Junk Food

Do You Know How Much Sugar You’re Really Consuming? It’s Probably More Than You Think

Do You Know How Much Sugar You’re Really Consuming? It’s Probably More Than You Think

Imagine this: Take a quarter measuring cup, fill it to the brim with sugar, and then eat the whole thing in one sitting. Delicious, right?

Disgusting is more like it. Even as an intensely sweet-toothed kid, I wouldn’t have been able to do it (a teaspoon was my crunchy, decadent limit). But guess what? That’s exactly how much sugar is in a 16-ounce Starbucks Iced Caramel Macchiato. Sweet drinks are one thing, but did you know that sugar is hiding in processed and packaged foods that aren’t remotely considered desserts or treats? Gulp.

No, You DON’T Need to Count Calories to Get the Body Shape You Want. Here’s What to Do Instead

No, You DON’T Need to Count Calories to Get the Body Shape You Want. Here’s What to Do Instead

You’ve heard it a million times. In order to lose weight, all you need to remember is that calories in should be less than calories out. It's another way of saying "Eat less, move more."

There’s a whole industry built around this belief. While some programs are finally breaking free from this paradigm, there are still plenty of books, apps, and websites dedicated to calorie-counting. Just the thought of having to keep a running tally of them is depressing.

Do you really believe your body is a simple account ledger with income on one side and expenses on the other? You–and your body–are more sophisticated than that. Read on.

You want freedom from cravings? Here are 4 simple steps

You want freedom from cravings? Here are 4 simple steps

Let’s start with this: Losing weight is an unnecessary goal.

Losing body fat is more important, but lest you think I’m going to get into semantics, even that shouldn’t be a goal. Think of losing body fat as a side effect. Let me explain.

If you believe you need to slim down for your health, then focus on the steps you need to actually improve your health. Make that your goal. Don’t worry about the number on the scale (in fact, please throw it out!).

Feeling "Hangry?" How You Can Avoid That Awful Feeling

Feeling "Hangry?" How You Can Avoid That Awful Feeling

You haven't eaten in hours. You're struggling to concentrate on your latest work project, but an escalating mix of hunger and anger has hijacked your brain. You just can't cope. You need a caramel latte, stat. Or a "healthy" protein bar. Or even a handful of almonds. Whatever it is, if you don't eat soon, things are going to get very ugly...

Does that sound like you? I know I used to feel jittery, anxious, and unfocused when I was forced to go hours without food. My patience would drop to nil. It felt absolutely awful.

That's no way to live. The fact is, you're made to fast, remember? Humans can comfortably go for hours and hours without eating. It's actually beneficial for your health. Doing so isn't fun but it shouldn't be "hanger"-inducing, either.

Fight Inflammation, Boost Energy, and Optimize Your Body Shape? Get Rid of Toxic Fats

Fight Inflammation, Boost Energy, and Optimize Your Body Shape? Get Rid of Toxic Fats

Do you still think that eating fat is bad for you? Do you buy low-fat yogurt, carefully measure the olive oil you drizzle on your salad, and think of steaks as artery-cloggers? Are you even still using margarine instead of butter?

I hate to say it, but you're living in the past. Back in the fifties, fat was implicated in all manner of health issues and subsequently shunned. The problem is that the implication was wrong. We're only now learning the havoc it wreaked (and continues to do).

So what is one of the major dietary causes of inflammation?

The consumption of vegetable oils. In a very frustrating turn of events, these oils are exactly what has been sold to us as being heart-healthy.

Ugh. Don't believe it.