Archive for the ‘Weight Loss’ Category

5 Weight-Loss Tips You Really Want to Know

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

by Leigh Ann Otte

Happy New Year!

Did you make any resolutions? Weight-loss commitments, perhaps?

If you were brave enough to announce such intentions, your ears have probably fallen off from all the advice you’ve received. But … we bet your eyes are still in place! Are they? Oh, goody, because we’ve got five expert tips that will surely put you on the track to success.

  1. To stay fuller and eat less, begin meals with a high-fiber, low-calorie appetizer. (Examples: salad, tomato- or broth-based soup, vegetables with hummus.)
  2. To burn fat quickly, do aerobic exercise 45 minutes a day, five days a week. (If this is daunting, you may want to work up to it.)
  3. Walk at a brisk pace to burn more calories. Running may burn even more–along the same distance.
  4. Consider exercising in the morning. You may be more likely to stick with it because of fewer distractions.
  5. Think hard before taking “natural” diet pills. They aren’t regulated like normal medicine.

Want the details? Check out this week’s featured article, “Weight-Loss Tips From the Experts.” It also busts a few myths. Did you know eating at night isn’t inherently bad?

What are your New Year’s resolutions?

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Leigh Ann Otte is the managing editor of and a freelance writer.
This information is not meant to be individual advice. Please consult your doctor for that. See our disclaimer here.

Lose Weight With Fruits and Vegetables

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

by Leigh Ann Otte

Fruits and vegetables fill you up with their fiber. Most have very few calories. So … eat more, lose more, right?

Yeah, actually. It can be that simple, if they replace higher-calorie foods. So why don’t we do it? Maybe because we don’t like vegetables. Maybe because they spoil before we can prepare them all so we don’t buy them. Maybe because we’re just not used to eating them.

Well we’ve got tips for all that this week. If you have a problem with rotting vegetables, check out “Vegetables Spoiling too Quickly? Tips When Cooking for One or Two.” If you don’t like fruits and vegetables or just don’t know how you can get more in your diet, ”How to Eat More Fruits and Vegetables: Quick, Easy, Healthy Ideas” should hit the spot. You’ll find easy, common-sense, totally useable ideas, such as:

  • Toss fruit into things you’re already making, like oatmeal or cereal.
  • Create your own salad bar, or build your own pizza. Try red, green, orange and yellow bell peppers; mushrooms; broccoli; spinach; zucchini; and pineapple cubes.
  • Keep small plastic bags with single servings of cherries or grapes in your refrigerator to make fruit as easy to grab as a bag of chips.
  • Bring five pieces of fruit to work every Monday for pick-me-ups—and more energy than vending-machine fare. (Add a little protein, like peanut butter, to help stay full.)
  • At work, have a contest. Challenge each other to eat 4½ cups of fruits and veggies daily. Have a drawing for each person who records his or her intake for a month. See who can eat the most colors. Sample each other’s recipes, including fruit-based desserts.

Are you hungry yet? I am!

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28 Awesome Health Websites for Kids and Adults

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

by Leigh Ann Otte

If you’re a health junkie or just want new ways to waste use your time on the Internet, have we got the lists for you! Step right up and take a gander at our picks for some of the most fun and interesting health sites on the World Wide Web … such as:

  • Think Like a Pancreas: meet Pierre Pancreas, your fabulous French tour guide into the world of type 1 diabetes. (For teens.)
  • Scrub Club, with games and webisodes to teach kids about germs. (From the National Sanitation Foundation; sponsored by the makers of Purell.)
  • Go Red BetterU, offering a free 12-week online nutrition and exercise program for women. (From the American Heart Association.)
  • American Red Cross Museum: explore exhibits without leaving your home.
  • Portion Distortion Interactive Quizzes: “Do you know how food portions have changed in 20 years?” Take the quizzes and see.

Our full lists are divided into the following categories. Click on whatever you’re interested in. And feel welcome to recommend more sites in the comments sections. We may revise these articles with new finds in the future.

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How to Stop Eating When You’re Full

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

by Leigh Ann Otte

Did you have a good Fourth of July? Enjoy the sun? Spend time with family? Eat from the grill till you were stuffed and miserable? Sigh.

One problem many of us have is knowing when we’re full—and stopping eating at that point. In this week’s article, gastroenterologist Patricia Raymond explains this issue and gives tips.

Did you know that your meal should be no bigger than what you can hold in two cupped hands? Yep. Read on …

Leigh Ann Otte
is the managing editor of and a freelance writer, editor and blogger.

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Can’t Lose Weight? Maybe This Is Why

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

We came up with eight good reasons you’re not losing weight. Well, maybe.

The truth is, most of us can lose weight and even keep it off if we do the right things. But every once in a while, there really is a good reason those pounds just won’t come off.

In “8 Reasons for Weight Gain That Are Not Your Fault!” we list signs, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment for a variety of causes. Yes, family history and medicine are two of them. But did you know lack of sleep may contribute to weight gain? Stress and depression can too. And then there are serious diseases that are important to get diagnosed, like underactive thyroid and PCOS.

So check ‘em out. If they don’t speak to you, maybe they’ll ring true of a friend. Then the question becomes, how do you delicately forward the article?

Good luck with that.

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Can Fruit Really Rot in Your Stomach? The Truth About the Food Combining Theory.

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

by Leigh Ann Otte, managing editor

Just around the corner loom … dum, dum, duuuuum … New Year’s resolutions! Let the dieting begin!

This week, we focus on one type of diet that has not only your waist size but your entire physical health in mind: the food combining theory.


Weekly Health Tip: Fiber to help you lose weight (from our current issue)

Monday, August 31st, 2009

“Fiber is a type of carbohydrate that your body cannot digest; therefore it adds volume to fill you up without adding extra calories.  Weight loss genius!  A common complaint often expressed by people on a weight loss diet is, “I’m hungry.”  A wise dieter knows that it’s not only how much you eat, but what you eat that makes the difference between a rumbling stomach and a fully belly.

“Fiber creates a sense of fullness that will leave you satisfied and better prepared to pass up seconds. If you build your meals and snacks around high fiber choices like whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and lean proteins and good fats, you’ll have a great combination that will make it less likely you will overeat.”

What’s Your Diet Type?: Use the Power of Your Personality to Discover Your Best Way to Lose Weight, by Heather K. Jones, R.D., Mary Miscisin, M.S., and Ed Redard, M.D., May 2009, Hatherleigh Press, $19

Weekly Health Tip: How to stick to your decisions (from our current issue)

Monday, August 24th, 2009

“Once you announce that you plan to do something, the prospect of doing it becomes more real. At that point someone other than you is expecting something.  Even if that person doesn’t have a stake in your change, it makes a difference to know that someone is aware of your plan.  It’s a form of accountability.  If you don’t do whatever it is you plan to do, someone else will know that you didn’t do it.”

A User’s Guide to Therapy: What to Expect and How You Can Benefit, by Tamara L. Kaiser, M.S.W., Ph.D., October 2008, W.W. Norton & Co., $18.95

Weekly Health Tip: Simple lower-calorie dessert (from our current issue)

Monday, August 17th, 2009



… TRY …

angel food cake topped with unsweetened frozen berries and fat-free whipped topping. (Let the berries defrost and get nice and juicy; add some fresh if you like.) One serving is around 200 calories.

Jennifer Neily, M.S., R.D., C.S.S.D., L.D., health and wellness, exercise and sports nutrition expert in Dallas, Texas

Best of Health on Twitter in July–Including Blogs

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

by Leigh Ann Otte, managing editor

It’s time for our monthly Twitter roundup. This time, we have a ton of tweeters and bloggers to highlight. If you’re not on Twitter but like reading health blogs, just skip to the second section.

But before I get to that: a quick plug for our free preview issue since the offer ends Sunday. My Family Doctor is a unique, fun-to-read, trustworthy, magazine written by health-care providers for the general public. We feature the latest information on how to prevent and treat disease, tell you which alternative remedies really work, and tackle widespread myths and rumors.

Now, on to the Twitter fun.


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