In the News: Carbs, Not Fats, Can Cause Health Problems, Ibuprofen May Stunt Muscle Growth, Injection May Get Rid of Belly Fat

Carbs, not fats, can cause health problems. A recent study has found that refined carbohydrates can increase your risk of premature death while a high fat intake (which accounts for 35% of your diet), has a 23% lower risk of premature death compared to those who eat fewer fats. While old fashioned diet rules used to state that eating fat makes you fat, it turns out that this is far from the truth. To figure out how this factors in when you eat out, if you go to a burger joint, you can stick with beef but maybe swap the buns for a lettuce wrap since that white refined flour causes health issues. While international guidelines recommend that 50 to 65 percent of one’s daily diet should be made up of carbohydrates and 10 percent saturated fat, experts now recommend 50 to 55 percent should be carbohydrates and 35 percent should be fats. (CBS)

Ibuprofen may stunt muscle growth. A Swedish study has found that taking anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen can discourage muscle growth in healthy, young adults who weight train. In the study, half the group was asked to take 1,200 mg of ibuprofen while the other group was taking 75 mg instead. After taking part in various weight training activities several times a week for eight weeks, researchers took measurements and found that the low dose aspirin group had twice the muscle mass compared to the other group. Want to lose fat and build muscle? Follow this 10-minute workout. (IND)

An injection may get rid of dangerous belly fat. Scientists are in the process of introducing a new treatment that can target harmful white fat tissue in the stomach and convert it into “good” brown fat. Brown fat is known to burn calories when generating heat, while white fat stores calories. Since having an excess of white fat can cause type 2 diabetes and heart disease, it’s especially crucial to reduce that fat and keep it at a minimum. These injections may also help fight obesity when paired with a healthy diet and regular exercise. Want to know what your belly fat type is? Take this quiz. (MN)