November may have been National Diabetes Awareness month, but learning the risk factors of this disease is valuable any time of year. According to the American Diabetes Association, 25.8 million children and adults in the U.S. have diabetes, meaning their bodies do not produce enough insulin or do not use insulin properly. Another 79 million [...]

It’s all too easy to overindulge when celebrating Thanksgiving with family and friends—unless, of course, you’re one of those rare individuals who dislikes succulent turkey, melt-in-your-mouth ham, buttery mashed potatoes, richly delicious gravy and moist yet crispy stuffing. According to the Calorie Control Council, an international association representing the reduced-calorie food and beverage industry, the [...]

Picking a Personal Trainer

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If you’ve seen any episodes of NBC’s The Biggest Loser, you know that a personal trainer can be supportive, motivating and encouraging. She might even be a bit scary—if she determines that’s the approach needed to get through to her clients. While it’s important to pick a trainer whose methods suit your personality, you should [...]

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Choosing the Healthiest Yogurt

In the healthy foods world, yogurt is a superstar. Not only does it contain calcium, which can help prevent osteoporosis, but its rich, creamy texture also enhances satiety. Add a generous dose of active cultures and it’s easy to see how yogurt has earned its reputation.
Of course, not all of the hundreds of yogurt products [...]

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New Guidelines for Weight Loss

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According to new guidelines released this month by the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, and the Obesity Society, there’s no such thing as an ‘ideal’ diet program that will work for everyone. After examining 17 different weight loss plans, the leading health groups suggest doctors help their obese and overweight patients determine [...]

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Sometimes Home Workouts Beat the Gym

Improved cardiovascular health, increased bone strength, more restful sleep, less stress—these are all benefits of a regular exercise program, and we haven’t even mentioned weight loss yet. Unfortunately, finding time for exercise—whether in a half-hour block or 10-minute chunks—can be difficult when you’re holding down a career, caring for your family, and trying to keep [...]

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Trouble Sleeping? Try These Foods

We’ve written about sleep before on the Atlanta MD Weight Loss blog (Tips for Better Sleep and Sleep More, Stress Less)—and there’s a very good reason. Not only does restful sleep allow our body the time it needs for maintenance and repair, but researchers have also discovered a close link between inadequate sleep and weight [...]

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Avoid These Ten Gym Don’ts

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According to the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association, there were more than 150,000 fitness and health clubs in operation around the world in 2012. About 130 million people had fitness club memberships globally, 50 million of them in the U.S. alone. While the gym is a great place to get in a workout—especially during [...]

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Some Health Foods are Anything But

Walk through almost any grocery store and you’ll find aisles full of products manufacturers have labeled as high fiber, low fat, low sodium, sugar free, or other words indicating the foodstuffs within the box, can, jar or package are somehow healthier than those on surrounding shelves. Some of these claims may be accurate—the Food and [...]

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Secrets to a Healthy Halloween

Americans love Halloween. According to CreditDonkey, a credit card comparison and financial education website, nearly 67 percent of respondents in a recent survey indicated they intend to decorate their homes for the holiday. Almost 65 percent planned to carve a pumpkin, while about 24 percent said they would trick-or-treat. Of course, candy consumption isn’t limited [...]

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