Sugar has been called a substance that is more than or just as addictive as cocaine. Although not all experts agree there is such a thing as sugar addiction, the consensus is that the brain is hardwired for pleasure, and sugar is a major pleasure, associated with significant cravings.
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When you get a snack attack, what are the first foods that come to mind? If you are like most people, high-calorie items such as cookies, chips, ice cream, and candy bars on at the top of the list. These also happen to be the types of foods that are easy to get in vending machines, pick up quick at convenience stores and markets, or keep at home in your kitchen.
Recently I was water fasting for several days and one of the most difficult part was when the family members were cooking dinner in the evenings and the smell was increasing the craving for food. However, it is far more difficult when you yourself have to cook for a child. What to do?
How would you feel if your doctor wrote a prescription for exercise instead of handing you one for medication? You might be surprised to learn that's exactly what more physicians are doing and there is good reason your doctor's thinking may be changing.
I know a woman who refuses to eat potatoes because she says they will make her fat. Unfortunately, she is not alone in believing in this myth, yet potatoes can be part of a weight loss diet and should be for several reasons.
Even though you’re counting calories and trying to lose weight, you may occasionally like to indulge in a glass of wine at a party or special occasion. However, you won’t find a nutrition facts panel on your merlot or zinfandel bottle, so keeping track of the calories in wine can be a challenge.
Could color coding your food be the easiest way to lose weight? If it sounds good, you might be interested in the Thinsulin program that claims to have helped thousands of people with weight loss.
It’s no secret that protein is one of the three critical macronutrients everyone needs to survive. It’s also a fact that protein can be animal based or plant based (i.e., vegetarian protein) and that there are many delicious, nutritious, and environmentally friendly choices in the latter category that can also help you with your weight loss efforts.
Avocados are probably not a food you associate with dieting, yet I’d like you to take a few moments to explore this vegetarian weight loss food with me. When used judiciously, this highly nutritious fruit can actually help cut caloric intake, reduce hunger, and support weight management.
2015 Vegan statistics show that 6 percent of US population is vegan. This means about 19.3 million people are vegan according to 2014 US population data. What happens when these people go on the road and make interstate trips? This creates issues in some families who sometimes ask their family members to give up being a vegan just for the trip.
Welcome to a new series called Vegetarian Weight Loss Foods. I will be regularly introducing a wide variety of vegetarian and vegan foods that can be a part of your weight loss efforts. The first food to be covered is one of my favorites, Portobello mushrooms.
People who are trying to lose weight often will often try a wide variety of eating programs and techniques to drop those extra pounds. Among the motivators for weight loss may be a canine friend, which is why I want to talk about how your dog can help you lose weight.
Finding a healthy diet that can help you lose weight can be confusing. Some popular diets are questionable and could cause more harm than good in the long run. The MIND diet is not only healthy. It might also help you lose weight.
Barley is an often overlooked and misunderstood food you should consider including as part of your weight loss program. As an added bonus, barley can play a significant role in the management of diabetes, a condition often associated with being overweight. Barley also is a super food for vegetarian weight loss.
It’s that time of year again. The holidays are over, the Superbowl is past and the awards ceremonies are just beginning. So, how do the glamorous people like Angelina Jolie Pitt keep their red-carpet bodies year round?
I started taking supplements when I was 18. I’m not counting the Flintstone or Chock’s chewable vitamins my mother gave me as a kid which was a probably a colossal waste of money as are most supplements. Yet the supplement industry is estimated at approximately 27 billion dollars in revenue.
A tiny white spot on the side of the tongue, a rough spot on the roof of the mouth — these changes in the mouth are often easy to overlook. But for two of my recent patients, they were signs of oral cancer.
Some people with multiple sclerosis decide to avoid yoga because they believe they won’t be able to do the poses or may feel embarrassed if they can’t keep up with others in the class. However, fortunately there is adaptive yoga for multiple sclerosis, which can make this beneficial form of exercise available to just about anyone.
The effect of alcohol on health is one of the most debated topics in medicine. The uncertainty is mostly confined to heart health and the remaining effects are quite well-understood and mostly deleterious. First, understanding the definition of amount of alcohol consumption is important: Moderate consumptions is less than 2 drinks per day for women or anyone over age 65, less than 3 drinks per day for men.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has now confirmed new cases of Zika virus in several states across the U.S. and has expanded its travel alert to include the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Dominican Republic. The previous travel alert for pregnant women or women considering getting pregnant included the following destination: in Latin America: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Suriname and Venezuela. In the Caribbean: Barbados, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Martinique, St. Martin and Puerto Rico. Cape Verde, off the coast of western Africa; and Samoa in the South Pacific are also destinations to which the CDC warns travel should be postponed.
Weight loss surgery isn’t for everyone; and it’s not a panacea, but there are cases in which surgery to improve health might be warranted. Losing weight is not easy. It takes vigilance and work. The list of diets most people have tried before they resort to more drastic measure is long.
Rosie O’Donnell has joined the ranks of other celebrities who have gone under the knife to lose weight and has reportedly lost 64 pounds. The 53 year old comedian, actress, author, activist, and talk show host had struggled with weight her whole life and at times was the victim of humiliation and body shaming.
Jennifer Hudson has risen from unknown finalist on the 2004 season of American Idol, to un-stoppable superstar diva. The multi-talented 34 year old singer, actress, spokesperson and author has won 37 awards in her relatively short career, including a Grammy for the title song, “Love You I Do” from the “Dreamgirls” track in the category of Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media. The song became Hudson's first top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot Adult R&B Airplay chart. Hudson also won a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in “Dream Girls”.
If you are one of the 45% of Americans that made a New Year’s resolution what are your plans for success. Well, the good news is that people who do make plans to change in the New Year are 10 times more likely to report success than people who do not.
John Goodman has struggled with his weight for decades, but the loveable 63 year old actor is no longer portly. Instead, the television and film actor is looking rather dashing. The new look is fabulous and opens the door for new rolls for Goodman who is actually fairly athletic, having played football in college. But, the weight loss didn’t happen overnight.
The CDC has recently issued travel warnings (level two out of three), especially for pregnant women going to Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean, due to the outbreak of Zika virus in these regions.  The Zika Virus, a type of mosquito-borne flavivirus similar to Dengue fever is associated with birth defects. The alert includes women who are pregnant in any trimester and women who are considering becoming pregnant. 
Adele has finally released the long-awaited new album, 25, but that isn’t all that’s new about the wildly popular, successful, and very private songstress. Adele’s other reveal is a smashing new figure to go along with her third album which was released in late 2015, just in time for the holidays.
I was aghast when I heard the former host of the Late Late Show, Craig Ferguson, was leaving to be replaced by some unknown from the UK – namely James Corden. But, once I began watching the show I realized Corden is both multi-talented and extremely funny.