Today’s Headlines: Possible Solutions for Weight Gain, Stress, and Cancer

You may be more successful at weight loss if you stop thinking about your weight. Studies have shown that thinking about your weight does not lead to weight loss but rather weight gain. “U.K.-based researchers found that those who believed themselves to be overweight were more likely to gain weight…In two of the three datasets, about 40 percent of people believed they were overweight, and they gained nearly one point more of body mass index (BMI) (a person’s weight-to-height ratio) than those who didn’t see themselves as overweight.” The researchers suggested that if you stop focusing on your weight and instead focus on things that you believe you have more control over, such as diet and exercise, you may be able to make a more positive weight change in your life. (Sharecare)

Washing the dishes may be the key to relieving your stress. While washing the dishes can seem like a chore to some, a new study suggests that it could be therapeutic. “Washing the dishes may be a convenient detox for overwrought minds, a study in the journal Mindfulness suggests. The study found that washing dishes mindfully—focusing on the smell of the soap, and the shape and feel of the dishes, for example—significantly reduced nervousness and increased mental stimulation in dishwashers compared with a control group.” Feelings of stress decreased 27 percent in those that practiced mindful washing. (WSJ)

Increasing exercise activity in your life may help you recover from cancer quicker. A recent analysis of over 70 research studies has shown that cancer patients can lower their risk of death by participating in some sort of physical activity throughout the week. “When they pooled these results, people in the general population who got at least two and half hours of moderate activity like brisk walking, per week, were 13 percent less likely to die from cancer than those with the lowest activity levels.” Types of exercise that could be the most effective were not identified in the studies. (Fox)