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Tracking How Many Calories You Eat

Before you start dieting, it helps to determine how much you do eat. Unfortunately, a magic formula for figuring out how many calories you eat is unavailable as yet — you simply have to track it. If you’re [more…]

Using the Food Pyramid for Weight Loss

After you have a general idea of which foods belong in which food groups and what their nutritional benefits are, you can start to plan your weight-loss diet. First, determine your calorie needs. Then, [more…]

The Dangers of Vitamin Megadoses

Some vitamins are toxic when taken in the very large amounts known as megadoses. It’s nearly impossible for your diet to provide an overdose of vitamins D, E, K, C, and all the Bs. [more…]

Setting Realistic Diet Goals to Maintain Healthy Weight Loss

Accepting weight loss that misses the mark by a few pounds is healthier than writing off your diet as a failure and then giving in and gaining the loss back. A healthier diet strategy is to maintain the [more…]

Setting a Reasonable Calorie Level for Weight Loss

To lose weight, you have to cut calories, but if you cut too many from your diet, you may not lose any weight, and you probably won’t be able to stick to your diet for very long because you’ll lack essential [more…]

Healthy Body Image: Bigger Than Model Thin

Research shows that women — especially those on a diet — in the United States determine their ideal body size and shape from the way models in television ads and fashion magazines look, not from the way [more…]

How to Assess Health Risk with Waist Size Measurement

You can’t use your waist size to get an absolute percentage of body fat, but measuring your waistline does provide information about the location of your body fat. And knowing where your fat is located [more…]

How Your Healthy Body Relies on Electrolytes

Many mineral nutrients essential to a healthy diet — including calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium — form compounds that dissolve into charged particles. But nutritionists generally use the term electrolyte [more…]

How to Understand and Deal with Food Cravings

Are you craving is a high-calorie diet buster — a food devoid of nutrients? Dieters aren’t the only ones who experience cravings for foods. But dieters, especially those who frequently go on and off diets [more…]

Diets with High Fiber and Low Calorie Content

The thinking behind these high-fiber, low-calorie diets is that because fiber can’t be digested, it doesn’t have calories. This is true. And because it takes up so much room in the stomach, it’s filling [more…]

What Lean Really Means for Lean Meat

How lean is lean meat? And what’s the difference between lean and extra lean meats? Guidelines have been established so that these terms have clear definitions. Meat, poultry, or seafood must meet certain [more…]

How to Figure Your Body Mass Index

You can use Body Mass Index (BMI) to determine whether you’re at a healthy weight or overweight and, therefore, at a greater risk of developing weight-related health problems. BMI strongly correlates to [more…]

Calorie Counting Fats and Carbohydrates in Your Diet

On a gram-by-gram basis, fat has more calories than carbohydrates or protein. Therefore, eliminating fat or cutting down on the amount you eat helps you lose weight. However, if fat is replaced with carbohydrates [more…]

Body Measurements Help Determine Healthy Weight Status

A healthy weight is a range that relates statistically to good health. Being overweight or obese is statistically related to weight-related health problems, such as heart disease and hypertension. [more…]

Magnesium: The Anti-Stress Nutrient

Magnesium may be the most commonly deficient mineral in human nutrition, even though dietary sources of this nutrient abound. Because it is the calming or anti-stress mineral, it’s very important to many [more…]

What Minerals Are Essential to a Healthy Diet?

Minerals are an essential part of a healthy diet. These inorganic nutrients occur naturally in nonliving things, such as rocks and metal ores. You get essential minerals by including plants in your diet [more…]

Signs of Vitamin Deficiencies in Your Diet

Nutritional Recommended Daily Allowances (RDAs) are broad enough to prevent vitamin deficiencies and avoid the side effects associated with large doses of some vitamins. If your diet doesn’t meet these [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…]

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 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…]

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