Blog Posts by DietsInReview

  • Fun, Active Ways to Celebrate International Fitness Day on October 16

    By Carmen Staicer - Chief Mom at

    This year a new holiday debuts on October 16. Tomorrow is the first International Fitness Day! Join people worldwide celebrating a day committed to health and fitness and philanthropic giving to help end the obesity epidemic. International Fitness Day was created to promote people getting up, out and exercising a minimum of 30 minutes, with any kind of activity they choose, and eating healthful fare.

    The idea of International Fit Day started with a mom, Dina Skulte of Fit for Kids Sake, concerned about the childhood obesity epidemic and ready to do something about it. A movement for movement sounds like a great place to start!

    "If America is serious about fixing this growing problem, it's up to us. It's up to the parents of America's youth to become accountable for the health of our children, says Skulte. "We need to be our children's role models, even when it comes to what we put in our mouths and how we treat our bodies."

    If you

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  • The Calorie Truth of Your Favorite Halloween Treats

    By Maris Callahan -

    Halloween can be a scary night if you're watching your diet. With October 31 right around the corner, it's important to plan ahead if you want to indulge in tricks and treats without sacrificing your waistline.

    "You can avoid Halloween bloat without resorting to handing out raisins or pencils," Tanya Zuckerbrot, R.D., a NYC-based nutritionist and author of The F-Factor Diet told Men's Fitness. "Jelly beans or Skittles are low-cal, as far as candy goes, and a Tootsie roll pop will last you the longest for only 60 calories."

    To indulge in Halloween candy in moderation, be sure that you're getting the most bang for your Halloween buck with some of these simple candy swaps and substitutions.

    SPLURGE: Caramel Peanut Apples might have all your favorite fall flavors, but they also have 300 calories apiece - the same amount as three tablespoons of butter. To burn it off, you'd need to rake leaves for an hour.

    INSTEAD: Slice a whole,

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  • Trying to Lose Weight? Try Sleeping

    By Jennipher Walters -

    It's a no-brainer that sleep is important. There's nothing like a good night's rest to make you feel rejuvenated, energetic and ready for your day. Not to mention that research has shown that a lack of sleep increases the risk of diabetes, obesity and injuries. Now there's a new study out furthering the cause for getting a solid 6-8 hours of sleep a night. According to the October 5 issue of the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, not getting enough sleep may inhibit fat loss in dieters.

    In the study, dieters were divided into two groups: those who got about 8 hours of sleep and those who only got about 5 hours of sleep. While both groups lost the same amount of weight on a calorie-controlled diet, the amount of fat they lost was dependent on how much sleep they had. The group who got a full night's sleep had weight loss that consisted of 50 percent or more from fat, while the reduced sleep group had only one-fourth of their weight loss from

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  • The Work at Home Diet

    By Brandi Koskie - Senior Editor

    Three years ago I left my corporate, grey-walled cubicle for my comfortable and self-decorated home office. I work my 9-5 (plus) at home and it's something you'd have a hard time convincing me to give up. Not only do I get to throw caution to the wind when it comes to dress code (and sometimes the happy hour policy), but I also get more time to actually live my life. I could go on and on about what I find to be the benefits of a work-at-home job, but the one I get most excited about is my health.

    I eat most of my meals at home these days. With an office and kitchen just steps apart, there's no reason to dedicate a line in my budget to co-worker lunches at greasy downtown pubs, or feel like rush-hour is jeopardizing my breakfast plans. That's why I'm sharing my "work-at-home diet." If you plan your meals ahead for the week and make sure there are plenty of nutritious snacks readily available (since you can't depend on that vending

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  • 5 Must-Eat Foods for a Healthy Bladder

    By Jennipher Walters -

    Bladder infections and related issues are never any fun. But did you know that eating certain foods can actually help prevent problems from ever starting? True story. Be sure that the below five foods are a part of your regular diet to keep your bladder healthy! Not only will they contribute to overall bladder health, they're healthy foods that should be a part of regular diet anyway.

    1. Cranberries. This fruit is the most common bladder-health remedy, and for good reason. Proprieties in cranberries have been found to create a thermodynamic energy shield that keeps virulent bacteria, like the kind that create urinary tract infections, from attaching to the wall of the bladder. No virulent bacteria? No urinary tract infections!

    Try this recipe: Simple Mashed Cranberries

    2. Pears. Pears are a high-alkaline food that help balance an overly acidic system. Having a balanced system keeps bladder issues at bay.

    Try this recipe: Blue Cheese and Pear

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  • Teen Weight Loss Surgery Unhealthy for Many Reasons

    By Brooke Randolph, LMHP -

    I was very sad to read's new article More Obese Teens Turn to Gastric Band Surgery. Throughout the article, the author, Jason Knapfel, raises important concerns about this trend, starting with the fact that this surgery is not approved for anyone under 18 years of age. Although 18 is the age of majority in the United States, neurologically we continue development into our early- or mid-twenties. We may not be able to fully consider all the implications of major decisions or process information as efficiently until we have completed this neurological adolescence.

    Elective surgery is a major decision that teens are not likely prepared to make for themselves. Not only does this decision include the risks of surgery, but it needs to include the behavior change that follows surgery. A very strict diet is required for at least six weeks following surgery to help the body heal. In addition, the stomach is only capable of holding

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  • The Truth Behind Popular Vegetarian Myths

    By Kelly Turner -

    Living as a vegetarian doesn't mean eating 'bunny food' and tofu every day. There are many myths surrounding vegetarianism; everything from how healthy being a vegetarian is for the human body all the way down to how to find meatless nutrient substitutions. Since October is Vegetarian Awareness Month, we're going to clear the air on some of the biggest vegetarian myths out there.

    MYTH: Vegetarians don't eat enough protein.

    FACT: Animal proteins aren't the only protein sources. Protein is found in vegetarian-friendly foods like beans, whole grains, and vegetables. Some rich sources of vegetarian protein are tempeh, quinoa, almonds, brown rice, and pinto beans. In addition, most people, vegetarian or not, get more protein than is recommended in a day, so going out of your way to consume more protein isn't necessary.

    Try this recipe: Quinoa Tabouleh

    MYTH: Meat proteins are healthier than plant proteins.

    FACT: Protein is protein is protein. A popular

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  • Yoga Really Does Help You Lose Weight

    By Heather Ashare - Yoga Expert at

    A pretty cool thing happens when you start doing yoga. Yes, you become more flexible. Yes, you become stronger. But a hidden gem that comes from practicing this ancient mind-body discipline is that those skinny jeans, a "when I'm 10 pounds lighter" future purchase, become a reality.

    Yoga's ability to yield weight loss has less to do with its caloric burn, although some styles of yoga can really torch your metabolism, and much more to do with the sense of mindfulness it creates. Yoga increases awareness around what you are eating, how much you are eating and why you are eating.

    A study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that those who practiced yoga also invoked this kind of mindful eating during their meal times. The result was less weight gain over time.
    Yoga's ability to tune the practitioner into their breath, their body, their thoughts and emotions enables the student to connect with the sensations she

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  • Choose from 900 Yoga Positions to Find Your Favorite

    By Heather Ashare - Yoga Expert for

    There are an estimated 900 yoga documented asanas, the Sanskrit term for yoga posture, and that is a conservative number. So if your best friend comments that she doesn't like yoga, let her know that with a few hundred asanas to choose from, chances are in her favor that she will find one posture, maybe even two, that she will enjoy practicing.

    In any typical yoga class you are likely to perform 10 to 80 postures, depending upon the style of yoga and length of class. And as any serious or not-so-serious yoga practitioner will tell you, there are some yoga postures we love to do and then there are some that we would prefer to hide out in Child's Pose until our teacher cues us to move on.

    What relegates one particular yoga posture into the class of desert island favorite has to do with two key components: The sensation of performing the posture and the ease in which the posture is performed.
    While devoted yoga practitioners will

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  • 4 Breathing Exercises Every Woman Should Do

    By Heather Ashare - Yoga Expert for

    If eliminating our life's problems was just as simple as breathing, many of us might be much happier and more peaceful. But in truth, controlling our reaction to the stress in our lives can be as simple and easy as mindful breathing.

    Focused breathing doesn't just decrease tension, it also gives a boost to energy levels, improves posture, cleanses the lungs and expands the capacity of the respiratory system. While meditation evokes feelings of intimidation, breathing exercises, often done in yoga class, can be an effective alternative to bringing a sense of calm into our frenzied lives.

    But you don't have to be sitting in lotus position during a yoga class to reap the benefits of focused breathing. Breathing exercises can be done anywhere. Plus, they are quick and free to do, and can be performed by anyone.

    Here are four breathing exercises that every woman should do to keep her mind steady and her energy uplifted.

    1. Sit or

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