Category: Nutrition

Diets for the Summer

Introduction It seems like every time the temperatures start falling and the days start growing shorter, many people begin packing on the pounds.  You may think this is an exaggeration or a reflection of poor willpower around two huge holidays focused on eating, but there is an actual physiological explanation.   As the weather gets colder, […]

Yogurt: The Other Dairy Product

Yogurt is usually on most lists of healthy foods, and for good reason.  Yogurt is a great low-fat food packed with tons of calcium (45% in one serving), protein, and other vital nutrients like potassium, iodine, and Vitamin B.  Eating yogurt daily provides you with a ton of health benefits.  Yogurt can: support your immune […]

The End of the Natural Food Evolution

Genetically modified (GM) foods have been around for some time now.  The first GM foods to hit the market were modified plant products like soybeans and corn.  GM modified animal products have also been developed, but to my knowledge, there aren’t any on the market at this time.  The introduction of GM foods to the […]

Color My World

Color is a powerful element in our lives.  Color can affect our perception and approach to many aspects of our lives.  We know color can affect mood, but did you know it also plays an important role in what we eat and how much we eat?  Over the years, more and more research has been […]

Varying Your Approach to Weight Loss

There are programs out there that recommend having one or more very high-calorie days a week to confuse the metabolism.  This is commonly referred to as calorie cycling.  My clients often ask me if this approach is effective.  My answer is a resounding “YES!”  Manipulating your caloric intake is a great way to gain muscle […]

The Four-Day Diet

Introduction Do you get bored with eating the same foods on a diet?  Do you find yourself quitting because you just can’t take the monotony anymore?  Then, you are not alone and are likely the reason Ian K. Smith, MD, a diet expert for the VHI show Celebrity Fit Club created The 4 Day Diet.  […]

Every Other Day Diet

Introduction The Every Other Day Diet, often referred to as the QOD or EODD diet, actually refers to two diets, which are similar in their approach to weight loss.  Retired kidney specialist, Dr. John Daugirdas wrote The QOD Diet (QOD), and former overweight turned-fitness-experts Jon Benson and Janis Hauser collaborated on The Every Other Day […]

Eat-Clean Diet

Introduction The Eat-Clean diet is based on the personal experiences of Oxygen Magazine columnist Tosca Reno.  Once weighing in at over 200 lbs. and lacking in energy, Reno decided to chronicle her approach and journey of weight loss in her book, Eat Clean Diet.  Two years later, she followed up with her Eat Clean Diet […]

Cabbage Soup Diet

Introduction Versions of this diet abound, with many claiming it was designed by a hospital (Sacred Heart, Mayo, etc.) for patients needing to lose weight quickly for surgery.  However, no hospital has ever stepped forward and “claimed” it as its own.  Over the last few years, several books have also been written offering up a […]

Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle

Introduction Seven-time Mr. Natural Bodybuilding champion, certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS), and personal trainer, Tom Venuto created the Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle (BFFM) program about six years ago.  Since then, it has become one of the bestselling downloadable health books on the internet.   The program is not specifically a weight loss tool, […]