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Small Changes for Weight-Loss Success
Small changes can be highly effective for achieving weight loss. 1

Prescription Medication and Weight Loss
Prescription weight-loss drugs do not guarantee success, but physicians are prescribing them under certain circumstances.

Calories, Metabolism and Body Weight
Understanding the energy content of food, metabolic rates and the law of thermodynamics.

Genes and Weight
The influence of genetics on body weight, behaviours and susceptibility to overweight.

Weight and Hedonic Hunger
The incidence of obesity continues to rise around the world in the face of a global food environment filled with highly palatable foods that trigger hedonic hunger.

Brain and Other Responses in Hedonic Hunger
The desire to eat is controlled by two different mechanisms, the body’s homeostatic, or energy balance, system and its hedonic, or pleasure, system.

The Power of Food Scale
The recognition of hedonic hunger – eating in the absence of physiological hunger – as a factor in eating and weight gain has led to the development of tools for determining vulnerability to food and food-related cues.

Mindless Eating
Mindless eating can be defined as eating food without paying adequate attention to what and how much is being eaten.

The Science behind Weight Watchers 360°
The Weight Watchers program is built on four pillars that are critical for weight management: diet, activity, support, and behaviour.

New Government-Funded Study Shows that Group Support Works for Weight Loss
Successful weight management programs must be not only effective but also sustainable and affordable.

Hedonic Hunger – Liking and Wanting
Survival requires the body to balance calorie intake and expenditure. . If hunger were controlled only by this homeostatic mechanism, humans would eat just enough to satisfy the calorie needs of their body.

Food Addiction – Myth or Reality?
Can a person be addicted to food? The answer is under active investigation. While overeating and addiction have a lot of similarities, they also differ in many key ways.

Aging and Metabolism
Weight gain is a common occurrence as people get older because the body's metabolism slows as we age. Thankfully, exercise can help mitigate this weight gain.

Weight Loss Recommendations for Children
loss in children have two goals: to ensure that the child grows and develops normally and to help the child reach a healthy weight.

Weight-Loss Plateaus
Plateaus, which happen when the scale is at a standstill for several weeks, are a common part of the weight-loss process.

Increasing Metabolism
How muscle mass and heart rate affect the body's metabolism.

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