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10 Food Side Effects You May Not Know

When you feel like eating something, what comes to mind first? For me it’s the purely the taste. Then my inner-brain kicks in and thoughts of portion size, calories, fats, & sugars, slowly convince me to make a smart choice. Weight gain aside, I would rarely think of any other complications or side effects the food may cause. Side effects are attributed to medications or medical procedures, but not food, right? Well, guess again. Turns out, the food we eat may also cause side effects. Some side effects are serious, some are disturbing, and some may put you into embarrassing situation. Here is a list of 10 common side effects caused by the food we eat: Body Odor. Researchers found that red meat consumption negatively […]

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10 Reasons Not to Eat Fast Food

If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to lose weight, a good way to start is by cutting back on fast food. Those burgers and pizzas may be quick, convenient and cheap, but they’re also loaded with things that can defeat your diet plans. Check out these reasons to make 2014 the year you decrease your consumption of fast food! FatWe all need some fat in our diets, but most of us are taking in way too much. According to the Institute of Medicine, we should be getting 20% to 35% of our daily calorie intake from fats. If you’re following a 1,200-calorie meal plan, this would mean you can have 27 to 47 grams of fat per day. If you’re eating most of […]

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10 Strategies to Masterful Food Preparation in Minimal Time

Written on 5/19/2008 by Melanie Thomassian, author of the award winning There’s no doubt about it, finding time to cook healthy meals has become a major challenge for most families. Many people feel swamped with the immensity of their daily tasks, and often cooking is seen as a ‘luxury!’ The good news is that sitting down to a home cooked meal even on the busiest of days, isn’t impossible. With a little planning, you and your family can maintain a healthy diet while keeping your active schedule. If simple, yet insanely easy ideas are what you’re after, read on! Preparation, preparation, preparation! I know, it sounds boring, but sitting down each week to create a menu plan can make a huge difference to the […]

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12 Painless Ways to Avoid Gaining Weight This Winter

There’s something about cold weather that makes many of us crave comfort foods—and gain weight. If you’ve spent the last several springs frantically trying to shed the pounds you gained over the holidays and winter months, here are a few tips for eating well without packing on more weight. Cut back on takeout and delivery.When the temps are cold and the rain is pouring down, it’s tempting to call your favorite pizza joint or Thai takeout place for a delivery. Since these restaurants generally have a minimum for delivery, you order the biggest pizza they sell or two full dinners with egg roll, guaranteeing you’ll be eating this stuff for the next three days. You’ll be much less tempted to overeat if you don’t open […]

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14 Top Fitness Apps to Get You in Shape

Your smartphone can be a great tool for helping you get fit and stay that way. Since this little gadget is the one thing that’s likely to be with you 24/7, you can pack all of your pertinent diet, exercise and fitness information in one place. It doesn’t matter if you are an elite athlete with lots of experience working out or if you are just starting to motivate yourself to get off the couch and begin a new exercise routine because this list contains something for everyone. Here are a few of our favorite apps for getting into shape. Lose It!Whether you have major pounds to shed or just want to drop a few, this app can help you achieve your goal. Lose It! […]

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4 Sneaky Unknown Secrets For Eating Less

Struggling to keep your calorie intake down? If you’re like most people on a fat loss diet plan, food is one of the top things on your mind on a day to day basis. You might be feeling deprived of the foods you enjoy most and all you want to do is give in to those cravings. How can you combat these feelings and stay on course? You simply need to know a few sneaky strategies that are used by those who successfully lose weight to go about their diet with ease. Dieting is not as hard as you think as long as you are well prepared with an action plan in place. Let’s go over four of the top unknown secrets for eating less. […]

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5 Guaranteed Ways To Curb The Mid-Afternoon Munchies

And then there’s the other thing. The real reason you live 3pm. You know what I’m talking about, don’t you? It’s candy time! I mean, c’mon – isn’t that what the mid-afternoon so-called ‘coffee break’ is really for? You can admit it – I won’t tell anyone. After all, it’s not as though that one teeny-weeny candy bar is going to do you any damage. And of course you need some extra sugar in your decaf – you’ve worked hard. All that thinking and blog-hopping must’ve burnt up absolute VATS of calories! Besides, everyone knows you can’t beat the 3pm cravings. It’s a known fact that mid-afternoon is munchie time. So you might as well just give in. Right? Of course there is another way […]

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5 Myths Haunting Your Healthy Foods

These days, eating healthy has become a curiously difficult task. Despite the fact that the canons of healthy eating have not changed in centuries, the proliferation of health food products has continued unabated for years. It’s become a crisis of abundance. However, just because a product occupies shelf space in a boutique food store doesn’t mean it’s any better for you than its generic counterpart. Advertisers are very aware of the powers of “mood affiliation”, which is the tendency to associate familiar claims with one another. For example, consumers are very likely to believe a food that has no cholesterol is very likely to have no fat as well, even though the two are unrelated. This cognitive bias allows the food industry to make a […]

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5 Reasons to Write Down Everything You Eat For a Week

Written on 8/15/2008 by Ali Hale. Ali runs Alpha Student, a blog packed with academic, financial and practical tips to help students get the most out of their time at university. Photo Credit: sunshinecity Quick, what did you eat for lunch on Monday? Ok, stop, you have no idea and neither would I. That’s a problem if you are trying to lose or maintain your weight. How do you know what is causing gains and losses if you aren’t tracking things? I lost 50 lbs. (going from a US size 10 to US size 4)by writing down everything I ate and making changes based on the results. The more I thought about it, the more I think this habit is good for anyone – dieters, […]

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5 Ways To Eat Your Vegetables Without Trying

The basic tenets of healthy living are simple. You need to eat more plants. Sounds easy, right? You’d think so, but as you know, it takes an act of concerted will to do the right thing. The world certainly doesn’t do you any favors. There are a lot of reasons why eating fresh vegetables doesn’t come easily. They have to be prepared more than other foods, they can be more expensive than cheap processed food, and of course…..they can taste terrible. (If not prepared well). The best way to eat more plants is not through trying to summon more discipline, because that’ll eventually run out. (Although a little helps) The best way is by making the impediments in the previous paragraph less true. If vegetables […]

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