Blog Posts by DietsInReview

  • How a Royal Rumor Became a Weight Loss Craze 

    By Margaret Badore -

    When it comes to the royal wedding, even the smallest bit of speculation can quickly become perceived as fact. That's exactly what has happened with the rumors swirling around Kate Middleton's pre-wedding diet, launching a little-known French weight-loss plan into the media spotlight of the English-speaking world.

    It all started back in November, when Kate's mum, Carole Middleton, was said to have some weight-loss success with the Dukan Diet. The U.K.'s Daily Mail reported that mother-of-the-bride Carole Middleton lost four pounds in just four days during the diet's first phase. However, there have been no new reports whether Carole has continued to follow the demanding diet plan.

    Speculation surrounding Kate's weight loss began last month, when she started appearing thinner than usual. At a public appearance in Northern Ireland, one well-wisher implored the future princess "not to lose any more weight." The Associated Press reported that Kate

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  • 4 Ways to Get More from Your Treadmill Workout

    By Kelly Turner, ACE Certified Personal Trainer -

    As a personal trainer, it can be frustrating to see someone walk the treadmill for over an hour while at the gym. Equally frustrating can be seeing people on the treadmill with the incline raised all the way to 15 while holding on to the machine with a death grip. Either way, just because the display on the treadmill says you're burning a certain amount of calories doesn't mean that's your actual burn. If you are hanging on like cliffhanger Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible 2, you aren't working nearly as hard as the treadmill thinks you are. If that's the case, cut the calories burned total in half.
    The treadmill seems simple enough, but like everything else in the gym, there's a right and wrong way to use it. Sure, you can just hop on and walk - or run, if you feel up for it. However, just racking up time on the treadmill isn't going to get the job done. You have to make every minute count. Why waste your time and

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  • The Healthiest Fast Food Menu Options We Could Find

    By Brandi Koskie and Jenn Walters -

    When you do find yourself in front of that backlit menu at a fast-food restaurant, ease the calorie burden, and maybe even the post-meal guilt, by making the healthiest choice possible. It's so easy to default to the number-one-with-cheese-and-fries and call it a day, but it probably isn't the best thing for you. If you really are watching what you eat, we want to point you in the right direction.

    We've scoured fast food restaurant menus to find the healthiest offerings they have. In some cases, like Subway, the list could have been endless. In other cases, like Burger King, we did our best to suggest something. Our criteria was pretty simple, based on recommendations from dietitian Rebecca Scritchfield: Each meal couldn't exceed 500 calories and 500 milligrams of sodium.

    Here are the results our team gathered.
    (To see more options than what we've listed, click on each restaurant's name.)


    Order the hamburger and a

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  • Yoga Your Way to a Bikini-Fit Tummy for Summer

    By Heather Ashare - Yoga Expert for

    Spring has sprung and the beachwear in your closet has started to rustle for some fresh air. Who doesn't love the dawn of summer, but let's be honest: Months of sweaters, cold-weather comfort food and unused gym memberships makes us all a little timid about baring our tummies.

    Getting a toned tummy by the first day of summer does not have to involve stress, thousands of crunches, or endless meals made of plain chicken breasts. Instead, focus the next three months on your yoga practice for a fit, bikini-ready body by summer.

    We're going to tell you exactly how to do it!

    Start today.
    If you aren't already enrolled in a yoga class, either at a studio or gym, research classes and instructors in your area. If the class experience doesn't suit you, consider a yoga DVD you can do at home. Bryan Kests' Power Yoga Complete Collection is a challenging and comprehensive option.

    Know your moves.
    One of the many benefits of yoga is the

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  • College Students Have Access to On-Campus Drug and Alcohol Recovery with StepUP

    By Stephanie VanderVelden -

    Navigating college life may become easier for students who are recovering from drug and alcohol abuse. Several colleges and universities currently offer programs for students in recovery, and many more are exploring the idea. Plans to expand recovery programs, including sober living facilities, are underway at colleges across the country.

    A successful program at Augsburg College in Minneapolis is being used as a model for programs in development. The StepUP program was established in 1997 with a group of 23 students in attendance. The program currently serves about 75 students, and is growing. An estimated 87 percent of students in recovery maintain their sobriety while participating in StepUP. An essential portion of the StepUP program includes residential living facilities, which only house students in recovery.

    The stress of college life is significant to all students; and even more so for students recovering from substance abuse.

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  • Lap-Band is Now FDA-Approved for More Americans 

    By Margaret Badore -

    The weight-loss procedure known as Lap-Band surgery is now an option for nearly 26 million Americans. The FDA has now lowered the minimum weight needed to qualify for the surgery, a procedure that involves placing an inflatable silicone band around the upper portion of the stomach. Gastric banding effectively reduces the size of the stomach, limiting the amount a patient can eat. The Lap-Band procedure has been touted as a better alternative to gastric bypass surgery because it is reversible.

    Previously, people who had a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher could qualify for Lap-Banding, or anyone who had a BMI of 35 or higher and has an obesity-related health problem. Under these regulations, an estimated 15 to 18 million people in the United States qualified. The new regulations now approve the surgery for anyone with a BMI of 30 or higher who has a condition such as diabetes or hypertension. For otherwise healthy people, the threshold BMI

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  • Healthy Ways to Flavor Your Cocktails

    By MarisCallahan -

    Mixed drinks have a bad reputation for being chock full of empty calories and void of any and all nutrition. While wine, beer and cocktails certainly fall under the "occasional indulgence" category on the food pyramid, there are a few ways that you can add a little bit of nutrition to your glass, whether you're planning a cocktail party or enjoying a simple beverage to unwind after a long week.

    So, what can you do to make your cocktails a little bit more substantial? Claire Smith, head of Spirit Creation & Mixology for Belvedere Vodka and 10 Cane Rum, offered some of her favorite tips to help us keep our cocktails slimmer without sacrificing taste or quality.

    Add Egg White
    Drinks that are shaken with egg white increase the viscosity of the drink and at the same time, add protein to a cocktail. "This will help keep you a little fuller when you're drinking cocktails," Smith said. Adding a little protein to your beverage may even curb the

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  • It's OK to Let Dark Chocolate be Your Valentine This Year

    By Maris Callahan -

    With Valentine's Day on the horizon, it's hard not to crave chocolate. When you're feeling tempted to splurge on a treat but can't shake the guilt over ditching your new year's resolutions so soon, indulge in chocolate the healthy way.

    Practice portion control: Chocolate is sometimes high in fat and calories, but most dietitians recommend eating less than one ounce of dark chocolate per day to reap maximum health benefits. A one-ounce piece of dark chocolate amounts to only 151 calories, with heart-healthy flavonoids that can help lower cholesterol, prevent certain cancers and improve overall health. That is, of course, if you eat it in moderation.

    Stick to simple dark chocolate: Chocolate with more than 70% cacao content, also packaged as 'bittersweet chocolate,' is traditionally considered the healthiest option, as it contains less sugar and more antioxidants than milk chocolate or white chocolate. Avoid chocolate with added nuts, fruits or

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  • The Hidden Calories in Super Bowl Commercials

    By Carmen Staicer -

    Do you love seeing how imaginative and creative some of America's biggest brands can become in those much-watched Super Bowl ads? While it's all an effort to get your attention and your extra money, did you notice that the foods and beverages featured in the Super Bowl commercials aren't healthy? We decided to look at how many calories a single serving of each Super Bowl advertiser's food and drink will set you back.

    One ounce of Doritos, about 12 to 14 chips, has 150 calories. And if you've ever had these cheese-dusted snacks, you know one serving is nearly impossible.

    Coke and Pepsi
    Soda is a dieter's worst nightmare, diet or otherwise. It's full of and caffeine, which our bodies just don't need. One ice-cold, 12-ounce can of Coke contains 143 calories, and one can of Pepsi contains 150 calories. If you're trying to lose weight, cutting this out of your diet should be priority one.

    Bud Light
    Beer is an empty calorie bomb, and while the

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  • 6 Flirty Workouts for Couples

    By Jennipher Walters,

    If you're looking for a good date idea for Valentine's Day, why not forgo the busy restaurants and the decadent dishes and work out together instead? Going out for an active date not only helps you both burn some calories, it also can be a way to bond, get you both feeling good -- and it can provide ample opportunities for flirting and getting close.

    1. Go for a jog. One of the best cardio activities you can do is run, so why not get with your honey and go for a jog? Pick a pretty area to run in and be sure to wear your cutest running gear. Try alternating three minutes of slow jogging with one minute at a faster pace. If you're the competitive type, you can even race during the faster intervals!

    2. Have a private dance party. There can be nothing sexier than dancing. So pop in some of your shared favorite tunes and get your dance on. If you don't feel comfortable dancing or want to improve your moves, why not hire a private instructor for the

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