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With cravings, indulge instead in mindfulness

Two recent studies have tackled this question and highlighted promising, but different, strategies on cutting cravings.


Can pot help you lose weight?

If you’ve got a pipe in your pocket or a vape pen in your purse, chances aren’t real good you’re also hiding six-pack abs under your shirt.


UPDATED: Tue., May 2, 2017, 9:29 a.m.

Crowned TOPS King, Phil Hayes made good on a promise

Losing 67 pounds for Phil Hayes goes beyond a goal reached more than a year ago. Phil Hayes once tipped the scale at 294 pounds when he wore 3X shirts …


UPDATED: Thu., April 6, 2017, 10:37 p.m.

Pattie Kappen used surgery to lose weight and found herself in the process

Spokane resident Pattie Kappen embarked on a series of positive life changes a few years ago. She’s lost about 250 pounds, quit smoking and gone to counseling to deal with …


Memoir: Oscar-nominated actress Gabourey Sidibe reveals weight-loss surgery

The 33-year-old “Empire” star, who was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in 2009’s “Precious,” says she did not have the surgery to be beautiful but to improve her …


A weight-loss expert changes his tune: Focus on enjoyment, not perfection

In years past, many nutrition and weight-loss experts gave their patients rigid guidelines to follow. They often counseled eating less, switching to low-fat foods, carrying sliced celery in a plastic …


Dr. Zorba Paster: Friendly competition and feedback encourage exercise

A new study published in the American Journal of Health showed how exercise is a team sport. I’m not talking about exercising as a team but teaming up with others …


‘Biggest Loser’ researcher explains why weight loss won’t stick

Therapist helps people with psychological component of shedding pounds – and keeping them off.


Idaho congressman lost 72 pounds walking. Now he wants everyone to do it

WASHINGTON – At 55, Brian Whitlock is like millions of Americans, getting far too little exercise. But he’s ready to do something about it, pledging to walk 2,963 miles in …


Valley man to share weight-loss story on ‘Rachael Ray’

Eric O’Grey, the Spokane Valley man who lost 140 pounds with the help of a dog he adopted from a shelter, is slated to appear Tuesday on “The Rachael Ray …


Dr. Zorba Paster: Eat right, lose weight

If you’re like most people, you’ve heard that song over and over again. And yet when you want to lose weight, you don’t. All over the place everyone shouts, “do …


In the Kitchen with…Eric O’Grey: Tofu paella blends Asian, Spanish flavors

Plant-based paella, inspired by vegan chef Philip Gelb, melds Asian and Spanish flavors.


In the Kitchen with … Branden and Brittany Moreau: ‘Zoodles’ pack flavor, protein

A husband-and-wife chef and baker lighten up with lean protein and vegetables, such as spiralized zucchini “noodles,” or “zoodles”


Six local residents share weight-loss success stories

More than a third of adults in the U.S. have a body mass index that puts them in the “obese” category. About two-thirds of adult Americans are either obese or …


Tips to surviving the holidays without gaining too much weight

Nobody gains 20 pounds all at once. Extra weight creeps up on us over time. Especially around this time, said Lisa Randall, a dietitian and diabetes educator at the INHS …


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago A columnist named “Madame Isebell” in the Spokane Daily Chronicle provided what was headlined as “Home Exercises for Fleshy Women.”


Course of action to stop diabetes

Toni Pille lives on a 40-acre farm in Espanola, north of Medical Lake, where she and her husband raise sheep, cut hay and eat local: potatoes they grow, meat from …


TOPS offers weight-loss support at skinnier price

Near the top of every TOPS meeting, there’s a weight-loss roll call. Or weight gain or weight maintenance, depending on what kind of week the member had. At one such …


The Rock Doc: Nutrition labels in for change

While I have been dinking around for months, trying to lose five pounds, two of my friends have gotten serious about weight loss. Each of them is down 50 pounds. …


House Call: Weight-loss medications offer hope

Last month we had good news about obesity rates in the United States – a significant decline among children 2 to 5 years old. Because children who are overweight or …


The Rock Doc: Working together may be the key to weight loss

We all know the basic medical facts: We should make healthy choices about what we eat and incorporate exercise into our busy lives. Most of the science of weight loss …


Different weight-loss paths carry locals on life-changing journeys

People who overcome obesity are people who’ve decided to change not just their weight, but their lives. They commit not to a diet, but to a lifetime of exercise and …


Uses technology to track input, output

Mike Kennedy, 44 Pounds lost: 60-plus Mike Kennedy, 44, is fond of pizza and bagels, and, although it’s been a while since he lived in Texas, something tantalyzingly called Snuffer’s …


From ‘mindless’ to mindful eater

Cole Oaks, 17 Pounds lost: 100 Good nutrition came with a learning curve for Cole Oaks.


After bariatric surgery, returned to active roots

Jan Monroe, 64 Pounds lost: 161 Jan Monroe was outdoorsy as a young woman, and the activities she enjoyed – skiing, biking, tennis – helped keep her thin.


Accountability and support are keys to success

Colene Rubertt, 44 Pounds lost: 90 Maybe if she had a scale in her office and someone to read it every day – maybe that would provide the accountability Colene …


Found a slow, steady and sustainable way to lose weight

Megan Steeber, 35 Pounds lost: 170 Her home scale, which went up to 340 pounds, read E for error. So Megan Steeber went shopping for a new one.


Websites offer cash incentives for weight loss

Kimberly Calliari paid $300, lost 51 pounds and won $1,200. That all happened after she signed up for two challenges on HealthyWage.com, a website that lets dieters bet their own …


Clark: That’s one solution to bloated government

I couldn’t be more impressed by the $2.8 million upgrade being planned for Spokane Indians Stadium* by the county. (* I truly hate using that sterile, commercialized A-word when referring …


Against the grain

Alicia Troye was exhausted, and her joints hurt. “Everything hurt, all the time,” she said. She was 37. Her doctor ruled out arthritis, thyroid problems and other potential causes of …