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How to Figure Protein Needs for Dieting Athletes

Athletes have special dietary needs, particularly when they want to lose weight. To maintain performance, athletes in training need extra calories in their diets — especially carbohydrates and protein. [more…]

Figure the Right Amount of Fat for Your Diet

Yes, you do need some fat in your diet for good health. Fat supplies essential fatty acids and helps your body absorb the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K. But a diet high in saturated fat and, to a [more…]

The Nutritional Benefits of Vegetables in Your Daily Diet

A diet rich in vegetables contains beneficial antioxidants that help reduce your risk of cancer, stroke, and heart disease. These antioxidants are just some of the nutritional benefits of eating vegetables [more…]

Consider Commercial Meal-Plan Diets for Healthy Weight Loss

Weight-loss programs based on meal plans can be good options for people who have trouble sticking to a diet plan on their own. The Journal of the American Medical Association has concluded that the structure [more…]

Find Ways — Other Than Eating — to Cope with Emotions

Keeping a food journal calls for recording what and when you eat and how you're feeling when you eat. Look back at your journal now and then: How many times did you record words that signal stress, sadness [more…]

High-Tech Methods for Assessing Body Fat Percentages

Body Mass Index (BMI) and waist size allow you to quickly compare your weight to the healthy weight range for your height and judge your relative “fatness.” [more…]

Dietary Guidelines for Americans: Suggestions for Good Health

Published in 2000 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the following list contains the ten Dietary Guidelines for Americans. [more…]

Food Label Terms and What They Really Mean

All the nutrients that a food contains are important; however, to achieve weight loss, the total fat and calories are the most important to track from nutrition information on a food label. Cholesterol [more…]

Treating Eating Disorders: Anorexia, Bulimia, Bingeing

Treatment works for at least 60 percent of people with eating disorders. They can return to and maintain healthy weights and eat normally. They can develop healthy relationships with people, raise families [more…]

Why Your Body Needs Some Fat to Be Healthy

A healthy body needs some fat, which contains essential nutrients. Your body uses dietary fat to make tissue and manufacture biochemicals, such as hormones. Fats in your diet are sources of energy that [more…]

Nutritional Guidelines and the Food Guide Pyramid

The Food Guide Pyramid contains the building blocks for a healthy diet. If you follow the recommended servings listed for each food group in the pyramid each day and eat lowfat, low-sugar, and low-sodium [more…]

What to Look For on Nutrition Labels

Since 1990, when the Food and Drug Administration’s Nutrition Labeling and Education Act (NLEA), went into effect, all packaged food products (with a few exceptions) carry labeling that states the nutritional [more…]

Eating Italian When You're on a Diet

Can you stick to your diet in an Italian restaurant? Most Americans think of heavy southern Italian food when they think of high-calorie items: meatballs, eggplant Parmigiana, veal Parmigiana, and lasagna [more…]

Choosing Unsaturated Fats over Saturated Fats in Your Diet

All fat has the same number of calories, but a diet that contains unsaturated fat instead of foods that contain saturated fats can help reduce your blood cholesterol level. [more…]

USDA Recommendations for Fats, Oils, and Sweets in Your Diet

The USDA recommends that you use fat and sugars sparingly in your diet. Most foods high in sugar and fat contribute many calories but few, if any, nutrients. However the USDA’s grouping of all fats with [more…]

How Do You Get Cholesterol in Your Diet?

You don’t need to worry about including cholesterol in your diet. Most of the cholesterol that you need is made in your liver from the nutrition (proteins, fats, and carbohydrates) that you consume in [more…]

How Drying Affects Food’s Nutritional Value

Drying food preserves nutrients and protects it by removing the moisture that bacteria, yeasts, and molds need to live. Although drying destroys some nutrients like vitamin C, removing water concentrates [more…]

How to Change Your Perception of Your Body

About 95 percent of females and 30 percent of males have issues about the way their bodies look. You may never look like a supermodel, but that’s okay — virtually no one will. However, everybody can be [more…]

Learn to Prefer Foods with Less Fat and Sugar

Although people are born with a love of sugar and a predisposition to enjoy fat, those preferences can be replaced over time. If you’ve already made the switch from whole milk to lowfat or fat-free milk [more…]

How Your Body Uses Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin essential to a healthy diet. This important antioxidant nutrient protects cells and tissues from damage by free radicals generated by chemicals and oxidized fats. [more…]

The Ongoing Vitamin C Controversy: Megadose Cure-All?

Chemist Linus Pauling made megadosing vitamin C popular among many people who keep a close eye on nutrition and their diet. In 1970, he published Vitamin C and the Common Cold [more…]

Multiple Factors Contribute to Development of Eating Disorders

Dieting is one possible reason for eating disorders, some people argue, because the disorders share dieting as a common thread. They think that if dieting didn’t exist, there would be far fewer eating [more…]

Processing Carbohydrates Properly with Chromium

Chromium is a trace mineral essential to sugar and cholesterol metabolism. The average American diet is deficient in this mineral nutrient due to its scarcity in the food and water supply. Chromium is [more…]

Factors That Prompt Weight Gain

Weight gain doesn’t always depend on diet, genes, or lack of exercise. Other factors like quitting smoking and taking medications can cause you to gain unwanted pounds no matter how closely you follow [more…]

Who Benefits from Fat and Oil Supplements?

All fats in foods have their place in your diet when you eat them in their whole natural state in flax seeds, fresh fish, and whole corn. If you have a perfect diet without foods cooked with fats, you [more…]

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