Written on July 24, 2012 at 12:30 pm , by Karla Walsh
Although it was originally released in the UK, the weight-loss book Six Weeks to OMG: Get Skinnier Than All Your Friends is making waves worldwide. That’s most likely due to the “unconventional” diet tips including taking a cool bath and skipping breakfast (something you’d never see happen at the FITNESS offices!) to hypothetically increase metabolism. The author, a celebrity trainer who wrote the book using a pseudonym, also suggests blowing balloons to work your ab muscles in a different way.
Many of us have been found guilty of certain diet crimes while trying to lose weight. But some of the information in this book—like the author’s claim that it doesn’t matter if you get your carbohydrates from broccoli or a can of soda—have us thinking “OMG!” Critics have also slammed the book for targeting teenage girls, potentially putting them at risk for a dangerous weight-loss competition with their pals (see the subtitle).
Some aspects of the plan dietitians might agree with, like the suggestions to watch your sugar intake and drink black coffee, in moderation. Yet many Six Weeks tactics seem to be more of a “quick fix” than a sustainable health program.
Now tell us: What’s the wildest diet you’ve tried? And what does a healthy, sustainable diet look like for you?
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Written on February 2, 2012 at 9:01 am , by Diets in Review
By Kati Mora, RD for DietsInReview.com
When you think of weight loss, the DASH diet might not be the first plan that comes to mind. Afterall, it was designed to help individuals lower their blood pressure and not necessarily their calorie intake, right? Well, yes and no. Although the DASH, or Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, diet has been proven to reduce blood pressure, it can also help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
This diet was recently named the best overall diet for health by US News and World Report. That’s because it’s balanced, relatively simple to follow, backed by scientific research, and generally safe to put into practice. From fruits and vegetables to lean meats and low-fat dairy, this meal plan correlates well with the USDA MyPlate recommendations. Many of these foods are lower in calorie and rich in important nutrients such as potassium, magnesium, calcium, protein, and fiber. A few more things to know about DASH diet meal plans:
-An individual should consume no more than 2300 milligrams of sodium a day. With the more stringent or low sodium plan, no more than 1500 milligrams should be consumed on a daily basis.
-Followers must go easy on fats, oils, sweets, and added sugars. Depending on how many calories you need to function each day and how
physically active you are, the amount of these and other components of your diet vary.
-Instead of utilizing special foods or counting calories, the emphasis here is more on servings and portion sizes. In general, those following the DASH diet should aim for 4-5 servings of both fruits and vegetables a day, 6-12 servings of whole grains, 2-3 servings of low-fat or no-fat dairy, less than 6 servings of lean meats, poultry and fish, 2-3 servings of fats and oils, 4-5 servings of legumes, nuts, and seeds, and no more than 5 servings of sweets per week. Alcoholic beverages should also be limited to no more than two drinks for men and one drink for women each day.
Not sure what a serving looks like? ChooseMyPlate.gov has a few excellent resources to help you identify what a serving size is for each food group. It varies depending on what type
of food you are eating and it can be tricky to keep all your serving sizes straight, but in general:
A serving of fruit = 1 cup
A serving of vegetables = 1 cup
A serving of whole grain= 1 ounce
A serving of protein = 1 ounce
A serving of dairy = 1 cup
The DASH diet might be for you if you’re looking to improve the nutritional quality of the way you eat. It is often associated with improved blood pressure maintenance; however, weight loss can also result from the dietary modifications taking place!
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Written on December 16, 2011 at 7:09 am , by Colleen Moody
Need a little help to get back on track from the pre-holiday calorie bombs you’ve been walking into lately? It might be time to test out the P.I.N.K Method to help you not only lose extra weight, but keep it off for good.
The program stands for Power, Intensity, Nutrition and Kardio and is the latest diet plan designed specifically for women. Each set comes with three DVDs that feature three 20, 30 or 40 minute workout routines led by a group of female trainers. In each of these phases, you’ll work on your endurance, intensity, and nutrition to keep your metabolism ticking and preventing a plateau. For example, in Phase 1 you’ll develop a strong exercise base and increase your endurance. Phase 2 will work on upping your intensity and Phase 3 you’ll kick your workout up to a point you never thought you could, torching calories long after you’ve stopped sweating.
The P.I.N.K Method also comes with a nutrition guide and workbook developed by nutritionist (and one of the experts to our Fat-Proof Your Holiday Guide) Cynthia Pasquella, CCN. She’ll provide you with meal plans and mini diet programs to follow along with your workouts that will help the weight melt off. Pasquella will also teach you what to eat to fuel your body the right way with healthy, yet dense foods that fill you up longer. The program is set up so that the diet plans and workouts change constantly, so your body never gets used to one routine and is always working.
Interested? For more information on the P.I.N.K Method, visit pinkmethod.com. If you’re already a P.I.N.K member log on TODAY, December 16 at 2 p.m. PST for a live chat with Pasquella to ask her questions about your program. You can also watch Pasquella’s last live chat here, to see if your question has already been answered. She’s also doing another live chat on January 9, 10 a.m. PST, so log on to get more fitness tips!