Gear Guide: CompetiTowel Retractable Clip-On Exercise Towel

Outdoor workouts in the summer in Alabama are steamy affairs. I naturally sweat a good bit anyway; in the summertime, I’m often drenched halfway through my workout. So I was intrigued when a friend sent me a sample of the new CompetiTowel from West Coast Fitness Products, a little retractable device that clips onto your waistband or shirt to hold a small towel you can use during your workout for sweat control.

Organics Busted: Study Says They're Higher in Price but Not Nutrition

A lot of people I know swear that organic foods are nutritionally superior to their conventionally grown cousins, but I’m going to help set the record straight.

Weight-Loss Surgery Safe, but Sleep Apnea Increases Risk

Weight-loss surgery isn’t risk-free, but a new study suggests that in the hands of a skilled surgeon, it may be safer than previously thought. However, some people—including those with sleep apnea or a history of blood clots—are more likely to have problems with surgery than others, according to a study published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine. “The overall conclusion that we reached is that bariatric-surgery safety is actually quite good,” says Bruce Wolfe, MD, a professor of surgery at the Oregon Health and Science University.

Want to Lose Weight for the Long Haul? Start Writing!

I halfheartedly kept a paper-and-pen food journal, but I never lasted more than a few days at a time. It was time-consuming and inconvenient to continuously calculate all of those calories—or so I thought.

Study: Better Diabetes Control Pays Off Over Decades

New research shows that more intensive control of type 1 diabetes—as opposed to the one or two daily insulin injections that had been advised for decades—pays off. People who aim for—and achieve—such intensive glucose control are much less likely to lose their vision, have kidney failure, develop heart disease, or need an amputation than those who don’t, according to a study published Monday in Archives of Internal Medicine. What’s more, the research shows that people with type 1 diabetes, fare much better nowadays than they did 25 years ago.

Married? Think Like a Single Girl to Stay Slim

When I got married seven years ago, my best friend took bets on how much weight I’d gain. She figured at least 10 pounds within five years. After all this time, I’m proud to say that I still weigh less than when we said our “I dos”— but it hasn’t been easy.