By Danielle Lagow for DietsInReview.com
Beto Perez danced his way into the world's largest fitness brand, Zumba.Ever wondered who in the world came up with the fitness program Zumba and how? That would be Alberto (Beto) Perez from Cali, Columbia in South America. Perez began his career as a fitness instructor, trainer and choreographer and has even choreographed for celebrities such as Shakira. Since bringing Zumba to the US, the brand has grown to be the world's largest fitness brand with workout DVDs, video games, clothing, and classes available in more than 125 countries.
While still living in Columbia, Perez one day forgot his normal music for the aerobics class he was supposed to teach. Since he had no other option but to improvise, he whipped out the Latin music he had in his bag and began choreographing a dance workout routine on the spot. Everyone in the class loved it so much that it became a new tradition that would soon spread across the world.
In 1999, Perez decided to bring Zumba to the United States. After selling all of his belongings he
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By Danielle Lagow for DietsInReview.comRead More »from Beto Perez Leads Zumba to Become the World's Largest Fitness Brand
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By Lacy J. Hansen for DietsInReview.comRead More »from POM Wonderful Takes a Hit for Deceptive Health Claims in Their Advertising
Ads like this landed POM Wonderful in a legal battle for deceptive claims.The pomegranate. It seems like this fruit is showing up in everything. From juice, smoothies, yogurt, and even soda, pomegranate has made a name for itself. Many flock to the fruit due to the supposed health benefits. However, one of the most recognized pomegranate-touting brands, POM Wonderful, found themselves in court regarding the health claims they made about their top-selling pomegranate juice.
POM Wonderful produces several products, all containing pomegranate. The majority of their products are juices varying from simply pomegranate juice to a pomegranate tea. They also produce antioxidant capsules as a supplement. All of the products have the common thread of the pomegranate and the company's claims of health benefits from the red fruit. The court case was over the claims that the juices could treat, prevent, or reduce the risk of heart disease, prostate cancer and even erectile dysfunction.
Chief Administrative Law Judge Michael
By Descygna Webb for DietsInReview.comRead More »from Sip on a Lower Calorie Slurpee at 7-Eleven
Those who are fans of the sugary frozen drinks called Slurpees will be pleased to know that 7-Eleven will soon be offering a low-calorie version. The Slurpee is an iconic flavored frozen drink that has been a staple at 7-Eleven for many years. 7-Eleven is launching an entire campaign to introduce their new Slurpee Lite, a low-calorie and sugar-free version in a variety of flavors.New Slurpee Lite at 7-Eleven has half the calories.
With so many people trying to cut calories or watch their sugar intake, this new line of Slurpees boasts 50 percent fewer calories than the regular Slurpee.
The first flavor available will be the Slurpee Lite Fanta Sugar-Free Mango. This particular Slurpee was created by Fanta and uses Splenda to sweeten it instead of the high fructose corn syrup you find in the regular Slurpee. Not a total nutritional win though; Splenda is still a chemically derived artificial sweetener that most recently was linked with altering the microflora in our gut.
One eight-ounce serving of
- DietsInReview | Healthy Living – Tue, May 15, 2012 11:46 AM EDT
By Dana Shultz for DietsInReview.comRead More »from Meat Glue Could Become the Next Pink Slime Controversy
The good news is, the disgusting phenomenon known as 'pink slime' came to the public's attention several weeks ago and is now being done away with, almost completely. But the bad news? We may have another case of suspicious meat product on our hands.Could there be glue in your steaks?
Meat glue isn't like what it sounds. It isn't a thick, yellowy substance used to stick two hamburgers together. Rather, it's a white powder that's used to bond together small bits of meat to make smaller pieces look like a solid steak.
The powder is made by "taking the clotting agents out of pigs' and cows' blood and using it to clot together chunks of meat." The result is a group of small bits of meat that could pass as a filet mignon.
How it typically works is by taking small pieces of meat, sprinkling the white powder over it, and then wrapping it up to bind. It's then left to rest in the refrigerator for up to 12 hours before being unwrapped and then served as whatever cut of meat the chef
- DietsInReview | Healthy Living – Mon, May 14, 2012 2:23 PM EDT
By Jill Sandberg, a guest post for DietsInReview.comRead More »from True Tale of when Sports Bras Attack (and They Do!)
Let's face it, unless you're a lesbian couple from the '97 Lilithfaire, you're probably not wearing a sports bra as your go-to fashion statement. They are the chastity belt for the chesticles. An ugly necessity. sports bra
A few have hooks and closures, but if you're wearing them correctly, none of that will matter after a hearty sweat from a good old workout (or a 90's female empowerment concert).
The scene for me usually goes as follows: I come home from my run, take a few minutes to cool down, then head upstairs to shower. I peel off the drenched shirt and shorts. Since I have bought the proper size sports bra for running, it's taken my 36Ds to Hillary's Boys Don't Cry. Putting on a nice cool dry bra was one thing, getting off a wet, tight, hot my-body-is-starting-to-swell-from-the-pressure rubberband is another.
I start with the cross and pull, taking each hand under a pit and pulling up. That doesn't work and I hit my funny bone. Not
By Dana Shultz for DietsInReview.comRead More »from Get Moving! Jogging Can Add Years to Your Life
Men and women can add years to their lives by jogging.Strap on your tennis shoes because there's new reason to hit the payment. A new study has shown that jogging, even in moderate amounts and at a less-than-challenging pace, can add years to your life. What more reason do you need to get out and run than that?
This study out of Denmark, led by Peter Schnohr, chief cardiologist of the Copenhagen City Heart Study, studied the mortality rates of 1,116 male joggers and 762 female joggers, and then compared them to the mortality rates of a group of 20,000 non-joggers.
The participants were asked questions concerning their activity levels, including how much time they spent jogging each week. Participants then rated their own perceptions of pace - with general measurements of slow, average and fast.
What they found was that women who regularly jogged lived an average of 5.6 years longer than women who didn't. And men who jogged lived an average of 6.2 years longer than those who didn't. The results
- DietsInReview | Healthy Living – Wed, Apr 18, 2012 3:31 PM EDT
Like diet, fitness requires moderation, too.Read More »from Can You Be Too Fit? Women with Anorexia Athletica Take Fitness Too Far
By Dana Shultz for DietsInReview.com
You've heard of anorexia, an eating disorder that leads a person to refuse to eat out of fear of gaining weight.
But have you heard of Anorexia Athletica? It's another type of eating disorder that refers to an athlete or individual who exercises so often that it begins to interfere with their family life, job, relationships, and other important areas of life.
Sufferers not only work out too often, but too much. They go well beyond the basic requirements for good health, spending long periods of time exercising, allowing it to become an obsessive activity that they have to do in order to feel in control. This often stems from an inaccurate perception of one's body and weight, and/or fear of gaining weight.
Self worth is also tied to how well they perform physically, and emphasis usually rests on how lean the body is. Typical sufferers are athletes that have to maintain a small physical frame in order to perform well in their sport.
Baking an egg in an avocado is a simple, nutritious breakfast.Read More »from Healthy Egg and Avocado Brunch Recipe for Easter
Story and image by Dana Shultz for DietsInReview.com
Kids are sure to be scavenging for Easter eggs this weekend, which means they'll probably end up with baskets - and stomachs - full of Peeps, chocolate bunnies, Cadbury eggs and the like. But that doesn't mean you have to count the whole day a wash when it comes to their diet, or yours.
As parents, one way we can make this a healthier Easter holiday is by serving our families a healthy breakfast or brunch before the day's activities commence. Instead of letting the little ones dig right into their jumbo bag of jelly jeans, sit them down for a nutritious, balanced meal.
One of the best ways to fill kids up on something healthy is make it fun *and* pack it with protein. Thankfully, this dish meets both of these requirements.
It's an egg in an avocado, and besides being incredibly simple in preparation, it's also surprisingly healthy. One egg provides close to 12 grams of protein and 113 mg of choline - an important nutrient for
- DietsInReview | At Home – Thu, Mar 29, 2012 5:21 PM EDT
Jennifer Lawrence looking fit as Katniss in The Hunger Games.Read More »from Hunger Games Star Jennifer Lawrence Should Be Praised for Health, Not Condemned
By Dana Shultz for DietsInReview.com
As a huge fan of the 'The Hunger Games' series, I feel a certain attachment not only to the characters in the book, but also the actors who played them on screen. So when criticism arose this week of Jennifer Lawrence being 'too big' to play Katniss in the movie, to say I was shocked is an understatement.
While I haven't seen the movie yet, I have closely followed the news surrounding the movie and watched Lawrence as she's graced countless premiere parties looking absolutely stunning. My assessment of her body is that she looks nothing short of perfect and healthy. In fact, I loved that she went on record saying that she didn't drop a ton of weight for the film, and instead focused on exercise to prepare herself for the role.
So comments suggesting that Lawrence has too much 'baby fat' or is too 'big-boned' to play Katniss are hard to swallow.
In a harsh review of the film, Jeffrey Wells of Hollywood Elsewhere writes "Lawrence seems too big
- DietsInReview | Healthy Living – Thu, Mar 22, 2012 1:04 PM EDT
Expect a healthier looking Adele behind the mic at her next performance.Read More »from Adele Sets Stage for Health with Pilates and No More Cigarettes
By Lacy J. Hansen for DietsInReview.com
Pop music superstar, Adele is attempting to drop two dress sizes come this summer.
The 23-year-old singer made her mark on music history this year as she took home a record of six Grammy's. Not only did she clean up in the awards, she gave her first public performance since having throat surgery in the fall. The singer's voice blew the crowds away and many were so pleased to see Adele back on stage belting her tunes.
Due to her vocal chord damage, Adele finally kicked her habit of smoking and has been a non-smoker since the surgery. After that major health hurdle was cleared, the singer has found herself with more energy. Quitting smoking was half the battle in getting healthier, something Adele has wanted to do. To tackle the remainder of the health battle, she's been working out with a personal trainer twice a week and attending Pilates classes.
It's rumored that in addition to Pilates, Adele is also running to get fit and meet that dress