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What You Need to Know about The Biggest Loser Study

By Nikki Anschick

The findings revealed that the extreme amount of weight lost during such a short period of time had actually reduced the metabolisms of these contestants to the point that they have to consume an average of 500 fewer calories than a person of the same weight in order to maintain their current weight. The study also showed reduced levels of leptin in contestants, a hormone that regulates hunger, which causes increased cravings. While the study does bring up more...

7 Simple Swaps to Make Your Diet More Mediterranean

Health benefits, plus just plain good food make this diet a winner, but that doesn’t mean you have to follow a strict eating plan to reap some of the rewards. In fact, the beauty of this diet and lifestyle is that it can be easier and a whole lot more enjoyable to follow than many more restrictive diets.  These 7 simple swaps will help you make your diet a little more Mediterranean without the fear of falling off a diet wagon.*

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Tips for Setting Realistic Weight-loss Goals

Courtesy of Your Weight Matters

When developing your goals for weight loss, exercise, eating health and more, it’s important to keep them realistic. Quite often, we become frustrated when we don’t see immediate weight-loss results, but it’s important not to let yourself become frustrated along the weight-loss path.

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25 Easy Little Ways to Cut Calories from Restaurant Meals

When it comes to weight loss, sometimes it’s the smallest changes that really add up to substantial and long-lasting results. Choosing healthier snacks, parking further away, walking on breaks, swapping healthier foods into your diet and even making small tweaks to your restaurant meals can all be easy, gradual changes that add up to a healthier lifestyle.

Next time you head out to eat at a restaurant, try incorporating some of these suggestions to cut calories for weight more...

Get Off the Diet Roller Coaster

The Health Nut

She’s the one who goes to the salad bar and not only enjoys all of the steps towards wellness that you’ve taken — she defends these steps. The health nut is focused on the long-term benefits and enjoys eating healthy food, exercise, meeting deadlines and saving for retirement.

The Wild Child

The wild child doesn’t always get along with your health nut, Blatner says. Instead, the more...

There’s More to Weight Loss Than Food

The truth is that the ultimate goal of reducing calories in and boosting calories out is just the tip of the iceberg.  Real success is about more than just food and counting the calories we take in versus the calories we burn.  The healthy weight loss equation also includes several other key factors that are now being explored more in depth.  If reaching a healthy weight is on your to-do list, start with a healthy diet (calories in) and regular exercise (calories out), but don more...

4 Fitness Challenges to Start Now

Starting April 1, this 30-day Challenge will help you get fit and healthy with a daily workout, recipe, or health tip. Take the Challenge on your own, or round up friends and family to participate with you. Here are four example challenges, so you know what to expect:

Eat a High-Protein Breakfast
Eating breakfast keeps your weight in check, leaves you in a better mood, and helps you concentrate. Start your day off strong with this 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 Habits Stalling Your Weight Loss

Spring is here, and for many, this means weight loss and a healthy weight have once again become a priority.

While surveys indicate a changing attitude towards weight and a decline in “dieting,” the reality is that many of us are still pursuing weight loss goals.  Whether those goals are to help manage a chronic disease, lower the risk of more...

Maximize Fiber: Sweet Potato and Bean Chili Recipe

This recipe and post come to you from Shopwell and the fabulous dietitians over on the NourishRDs blog. It's the perfect dish to try for National Nutrition Month and one that is sure to become a favorite throughout the year. Fiber-rich beans and sweet potatoes are simmered with fiery spices like cumin and chili and sweet fire-roasted tomatoes for a hearty meal that is as more...

Salad Recipes That Won’t Bomb Your Diet

Fran Lebowitz once said, “A salad is not a meal.  It is a style.”  While we do believe that a salad can be a meal, it is very true that it is also a style and one that many of us should consider adopting.  The greens and grains, fruits and vegetables, the finishing touches that add flavor and texture along with nutrition all combine into a wholly unique meal that speaks to our taste buds plus delivers a wealth of diet-friendly benefits.

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10 Foods to Help You Lose Weight and Lower Cholesterol


Without a doubt, achieving a healthy weight is one of the top recommendations for improving health, especially when an individual is already on the road to a more serious condition such as heart disease. In fact, just a 5%-10% weight loss can help improve cholesterol levels, one of the risk factors associated with heart disease. What if you could do something that helped you get to your healthy weight and lower cholesterol at the same time?

Thanks to ongoing research into 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...

Heart Health and a Healthy Weight

The headlines may be all about swim suits and skinny jeans, but did you know there are a lot more benefits to losing weight than just what shows up on the scale? Heart Health Month is the perfect time to talk about the importance of finding your healthy weight for a healthy heart. Even just a small weight loss can have big benefits when it comes to heart health.

How’s this for some motivation?

Stop Dieting. Start Personalizing

By Sara Lucero

Have you heard? Dieting is so yesterday! Following strict one-size-fits-all calorie-, carb- and fat-cutting diets, stocking up on pre-made slimming smoothies and gulping down gut-twisting concoctions of spicy fruit juice are losing their appeal in favor of a healthy eating revolution.

Are you ready to join the diet revolution?

Instead of cutting, more and more people with health and weight loss goals are focusing on adding &ndash more...

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