientist has written a scathing review of the blogger's claims.