Sugar – The Newest Antioxidant on the Block?

“…sweeteners could increase antioxidant intake … similar to the amount found in one serving of berries or nuts.” That was the conclusion of a recent study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. (Total Antioxidant Content of Alternatives to Refined Sugar, 2009, pgs 64-71). Well, that conclusion is what I saw in one media report with the headline “is sugar the newest antioxidant?”  We’ve talked about how sugar makes you gain ugly belly fat.  And recently we talked about artificial sweeteners.  But…
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7 Belly Fat Busting Strategies

Losing belly fat isn’t impossible.  But there surely are some "tricks" that can make it more simple. The thought of dieting to lose belly fat is crazy — who wants to focus on everything you CAN’T eat? Instead, these belly fat blasting tricks are focused on all the simple, positive things you CAN do to still lose belly fat FAST! Ready? 1.  Decrease the size of your plates — switch up your dinner plates for smaller, snack plates.  Same with your bowls.  Guaranteed you’ll eat less. 2.  Use smaller serving utensils and eating…
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Stevia — Hype or Hope?

Following up to the piece the other day about the safety of artificial sweeteners, time to cover another sweetener that comes from a plant and has made some serious waves in the nutrition market, as it’s commonly pitched as the "natural sweetener."  It’s Stevia. Is IT the answer to shedding body fat healthfully? Is it a safe alternative to Splenda and Equal? OF COURSE — it’s natural!   Hope you didn’t fall for that, did you?  There a lot of "natural" herbs and other ingredients that we should probably stay away from. Let&…
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Artificial Sweeteners Make You Fat

Late last year, I’m sitting in an office building with the agent of an NFL Player and the player himself.  We were working together to help the player lose weight. While there was some initial success, he hit a little plateau.  His agent asked the player "what are you drinking?"  "Crystal Light, diet soda, and water only.  Chris said no liquid calories." And his agent blew through the roof — "NO WONDER HE ISN’T LOSING" he said to me, "I CAN’T BELIEVE YOU TOLD HIM HE CAN USE ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS.  Did…
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4 Ways to Speed Up a “Slow” Metabolism

I’m in a conversation with someone the other day who is trying to lose weight. She admittedly wanted to lose just 15 lbs, so she was clearly not obese…but she’s struggled with that same 15 lbs for years. Lose 10.  Gain 8.  Lose that same 8.  Gain 12.  And from what she said, this pattern has gone on since she had her first daughter, 10 years ago. She was concerned that as she continued to get older, her metabolism would slow … …and wanted to know how she can speed up a seemingly slow metabolism. We hear this regularly — my metabolism is sloo…
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Can Diet Soda Cause Heart Disease?

You never saw it coming… You think you’re doing something good by switching from regular soda to diet. And, voila, first a study pops up suggesting it may lead to weight gain.  More recently, a study is presented suggesting it increases risk of developing heart disease by a wholloping FORTY EIGHT percent! What’s the deal? It’s calorie free.  Sugar free.  How can a diet soda cause heart disease? Let’s take a look at the study. 2,564 people were asked about their food intake, including their soda consumption, at the start of the study.  So…
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Butter for Heart Health?

Since we got a head start and talked about health benefits of dark chocolate just the other day, we’re moving on to a new "heart healthy" food — butter. Butter???? Yup, you read that correctly … the food that has continually been thrown under the bus and gotten a ton of bad press is now the newest "health food"… …at least according to a study out in the March 2010 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. OK, OK … I can’t put words in the author’s mouths.  They didn’t quite call butter a “h…
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Fish Oil vs. Flax Oil: Which is Best?

Fat is incredible for you! Yup, I said it — dietary fat is amazing for you.  The key, here, is the TYPE of fat … with that statement above, it should be noted that not ALL fats are amazing for you.  In fact, some may ultimately kill you.  But let’s focus on those that may help reduce the risk of disease and really just live optimally. Omega-3 Fats It shouldn’t come as a surprise to hear that omega-3’s are fantastic for you.   In fact, they’re called essential fatty acids for a reason … …this means the body doesn’t make t…
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Fat Loss Secret Weapon

Imagine if burning belly fat didn’t mean endless hours of exercise.  It didn’t mean eliminating all your favorite foods and drinks. The thought is appealing and, to be honest, it doesn’t. And sometimes, to be honest, people work so hard at the diet and exercise pieces, they "forget" about the other pieces.  Those other pieces, though, may be what’s missing in the quest for a flatter belly. What we call the "Fat Loss Secret Weapons." One of those "Secret Weapons"… is something that is pretty N.E.A.T. N.E.A.T actu…
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What’s the Problem with Food?

We need food to survive.  Obviously. We need to food to perform optimally — physically and mentally.  Again, kind of obvious. But as I was on the foam roller at the gym the other day, something popped into my head. Why is it that we can all have essentially the same access to food — from fast food to fine dining, home cooked meals to take out and the 50,000+ food items that line grocery store shelves — yet 2/3 of the country is overweight — the other 1/3 is of "normal" weight. I know food is not the ONLY issue leading to overweight/obesity, but it’s…
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