The Truth About Negative Calorie Foods

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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 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 ...

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Brown Rice versus White Rice:  Which One Is Really Healthier?

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by David Greenwalt Brown rice is a whole grain; white rice is not. Brown rice contains more fiber, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients than white rice. Seems like brown rice is the clear winner in terms of health, right? Some have suggested that it may not be quite so clear. All those extra vitamins and minerals in brown rice are accompanied by phytates – molecules that can limit absorption of some nutrients. In recent years, there has also been concern over levels of arsenic ...

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Is Setpoint the Reason Your Body is Stuck?

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by David Greenwalt Many people who have tried to lose weight are familiar with the dreaded “plateau” of dieting – the point at which they just can’t seem to lose any more weight, despite their continued efforts to eat less and exercise more. Worse yet, some people who have fought hard to lose weight end up regaining it over time, or even ending up at a weight higher than they were when they started. See my review of what happened to 'Biggest Loser' contestants after they lost a ton of ...

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Six Stupid Diet Tips That Make Me Want To Scream

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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 research, authors published in the New England Journal of Medicine and many others, and I make these interviews ...

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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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