by Alexandra Caspero in Diets, December 27, 2016
by Toby Amidor in Diets, August 24, 2015
After spending the past month enjoying one-too-many cookies, peppermint mochas and spiked eggnogs, eliminating last year’s dietary sins seems like the perfect start. Supplements, coffee enemas, juice fasts, heat wraps and teas all promise a new, detoxified body, but do they actually work?
Detoxing is a rare medical need that’s been turned into a billion-dollar industry. Over the last decade, pills, juices, bars and shakes have been promoted as a magical formula to do everything from improving your health and digestion to getting you back into your skinny jeans.
More often than not, detox diets are nothing but liquid calories that lack the major nutrients our bodies need to function optimally. Following one of these cleanses often results in not consuming enough calories, which can leave you grumpy, hungry, and craving sugar, fat and carbs. In other words, starving yourself for a 3-day juice fast may backfire in additional weight gain once completed.
Fasting doesn’t support the body’s natural detox pathway. Our bodies are designed to clean from the inside; detoxing unwanted material daily through our liver, lungs and kidneys. Eating foods rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber will help your body’s detox pathway function optimally — more than any pill or supplement could.
If you’re motivated to start 2017 out right, follow these 5 simple tips for a healthy start to the new year. Read more
by Sally Wadyka in Diets, July 19, 2015
This fad diet has been around for years, promising followers dramatic weight loss in seven days. But is slurping cabbage soup day after day a healthy way to lose weight? Read more
by Toby Amidor in Diets, July 9, 2015
The common wisdom of the dieting world has always been that in order to lose weight (or avoid gaining it), counting calories is key. Or is it? Read more
by Dana Angelo White in Diets, July 7, 2015
Although many folks want the inside scoop on how celebs stay trim and fit, some stars try the most-bizarre and unhealthy diets. Here’s a look at four diets; you won’t believe who’s on them! Read more
by Toby Amidor in Diets, May 16, 2015
Don’t let the excitement of summer foods go to your head (or your rear end). Find out how much activity it takes to burn off the calories you take in from these summer classics. Read more
by Toby Amidor in Diets, May 3, 2015
This “fast and feast” style of eating is the new way of dieting. One day you “fast” by limiting food to 500 calories, while the next you “feast” by eating as you normally would. But is this flip-flop lifestyle a healthy way to shed unwanted pounds, or just another fad?
The Intermittent Fasting Trend
Several books about intermittent fasting have recently been released. The Every Other Day Diet: The Diet That Lets You Eat All You Want (Half the Time) and Keep the Weight Off was written by Dr. Krista Varda, an assistant professor of kinesiology and nutrition at the University of Illinois, who began studying the effects of intermittent fasting on mice. Based on her post-doctoral research conducted at the University of California Berkeley, she found that mice ate only 25 percent more on feast days and didn’t compensate for the lack of food provided on fast days.
A second popular book titled The Fast Diet, written by Dr. Michael Mosley and Mimi Spencer, uses the same concept, except you can choose which two non-consecutive days each week to fast. This method of intermittent fasting is also known as the 5:2 approach (five days feasting, two days fasting). Read more
by Abigail Libers in Diets, April 22, 2015
Warm weather is setting in, and many folks are hoping to slim down before slipping into their teeny teeny-weeny bikinis. But before giving a popular diet a whirl, find out if it’s right for you.
This plan is inspired by life in Mediterranean countries surrounded by the ocean. The diet calls for eating fish at least twice a week, consuming minimal red meat, and using lots of fresh herbs and spices. It also emphasizes exercise and the importance of enjoying your meal with the company of family and friends. Here are 15 Mediterranean Diet-inspired recipes you can try.
U.S. News & World Report ranked this diet as No. 3 out of 35 as best overall diet. The recommended foods are healthy and well-balanced. But given that there are numerous versions of the Mediterranean diet, be sure to find one that includes all the food groups and isn’t too restrictive.
by Dana Angelo White in Diets, April 13, 2015
Wondering why the hashtag #IIFYM has been dominating your Instagram feed lately? No, it’s not a cousin of #TBT or #FBF. It stands for “If It Fits Your Macros,” and it’s a new diet trend that focuses on the macronutrient content of the food you eat. Macronutrients are proteins, fats and carbs. Though the diet has been popular with bodybuilders for years, it’s recently gained a mainstream following.
The theory is this: Meet a certain number of carbs, proteins and fat each day, and you will build muscle and burn fat. The goal is to break down your daily caloric intake into 40 percent carbohydrates, 40 percent protein and 20 percent fat. Sounds simple enough. The crazy part? The types of foods you eat don’t matter. Proponents of the diet claim that as long as you meet your daily macros — whether it’s from brown rice or brownies — the diet will work.
Want to give the diet a try? Here’s a sample day of eating to help you do it the healthy way. Read more
by Dana Angelo White in Diets, April 7, 2015
Does this month-long elimination diet hold the key to your health? Here’s a crash course on the program and the book being released later this month. Read more
This diet gets a surge in popularity every few years. Find out if it’s worth the hype. Read more