Blog Posts by DietsInReview

  • Cookie Diets are a Recipe for Weight Loss

    By Brandi Koskie - Senior Editor for

    For dieters, you can't get your hand caught in the cookie jar. It's like a ceramic trap lined with sugar-filled, fat-laden, calorie-brimming treats that will make everything from your wrist to your ankles a little wider.

    The rules of "moderation" suggest that we can have a cookie sometimes. And we can. In moderation. That means a cookie once in a while, not a bag of Oreos while you watch DVRed reality shows. Michael Pollan, a popular food author, has been quoted saying that we can eat junk food as long as we make it ourselves. So to that, a homemade cookie, in which you control the ingredients, is going to be better than something from your grocery's bakery.

    Still yet, if you don't have time to bake a batch, want to avoid the pre-fab dough, and still have a cookie craving that must be satisfied, then maybe a cookie diet is for you. There are three that are hot on the market right now. While each is unique unto themselves, the

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  • Take Care of Yourself to Take Care of Your Family

    By Carmen Staicer - Chief Mom at

    Women are historically the caregivers in a family. Most often the ones who take care of the children, the house, the job, and often we end up sacrificing ourselves in the process. After all, it can be difficult to try to fit each and every thing into your schedule, and most often the needs of the mother end up falling to the wayside. It's an understandable phenomenon, but that's no reason to give up and lose yourself.

    Sometimes, though, we feel guilty to put ourselves first, as if we are selfish or neglecting our families when we spend time and energy on our healthy living. But the feelings of guilt, resentment and anger - those feelings that come up when you have to sacrifice yourself and your needs - those feelings cause our stress hormones to shoot higher and higher and cause health problems.

    Getting into better physical shape, losing weight and taking care of yourself are all goals that many of us have set in our lives at one

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  • Teen Brothers Lose Combined 280 Pounds

    By Brandi Koskie - Senior Editor for

    Finding the inspiration to lose weight comes to people in different ways. Sometimes it's knowing you'll be around for your children. Or fitting in to a particular outfit. Or looking your best for an event.

    For Stephen Rice, it was his brother.

    "I was inspired to lose weight entirely from my brother," says Stephen. "I saw how much healthier and happier he was when losing weight and saw it as an inspiration."

    Stephen just a few months ago weighed 300 pounds, at age 16. Today, as he closes in on his 17th birthday, he's down 120 pounds. The now 180-pound teen says "I had a lot of help from my brother… Losing weight was a great choice and I'm a lot happier and healthier."

    His brother, James Rice, was 20-years old when he weighed 370 pounds. Post-high school and trying to decide what was next, James thought "enough is enough, I need to lose weight or I am going to die."

    James lead the charge, relying on smaller portion sizes of

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  • Subway's Dirty Little High Fructose Corn Syrup Secret

    By Brandi Koskie -

    There's probably not much we can tell you here that you don't already know. Fast-food isn't great for you. Our country is growing more obese by the day. We should find healthier alternatives to the foods we like.

    So when a company like Subway advertises for years how much healthier their food is than the other guys (the other guys being the likes of Friendly's with a Grilled Cheese BurgerMelt), we want to believe them. Food that tastes good, that's good for us, who would argue with that? Their tagline "Eat Fresh" automatically implies that the food is fresh and wholesome, much more so than a greasy bag of burgers and fries.

    Shine readers, we've been duped. Not everything on the Subway menu is as fresh and healthy as we want it to be; as we deserve for it to be. No, lurking in those ingredient labels (that, let's be real, few of us actually inspect before eating) is high fructose corn syrup. It's a darling of the processed food industry - a cheap,

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  • Understanding the hCG Diet: An Interview with FullBar's Dr. Michael Snyder

    With loyal and passionate followers and and concerned naysayers, the hCG diet is one of the most controversial diets on the market today. One of the most popular diet trends of 2009, and trending to be that for 2010, hCG is getting a lot of attention from people on both sides of the fence. Both its critics and supporters are adamant in their positions. The critics are cautious and warn those following the protocol to read between the lines of this dangerously low-calorie diet (about 500/day for some); the supporters say "don't knock it until you've tried it," raving about the results.

    A probable diet supplement administered via injections, the hCG diet is controversial. hCG is the Human Choriogonadotropin hormone, the same produced by women in the early stages of pregnancy. During pregnancy, this increased hormone tells the hypothalamus to transfer nutrients and fat to the placenta. When used as part of a weight loss program, it is the fat-mobilization capability of the hormone that

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  • 7 Benefits of Prenatal Yoga

    By Brandi Koskie - Senior Editor for

    Pregnancy is no doubt one of the most joyous times in a woman's life. It can also be one of the most trying. The physical and emotional demands are nothing short of constant. For one reason, we worry how our bodies will stand-up to the pregnancy, and how we'll come out on the other side just as we were before. Prenatal yoga is one way to help you throughout pregnancy and even in to recovery.

    With a doctor's clearance, you should be able to begin a prenatal yoga regimen at the start of your second trimester. You should find an instructor who specializes in this delicate form of yoga to ensure you're getting the best guidance while practicing.

    Some of the many benefits you might experience with a prenatal yoga regimen are:

    1. Finding Relaxation. During the hour-long class you can focus solely on yourself, your body, your needs, and that connection with your baby.

    2. Alleviating Pain. The gentle stretching motions will help to

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  • Gift Dad with Time and Health this Father's Day

    By Carmen Staicer - Chief Mom at

    Father's Day is this Sunday, June 20. A day dedicated to telling the man who raised you just how special he is, Father's Day often comes with its own set of challenges. Instead of an ice cream cake or breakfast buffet, why not plan a special outing with your dad, one guaranteed to get his heart racing, blood pumping, and show him exactly how much you cherish his presence?

    This year, give your dad both the gift of your time and his health. More than 70 percent of American men are overweight - clearly showing that weight loss and healthy living are not just for women anymore. Male obesity can contribute to prostate cancer, sleep apnea, heart attack and diabetes. It's important to give the men in your life that encouraging support needed to take strides toward changing their health for the better.

    Rather than a calorie-filled display of your love and affection, make the day an active one that is bound to be far more memorable.

    Plan a

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  • Look and Feel Younger with Anti-Aging Diets

    By Brandi Koskie - Senior Editor at

    People have been chasing the fountain of youth for centuries. No one wants to get older, but we can at least do so gracefully. If you want people to be shocked when they learn your real age, take a look at these anti-aging diets. Not only will you be a master deceiver in the age game, but you'll also create a healthy, vibrant lifestyle for yourself.

    We've taken a look at several anti-aging programs and found these to be the most worth your time.

    Calorie Restriction Diet

    There is a growing trend toward living a calorie restriction diet. This should not be confused with a low-calorie diet. With calorie restriction, followers consume about 25 percent fewer calories than what the body needs, and the calories that are consumed are incredibly nutrient dense, so they're getting more bang for the buck, so to speak.

    This vegetarian-friendly lifestyle doesn't leave you feeling hungry. You'll eat high-volume foods, primarily low-starch

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  • A Healthy Summer Picnic Menu

    By Brandi Koskie - Senior Editor for

    If you're looking for a way to awaken your tired summer plans, consider planning a picnic. Whether with the family or with friends, a simple meal can turn into a memorable day.

    If your idea of a picnic is serving drive-thru fried chicken and biscuits atop a checkered blanket, we want to help you rethink. Each of these recipes are flavorful, healthy and sure to be crowd-pleasers. Let the kids get involved with the planning and preparation of the picnic to make the day even more special.

    Main Entree

    Greasy fried-chicken and a fatty brisket are definitely tasty, there's no denying that. However, they're going to leave you feeling weighed down and with no calorie room for dessert. You can prepare this Low Fat Texas Shredded Pork ahead of time and serve hot or cold on whole grain buns, or grill this BBQ Chicken with a homemade sauce right in the park.

    If you want to get away from a hot meal, try low-sodium turkey or chicken from the

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  • Eat Your Way to Healthy, Glowing Skin

    By Brandi Koskie - Senior Editor for

    If you're one of the millions who seeks anti-aging remedies, you need to look no further than your own diet. Healthy skin is younger-looking skin, and that healthy glow is attainable by watching what you eat.

    If you're eating too much of fried, fatty, nutritionally void foods, your skin is going to show it. Acne breakouts, eczema and dry, sallow-looking skin are all results of a poor diet.

    Put your best face forward by feeding your body from the inside-out by eating plenty of these complexion-friendly foods:

    1. Low-Fat Dairy. Vitamin A is necessary for the skin cells to do their job, and low-fat dairy is a great source. Try low-fat yogurt, especially those with probiotics (live bacteria), as they also promote digestive health.

    2. Dark Berries. The high amount of antioxidants found in blackberries, strawberries and blueberries protect skin cells from damage that can be caused from free radicals, like sun exposure.

    3. Omega-3

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