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Archive for the ‘ Weight Loss ’ Category

15 Jun

Mineral Makeup, Michael Moore and More

WORKER BEES’ WEEKLY BUZZ 8 Glasses of Water a Day? Theory Springs a Leak Thanks to Calorie Lab for mopping up this “urban legend”. (Dartmouth Medical School) Mineral Makeup Is Mostly Made of Marketing We blogged about this earlier this year, and now WebMD has just come out with a thorough analysis of mineral makeup […]

8 Jun

What’s Really in That Secret Sauce?

I’m not just talking about Big Macs, for secret sauce isn’t limited to peach mayonnaise. “Secret sauce” is in many popular menu items – often the ones you’d least expect. From oil to cornstarch to corn syrup, it’s not just portion sizes that are to blame for restaurant meals delivering calorie loads heavy enough to […]

5 Jun

What Does 4,000 Calories a Day Look Like?

The average American consumes almost 4,000 calories every day and counting! That’s anywhere from 1500 to 2500 more calories than the average man or woman really needs (children and athletes have different needs). Translation: 3500 calories is equivalent to one pound. If you’re an “average American”, you could be eating anywhere from 12 to 15 […]

4 Jun

How to Eat More Fat

Sara here. Alert the press, for I am going to share with you the best ways to eat a lot more fat. That’s right (whew…you can stop stressing now). Your weekly health challenge: eat more fat. I want you to get greasy with it. But this isn’t a license to hit up the candy aisle […]

31 May

How Long Do I Have to Exercise Before I See Changes?

Short answer: probably a lot longer than you want. Long answer: I tend to cover a lot of nutrition, food marketing and diet issues, but fitness is also a crucial factor in overall health, so I’m eager to discuss exercise issues in greater detail. Truth is I spend a fair amount of time coaching, speaking […]

30 May

If Only Blogging Burnt More Calories

Hi everyone! As you know I’m always scanning the web for the latest healthy developments in Web 2.0. Though I’ve retired Aaron’s Additions in favor of Aaron’s Awards (because who doesn’t love a good laugh now and then?), I can’t help but be impressed by the insane popularity of fatblogging. I want to highlight fatblogging […]

22 May

10 Sure Ways to Sabotage Your Weight Loss

The Tuesday 10 Want to derail a diet or perennially perch on the pound plateau? It’s easy – just be sure to do one or more of the following: 10. Drink Alcohol – lots of it! Ketosis, schmosis. Cutting out refined carbs and empty calories will definitely help you peel off those pounds, but it […]

22 May

My Escape from Vegan Island

Every once in a while, I am alternately stunned and amused by what I see being promoted in the name of good health. I had one of those “stunningly amusing” episodes when I took an eight-day vacation with my family to an all-vegetarian health and adventure retreat in Costa Rica several months ago. We had […]

17 May

Are There Any Good Carbs?

Fruits Are Not the Devil, and Other Carb Concerns Although I espouse a fairly “low-carb” lifestyle for optimal health and a lean physique, this certainly means different things to different people. For some it means a strict Atkins-style diet of virtually no carbs, save for green vegetables. For others it means the inclusion of fruits, […]

6 Apr

Wow, Broccoli…Again

Hi, Apples! Sara here. Mark asked me to write this week’s Smart Fuel column as he is buried in the latest batch of science and medical journals. So, I am here to tell you about the wonderful uses of the mandolin slicer in your steadfast pursuit of healthy meals. Right about now you may be […]

5 Apr

The Only Proven Way to Gain Weight: Go on a Diet!

Worker Bees’ Daily Bites: Dieting doesn’t work, “they” tell us. But wait, the Mediterranean diet prevents health problems in the tiny tots! What gives? We’re here to help you sort through the confusion: Want to Gain Weight? Go on a Diet You’ve probably heard that many people gain back any weight lost during dieting. It […]

3 Apr

The Busy Person’s Guide to Losing Weight

The Tuesday 10: Lose Weight Even If You’re Busy And who isn’t busy? We’ve been talking quite a bit so far this week about how fast-paced and hectic our lifestyles are (especially in April, it seems). The idea of losing weight typically generates rather glamorous images: personal trainers, hours in the gym on complicated equipment, […]

28 Mar

Top 10 Top 10 Health Lists

Everyone loves a useful, pithy top ten – you MDA frequent flyers know that Mark delivers a piping hot set every Tuesday. But with so many blogs, and so little time (darn work keeps gettin’ in the way), it’s hard to know which top tens are really…top. Never fear, Apples. I have spent the week […]

21 Mar

Takin’ the Sting Out

Worker Bees’ Daily Bites: Here’s the fresh mix, Apples! You sassy little things, you. Food Police: Dangerously Close to a Sherlock Award Since we’ve already so graciously awarded the CDC with our monthly MOTO, the food police have narrowly escaped with dignity intact – for this month. Fresh from the fryer: they’re warning us that […]

14 Mar

You Best Be Clickin’!

Worker Bees’ Daily Bites: The Bees are proud to bring you all kinds of fascinating, humorous, important and compelling news bites today. Would you expect anything less? We hope not! Check out this clickativity: Eating for Two? Moms-to-be: think you need to gain 30 pounds for a healthy pregnancy? Think again. Conventional medical wisdom gets […]

7 Mar

Los Buzz

Worker Bees’ Daily Bites: Take two and see us in the morning. Basically Meaningless Index Science Daily reports that the BMI is a bad idea. We’ve been saying that for some time. And it’s not like we’re alone in this – a lot of health experts have been expressing frustration with reliance on the BMI. […]

28 Feb

A Big Fat Blog Post

Cut the fat with these bloggers as your guides. Though we can’t condone every health tip offered by these ever-slimming scribes, the will of these bloggers to lose weight is inspirational and noteworthy. Check out these blogs and then head down your own obesity-free path to well-being.   U-Turn: My Journey to Health Kevin Graves […]

26 Feb

You Best Be Clickin’!

Worker Bees’ Daily Bites Mark’s Daily Apple is 100% sugar-free. Are you? Big Breakthroughs Beats biopsies! Down Syndrome discovery! Smooth Criminal You may recall last week’s little exploration of refreshing beverages overflowing with so many calories, even Bactrian camels would be concerned. Hey, a small, fiber-rich protein shake is one thing. But these sherbet-and-sugar-water pajama […]

12 Feb

The Weekly Health Challenge

Yo, Apples! It’s time for a little pre-spring cleaning. This week’s challenge is to clean out the (kitchen) closet. Empty your fridge, your pantry, the cabinets, and the deep freeze out in the garage. If it’s not healthy, if it’s not recognizable, if it’s older than the Clinton administration, toss it. Don’t save unhealthy stuff […]

9 Feb

So You Want to Take Alli?

The oily spotting continues. Healthbolt has the money quote on new diet drug Alli: “You can also bet your bottom dollar that GSK will be running ads of fabulous looking people living skinny-happy lives on alli in a field of wheat somewhere. They sure as hell won’t be running ads about 16 year old girls, […]

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