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17 Sep

Can Pilates Make You Lose Weight?

Separating the Marketing from the Truth: An Expert Offers Her Insights

This is a guest post from pilates pro Zoe Anderson of thinkpilates.com.

Pilates and Weight Loss

So… is pilates really the new diet pill that some make it out to be? Can I feel like a celebrity for only an hour of effort a day and lose 65 pounds while obtaining a rock hard bum?

Whether you want to call it a fad – or mere misrepresentation – using pilates to lose weight is not a good idea. It’s just not the most efficient method. However, Pilates is unique in that it can change your body shape without affecting your body weight significantly. Think of it as sculpting.

Let’s break this down.

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17 Sep

How to Stop Heart Burn Naturally

Heart burn is a bit of an umbrella term we use informally. We’ve probably all experienced the isolated case of heart burn or indigestion, but if you’re dealing with chronic discomfort, it’s time to take a look at your diet and lifestyle. Also be aware that heart burn and GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) are not the same thing, although prime time drug commercials would love to convince you otherwise. (GERD is – in my opinion – essentially an invented condition, though technically it’s a combination of chronic heart burn and acid reflux. I would argue that in the majority of cases, lifestyle is to blame. I’m just not aware of any genetic component behind heart burn, acid reflux, and “GERD”. Nevertheless, it’s serious – let it get out of control and you risk major esophageal damage, even cancer.)

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14 Sep

Friday Health News Roundup

Burger King Rethinks Advertising at Kids (Sort of)

The fast food giant is putting a stop to certain ads directed at children. While this is a promising step, there’s certainly room for improvement: only ads featuring meals with more than 560 calories are getting cut.

FDA Misfire?

After the FDA issued a warning that antidepressants increase suicide risk in teenagers, prescriptions dropped – but suicides spiked dramatically. What’s unclear is whether or not there is any causative link.

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13 Sep

Healthy Tastes Great!

To complement the nutritional powerhouses in the last post, here are some great recipes for getting the most from your diet.

Brussels Sprouts with Basil and Garlic

(Brussels Sprouts, Garlic, Almonds)

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13 Sep

The 16 Most Powerful Foods

Here they are: perhaps the most nutritionally potent, anti-aging, bang-for-your-buck super foods nature has to offer, as recommended by Mark. If you can shoot for getting these power foods into your diet on a weekly basis, you’ll be doing very well indeed. Bookmark the list or print it out and keep it on the fridge. There are dozens more powerful foods, of course, so be sure to add your favorite recommendations in the comments at the bottom of the post!

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