Blog Posts by DietsInReview

  • Danni Allen and Gina McDonald Win Biggest Loser 14's Top Prizes

    By Brandi Koskie for

    It seems quite fitting that in the same week the women's revolution re-ignites itself with Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In that two women would win both prizes on NBC's Biggest Loser. With only .78% separating the grand prize winner from the at-home winner, it was the closest finale weigh in ever.Biggest Loser 14 Winners Danni Allen and Gina McDonald.

    Danni Allen won the Biggest Loser title the $250,000 grand prize, losing 121 pounds off of a starting weight of 258.

    Gina McDonald won the at-home prize of $100,000, losing 113 pounds off of a starting weight of 245.

    Danni proved the pink team legacy once again, but didn't need any of that kind of juju to help her win. She dominated this competition from day one, competing for over half the time as a single individual after her entire team either quit or was eliminated. She won all but two challenges, a feat not accomplished since season 7's Tara Costa. And she did it all side-by-side with trainer Jillian Michaels, who made a wildly popular return to the show

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  • 50 Ways to Burn 500 Calories or More to Lose One Pound This Week

    By Samantha Bandasack for

    Health experts say if you watch the amount of calories you intake then losing weight will be easier for you. But what exactly does that look like? In you cut or burn 500 calories each day you stand to lose one pound a week, as there are 3,500 calories in a pound. Creating a 500 calorie deficit each day can help you lose one pound in a week.

    Cutting calories from your diet does not mean starving yourself; that's not healthy anyway. It does mean being a bit more conscientious about what you're eating, how much you're eating, and even how much you're moving.

    Along with our resident nutrition expert, Mary Hartley, RD, we've found 50 ways that you can trim the fat, so to speak, off of your calorie deficit. These tips should help you cut back up to 500 calories from your diet each day, and sometimes more with exercise, making all of those simple changes add up to a much healthier, longer life.

    Where to Cut Calories When You Eat

    1. Eat meals that start and end; i.e. don't graze over a buffet
    2. Pass on the second

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  • A Serving of Super Bowl Commercials Will Cost You 2500 Calories

    By Lacy J. Hansen for

    Even those who never watch a football game will tune in to watch the Ravens, 49ers, and of course the commercials this Sunday. Expect another banner year of great ads that will have us all talking Monday morning. However, while many cars and digital products will have their high-priced moments in the sun, most of those ad minutes will be dedicated to some of the most unhealthy foods our country has to offer.One 11-chip serving of Doritos has 140 calories!

    Gail Falkenthal reported for The Washington Times about the going rates of this year's sold-out ads. A 30 second spot on Sunday costs $3.5 million while a hotter spot closer to kickoff goes for about $4 million.

    What he, nor the ads, will spotlight is how terrible these foods are for us. If you had one serving from the biggest food and drink commercials, you'd wrack up 2577 calories in Cokes, Pepsi Next, Volcano Nachos, new and old Budweisers, Doritos, Oreos, and M&Ms. That number even includes Wonderful Pistachios and Milk, two snacks we

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  • 5 New Ways to Fill Your Lunch Box with Better Snacks

    By Brandi Koskie for

    Does packing lunch ever conjure memories of that droneful "time to make the doughnuts" guy? It can start to feel monotonous, especially if you're trying to healthify the lunches, meet the demands of young picky eaters, and add enough variety to prevent anyone from getting bored. The turkey sandwich and PBJs might be hard to break away from, but the snacks are where you can really have some fun!

    After all, that's what everyone wants to eat anyway.

    We, of course, don't condone the inclusion of cookies, cheese puffs, and candy, but we do know of a few treats that will keep mom, dad, and the kids interested and satisfied. There's some pretty cool stuff coming out as more and more people demand better quality food. So take a look and add these to your next brown bag.

    Why You Should Never Buy Girl Scout Cookies

    KIND Bars. We love thFeel better about the mid-day fuel you're packing in lunchboxes.ese things and find them far more impressive than any standard "granola bar." There are fruit and yogurt bars, chocolate

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  • The 10 Most Popular Healthy Recipes of 2012

    By Samantha Bandasack for

    The end of the year is just a week away, and like everyone else it has us reflecting on the past 12 months. We already figured out the 25 Most Popular Diets of 2012, and all that hard work left us hungry. So we obviously had to find the best recipes of 2012.The most popular recipe of the year were these little BBQ Pork Sliders!

    This was a big year for food at DietsInReview, as we made it a focus to deliver even more new, original recipes to you than ever before. Our greatest culinary creations were shared this year, and many made this list.

    The top 10 recipes from our site this year are classic American dishes with healthier twists like meatloaf, chili, BBQ, and brownies. Based on traffic trends, our readers declared these recipes as their favorite eats in 2012.

    BBQ Pork Sliders If you love pork, then you'll love these tiny pulled pork sandwiches. Prepare the dish for a party appetizer, family picnic, or tailgating. It's perfect cold-weather food as the lean protein is satisfying while the oven keeps everyone

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  • 10 Fool-Proof Ways to Maintain Your Dignity (and Waistline) at Any Holiday Party

    By Kati Mora, MS, RD from

    Here we are smack dab in the middle of holiday party season! While I'm no expert when it comes to surviving white elephant gifts or ugly Christmas sweaters, I can help you maintain your dignity and your waistline when it comes to food and drink this time of year. Kati Mora of Around The Plate offers fool-proof plans for surviving holiday parties, even if you look a bit foolish!

    To eat and drink your best this season, try following at least one, if not all, of my top ten holiday survival tips.

    Tip #1: Eat before you go. It can be really tempting to skip a meal prior to any event where they are serving food. Try to avoid this if you can. Although it may seem like a good idea, chances are that you will be less likely to resist overindulging once you get there. Eat a protein and fiber rich meal or snack before you leave the house and you will be able to make food decisions you won't regret later that evening.

    Tip #2: Drink some water. Water is your best friend at parties. It's calorie free and can help buy you time in between bites or drinks. This time will

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  • 3 Steps for SANE Eating During the Holidays

    By Jonathan Bailor for, author of the acclaimed The Smarter Science of Slim
    Your Body Balances Calories for You

    Our genetics and hormones combine to create a sort of "set-point" weight that our bodies work to keep us at regardless of how much we eat or exercise. This is why studies show that starvation diets fail for more than 95 percent of us and why we don't end up weighing 2,000 pounds no matter how much we eat. Everyone's body works to keep them in balance automatically; it's just that some of our bodies balance us at a more Santa-like set-point thanks to our genetics and hormones. The good news is that scientists have proven that we can change our hormones and get our bodies to work towards a slimmer set-point by changing the quality of the food we eat. Eat smarter this holiday season and still feel like you indulged!

    Get Your Body to Balance You at a Less Santa-Like Set-Point

    Hundreds of studies have shown which foods help make our bodies work more like the body of a naturally thin person. I call these SANE foods, SANE

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  • 5 Guilt-Free Stuffing Recipes for Thanksgiving Dinner

    By Danielle Lagow for

    Thanksgiving week is finally here and we couldn't be more excited. It's a time for family and friends to get together and appreciate all that life supplies…especially the delicious food!Whole Grain Stuffing made with Italian turkey sausage, whole cranberries, and fresh sage.

    Most families have their traditional dishes that have been passed down for years. If you're one who's looking to start a new Thanksgiving dish tradition, then you're in the right place. If you want that new dish to be a bit lighter than usual, then you couldn't be in a more perfect place.

    Listed below are a few of our favorite "lighter" stuffing recipes.With a dish like stuffing, it's pretty simple to switch a few ingredients out in order to lighten those nutrition facts up a bit and give it that specific taste you're really craving, whatever it may be.

    Gluten Free Stuffing

    Take a couple of gluten-free breads and throw it in with some more gluten-free corn bread and you're on your way to making a delicious gluten-free stuffing. Enjoy the taste of the

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  • GMO Voter Guide for California's Prop 37

    By Lacy J. Hansen for

    It's not every election year that our food supply makes its way on to the ballots. However, rarely is food a political issue. This year the issues of genetically modified foods and the labeling of these foods has become an issue of citizen's rights and and human welfare that goes in to the hands of Californians next week. We want to make sure all voters know where they stand and learn more about this issue that, if passed, will affect all Americans.Californians will vote for their Right to Know on November 6.

    Genetically modified organisms (or GMOs) are plants or meats that have had their DNA altered in a lab. These organisms have been altered in order to grow a product that might resist pesticides within its own tissue, may yield bigger crops, heartier fruits, or withstand an odd climate despite it being unnatural and completely experimental. These type of organisms are very common in the US, more so than most consumers are even aware of. The majority of corn, soy, cotton, and sugar beet crops grown in

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  • 57 Sugars that Are Destroying Your Health

    By Jonathan Bailor for

    Every day we learn something new about how sugar destroys our health and expands our waistlines. Even worse, it seems like every other day food corporations come up with new a name for sugar. For example, all of the following are basically sugar, from our metabolism's perspective:Sugar in all of its form is making you anything but healthy.

    1. Agave Nectar
    2. Barley Malt
    3. Beet Sugar
    4. Brown Sugar
    5. Buttered Syrup
    6. Cane Crystals
    7. Cane Juice Crystals
    8. Cane Sugar
    9. Caramel
    10. Carob Syrup
    11. Castor Sugar
    12. Confectioner's Sugar
    13. Corn Sweetener
    14. Corn Syrup
    15. Corn Syrup Solids
    16. Crystalline Fructose
    17. Date Sugar
    18. Demerara Sugar
    19. Dextran
    20. Dextrose
    21. Diastatic Malt
    22. Diatase
    23. Ethyl Maltol
    24. Evaporated Cane Juice
    25. Fructose
    26. Fruit Juice
    27. Fruit Juice Concentrates
    28. Galactose
    29. Glucose
    30. Glucose Solids
    31. Golden Sugar
    32. Golden Syrup
    33. Granulated Sugar
    34. Grape Sugar
    35. High-Fructose Corn Syrup
    36. Honey
    37. Icing

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