There’s No Magic Pill for Weight Loss

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Despite the fact that millions have been spent looking for one, and many an unethical marketer has promoted it, there is no magic pill for weight loss.  Many women are searching for this answer, but the bottom line is a harsh one.  Overweight people can achieve greater weight loss success with a combination of a low-calorie diet, increased physical activity, and behavioral changes.  The best case scenario is to allow people to learn about the foods to eat, how to choose them at restaurants and the store, as well as providing support for exercise.

 

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Teaching Kids to Read Food Labels

Teaching Kids to Read Food Labels

The Food and Drug Administration is trying to get the word out that children should learn to read the nutrition labels of the food they eat. The department is turning to this tactic as more and more children and young adults struggle with obesity. The thought is if children know more about the food they’re eating, they will make better choices as they get older. There are other steps being taken as well. Many states are starting to take a more aggressive role dealing with food choices being given to schools. The hope is limiting food options to more healthy choices may lead to both short-term and long-term changes.

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Eating More Chocolate Is Associated with Higher Depression Scores

Eating More Chocolate Is Associated with Higher Depression Scores

Eating more chocolate is associated with higher depression scores. Researchers assessed the mood of 931 participants who were not taking antidepressants using a standard depression scale. They then correlated the results from those with a food survey. Those who scored very highly, reflecting probable major depression, reported consuming more than twice as much chocolate as those who were negative for depression. The findings were similar between women and men. The researchers speculate that depression may stimulate cravings for chocolate as a form of self-medication. Animal studies suggest that chocolate may have positive mood benefits, however, they cannot rule out the possibility that chocolate actually contributes to the depressed mood, or that both cravings and depressed mood are caused by a third, underlying factor. The report is in the Archive of Internal Medicine.

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Read the Ingredients in Food, Not Just the Food Label

Read the Ingredients in Food, Not Just the Food Label

Eating healthy may take more than just reading the food label. It’s easy for food labels to fool you if you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for. The packaging and the wording are precisely constructed. Here’s an example. If you’re walking through the bread aisle and you see wording on a label such as “heart healthy” or “100% whole wheat,” it might be correct, but do yourself a favor…turn to the back and read the ingredients. Reading the ingredients is more important than reading the label. If you read the ingredients, not just the label, you will find you will be making better choices. This is certainly an art that you have to develop over time. Try to understand what you’re doing, take your time, and do it slowly. It will make a big difference.

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What are Trans Fats?

What are Trans Fats?

You may have heard how there’s a move around this country to try to permanently eliminate trans fats. But what are trans fats? Well actually, they’re things that we created in our process of developing food. It’s not really a natural form of food, which actually increases the risk of heart disease more than anything else that we can put into our bodies, short of cigarettes. Trans fats actually are best described as products that could sit on the shelf for weeks and weeks and weeks without refrigeration. Many of those products have the trans fats.

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Give in to Food Cravings

Give in to Food Cravings

We all deal with them at some point or another. Food cravings are common and the cravings women experience during pregnancy have reached legendary status. Doctors say that most pregnant women crave things like ice cream or cake, but not pickles, which seem to be the most often mentioned in movie or television scenes. But it isn’t just during pregnancy we have these cravings. According to the Cleveland Clinic, you should not fight your cravings. Satisfying a food craving can help improve your mood, relax you, and give you more energy.

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Does Dark Chocolate Protect the Heart?

Does Dark Chocolate Protect the Heart?

Does dark chocolate help protect the heart, and if it does, why? There have been numerous reports looking at this. A new study out of Yale has some very interesting findings. According to the researchers, dark chocolate may also boost the function of vital endothelial cells that line the inside of blood vessels. Cocoa is rich in a group of antioxidant compounds called flavonoids which are also found in fruits and vegetables, wine, and green tea. It is the flavonoids which protect the heart.

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