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Bogus Diets That Really Don’t Work

Posted in Healthy Eating by doctorsonline on January 29, 2010

With obesity as one of our top killers, it is no surprise that Americans are scrambling for any kind of weight loss help. Unfortunately, in this eternal struggle to be thin and healthy, people end up looking for salvation in all the wrong places. Instead of relying on exercise and following the credo “everything in moderation,” we turn to miracle solutions, diet supplements, and calorie deprivation. The results are the following bogus diets that may work in the short term, but may also cause severe harm to your body over time.

Cabbage Soup1. The Cabbage Soup Diet
The title is self explanatory: the dieter’s survival is based on a constant intake of cabbage soup. Even on the Cabbage Soup Diet website, red flags are evident. The first being the opening words on the homepage, warning that the diet should not be used long term and that followers of the Cabbage Soup Diet have felt light-headed, weak, and have suffered a lack in concentration. The second red flag appears in the suggested seven day menu. Each day, the dieter is instructed to “stuff themselves” with a different food group. How about a little “moderation?” The third warning lies in the “Health” section of the website, warning the dieter that the diet lacks “complex carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, and minerals,” all of which are necessary for your body to function properly.

Grapefruit2. The Grapefruit Diet
The Grapefruit Diet functions the same way as the Cabbage Soup Diet; both are only successful because they deprive the body of calories, but at the same time leave out essential nutrients that keep you alive and healthy. The Grapefruit Diet claims to allow the dieter to eat a wide array of foods that they would not think possible, but as long as you follow your meal with half a grapefruit, you will lose weight. This claim is both startling and far-fetched. As predicted, and mentioned on the website, the Grapefruit Diet is dangerous. The Grapefruit Diet website suggests that the diet may lead to dehydration due to the low amount of calories and high levels of caffeine involved. The restrictions in this diet also make it an incredibly difficult and unlikely regimen to follow.

Hallelujah Diet3. The Hallelujah Diet
Developed by Rev. George Malkmus, the Hallelujah Diet is mainly comprised of organic raw fruits and vegetables, and the miracle worker of this diet: barley juice. Because the Hallelujah Diet strictly prohibits meat and dairy, the barley juice is meant to fill that vitamin and protein void with its high nutrition content. While not necessarily depriving the dieter of essential nutrients, the Hallelujah Diet’s highly restrictive nature makes this diet hard to live on and therefore, not ideal.

4. The Martha’s Vineyard Detox Diet
The regimen alone explains why this diet is both dangerous and bogus. The diet is meant for the short term, “lose 21 pounds in 21 days,” where the dieter survives on highly nutritious cocktails, a short list of raw vegetables, and soup. According to the itinerary for the Martha’s Vineyard Detox Diet Retreat, dieters enjoy a breakfast of “detoxification cocktails.” Hourly cocktails follow until lunch when an assortment of raw juices are available. Dinner is slightly more filling, with the option of nutritious soup. The bottom line is that surviving on nutritious cocktails and juices will only deprive your body of the nutrients it needs. Also, the minute you begin to eat normally again, the weight will pack back on.

Apple Cider Vinegar5. The Apple Cider Vinegar Diet
Once used as a cure for Scurvy amongst American soldiers, apple cider vinegar is now used as an appetite suppressant amongst dieters. According to various evaluations of the Apple Cider Vinegar Diet, the diet touches that fine line between a dangerous and regular diet. The most dangerous part is the apple cider vinegar itself, which when taken in the recommended doses of 3 tbsp gets dangerously close to the point of damaging your stomach due to its high acidity. However, the diet’s regimen includes eating in moderation and daily exercise, which is most likely why people lose weight on this diet, not the apple cider vinegar. It is still unclear as to whether or not the vinegar actually assists you in losing weight at all, apart from making you so sick that you don’t want to eat anything at all.

Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

Posted in Rcon Pascua,Uncategorized by doctorsonline on January 26, 2010
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Lack Of SleepIf you always find it hard to drift off to dreamland, you are not alone. In fact, millions of people worldwide are suffering from minor to chronic sleeping problems. You see, triggers of sleeping disorders are mostly associated with our lifestyle and habits. With this, the following are quick lifestyle tips that can help you sleep better at night:

1. No caffeine three to two hours before you hit the sheets. Obviously, caffeine can get your mind and body active, hence, this will only keep you awake as you go to bed.

2. Practice a bedtime routine. It helps to go to bed and get out of bed at the same time everyday. This way, your body knows when to rest and when it is time to getup.

3. Avoid bright lights in the bedroom. It is difficult to sleep with bright lights inside your bedroom. Dimmer switches and curtains in your bedroom windows can surely help you minimize lighting inside the room, especially if you are going to sleep during the day.

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Foods That Ease Flu Symptoms

Posted in Healthy Eating by doctorsonline on January 25, 2010

FluWhen you have the flu, there are some foods that can help ease your flu symptoms. Read on below to know more:

* Popsicle
Since popsicles are cold, these can help soothe swollen and dry throat. And since it is a must for the body to stay hydrated when you have a flu, you’ll have no problem with this as you eat popsicles.

* Turkey Sandwhich
Feed yourself with turkey sandwiches when the flu hits you. You see, turkey is a good source of protein. Eating turkey sandwiches will help your body get enough energy to fend off illnesses or diseases.

* Vegetable Juice
Munching on vegetables is the last thing you want to do when you are down with flu. So instead of eating a dreary salad, drink a glass of low-sodium fresh vegetable juice. Apart from keeping you hydrated, vegetable juice will definitely help load up your body with immune-boosting antioxidants.

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Common Diet Mistakes

Posted in Healthy Eating,Rcon Pascua by doctorsonline on January 23, 2010

Diet MistakesYou are eating light, frequent meals. You stay away from unhealthy snacks and alcohol. Yet you are still gaining weight or you haven’t lost a pound with all your diet efforts. This must be so because you are committing diet mistakes without realizing it.

The following are common diet traps that you should be aware of:

1. It’s okay to skip meals. If you think skipping meals can help you lose a few pounds, think again. You will only end up binge eating if you continue skipping meals, especially during the day.

2. Feed on appetizers. Avoid munching on too much appetizers. You’ll be shocked to realize just how much cereals or pretzels you have already eaten even before your real lunch or dinner.

3. Be a mad eater. It is not healthy to overeat, especially if you are already full. Eating until your stomach can’t take in anymore food will only lead to constipation, indigestion, or bloating.

4. Practice selective reading. If you always ignore the “Serving Size” on labels when shopping for groceries, you are bound to consume more than what is recommended, hence, you’ll gain more instead of losing weight.

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Drink Your Way To Better Health

Posted in Healthy Eating,Rcon Pascua by doctorsonline on January 21, 2010
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You may be eating right, but are you sure that what you are drinking is good for your health as well? Fact is, you may be getting a lot of calories from the beverages you drink everyday.

See, the liquid you take in your body can greatly affect your metabolism, your appetite, as well as your calorie count. Hence, if you don’t watch what you are drinking, you may be gaining instead of losing weight.

SodaOne of the big no-no beverages is the soda. Drinking a can of soda everyday is like consuming loads of empty calories. Soda should not be your daily thirst quencher. Instead, drink water as this is cheaper and so much healthier than soda.

100% fruit juiceFruit juice is another beverage that you need to watch out when it comes to calorie content, for these generally contain just as much calories as sodas in cans and bottles. Fruit juices may contain nutrients, but you don’t need the extra sugar from these beverages. To enjoy your fave fruit juice without worrying about the extra calories, just make sure that you are consuming 100 percent fruit juice.

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Diets Tips You Ought To Follow

Posted in Healthy Eating,Rcon Pascua by doctorsonline on January 20, 2010

Proper DietWhat better way to keep your body fit and health than to practice proper eating and dieting. Maintaining a healthy diet is not as hard as some people think. All it takes is just discipline.

Read on below on some tried-and-tested diet tips that many nutritionists and health experts recommend:

* Make it a point to eat at least two servings of vegetables and fruits every meal time.

* Eat a big breakfast everyday. Doing this will keep you from consuming a lot of calories during lunch and dinner.

* Just like soda, fruit juices contain just as much calories. Hence, it is best to consume only a glass of fruit juice a day.

* Opt for mustard instead of mayonnaise. Mustard is a lot healthier.

* Prepare and bring your own lunch at the office. This way, you’ll skip on dry and unhealthy fast foods.

* Add a lot of fresh fruits in your diet if you really hate eating vegetables. Fresh fruits are just as healthy and nutritious as vegetables.

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Healthy Hair Tips

Posted in Healthy Hair by doctorsonline on January 18, 2010

Healthy HairHair is the ultimate accessory; it can add to (or detract from) your overall look instantly. Keeping it in healthy condition is the most important thing you can do to help it look and feel fabulous. And, while it seems easy, this isn’t as simple as minimizing chemical treatments or slathering on a weekly deep conditioner. While these can make your strands softer and less split-end-prone, what really matters is the daily handling; this is what creates the most stress–and potential damage–to your tresses. So whether your concern is dullness, damage, frizz or fragility, we have the answers to ease even the toughest hair-care woes. Read on for tips to achieve run-your-fingers-through-it hair.

1. Steer clear of plastic-bristle brushes. The proper bristles are key; a combination of natural boar bristles on either a round or flat brush are best for dry hair, while soft, rubber-toothed wide-paneled brushes are best for damp hair.

2. Brush before shampooing. A few gentle strokes on dry hair will help remove product buildup and scalp flakes, as well as stimulate the scalp and promote blood flow (which delivers nutrients like oxygen) to hair follicles.

3. Know your water. If your hair looks dull or is hard to style, the problem could be your tap water. Well water contains natural minerals (called “hard water”) that can leave hair lusterless and hard to manage and can impart a brassy, orange hue. Soft water, on the other hand, has fewer damaging minerals. To rid hair of mineral buildup, suds up every week with a clarifying shampoo.

4. Mist your ends with water before home coloring. The ends of your hair are more porous and, as a result, absorb more pigment. Wet hair doesn’t absorb color as readily as dry hair.

5. Trim your troubles. As the ends of your hair get older and damaged by rough handling, they become prone to splitting Get regular trims, at least 1/2 inch every four to eight weeks. Hair grows (on average) half an inch per month, so trim to maintain healthy ends.

6. Use color-protective products. Chemical treatments like color can damage hair because the chemicals have to penetrate the outer layer of the hair (or cuticle) to allow the hue to be absorbed. Color-protective products are specially designed to minimize dryness, keep color true and prevent damage. They typically have more nourishing ingredients, strip less color and are less abusive.

7. Give wet hair extra TLC. It stretches and snaps more easily than dry hair does, so be extra-gentle with it. Use a wide-tooth plastic comb while hair is wet; then, once it’s towel-dried, switch to a good brush. And avoid wooden combs; wood can have microscopic divots that snag hairs.

8. Deep condition once every two weeks. These treatments penetrate the hair shaft and strengthen strands. Using heat (from a blow-dryer) can intensify deep conditioning, as the heat causes the cuticle to open and the ingredients to penetrate.

9. Try an ionic dryer. Ions are atoms with a positive or negative charge. These particular hair-dryers bathe your hair in negative ions, which help break up water molecules faster and cancel out hair-damaging positive ions, Valentin explains. Plus, your hair-drying time is cut in half.

10. Just use your dryer’s nozzle. It’s the best way to help prevent frizz because it concentrates the airflow on sections. Without a nozzle the dryer’s grill gets very hot; if your hair gets too close to it, it will cause damage and/or breakage. For curls, use a diffuser attachment to gently surround your hair with air.

11. Give textured or relaxed hair a break. African-American hair tends to be coarse due to a lack of natural oils (more so if chemically processed). Lavar suggests opting for gentle color choices like semipermanent or vegetable color. Spacing processing treatments at least two weeks apart, with weekly conditioning treatments in between for shine maintenance, helps.

12. Use the right accessories. Expert hair stylists suggests putting hair in soft braids or twists and using claw clips rather than barrettes, which can pull hair.

Great Eight Foods To Lose Weight

Posted in Healthy Eating by doctorsonline on January 15, 2010

If you are looking to drop a few pounds, but don’t like to diet, you’re going to love what I’m about to tell you: By focusing on eating more of certain weight-loss superfoods, rather than obsessing about which nibbles are off-limits, you can reach your weight loss goal without feeling an ounce of deprivation or pang of hunger. Here are the great eight foods to eat without getting fat:

Pasta1. Pasta. Practice that fork twirl! Turns out you can enjoy spaghetti, rigatoni and all the rest, and still drop pounds—as long as you opt for a 100-percent-whole-wheat version. Whole grains contain more fiber, so it takes a smaller serving to satisfy you than standard spaghetti would. Boil up a pot for a speedy supper—just stick to a 1-cup cooked serving topped with marinara and supplement with steamed veggies to keep a lid on calories. Check out these five recipes that’ll help keep your noodles nutritious.

Fish2. Fish. Remember that corny joke about the “see food” diet? The vitamin D in fatty swimmers such as wild salmon may curb your appetite, according to research from the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis. Marinate your fave fillet in a mixture of lime juice, garlic and cumin; chill for 20 minutes, then grill for 10 minutes per inch of thickness, flipping once.

Vegetables3. Veggies. Putting a generous amount of low-calorie, high-fiber fruits and vegetables on your plate before adding a smaller portion of carbs fills you up without bulking you up. In fact, by eating at least 34 grams of fiber per day, you’ll absorb up to 6 percent fewer calories. Toss 1/4 cup navy beans on your salad (5 g), add a half cup of raspberries to your cereal (4 g), snack on an apple with the skin (3.3 g) or pair a baked sweet potato (3.8 g) with your dinner. Organic local produce often has more nutrients, so opt for pesticide-free when possible.

Fats and Oils4. Fat. Yup, you read it right! Despite its name, not all fat will make you fat. In fact, the healthy kind helps you feel full, so you’ll eat less over the course of a day. It also aids your body’s absorption of the vitamins in other things you eat. Add a bit of healthy fat to each meal and snack, such as almond butter on an apple and olive oil on your greens, to stay satisfied and head off cravings. Looks like we should start calling fat “slim!”

Flax Seed5. Flax. Want to squeeze even more power from your sandwich? Choose bread that contains flax—these seeds have lignan, a phytoestrogen that may help you slim. Aim for a loaf that also has at least 3 g of fiber per 100 calories and is made from 100 percent whole grains (all the flour and all the grains should be whole). Four grams of fiber and fewer than 120 calories per slice, and is made from filling stone-ground wheat, says SELF contributing editor Janis Jibrin, R.D. Bored of the same old PB&J? Try one of these 6 souped-up sandwiches from top chefs.

Whole Wheat Cracker For Snacks6. Snacks. Fueling up on a 150-calorie snack in between meals means you’re less likely to vacuum up your lunch and dinner. Stash smart, shelf-stable nibbles such as nuts, dried fruit, energy bars and whole-grain crackers in your desk drawer, and make hummus, sliced veggies and string cheese permanent fixtures in your fridge—they’re your edible insurance against overeating! Find more slim snacking tips in our guide.

Eggs7. Eggs. Sunny-side up or over easy, an egg a day keeps the weight away! According to research, people who had eggs for breakfast ate fewer calories over the next 24 hours than those who scarfed predominantly carbs—yet they were more satisfied! Research shows you can have seven a week without raising your risk of heart disease. If you’re typically a bit, well, scrambled, in the morning, make a veggie frittata on Sunday and nuke a slice to eat each day during the week. Get cracking!

Spices8. Spices. Want to curb hunger while adding flavor? Grab a shaker! Seasonings like cayenne, turmeric, cinnamon, rosemary and sage offer major flavor for almost no fat and calories, making good-for-you foods as delicious as they are healthy. And research shows 2 teaspoons of red pepper flakes on your pasta can help you eat fewer calories and fat at later meals. Make this spice and others a part of your life and you’l look hot, hot, hotter than ever!

Cook Your Way To A Better Health

Posted in Healthy Eating,Rcon Pascua by doctorsonline on January 14, 2010

Healthy CookingCooking is not just about masterfully preparing delicious meals. Health and nourishment should also be among your concerns when it comes to cooking, for a lot of diseases common today are associated to poor eating habits and improper preparation of foods.

To practice healthy cooking and eating, below are some tips on how to cook and eat right:

* Always wash vegetables and fruits before cutting them.
* Refrain from cutting vegetables and fruits in small pieces. Bigger pieces have more vitamins than smaller pieces.
* Stick to the recommended amount of water to use when cooking.
* Stay away from artificial food colorings.
* Avoid over-cooking, for this may lessen Vitamin C content.
* Make it a habit to eat the food 10 to 15 minutes after cooking.
* Prepare food by boiling and steaming instead of frying.
* Always eat breakfast in the morning. Breakfast should be the power meal of your day.
* No to salty foods as well as alcoholic drinks. These are not good to your body.

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Myths and Truths About Weight Loss

Posted in Healthy Eating by doctorsonline on January 12, 2010

Weight Loss MythsA smart, balanced approach to weight loss may not seem “sexy” or easy but getting caught up in weight-loss myths will only sabotage your success. Here are three top weight-loss myths, now busted:

Myth: You can lose 10 pounds in 2 weeks.
Truth: You probably can lose 10 pounds in two weeks if you crash diet, but you’ll feel terrible—and most of the weight will return once you start eating normally. To truly lose 1 pound, you need to “eliminate” 3,500 calories—the amount stored in a pound of fat—by eating less and moving more. If you cut 500 calories (or cut 300 and burn 200 through exercise) every single day of the week, you’ll lose about a pound a week. And that’s real weight loss. (Take our 500-Calorie Dinner Challenge—and cut calories painlessly.)

Myth: If you exercise, you can eat as much as you want.
Truth: Unless you’re working out like an Olympic athlete, to lose weight you’ll still need to keep an eye on how many calories you’re eating. “Calories in” add up much more quickly than “calories out.” Consider this: two medium cookies cost you about 400 calories. To burn 400 calories, the average person needs to run or walk 4 miles. (Find 6 easy ways to sneak in your exercise.)

Myth: You should expect to be hungry while dieting.
Truth: If you cut calories randomly, you’re probably going to feel hungry. On the other hand, if you plan out your day so that you’re replenishing yourself with nutritious foods every three or four hours, you’ll likely feel quite satisfied on significantly fewer calories. Aim to include a source of lean protein (e.g., skim milk, turkey) and fiber (e.g., hummus, carrots) in every meal and snack. (Click here to find fresh ideas for diet-friendly breakfasts for 350 calories or less, 400-calorie lunches and low-cal snacks.)

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