11:15 AM EDT 11/20/2013
Originally posted 11/13/2013 12:00PM
Finally! The U.S. government announced on Thursday that it will be banning the use of trans fats in commercial food production.
While only 11 years later than countries like Denmark and Iceland, the move is projected to save at least 20,000 American lives each year. The FDA determined that these partially hydrogenated oils – long referred to as "killer fats" – are no longer recognized as "safe for use in food."
Why are trans fats so controversial? These fake fats clog your arteries and directly contribute to arteriosclerosis (blockage and hardening of your arteries). These man-made fats are created when the liquid oils are turned into solid fats using a process called hydrogenation.
The problem is that these fats are notoriously used by the food industry to extend the shelf life of food as well as improve its taste and texture (at a significantly cheaper cost than better quality fats).
Originally posted 11/06/2013 12:00PM
It's that time of year again. The Thanksgiving/Christmas season is when we’re most likely to gain weight. It's not all our fault – the days get shorter and colder so we crave more food, likely thanks to our primitive ancestors who needed to stockpile calories for the harsh winter.
But the simple fact is that there are more festivities filled with decadent cuisine and treats, and studies show people are more likely to indulge when in the company of others.
It is possible to enjoy the holidays – and those holiday parties – without completely falling off the wagon. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you enjoy the season without adding unwanted pounds.
Originally posted 10/30/2013 11:55AM
For many people, it just takes one or two missteps or deviations from your diet to get frustrated and give up on it altogether. So what can you do to make it work this time around?
Here's four things to remember.
Originally posted 10/23/2013 12:00PM
Whether you're watching your sugar intake or just trying to eat fewer refined carbohydrates, here are eight great low-carb snack ideas to help keep your hunger in check between meals.
Originally posted 10/15/2013 12:00PM
This time of year, pumpkins are everywhere – carved on porches, clinging in store windows and featured in many of our favorite seasonal foods. Pumpkin isn't just for pie anymore; over the past few years, the start of autumn has been celebrated nationwide by pumpkin-flavored everything.
What started with the hugely popular pumpkin spice latte trend, pumpkin is now everywhere you look; from cheesecake and poundcake to pasta, pastries and popcorn. While I love pumpkin, I've noticed a disturbing trend: most of these pumpkin-flavored sweet treats out there are ... well ... just terrible for you.
For example, a grande non-fat pumpkin spice latte (no whipped cream) from Starbucks has 260 calories and 48 grams of sugar! That's the equivalent of 17 packets of sugar. A pumpkin muffin from Dunkin' Donuts has 550 calories, 24 grams of fat, and 41 grams of sugar! That's about equal to a quarter-stick of butter and 15 sugar packets.
Originally posted 10/09/2013 04:30PM
Are you bored with your fitness routine?
Workout boredom is no small problem. It's actually in the top five reasons why people stop exercising (after time, money, weather and self-consciousness). The Make Boring Brilliant workout survey conducted by vitaminwater zero in August found that more than 50 percent of people are bored with their workout.
Before you let boredom slow you down, try some of my top tips to beat boredom and re-energize your workout!
Originally posted 10/02/2013 06:00PM
At 30 years old, Jacqui McCoy weighed in at 355 pounds and was miserable. Jacqui felt like a prisoner in her own body. Knowing she needed a change, but having no idea where to start, she applied to, and was chosen for, the television show Extreme Weight Loss.
As she embarked on her weight-loss journey with the show, however, she became obsessed with the number on the scale, and that obsession turned into a devastating eating disorder. Spurred to lose weight drastically and swiftly, she shed a whopping 207 pounds in less than a year – more than half of her body weight.
As a prize, the show arranged for surgery to remove the excess skin that remained after her massive weight loss. For a few weeks, Jacqui looked better than she ever had. But at what cost?
Originally posted 09/25/2013 03:35PM
I'm often asked, "What's the best exercise for your legs?"
That's like asking a parent which child they love best. Well … almost. You get the idea.
There are hundreds, if not thousands of lower body exercises. Many of them are effective, some of them look cool, and a few are just plain dangerous (when done improperly).
Among my favorite lower body exercises are sumo squats, leg extensions and deadlifts, but if I had to pick a No. 1, I personally love the simplicity and versatility of the lunge.
Originally posted 09/18/2013 05:00PM
I don't do yoga.
There, I said it.
I've tried yoga. I admire yoga. My wife occasionally does yoga. I even like to include a few yoga movements in some of my clients' workouts. But for some reason, I never became a yogi.
I do admire the increased flexibility, the stress release and the amazing balance people get from doing yoga regularly.
Originally posted 09/11/2013 03:00PM
There was a time when I would only hear my male clients talk about how they wanted fit, chiseled arms. Nowadays, almost all of my female clients are adamant about having strong, sculpted arms, and that's thanks, in part, to the über-fit actresses dominating the movie screens of the '90s and early 2000s.
The incredible arms of Hilary Swank in Million Dollar Baby, Halle Berry in Catwoman, Demi Moore in G.I. Jane, Resident Evil's Milla Jovovich, and Angelina Jolie in Tomb Raider, all inspired women to lose the sleeves and focus on making their arms as amazing as the rest of their bodies.
There are two main muscle groups in the arms: The biceps, which are located on the front of the upper arms; and the triceps, which are on the back of the upper arms. The main function of the biceps is to bend the elbow, while the triceps straighten the arm at the elbow.
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