Juicing Pros and Cons

Juicing is all the rage these days. When your favorite green drink can cost upwards of $7.00, juicing can be an enormous business opportunity and a potential drain on the wallet at the same time. So, when you down that $7.00 juice - or spend 30 minutes juicing your own concoction, is it worth it? Fruit and vegetable intake has been proven to be an important component of a healthy diet that is associated with a decreased risk of numerous chronic diseases and metabolic syndromes. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, released by the USDA, places an increased emphasis on intake of fruits and vegetables, with fruits and vegetables comprising one half of the plate from the MyPlate dietary guide. However, according to the State Indicator Report on Fruits and Vegetables released by the CDC in 2013, the American national median intake of fruits and vegetables is 1.1 and 1.6 times per day, respectively. Complementary to the previous statistics, nearly 37% of Americans reported...
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The Truth about Dress Sizes

Is there anything more confusing than dress sizes? They vary from store to store, they change year to year, and for the most part they seem completely arbitrary. Heck, from what I can tell a woman can be a size 12 at Zara and a size 8 and LK Bennet! She can also be a 12 on top, 8 in her skirt, and a 10 in her dress. Suffice it to say women’s sizes are pretty confusing. To make matters worse, dress size has changed over the years, WITHOUT women changing. Over the years, many brands have changed measurements so that a woman who previously wore a 12 can now wear a 10 or an 8, something called “vanity sizing”, hoping that women would be more inclined to buy from the store where they are an 8 as opposed to the store where they are a 12. Marilyn Monroe was a 12 in the ’60s, but according to her measurements, she would now be a size 6… maybe even a 4, depending on the brand. In the 1937 Sears catalog, a size 14 dress had a bust size of 32 inches (81 cm). In 1967, ...
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Should women fast?

There is recent debate about women and the safety of fasting. It IS TRUE that many women have had problems when they added fasting into their diet and nutrition plan. But, the question becomes, was the problem the fasting? It should come as no surprise that there are obvious gender differences in how the human body works. From the way genders look to their unique metabolisms, men and women do have very different physiologies. In fact, there are entire books dedicated to the topic (my favorite being “Gender Differences in Metabolism” by Dr. Mark Tarnopolsky). In short, aside from the obvious physical differences in muscle mass and body fat levels, women also differ from men due to women having their own set of unique metabolic and physiologic needs that relate to their child-bearing physiology, and this fact simply can not be ignored when discussing diet and weight loss. A woman’s ovarian function is particularly sensitive to energy balance and energy flux, whic...
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Intermittent Fasting and Depression

Depression isn’t fun. It is typically described as a state of low mood but is really much, much more than that. We all go through ups and downs in our mood. And Sadness is a normal reaction to struggles, setbacks, disappointments and losses that are a part of human life. So while many people use the word “depression” to explain these kinds of feelings, it’s important to note that depression is much more than just sadness. Depressed people may feel sad, anxious, empty, hopeless, worried, helpless, worthless, guilty, irritable, or restless. Some people describe depression as “living in a black hole” or having a feeling of impending doom. However, some depressed people don’t feel sad at all—they may feel lifeless, empty, and apathetic, men in particular may even feel angry, aggressive, and restless. It turns out that depression is much more complicated than simply feeling ‘sad’. We know that some people seem to be genetically predisposed to depression...
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Intermittent Fasting and Flexibility

Here’s a random thought on Intermittent Fasting, mostly brought on by questions I get on my facebook page. It has a lot to do with people posting asking about various ultra-minutia nutrition questions, usually brought on by the latest contrarian nutrition guru…
“So and so says breakfast is the most important meal is it true?”   “So and so says always eat at night…what should I do?”   “So and so says I have to take X supplements… do I?”
When I see questions like these I always wonder if the person asking the question has actually read Eat Stop Eat. With Eat Stop Eat your fasting is flexible. This is an extremely important part of the overall philosophy. You want to eat dinner every single day, fine, it’s completely doable. You want to have breakfast every day? Fine…you can do that too with Eat Stop Eat. If you want to workout during your fasts… that’s OK.  If you don’t want to workout during your fasts… that’s OK too. Tr...
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How Many Calories can you Burn in a day?

Have you ever stopped to think that there might be an upper-limit to human metabolism? Basically a ‘ceiling rate’ at which we can burn through calories? Probably not, but don’t worry… I did for you! I’ve heard rumors of people eating well over 10,000 calories during a single cheat day, or even every day during a period of intense training. This got me thinking… can an average human being actually burn 10,000 calories in a single day..and what would that day look like? Fortunately, when looking for research on almost inhuman circumstances we can always turn to the military! I was able to find research on the daily energy expenditure found in marines undergoing the Crucible exercise. Now..the Crucible isn’t just some pumped up CrossFit Workout. It’s not eve football Two-a-days. In fact, this is how my contact into the marines described it:
Before it even started, we had to hike to our camp site. Carrying a loaded ILBE pack with about 80 poun...
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Do Detox Diets Really Work?

There is a popular belief that restricting what you eat for a period of time can rid your body of built-up toxins and help you lose weight. The appeal of this claim is hard to ignore - and it seems that advertisements for detox diets pop up everywhere, in magazines, health food stores, and online. While other diet fads have come and gone, detox diets remain popular. But do they really work?

The concept of dieting to detoxify your body can be traced to ancient Indian cultures. These days, there are plenty of detox diets from which to choose, from the one-day fast to the five-day juice diet to the three week detox program. The diets are all different, but they all focus on severe food restriction for a period of time.

The Case for the Detox Diet

Promoters of detox diets claim that the only way to rid the body of chemicals and toxins is through a detoxification diet. If these toxins aren't removed, they claim, they can lead to health problems, and even cancer.

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Healthy Diets are Better for Weight Loss than Exercise

Exercise on its own will not help you drop pounds if you continue eating an unhealthy diet. An Australian review of 43 weight loss studies dating as far back as 1985 has proven this. "Exercise by itself is not going to be an effective weight-loss strategy for an individual. You really need to combine exercise with better nutrition," said review lead author Dr. Kelly Shaw, a public health doctor with the Department of Health and Human Services in Tasmania. Dr. Shaw further concluded that following a healthy diet actually does more to help weight loss than exercise. "You need to look at your nutrition intake because there's a bigger bang for your buck from modifying nutrition than there is with physical activity," she tells those who want to lose weight. Her review is published in The Cochrane Library journal. It seems apparent that diet has more of an impact on weight loss than exercise in the short term, according to John Jakicic, chair of the Department of Health ...
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Effectiveness of Internet-Based Weight Loss Services

These days, there are many online weight loss programs in addition to traditional weight loss programs, such as Weight Watchers. But do they work, and how do they compare to traditional weight loss services?

The Appeal of Online Dieting

Online weight loss programs can easily be accessed from the comfort of your home, making them very convenient. Dieters can also be anonymous on the Internet, which is a big plus since research shows that many adults prefer to lose weight without having to participated in a face-to-face program. Additionally, many of the online diet programs offer helpful tools, such as the ability to track your progress, online food journals, and grocery list apps for smart phones. All these things could help motivate a dieter to stick with their program.

How Effective Are These Services?

Internet-based weight loss programs are fairly new, but so far, they've received extremely positive reviews. They have been proven to work, and, in some cases, they've been show...

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