What you eat is written all over your face. Think you're getting a balanced diet? Take a look in the mirror just to be sure. As the old adage goes, we are what we eat, and nothing reflects that sentiment more than your skin. When you're slashing calories from your diet, it's important not to slash skin-boosting vitamins and minerals. Dieters' skin can sometimes look sallow, discolored and dry. So what treats should you feed your skin?... Read More
Low-fat and low-carbohydrate diets are some of the decade's most popular diet plans, and many people successfully lose weight on these restrictive diets. If you want to lose weight but still eat "real" food, then following a low-fat or low-carb diet can help you shed those excess pounds.
Key Principles of Low Fat Diets
Low-fat diets are designed to help you lose weight by reducing the chances that your body will store fat... Read More
Gluten intolerance is on the rise, leading many people to consider a gluten-free diet. Gluten intolerance is the inability to process gluten, the complex protein found in wheat, rye and barley. Gluten intolerance can be caused by Celiac Disease, NCGS or gluten allergies.
Celiac Disease causes the celia (hair-like structures in the intestinal tract that aid in digestion) to stop functioning when gluten is present in the body. It is... Read More
Forget all the fancy claims on the front of the package - "Lite," "Low Sodium," "Reduced Fat" -- they tell you nothing. What you need is a direct means of comparison between products, and this is found in a little box on the bottom or back simply labeled "Nutrition Facts." Highly simplified from the labeling used years ago, this box presents key dietary information exclusively.
First on the label is the serving size. People tend to... Read More
The concept of the 100-calorie snack pack had become quite popular these days. You can get everything from cookies to crackers, even soda in small packages that equal about100 calories. The question is, are these packs the best way to control your diet? Are there better options out there?
The first issue with the 100-calorie snack packs is the serving size. While it may seem like a great idea to have a snack limited to 100 calories, the... Read More
As every dieter knows, the time will come when weight-loss progress grinds to a frustrating halt. It's the infamous weight-loss plateau, and nothing seems to break it. Well take heart, because there are effective ways to regain momentum.
Here are five ways to take charge and reinvigorate a weight-loss plan.
1. Strength train.
The most often overlooked weight-loss trick is the calorie-burning power of muscle. The more muscle you... Read More
Many smokers avoid kicking the habit because they don't want to gain weight after they quit. Experts say that smoking can burn up to 200 calories per day and helps to boost the metabolism. The sad truth is most people do gain 5 to 10 pounds after quitting simply because nicotine can be a powerful appetite suppressant.
However, there are several ways you can step out of the addictive cycle and improve your health in the process. By... Read More
The weight loss drug Alli also called Xenical, bounded onto the weight loss drug market being touted as the "miracle drug" of all weight loss drugs. It was the first of its kind to be marketed over the counter, that doesn't require a prescription. Alli earned major buzz in the media, received a star's sendoff, with an advertising budget well in excess of $125 million, and racked up an estimated $250 million in sales, in its first year, alone. ... Read More
Some people prefer to work out on an empty stomach; some like a pre-workout snack. Which burns more calories, and which has the most impact on your performance? It depends. While exercising on an empty stomach may burn a few extra fat calories, research shows that total calorie burn is about the same, and that's all that matters when you're trying to lose weight.
If you're not sure if you should... Read More
Get ready to take the long way home. When you're walking somewhere, it's only natural to want to take shortcuts. However, it's those added steps that will total up to more calories burned. Instead of hurrying to your destination, take some time to get extra physical activity. If a straight line is the quickest way home, take the long winding roads. Those extra steps on a regular basis will go a long way in getting you closer to your... Read More