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  • 5 Food Fallacies

    5 Food Fallacies When it comes to food, dieting, and weight loss, separating facts from fiction can be hard. It's easy to be misled, especially when you read about a new fad diet or see a commercial ...

  • A 7-Step Plan for Weight Loss

    A 7-Step Plan for Weight Loss According to the Weight-control Information Network, more than two-thirds of U.S. adults are overweight or obese. Each year, countless studies investigate various weight...

  • A Healthy Weight for Life

    A Healthy Weight for Life Staying at or reaching a healthy weight is important for many reasons. Not only will you feel better about yourself and have more energy, but you'll also help to reduce your...

  • A Weighty Issue: Childhood Obesity

    A Weighty Issue: Childhood Obesity At one time, an overweight child was more the exception than the rule. But these days, the number of obese children in the United States is increasing at an alarmin...

  • As Snack Attacks Rise, Seek Healthy Options

    As Snack Attacks Rise, Seek Healthy Options If you think your kids have more snack attacks than you did as a child, you're right. Compared to two decades ago, children are taking more snack breaks. E...

  • Balanced Ways to Attain a Healthy Weight

    Balanced Ways to Attain a Healthy Weight According to the CDC's 2005-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, nearly 70 percent of U.S. adults are overweight or obese and many are tryin...

  • Choosing a Safe Weight-Loss Program

    Choosing a Safe Weight-Loss Program The not-so-secret secret to weight loss is to burn more calories than you eat. This can be done safely and effectively by eating a healthy diet and exercising regu...

  • Could Medication Be Causing Weight Gain?

    Could Medication Be Causing Your Weight Gain? Eating too much and not exercising enough are the main reasons people put on extra pounds. However, some prescription and over-the-counter medications al...

  • Counting Liquid Calories

    Counting Liquid Calories When counting calories, don’t forget the ones you drink. For many people, these so-called liquid calories can make or break an effort to lose pounds. Beverages with high-fruc...

  • Cut a Rug and Cut the Fat

    Cut a Rug and Cut the Fat Remember how much fun you used to have on the dance floor? You probably didn't even think about how good it was for your heart, your lungs, your joints, your muscles, and yo...

  • Diet Drinks, Small Snacks Have Drawbacks

    Diet Drinks, Small Snacks Have Drawbacks Diet soft drinks and packaged minisnacks seem like painless ways to provide treats as you trim calories from your child’s diet. Sugar-free soft drinks may be ...

  • Diet Traps to Avoid

    Diet Traps to Avoid When you’re trying to shed extra pounds, it’s tempting to look for an easy way out—a magic bullet or a diet product that promises fast, easy weight loss. Diet traps and unhealthy ...

  • Emotional Eating: How to Cope

    Emotional Eating: How to Cope If you raid the fridge when you’re stressed or upset, that’s called emotional eating. Emotional eating affects most everyone from time to time, but regularly letting you...

  • Everyday Ways to Lose Weight

    Everyday Ways to Lose Weight Moderately intense activities, such as walking briskly from your parked car to the mall entrance and taking your dog for a quick jog after dinner, won't help you train fo...

  • Exercise and Eat Smart to Keep the Weight Off

    Exercise and Eat Smart to Keep the Weight Off Most dieters committed to losing weight are successful. Yet, a 2012 report from the National Center for Health Statistics shows that in 2009 and 2010, mo...

  • Exercise for the Seriously Unfit

    Exercise for the Seriously Unfit You've been out of shape before, but this time it's serious. You can't walk across a room without huffing and puffing. Your arms get tired unpacking a bag of grocerie...

  • Fight Back Against Fat

    Fight Back Against Fat During the past 20 years, obesity has continued to be a growing health problem in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), over 70 percent of Amer...

  • Fitness Goals Provide Motivation

    Fitness Goals Provide Motivation Whether you want to run a marathon or just start exercising regularly, having a goal is an important tool. “Fitness goals help focus your attention, increase your mot...

  • Foods That Help You Lose Weight

    Foods That Help You Lose Weight Foods that are low in calories can help you with weight control. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the healthies...

  • For Obese Teens, Surgery Is the Last Resort

    For Obese Teens, Surgery Is the Last Resort Extreme obesity plagues more than 5 million teens and young adults, experts estimate. These youths tend to be at least 100 pounds or 100 percent above thei...

  • For Seniors: How About Losing Weight Today?

    For Seniors: How About Losing Weight Today? Much to our dismay, it is quite common for people to gain weight as they age. Some of the gain is unavoidable, because as your body ages, body fat increase...

  • Habits to Help You Look Good and Feel Terrific

    Habits to Help You Look Good and Feel Terrific You can help reduce the effects of aging by following this simple advice: Take care of yourself. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians ...

  • Healthy Strategies for Weight Loss

    Healthy Strategies for Weight Loss Are the following three statements myth or fact? Fad diets work for permanent weight loss. Skipping meals is a good way to lose weight. Low-fat or nonfat means no c...

  • Helpful Hints for a Healthy Weight

    Helpful Hints for a Healthy Weight Most people consider losing weight a difficult proposition. Few folks have the time or interest to count calories or fat grams. Others have no patience for restrict...

  • How Diets Work

    How Diets Work If you’ve tried everything, yet weight loss continues to elude you, don’t give up. There are ways to up the odds and increase your chance of success. The first step is to understand ho...

  • How to Help an Overweight or Obese Child

    How to Help an Overweight or Obese Child Ask a parent to name the greatest health threat to children and you'll hear about drinking or drugs. Rarely will anyone cite obesity, even though it can lead ...

  • How to Junk a Junk-Food Diet

    How to Junk a Junk-Food Diet Whether you’re trying to maintain a healthy weight or improve your health, junk food can sabotage a worthy effort. Weaning yourself from these unhealthy foods can reap bi...

  • How to Prevent Childhood Obesity

    How to Prevent Childhood Obesity Baby fat is something children are supposed to outgrow, not grow in to. According to the National Center for Health Statistics 2009-2010, the percentage of young peop...

  • How Women Can Avoid Midlife Weight Gain

    How Women Can Avoid Midlife Weight Gain Most women between ages 35 and 55 find it difficult to avoid gaining weight, especially inches that tend to settle around their waistlines. In fact, on average...

  • Ignore These Diet ‘Rules’

    Ignore These Diet ‘Rules’ Some rules were meant to be broken, including any that promote unhealthy or unsuccessful modes of weight loss. If you’ve been trying to lose extra pounds without success, yo...

  • In Midlife, Keep Your Weight Under Control

    In Midlife, Keep Your Weight Under Control Call it love handles, a beer belly, middle-age spread, or a spare tire. They all refer to unwanted weight that creeps on over the years, especially after ag...

  • Keep Moving to Manage Your Weight

    Keep Moving to Manage Your Weight You can lose weight by dieting, exercising, or a combination of both. Including exercise into your daily routine offers other benefits besides weight control: it boo...

  • Lifting Your Way to Weight Loss

    Lifting Your Way to Weight Loss If you've tried a dozen diets but the pounds always sneak back, you may be able to lose them for good by making strength-training a part of your weight-loss program. S...

  • Losing Weight at Work

    Losing Weight at Work Losing weight may be tricky when you have a challenging career. Consider the many potential saboteurs: having little time to exercise, eating out frequently for business events,...

  • Maintaining Weight Once You've Quit Smoking

    Maintaining Weight Once You've Quit Smoking Although people generally gain weight when they stop smoking, you can reduce your chances of adding extra pounds by taking steps to prevent it. Being aware...

  • Metabolism's Weighty Role

    Metabolism's Weighty Role You would give up just about anything to be the same weight you were when you were younger, right? Believe it or not, you need give up nothing. That is, as long as you keep ...

  • Move to the Music: Dancing as Exercise

    Move to the Music: Dancing as Exercise Don’t like jogging in the park or swatting a tennis ball on the court? Slip on your dancing shoes instead for a good workout. The benefits of dancing go well be...

  • Now Is the Time to Get Moving

    Now Is the Time to Get Moving As cold weather settles in and the days grow shorter, it's tempting to put off any thoughts of becoming active. The bustle of the holidays also makes it harder to follow...

  • Obese Parents Influence Children's Weight

    Obese Parents Influence Children's Weight Obesity is the most common health problem facing children, child health experts say. Twenty-two percent of children and teens are overweight, and over 15 per...

  • Overview of Obesity

    Overview of Obesity Facts about obesity Overweight and obesity together make up a leading preventable cause of death in the U.S. Obesity is a chronic disease that can seriously affect your health. Ov...

  • Potbellies Warn of Later Problems

    Potbellies Warn of Later Problems You were a pretty good jock in high school, and in your 20s you tried everything from racquetball to running. But in middle age, even your softball glove is gatherin...

  • Simple Ways to Improve Your Diet

    Simple Ways to Make Your Diet Better Good nutrition is a cornerstone of good health. A low-fat, low-cholesterol diet can reduce your risk for heart disease, certain cancers, diabetes, stroke, and oth...

  • Six Facts on Obesity

    Six Facts on Obesity We've all heard warnings, yet many of us keep gaining weight. According to the CDC, more than one-third of U.S. adults, or 35.7 percent, are obese. People who are obese have an a...

  • Snacking Can Help You Maintain a Healthy Weight

    Snacking Can Help You Maintain a Healthy Weight If you’re trying to maintain or reach a healthy weight, eating between meals may seem like the last thing you should do. Many nutrition experts say, ho...

  • Staying Fit the Old-fashioned Way

    Staying Fit the Old-fashioned Way Stroll down the aisles of any department store these days, and your eye will be drawn to a glittering array of labor-saving devices—everything from snow blowers and ...

  • Strategies to Fight Holiday Weight Gain

    Strategies to Fight Holiday Weight Gain The average American gains several pounds in the six weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. This seemingly inevitable weight gain is avoidable; you can...

  • Stress Can Pack on Pounds

    Stress Can Pack on Pounds Some people respond to impending deadlines, financial problems, relationship meltdowns, and other difficulties by eating less. But if you respond to added stress by eating m...

  • Success Secrets of Losing Weight

    Success Secrets of Losing Weight The majority of dieters regain the weight they lose within five years. But they could avoid doing so by gradually changing their eating and exercise habits. Your appr...

  • The Importance of Eating Together as a Family

    The Importance of Eating Together as a Family Eating together as a family has many benefits not only for you, but also for your children. Despite today’s fast-paced lifestyle that seems to include mo...

  • The Power of a Food Diary

    The Power of a Food Diary You can lose weight without a food diary, but according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, you’re more likely to be successful if you keep one that tracks what, why,...

  • The Reality Behind Metabolism Myths

    The Reality Behind Metabolism Myths So can we really change our metabolism or are we predestined to having a slugging metabolism? Can we blame our metabolism for our body weight? Does our age, gender...

  • The Science of Weight Loss

    The Science of Weight Loss The science behind weight loss is actually quite simple. If you want to lose weight, you have to use up more calories than you eat. On paper, losing weight is simple math. ...

  • Tip the Scales in Your Child's Favor

    Tip the Scales in Your Child's Favor Sure, the kids are carrying a few extra pounds -- OK, maybe more than a few -- but how big a deal could that be? It could be today's greatest threat to public hea...

  • Using Free Weights for Resistance Training

    Using Free Weights for Resistance Training Resistance training is a type of strength-training exercise that gets you to use your muscles against some form of resistance. The most common forms of resi...

  • Vegetarians and Weight Loss

    Vegetarians and Weight Loss Most people who follow a vegetarian diet are less likely to be overweight or obese than nonvegetarians. Even so, becoming a vegetarian is no guarantee you will attain or m...

  • Watching Your Diet This Winter

    Watching Your Diet This Winter When the thermometer plunges, you may feel like eating high-fat comfort foods. Dietary habits do change seasonally, but winter doesn't mean your healthy diet has to hib...

  • Weight Matters: When Willpower Isn't Enough

    Weight Matters: When Willpower Isn't Enough When you're significantly overweight, nobody has to tell you that you'd probably be happier and healthier without the extra pounds. But what if the weight ...

  • What's Your Healthy Weight?

    What's Your Healthy Weight? In today's society, the media hound celebrities whether they lose a pound or gain one, so it's hard to grasp the concept of a healthy weight. Obesity is determined by perc...

  • When Your Diet 'Disconnects'

    When Your Diet 'Disconnects' If you’re like most American adults, you really do mean to lose weight. But exactly how you're going to do it has stumped you. The results of the 2007 International Food ...

  • Why Fat Cells Are Important

    Why Fat Cells Are Important Excess body fat is bad for your health, but we all need at least a little fat. Experts note that fat plays an important role in maintaining good health, so we should all u...

  • Why Portion Sizes Are Important

    Why Portion Sizes Are Important You've heard the news that much of America -- including its kids -- is overweight or obese. If you are in that crowd and want to lose the extra pounds, the first step ...