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Calorie Calculator

Posted by: smilie on Thursday/January 13/2005 - 05:24 PM
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Here's how to determine how many calories you need to maintain and to lose weight

Q: How many calories do I need to consume in a day to maintain my current weight of 150 pounds?

A: It's simply a matter of math; here's the equation:

The first thing you need to do is determine your activity level. You are:

* Sedentary if you have a job or lifestyle that involves a lot of sitting and you exercise rarely, if ever.

* Active if your daily routine requires more activity than light walking; or you exercise aerobically for 45 to 60 minutes, three times every week.....

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Coping with THE CHANGE

Posted by: smilie on Tuesday/January 11/2005 - 09:49 PM
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The discomfort of menopause can be reduced through diet, exercise and hormone replacements

If menstruation is the "the curse," then menopause is with its potential for insomnia, hot flashes, depression and loss of sex drive might be called the super curse.

But a growing number of women are finding that big changes in lifestyle, diet and exercise, along with informed use of hormone replacements, can make this end of reproductivity is "the change" is a good sight more tolerable if still not actually a walk in the park.

"It is a big change, a burning away of what is not relevant in....

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French women do it right

Posted by: smilie on Wednesday/January 05/2005 - 03:41 PM
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Even the book is slender and graceful.

"French Women Don't Get Fat," I mean -- Mireille Guiliano's irresistibly titled book published last week by Alfred A. Knopf and already selling like butter-smothered, maple-syrup-laden hot cakes.

I felt like popping a wedge of gooey, dripping reblochon cheese into my mouth at the sight of the word "French," but instead I sat down and started reading. Seventy pages into the book, I scooped up a handful of organic baby carrots and resumed consuming some of the most common-sensical advice I've ever read or heard.

I don't do diet books. Don't read them, write about them....

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Dietitian says eating the right foods is the key to healthy living

Posted by: smilie on Monday/January 03/2005 - 02:56 PM
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As the calender rolls into 2005, some people make resolutions to become healthy.

Many turn to a variety of methods, including fad diets that limit carbohydrates, to lose weight.

As people began to explore nutritional options, Debbie Herbst, dietitian at McCune-Brooks Hospital, recommends limiting portion sizes and better food choices as a way to begin a healthy lifestyle.

"Fad diets do not work," Herbst said. "It's unrealistic to avoid a certain food group.

"It's just not healthy."

Herbst said in the short term, a person may experience a weight loss; however, long term problems may develop, especially with diets that focus on eating large amounts....

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Raising Healthy Eaters

Posted by: smilie on Friday/December 17/2004 - 08:09 PM
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Always look both ways before crossing the street, never talk to strangers, always dial 9-1-1 in an emergency and never eat with your mouth open. Always and never are two of the most influential words in every parent’s vocabulary. The commonly known terms will partake in many of the most important conversations that a parent will have with their child.

When it comes to discussing nutrition and healthy eating, however, those two words should vanish from a parent's vocabulary.

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No more excuses to skip the gym, ladies

Posted by: smilie on Wednesday/October 27/2004 - 03:12 PM
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Women don't like to sweat on the treadmill alongside bulky men because we're too self-conscious about how our cellulite jiggles. Or else the rock-hard guys won't let an ab-fab woman work out in peace.

Now, though, that can't be our excuse to skip the gym after a grueling day at the office. Women can enter the sweet-smelling gym and take a mind-balancing pilates class, climb a mountain on the stationary bike, heave face-contorting weights and stretch fatigued muscles without ever having to lay eyes on men.

One avid exerciser who regularly takes advantage of aerobics classes and cardiovascular training in the women's-only....

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Stressed Out? Work Out

Posted by: smilie on Tuesday/October 19/2004 - 05:27 PM
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6 moves for a better night's sleep

Intro / Wall Roll-Down

Skip the nightcap. Turn off Leno. It's no surprise that 66% of Americans blame all their nighttime tossing and turning on stress, reports the Better Sleep Council. But there's a smarter, more effective way to relax after a tough day.

You can quiet your mind, release muscle tension, and beat stress with a few simple stretches. In a study at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, 86 healthy women who were having trouble sleeping needed 60% less sleep medication and fell asleep 30% faster when they stretched four times a....

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Vegetarian diets and nutritional lifestyle change

Posted by: smilie on Tuesday/October 19/2004 - 04:42 PM
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Experts say if you decide to take the veggie plunge, do it the right way. Plan in advance on what will replace the protein in meat. Beans, nuts and soy are good alternatives. Also, take vitamin B 12 and iron supplements to avoid the dip in those nutrients that many vegetarians experience.

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10 facts you must know about weight

Posted by: smilie on Saturday/October 16/2004 - 02:26 PM
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So you want to slim down for summer? But what about all those rumoured side effects of dieting like stretch marks and mood swings? And can you ever really get rid of cellulite? Find out now

Q Does weight come off all over your body including breasts?

A Women's breasts are made up of fatty tissue, and when you lose weight it comes off pretty evenly all over your body, including your breasts. "In women weight is generally lost from the boobs first, and the hips last," says exercise physiologist, Damien Kelly. "Unfortunately there is not a lot you can do to encourage....

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Changes in lifestyle can reduce your risk of heart disease

Posted by: smilie on Wednesday/October 13/2004 - 07:25 PM
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Nearly half of American women know that heart disease kills more women than any other condition. More disturbing, one in three physicians surveyed in a Gallup Poll were unaware of this statistic. Most women have a greater fear of breast cancer, yet heart disease kills 10 times more women than breast cancer every year, according to the American Heart Association.

The hopeful news is that many of the most threatening risk factors for heart disease are things we can do something about. It's just the opposite for breast cancer: Changing our diet or environment can only modestly reduce our risk of....

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Integrative medicine: Milk promotes weight loss, blood pressure control

Posted by: smilie on Wednesday/October 06/2004 - 03:40 PM
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We have all been told that milk "does the body good," and, for the most part, we all know why - strong, healthy bones. But according to recent studies, milk does more than just keep our bones strong, it may help control blood pressure and promote weight loss.

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