The Truth About Negative Calorie Foods

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If you've ever searched for weight loss miracles you've undoubtedly found a website or fifty touting the miracle of the negative-calorie-food diet. The most common "negative-calorie" food touted is celery. A stalk of celery is about six calories. The miracle pitch is that the calories it takes to chew it and digest it are about nine calories. Hence, the six-calorie celery ends up being a negative-calorie food because nine (the calories purported to digest it) is greater than six. Ah, the ...

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Muscle, Metabolism & More

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by David Greenwalt It used to be thought that for each new pound of skeletal muscle gained, you would burn an extra 50 calories each day. At that rate, the thinking goes, you could put on muscle by lifting weights (or other strength training), and then let your muscles burn away calories. You could lose weight the rest of the day by just sitting still. Too good to be true? This article will examine the scientific evidence about how muscle and strength training really affect not only ...

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The Alkaline Diet – Miracle Cure or Just another Fad?

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by David Greenwalt The “Alkaline Diet” has been touted as a way to lose weight, gain energy and prevent diseases ranging from osteoporosis to cancer. Popularized by celebrities, there is no shortage of marketers willing to sell you books and kits to help you get started. But is there any proof that it actually works? This article will examine the evidence to see whether the alkaline diet lives up to its claims. What Does “Alkaline” Mean Anyway? Alkaline is a scientific term to ...

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Sitting Disease – Is It Real?

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by David Greenwalt Chances are that you are sitting down right now. In fact, many of us spend 70% or more of the time that we are awake sitting down – at the office, watching TV, driving, and so on (1). According to a national study, we spend an average of almost 8 hours sitting every day (2). For some people that number is even higher- as much as 15 hours per day (2). Could all this sitting be contributing to the obesity epidemic? Or hurting our health in other ways? The short ...

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Meal Replacements: Are They a Good Option for Losing Weight?

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by David Greenwalt The weight-loss market is loaded with diet shakes and bars that promise to make you drop pounds without any effort. Advertisements for products like Slimfast make the idea of replacing your normal meals with a pre-packaged alternative look pretty tempting if you are looking to shed some extra weight, get more fit, and save some time. But do these kinds of meal replacement products (MRPs) really help you lose weight? And even if they do, are they a smart and healthy option? ...

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