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4 Risks of Crash Diets

Promises of fast weight loss with crash diets can often prove hard to resist.  If you’re like many people, you’ve probably tried at least one juice fast, grapefruit or similar diet over the years for fast weight loss, and it probably was anything BUT effective in the long run.  What you may not know is that crash diets can do more than just leave you feeling frustrated and hungry.  These kinds of diets often come with several other health risks, including these more...

Protein As Your Secret Weapon

However, there may be something to those higher protein diets.  With their explosion in popularity over the last couple of decades, researchers have tuned in and started taking a closer look.  The news is promising.  The findings of these studies point to several benefits of moderately increased protein in a calorie controlled diet, including:
  • Increased Satiety: Protein seems to have a greater more...

10 Foods to Fuel your Fitness

January may be long past, but that doesn’t mean your resolutions for healthy eating, workouts, sports and other fun activities that focus on MOVING should fall by the wayside.  In fact, with summer on the horizon you may even be inspired to fall in love with something new.  Will Futsol, Zumba, softball, tap dancing, paddle boarding or maybe even hula hooping become your new obsession in the weeks to come?  However you get daily activity, good nutrition throughout the day is more...

This Fruit Could Be Your Diet’s Best Friend


Also known as: Melon or varietal names, like Pixie, Little Baby Flower, Yellow Doll, Crimson Sweet, Extazy

Likes: Summer, summer and summer

Dislikes: The sun is shining and everyone is on vacation and happy, what’s there to dislike?

Hobbies: Cooling and hydrating

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Satisfying Snacks: Healthy Nibbles to Get You Through a Snack Attack

Healthy Dining dietitian Blaire Newhard, MLA, RD, suggests keeping a stockpile of healthy snacks in your desk, purse and/or car to keep from turning to unhealthy vending machine or convenient store options.
 
Newhard’s picks for snack foods worth keeping around:
  • Light, low-sodium soups or oatmeal
  • Whole grain crackers or pretzels and nut butter
  • more...

Don't Give Up the Grains

If weight loss is your goal, whether it’s to feel more confident or on the recommendation of your doctor, adding the right foods is a must.  That’s right, we said adding, not cutting.  That includes adding whole grains in all ways, shapes and forms.
 
Too many carbs, you say?  Those power-packed carbs aren’t just one of the hottest food trends.  Right now, they may just be your new best friend when it comes to more...

Pasta 101: 10 Types of Pasta to Know

We look for pasta on restaurant menus, browse Pinterest for new recipes to try and even pick it up in the ready-to-eat and frozen food sections at the supermarket. 

Spaghetti to rigatoni to macaroni and everything in between tempts us and makes a tasty base for just about any sauce or ingredient you crave.  And when you know more...

5 Tips to Slay Summer


  1. Challenge accepted: Grab some buddies and take Guard Your Health’s Slay Summer Challenge, which kicks off July 9. The six-week challenge features workouts, recipes, and more to keep you active all summer. Teams will compete for a spot on the team leaderboard and the top-performing teams will receive Guard Your Health swag. more...

12 Quick Dining Out Tips

Every once in a while, it’s OK to splurge, and it’s easy to do so when eating out. But if you eat out several times a week (or especially every day), here are some tips to keep your restaurant meals as healthy as possible to meet your weight loss goals:
 
  1. Before going out to eat, search for healthy meal choices on www.HealthyDiningFinder.com. Once at the restaurant, you’ll more...

10 Trendy Foods That Can Help with Weight Loss

Here are our top ten picks for rising star foods that do just that:

  1. Ancient Grains: Chances are you’ve been hearing more and more about these old school grains making a comeback.  They’re loaded with vitamins, minerals and fab more...

6 Ways to Ditch the Dull Diet Food

We like these foods (OK, perhaps not the “shakes” or endless cereal), but if you’re just getting started on a weight loss diet after years of eating foods that are very un-plain, un-steamed and un-oatmealish, then you may be looking for something else entirely.  It is possible to enjoy your food and still lose weight and improve your health with these 6 ways to ditch the dull diet food:

  1. Set down the can of pseudo-more...

Boost Fiber. Boost Weight Loss.

I say fiber, you say ________.

If you say orange-flavored powder and the bathroom, it may be time to think a little bigger.

Fiber is found in a variety of foods and has many different health benefits. It’s recommended that the average person should have between 21-38 g of fiber per day. That may not sound like much, but the reality is that most Americans average about 10g of fiber per day, approximately half of what we should. Getting enough fiber in your diet more...

The Revolution Against Calories

Long considered the best measurement to help us achieve a healthy weight, science is now setting calories aside in favor of the foods themselves. Finding that different foods seem to be processed differently, researchers are pointing out that it is the quality of foods in the diet that may make the biggest difference.  Nutrition411 recently summed up the calorie discussion, including more...

Why it’s So Hard to Lose Weight

If you’ve ever been on a diet for weight loss, you understand that it can be a struggle.  Sometimes it seems as though the minute you decide to lose weight, start eating healthy and exercising, you feel like a switch has been flipped enticing you to eat everything and gain weight.  Is it really all in the mental game?  For those that can stay on track with the diet du jour and lose weight, there often comes a plateau in weight loss and then a gradual return of pounds lost more...

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