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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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

Eating When You're Hungry versus Eating on Schedule

The human body needs nutrition every 3 to 4 hours to prevent energy dips, metabolism slowdowns, crankiness, and cravings from interfering with life. Eating based on time rather than hunger is one of the [more…]

Saturated, Monounsaturated, and Polyunsaturated Fats: What's the Difference?

What do the terms saturated, unsaturated, and monounsaturated fats mean to your diet and health? These words describe how many hydrogen atoms occur in a molecule, or fundamental unit, of fats and oils, [more…]

Mineral Overdoses Can Be Toxic, Even Deadly

The Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) and Adequate Intakes (AIs) for minerals and trace elements are generous allowances. They recommend enough of these nutrients in your diet to prevent deficiency [more…]

How High Fructose Corn Syrup Relates to Health Risks

High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) — linked to the obesity crisis and a staple in American diets — is metabolized just like the fructose in fruit, but with some significant differences. The first is that [more…]

Fat Replacers Found in Food You Eat

The problem with eating high-fat foods is that fat doesn’t immediately satisfy hunger the way that sugary carbohydrates do. Therefore, eating too many fat calories before realizing that you’ve had enough [more…]

Assess Your Weight with Quick Estimate Method

To quickly estimate your healthy weight, you can use the following method. First, figure the median weight for your height by using the appropriate formula: [more…]

How Your Brain Announces You've Had Enough to Eat

Scientists have discovered that your hypothalamus, a small gland on top of the brain stem (the part of the brain that connects to the top of the spinal cord), seems to house your appetite controls. [more…]

Getting Enough Protein in Your Diet for Good Health

Really, you don’t have to worry about your getting enough protein in your diet — unless you live on Twinkies and Dr. Pepper. Then maybe you could end up protein deficient. But you’d be lacking in many [more…]

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