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
Over the past 6 weeks I have gained 6 pounds. Looking back at my caloric intake, I have not exceeded my calories at any time. In fact, most days it says I have not eaten enough calories. Could someone explain the science behind gaining weight becau... Read more
I am having a hard time knowing how many calories I'm supposed to have at certain parts of the day. Like right now for me it's 1 and I've only had 190 calories. I know that's really low. I don't know how many calories I'm supposed to have by now. How... Read more
Spark automatically adjusts the calorie range for days with activities, however, it doesn't adjust carbs, fat and protein to match. So if I have a long run or have a very active day where I burn more than a 1000 calories and I am inclined to eat mor... 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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