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Healthy Chocolate?
D
ark chocolate contains important antioxidants called phenols. These natural compounds from the cocoa bean are known to increase nitric oxide, reduce platelet aggregation, and inhibit oxidation of LDL cholesterol. Cocoa can decrease blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, and increase your insulin sensitivity.

Natural Weight Loss for Good Health and Well Being
When weight loss is a result of eating healthy, exercising and/or taking natural weight loss supplements in contrast to synthetic prescription drugs with the risk of harmful side effects, weight loss can be effective, rewarding, and greatly improve overall health.

Ten Golden Rules of Dieting
Modifying our diet is one of the keys to losing weight. Here are Ten Golden Rules to Dieting that you can trust to help you lose those unwanted inches and pounds.

Emotional Eating
Frequent emotional eating can easily become a destructive cycle. Emotional eating becomes entrenched in the lives of its sufferers when they use food to regulate their mood, cope with stress or overcome feelings of anxiety or boredom.

Losing Weight While Keeping Your Skin Firm
Considering you don't have an excessive amount of loose skin already it is possible to lose weight and keep your skin firm in the process. The idea is to keep your body well hydrated day in and day out.

Losing weight matters... even when it is just a little!
There is some evidence that seems to indicate that itís not just that youíre likely to have better blood pressure at a lower body weight, or that shedding some of the excess body fat can actually improve some of your blood chemistry.

How to Enjoy the Holidays without the Extra Weight!
It seems like just as soon as those holiday carols start playing in elevators, our weight starts climbing up and up.

The light on PCOS, Weight Gain and Diabetes
Women with PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) are more likely to have insulin resistance, which makes them subject to higher rates of diabetes and heart disease. And most women with PCOS are overweight.

Teens think theyíre slimmer than they are!
Contrary to popular belief, most kids donít think theyíre overweight, and if theyíre off-base about their body weight at all, they think theyíre underweight when theyíre nothing of the kind.

New Studies show: Fat Causes Inflammation
Recent studies found that fat is actually producing chemicals that cause inflammation, a key player in several troublesome and dangerous diseases.

Weight and Slow Metabolism: Myth or Reality?
Doctors and other health professionals often hear their patients complain of a slow metabolism, certain that they're just not burning calories as efficiently as other people who eat the same amount.

After the Glycemic Index, now Meet the Satiety Index
If you had to choose just one food for snacking, based on how long it would keep you from getting hungry again, what would you choose to eat?

Avoid the Thirties Fat Traps
It's amazing how excess weight creeps up on you in your thirties without you becoming aware of it. Suddenly you catch sight of yourself in a shop window or you see a picture taken at your friends wedding and you can't believe how much larger you've become.

Avoid Holiday Weight Gain
As the holidays approach, a feeling of dread creeps in. Not only is money getting tighter, but your pants are, too. It's the same old story. Colder weather keeps you stuck indoors, while the yummy holiday cooking fattens you up.

Diet to get it off, exercise to keep it off
Most people understand that in order to lose weight, you have to use more calories than youíre taking in. Itís the principle of energy balance: if you consume more than you burn, youíll gain weight; if you burn more than you consume, youíll lose weight.

What if it wasnít about low-carb or low-fat, but it was about YOU?
It seems now that scientists have shown that the big variable in deciding which is better isnít so much the fat or the carbsóitís you!

Dining Out, Weighing In: Restaurant Meals are Higher in Calories
When we eat out, we simply have much less control over what ends up on our plates, and from there, on our bottom line. That shows up in a variety of ways.

The Mind-Body Connection: Complexity in Weight Loss
You canít eat your way into healthy thinking, but you can probably think your way into healthy eating, which in turn, actually could make your thinking healthierÖ if only you could figure out where to start.

Working Out with Kids: Do What YOU Like!
When parents try to get their kids to be more active, these efforts usually start out full of enthusiasm and good intentions, but very often end up sidelined, not by the kids' unwillingness to cooperate, but by the parents' inability to provide the consistent support needed.

Can You Spice Up Your Life Without Adding Extra Pounds?
Research shows that people who have a wide variety of sweets and high-fat treats like cookies and chips, or even cheeses in their diets tend to be heavier in general. And when they do drop weight, they have a harder time keeping it off than people who tend to limit their choices of high-fat foods to one or two items.

Portion Distortion: Supersizing America!
Americans are eating out more and more, and leading researchers say that's a big part of why so many of us are overweight. The biggest part of that big part? Big portions!

Is it Pointless to Even Try to Lose Weight? ...The Rebound Effect!
Donít believe those depressing statistics that say everyone regains whatever they lose. When you see people who have succeeded at losing their extra weight and keeping it off, itís not that theyíve worked miracles, itís usually just that theyíve done the necessary work.

How-To Drop Weight and Become Healthier Using These 7 Simple Everyday Life Tips
These 7 day-to-day life tips will help you to drop your extra pounds, become more energetic and healthier.

Weight Loss Myths -- Test Your Fitness IQ
To help you get started on the path to permanent weight loss and health living read below to learn what's true and what's false in the world of dieting. Take the quiz below to test your knowledge and you'll learn what it really takes to beat the scale.

Mistaking Hunger
You are not hungry most of the time. You are not always hungry when something smells good, looks good, or tastes good, whether or not you think you are. All food is prepared to tempt your taste buds, even though youíre not hungry.

Four Stages of Breaking an Addiction
Nowhere do the Four Stages of Addiction come into play more powerfully than they do when you resist changing a habit relating to the foods with which you self-medicate. For most of us those foods are the instant, and easily available

How to Change Your Conditioned Responses to Certain Foods
When trying to lose weight, there are certain foods that each person is more attracted to than other foods. Some find the morning cup of coffee quite addictive. To others it is bread. Many cannot have dinner in a restaurant without having an alcoholic beverage.

How Do I Gain Weight?
Try asking people how to gain weight and you'll likely see some bewildered faces staring back at you. For the majority of people, hearing that question is akin to hearing the questions, "How do I stub my toe?" or "How do I run out of gas?"

Three Steps Toward a Better Body in Two Weeks
You can use these ultimate techniques to begin the journey toward transforming your own mind and body in just two weeks.

Are You Raising Fit or Fat Kids?
There is an epidemic of overweight kids - and you donít have to read the newspaper or watch the news to find that out. Just take a look at kids at the mall or in the schoolyard.

The 20-Minute Meal
When asked about the 20-Minute Meal, one person I teach gleefully answered: ďOh. Itís so civilized.Ē And so it is.

Make Your New Year's Resolution Stick
We live in a throw-away society and even our resolutions, Iím afraid, are not immune. However, especially for promises that include improving our health, itís in our best interest not to take them lightly.

The Non-Diet Diet
Diets don't work. If they did the U.S. of A. would be the thinnest, trimmest nation in the world, with over 40 million Americans spending billions each year on weight loss products. In fact, the opposite is true.

The Business Travelerís Diet Problem: Staying Fit When on the Run
Americans of all ages live such busy, fast-paced lifestyles, that eating nutritious meals is seen as something of a luxury to be enjoyed on special occasions or when one rarely has a few hours to prepare a complete meal. 

The Best Way to Use Low-Carb Control
The benefits of low-carb dieting are easy to see and make clear why so many are choosing a low-carb way of life. For example, there isn't any counting of calories or measuring portions.

Low-Carb Dieting During Pregnancy May Benefit Your Baby!
As low-carb dieters change their eating habits, it is likely that these habits will stay with them. There is no surprise then that more and more pregnant woman are trying to maintain their low-carb routine during the months of pregnancy.

Low Carb Dieting Tips: When You Reach Your Plateaus
We all get to that place in our weight loss plan where we seem to be getting less results, if any. Many of us may feel like it is hopeless and that we have gone as far as we can. 

Unrealistic expectations can cause failure
Why not acknowledge small incremental improvements, times when you did better at one meal, one day, or one event than you might have? Focus only on what you did, not on what you thought you should have done.

7 Strategies to Stop Eating Junk Food !
There are no easy ways to fix junk food habits and make them into healthy habits, but I do have 7 quick strategies that you can easily put into place to start into motion your new lifestyle without junk food.

The Perfect Diet Just for You
A healthy diet goes hand-in-hand with healthy weight management. No pain, no gain, right? Wrong!

No Finger Foods
If youíre really convinced that youíre hungry, itís time to eat. This means food on a plate to be eaten with utensils (knife, fork, spoon, chopsticks), not fingers. What a radical thought.

Whither Low-Carb?
Fads fade for a reason. Like pet rocks, low-carb diets will disappear because they just donít do anything worthwhile. The dropout rate is high Ė about 50 percent Ė because the diets are boring and are unpalatable to most people.

Mikey Doesnít Like It!
Physicians who care for children are aware that a high fat, low carbohydrate diet is nearly impossible to maintain.

Kids and The Low-Carb Lifestyle
In a study done at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, children on a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet developed marked increases of total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, all of which are risk factors for coronary artery disease.

Eat Like a Stone Ager Without Feeling like One
The diet thatís right for us, according to many experts, is what our Stone Age ancestors ate. But is that realistic? Didnít they eat food raw, and have lots of meat?

Breaking the Breakfast Barrier
Can you make a breakfast thatís convenient, quick and healthy? Sure, and here are a couple of examples.

The Ritual of Food Addiction
If youíve been trying to figure out the weight-loss game for as long as Iíve been coaching people Ė twenty five years Ė youíve most likely been trying to avoid food, even though that point of view has not worked.

Good Food/Bad Food What's Left to Eat?
What's Good Today is Bad Tomorrow: What Can I Eat? We've entered the Twilight Zone when it comes to the multitude of diets being promoted today.

"Cookie Cutter" Low Carb Diet Plans Explained
Most diet plans, including low carb diet plans are best taken with a grain of salt, because although one may work for your best friend, it may not work for you.

Ghost of Binges Past
Holidays and special events should be a time of great joy, but dieters customarily imagine these occasions with dread and horror. Why? Because celebrations are not celebrations without lots of high-calorie, tempting foods.

Get Fit By Getting Fat
Getting enough of the good fats will help you lose fat, build muscle, and recover faster from your workouts. In addition, it has myriad health benefits, including being good for your heart.

Lose Weight the Healthy Way
It's no more difficult to commit to healthy eating habits than it is to follow the diets most of us have tried.

Learn the Secrets the Weight Loss Industry Doesn't Want You To Know About Weight Loss Diets
Every weight loss Clinic would have you believe that itís only a matter of finding the right weight loss diet for you.

2 Ways to Start Burning Fat Quickly

Proven Strategies to Effectively Burn Fat Out Of Your Body! Part 1
It is much safer to your long term health to reduce weight by natural means rather than taking medication that poses a series of health threatening side effects.

Do you Have the Burning Desire to Lose Weight or Reach any Goal?

How to Curb Carbohydrate Cravings!
Incorporate these principles into your daily routine and you could be well underway to change your life and be able to take control over the mid afternoon 'snack attacks'.

Are You Eating the Right Carbohydrates?
With so much attention focused on protein diets, there's been a consumer backlash against carbohydrates.

Top 10 Diet Tips From Diet Winners
Use these tips to turbo charge your weight loss program.

Low Carb and Lowfat Diets...A Scam?!
Which diet is right for you? Get the skinny on low carb and low fat diets.

4 Keys to Weight Loss
Four important components to a weight loss program and will help you lose weight immediately.

How much food is really enough?
This article suggests 4 easy methods to help curb overeating. We discuss methods that will assist in quantity control as well as ways to avoid temptations.

How to do the Atkins Diet Right?
If you are doing the Atkins Diet, you might be doing it WRONG. The Atkins Diet is the most famous low carb diet, but it is full of pitfalls just waiting for you to walk into.

Win the Snack Attack: 17 Healthy Snacks to Keep You Trim
Do you have a swimming suit looming in your closet? Here are 17 healthy snacks guaranteed to curb your cravings.

Do You Make These South Beach Diet Mistakes?
The South Beach Diet works, for most people. Its low fat, low carb approach helps you lose weight quickly and easily. Health benefits are great too. But there's some easy mistakes you must avoid.

Can You Attain Weight Loss While Fasting?
Fasting, when done properly, can be a basic part of a solid weight loss plan. If done correctly it can be a great start to your new way of living.

FDA Approved Fat Loss
If you or anybody you know is reaching for supposed FDA approved fat loss drugs such as Wellbutrin, it would be wise to pay full attention to the next few paragraphs.

The Most Under-Rated Aspect of Weight Loss
Few people realize at first just how essential water is to the success of their weight-loss program.

Why Does the Weight Come Back?
If you want to keep the weight off you must develop a consistent change in eating habits to ensure you do not consume more than your body requires.

Duke University study finds that a walk every day keeps the pounds away.
Duke University Medical Center researchers found that as little as 30 minutes of walking daily is enough to prevent weight gain for most sedentary people. Exertion above that may actually cause weight and fat loss.

New Yearís Resolution: Love Your Body!
Most people begin a new year in earnest; dreaming of building a shapely new body. This year make it easy on yourself; simply commit yourself to building healthy body.  Here are five basic steps to easily begin your commitment to a healthy, shapely new year:

The # 1 Factor in Weight Loss and Fitness
What is the #1 "Most Important Factor" in determining how fit you became? Proper nutrition, cardio exercise, and weight training are all important factors, but it is your attitude that determines how hard you focus on each of those three areas. If you approach your fitness with a positive attitude, you ARE going to take the necessary steps to get in shape, even when it would be so much easier to stay in and watch TV.

10 Successful Tips for Weight Loss the Holistic Way
The Holistic Approach to Eating includes the whole person - with physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs. Its unique value is that it creates lasting results, because it gives you an opportunity to meet all of your needs in an appropriate way. After over 20 years of dieting, I was finally able to achieve and maintain my ideal weight permanently using this approach.

Optimizing Weight Loss by Optimizing Hormones: A New Strategy for Maintaining Lean Body Mass Past Middle Age
An ideal integrated strategy for obtaining and maintaining a desirable lean body mass past middle age would aim to: 1. Control calories ingested/digested, 2. Optimize calories burned as energy.
and 3. Optimize tissue repair, rebuilding and growth. Understanding the role of hormones and brain messengers called "neurotransmitters" in this integrated strategy will be the emphasis of this article.

Secrets to A Flat Stomach
In order to be successful at thinning your waistline you must have a basic under standing of how the ab muscles function and how your body burns fat. The first thing that needs to be understood is the difference between fat and muscle.

A Get Healthy and Fit Plan
By using moderation in type and amounts of foods and by eating foods in their natural state, the way they were made from the earth you will feel better, work harder with less effort and look better in the process.

The Single Most Important Factor in Fitness
Just the other day, someone asked me what I thought the single most important factor was in determining how fit you become. They wanted to know if it involved abundant amounts of cardio and weight training or if it had to do more with healthy eating and proper nutrition.

You Are What You Eat
Our general state of health is partially driven by the types of foods we consume.

Are Weight Loss Supplements Worth It?
What do you think of the hundreds of weight loss supplements out there on the shelves today? Are they worth the money? Will they actually help you lose weight? How do you know which ones are going to work for you? Is there any proof that these products work?

Americaís Perfect Body Syndrome
Why do young women put themselves through the body beat-up agony? I hear young girls "ooh" and "ahh" over the Milleniumís top teen pop stars such as Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera.

Walking for Fat Loss???
With obesity and disease increasing dramatically, many fitness experts are recommending walking for weight loss and fitness. Some are even going so far as saying that walking is the best way to burn fat and lose weight. I strongly disagree with this and am going to show you why walking is NOT effective at burning off body fat.

The Cure for Obesity
Currently, obesity is killing 300,000 individuals per year. Clearly, FDA approved drugs are not working and fad diets and workout routines are failing! As a result, pharmaceutical companies make fortunes from unassuming victims who suffer from obesity related illnesses. Fortunately, scientists have found a safe and natural cure. Due to its inexpensive nature and unheard of effectiveness, few people are aware of the "true" thermogen!

Using pain to institute change in your life!
When something seems so difficult, you need adequate motivation to make a drastic change of your life. There are many schools of thought on how this can be done. However the best way to force yourself to change is to create a huge list of reasons why if you wait any longer to change what will happen to you!

Your Perfect Weight: Whatís Love Got to Do with It?
Weight has nothing to do with diet, exercise, genes or how much we eat! Maintaining our perfect body weight has everything to do with the free flow of love in our lives.

There's No Glory In Being The Richest Man In The Graveyard!
It is very important that you condition your mind and body together. There's not much benefit in having a body full of muscles if your mind is full of Jello. And, there's certainly no benefit in having an extremely conditioned mind with no physical energy.

Greens First: Vibrant Health Made Easy!
Most of us have heard that diets high in fruits and vegetables can help us lose weight, reduce our risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, cataracts, macular degeneration, osteoporosis, arthritis and even wrinkles. As a matter of fact, 8 to 10 servings a day can cut our cancer risk in half!

Eat Your Way To Better Health
What we eat can profoundly affect our health. Poor diets contribute to many health problems. A few simple changes in your diet can make the difference between being healthy and unhealthy. So, you may ask, what kind of diet do researchers recommend for promoting and maintaining good health? The article also includes a recipe for "Potato Tofu Hash"

10,000 Steps
Decreasing activity levels play an important role in America's problem with weight. The 10,000 Steps Program provides a sensible, gradual approach to integrating increased activity level into your life.

Healing Food Addiction
Find our the underlying cause of the inner aloneness that underlies food addiction and what to do about it.

Avoid Overeating During the Holidays: Take Back Your Power!
Learn to take back your power and enjoy your food! Advice for dealing with holiday temptations.

Eat Fat to Burn Fat
We have been eating low fat (some no fat) diets and the funny thing is we have gotten progressively fatter and less healthy. Who ever said low fat diets were healthy, and more importantly, why does eating less fat mean youíll be less fat?

5 Fitness Myths That Are Responsible For Thousands of Fitness Failures
Here are some common misconceptions among people with regard to exercise and nutrition.

Identify Your Weaknesses: 21 Common Weight Loss Barriers
People have free will, as we all know, and that means that tough issues like weight loss can become very confusing. Thousands of books and videos on the subject give more advice than we could ever handle, but the real tools you need are inside of you.

Will Your Plan Lead To Permanent Weight Loss? How To Tell
After extensive research on how the body regulates weight and studying individuals who had succeeded in attaining long-term weigh loss, I concluded that there are four characteristics that a plan must have to result in long-term weight loss.

Plan Ahead for Healthy Road Trip Snacks and Meals
Taking a long car trip can wreak havoc on your diet. If you don't plan ahead, it's very likely you will spend a day living on fast food, candy bars, bags of chips and soda. However, there are several smart choices that travel well and will keep you feeling good on your journey.

Eating Well When You Eat Out
Most people who are trying to eat nutritiously and maintain or lose weight will tell you one of the hardest times to be 'good' is when you eat out at restaurants. It's true - restaurants and fast food joints don't usually cater to health-conscious consumers. Here are some tips for making the most of these 'dangerous' mealtimes!

Does Excess Protein Turn to Fat? An Anatomy Lesson
Everyone knows that overeating leads to excess weight. This concept comes in many flavors these days, though. Some people think that carbohydrates are the culprit. Others think it's sugar. Some people think that eating lots of protein couldn't possibly make them gain weight.

10 Guilt-Free Ways to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth
Many of us work very hard to eat healthy meals, but struggle with the urge for candy, cookies, cakes, ice cream and anything else full of sugar and sweetness! If you're trying to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight, this can be a problem.

10 Easy Ways to Kick-Start a New Healthy Eating Lifestyle
There is a huge amount of sometimes conflicting, often confusing, nutrition and diet information available. Therefore, it's very understandable when people become discouraged about selecting an eating plan for themselves. Even scientific studies often contradict each other. How can we figure out how best to eat for overall health or weight loss?

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