Oct
03
2010
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Why is it so hard to make a diet work?

motivationA quick glance at any magazine stand or bookstore shows that there is an enormous industry devoted to creating diets. Each diet is promoted with some unique angle: the pineapple diet, the eco-Atkins diet, the high-protein diet, the eat all the chocolate you want diet, the negative calorie foods diet, the breakfast pigout diet, the [&hel[more...]

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Jul
10
2010
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What foods are definitely (probably) good for you?

healthy-saladSome foods go in and out of fashion as “health foods”, others have their status change as new research becomes available. Here are some foods that are almost certainly healthy. Frozen peas Peas are rich in vitamin C, vitamin K, manganese, folate and vitamin B1. They are also good sources of dietary fiber and protein. [&hel[more...]

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Oct
24
2009
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Did the ancient Romans have a healthy Mediterranean diet?

Mushrooms for lunch! (photo by orsorama - CC-BY)The Ancient Romans were known for their highly evolved civilization, and for their inventions like the aqueduct. They were also known to love food and eating, and they often threw elaborate banquets to impress their friends with their knowledge of food and wine and to show off their wealth. That wasn't how they ate all [&hel[more...]

May
15
2009
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Can diet help prevent macular degeneration?

Eye (Photo by SuperFantastic - CC-BY)A diet rich in nuts, fish, olive oil and antioxidants from fruits and vegetables can help prevent or slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration. Including these foods in the diet can provide significant protection against AMD and potential vision impairment or blindness in later life. Blueberries, pecans, artichokes and other antioxidant-rich foods have been [&hel[more...]

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Apr
16
2009
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Can food allergies prevent weight loss?

Calories (photo by baejaar - CC-BY)Many individuals are frustrated by an inability to reach their weight loss goals despite an adequate reduction in daily calories. It now appears that food allergies may be partly to blame! Food intolerance can create an inflammatory immune response which can inhibit weight loss. Sensitivities to commonly ingested foods can be revealed in chronic symptoms [&hel[more...]

Apr
13
2009
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What’s the difference between a calorie, a kilocalorie, and a kilojoule?

500 kilocalories, 500 Calories, 500000 calories or 2100 kilojoules (sketch courtesy sketchory.com - CC+)In older diet books the energy content of foods is stated in Calories, and yet when we read product labels we may find kilocalories and kilojoules. The prefix “kilo” means a thousand, so what gives? When Nicolas Clément devised the Calorie in 1824, he defined it as the energy required to heat one kilogram of [&hel[more...]

Apr
13
2009
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What are the best foods for an anti-aging diet?

Blueberries in gin syrup (Photo by thebittenword.com - BB-CY)Nutrient-rich foods are the centerpiece of an anti-aging diet. Lean proteins, whole grains, nuts, beans, and fruits and vegetables provide the building blocks of a healthy diet as we age. Whole foods are loaded with vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, healthy fats, and fiber which can help keep the body young and defend against disease. Some [&hel[more...]

Apr
04
2009
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Are there any fat-burning foods that can help me lose weight?

Chili Peps (Photo by flattop341 - CC-BY)According to recent research, Yes! Chili peppers, green tea, grapefruit and dairy products are just some of the foods gaining a reputation as fat-fighters and metabolism boosters that can help individuals in the war against fat! Chili peppers contain capsaicin, a compound that may influence metabolism and help individuals burn off excess calories.  Ingestion of [&hel[more...]

Mar
15
2009
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How can I use soy protein in the Eco-Atkins diet?

Green soybeans (Photo by Kanko - CC-By)The dietary regimen utilized in the clinical trials for the Eco-Atkins diet were based on high-protein, vegetarian  meals centered around ingredients like soy and wheat gluten. The meal plans used in the clinical trials have not yet been published but incorporating vegetable proteins into the diet that adhere to the basic Eco-Atkins principles is quite [&hel[more...]

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Mar
09
2009
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What is a Flexitarian diet?

Bulgar salad with cranberries (by MerylCA - CC-BY)Flexitarians are “flexible vegetarians” who eat a plant-based diet most of the time but are not so strict that they can’t enjoy a sprinkling of meat or fish when the urge hits! There has been a lot of research pointing to the health benefits of eating more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans and nuts. Lowered [&hel[more...]

Mar
04
2009
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What is hydrogenated vegetable oil, and why is it bad?

Fat deposits above the fast food fryer (photo by John Lewis - CC-BY)Hydrogenated vegetable oil is a manufactured product produced by taking a normal vegetable oil and adding metal as a catalyst. The mixture is heated and hydrogen is forced through it. The hydrogen attaches to the unsaturated vegetable oil. If there’s enough hydrogen, you end up with saturated fat. But if the hydrogen is restricted, you [&hel[more...]

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Mar
02
2009
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What is the size of the diet meal home delivery market?

Veal Chop with zone style salad (photo by Neeta Lind CC-BY)Diet meals and snacks delivered to your home is a convenient option for losing weight. Home delivery diets is one of the fasting growing segments in the weight loss industry. According to a recent research report, home delivery of prepared diet meals is worth approximately $1 billion. This is a rapidly growing market and it [&hel[more...]

Feb
28
2009
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Can the Calorie Restriction diet slow the aging process and promote weight loss? 

Salmon sushi (photo by adactio (CC-BY)The Calorie Restriction diet, also known as the Longevity Diet, is gaining a fair amount of attention for its potential role in promoting greater health and slowing the aging process. The intent of the Calorie Restriction diet is to eat highly nutritious foods in a caloric range which sustains health while maintaining a lower-than-average weight. [&hel[more...]

Feb
25
2009
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Can apples help prevent breast cancer?

Apples (Photo by efekt - CC-BY)The latest research shows that one of our most favored fruits, the apple, might pack a mighty punch against breast cancer. The key appears to be  the phytochemicals, or antioxidants,  found in apples and other fruits and vegetables which are thought to turn off the chemical pathway of breast cancer cells. Researchers at Cornell University  [&hel[more...]

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Feb
18
2009
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What is the Eco-Atkins diet?

Very yellow meal (Photo by moria - CC-BY)The Eco-Atkins diet is a modern version of the Atkins weight-loss plan. The high percentage of  meat and dairy products associated with the original Atkins diet has been replaced with a broad spectrum of plant-based proteins and healthy fats. Primary sources of vegetable protein in the Eco-Atkins diet include soy,  gluten (wheat protein), beans and [&hel[more...]

Feb
16
2009
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How many calories can I work off through exercise?

Bicycling can be an enjoyable form of exercise. MoBikeFed photo. CC-BYLosing or even maintaining weight through diet alone isn’t a lot of fun. Allowing 1,500 to 2,000 calories or so a day, as a sensible diet might do, can give you the nutrition you need, but it doesn’t allow a lot of leeway for dessert, a high-calorie snack or a second helping. Fortunately, there is [&hel[more...]

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Feb
15
2009
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Can a high-protein diet help me lose weight?

Egg ( photo by House of Sims - CC-BY)Diets with a higher proportion of lean protein can help individuals feel full longer while providing a greater feeling of energy, according to recent research. While people respond differently to dietary regimes in their efforts to lose weight, paying attention to the proportion of lean proteins in the diet can help to spur success in [&hel[more...]

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Feb
13
2009
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What simple changes can I make in my diet to lose weight?

This spicy tortilla soup is made with low-fat ingredients. Greencolander photo. CC-BY.The mathematics of weight loss are simple: If you take in more calories than you burn up, you’ll gain weight. If you burn up more than you take in, you’ll lose weight. A pound of body fat is worth about 3,500 calories — so without additional exercise, if you can cut your caloric intake by [&hel[more...]

Feb
09
2009
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Can proper diet and nutrition help prevent hair loss?

Hair (Photo by tico24 - CY-BB)Hair loss in both men and women can be caused by a variety of nutritional deficiencies. While genetics, illness, hormonal imbalances, and certain medications can contribute to hair loss,  and capsaicin and isoflavine may even promote hair growth, proper diet is the most significant factor in maintaining a healthy head of hair. If your hair [&hel[more...]

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Jan
29
2009
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Can diet and exercise help prevent breast cancer?

Run4Cure341 (Photo by Dawn - Pink Chick - CC-BY)It appears that women have another very good reason to stay in shape! Researchers have found that women of all ages may be able to reduce their risk of developing breast cancer by participating in physical exercise and maintaining a healthy weight. Obesity is one of the major risk factors for developing breast cancer after [&hel[more...]

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