How crash diets harm your health

Six weight loss myths that are making you fatter

In the late 1970s, an osteopath named Robert Linn published “The Last Chance Diet,” a best seller that advocated a miraculous “liquid protein diet.” Following the lead of their favorite celebrities, millions of people bought quarts of Dr. Linn’s liquid formula and embraced the diet (or one of many copycat versions), averaging just 300 to 400 calories a day. The diet seemed to work wonders — some people reported losing as many as 10 pounds a week on the formula.

Diets of Children Falling Away From Healthy Eating

Recent studies reveal artificial sweeteners contribute to obesity. Diet soda consumers remain overweight while destroying their brain cells and creating other health hazards. Myth 2: Eat low or no fat foods. The bogus cholesterol scare created by junk science in the 1950s spawned the birth of a no and low fat food industry. Those foods are also usually sweetened with artificial sweeteners as well, creating a double health hazard whammy. Avoid margarine and hydrogenated oils. Our bodies need good fats to help build cell walls, brain cells, and mylan sheaths that protect nerves. Producing vitamin D3 from sunlight relies on fats in our skin to start the conversion process. Almost all the dietary information out there has established itself on this bogus myth. Good fats include cold pressed virgin olive oil, coconut oil, fish oils, hemp seed and flax seed oils, or any other cold pressed vegetable oil except canola.

The Master Cleanse involves consuming a mixture of water, lemon juice, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper -- and nothing else -- for several days.

The average score was 50 for children ages 2 to 17, in 2007 and 2008 (the most recent period for which data was available). That score remained relatively unchanged from earlier years. (The average score in the 2005-2006 period was 47.) “The diet-quality scores of children and adolescents would be improved by increasing the intake of vegetables, especially dark greens and beans, replacing refined grains for whole grains, substituting seafood for some meat and poultry, and decreasing the intake of sodium (salt) and empty calories from solid fats and added sugars,” the report said. [See 10 Ways to Promote Kids’ Healthy Eating Habits]. Chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, may stem, in part, from childhood eating patterns, according to the report from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. In addition to examining diet, the report looked at a number of other measures of children’s well-being. Here are some of the findings: The number of children living in the United States fell slightly, from 73.9 million in 2011 to 73.3 million in 2012. The percentage of children born preterm dropped from 12.8 percent in 2006 to 11.7 percent in 2011. The rate of teen births, for girls ages 15 to 17, fell from 17 births per 1,000 teen girls in 2009 to 15 births per 1,000 teen girls in 2011. The percentage of high school seniors reporting binge drinking rose, from 22 percent in 2011 to 24 percent in 2012. The percentage of children ages 4 to 11 with detectable levels of cotinine in the blood, a measure of secondhand smoke, dropped from 53 percent in 2007-2008 to 42 percent in 2009-2010.

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Great: Now Diet Soda May Also Make You Fat

13 “Diet” Foods that Sabotage Weight Loss

The findings show daily consumption of diet soda can be connected to higher risk for heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and weight gain. Diet soda may actually be worse than regular soda, the research found.One of the studies examined found diet soda drinkers were more likely to gain weight than people who drank non-diet soda, and others found those who drank diet soda had a higher risk of metabolic syndrome than those who didnt. Metabolic syndrome is related to diabetes and heart problems. RELATED: Does the Sensa Diet Really Work? Are diet sodas worse for you than regular sodas? I think thats the wrong question. Its, What good are sodas for you in the first place? Purdue researcher SusanSwithers told The Indianapolis Star . The studies looked at drinks containing aspartame, sucralose and saccharin. But one catchis that these studies are usually done on animals and then modeled in humans. Its harder to dowell-designed studies for people, Swithers says, because sweeteners have become incredibly common in our regular diet.About a third of American adults regularly consume the studied sweeteners. RELATED: 6 Ways to Cut the Cost of Popular Weight Loss Plans That makes it hard to figure out causes and solutions, she says, but there are a few possibilities.

But not cheese or ice cream, potato chips or Oreos. Cordain, who bases his advocacy on the evolutionary medicine he studies, added on The Dr. Oz Show that its a high-protein diet and a low-glycemic-load diet. Its very high in fruits and vegetables that contain healthy phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals which tend to promote immune function and its high in long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, which help calm down inflammation. Irrespective of diet trends, Christensen recommends nine servings of vegetables a day: Six cups of dark leafy greens, which is two big salads a day; one cup of colorful vegetables, such as peppers, squash, tomatoes, beets or carrots; one cup of cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts or cabbage; and one cup of other, such as mushrooms, asparagus or onions. Christensen doesnt recommend Paleo for everyone.

Stalking the Paleo Diet in Dallas; is it for you?

It could contain nearly as much sugar as two chocolate chip cookies. The truth is that no manufacturer wants to compromise on flavor, so even healthy-sounding products can contain appalling levels of sugar, salt, and bad fats. To save you time, we’ve flushed out some of the most surprising diet food offenders–and found some truly healthy alternatives. PLUS: While dieting can definitely help you reach your ideal body weight, make sure not to ditch these 7 supposedly “forbidden” foods that actually help you lose weight. SNEAKY SALT Even foods that sound healthy can be loaded with salt–and that can spell trouble. Most Americans already consume double the recommended amount of sodium–currently set at 1,500 mg, or about 2/3 teaspoon of table salt.

Fitness Friday: Understanding your timeline

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marathon. Obviously, the sooner you want to get to your goal, the stricter you will have to be with your timeline, exercise and diet. More sacrifices equal faster results, clearly, but less sacrifices may allow you to keep your sanity, which may be worth it, even if it takes a wee bit longer to get to the promised land. Getting there is hard, but staying there is easy. Getting to Orlando is also hard, especially if you wanted to attend the Vitality event from ViSalus, the organization’s annual celebration of life, heath and prosperity featuring product users, celebrities and of course, the company founders. Hey, you can’t make it to “The Sunshine State” this year. No problem, my dear reader, as I will bring “The Sunshine State” to you. That’s right, you can watch a live video stream of the Vitality event today (July 19, 2013) beginning at 5 p.m. ET by clicking here . The Vitality celebration will also launch the company’s newest product, one they promise will “revolutionize the most important meal of the day.” See what else they have to offer — for every fitness level — by checking out their products page here . And as an added bonus, I’m throwing in a quick timeline chart (via Greatist ) to help you coughers out there.

Fiftysomething Diet: What Alcohol Can You Drink While Dieting?

Dieting can make you fatter, say scientists

New research shows cutting fatty foods from diets can make the body desire those food more at the end of the diet. Picture: TSPL

For skinnier cocktails, use lighter mixers. Calorie-free club soda is the lightest ingredient, but a splash of lime juice (8 calories per ounce) or a dash of tonic water (10 per ounce) are also wise choices. Bar Tip: Beware of pairing liquor with diet soft drinks . A recent study suggests it might leave you more intoxicated, as subjects drinking alcohol with a diet mixer had breath alcohol concentrations 18 percent higher than those who had drinks with sugar-sweetened mixers. Liqueurs: Sweet Indulgences Average calories: 85-115 per ounce; 150-170 per jigger Liqueurs, or cordials, are distilled spirits mixed with sugary sweeteners and flavorings like herbs, fruits, nuts and flowers. These additives make it probably your least diet-friendly cocktail-hour choice. Calories vary from brand to brand, but you can expect a jigger of coffee liqueur served in coffee or over the rocks to carry about 160 calories. A shot of almond-flavored amaretto is about the same, but when you add a splash or two of sweet-and-sour mix for a classic amaretto sour, the total rises to about 200 calories. In general, schnapps varieties tend to be a little lighter; peppermint schnapps, for example, has 125 calories per jigger. Bar Tip: If you enjoy liqueurs, be careful with portions. The sweet taste makes it easy to keep sipping, but the calories half from sugar and half from alcohol add up quickly.

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