No Wonder Parents Become So Confused About Raising Healthy Kids

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Talk about bad timing. In “The Case For Letting Your Child Eat Junk Food Once In A While,” Charlotte Markey, a health psychology professor at Rutgers University and author of Smart People Don’t Diet, recently explained to The Huffington Post that overly restricting junk food can have adverse affects down the road. “They actually end up being more likely to be overweight when they’re older,” Markey said. “So although I certainly don’t want … [Read more...]

Myth-Busting, Mini-Meals & Vibrant Skin: My Week in Blogs

I've never set out to become the Controversy Queen, though a few of my past blogs have certainly ruffled a few feathers. Not everyone concurred with my thoughts about eggs, and marathon runners as well as other endurance-exercise fans took issue with my argument that burst training was far superior. (Maybe it was the title with that later one that did it: Why Your Workout Could be Making You Fat.) Controversy arose again this past week with my … [Read more...]

Don’t Buy Another Weight Loss Supplement Until You Read This Blog

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Dr. Oz on trial for shoddy supplements made quite a fuss among the nutrition community this past week. Some applauded Congress’s efforts to go after the incredibly popular television doctor for making hyperbolic claims, while others thought those efforts could have been better spent on other matters. After all, who’s targeting the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical industry with its ever-growing array of medications and their many side … [Read more...]

My Total Knee Replacement Protocol

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Many readers asked how I prepared and recovered from my recent total knee replacement in such record time. I've provided my protocol below. Please note: This is NOT medical advice. If you choose to follow any of this you should discuss it with your health care team.   Training   I trained for 4 months prior to surgery to get my muscles as strong as possible. 2 – 3 times a week I did the following exercises, focusing on 3-4 … [Read more...]

7 Effortless Upgrades for Your Next Cookout

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“The chilled chocolate mousse pie became my undoing,” a friend recently confessed. Her family had a big Memorial Day cookout, she stuck to Virgin Diet-approved foods, yet two glasses of pinot noir left her feeling a little relaxed, let’s say, and she momentarily let down her guard to deep-dive into two pieces of her mother-in-law’s chocolate mousse pie. Sound familiar? Summer becomes practically synonymous with cookouts, yet you needn’t indulge … [Read more...]

Study Shows Diet Drinkers Lose More Weight? Consider the Source

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Diet cola addicts, I mean drinkers, celebrated a recent study published in the journal Obesity that showed diet-soda drinkers lost more weight than water drinkers. The 12-week study divided 303 participants into a water or diet-soda group, both of whom followed the same diet and exercise plan. Victory went to the diet-soda drinkers, who lost on average 13 pounds over 12 weeks, whereas the water drinkers only lost nine pounds over that same … [Read more...]

You’ll Become Fed Up Too After Seeing this Riveting Documentary

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The statistics are sobering and staggering. Over 95% of all Americans will be overweight or obese within the next two decades. By 2050, one out of every three Americans will have diabetes. This is the first generation of Americans expected to live shorter lives than their parents. How did this happen? That’s what Fed Up, a new documentary narrated by Katie Couric, dares to ask. The film knows no easy answers exist for obesity, even if it … [Read more...]

Replace, Don’t Repress: 7 Effortless Lateral Shifts for Fast, Lasting Fat Loss

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"I've vanished the word diet from my vocabulary," my friend recently announced over tea. "To me, that word means abstaining and deprivation." I understand her perspective. Over my nearly three decades as a fitness and nutrition specialist, I've seen too many clients misconstrue what has become a dirty word so eating becomes a miserable exercise in self-denial followed by gorging on those forbidden foods. Healthy eating - call it dieting if … [Read more...]

Thrive Under Stress during Challenging Life Situations with these Strategies

Ever since my son Grant’s near-death experience in 2012, I’ve received incredibly moving emails and letters from folks who have suffered traumatic, life-altering catastrophes. A woman recently wrote that she lost her 23-year-old son about three months ago. With the resulting stress, she often has no appetite. “Is there something I can do to feed my body without loading up my system?” she asks. “I know eventually hunger will return, and want to … [Read more...]

No Whey: Why You Should Skip this Popular Protein

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Among the wide array of protein powders, whey is perhaps most ubiquitous and popular. I've long opted for non-soy plant-based proteins because they don't create potential reactions. With its blend of chlorella, pea, and chia, The Virgin Diet All-in-One Shake helps balance blood sugar to keep you full, focused, and burning fat for hours. Why not whey? After all, with a biological value of 104[1] – higher than even egg whites – whey has long … [Read more...]

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