What Are Nightshades? Good or Bad?

by David Greenwalt What are nightshades? Despite their rather mysterious-sounding name, “nightshades” are simply a family of plants. Their scientific name is Solanaceae. The family includes over 2,000 species, ranging from vines and herbs to shrubs and trees. Most nightshades are inedible, but a few are commonly eaten: potatoes, tomatoes, bell peppers, chili peppers, and…

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The Truth About Negative Calorie Foods

By David Greenwalt 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…

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Six Stupid Diet Tips That Make Me Want To Scream

At Leanness Lifestyle University our mission statement includes “Evidence-based lifestyle-management for permanent weight control.” That might seem like a mouthful but every word is important. The first part of our mission statement includes “evidence-based.” For two decades now I’ve kept my nose buried in the real, published, peer-reviewed research. I interview lead authors of the…

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Muscle, Metabolism & More

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…

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