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Healthy Eating and Weight Loss

 An Apple a Day Won't Keep the Doctor Away -- Unless It's Organic
The EWG recently studied extensive USDA and FDA testing that measured pesticide residues in produce and then ranked the most commonly eaten fruits and vegetables in the U.S.A. on a scale from most toxic to most consistently clean. We know we're supposed to eat our fruit and vegetables because they have crucial nutrients that other foods don't, but some of our favorites are covered with the most toxic agricultural chemicals out there. Learn more from Walter Crinnion, N.D.

 Tips for Healthier Eating for Stuck-in-Their-Ways Adults
Are you stuck in a food rut and having a hard time changing to healthier eating habits? If you want to make lasting changes to the way you eat, you need a plan. Follow these steps for changing an unhealthy behavior into a healthy one.

 Redefining "Enough": Shifting from Unpleasant Fullness of the Body to the Pleasant Expansion of the Mind
Portion control, the good ol' divide (the portion) and conquer (overeating) approach, is not without merit. But what if you redefine the portion size from how many mouthfuls you can have to how many mindfuls you need to feel full, if you shift your attention from a mouthful to a mindful, from a serving to a savoring?

 Tips To Control Portion Size
One of the biggest challenges for those trying to eat healthy and lose weight is the ability to control potion sizes. While you should certainly try to eat healthy foods when trying to lose weight, the amount of food you eat and the way it is consumed typically plays a greater role in weight loss than the food itself. Here are some important dos and don'ts to follow when trying to control your portion sizes.

 The Challenge of Good Nutrition
Are you confused about how to eat for excellent health? Even the research is contradictory! If you want to be healthy, then you need to learn to tune into your body to discover what makes you feel healthy and energized in the long run and what makes you feel tired and depleted in the long run.

 How Bad Brands Happen to Good People: Avoid Being Tricked by Misleading Labels
With more than 20,000 food items lining the aisles of the local grocery store, odds are you have been suckered into buying foods and beverages that appear to be good for you but are actually detrimental to your diet, your wallet . . . and even your health. Welcome to the world of label trickery where marketing buzzwords like "fortified" and "sugar-free" trick millions of well-intentioned shoppers into reaching for Healthy Food Imposters. Learn more from author Kerry McLeod.

 Blind Date 101: Are You "Uncool" If You Don't Meet Over Booze?
What do you do in social situations when your date or party companions offer you a drink, and they think you're rude when you refuse? Connie Bennett shares her comebacks and advice on how you can serve as a good role mode for drinkers, smokers, sugar-eaters, etc. You don't have to drink and eat sugar to be a fun date!

 Toss the Junk Food!
Today is the day to clean out your cupboards. There should be no hidden junk food stash. If it's not lurking in the cupboards, you'll be forced to snack on something healthy. Tracey Mallett shares her list "must have foods" for your refrigerator and pantry.

 Why Is America So Fat?
Here's an excerpt from The South Beach Diet Supercharged: Faster Weight Loss and Better Health for Life and learn what's caused the epidemic of obesity and diabetes in this country - and what you can do to prevent it.

 Sugar Pushers at Work: How to Refuse Sweets & Embrace Sanity
If you go to an office every day, you've undoubtedly been at the mercy of co-workers, who can best be dubbed "sugar pimps." Here are 7 things you can do to deal with those pervasive, sugary temptations that trip you up at work by author Connie Bennett, C.H.H.C.

 The Link Between Being Stuck and Losing Weight
Ninety-five percent of dieters who lose weight gain it all back, plus some. This depressing statistic prompted the formation of a group called the National Weight Control Registry (NWCR). What they found was that the people who kept the weight off didn't just change their eating patterns, they also changed their lives. Learn how they succeeded from Roger Gould, MD.

 Slipped? Destroyed Your Diet? 7 Tips to Get Back on Track
Did you fall off the diet wagon? Did you eat foods you promised to forego? Are you upset with yourself for "stupidly" eating sugary or fast-acting carbs? Here are 7 tips to pick yourself up and get back on track and finally succeed from Connie Bennett, C.H.H.C.

 10 Great Diet Tips For Eating Out
Since dining at restaurants and eating out is something that most of us do, here are some simple tips for eating out while staying within your diet program as much as possible.

 Why Are You Holding On to Your Eating and Weight Problems?
There's no question that there are negatives when it comes to eating and weight problems. But what about the positives? There must be an upside or else you wouldn't hold on to your eating problems. These positives are what you might be afraid to lose if you change yourself in relation to food and your weight. When you acknowledge these benefits, you can then create other ways to get what you're after.

 Rainbows, Puppies and Children--Reasons to Be Thankful
Have you ever noticed how easy it is to overeat on a day when everything goes wrong? But wait! Eating is NOT the only solution. Instead of letting a bad day pull you down, start focusing on the good things around you and use them to overshadow your challenges.

 Food - Both Important and Unimportant
Somehow, you need a way to enjoy and appreciate food without sabotaging your weight or your health. And you can, by simply putting food in its proper place. Linda Spangle explains how.

 My Motivation Took a Vacation!
It's interesting how when motivation is high, you feel energized, driven, focused and determined. But once you lose motivation, inertia takes over. You keep saying you want to change, but you can't seem to get yourself out the door. So how do you get back to that wonderful place where motivation is strong and you easily stick with your program?

 I'll bet I can make you eat!
Have you ever told someone you were trying to lose weight, then immediately been coaxed to eat something? The best way to win the "I can make you eat" game is to not even play. Rather than eat something just to get people off your back, use these subtle methods to get them to stop bugging you.

 How Can I Diet When I Love to Eat?
It's not your fault you fell off your diet. Your excuse is "I just love to eat!" Of course you do. And because food is such an important part of life, you are entitled to love it. But like any amorous relationship, if your lover is causing you pain, it may be time to re-evaluate the picture. Linda Spangle explains how to budget for all of your favorite foods.

 You Can Be an Expert at Losing Weight
You're overweight, and you don't like it. It's really making you unhappy. How in the world did this happen? The problem is that you're an expert in the wrong thing. You've been spending a lot of time and energy learning how to master the art of overeating and gaining weight. It took you time and effort to get there, and now you've arrived. What can you do? Kenneth Schwarz, PhD and Julie Schwarz explain how to become an expert in losing weight.

 Bust the Old Habits That Ruin Your Diet
When a group of dieters were asked what contributed to them re-gaining weight, nearly all of them said, "I slipped back into my old habits." Old habits will get you in trouble every time. So instead of proclaiming you'll never gain your weight back, build a set of new habits and healthy patterns that will guarantee you can make this a reality.

 The One Minute Diet Tip That Puts You in Control
It takes less than a minute--sometimes even seconds--to blow a diet. Here's how to keep it together, stay on your diet so you can get to your goal. It only takes a minute, but it's that make-or-break kind of minute.

 When Your Heart is Hungry
You have this sense of yearning and food sounds like an easy answer. But in reality, the hunger isn't from your stomach-it's inside your heart. Instead of eating to fix this hollow feeling, you need ways to nurture and comfort yourself and renew your spirit. Learn more from Linda Spangle, RN, MA.

 How to Prevent and Deal with Holiday Overeating
I Can't Believe I Ate the Whole Thing! As much as we love these special gatherings, there is an invisible line that separates a great celebration from an afternoon of discomfort and regret. Why eat until we feel miserable? Why not enjoy the holiday and still feel good when it's over? Here are great tips from author Michelle May, MD.

 Nutritional Tips for Getting Through the Holidays
During the holidays, we tend to eat copious amounts of white sugar, white flour and alcohol. "But it's the Holidays!!!" is the excuse, rather the plea. However, it's important not to feel deprived because this may lead to bingeing later, but it is possible to be smart about it. Here are some tips to help you through the holidays.

 A Different Approach to Staying Fit over the Holidays: The secret to less stress and better success with typical holiday weight gain
A new study suggests that on average, Americans probably gain about a pound during the winter holiday season. This finding runs contrary to the popular belief that most people gain from five to 10 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. Whether it's really one pound or ten, learn what Dave Hubbard, America's Fitness Coach®, suggests for staying fit over the holidays.

 5 Tips for Eating Your Way Through a Healthy New Year
Here are five easy tips to guide your eating decisions on a regular basis. Even if you just choose one aspect to follow, your body will thank you for it by Elizabeth Yarnell. It includes a fabulous recipe for Honey and Spice Pork.

 Diet with Your Girlfriends: A Key to Successful Weight Loss
When you team up with another woman, you can bounce things off one another. You can check out your thinking. You can look to your diet buddy for new ideas. You can give one another added strength, confidence, and hope. Weight loss experts Kenneth Schwarz, Ph.D, and Julie Schwarz explain how to find the perfect diet buddy.

 8 Tips to Lose Weight Easily: Just Cut Out Soda and Sugary Drinks
Cutting out soda and other sugar-sweetened drinks is a highly effective way—if not the easiest way—to lose weight and improve your health. Just making that one simple diet change—removing chemically created soda and other sugar-sweetened drinks such as sports drinks and juice drinks—could enable you to peel off the pounds, possibly to the tune of 15 pounds in one year.

 How Much Food Is Really Enough? by Darryn Aldridge
Did you know that it takes approximately 20 minutes before your body realizes that it has had enough to eat? One of our biggest problems is what we do in that 20 minute period - overeat! Here are some easy solutions to curb overeating at meals.

 Diet Tips For The Whole Family
Losing weight is never really easy, but when you find it necessary to prepare diet meals for yourself and fare that your family will eat as well, it can become really difficult. Here are tips to help you stick with your diet goals and feed your family healthy meals as well.

 Controlling Food Portions for Weight Loss by Jim Bolding
Learning what a serving should be is a great first step for you if you're beginning a weight management program. Eating smaller portions of the same foods you've always been eating may be the best "baby step" to take in order to lose weight.

 Calcium - The Key To Quick Weight Loss by Priya Shah
Some consider dairy products to be fattening, but evidence suggests that high-calcium, low-fat dairy products can help adjust your body's fat-burning machinery, keep your weight under control and help you lose weight faster.

 How To Get Past a Weight Loss Plateau by Jason Barger
Everyone who has ever been on a diet has hit a plateau at some point. It is that point where no matter what you do, you cannot seem to lose any weight. Jason Barger gives us some tips for moving past that plateau.

 The Trick to Managing the Treats by Michelle May, M.D.
Halloween candy showed up in August (as though we needed to get a jump on our holiday shopping!) and will still be on sale in November. This article provides tricks to help you eat more mindfully, not only during the Halloween season, but year around.

 How To Avoid Holiday Weight Gain by Lynn Bode
This holiday season don't be trendy - avoid the Seasonal Seven (the average weight most Americans gain between Thanksgiving and New Year's). That's one trend you don't want to participate in!

 Getting Through the Holidays Without Gaining Weight by Helene Haber
Celebrations do not have to lead you to unhealthy eating habits. With a little advance planning, you can really enjoy your food and the holidays. Remember that the mental attitude you bring to the table is as important as what's on the table.

 The Fail-Safe Holiday Diet Plan
Since there is not enough self-control energy to cover everything you need it for over the holidays, why not ease up on your eating restrictions during this limited period of time? Here's how to do it and still not go overboard.

 Keep Your New Year's Fitness Resolution by Lynn Bode
On average only about 20% of us keep our New Year's resolutions. Unfortunately, some of the biggest failures are found in fitness resolutions. But don't let the statistics get you down. By following these tips you'll be better equipped to fall into the successful 20% category.

 Losing Weight by Finding Time by David Junno Psy.D.
You cannot make successful changes to improve your health without devoting time and effort to the task.

 LOW-CARB DIETS: Are You Losing More than Weight?
Many people trying to lose weight are going on high-protein low-carb diets. Learn what long-term effects these diets can have on your health.

 Does Excess Protein Turn to Fat? An Anatomy Lesson
Author Maia Appleby explains the real cause of weight gain - eating too much food!

 Weight Loss - Stop Being Hard On Yourself by Wendy Hearn
Do you give yourself a hard time mentally and really beat yourself up for slipping up on your diet? Would you speak to a friend in the same way?

 The Most Important Step in Weight Loss by Shawn LeBrun
Before taking any physical steps in your efforts to lose weight, begin by taking a mental approach.

 Waist Away, From A-Z! by Kaliannah Shirah
Weight loss can be a challenge even to the most dedicated of individuals. Here are some tips from A to Z to keep in mind before, during and after your journey.

 'Dieting 101' - For Those Who Want to Start But Don't Know Where to Begin by Randy Mclean

 Drinking Water Really is the Key to Weight Loss by Maia Appleby
The potion for losing that excess body fat is all around you. It covers two thirds of the planet. If you eat right and exercise at the intensity, frequency and duration proper for you, but still can't get rid of a little paunch here and there, you're probably just not drinking enough water.

 Is Your Goal To Lose Weight? by Wendy Hearn
If you want to lose weight I suggest you make your Number 1 goal 'eating for health'.

 Is Your Weight Loss Program What it Should Be? by Mary Howard RN
There are a few things you should consider to be sure the weight loss program you have chosen is as safe and effective as it can be.

 You Can Lose Weight by Wendy Hearn
One of the biggest challenges in losing weight is whether you really believe you can do it. The power of belief is strong and without it, weight loss isn't likely to happen. When you really believe you can lose weight, your mind looks at what you need to do to make this happen.

Fitness

 How To Stay Motivated During Your Exercise Journey
The hardest part about exercising is staying motivated. By setting small goals and achieving them, you will build confidence and become motivated. Here are ten tips to help you stay motivated.

 Just 10 Minutes is All You Need - Really!
Did you know that three 10-minute shots of movement are just as beneficial as one 30-minute shot? A study from University of Virginia, and another from John's Hopkins found this to be true. So instead of trying to add another 30 minute task to your already hectic schedule, why not do 10 minutes in the morning, 10 at lunch, and 10 in the evening? Learn more from Jenn Givler!

 10 Fun Ways To Become More Active Every Day
There are many options to get more active that don't include jogging, weight lifting or other "traditional" ways to work out. Here are a few ideas to get you moving.

 How to Make the Most Out of Low-impact Exercise
The benefit of low-impact exercise lies in the fact that you don't need to engage in overly stressful activities to experience the benefits of regular exercise. In fact, there are plenty of low-impact activities that can provide a sufficient workout and help you meet your long term weight loss goals. Here are some tips to help you develop a low-impact exercise regimen as part of your weight loss program.

 It's Time for Bikini Butt!
It's summer and that means it's nearly that time to finally show our beautiful bodies on the beach! Scary thought? Don't worry - there's still time to get in shape for swimsuit season. Here are some tips to finally love the bikini butt by Tracey Mallett.

 Top Tips For Exercise Motivation by Tracey Mallett
We all need a little help to get motivated sometimes! Life is hard and we are tired at the end of the day. Who wants to work out? Here are some tips to help you keep you motivated!

 How to Get The Most From Your Home Workout
A recent study found that home workouts may do even more good than workouts at a gym. This is good news for people who are time crunched and find it's too much trouble to make it to a health club. So how do you get the most from your home workouts? Follow these suggestions.

 15 Quick Tips for People who Don't Like to Exercise
We've all had days when we don't have the energy to tie our athletic shoes, let alone bounce around in them. But exercise can give a daily blast to your mind, body, and soul. Here are fifteen quick tips to get you moving from Susie Cortright.

 Avoid Common Fitness Pitfalls
It's important to know specifically what to do to be successful at meeting your health and fitness goals but it is also crucial to understand what not to do. So take note of the following common mistakes and how to avoid them. These tips will help ensure your workout time is effective and help prevent injuries.

 Exercise at Christmas Without the Gym
Make exercise part of the fun and keep yourself ticking until it's time to get back to the gym in January. You might enjoy the alternatives so much you'll never go back!

 Prevent Foot Problems When Walking by Christine Dobrowolski, DPM MS
National campaigns, health practitioners and even major corporations are encouraging Americans to walk more. Unfortunately, many sedentary individuals who start walking programs quickly develop foot problems. Preventing these problems through education will keep Americans walking.

 Play Ball To Get Fit by Lynn Bode, CPT
Chances are if you've stepped foot in a gym or watched a television fitness program in the past year then you've seen the "big balls". You've probably wondered what all the fuss is about. Well, they may look like something found on a children's playground, but don't be deceived. These balls offer one of the best methods for strengthening your abdominals and core.

 Exercising in the Heat by Lynn Bode, CPT
Summer is officially here. It's important to remember the potential dangers that also come with exercising in hot conditions. As long as you know the dos and don'ts of working out in the heat, then you can fully take advantage of all the fun of summer.

 Walking for fitness: A Beginning Program by Kevin Doberstein
Warm temperatures, sunshine, summery breezes just incite you to start something active outside. Maybe that walking program you were thinking about all winter. Here is a beginning-walking program you can follow to help you along.

 Overcoming Exercise Excuses by Lynn Bode, CPT
It's time to face your excuses head-on so that you can overcome them and choose to live a healthier lifestyle. Here are some of the most common excuses for skipping exercise along with ways to combat them.

 Winter Exercise Tips by Lynn Bode
With the temperatures plummeting this time of year, many of us tend to hibernate inside our homes. But, hibernating is for bears. As humans it's important to stay active through all four seasons.

 Keep Your New Year's Resolution by Lynn Bode
On average only about 20% of us keep our New Year's resolutions. Unfortunately, some of the biggest failures are found in fitness resolutions. But don't let the statistics get you down. By following these tips you'll be better equipped to fall into the successful 20% category.

 Workouts That Travel by Lynn Bode
Travel from home doesn't have to result in an interruption or complete abandonment of your healthy habits.

 Exercise and Keeping Fit While Having a Family by Phil Beckett
Do you know how to quickly and easily adapt your eating and exercise habits so you can achieve the results you want and deserve, and still have the time for a great family life? Author Phil Beckett shows you how.

 Great Summer Workouts: Just Add Water by Lynn Bode
Water exercises are the perfect way to workout under the sun without overheating. You can get a total body workout without even breaking a sweat!

 Checklist for Fitness (and Life) by Shawn LeBrun
Here is a checklist you can use to accomplish any of your fitness (or life) goals, one by one!

 Yoga: A Path to the Self
According to author Edel Jarboe, yoga "is the attempt to walk in balance mentally, physically, and spiritually so that one can understand the lessons of the past, fully experience the present, and see all the potential of the future." Find out more with this wonderful article.

 3 Quick and Simple Ways for Athletes to Speed Healing and Improve Performance
One of the main reasons why most bodybuilders hit a wall and develop injuries is that they don't allow their muscles to recover 100 percent before they work those same muscles again. Here are some tips that will allow you to continue to make steady gains, stay healthy and recover from tendonitis and injuries.

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