Following the alkaline diet means eating mostly plants, limiting meat, skipping dairy, sweets, alcohol and caffeine and banishing processed food. Sounds like a healthy move, right?
Not so fast. Most of the touted health benefits of the alkaline diet aren’t research-backed. The theory behind it is that our Western diet (rich with saturated fat, simple sugars and sodium and lacking in potassium, magnesium and fiber) produces acid, driving our body’s pH down slightly, making it more acidic. So the thinking goes that having an acidic pH fuels chronic diseases like cancer, heart disease and obesity and promotes ailments like bloating and chronic fatigue. Eating a diet that makes your body more alkaline staves off those health problems. Nice theory. The reality is that your body, especially your kidneys and lungs, maintains a steady pH regardless of what you...read full post »
U.S. News & World Report’s Best Diets 2014, released earlier this year, ranked 32 diet plans. But the No. 1 diet may surprise you. The “Best Diets Overall” winner: the DASH diet.
The DASH diet—or Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension—was developed to combat high blood pressure (hypertension is the medical term for high blood pressure). So it certainly doesn’t fall into the realm of trendy diets like Paleo or the Alkaline Diet. To earn a spot on the “Best Diets” list, the diet plan has to help with weight loss and diabetes (research shows the DASH diet does)—as well as be easy to follow and nutritious (check and check). Their panel of experts, which included EatingWell advisors David Katz, M.D., M.P.H., and Brian Wansink, Ph.D., gave it top billing in part because it scored well in the heart health and nutrition completeness...read full post »
Did a co-worker bring in homemade brownies and you sampled one (OK, three)? At dinner, did you nosh from the bread basket, order fries instead of a side salad with your meal and eat dessert? Diet slip–ups happen to all of us, so don’t beat yourself up and abandon your weight-loss goals. One meal doesn’t negate all of your healthy efforts, as long as you’re making healthy choices most of the time. If you’ve ever uttered the phrase “my diet starts next week,” then you know that one indulgent meal can morph into a weekend of eating lots of high-calorie foods. That attitude can quickly turn a minor setback into a complete diet derailer. Instead, let it go and get back on track at your next meal or snack.
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Snacks can keep your diet on track by preventing your hunger from getting out of control. But if you don’t pick the right ones, in healthy amounts, snacks can derail your diet instead. Foods with protein and fiber make especially satisfying snacks—they help keep you full on few calories. Try carrots and hummus, nonfat cottage cheese and orange slices, plain nonfat yogurt and diced pear, almonds and raisins, or an apple with almond butter.
Do This Today: Pick a snack today with a mix of protein and fiber.
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Slimming down for summer isn’t about depriving yourself—it’s about making small changes that you can stick with. If you’re craving something sweet—or salty—but think you can’t have it if you are trying to lose weight, think again! Having a small treat every day may help you stick to your diet. Research in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that a small daily treat didn’t sabotage weight-loss efforts. Some under-150-calorie snacks to try: a 16-oz. skim latte, two squares of dark chocolate, ½ cup (nonpremium) ice cream or 4 cups of air-popped popcorn.
Do This Today: Savor a small treat daily; it won’t break your diet and can help keep you on track.
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