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To Track Carbs, Tap Into the Glycemic Index … and Its Cousin

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MONDAY, Dec. 10, 2018 – Rather than just counting carbs, you might want to get familiar with the glycemic index and the glycemic load, numeric weighting systems that rank carb-based foods based on how much they raise blood sugar. While monitoring these indicators might be especially helpful for those with diabetes, they also can be useful tools to keep others from developing diabetes and even ...

Break a Sweat Over the Holidays, but Do It Safely

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SATURDAY, Dec. 8, 2018 – It's great to get exercise during the holidays, as long as you take steps to avoid injuries, a sports medicine expert says. "I would encourage everyone to get out and be active, but we want to be sure that you are able to continue to get out and be active after the holidays," said Dr. Theodore Shybut, an assistant professor in the department of orthopedic surgery at ...

Put Some Healthful Into Holiday Eating

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SUNDAY, Dec. 9, 2018 – You can eat a healthful diet during the holidays with just a few tweaks to traditional recipes, the American Heart Association says. "We want to help people overcome their nutrition struggles and pave the way for a healthful festive season," registered dietitian Annessa Chumbley said in an association news release. "Instead of looking at holiday eating as a wellness ...

Make Those School Lunches More Nutritious

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 6, 2018 – Brown-bag lunches give you control over what you eat and what your children eat, but studies show that these to-go meals need to be healthier. This is especially important for kids because their eating habits are developed during the preschool years. Recent studies have evaluated lunches for preschoolers by comparing their contents to the Healthy Eating Index, which is ...

Rethinking Where You Shop for Food

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THURSDAY, Dec. 6, 2018 – A change as simple as where you do most of your food shopping could translate to a better diet. A San Diego State University study looked at the food shopping habits of college students in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and identified patterns, such as whether they were fresh food market or convenience shoppers, and whether they made conscientious choices regardless of ...

Tip the Scale in Your Favor

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 5, 2018 – Whether you track your diet efforts on paper or with an app, frequent and consistent self-monitoring contributes to success. However, one aspect of recordkeeping – how often to get on the scale – has been the subject of much debate. Daily weigh-ins used to be thought of as negative, capable of discouraging you if the pounds didn't come off fast enough, or if ...

Are You a Victim of 'Clean Plate' Syndrome?

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 4, 2018 – If your belly is full from a delicious holiday feast but there's one more sweet left on the dessert tray, will you hold back or yield to temptation? New research suggests that you'll give in, driven by a widely shared attitude towards food that prompts you to "clean the plate," even if you're not really still hungry. It's a form of "consumption closure," nutritionists ...

Make Nice With Rice to Boost Your Diet

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TUESDAY, Dec. 4, 2018 – If you love rice, you might be wondering how you can make it part of healthy meals. Whether you're trying to drop pounds or stay at a healthy weight, some adjustments will let you keep it on the menu. Rice belongs to the grain family. While grains are an important part of your overall diet, standard white rice isn't a nutritious choice – it's not a whole grain. What's ...

Carb Cycling: An Exercise in Weight Loss

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 30, 2018 – Trying to choose between a high-carb and a low-carb diet? There's a third option that might suit you even better. The concept is called carb cycling, shorthand for alternating between high- and low-carbohydrate days. There's even a variation that lets you make every seventh day a cheat day. The idea is to mesh two theories about carbohydrates – that low-carb diets lead ...

Cost Matters to Those Sizing Up Weight-Loss Surgery

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 29, 2018 – Cost and how much they can lose matter more to folks considering weight-loss surgery than recovery time or the risk of complications, a new study finds. "Instead of asking patients about the reasons for or against particular procedures, we asked patients to tell us what procedure characteristics mattered to them the most," said study lead author Michael Rozier. He ...

Health Tip: Stay Active During Winter

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

-- As you age, it can be difficult to stay active, particularly during winter. The National Institute on Aging urges people to stay active all year long. Here are the agency's suggestions: If you have grandchildren, when they visit, head outside to build a snowman together or go ice-skating. If it is very cold, consider exercising indoors or joining a mall walking group. Join a fitness center. ...

Health Tip: Stay Active During Winter

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

-- As you age, it can be difficult to stay active, particularly during winter. The National Institute on Aging urges people to stay active all year long. Here are the agency's suggestions: If you have grandchildren, when they visit, head outside to build a snowman together or go ice-skating. If it is very cold, consider exercising indoors or joining a mall walking group. Join a fitness center. ...

6 Common Gym Mistakes to Avoid

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 26, 2018 – Once you've taken all the right steps to find a gym suited to your needs, avoiding some common mistakes will ensure maximum results for the time spent working out. First, don't just congratulate yourself for joining a gym – you actually have to go. It's easier to stick to a schedule when you ink it in your calendar. Even if you can get there only two or three times a ...

A Healthier Diet, a Healthier You

Posted 20 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 22, 2018 – With more and more research uncovering the best foods for health, people are learning how important it is to focus on food quality to prevent weight gain and live longer. There are many approaches to consider. For instance, findings show that a diet high in fiber, especially from fruits and vegetables, can lower stroke risk. Following a DASH-style diet – which is rich ...

Host a Healthy Thanksgiving Feast

Posted 21 Nov 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 21, 2018 – There are a number of ways you can serve up a healthier Thanksgiving meal, a nutrition expert says. "Cut back on boxed and premade processed foods by making more dishes from scratch," said Mindy Athas. She is an outpatient dietitian nutritionist at Carroll Hospital in Westminster, Md. Good choices for fresh seasonal ingredients include pumpkin, sweet potatoes, yams, ...

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