Blog Posts by DietsInReview

  • Meet Biggest Loser's New Trainers: Brett Hoebel and Cara Castronuova

    By Maggie Badore -

    Last night, NBC finally let us in on the secret the two new mystery trainers for Biggest Loser. For more than a month they've been hidden silhouettes and sneaky camera angles, but then last night the faces of Cara Castronuova and Brett Hoebelwere revealed. They both seem to be good fits for the show, if not a breath of fresh fitness air to shake up a show in its eleventh season.

    With Jillian Michaels leaving Biggest Loser at the end of this season, it was no doubt the perfect time to add new experts to the ranks.

    So who are they?

    Cara Castronuova is a certified personal trainer with a passion for boxing. She began to box at the age of five with her father, a former Marine. Castronuova grew up in Elmont, New York with three younger brothers. She wrestled throughout high school and college, and gradated with a bachelor of arts degree in communications from Hofstra University. She won her first boxing match in 2002, at the NY Empire State Games in

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  • Moms Can Train Like an NFL Quarterback

    By Mathue Johnson and Brandi Koskie -

    The quarterback position in football is one of the most important positions on the team, not unlike the mother of the family. She's often referred to as the "chief mom" or "director of domesticity" and like the quarterback she is in charge of running the offense. From calling plays ("clean your room!") and making sure each offensive players is lined up in the correct position (assigned seats in the car to avoid bickering) to reading the defense (those manipulative little smiles) and adjusting each play accordingly (reverse psychology!), the work is never done.

    Similarly, a mom's work of running the household is never done. The quarterback has to be in tip-top shape since he is included in every play, whether it be handing the ball to the running-back, passing the ball to a receiver, scrambling in and out of the pocket to get away from defenders, or running for a first down or touchdown; the mother as well needs to be in tip-top

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  • How Much it Costs to Lose 20 Pounds on Your Own

    By Jennipher Walters -

    Almost everyone is looking for ways to save money, which makes sense given the current economic situation. And cost is certainly a variable in our decision to find a diet. You can't put a price on good health, but it's still nice to reach those goals in a cost effective manner? Last week Yahoo! Shine shared an article from CNNMoneyWatch about the cost of losing 20 pounds. So we wondered, how much does it cost to lose 20 pounds on your own?

    They compared several big-name commercial diet programs with costs upwards of $100 per pound lost! It should be no surprise that you can do this on your own, assuming that you are losing two pounds a week over the course of 10 weeks, at about half the price.

    Gym Membership: Prices certainly vary throughout the country, $50 almost anywhere will buy you a monthly membership to a quality health club. Over three months, that's $150 and should come with unlimited access to all the club's amenities, like weights,

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  • What Your New Zodiac Sign Says About Your Diet Habits

    By Theresa DeLay and Brandi Koskie -

    We probably all woke yesterday confident in who we are. But by the time we went to bed last night, there were identity crises far and wide. Many find the astrological zodiac signs to be a humorous way to start your day, others find it to be the root of who they are. So when it was announced yesterday that the zodiac calendar had been rearranged, people were left asking themselves who they really were. Many laughed away the changes, but some people were really struck by the news angrily announcing that they're "still a Scorpio!" or "I'm a Taurus and I'll never change!"

    ABC News ran a story that said this isn't exactly new news, it's about 3,000 years old. From the story, "Astronomers have known about this since 130 BC. Hipparchus was able to determine that this would happen," says Parke Kunkle, a board member of the Minnesota Planetarium Society, the organization responsible for announcing the news. "It astounds me that this has

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  • Commercial Break Workouts for Super Bowl Sunday

    By Jennipher Walters -

    You're probably pretty excited for the upcoming Super Bowl, right? And while forgoing the fatty finger food, the unhealthy tailgate treats and the pitchers of beer are key to making sure you don't wake up the next morning bloated and not feeling your best, why not turn that television time into a workout?

    That's right, you can get a pretty good workout by doing just a few simple moves during the three-minute commercials of the big game. This way, you don't miss any big plays of the game, yet you aren't sitting on the couch for four straight hours.

    You'll alternate upper-body, lower-body, core and cardio moves during each "commercial break." Once you go through the entire list -- if you have time -- do it again to double the calorie burn! All of these moves require no equipment, so there are no excuses not to get moving like your favorite players are!

    Here's Your 24-Minute Football Commercial Workout

    Commercial Break No. 1: Do as many push-ups

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  • Resolution-Friendly Recipes for Your Super Bowl Party

    By Maris Callahan -

    Super Bowl Sunday is exciting, even for the fair-weathered football fan. Part of the excitement is choosing a menu that will satisfy your friends' and family's hearty appetites during the big game. Because game day food often closely resembles bar food: fried, calorie-packed and greasy, it can be easy to overindulge. Being one of the first hurdles for your weight loss resolution, we recommend making snackable finger-foods that are guiltless and satisfying.

    Instead of hitting the gym twice as hard on Monday, lighten up your favorite game day recipes so that you can enjoy - in a healthier way.

    7 Layer Dip: Every Super Bowl party needs a little fiesta. If you have a taste for Mexican-inspired food but want it without the calorie-laden cheese and sour cream that many dishes suggest, opt for a veggie version of seven-layer dip that offers a serving of seafood, too.

    Beef Jerky: If you want to save money on your Super Bowl spread, make your own beef

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  • 10 Diets to Watch in 2011

    By Brandi Koskie -

    If losing weight is your resolution, you're probably researching the best diets and which makes sense for you. One way is to use our diet finder, a tool that matches your budget, goals and lifestyle with the plan that best meets those needs. Or, you can take a look at this list of our picks for the diets to watch in 2011. These are the ones your co-workers, aunts and friends will be talking about in the new year.

    The 17 Day Diet
    debuted in November and has been all the rage since. Dr. Mike Moreno wrote the book to help his patients jump-start their weight loss, re-teach themselves how to eat with meal plans and get fit with a daily 17-minute workout. Plus, the book gives the guidance needed for on-going maintenance. It's a cycled way of eating that keeps the metabolism from settling in to a status quo.

    Weight Watchers PointsPlus
    is the most significant change to the popular weight loss program in 13 years. Using the latest nutrition science with

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  • 10 Sugary Breakfast Foods No Better Than a Candy Bar

    By Brandi Koskie -

    It's pretty unacceptable to eat a candy bar for breakfast. "That's not healthy" and "it's not breakfast food" would be two reasons someone would pass. You've no doubt heard your kids ask to eat a candy bar for breakfast, and you've no doubt replied with a stern "no." The thing is, the yogurt, breakfast bars and parfaits you probably do eat and serve for breakfast have as much sugar as candy bars. Isn't it funny how we can justify one food item because of the name or the packaging, but a similar one we can't?
    It's no wonder wonder our kids have a hard time paying attention in school and we don't have the energy to fuel the first half of our day without turbo-charging at the coffee machine.

    One of the healthiest changes you can make for yourself and your family is to makeover breakfast. It truly is the day's most important meal, and most of what you're already eating doesn't deserve to be called breakfast.

    We compared 10 popular breakfast foods,

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  • 5 Healthy Ways to Post-Holiday Detox

    By Jennipher Walters -

    So the holidays are almost over and you're probably feeling like the rest of Americans right now: bloated, tired and a little heavier than usual. Instead of going on a crash diet or thinking that you have to go to the gym for hours on end to start feeling like your pre-holiday self, follow these five tips to post-holiday detox in a healthy way!

    1. Break the sugar and salt habit. If you feel especially bloated, cutting out the extra sugar, refined carbs and salt you've been having at holiday gatherings is the first step to getting back to your usual self. Do this for at least three days to get back on track and give your system time to reset.

    2. Load up on veggies. Detoxing is all about getting the bad out and the good back in. So after the holidays challenge yourself to eat seven to 12 servings of fruits and veggies a day -- and make clean food the bulk of your diet. Get a variety of produce to ensure that you're getting all those vitamins and

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  • Jillian Michaels Leaving Biggest Loser, Ushering in Two New Trainers for Season 11

    By Kelly Turner -

    We don't even know who the winner of Season 10 of Biggest Loser is yet, and already Season 11 is making headlines. As the buzz of Biggest Loser crew members going on strike during the taping of Season 11 has just started to subside, Jillian Michaels, one of the show's hard-nosed trainers, has announced that the eleventh season of the hit show will be her last.

    Jillian Michaels has been with the show since its first season, using her loud, tough-as-nails training style to motivate contestants to drop enormous amounts of weight in a matter of weeks and teach them how to incorporate their new healthy habits into their every day lifestyles for long lasting success. It seems now Michaels wants to use her influence and good advice a little closer to home: by starting a family.

    "I want to take a year off TV and focus on becoming a mommy and doing more charity work," Michaels tweeted of her decision, which was sparked by working on her solo show, 'Losing

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