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Build Muscle by Working Out with Strength Training

When you lose weight, you lose more muscle than fat. So, you need to engage in activities that help build muscle. Strength or resistance training, such as lifting weights or working out on exercise equipment [more…]

Mineral Deficiencies and Their Effects on Your Health

What happens if you don’t get enough minerals and trace elements in your diet? Potential for deficiency depends on the mineral itself — some are absolutely necessary; others, not so much. [more…]

How Your Body Turns Carbohydrates into Energy

A diet that provides sufficient amounts of carbohydrates keeps your body from eating its own muscles. Carbohydrates are an essential part of a healthy diet because your body converts them to glucose and [more…]

How Nutritionists Measure Calories

Nutritionists substitute the word calorie for kilocalorie, which is really 1/1000 of a kilocalorie. Your body burns food to produce energy in the form of heat. Nutritionists measure the amount of heat [more…]

Keep an Exercise Log to Record Your Daily Activity

If you have decided to use diet and exercise to shed weight, try creating an exercise chart to put up on your fridge or tape to the bathroom mirror. An exercise log can help you see results and keep you [more…]

How Amino Acids Relate to Protein in Your Diet

Proteins are essential nutrients found in any healthy diet. All proteins are made of building blocks called amino acids, but not all proteins in your diet contain all the amino acids you require. Nutritionists [more…]

Boron: A Trace Mineral Necessary for Good Health

Boron is a trace mineral essential to human health and must be obtained from diet or supplements. This nutrient recently gained popularity after researchers found that it helps the bones use calcium. Increased [more…]

How to Figure Athletes' Weight Goals Considering Body Fat

For athletes, reducing percent body fat should be the focus of weight-loss efforts rather than reducing total body weight, otherwise optimum performance will be compromised. In some cases, total weight [more…]

Relating Calories to Nutrients in the Food You Eat

Calories are simply a way to measure the energy in food and the energy released in the body. Although the technically correct name is kilocalorie, everyone, including dietitians, uses the shorter [more…]

Why Eat More than Three Meals a Day?

Nutritionists recognize that your body feels hungry at regular intervals. Throughout the world, the feeding schedule generally provides four meals a day: breakfast, lunch, tea, and supper. In the United [more…]

Using Minerals to Improve Body Functions

Minerals are essential in human nutrition because they aid in a variety of the body’s functions. Your body does not manufacture any minerals, so you must get these nutrients from your diet and from nutritional [more…]

Different Kinds of Whole Grains for Your Healthy Diet

The major advantages to using whole grains in cooking are their superior nutritional value and their great taste. Once you’ve become accustomed to the rich flavor of whole grains, a steady diet of processed [more…]

Weight Loss through Long-Term Diet Plan Best for Good Health

Going on and off fad diets or quick weight-loss gimmicks is often the result of trying to lose weight for appearances more than health. If you repeatedly lose and gain, then changing your focus to maintaining [more…]

How Being a Woman Affects Weight Gain

If you’re a woman, even if you diet, you gain weight more easily than a man for several inherent reasons. Menopause, pregnancy, and the age you are when you reach puberty all impact your weight. [more…]

Preserving Nutrients When Cooking Foods

Some people think raw foods are more nutritious than cooked ones. However, some foods are less nutritious raw because they contain substances that destroy or disarm other nutrients. [more…]

What Counts as a Food Serving, Anyway?

When considering your nutritional needs, the amount you eat is as important as what you eat. Because people have diets filled with restaurant and convenience store foods, it’s difficult to remember how [more…]

Bad for the Bones — Being Too Thin

You may remember the teenage angst of feeling "too fat," even when your weight barely touched the 100-pound mark. Teens today are as acutely aware of their weight, and many, if not most, teenage girls [more…]

What Affects Your Appetite for Food?

Nutrition experts tell us that the best way to deal with hunger and appetite is to follow your body’s natural cues. Your physical and psychological environments definitely affect appetite and hunger, sometimes [more…]

Who Needs Extra Water and Electrolytes?

Sodium, potassium, and chloride are electrolyte nutrients found in so many foods that a dietary deficiency is a rarity. Most Americans have sufficient amounts, but sometimes you actually need extra water [more…]

Calcium: Essential Nutrition for Teeth and Bones

Calcium is a critical mineral nutrient. You must include calcium in your diet because your body can’t manufacture it. Calcium is essential for the formation and maintenance of bones and teeth. [more…]

Grocery Shopping with Lists and Smart Planning

You may intend to eat healthy nutritious meals and snacks, but if diet-friendly foods aren’t within reach, you’ll have trouble shedding pounds and reaching your dietary goals. Shoppers who use lists spend [more…]

Why Exercise Is Key to Weight Loss

Consuming fewer calories and including less fat in your diet is necessary to shed pounds. Adding exercise increases the number of calories you burn so that you speed up your weight loss. Plus, you build [more…]

What Are Simple Carbohydrates, Complex Carbohydrates, and Dietary Fiber?

Carbohydrates are a necessary part of a healthy diet, offering your body nutrients it can convert to glucose to power muscles. Carbohydrates come in three varieties: simple carbohydrates, complex carbohydrates [more…]

Helping Your Mood with Amino Acids Phenylalanine and Tyrosine

Phenylalanine — an essential amino acid— is readily available in most food sources, particularly high in meats and milk products, with lower levels found in oats and wheat germ. To make use of phenylalanine [more…]

Medical Consequences of Eating Disorders: Anorexia, Bulimia, and Bingeing

Eating disorders — particularly anorexia nervosa — can be deadly. The following lists explain the many medical consequences of anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. [more…]

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