Technology has made our lives easier, especially when it comes to holding us accountable. If you feel like you need a little extra encouragement to help you stick to your weight-loss path this holiday, you'll want to make sure you've got these techy tools in your arsenal and at the ready on your smartphone. Food journal apps: It's easy to dismiss half a cookie here and a handful of M&M's there, but those nibbles add up. The best way to be aware of just how many calories you're eating is to keep a log of everything you eat. Online food journals make it easy; not only do they keep track of everything in one simple place, but they also give you accurate calorie counts so you don't trick yourself into believing that you've eaten way less than you think. Try MyFitnessPal, an iPhone and Android app that synchs with other body-tracking products and has a large database, so uploading your meal is a breeze.Read more »
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Starbucks is known for fueling the highly caffeinated masses, but one woman credits the coffee chain for something else: helping her lose weight.
Christine Hall, 66, claims to have lost 85 pounds by eating all of her meals at her local Starbucks, MSNBC reported. Starbucks' prepackaged foods -- located right underneath those sugary cakes and buttery croissants -- make up her breakfast, lunch and dinner, and offer "really healthy choices," Hall explained to a reporter. And because nutritional information is provided on each item, she can keep track of her caloric intake.Read more »
Every coffee shop has its regulars. But 66-year-old Christine Hall calls Starbucks her second home.
That's because Hall eats all of her meals there, and she said it's helped her to lose nearly 85 pounds in two years.
"Losing weight is hard," Hall said. "But I realized I could do it. I found a system that worked."
Hall said she lost all that weight by counting calories.
Starbucks puts nutrition information on the labels of their packaged foods. That made it easy to keep track of exactly how much she was eating.Read more »
The Dukan Diet continues to be in the media spotlight with help from Kate Middleton, Jennifer Lopez and Giselle Bundchen who have recently endorsed the French plan. This modified Atkins diet continues to take the world by storm especially after it's recent "official" release in the USA. It is the number one diet right now in France, so what is The Dukan Diet really? Is it just another fad diet? Dukan Fundamentals: Phase One: The beginning part of The Dukan Diet lasts one to ten days. During phase one, you may eat unlimited amounts of lean protein including soy, eggs, and lowfat dairy.Read more »
Dieting is big business, racking in over $54 billion in revenue from Americans annually. It is a consumer’s dream (or worst nightmare) to enter a bookstore and see the plethora of dieting and self-help books to choose from. The ocean waves of bookcases are covered in catchy headlines and titles that promise a different outcome than you’ve had in the past. You are bombarded upon row after row of solutions to your “bulging” problem that pains your thoughts relentlessly.Read more »
Dr. Oz featured a four-minute segment on astaxanthin dubbing astaxanthin “the No.1 supplement you’ve never heard of that you should be taking." Dr. Mehmet Oz interviewed Dr. Joseph Mercola, who’d sent an e-newsletter extolling the benefits of astaxanthin just last month, stating he takes 8 mg each day. Mercola spoke about the nutrient’s benefits for eye health and sports performance, as well as its bioavailability. Cyanotech Corp. sent an e-mail alerting the industry about the Dr.Read more »
Popularized as of late by starlets around the globe, including Beyonce Knowles of Dreamgirls fame, the Maple Syrup Diet is not a diet per se. Rather, it is a cleanse, meant to detoxify the body of all previous food intake, providing a clean slate for future healthy eating. Also known as the "Master Cleanse" or the "Lemonade Diet", the program is basically a mixture of Grade B Maple syrup, fresh squeezed lemon juice, spring water and cayenne pepper that a person drinks for up to 10 days.Read more »
I have celiac disease and I find it difficult to get enough grains in my diet. Do you have any suggestions?, answer: Grains are an important part of a healthy diet. They are a good source of healthy carbohydrates, various vitamins and minerals, and fiber, and they are naturally low in fat. When possible, choose foods made with enriched flours for added vitamins and minerals. Whole grains are even better for you. These include brown or wild rice, quinoa, amaranth, pure buckwheat, flax, whole corn, millet, sorghum, and teff.Read more »