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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Got Plantar Fasciitis? Real-Life Sufferers Share Solutions

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Got plantar fasciitis? There are a bazillion websites that'll tell you what it is. I'll start with what the Mayo Clinic says it is and then I'll give you real-world suggestions from clients and friends who suffer from it and have found what works for them. According to the Mayo Clinic Plantar fasciitis (PLAN-tur fas-e-I-tis) is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It involves pain and inflammation of a thick band of tissue, called the plantar fascia, that runs across the bottom of ...

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13 Wholes Punched Into a Popular Elimination Diet

13 Wholes Punched Into Popular Elimination Diet

by David Greenwalt Diets that tell you to completely exclude certain foods or food groups rarely have any scientific basis. An exception to this could be elimination diets, which can help people with food allergies or intolerances figure out which foods they have reactions to. More likely, however, medically unsupervised exclusionary diets are an attempt by their authors to get you to purchase their latest diet book and/or "official" supplements "approved" by them. Be sure and take the ...

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How Much Food Variety is Best for Starting Weight Loss?

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Variety is the spice of life. It means we should try many different kinds of experiences, because trying different things keeps life interesting. Does this cliche hold true for food during the starting phase of weight loss? We live in an obesogenic (obesity promoting) environment that produces passive overeating and physical inactivity. The environmental conditions are complex but one piece of the puzzle researchers are looking at is dietary variety. The variety of high-calorie, low-nutrient ...

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Have ‘Biggest Loser’ Contestants Ruined Their Metabolisms?

Persistent metabolic adaptation 6 years after “The Biggest Loser” competition

by David Greenwalt "Biggest Loser" contestants have screwed their metabolisms for good and they, like anyone who loses a lot of weight quickly, are doomed to regain all their weight lost and be morbidly obese forever, a new study published in the respected journal "Obesity" didn't say, at all. If you read the headlines about this across a number of popular news and entertainment outlets you'll be convinced we're all screwed if we want to lose a lot of weight--absolutely screwed. Is it ...

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