Blog Posts by Everyday Health

  • Should You Try the Dukan Diet?

    By Leslie Pepper

    Published in France 10 years ago, the latest fad diet, The Dukan Diet: 2 Steps to Lose the Weight, 2 Steps to Keep It Off Forever by French physician Pierre Dukan, MD, hits American store shelves on April 19 and is already garnering a lot of buzz. The diet is all the rage in Europe, with such reported celebrity fans as Kate Middleton and her mother, who are rumored to be following the diet to slim down for the royal wedding, and Jennifer Lopez, who reportedly followed the Dukan Diet to shed her baby weight.

    We asked Everyday Health nutritionist Kelly MacDonald, RD, to review the Dukan Diet. Here's what you should know before you try it:

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    The Dukan Diet: What Is It?

    Often described as the French version of the Atkins Diet, the Dukan Diet emphasizes meals that are high-protein, low-carb, and low-fat. The diet is designed so that you won't feel hungry - you can choose from 100 different foods and

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  • Jamie Oliver's 3 Little Rules for Healthier Families

    By Sharon Tanenbaum

    British chef Jamie Oliver is out to revolutionize school lunches once again. After taking over the school cafeterias in Huntington, W.Va., last year in the first season of his Emmy award-winning reality show, "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution," now he's knocking on the doors of the Los Angeles school district for the second season, which premieres April 12 on ABC at 8 pm ET.

    Last year, Oliver stormed the schools of Huntington, which was named the unhealthiest city in 2008 based on statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC). He overhauled school menus, convinced children to eat (and enjoy) more vegetables, and opened a community kitchen to serve healthy meals to families. More than a year later, Oliver's nutrition lessons have had a lasting effect. "Everything that we set up and everything that we did is still running there," he said in a telephone news conference. What's more, the Naked Chef author has gotten the whole community - including

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  • Pregnant Natalie Portman Gives Up Veganism

    By Sharon Tanenbaum

    Yes, it is possible to be healthy, pregnant and vegan. But still, Oscar winner and famous vegan Natalie Portman is not one to let her strict diet get in the way of pregnancy cravings.

    The Oscar-winning actress, who is expecting her first child with fiance Benjamin Millepied, revealed that she's no longer a vegan.

    "I actually went back to being vegetarian when I became pregnant, just because I felt like I wanted that stuff," the 29-year-old said during an interview with Atlanta's Q100 Bert Show (via

    So what finally did her in?

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    "If you're not eating eggs, then you can't have cookies or cake from regular bakeries, which can become a problem when that's all you want to eat," she revealed. "I actually wanted eggs at the beginning and then they grossed me out after awhile."

    Vegetarianism can have many health benefits for Portman and her baby. Vegetarian sources of protein are easier on the kidneys, and being a v

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  • 6 Unhealthy Things You Should Stop Saying Now

    By Sharon Tanenbaum

    In a recent study published in the journal Psychology of Women Quarterly, 93 percent of college-age women admitted they fall into the fat-talk trap - picking apart their own body flaws among friends, possibly to elicit those "no, you look great!" responses.

    But bashing their belly bloat isn't the only harmful thing that women routinely say aloud. From "I'm soooo stressed out" to "Yikes, I'm sorry about that," many seemingly harmless everyday phrases are actually more loaded than you think - and they have the power to whittle down your self-confidence and raise your levels of anxiety and depression, says Shoshana Bennett, PhD, a Sonoma, Calif-based psychologist.

    Chances are you may not even realize you're making such statements, or that they're self-deprecating, Dr. Bennett says. "You should talk to yourself as you would to a very close friend. Most of us wouldn't dream of uttering to someone we adore the little putdowns we say to ourselves."


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  • Tina Fey Is Pregnant at 40!

    By Sharon Tanenbaum, Everyday Health's celebrity news editor

    Congratulations are in order for everyone's (or at least my) favorite funny woman, Tina Fey!

    The 40-year-old star of 30 Rock announced she is expecting her second child with husband, composer Jeff Richmond, during a taping of The Oprah Winfrey Show on Wednesday, according to People. The couple have a five-year-old daughter, Alice.

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    Fey, who said she's five months along, seems to be right on trend: The Centers for Disease Control announced last week a 6 percent rise in the birth rate of women between 40 and 44, whereas birth rates among every other age group actually fell.

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    With her announcement, Fey, whose book, Bossypants, was released on Tuesday, put to rest that nagging, cocktail-party question of "Are you going to have more kids?" In fact, she recently mused about in a story she penned for The New Yorker:

    "This is rude. Especially

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  • 20 Surprising Artificially Colored Foods

    As the FDA reviews the possible link between artificial food coloring and behavior problems in children, you may not realize just how many everyday foods contain artificial tints. Artificial food dyes - and their suspected link to behavior problems like ADHD in some children - are under fire again, as an FDA expert panel re-examines their safety in a two-day review. The panel will look at studies on the links between artificial coloring and health problems and possibly recommend policy changes, including warning labels on foods that contain them.

    Controversy over artificial food colorings, many of which were first approved by FDA in 1931, is nothing new. The debate dates back to the 1970s when California pediatrician Benjamin Feingold claimed a link between dyes and hyperactivity in children and suggested a diet that eliminated them.

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    FDA has weighed in on artificial food coloring in the past (in 1982, in 1986, and in 2007) and concluded that further

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  • Supersized Everything: 5 Expanding Everyday Objects

    The obesity epidemic is boarding America's buses: The Federal Transit Administration recently proposed regulatory changes to account for the increased weight of the average passenger (175 pounds instead of 150) and the floor space that standing passengers occupy (1.75 square feet instead of 1.5).

    It's no secret that the United States is struggling with a seriously weighty issue: 34 percent of U.S. adults are now obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC); adults are on average 25 pounds heavier than they were in 1960. Even worse, obesity rates are skyrocketing among children. Over the last 30 years, the rate among preschoolers age 2 to 5 doubled, to 10 percent, and among adolescents 12 to 19, more than tripled, to 18 percent.

    But obesity - defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater - isn't just affecting our bus system. Here's a look at surprising ways it's impacting everything from ambulances to bras.

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  • Give Comfort Food a Healthy Makeover

    They call it comfort food for a reason - you feel good when you eat the foods you love! Unfortunately, a lot of those dishes are packed full of calories, fat, and cholesterol. Rather than giving up your favorite recipes, try making healthy substitutions - you'll maintain the flavor and a healthy diet.

    1. Peach Cobbler

    Fruit cobblers are a great dessert. The secret to keeping calories and cholesterol low is in how you prepare the batter - only a little margarine is necessary, and you'll never miss the eliminated sugar with sweet peaches to fill the void.

    Try Everyday Health's 1-2-3 Peach Cobbler
    271 calories; 4 grams of fat; .5 mg cholesterol

    2. BBQ Chicken

    Barbecued chicken can be made year-round - either on the grill or under the broiler. Some recipes call for oil, while others call for salty condiments, but you can create a tangy marinade without adding fat or sodium. Our recipe is simple but results in savory, succulent chicken.

    Try Everyday Health's Barbecued Chicken

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  • 3 Health Wins (and 2 Losses) During March Madness

    By Sharon Tanenbaum
    As March Madness sweeps the nation, fans everywhere may be surprised to learn that the NCAA tournament isn't just fun and games - it can actually have a significant impact on your health.

    Most of the effects seem positive. "Being involved in a social group with shared values and interests is demonstrably healthy," says Chris Peterson, PhD, professor of psychology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. "Being a sports fan is an excellent example of that."

    But the tourney may not be a health slam dunk. Certain factors, such as whether your team wins or loses or how riled up you get during games, can take a negative toll on your health and safety too.

    So will this year's tournament be a boost or bust your health? Read on to find out.

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    1. Health Boost: Self-Esteem Spike

    Among garden-variety (as opposed to hardcore) fans, cheering on your alma mater can lift your self-esteem and lower levels of anxiety and

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  • St. Pats Celebrators: Tap Into Beer's Health Benefits

    By Sharon Tanenbaum

    St. Patrick's Day revelers, take note: Your favorite pint may be healthier than you realize. When it comes to good-for-you happy hour beverages, we tend to think mainly of red wine and its heart-friendly antioxidants. Recent research, however, reveals that beer may help what ales you, from reducing the risk of osteoporosis to beating brain fog. But before you go on a beer binge, remember that moderation is key to reap its health perks. That means two 12-ounce drinks a day for men and one for women.

    "If you overdo it, alcohol can actually take a toll on your health by causing weight gain, raising blood pressure, and more," says Andrea Giancoli, RD, spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. A 12-ounce regular beer can pack up to 150 calories (a light beer has around 100), which can add up quickly after multiple rounds.

    Here are five healthy reasons to toast your next beer:

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    Make no bones about it: Beer in

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