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7 things that can stand in the way of weight loss

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Certain habits can hinder your attempts to lose weight - and keep it away.
If you've changed your eating habits to focus on healthier foods and taken your workout seriously, you can expect to lose weight. However, the reality is that despite what you may have believed, weight loss is more complicated than calorie consumption versus calorie consumption. If you are trying to lose weight, check these habits that may interfere with your efforts.
1. You save on protein.
If you normally eat a muffin or avocado toast for breakfast, you may need to increase your protein intake. Research has shown that a high-protein breakfast can help alleviate hunger, so you may be less tempted to have a morning snack.
Protein is also important at lunch and dinner. If you routinely eat salads or sip gazpacho without accompanying protein - such as boiled egg, yogurt, beans, meat, poultry, or fish - over time, this can lead to a decrease in muscle tissue, which means that your metabolism will slow down and mak…

5 Must Have Accessories For Healthy Eating On The Go

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1. Meal Cooler BagOne of the greatest challenges facing those of us who are either on a strict diet plan or who are just trying to eat healthy is the accessibility of suitable meals while on the go. Well, with the ISOBAG™ by Isolator Fitness, meals can be prepared and packed for the entire day. Up to 4 containers of food can be packed in the 3 meal size bag, and up to 8 containers in the 6 meal bag.The bags come with 2 sets of reusable, plastic food storage containers, providing the convenience of always having a clean set for the next day.Also included which fit into designated side pouches, are freeze-able ISObricks, much like gel ice bags, but much more durable. There is a zipped and insulated compartment on each side of the bag where beverages can chill out.
Meal Prep Bag ISOBAG 3 Meal Insulated Lunch Bag Cooler$60ISOBAGS are made in America. This means that the insulation used is high quality and the manufacturing is impeccable. Match these sealed benefits of the cooling compartme…

Should You Eat Avocados - Or Are They Too High In Fat?

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Where did the concept enter the nutrition field that avocados might not be healthy?
A scenario like this happens several times a week in my preventive cardiology clinic: A 43-year old man has his second heart event and adopts a whole food, plant-based diet with no added oils.

He thrives on the control it gives him over future cardiac disease. He knows of Drs. Ornish and Esselstyn.

When he sees me in my office, he turns to me and asks: "Doc, I love all of this and am devoted. But, can I have half of an avocado a few times a week because I read it is off my menu?"
Are avocados healthy? Where did the concept enter the nutrition field, or specifically, the heart disease reversal field, that avocados might not be healthy?

Why do the programs that demonstrate the amazing power of plant-based diets to halt and reverse heart disease generally restrict avocados?
Low fat diets In a prior article I wrote about the pioneers of plant-based cardiac nutrition and highlighted Lest…

Anti-Inflammatory Diet: What Are The Health Benefits?

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Inflammation has been linked with depression, weight gain, skin issues, Alzheimer’s and heart disease. Now, a new book declares the anti-inflammatory diet a game changer, promising to overhaul your health and happiness, based on solid science with no downsides.

The woman behind it is Swedish science journalist Maria Borelius, whose book Health Revolution claims that anti-inflammatory eating can deliver on the promise. In it, she says that following an anti-inflammatory diet – albeit by accident – transformed her physical and mental health, changing her body composition, yes, but also banishing her backache and depression. Heard the claims before? Probably. However, while the foods in this diet are anything but revolutionary, what anti-inflammatory eating can actually teach you could be.
What is an inflammatory response? First, a little science. Inflammation is more than something that happens to your toe when you stub it. Normally, it’s a positive thing; the process by wh…

Can't lose weight? The 5 cooking mistakes derailing your diet

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DOING all the right things by cooking healthy meals at home – but still can’t shed the pounds no matter how hard you try?

If that applies to you, it could be down to some simple cooking mistakes that are derailing your diet.


There are some common cooking mistakes you could be making that might be derailing your dietTop dietitian Susie Burrell has revealed that there are some common mistakes people make at home that pack in the fat, sugar and calories into your 'healthy' home cooked meals.
The Sydney-based expert says: "While home cooked food is generally more nutritious and lower in calories than take away and restaurant meals, it can also be exceptionally easy to overdo things in the kitchen without even realising it.
"Take oil for example, the amount we regularly see celebrity chefs use on their recipes is often adding more fat to the meal than you need in an entire day."
Here, Susie reveals the most common cooking mistakes people make and how to avoid …

Is it OK to eat potatoes every day?

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A study looked at the effect of eating potatoes every day, compared to eating the same number of calories in refined grains.

Potatoes are the most commonly consumed vegetable in the U.S., yet they often get a bad rap. Most are eaten the form of fries or chips, so many people consider them an unhealthy food.
It doesn’t have to be that way.

Eating one medium-size potato a day can be part of a healthy diet and doesn’t increase cardiometabolic risk — the chances of having diabetes, heart disease or stroke — as long as the potato is steamed or baked, and prepared without adding too much salt or saturated fat, a study by nutritionists at The Pennsylvania State University found.

Consuming non-fried potatoes also led to higher potassium and fiber intake compared to eating refined grains, like white rice, white bread or pasta, they noted. The results were published last month in the British Journal of Nutrition.

Heart Month: Nutritionist tips on foods with our heart in mind

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Finding heart healthy foods can be intimidating. Nutritionist Deborah Enos takes some of the guesswork out and breaks down some simple things we can add to our diet with our heart in mind.  

From Nutritionist Deborah Enos: "I lost my dad to heart disease in August of 2016.

Part of my mission as a nutritionist is to show people how easy it can be to prevent this deadly disease.

I want to help people avoid what my dad went through…

1. In the United States, someone has a heart attack every 40 seconds.
2. Every year, about 805,000 Americans have a heart attack.
3. 605,000 are a first heart attack
4. 200,000 happen to people who have already had a heart attack.
5. About 1 in 5 heart attacks is silent—the damage is done, but the person is not aware of it.
6. One person dies every 37 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease.
7. About 647,000 Americans die from heart disease each year—that’s 1 in every 4 deaths.
(CDC stats)

It’s not just about cutting out unhealthy hab…

Euronews Living | Is 'intuitive' eating a credible diet, or just a craze?

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The anti-diet approach to losing weight is all about trusting your instincts. And that means eating what you want, when you want.

Dieting is so last decade. Nowadays, rules are out and instinct is in, as the health-conscious admit to feeling trapped by restrictive meal plans and struggle to lose weight. Indeed, consumers actually “equate the word diet with deprivation, and they know deprivation doesn't work," says Susan Roberts, professor of nutrition and psychiatry at Tufts University in the U.S.

In the last 10 years, the number of Americans counting calories has gone down, an NPD Group study reports. Shoppers are now more likely to seek items with minimal processing and no artificial ingredients than adopt a diet.

'Intuitive eating' has become a trendy term in the health and fitness space, but is it a credible approach to dieting? In fact, it is the antithesis to dieting, having been dubbed the ‘anti-diet’ by nutritionists.

Intuitive eating was first coin…

Top 10 micro-changes to supercharge long-term weight loss

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When it comes to weight loss, we all know it’s the big things like moving more and eating less that will get results. But add these micro-changes to the mix and you’ll be surprised at the results.

As we hurtle towards the end of February, it’s a good time to take stock of those health resolutions we optimistically made at the start of the year.

Chances are, the gym sessions have slacked off as life gets busier and you’re not cooking at home as much as you would like.

Completely changing your lifestyle is a big ask, but luckily science says small changes can also reap big results.

A new study from Cal Poly University, published in the journal Obesity, found that micro-behaviours were a key factor in long-term weight loss.

Researchers surveyed nearly 5,000 WW members (the new Weight Watchers) who had, on average, lost 22kg and kept it off for three or more years and identified 54 micro-behaviours that had an impact on long-term weight loss.

According to Dr Michelle Celander, Dir…

Can you eat an egg a day and still have a healthy heart?

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Is it okay to eat eggs? Three large studies have some heartening news.

Eating one egg a day does not increase risk for cardiovascular disease or death, a new study has found. 

Is it okay to eat eggs? A new analysis based on three large studies involving nearly 178,000 people found that eating one egg a day did not increase risk for cardiovascular disease or death, even among those with a history of heart disease or diabetes.

The researchers from McMaster University in Canada also reported no significant association between egg consumption and cholesterol levels. For decades, fear of cholesterol problems led many people to cut back on eggs since they are a source of dietary cholesterol. Nutrition experts say the average large egg yolk contains nearly 200 milligrams of cholesterol - about two-thirds of what was considered the daily maximum for dietary cholesterol consumption until 2015, when federal nutritional guidelines stopped recommending a dietary cholesterol limit.

Most cholester…

Take the confusion out of food labels

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confusing at the supermarket when you read the labels of some of your favorite foods. Some of the buzzwords and health claims make not-so-healthy foods sound healthy – and like something you should buy.

Health expert, Karen Owoc, sorts out what to look for and what to ignore.

“Gluten-free”
Gluten-free is significant to patients with gluten sensitivities, like celiac disease, but many Americans on a mission to lose weight turned to the “gluten-free diet” for weight loss.
There is no evidence that supports this diet for weight loss, and it wasn’t intended to help you lose weight. The word “gluten-free” is not a badge of being good for your health nor is it the key to losing weight.

Gluten-free products are a lot lower in fiber than whole wheat foods. That’s because they’re mostly made with rice flour. Also, individuals that follow a gluten-free diet have lower levels of good gut bacteria, which lowers immunity and elevates risk of chronic diseases.
Those on gluten-free diets also tend …

U.S. meat eaters should consider this study before their next grocery run

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People who indulge in steak may want to take a break.
Plant-based diets have been popular in the media recently, but research shows that going vegetarian or vegan isn’t only good for the environment, but for our health, too.

Meat-rich diets are linked to a range of health problems, from heart disease and strokes to type two diabetes and some cancers. (People who eat diets high in meat have also been found to live shorter lives.)

A new US study has again shown that adults that eat diets high in animal protein are at increased risk of developing a wide range of chronic diseases. The authors recommend a plant-based protein diet to reduce these risks.

Importantly, the study is the first to investigate what effect diets high in sulfur amino acids have on our health. These are found in many foods but are typically found in high amounts in eggs, fish, red meat and chicken. When consumed at recommended levels, sulfur amino acids play a crucial role in our bodies. They help our metabolism, pr…

7 Impressive Ways Vitamin C Benefits Your Body

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Here are 7 scientifically proven benefits of taking a vitamin C supplement.

1. May Reduce Your Risk of Chronic Disease Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that can strengthen your body's natural defenses.

Antioxidants are molecules that boost the immune system. They do so by protecting cells from harmful molecules called free radicals.

When free radicals accumulate, they can promote a state known as oxidative stress, which has been linked to many chronic diseases.

Studies show that consuming more vitamin C can increase your blood antioxidant levels by up to 30%. This helps the body's natural defenses fight inflammation.

Summary

Vitamin C is a strong antioxidant that can boost your blood antioxidant levels. This may help reduce the risk of chronic diseases like heart disease.

2. May Help Manage High Blood Pressure Approximately one-third of American adults have high blood pressure.

High blood pressure puts you at risk of heart disease, the leading cause of death globally.

Studi…

Can Food Really Help Tame Your Pain?

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Suffer from heartburn or headaches? Instead of heading straight to the medicine cabinet, you may want to check out the kitchen first. "Many foods provide vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that help ease ailments and possibly prevent them," says Susan Lark, M.D., a physician and nutritionist in Los Altos, California. "Even if you take medications to relieve symptoms, what you eat can help as well," says Dr. Lark.

Next time you experience one of the following, consult your refrigerator, but don't forget to also consult your doctor, mk?

Foods That Help Migraines


Try: Fatty fish such as trout, sardines, and herring

How much? Have one four- to six-ounce serving two or three times a week. Or consult your doctor about taking fish-oil supplements.

Eating fatty fish, which are high in long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, may lower the body's production of prostaglandins, hormone-like chemicals that can induce inflammation and pain, causing migraines. (ICYMI, there is…

10 tips on fast weight loss

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Observing healthy eating habits can help one watch and maintain a desired weight.
The best way to boost your self-esteem is simply through adjustment of your expectations and attitude rather than weight.

With that in mind, you can quickly lose your weight in a number of ways that will save you from starving in an attempt to improve your feelings.

These are the best and safest weight loss methods that will not demand you to double up the workouts in order to observe the desired changes.
Don't invest in the hazardous weight loss supplements.The following are the best weight loss tips that have even been backed by nutritionists and fitness experts.

Just try them out instead of going for those which will end up ruining your life.

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