Every week, we're bringing you the best - the most interesting, exciting and informative news, articles, studies and blog postings from the week before. We scour the web for the choicest material and consolidate it all in one place so you don't have to. Enjoy!
“Marshals seize Hollywood firm’s diet supplements”
The Miami Herald
By now it should be obvious that if there were some magic pill out there that could make all our weight disappear, then everybody would be taking it. The truth is, there’s not. And these pills illustrate yet again the danger of taking dietary supplements - you never know what you’re going to get. These drugs contained hydrochloride, which greatly increases the risk of heart attack and stroke. Just goes to show you - proper nutrition and exercise are the best (and only) way to lose weight healthily.
“LA Fitness personal trainer charged with murder”
After allegedly following and beating two shoppers to death, 25-year-old trainer Kareem Andre Williams is sitting in jail, charged with murder and robbery.
“Health officials offer tips on how to maintain a healthy heart, prevent disease”
Lancaster Eagle Gazette
In light of it being Heart Health Month, it’s important to take some time and sit down to read a generic article about how to take care of your heart - just to keep yourself on your toes. Look no further, because this article has all the information you need to remind yourself of the best ways to care for your heart - and the intro’s pretty good too.
“New findings on nutrition”
By Danielle Braff
This article breaks down some of the most common perceptions (and misconceptions) about how to lose weight. For example, apparently people who ate frozen, portion-controlled food lost an average of 6 pounds more than those who didn’t because the portions were measured out for them. In addition, eggs aren’t really bad for you. In fact, they are filling and packed with nutrition. Check out this article for more interesting tips on weight loss.
“Lose weight, win money: Websites pay up as the pounds come off”
It’s an idea that has fast been gaining ground - websites that actually pay you to lose weight. Sites like DietBet.com, Stickk.com, GymPact and HealthyWage are all giving people the opportunity to wager on how much they’ll lose and get paid if they are successful. It’s a great way to stay motivated and make weight loss fun!
“See what 200 calories looks like in 29 different foods”
It can be difficult to determine what 200 calories looks like when you compare them among different foods. That’s why this slide show from MSN is so great. It gives you real photos of 200-calorie foods to help you determine just how much of something you’re putting into your body. And, it might just help make your choice for an afternoon snack that much easier.
“8 Healthy Tips for February”
By: Allison Wheeler
With all the blogs out there offering healthy tips and ideas to stay in shape, its refreshing to see something a little different. Don’t let the title fool you. Allison gives some healthy suggestions you may not have thought of before. For example, if you work a typical 9-5 job, take “walk breaks” while everyone else is taking “smoke breaks.” Or, when you wake up in the morning, do 50 jumping jacks to get the blood flowing. Check this out for more of Allison’s less conventional tips towards a healthier lifestyle.
“Determining Your Reason For Losing Weight”
Many of us know that we want to lose weight, but the funny thing is – true success is more likely to be achieved by figuring out exactly why you want to lose weight too. By taking a hard look inside and truly asking yourself what your goals are, how to get there and, most importantly, why you want to get there, you’re taking a huge step towards success. Ashley shares her own journey (and a fun visual aid) to help others know they’re not alone out there.
“7 Nutrition Bars That are Worse than Candy”
Mother Nature Network
By Melissa Breyer
If you’re like a lot of [misled] Americans, you might pick up a tasty “nutrition” bar and munch down on it as a substitution for a Butterfinger or Snickers bar. But not so fast - turns out that “nutrition” bar you think is a healthy alternative is in fact worse for your health than a traditional Milky Way - with more sugar and less fiber - oh yeah, and higher calories. Tip: Compare food labels before you grab up a box of your favorite nutrition bars at the supermarket.
“Now Self versus Future Self”
If you’ve ever struggled (and refused) to get out of your warm bed in the morning rather than hitting the gym, then you’re allowing your “now” self to have too much control. Alyssa Curran uses her own experiences trying to get healthy and lose weight to focus on the importance of doing what her future self wants, rather than her “now” self … a way of thinking we should all make a habit.
Book Review: A Good American
Every once in a while here on our weekly roundup we like to throw in a good posting about a book review. As the economy continues to rebound and we enjoy the benefits of being an American, what better posting than one talking about a book that imparts the experience of three generations of a family who comes to America? Take a look at this review and decide for yourself...
“Tooth decay bacteria evolved as diet changed”
Australian Center for Ancient DNA
Our ancestors pretty much ate a strictly meat and veggie diet, and it turns out they also had healthier mouths too. Researchers at the Australian Center for Ancient DNA used ancient human skeletons to determine that hunter-gatherers had almost no cavities or other dental problems commonly found in people today. Changes in bacteria that affected dental health was shown to occur both with the introduction of farming during Medieval times, as well as during the Industrial Revolution.
“Diet Drink May Not Fuel Your Appetite”
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition revealed that people who drank diet drinks (rather than water) did not in fact consume more sweetened desserts (upping their calorie count) - and did not gain any more weight than the group who drank more water. But be wary of this study, which was fueled by Nestle Waters USA and still doesn’t negate the findings of other studies, which show diet beverage consumption increase the risk of developing Type II diabetes quite significantly.
“Snacking at Work Desk Makes You Gain Weight”
The Village Bakery
Office workers can have it pretty rough sometimes, especially when it comes to fitness and healthy eating. Let’s face it, sitting at a desk is hardly conducive with staying active, and the fact that there are two or three snack machines loaded with unhealthy candy bars, as well as a soda machine packed with sugary beverages, makes it even tougher to resist temptation. This is definitely proving to be the case, as a new study revealed that office workers, especially women, are at an even higher risk for gaining weight than other workers. The reason is a combination of things - the readily available unhealthy snacks, and the fact that eating these snacks creates precedence that it’s okay to consume them at home and elsewhere.
“Antioxidants in diet may not protect against dementia, stroke after all”
Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Boston)
A 14-year study of over 5,000 adults revealed that increasing your intake of antioxidants and antioxidant-rich food may not be as much protection against stroke and dementia as previously thought.
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