1. Does being in a relationship make you fat? - Studies show that whether being single or being in a relationship affects your weight is based more on who you are as an individual. So much for being able to blame your new beau for those extra pounds. Along with that, studies have found that being more socially connected can help lower blood pressure and decrease the risk of overweight.
2. Food Predictions for 2016 - Dietitians predict that matcha, seeds, hemp, sauerkraut and sorghum are going to make it big in 2016.
3. Fecal Microbiota Transplants...Literally the 'Poop Pill' - Studies in mice have shown that when given the bacteria of a leaner individual versus that of an obese individual, and provided with the same amount of food, mice given the lean bacteria will stay lean and those given the obese bacteria will gain weight. Researchers are trying to incorporate this into human studies and it has the potential to be a breakthrough.
4. New Weight Watchers: Friend or Foe? - Weight Watchers has made some big changes, including Oprah as their spokesperson. They are becoming a little more stringent about point values and trying to steer people into healthy food options based on those values. Many people are upset by this change, as they fear the added restrictions and feel as though they are 'punishments'. As a dietitian...I say it's a win!