Blog Posts by DietsInReview

  • Top 10 Exercises to Strengthen the Core

    By Matt Johnson -

    What makes up the core? The core is your body's center of gravity. You've probably heard this, but I would like to reiterate the importance of a strong and stable core. The core is made up of your abdominal, back, and lower back regions. A strong and stable core is vital for good balance, proper posture, and injury prevention.

    • A strong and stable core will help to stabilize the muscles involved with balance. These muscle regions also consist of the hips, hip flexors, abdominals, and other leg muscles.
    • Proper posture is important for so many reasons, especially as we age. Back pain, neck pain, and several other forms of pain can result from poor posture over the years.
    • Injury prevention is another worthwhile benefit of strengthening the core. Obviously not all injuries can be prevented, but most can be or the severity of the injury can be lessened.
    I recommend working the core often, as much as five or six days a week if possible. I also Read More »from Top 10 Exercises to Strengthen the Core
  • Congressman Wants Ashtrays in Gym

    By Jason Knapfel -

    The public servants in Washington, D.C. enjoy some nice perks. One such benefit is the congressional gym, and it seems it's not to the liking of Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI).

    McCotter says he can't stand it when there are no ashtrays available in the gym. The congressman told Fox News that he doesn't "go there very much because A, they don't have ashtrays… And B, the one time I was there, my first trip, someone sort of was talc-ing themselves, and offered their hand and I just said, 'Hey, we're cool, dude.'"

    McCotter didn't reveal the name of the congressman… or why he's so uptight about talcum powder. Thankfully, the video tape of the interview revealed he'd said all of this in a deadpan, tongue-in-cheek tone.

    Our public officials give us plenty of reasons to lose faith them, at least in this case the representative from Michigan isn't the clueless jerk one would think if you read the video transcript out of context.


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  • Jillian Michaels Considers Leaving Biggest Loser

    By Brandi Koskie -

    Fans of the NBC hit show "The Biggest Loser" are used to change, big change. Although ususally in the form of the overweight contestants who collectively shed thousands of pounds in a season, not in the show's main characters. When NBC announced in early 2009 that it would be casting new trainers, curiosity and concern rose. Who would be leaving? Who would be staying? And were they really going to try to introduce a third trainer? NBC remains tight-lipped, only saying that they are "keeping creative options open."

    Jillian Michaels is talking though. In a recent interview with she said "I might not be" staying with The Biggest Loser for its eighth season.

    "I need certain things to continue with the show, and if I can't get them, then no," says Michaels. She acknowledges that NBC has been great in negotiations, but that might not be enough because she's simply not happy.

    "I am freakin' miserable!" she admits, lamenting that

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  • Top 10 Diets of 2009

    By Brandi Koskie -

    As predictible as kisses and champagne at midnight, the new year brought a wave of weight loss resolutions. And for good reason, Americans are some of the most out of shape, overweight people on the planet. The good news is that we're finally waking up to that, and more and more people are taking steps toward living healthier lifestyles. We made a list of 2008's most popular diets at the end of last year, and with the Spring dieting season about to kick off, we were curious about the weight loss plans that are making an impact in 2009.

    For the most part, we were pleased to see that people are selecting plans that offer healthy approaches to weight loss and long-term maintenance benefits.

    10. Weight Watchers Momentum - This is the newest innovation from Weight Watchers, introduced at the start of 2009, and it has quickly risen in popularity. Momentum takes your healthy eating skills one step further, by showing you how and when to eat so that you

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  • How to Lose Weight at Any Age

    By Brandi Koskie and Matt Johnson -

    As you've gotten older, have you found that what worked in your 20s for weight loss doesn't quite work in your 50s? As our bodies change with age, we experience new dietary and fitness challenges. It doesn't mean you can't lose weight, or that your healthy weight is bound to go up, it just means you have to adjust your regimen.

    We've explored the different needs of those in their 20s through 70s and beyond, and introduce how you can still lose or maintain weight at each changing decade of your life.

    How to Lose Weight at 20

    During your 20s, you want to establish positive habits that can carry you through a long, healthy life. Stay active, eat right and follow these tips to ensure you're doing all you can to maintain a healthy weight, or lose a few extra college pounds.

    1. Focus on cardio and weight training
    2. Get adequate sleep
    3. Drink plenty of water

    How to Lose Weight at 30

    The 30s are tough due to the fact that your kids and job probably rule your life, and it is hard to find time for yourself, let alone time to exercise. Some of the tips that may help you with this goal are:

    1. Get a gym membership if you can, and push yourself to try new exercises.
    2. Set short-term and long-term goals for yourself.
    3. Allow yourself to cheat a little on your diet.
    How to Lose Weight at 40

    Staying active and maintaining a nutritious style of eating will ensure your 40s are some of your best and healthiest years yet.

    1. Start a routine by devoting specific days and times to your workout.
    2. Start slowly and gradually progress to longer, harder workouts.
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  • 5 Common Chemical Food Additives You Should Avoid

    By Brandi Koskie -

    It's not really news that our food ingredient labels are riddled with words that require an advanced degree to understand. We typically bypass reading them because it's easier. However, buried in those multi-syllabic nutrition labels are chemical additives that can have adverse effects on our health and how are bodies absorb nutrients. These chemical ingredients are used by packaged food producers and restaurants to increase the shelf life and enhance the flavor and color of food products.

    This list includes five of the most popular additives, the ones you should be most weary of consuming. You can read more at about other chemical food additives to avoid, like Saccharin, Olestra and Potassium Bromate.

    salt shakersalt shaker1. Salt/Sodium

    What it is: It's been called one of the most dangerous additives in our food supply. Food producers, chefs and home cooks use it in nearly everything we eat and drink.

    Why it is Used: Preservative and flavor

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  • The 5 Things You Must Remove from Your Diet Today

    By Brandi Koskie -

    You've heard everyone from the Biggest Loser trainers, Dr. Oz and Oprah to even less famous nutritionists urge you to remove these five food ingredients from your diet. Make the choice to do it today. When you recognize these ingredients on food labels and choose not to eat them for that reason, you'll be making a meaningful difference in your weight loss efforts.

    Store-bought cupcakes like these are typically made of all five of these unhealthy ingredients.Store-bought cupcakes like these are typically made of all five of these unhealthy ingredients.Know what is in your food, and make a conscious effort to eliminate these ingredients:

    1. High Fructose Corn Syrup - A man-made sweetener with zero nutritional value. The list of foods without High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is shorter, but a few examples include soda, fruit juice, cereal, condiments, cookies, pickles and even cough syrup.

    2. Sugar - A cup of white granulated sugar has 774 calories. You'd have to walk for 90 minutes or swim for an hour to burn that off. Don't burn it off? It converts to fat. Look for and avoid the "ose" in the ingredients label, like Dextrose, Fructose,

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