Treadmill vs. Elliptical: Which is a better fit for you?

Many people ask me which cardio exercise is best for them. To answer this question, I think it’s important to take many things into account, and the following are just a few things to consider: What are your goals? Are you trying to lose weight, build muscle, improve cardiovascular health, etc? Do you have any injuries or physical limitations? What do you enjoy the most? What exercises a...
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Chia Seeds: Are They the New Superfood?

Chia seeds have recently gained popularity, and with that I have had a lot of questions about these seeds.  If you look online, you will that they are touted to be the new super food that will solve many problems such as… Aiding in weight loss because they help control the appetite reduce food cravings block calorie absorption Improving heart health, mental health, and digesti...
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Walk vs Run: Which is Better for Weight Loss?

Today, I read an interesting article about whether walking or running is a more effective way to lose weight.  This article discussed a study that put 120 overweight or obese middle-aged men and women into four test groups: Group 1 walked 11 miles per week (or did equivalent intensity exercise on the elliptical/bicycle) Group 2 ran 11 miles per week (or did equivalent intensity exercise on ...
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Coconut: Is it the New Super Food or is it Hype?

Over the past year, I have seen a significant increase in the consumption of coconut products American’s are eating such as coconut oil, coconut milk, coconut butters, etc.  This is probably no surprise since it’s touted to promote weight loss, help with skin/hair, and improve diabetes, cholesterol and Alzheimer’s Disease.  Even Dr. Oz recommends it, so it must be the new “super food”,...
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Snickers Bar vs. Slim Fast Bar: Are They Really All that Different?

My last post, I wrote about one of my favorite products I tried at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Food and Nutrition Conference this year.  This week, I am doing the opposite, and I am going to write about a product that I would not recommend.  At the conference, there were so many nutrition bars that were handed out to be sampled.  Some with healthy ingredients but most that seemed ...
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Can I Eat Anything I Want with Exercise? A Closer Look at the Calories In vs. Calories Out Equation

Many people falsely believe that because they exercise that they can eat anything that they want and they will meet their weight loss goals or will be able to maintain their weight.  This is simply not the case because it is very easy to “undo” the hard work that you put in at the gym with a poor food choice or two.  Nutrition and exercise go hand and hand for overall health and weight manag...
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Holiday Desserts: Try Freezing Leftovers to Minimize Temptation

This season is such a challenging time because of all the extra holiday food that is around.  For those with a sweet tooth, the leftover cakes and pies from thanksgiving can be a challenge, for others the Christmas cookies are the biggest temptation.  While you may not be able to control your environment at work or at holiday gatherings, you can control your environment at home. So what can y...
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Healthy Holidays: Top 5 Reasons Why NOW is the Best Time to Start a Nutrition Program

The holiday season is rapidly approaching, and this is typically the time of year that people put their health and good nutrition on the backburner.  Often, people go into the holiday season thinking that they will enjoy the holidays, indulge in the seasonal foods and then go on a diet in January to take off the weight they gained.  However, this plan often backfires.  The following are a few r...
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Researchers Speculate Food Could Be as Addictive as Cocaine

This week there was an interesting article entitled “Fatty Foods as addictive as Cocaine in Growing Body of Science” in Bloomburg Businessweek.  The article sites research from several studies that have found that foods high in fat, sugar and high fructose corn syrup seem to have addictive properties, and they can elicit a response in the brain that is similar to the response people get from ...
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Halloween Candy Buy Back

It’s the day after Halloween, and many kids (and adults) are now coming down from their sugar high from last night.  While enjoying some candy on Halloween is not going to make or break a healthy eating plan for children or adults, the problem is that there are now piles of candy laying around the house which can be very tempting.  If you find that the sweet treats are calling your name and mo...
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