Does Chocolate Really Help Weight Loss? How Nutrition Headlines Can Be Misleading

Do any of these headlines look familiar to you? Need a ‘sweeter’ way to lose muffin top? Eat chocolates! Excellent News: Chocolate Can Help You Lose Weight Lose 10% More Weight By Eating Chocolate Every Day…No Joke Chocolate accelerates weight loss: Research claims it lowers cholesterol and aids sleep Many of these headlines ran on websites as well as in magazines and newspapers a few years back. The information made news in more than 20 countries and six languages. It was all based on a study that was conducted by a little-known researcher named “Johannes Bohannon” from the “Institute of Diet and Health”. Here’s the problem: both the name of the researcher and the organization were made up.

Understanding How Set-Points Make Weight Loss Difficult

We already discussed New Year’s resolutions a couple of weeks ago, but weight loss is such an overwhelmingly popular subject this time of year that it’s worth discussing twice this month. The classic understanding of how weight change works is pretty simple: a calorie excess leads to weight gain, a calorie deficit leads to weight loss. That’s generally a true statement, but anyone who has tried to lose weight – and keep it off – knows that it’s a much more complicated process than that. One of the things that makes weight loss complicated is something called the theory of a body weight “set-point”. This refers to the body’s tendency to want to maintain – maybe a better word is “defend” – a w

A Quick Guide to Safe Cooking Temperatures

For most of us, we spend more time sharing food with others during the holidays than any other time of the year. Here’s a guide to make sure the food you bring to your family’s next event is fully cooked and safe to eat. Minimum Cooking Temperatures All Poultry (chicken, turkey, duck) 165° F Casseroles and Leftovers 165° F Egg Dishes 160° F Ground Beef (hamburgers, meatballs) 160° F Steaks and Roasts Medium-Rare: 145° F Medium: 160° F Well-Done: 170° F Ham 140° F if pre-cooked, 145° F if raw Fish 145° F Flesh should be opaque and flake easily with a fork Shellfish Cook until flesh is opaque and white Temping Tips Be sure that your food thermometer is inserted into the thickest part of the me

Building a Proper Warm-Up

From raising core body temperature to mobilization and stabilization of joints to activating the muscles and grooving into the movement patterns for that day, a proper warm up should prime the body for activity. In fact, it may even feel like part of the workout itself. Many of these elements of our warm up are often forgotten. Jogging on the treadmill or hopping on the stair master for 10 minutes before strength training does raise our internal body temperature, but it isn’t properly activating the muscles or providing the necessary mobility or stability practice. In the case of a specific activity, such as competition level weightlifting, a warm up may have to be more specific. However, si

On New Year’s Resolutions, Cabbage Soup, and Pumpkin Pie

New Year’s Day is coming soon, and along with it an annual flood of resolutions. Memberships at fitness centers will skyrocket, and websites touting fad diet plans will see a sharp increase in traffic. After all, according to Nielsen, resolutions to “stay fit” or “lose weight” are more popular than simply “enjoying life”. It makes sense that resolutions and dieting go hand in hand, as they typically act as short-term solutions to long-term problems. One of the most well-known and enduring fad diets is the cabbage soup diet. For those who aren’t familiar, this is usually presented as a seven-day diet plan that prominently features – you guessed it – cabbage soup. Each day comes with a particu

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