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  1. The Secret to Skinny? Slash the Sodium in Your Diet

    The Secret to Skinny? Slash the Sodium in Your Diet

    You eat right. You exercise. But still your scale won't budge.Despite your good intentions and all the stomach crunches you can stand, you could be unknowingly be sabotaging your efforts every day by eating one ingredient that is guaranteed to plug you up, bloat you out, and pack on the pounds.That dreaded diet saboteur is salt.Salt is everywhere-especially in the very diet foods we eat to lose weight-and it's devastating to our health and our waistlines.In fact, as the Nutrition Twins explain in The Secret to Skinny (HCI), if you drop the salt you will drop at least one size...

  2. 5 Worst Summer Treats (5 Good Ones, Too)

    5 Worst Summer Treats (5 Good Ones, Too)

    Summer. For the dieter, it is the best of times... and it is the worst of times.So, what do you want first - the good news or the bad news?The bad news is you need to be fearful of these five summer treats (and a bonus) that are just waiting to melt your weight loss resolve.Don't despair: We follow up with a six-pack of the best summer treats for the health-minded dieter.Bad to the BoneSummer is grillin' season and backyard barbecues. Barbecue means meat... and lots of it. A 20-ounce T-bone can wreck your day with 1,540 calories and 124...

  3. 10 Healthy Foods That Ain't All That Healthy

    10 Healthy Foods That Ain't All That Healthy

    Face it friends… we’re suckers for flashy food labels and cleverly worded marketing claims that lead us into temptation by making us think a food or drink is good for us. Acai berries anyone? You’ve probably seen the deluge of ads for this “amazing… as seen on Oprah… fat fighter… grown in the Amazon rainforest”… blah, blah, blah… Trouble is, according to the food watchdogs at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, "there's no evidence whatsoever to suggest that acai pills will help shed pounds, flatten tummies, cleanse colon, enhance sexual desire, or perform any of the other commonly advertised...

  4. 7 Worst Excuses for Not Getting Healthy (Any sound familiar?)

    7 Worst Excuses for Not Getting Healthy (Any sound familiar?)

    We all want to be healthy and slim, right? So why aren't we? Oh, there could be a genetic or medication issue that's holding you back. But more often than not the only thing holding us back is us.As a Total Wellness expert, I have worked with a large number of clients over the years. And believe me when I tell you -- excuses for not getting healthy are not only a dime a dozen, but they also don't make a lot of sense! I'm Too Old to Start Now!It's never too late to get healthy. Cliché as it...

  5. Mid-Summer Madness: The Hottest Weight Loss Trends

    Mid-Summer Madness: The Hottest Weight Loss Trends

    Oh, summer madness... what have you wrought in the way of slimming?Each year -- specifically, every swimsuit season -- something magical and diabolical happens. Mirrors become enemies, swimsuits are torture devices, and we lose all ability to reason good and bad things for us because every quick-fix diet program or device has guaranteed us it can slim our bodies just in time to hit the beach without a wrap or body-covering burka.This year is no different. Here are some of my favorite new "miracle slimming solutions" to make the scene. In-home genetic DNA testingOk, I never claimed to be a...

  6. Food Allergies, Sensitivities: 6 Ways to Put the Brakes on Your Aches

    Food Allergies, Sensitivities: 6 Ways to Put the Brakes on Your Aches

    Meet guest blogger Cynthia Parrott, a busy working woman who manages to find the time for fitness, diet and the writing of great advice for health-conscious women like you. We all suffer from minor aches, pains and upsets now and then.An afternoon of weeding and gardening, tag football in the park, snow shoveling, and other activities can cause even the most active person a bit of discomfort.When you exercise muscles you don't use every day you should expect to be stiff and sore.But overindulging in food and drink can also cause pain by sending your digestive system into a tailspin....

  7. When It Comes to Calories, How Low Should You Go?

    When It Comes to Calories, How Low Should You Go?

    Did you know that a "low-calorie diet" usually includes 1,500 to 1,800 calories a day? Many people mistakenly think they need to follow a diet of 1,000 calories or less to enjoy fast weight loss.The truth of the matter is this: When you cut your calories dramatically, you have far better chance of getting sick than you do of enjoying lasting weight loss. Eating 1,000 calories a day or less is basically a starvation diet... a diet that will spur your body to go into its defensive mode and stop burning fat altogether!I've been monitoring the weight loss world for...

  8. Summer Fitness: How to Beat the Heat

    Summer Fitness: How to Beat the Heat

    Contributed by Matt Johnson, a fitness expert at DietsInReview.com, which provides the tools and information needed to shape a healthier you.Dehydration is a major concern with summertime exercise. The human body uses sweat as a natural self-coolant, which in turn depletes water storage in the muscles, organs, and other body parts.The general consensus is that people drink eight, eight ounce glasses of water per day (64 ounces). For people who are actively exercising or always on the go, your body needs way more than that. Honestly, a person who exercises for an hour or more needs to be getting at...

  9. Drink to Your Health: The Happy Hour Survival Guide

    Drink to Your Health: The Happy Hour Survival Guide

    Meet guest blogger Cynthia Parrott, a busy working woman who manages to find the time for fitness, diet and the writing of great advice for health-conscious women like you. Happy Hour... it's the ritualistic reward for a hard day of work or the regular Friday gathering of friends anxious to kick off the weekend.Happy Hour is the time we can finally relax with a drink, enjoy casual conversation and put our troubles behind us for a little while.Regardless of where and when we celebrate Happy Hour, this seemingly innocent ritual might not be as harmless as it appears -- at...

  10. Why I LOVE the Diet-to-Go Meal Plans!

    Why I LOVE the Diet-to-Go Meal Plans!

    I just finished my Monte Cristo breakfast and, like almost 100% of the Diet-to-Go meals I receive on my low-fat plan, it was not only delicious but also very filling.Maybe it's because I have followed the program about 6 times in the past 10 years -- or that I've lost 20-30 pounds each time I've followed it -- but I know this food is perfectly portioned and will lead to weight loss when your meal plan is followed properly.Diet-to-Go hasn't suddenly changed all its recipes or scrapped its philosophy of serving good food that's also good for you. Nope... it's...

  11. Fitness Friday: 5 Exercises You SHOULD NOT be Doing!

    Fitness Friday: 5 Exercises You SHOULD NOT be Doing!

    It's mid-July which means the Diet-to-Go free monthly newsletter has been sent. If you aren't getting this info-packed newsletter, go here now and sign up. Did I mention it's FREE? :o)Meanwhile, here is a taste of the monthly fitness features provided by best-selling author and renowned fitness expert Brad Schoenfeld.5 Exercises You SHOULDN'T Do (& 5 you should!)Poor exercise choices will not only fall short of getting you desired results, but they can ultimately lead to a debilitating injury. It's a double whammy you want to avoid.Here are five of the all-time worst exercises - and five super substitutes. Out...

  12. 8 Scary Food Additives You Should Always Avoid

    8 Scary Food Additives You Should Always Avoid

    Contributed by Brandi Koskie, the Senior Editor for DietsInReview.com, which provides the tools and information needed to shape a healthier you.At times it seems that you need an advanced degree to understand what's listed on food labels. Most of us just bypass reading the label altogether.But, you should know that buried in those multi-syllabic words are chemical additives that may have an adverse effect on your health and how your body absorbs nutrients. These chemical ingredients are used because they increase a food's shelf life, enhance their flavor and color, and make them more appealing to consumers.Use this list as...

  13. John's Week 5 Weigh-In: To Know Gain is to Know Pain!

    John's Week 5 Weigh-In: To Know Gain is to Know Pain!

    Well, after four great weeks of weight loss, I not only hit the wall but I plowed right through it and gained back a heartbreaking 1.8 pounds.A week after I proudly proclaimed I'd lost 4 pounds for a four-week total of 17.0 lbs., I stepped back on the scale this morning to see the digital number 217.8 staring back at me!I can sit here and tick off a list of excuses for my weight gain, but the bottom line is I badly swerved from my diet and overdid it from last Friday through last Sunday.Friday night I hosted a backyard...

  14. 5 Guilt-Free Rewards for the Health-Conscious Dieter

    5 Guilt-Free Rewards for the Health-Conscious Dieter

    Rewards. We all love them... we want them... we need them. A pat on the back for a job well done, a holiday bonus for a productive year, a cold drink after an afternoon working in the garden, a new pair of shoes after finally paying off debt. As we work to achieve good health and a comfortable weight, we definitely should reward ourself.I recently read about a woman who was working very hard for to lose weight for a reunion. She reached her desired halfway point and planned to celebrate at her favorite restaurant by choosing the...

  15. Study: Dieters Tend to Overlook Vitamins, Minerals

    Study: Dieters Tend to Overlook Vitamins, Minerals

    The Diet-to-Go Low-Fat and Vegetarian meal plans provide a variety of nutritionally rich foods and therefore a variety of the vitamins and minerals your body needs to operate at maximum efficiency.However, a new study shows that women following trendy, fad-like diets that limit certain foods face the risk of not getting enough vitamins and minerals. Researchers from Stanford University in California found major differences in the amounts of vitamins and minerals consumed by dieters."Shifting around the food sources that are good sources of fats versus carbohydrates means more than just changing fat and carbohydrate levels," says chief researcher Christopher Gardner.Here's...

  16. Get Off the Couch: 7 Fun Outdoor Games for Family Fitness

    Get Off the Couch: 7 Fun Outdoor Games for Family Fitness

    Contributed by Matt Johnson, a fitness expert for DietsInReview.com, which provides the tools and information needed to shape a healthier you.Outdoor family activities are very popular this time of year. And while you sometimes would rather be laying at the beach with a cocktail in hand, you can have fun and get in a little exercise and still enjoy the great outdoors. I love being outdoors and playing games with the family during a nice relaxing weekend. Below I've listed seven great ways to have fun and stay fit. Just make sure that you stay well hydrated during the day...

  17. John's Week 4 Update: I Lost Another 4 lbs, Down 17.0 lbs Overall!

    John's Week 4 Update: I Lost Another 4 lbs, Down 17.0 lbs Overall!

    I had a feeling today was gonna be a great day for a weigh-in. I noticed this past week that my clothes were fitting much more loosely and I had so much energy I could actually stay up past 11 p.m. without nodding off while watching TV!And boy was I right. I weighed in this morning at 216.0 pounds. That's four fewer pounds than last Wednesday -- and I am a whopping 17 pounds lighter than when I started this diet four short weeks ago! I honestly love this Diet-to-Go approach to weight loss and healthy living. They do all...

  18. Supermarket Sense: 7 Shopping Tips for the Busy Woman

    Supermarket Sense: 7 Shopping Tips for the Busy Woman

    Meet guest blogger Cynthia Parrott, a busy working woman who manages to find the time for fitness, diet and the writing of great advice for health-conscious women like you. One of the most tedious chores for us women has to be... grocery shopping.Supermarkets are the size of shopping malls. They're overstocked with so many different choices and varieties of everything under the sun that a shopping trip can last hours and quickly empty our wallets.I cannot count the number of times I went to the supermarket with good intentions and ended up with something completely different: a toaster (mine was...

  19. What It Means to Achieve Total Wellness (are you ready for it?)

    What It Means to Achieve Total Wellness (are you ready for it?)

    I've said it before and I'll say it again -- achieving total wellness means you've found peace for the body, peace for the mind and, ultimately, peace for the spirit.Want something more concrete?My favorite definition of wellness comes from Charles B. Corbin of Arizona State University. Corbin once said, "Wellness is a multi-dimensional state of being describing the existence of positive health in an individual as exemplified by quality of life and a sense of well-being."So achieving wellness is really achieving health, but I also maintain that achieving wellness is the turning point from which fitness evolves from a chore...

  20. A Dieting Break: How Independence Day Celebrations Came to Be

    A Dieting Break: How Independence Day Celebrations Came to Be

    Copyright © 1994-2009 Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. For more information visit Britannica.com. Independence Day, commonly known as July 4th or the Fourth of July, commemorates the Continental Congress' adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The document, primarily written by Thomas Jefferson, served as a formal announcement that the 13 American colonies were no longer part of the British Empire and would henceforth be free and independent states.Regarded as the birthday of the United States of America, the day is typically celebrated with parades, fireworks, ceremonies, barbecues and family gatherings.The BeginningIndependence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of...

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