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Fit for Life: Fat-Blasting Low Calorie Foods High in Vitamin K

By Rob Poulos On March 1, 2013 No Comments

We all know about the importance of vitamin A, C, and B in our diets–but how much do you know about vitamin K?  Don’t leave this vitamin ignored; it too plays a critical role in your health.

What is Vitamin K?

Discovered in the 1920s, vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin best known for its ability to help your blood clot–without it, you could bleed to death from something as miniscule as a paper cut or a bloody nose.  Your body also uses vitamin K to build stronger bones, and may even protect against bone fractures, though current evidence isn’t conclusive.

For most people, vitamin K deficiency is rare because the bacteria in your intestines help produce it.  You’ll also get plenty of it from dark green vegetables, such as broccoli, kale, and spinach.  If you develop a health problem that prevents your body from absorbing it, however, such as celiac disease,

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You Asked: Is the Raw Food Diet for Weight Loss Really Healthy?

By Rob Poulos On February 25, 2013 2 Comments

We all know that eating processed food isn’t good for our waistlines–but what if all you ate were vegetables, fruits, and nuts?  Even to the most conscious dieter, the idea seems extreme, but in some parts of the United States, such as southern California, it’s soon becoming the latest diet fad.

The name?  The raw food diet.

What is the Raw Food Diet?

So here’s the claim: By eating nothing but raw fruits, vegetables, and the obsessional handful of nuts, you’ll load your body with healthful enzymes–and lose weight naturally in the process.  Theoretically, this isn’t far from the truth; fruits and vegetables are swimming with those good-for-you phytochemicals that can do everything from improve your immune system to cancer prevention.

And, of course, if you’re eating nothing but fruits and vegetables, you won’t eat many calories.  Weight loss? A cinch.

According to U.S. News, getting slim couldn’t be easier with this

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Question: Is Sushi Healthy for Weight Loss? Here’s What to Avoid

By Rob Poulos On February 23, 2013 1 Comment

With a total obesity rate of 3.2%–30% less than in the United States–it’s safe to say the Japanese know how to stay fit.  Now recommendations across the country say eating “Japanese” may be the best way to slim down, but is Japanese cuisine really that great?  Today we’ll explore Japanese’s most popular dish, sushi, and if it’s actually a good idea for weight loss.

What is Sushi?

Most of us are familiar with sushi–but what exactly is it?  Well here’s the real scoop: Sushi is nothing more than cooked rice, called shari, combined with other edible ingredients, called neta.  This almost always include raw fish, although other accompaniments, such as avocado and cucumber, are common as well.  There are about as many types of sushi as there are fish; popular types include futomaki (rice and accompaniments wrapped in a nori sheet) and narezushi (a mound of rice topped with wasabi and

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Very Low Calorie Diets: Dangerous? The Real Facts Behind VLCDs

By Rob Poulos On February 21, 2013 2 Comments

If you’re a victim of America’s overwhelmingly high obesity rate, then you know the reality: Your weight is far too high to be considered healthy.

While most nutritionists recommend a healthy, balanced diet plan in conjunction with regular exercise as the best way to lose weight, not everyone follows this advice.  Some people use something called a VLCD, or a very low calorie diet.  Usually administrated to the severely obese, people who aren’t dealing with morbid fatness are doing it anyways, all because it’s a faster way to get rid of the pudge.  But is it really worth it?

What are Very Low Calorie Diets (VLCDs)?

For most Americans, a regular diet is all they need to maintain healthy body fat levels.  If you’re morbidly obese, however, your physician may recommend something called a VLCD, or a very low calorie diet.

VLCDs are not your ordinary diet–here, the calories are kept extra low to

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Negative Calorie Foods: Can You Really Lose Weight By Eating More?

By Rob Poulos On February 20, 2013 No Comments

Over dinner, your friend begins gloating about her weight loss–nearly 10 pounds shed in less than a week, and hesitatingly, you admit she does look good.  So you have to ask: How did you do it?

Leaning in close, she whispers her secret.  No diet and exercise here; she asked for guidance from a natural food expert, who recommended negative calorie foods.

“You simple eat the foods on this negative calorie food plan,” she explains. “Just eat these foods and you’ll lose a lot of weight.”

But–something seems fishy.  And there’s good reason to be.

What are Negative Calorie Foods?

The premise of negative calorie foods is simple, but a bit scientific–some foods, such as celery or apples, require more energy to digest, overriding the amount of calories in the food.  As a result, you increase your caloric deficit after eating it.  Increase the amount and you’ll have a good, reasonable calorie deficit that

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Weight Loss Help: What’s the Best Healthy Weight Loss Per Week?

By Rob Poulos On February 15, 2013 No Comments

The allure is undeniable: Fad diets that promise to help you lose 10 pounds in a week, exercise need not apply.  While the premise lures in millions of desperate dieters each year, the outcome is always the same–they lose weight but rebound, weighing more than they did before they lost weight.

For most, losing weight is a tricky endeavor–and unfortunately, they aren’t any shortcuts to losing weight.

How to Lose Weight the Healthy Way

Regardless of what some fad diet told you, the evidence is clear: People who lose weight in a steady, controlled manner keep the weight off for life.  But what’s the right healthy weight loss per week?  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), your best bet is 1 to 2 pounds per week.  For calorie counters, this means reducing your overall caloric intake by 500 to 1000 calories per day, though most nutritionists recommend sticking

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Too Fat? 6 Weight Loss Foods that Blast Fat and Increase Energy!

By Rob Poulos On February 12, 2013 No Comments

The typical American diet is hardly healthy: Most people fill up with rice, pasta, soda, and processed food packed full of sodium and fat–and hardly any micronutrients.  Not surprisingly, Americans have a caloric intake near 3000 calories, about 1000 more than the recommended amount.  That’s sobering news, and a good reason why you should change your eating habits.

How to Lose Weight

If you want to lose weight, then the typical American diet simply won’t work–it’s filled with too many carbs, processed food, and a staggering amount of calories.  So what’s best?  Consider au naturel: A natural, plant-based, high-protein diet that is easy to follow and is rich in the micronutrients you need to stay healthy.  For the best way to slim down, consider adding these foods to your diet plan.

6 Weight Loss Foods

1. Beans.  Packed full of fiber and essential nutrients, beans aren’t just a great way to have a

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Capsaicin Review: Is it Really the Ultimate Hunger Suppressant?

By Rob Poulos On February 11, 2013 No Comments

Diet magazines can’t get enough of it–and neither can the Koreans.  In Korea, this ingredient makes their tongues sizzle after eating a piping hot bowl of kimchi stew, and some even use it in lip ointments to make their pouts more plump.

Diet magazines may love it just as much, though it’s not America’s pride and joy: Nearly every month magazines profile this key ingredient as being the key–not just the pick me up–for people who desperately want to shed the pounds.

This ingredient is called capsaicin, and here’s the review.

What is Capsaicin?

Best known as the component of chili peppers that makes it spicy, capsaicin is a type of irritating compound that produces a burning sensation upon contact with the tongue or skin.  While tasting capsaicin is hardly a pleasurable experience, people addicted to spicy food live for the sensation–and from what researchers conclude, it creates an intensely pleasurable, relaxing feeling, like

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Lean Recipes: Super Easy Low Fat Pork Chop Recipe (Plus Tips!)

By Rob Poulos On February 11, 2013 No Comments

So you’ve finally done it: You’ve resolved to kick your bad eating habit.  First came junk food, which you vowed never to eat again, then the sweets too, which you haven’t touched in months, aside from that mess up during Thanksgiving brunch.  And now you’re devoted to changing your less than exemplary dinner habits–it’s time to make a change.

But uh oh: What do you make?

For a fresher (and lower calorie) way to make dinner right, let’s put a new spin on a dinner classic: savory pork chops.

How to Make Pork Chops Healthier

Nutritionists argue that eating lean meat is a good strategy for getting thin, but pork chops aren’t necessarily slim pickings.  So how do you make it healthier?

1. Change the flavor.  Most pork chops are flavored with sauce or even deep-fried, but unfortunately this can increase the calorie (and fat) count.  For a slimmer way to enjoy pork chops, switch

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Starvation Mode: Side Effects, Signs, And How to Reverse It Quickly

By Rob Poulos On February 9, 2013 No Comments

It all begins so innocently: A skipped meal here and there, just to lose more weight.

Most diet experts say you shouldn’t skip meals because of its effects on your metabolism, but you ignore it.  Skipping meals means eating fewer calories, and fewer calories means faster weight loss.  You’re not obese by any means, but you could stand to lose weight.

Eventually, you’re eliminating snacks, then condiments, and then exercise more to have a low calorie deficit.  The weight is just falling off, so you’re more than motivated.  But diet experts warn your caloric intake is too low: You eat just below 1200 calories per day, the recommended minimum dietary intake.

But what could it hurt?

Why You’re Suffering from Starvation Mode

For many Americans, starving themselves for a thinner physique doesn’t seem like a big deal.  After all, it’s not like you’re anorexic, right?  But unknowingly they may be damaging their metabolism, creating

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You Asked, We Answered: How to Lose Face Fat WITHOUT Surgery?

By Rob Poulos On February 9, 2013 9 Comments

If you have a fat face, then you’ve endured the comments–the snide quips about the moon face or Buddha cheeks that won’t go away, even after losing weight.  While some nip and tuck can get rid of face fat artificially, chances are most of us don’t want to go under the knife just for a slimmer visage.  For a more natural way to lose face fat, here’s what can help.

How to Lose Face Fat

If plastic surgery isn’t an option, here are five way to lose face fat for good:

1. Keep hydration levels high.  An odd thing happens when you don’t drink enough water–your body begins hoarding whatever water is left inside of you, creating a bloating effect.  Most people will first notice signs of it right under their eyes; their eye bags may look more prominent and they may develop chipmunk cheeks.  Chances are if your face looks bigger than

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Fit Foods to Get Lean: 3 Healthy Breakfasts for Weight Loss

By Rob Poulos On February 6, 2013 No Comments

While eating breakfast won’t rev up your metabolism (that’s a myth according to a study in the Journal of Nutrition), research shows that people who do are usually leaner–and make better food choices throughout the day.  Having a healthy breakfast isn’t just great for your weight either: Studies show that it also has a profound impact on your energy and concentration levels.  That’s good if you’re in school, at work, or just need a great way to sustain your energy levels throughout the day.

So what are some good healthy breakfasts for weight loss?  To stay fit (and alert), here are some delicious, low-calorie alternatives to your favorite meals:

Healthy Breakfasts for Weight Loss

1. Instead of sugary cereal, have oatmeal with honey and berries.  Who doesn’t love a sugary bowl of raisins and cereal?  Unfortunately, your health won’t–most sugary cereal equals more than your day’s recommended allowance of sugar.  Sugary cereals are

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