By Brandi Koskie - DietsInReview.com
At DietsInReview.com we have more than 1500 diet reviews published by our team, and we publish new ones every day, of every week. That's not said to be a plug, but to show you just how many ways there are to lose weight. At the end of the day, it still comes down to calories - those that come in and those that go out.
However, calories in and calories out takes time, and we Americans aren't very good at that whole patience thing. We want it now, whether it be an over-night shipment of a blanket with sleeves or the 100 extra pounds we've packed on over the years. No one wakes up one morning weighing 20, 50, 100 or even more pounds than they did when they went to bed. So using that same logic, no one is going to wake up the next day with that much weight missing.
There are a few diet programs that grew in popularity this year, and each of them, in their own way, wants you to believe that the weight is just going to melt off your body lickety-split.
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- DietsInReview | Healthy Living – Wed, Dec 8, 2010 5:51 PM EST
By Brandi Koskie - DietsInReview.comRead More »from The Most Ridiculous, Absurd and Over-Hyped Diets of 2010
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By Brandi Koskie - DietsInReview.comRead More »from Fast Food Wrappers are More Dangerous Than the Food They Hold
Cheeseburgers are bad for you. French fries are bad for you. Double-cheesy-triple-layer-giant-sized burritos are bad for you. None of this is news. However, what if you learned that the paper that wraps these drive-through delicacies was worse for you than the food they hold? This, would be important news.
New research from the University of Toronto reports that this is, sadly, true. Perfluoroalkyls are chemicals that repel grease, oil and water. Typically these are used for Teflon coating, stain-resistant carpet and varnish - things that need to protect themselves from grease and other liquids, according to EatDrinkBetter.com. Additionally, these chemicals are used to coat fast food wrappers, to keep the grease and condiments from reaching your hands. Don't think you're not ingesting it just because a burger was wrapped in it for a couple minutes. High levels of these chemicals are leached into the food that you eat, and thus are showing up in
By Brandi Koskie - DietsInReview.comRead More »from Is The 17 Day Diet the New Fad Diet on the Block?
It's entirely possible that everyone in the U.S. has heard about The 17 Day Diet by now, a new weight loss book announced this week on Dr. Phil's show and then on The Doctors. Dr. Mike Moreno, a family practice physician in California, penned the book initially as a plan to help people avoid holiday weight gain. However, if one wanted, there's no reason you couldn't follow its principles all year round.
As soon as news broke about this new plan, search engines were being abused as hundreds of thousands of people began searching for what appears to be the newest magic bullet. If we didn't believe it before, we believe it now, that our society just wants the fast, easy, quick-fix solution for their weight problems.
"I'm always worried when I see a new book with 'diet' in it," says Rebecca Scritchfield, MA, RD, LD of Elite Nutrition.
So what exactly is The 17 Day Diet? It's based on the idea of metabolic confusion, also known as calorie shifting or
- DietsInReview | Holiday Moments – Thu, Nov 18, 2010 6:52 PM EST
By Maris Callahan - DietsInReview.comRead More »from The Five Worst Holiday Desserts and Healthier Alternatives Youâ€™ll Love
The holiday season can be a time full of friends, family and laughter. While a lot of social events revolve around food during the holidays, what's good for your soul might wreak havoc on your diet.
This year, don't wait until January 1 to start eating healthier and trying to slim down. Instead, be aware of what you're putting in your body throughout the holiday season.
According to Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D., medical director of the Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Center, it's better to eat slowly and savor small portions of your favorite foods rather than throw caution to the wind simply because it's a special occasion.
"When people feel guilty about eating dessert they inhale it quickly without even tasting. Not having tasted it, they aren't satisfied and they go back for more," said Teitelbaum. "Instead, realize that your sweet tooth taste buds are saturated after one or two bites, and the one or two bites are not what pack on the pounds, so enjoy and
By Jenn Walters - DietsInReview.comRead More »from How to Negotiate the Holiday Buffet
The Thanksgiving buffet can be a scary place -- no matter if you're the one making the meal or are just bringing a dish to share with family and friends. So here are a few tips on what to eat, what to avoid, and how to make the naturally healthy traditional Thanksgiving day foods even healthier!
Foods to Eat
Cranberries: According to The Cranberry Institute, cranberries contain properties that can prevent the adhesion of certain of bacteria, including E. coli, associated with urinary tract infections to the urinary tract wall. Additionally, cranberries may also inhibit the bacteria associated with gum disease and stomach ulcers.
How to make it healthier: The closer you can eat these to their natural source, the better. Avoid that canned, sugary stuff and instead buy a bag frozen and cook them with just a little raw sugar and orange zest to bring out their natural sweetness!
Turkey: This lean protein is high in selenium, iron, zinc and B vitamins,
- DietsInReview | Holiday Moments – Wed, Nov 10, 2010 12:45 AM EST
By Heather Ashare - DietsInReview.com
As our fear of fat continues to grow, the dark meat turkey is often shunned during Thanksgiving dinner. However, as we avoid the calories, we all set up ourselves to miss out on some key nutrients. We did a side-by-side comparison of dark meat and white meat and found that really, the difference is negligible and if you like the juicier variety of this holiday bird, help yourself. Here is a look at the benefits of white and dark meat turkey and some surprising factoids that might have you once again calling dibs on the drumstick.
Note: Each value represens 3.5-ounce serving of turkey meat without skin (about the size of a deck of cards).
- Calories: White meat contains 161 calories. Dark meat contains 192 calories.
- Fat: White meat contains 4 grams. Dark meat contains 8 grams.
- Protein: White meat contains 30 grams. Dark meat contains 28 grams.
- Iron: White meat contains 1.57 mg. Dark meat contains 2.4 mg.
- DietsInReview | Healthy Living – Mon, Nov 8, 2010 6:21 PM EST
By Margaret Badore - DietsInReview.comRead More »from How the McRib is Made Makes Us Question Its Popularity
The McRib sandwich from McDonald's is a strange product of the food science world: mystery pork ground and molded to look like fake ribs, served on a starchy white bun and drenched in sauce. The restaurant must recognize the absurdity of this, as they created the "Boneless Pig Farmers Association of America" spoof. Now, they're running a campaign encouraging customers to enter a video with a "legendary" creation story of the McRib sandwich. Any food that needs a creation story... well... that speaks for itself. The winner will receive $10,000 dollars and a trip to Germany. The fact that McDonald's is making fun of the nebulous origins of its food is borderline offensive to anyone who would like there to be more transparency in our food chain and supply.
So, without imagining where the McRib came from, we'll tell you where it actually comes from. It starts at an enormous factory farm. There's a giant shed with a floor covered in feces, where tens
- DietsInReview | Healthy Living – Tue, Nov 2, 2010 7:10 PM EDT
Brooke Randolph, LMHC - DietsInReview.com
Drunkorexia is a new term for me, although unfortunately this isn't the first time I have heard of the phenomenon. Drunkorexia is a term being used to describe a pattern of behavior where young men and women, mostly college students, restrict their food intake to 'save calories' for alcoholic binge drinking. Such choices are fairly widespread, with up to 30 percent of college-aged youth skipping meals to save calories for alcoholic beverages. Drunkorexia does affect both men and women.
Gaining weight and the infamous freshman fifteen is the concern that leads to calorie budgeting and bargaining. The focus seems to be on remaining thin and being able to party; health and nutrition do not seem to enter the equation at all.
Drunkorexia is a concerning trend for the health, safety, and workplace preparation of America's youth. Such choices directly impede any educational goals of these students. Without proper nutrition, one willRead More »from Drunkorexia Raises Concerns About College-Aged Drinking
- DietsInReview | Healthy Living – Fri, Oct 29, 2010 3:51 PM EDT
By Brandi Koskie - Senior Editor for DietsInReview.comRead More »from Candy Experiments are a Fun Alternative to Eating Halloween Treats
The onslaught of candy, calories and sugar is in full swing as men, women and children start dipping their hands into the trick-or-treat reserves. On a holiday so focused on candy, everyone's got to indulge... a little. But we're a culture that doesn't "get" moderation and fully participates in the splurge. Kids aren't the only ones prey to the Halloween sugar high, we adults are just as guilty of taking one too many trips to the candy bucket.
So what to do? Get a handle on that whole practicing moderation thing. Maybe even hand out candy alternatives or healthier treats (we love these Scarrots, holiday-themed baby carrots). Your neighbors, however, are stockpiling chocolate, suckers and candy corn to send home with your kids.
Let your kids rake in as much candy as possible. Then, spend a chilly fall day inside doing science experiments... with candy! We've gathered a few of our favorite candy experiments from around the web to
- DietsInReview | Healthy Living – Wed, Oct 27, 2010 7:26 PM EDT
By Maris Callahan - DietsInReview.comRead More »from Let Post-Halloween Recovery Jump Start Healthy Holiday Habits
Halloween may mark the beginning of a festive, holiday season but it also marks the beginning of the time of year when most people are prone to gaining weight. While recent reports have suggested that the average person gains 7 to 10 pounds between Thanksgiving and Christmas, there are ways that you can prevent holiday pounds from creeping up on you, beginning with Halloween.
Whether you have young trick-or-treaters or a habit of sampling from the candy bowl in between doorbell rings, it's not unusual to eat more sugar, fat and calories than average on October 31. To avoid piling on excess poundage this year, follow some of our favorite tips that will help you stay slim and trim through the New Year.
Don't keep junk food in the house
If Halloween leaves you with an excessive amount of candy - and therefore, calories - every year, make smart decisions this time and buy less candy than you think you need. If you overestimate the volume of