The idea that alcohol may be good for your heart has been around for a while. While moderate drinking may offer health benefits, drinking more can cause a host of health problems. So should you turn to alcohol to protect your heart? Here's what y... 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
Q: Will carnitine help me lose weight?
A: In theory, carnitine, a derivative of the amino acid lysine, could be a good weight loss supplement because it helps move components of fat into the area in cells where they are burned. There is, howev... Read more
When is a vitamin not really a vitamin? When it's vitamin D! The "sunshine" vitamin, aptly named because sunlight is a source of it, is actually a hormone. Vitamin D is currently receiving a lot of attention and research regarding its r... Read more
Whether you drink it as a hot beverage to ward off Old Man Winter or iced to cool off on a hot summer day, tea is an invigorating drink that people around the world consume in copious amounts. In America alone, each person drinks approximately 155 cu... Read more
Today my challenge from SparkCoach was to splurge and eat at the top of my calorie range.
I tend to follow the suggested meal plans by SparkPeople because it makes menu planning so much easier. I love the shopping lists, too. I often don't even... Read more
I have some questions that I really need answered. All this confusion makes it really hard to know if i'm on the right track or not.
Last week, I hired a personal trainer. I went this route so he could help me to get st... Read more
My doc recommended me to lose weight.
Did any of your physicians talk about your weight? How did they approach the topic? Did it offend you?
Should healthcare providers even talk to us about weight loss? Is it their business?
N... Read more
Understanding that you can't obsess over this daily, it is nevertheless a good idea to look at this periodically to understand the relationship between things happening in your nutrition and fitness trackers. You need approximately 3500 deficit calor... Read more
Each time I review a new restaurant for our ongoing Food on the Run or Diet Friendly Dining series, there are always comments wondering why there is so much sodium in restaurant food.
A new Annals of Internal Medicine article looking at informati... Read more
In the recently updated 2010 Dietary Guidelines, the term SoFAS is defined as solid fats and added sugars.
Solid fats are those that remain in solid form at room temperature. They tend to be high in unhealthy saturated fats that can increase total... Read more
This calorie intake thing is aggravating me! First, after using this sites' suggested calorie intake, I thought I was eating way more food than I ever was to begin with, even though my lunch/dinner choices may be healthier choices at time... Read more
For the record my previous doctor was and still is a COMPLETE idiot for suggesting that I should go on a LOW CARB diet. I always knew that low carb diets are NOT good for anyone diabetic or not. So of course I found another doctor who isn't a compl... Read more
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