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Saturday
Mar242012

The Healthy Way of Life Food Pyramid - Part 2

In Part 1 of this two-part series, we looked at what is most important in building a solid nutrition foundation. Throughout the LifeTime WeightLoss website, you’ll find information on what happens when people over-consume carbohydrates, when they eat too much trans fat, and the reality of the Standard American Diet (SAD). We talk about pasture-raised and grass-fed versus conventionally raised animal foods. We tackle processed foods and environmental toxins.

Each of these topics is interesting, but often people miss the forest for the trees. Before you zero in on whether the food you’re eating comes from the perfect source,

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Thursday
Dec292011

Belly Fat | 5 Ways to Shrink Your Gut

Last week, we talked about Waist-Hip Ratio, which is an easy to use measure to determine if your belly’s getting a bit too big. If it is, hopefully the article scared you enough to make a change. Belly fat is more than an inconvenience; it’s bad for your health. So if belly fat is getting out of hand, how do you get things under control? The following are five things you can do to see an almost-immediate change. Beyond looking better and improving your health, you’ll probably feel better too.

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Tuesday
Dec272011

Try-It Tuesday: Go Gluten Free

I know you’ve thought about it. Maybe you’ve highly considered it or event attempted it, but most Americans, and especially our frequent Flourish readers, have read and learned about the negative impacts Gluten can have on our health. In fact, if you...

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Wednesday
Nov022011

Fat, Carbs and Cardiovascular Disease

If you were to ask the average person what causes heart disease, he or she would probably say dietary fat. Though fat has been vindicated through many different studies, it is still common for people to have the impression that dietary fat is unhealthy. We’ve discussed how dietary fat has been unnecessarily vilified for decades in previous articles, such as Saturated Fat: Wrongfully Accused, Cholesterol Gets a Bum Rap, and Myth Busting: Fat. A new research review from The Netherlands Journal of Medicine sheds more light on the confusion surrounding dietary fat, especially saturated fat, carbohydrates and cardiovascular disease. In many ways, Europe tends to be more progressive around nutrition, supplementation and drug therapy. Hopefully a review such as this one will pave the way for similar messages here in the United States in the near future.

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Wednesday
Oct122011

Book Review: The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living

In a sea of mixed-message nutrition and metabolism books, a new text written by two of the leading experts in nutrition and metabolism was recently published. The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living is a scientifically solid, research-supported, passionately written book written by Jeff Volek, PhD, RD and Stephen Phinney, MD, PhD. These two gentlemen have not only achieved their reputations by being book-smart, and by working with clients and patients, they have authored many of the most significant research studies on low-carbohydrate nutrition, metabolism and even exercise performance.

This book leaves little room for opinion or varying interpretations of scientific data. While people frequently share their opinion about low-carb and low-fat nutrition, often based on little understanding of the research on the topic, Phinney and Volek address one misunderstanding after another with a “nothing but the truth” approach. Those who are not well-versed in the research on low-carbohydrate living tend to argue a variety of myths, which the authors tackle one after another. Some of the myths addressed in the book include:

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Wednesday
Oct052011

Why Eating More Whole Grains Can Cause Weight Gain

Virtually everywhere you look, food advertising tells us to eat more whole grains. Eat more whole grains for “heart health.” Eat more whole grains “to lower cholesterol.” Eat more whole grains to “manage weight.”. A new study in The Journal of Nutrition suggests otherwise, at least for kids at this time.

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Thursday
Sep292011

Q&A: Will Going Gluten Free Help Me Lose Weight?

Readers write in:

I’ve been hearing a lot about gluten-free diets, recently. Is eating gluten-free a good way to lose weight?

This question reminds me of a trip my wife and I made to our local food co-op, recently. We watched a gentleman pick a box off the shelf and say to his shopping partner, “Look honey, these are gluten-free. I don’t know what that means, but it must be good for me.”

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