SparkPeople.com provides free tools, resources and support for adults who want to improve their diets, establish a healthy lifestyle, get physically active, lose weight and/or manage their weight. We stand by our weight-loss, exercise and dietar... Read more
These days, protein is a powerful word. So powerful that more and more food companies are boasting about the protein content of their foods and manufacturing newer protein-rich products to meet our demands for the essential nutrient. Why? Ask the ave... Read more
Almost every time we turn on the television or glance at a magazine cover in the supermarket checkout line, we are bombarded with the new weight-loss rules and diet plans. We're constantly given suggestions to drink a special shake, cut out carbs... Read more
It can be easy to lose track of all the vitamins out there. It's even easier to forget how exactly they help our bodies. Let’s see, vitamin A heals wounds and vitamin C improves eyesight, wait, what was it again? There are so many, it... Read more
Eight to twelve cups of water daily, that’s what the SparkPeople plan suggests. Whether you are having a hard time drinking that much water, or just want to drink a variety of beverages (coffee, tea, diet soda, juice), many dieters challenge an... Read more
I currently weigh more than I did the day before I delivered my youngest child. She is now 12. I have tried other diets without much success since I like to cook and eat and my schedule is hectic on the best days. I tend to go from extremes of exe... Read more
I'm a 5'2.5 female. I had a great curvy and petite body until I gained some weight and now I don't know what to do! I began tracking my intake thinking I was doing a great thing by eating only 600-800 cals until I read up that females... Read more
I was on my insurance company's website today and they had posted some easy ways to reduce how much you eat.
The first was to reduce your plate size from the standard 10 inch plate to the old fashioned 8 inch plate. 20% reduction in food on plat... Read more
I'm at maintenance and experimenting with sticking to the different ends of the SP recommended calorie range. I'm wondering what works for other maintainers out there. Do you successfully use the calorie range SP suggests, or have you found somethi... Read more
Hey fellow sparklers! I'm having some trouble adjusting my caloric intake now that I'm training for a 5K. I've been eating 1200 cals for what seems like forever and now my food guide adjusts based off how much exercise I do. So now I'm struggling wi... Read more
I'm an ex-vegetarian, and it is still hard for me to think of meat as an option. That meant my protein intake was usually a good 20 grams below the recommended amount. I decided to up my intake to 80-100g a day, and the awesome side effect has been a... Read more
For anyone who follows or wants to learn the SB way of eating. Lets be healthy together. SB is recommended by many doctors and dieticians; its good for blood sugar and reducing dietary fat.... Read more
A small study recently published in The Journal of the American Medical Association reviewed the clinical responses of three popular diet regimens in people that had already achieved weight loss. The goal of the study was to not only look at energy e... Read more
Even when you are trying to be on your best behavior and outsmart temptation, Halloween candy can be too much. It is possible to make a choice that not only treats your sweet tooth but also provides some nutritional benefit with the calories.
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