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  • Dolvett Quince isn't Haunted by Jillian's Ghost on Biggest Loser

    It cannot be easy to fill the shoes of Jillian Michaels. For an incredibly petite 5'2" person, she casts a very large shadow, especially where Biggest Loser is concerned. So we couldn't help but wonder if Dolvett Quince, one of two new trainers two take over the spot vacated by Jillian last spring, felt like there were any "Jillian ghosts" lingering. The idea gave him a good laugh and he assured us that he wasn't aware of any ghosts. In a recent interview Dolvett said he's never met the former Biggest Loser trainer and because of that he's able to "just do what I do best and bring my expertise to the show."

    We're only two weeks in to the new Biggest Loser season and fans are already taken with the tall, motivating, and incredibly good looking trainer. A Stamford, CT native, Dolvett has called Atlanta home for several years. It's there that he opened his Body Sculptor studio, which has since spun off two DVD workouts - Body Sculptor and Me and My Chair. When he isn't working with obese

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  • Use Yoga for Detox Instead of Fad Diets

    By Jill Lawson for DietsInReview.com

    Toxins come in many forms, from harsh and deadly organisms such as snake venom, to man-made environmental agents like asbestos. While some toxins can be fatal, others do more than cause mild annoyances like headaches, nausea or irritability.

    You can use yoga to detox, and help your body remove the non-life-threatening toxins, such as those consumed when eating chemical laden junk food, drinking alcohol, or being exposed to air pollution. While toxins are an often-unavoidable part of life, our bodies are, thankfully, equipped to deal with them, and yoga can help.

    The liver is the primary organ responsible for filtering the blood for the processing and removal of toxins. When the liver is healthy, toxins are more readily released from your body in the form of sweat, urine, and excrement, via the liver's metabolic functions.

    There are yoga poses that massage and stimulate the liver by flushing it with fresh blood and oxygen, in an effort to support

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  • Low-Cholesterol Diet Better than a Low-Fat Diet

    By Jason Knapfel - DietsInReview.com

    If you are fighting high cholesterol, what is your best dietary option for getting levels back to normal? Cholesterol-lowering foods, naturally. A new study confirms that these cholesterol-lowering foods are a better option than low-fat foods.

    "Eating more of these simple, inexpensive ingredients such as oatmeal, barley and beans, peas and lentils can have a significant impact on lowering blood cholesterol and risk for a heart attack -- one forkful at a time," says Dr. Linda Van Horn, a professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern University.

    The study examined 345 people with high cholesterol and triglyceride levels. They were divided into three eating styles: a low-saturated fat diet, a diet concentrating on cholesterol-lowering foods with two counseling sessions, and a cholesterol-lowering diet with seven counseling sessions.

    According to study author Dr. David Jenkins, research chair in nutrition and metabolism at the University of

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  • Biggest Loser Announces the Season 12 Contestants

    By Margaret Badore - DietsInReview.com

    Just because The Biggest Loser is on its 12th season, doesn't mean you can expect the same old thing. This season promises to be a "battle of the ages," in addition to introducing two new trainers.

    The 15 new contestants will be divided into three teams of five, according to their ages. You might think that the younger contestants will have an advantage, but in a past season the oldest contestant has taken home the $250,000 prize.

    The other big change this season is that Jillian Michaels will no longer be among the trainers. To fill Jillian's shoes, tennis star Anna Kournikova will be joining the team along with celebrity trainer Dolvett Quince. Anna has appeared as a guest on the show in past seasons, much to the delight of the contestants. Dolvett is from Atlanta, where he is the founder of Body Sculptor, Inc. He also has created a fitness plan for Justin Bieber. Veteran trainer Bob Harper will be returning to the show, as will host Alison

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  • One Mom's Method for Managing her Child's Peanut Allergy at School

    By Carmen Staicer - Chief Mom at DietsInReview.com

    My son's allergy to peanuts is severe and life threatening. We learned of his allergy when he was two-years old, when we couldn't figure out why his asthma was so severe, requiring multiple emergency room visits, steroids, and the like. He also randomly developed enormous hives all over his body and had difficulty breathing when the hives occurred. We met with an allergist who tested him with both a skin test and a blood test, and we learned of the severity and breadth of the allergies.

    Food allergies and food intolerances are not the same. A food intolerance can cause stomach upset, gastric distress, and possibly digestive issues in the form of diarrhea and constipation. Many people claim they have a food allergy when a food does not agree with them, and this diminishes the severity for those with a true, life threatening allergy. A food allergy is defined as an abnormal response to a food triggered by your body's immune system, and

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  • Fatty Foods Make Us Feel Happier

    By Jason Knapfel for DietsInReview.com

    When you're feeling a little down, do you reach for your favorite junk food, like ice cream or chips? We all know about comfort food and how great it makes us feel when we indulge. Now Belgian researchers are shedding some light on what's going on at the molecular level.

    The study, led by Dr. Lukas Van Oudenhove, a psychiatrist from the University of Leuven, suggests that it's the fatty acid in comfort foods that improve people's moods.

    "Eating fat seems to make us less vulnerable to sad emotions, even if we don't know we're eating fat," said Van Oudenhove.

    The researchers got 12 healthy subjects to participate in the study. After a 12-hour fast, each person underwent a 40-minute brain activity scan called functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). They were then hooked up to a gastric feeding tube that administered 250 milliliters of fatty acid or a saline solution. Three minutes before being fed either solution, the people were played 11

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  • Pregnant Mother's Diet May Shape Child's Food Preferences: Real Moms Weigh In

    By Maris Callahan for DietsInReview.com

    Not only is it important to be mindful of nutrition during pregnancy to help nourish your baby, but according to an article on NPR, what a woman eats during a healthy pregnancy may shape his or her food preferences later in life.

    "Things like vanilla, carrot, garlic, anise, mint - these are some of the flavors that have been shown to be transmitted to amniotic fluid or mother's milk," Julie Mennella, who studies taste in infants at the Monell Chemical Senses Center, told NPR.

    Additionally, babies whose mothers ate a lot of a certain type of food while pregnant were said to be less likely to reject that food when fed it as an infant. "This makes a lot of evolutionary sense," says Mennella. "Since mothers tend to feed their children what they eat themselves, it is nature's way of introducing babies to the foods and flavors that they are likely to encounter in their family and their culture."

    However, the jury is still out for most moms on

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  • 10 Effortless Ways to Cut Calories, Not Taste, from Breakfast

    By Lacy J. Hansen - DietsInReview.com

    Try as we might, there's no way to escape the science of calories. Every calorie counts and unfortunately lots of our favorite foods have too many calories. But don't fret, life doesn't have to be lived eating flavorless celery and lettuce. There are lots of great ways to cut calories without feeling like you're being deprived.

    Here are 10 ways to reduce breakfast calories. We've actually tried these and can attest that you'll get through the most important meal of the day with fewer calories, and best of all, you won't sacrifice any flavor!

    1. Replace honey with maple syrup
    Just a little honey will go a long way. You can use much less honey than you would use in syrup and get more than enough sweetness.

    2. Use egg whites
    One egg has about 70 calories. If you ditch the yolk, you cut 50 of them. Granted, you'll need more than one egg's worth of whites for most dishes, you still get lots of protein and miss very little flavor in your morning

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  • Improved Grades Correlate to Improved Fitness for Children

    By Jason Knapfel for DietsInReview.com

    A sedentary lifestyle has many health implications for children. For instance, nearly ten percent of all U.S. children have diabetes. Now this sedentary lifestyle is also being connected to a child's performance at school, which makes the fact that gym classes are being cut from curriculum even more destructive.

    Researchers have found that when sedentary, overweight kids begin exercising, their performance in math and overall thinking and planning capabilities improve. Experts also correlate exercise to increased activity in the "executive function" part of the brain.

    Researchers evaluated children using their standard achievement tests. Some even completed magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans. The MRIs revealed that the children who exercised had more activity in the "executive function" area, which is where self-control, planning, reasoning and abstract thought are managed.

    "We know that exercise is good for you, but we didn't have very good

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  • Joining the Plank A Day Challenge is a Great Ab Workout

    By Lacy J. Hansen, a two-time Boston Marathon finisher, for DietsInReview.com.

    If you're on Twitter, you've probably caught the #Plankaday hashtag that's become popular this summer. For those haters of ab workouts, as I admit to being, this is a fun, competitive, and simple way to get one little exercise off your to-do list.

    Dr. Sherry Pagoto, a licensed clinical psychologist and an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and her friend Mike Bauman created Plank A Day as a way to lessen the pain of ab work.

    "Hate ab workouts? I hate them MORE. I hate them so much that I have never been able to do them for more than a few days without quitting," shared Dr. Pagoto on the movement's web page. "As a result my back and abs are weak and pitiful. My friend Mike has the same problem. To get motivated, [we] started Plank A Day."

    "A plank is a great isometric exercise designed to strengthen the core muscles," DIR's resident fitness expert, Kelly

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