Why Net Calories Suck and Your My Fitness Pal APP is Failing You

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by David Greenwalt Lots of people use diet and activity trackers such as My Fitness Pal to log their food intake and exercise. After all, there’s an old saying that “you can’t manage what you don’t measure.” And yet it seems to be backfiring. From the first I got my hands on the slick, food-logging apps like My Fitness Pal, Loseit and more I noticed something right away that bothered me - net calories. As a 20+ year wellness coach I laughed, but truly in a disgusted way, when I saw ...

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Treating Sugar Addiction Like Drug Abuse

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With obesity rates on the rise worldwide and excess sugar consumption considered a direct contributor, the search has been on for treatments to reverse the trend. Now a world-first study led by QUT (Queensland University of Technology) may have the answer. Neuroscientist Professor Selena Bartlett from QUT's Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation said drugs used to treat nicotine addiction could be used to treat sugar addiction in animals. The publication coincides with another paper ...

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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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Nutrient Timing – Does it matter?

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by David Greenwalt It was long thought that a calorie was a calorie, no matter when it was consumed. The balance of calories eaten versus calories burned (“calories in, calories out”) has been cited for decades as the simple equation behind the complex struggle for weight loss that many people face. More recently, however, scientists are beginning to discover that there may be more – indeed, much more – to the weight loss equation. Part of their focus has been on revealing the potentially ...

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Increased Protein Intake Better At Preserving Lean Mass In Older Adults Too

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by David Greenwalt It's now common knowledge that protein intake on the order of a gram of protein per pound of lean body mass per day is getting pretty close to ideal for middle-aged and younger dieters and fitness enthusiasts who care, at all, about keeping or adding muscle. Refreshingly, not surprisingly, the same holds true for older adults. As people age they lose muscle mass (sarcopenia) and gain fat mass. These effects are aggravated via lesser physical activity, more skeletal ...

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