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on Jun 07, 2011 10:00 AM in Dieting & You


To say that I am envious of Erik Fantasia would be a jumbo-sized muffin understatement. The Calorie Count Founder and obviously someone suffering from chronic wanderlust is currently in the midst of an around the world trip.

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on Jun 02, 2011 10:00 AM in Dieting & You


Weight loss is challenging enough without getting in your own way. Learn to stop self-sabotage and take charge!  Here are five common pitfalls and how to overcome them.

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on May 25, 2011 10:00 AM in Dieting & You


A good friend can make you laugh, cry, and, according to research, get fat. Who can forget the study published in the New England Journal of Medicine that showed if a friend is obese, your own fat odds go up 57%—a finding that resulted in newspapers splashing, “Obesity … socially contagious!” But what was under-reported in all the hoopla was what the heck you’re supposed to do about it.

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on May 13, 2011 10:00 AM in Dieting & You


It’s noon. Are you hungry? Many of us have become conditioned to eat “by the clock,” taking our meals at the same time every day, with little regard to our body’s natural hunger signals. While eating on a set schedule is generally more convenient and socially acceptable, relying too heavily on your watch instead of your stomach can lead to mindless eating and overeating.

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on May 12, 2011 10:00 AM in Dieting & You


So-called “detox diets” have become go-to quick fixes for many who want to look their best for a red carpet walk or upcoming event. But do we really need to go to extremes to achieve a cleaner, leaner body?

To get the low down (and some dirt) on “detox diets”, I turned to Christine Gerbstadt, MD, RD, author of the new book Doctor’s Detox Diet—The Ultimate Weight Loss Prescription. Here are some highlights from our conversation.

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on May 11, 2011 10:00 AM in Dieting & You


Celebrities’ weights are constantly under surveillance, but many of them do a great job at hiding how many pounds their small frames hold.  Calorie Count offers what their weights would be if they fell into the normal Body Mass Index range for their reported (or best guess) heights.

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on May 06, 2011 06:00 PM in Dieting & You


Small goals make a big difference.  You need diet and exercise goals that encourage you to succeed—not ones that set you up to fail.

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on May 05, 2011 10:00 AM in Dieting & You


Do you ever wonder why it's so hard to lose weight when you've tried everything to make it happen?  You really, really want it, yet success eludes you.  If it's difficult to stay on track, even when you know what to do, dig deeper and discover what's really holding you back.

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on Apr 21, 2011 10:00 AM in Dieting & You


Diets are filled with rules about when, what, and how much to eat. While “the rules” may make sense on the surface, unless you understand why you do certain things, you’ll break the rules as soon as the temptation is greater than your motivation.  Let’s examine some of these myths, where they come from, and how to make long term changes that work for you.

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on Apr 19, 2011 07:06 PM in Dieting & You


Everyone was still visibly shaken by Courtney’s departure, but Alison actually had some good news for a change! Guess where the cast got to go for their travel episode? Were they going to pile in a van and drive two hours south like my season? Not happening. They were going to New Zealand!

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on Apr 14, 2011 10:00 AM in Dieting & You


My mother has always described herself as a ‘food addict.’ Although she has successfully lost and kept off more than 100 pounds, she still considers food her nemesis. Before I became a registered dietitian, I often rolled my eyes whenever my mother spoke of feeling powerless.  I, too, lost weight (more than 30 pounds) and have kept it off for years, but unlike my mother, I have learned to eat and enjoy appropriate portions, and never feel guilt when I eat.

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on Apr 12, 2011 04:40 PM in Dieting & You


What Mark Pinhasovich said....

Last week’s episode starts off with Courtney’s reflections of the prior week.  She only lost two pounds while Jen lost nothing, causing her to be a team of one. She admitted there were mistakes made by both of them relaxing too much, causing a disastrous weigh in. Then it was up to her to save herself - as well as Brett because who would he train if she went home?

Listen to the rest.                             

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on Apr 07, 2011 10:00 AM in Dieting & You


Many diet plans miss the mark on the emotional needs of dieters. If you struggle with keeping weight off, you probably know that punishing self-criticism can trigger emotional eating. When you make a slip, you may scold yourself, believing you need more self-discipline.  You then slide into a guilt-ridden binge. To stop that cycle, retire from diet boot camp and add some self-compassion to your weight loss plan.

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on Mar 31, 2011 10:00 AM in Dieting & You


Black women can carry more weight than white women and still be considered health. That was the finding, reported by Reuters Health, of a 2011 study conducted by Peter T. Katzmarzyk associate executive director for Population Science and his colleagues at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center.  Katzmarzyk's group calculated the Body Mass Indexes (BMIs) and measured the waist circumferences of over 6,000 men and women of all races to look for the threshold at which weight becomes significantly associated with disease.

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on Mar 24, 2011 10:00 AM in Dieting & You


The one-hour lunch is a thing of the past. In fact, more than half of Americans take 30 minutes or less for lunch.  But just as it takes time to do anything successfully, when trying to eat healthy food in reasonable portions, you have to make the time.  If you take lunch as a separate time away from the world, then you may find that you eat less.

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