Print PDF Many sweet alternatives come with sour realities difficult to swallow This month, we take a look into the market of water enhancement products. It seems that drinking plain old water is no longer popular, as many people are turning to solutions with sweeteners and added flavor. The variety of sweeteners has been marketed [...]
Print PDF Spring is here, and with it comes feelings of a fresh start and spring-cleaning. Some take spring-cleaning to a new level, hoping to cleanse their bodies of unwanted waste and toxins. The most common forms of these cleanses are detoxification (detox) diets and juice cleanses. But are they necessary, and more importantly, are [...]
Print PDF When I started the TD Fitness blog over two years ago, I remember thinking “I hope I don’t run out of things to write about.” For some reason, I thought that eventually I would exhaust all of the possible topics of interest related to health and fitness. I was wrong. There is [...]
Print PDF Incorrectly thinking you need to lose weight. Too often I see friends and trainees who claim they need to lose weight, yet they don’t understand that they’re already at a healthy weight. What they’re actually looking for is a specific size, not weight. Adding to the problem is that our society promotes “skinny” [...]
Print PDF The decision to follow a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle today may be fueled by good evidence that highlights how those who follow plant-based diets have increased longevity, better immunity and dramatically less chronic disease risk. However, athletes and those with active lifestyles can find that their divorce from meat leads to diminished [...]
Print PDF Last month’s article focused on what makes a successful diet by looking at a few of the most favored ways to lose weight and improve health. This month will expand on 11 of today’s most commonly advertised diet plans. We’re often fascinated by new diets promising fast weight loss with no downsides. [...]
Print PDF As 2012 came to a close, so did the tallying of votes for the year’s best-ranked diets. Considering that two thirds of Americans today follow some type of diet plan, the results of the U.S. News rankings are of interest to many people. Successful diets and nutrition practices contribute to many lifestyle [...]
Print PDF Twelve months…twelve small changes. Let’s break up the big New Year resolution in to 12 smaller “bite-sized” nutrition steps. Any number of these small changes will make a positive difference in your diet. Give them a try, one each month. By the end of the year, you’ll find that you’re 12 healthy habits [...]
Print PDFMost people don’t think about how the holidays will help their health goals. Throughout the year’s frenzy of choosing carbs, proteins and fats, many get preoccupied with the pursuit for healthier and fit bodies. While this isn’t a bad practice, it often underscores some other important aspects of what being healthy really means. With [...]
Print PDF As competitors, it’s normal to get fixated on the finish line of a race. After weeks of brutal pavement pounding, the last thought in a runner’s mind is what to do once this test of endurance is over. However, it still doesn’t hurt to know some recovery tips for the calorie burning mayhem [...]
Print PDF There are plenty of drastic changes we can all make to our lifestyles to live healthier or better manage our weight. Big moves like going vegan, cutting simple carbs or eating at home more may shrink your waistline and improve your health. However, in reality these extreme diet attempts rarely last long because [...]
Print PDFThe Takeaway: Many sports drinks claim to enhance performance and recovery, but by knowing what your body needs, you can determine whether these drinks are worth the time and money. Nowadays, sports drinks are advertised to just about anyone who might possibly ever become dehydrated, active or not. Highly specialized beverages like Gatorade’s G series [...]
Print PDFWhile most people are far from being world-class competitors, each of us has an area of life where we would like to perform our best. These common areas of performance include work, the gym, social settings or life at home where days of low energy or lack of focus can drive the average person [...]
Print PDFThe Takeaway: The food we eat today is different than that of the past. This is largely due to the amount of processing that occurs today. It’s important to know that eating heavily processed foods oftentimes means eating less healthy. See the bulleted list at the bottom of this post for some ways to ensure the [...]
Print PDFDid cavemen have it right? Proponents of the Paleo (short for Paleolithic) diet say that our old cavemen ancestors were healthy, strong and free of today’s diseases, largely due to their diet of fruits, vegetables, meats and fat. Since legumes, dairy and grains were not eaten by the early hunter gatherers, these foods are [...]
Print PDFWhen it comes to grocery shopping, calories are cheap, but buying good nutrition can be a burden on the wallet. Why? Well healthy foods are usually priced higher due to increased production costs and added value. Also, food manufacturers know that we’ll pay a little more if we think their product is benefiting our [...]
Print PDFIf you train for endurance and don’t pay much attention to your nutrition, you could be sacrificing performance or worse, putting yourself in an unsafe situation. There is no other sport in which your performance is more dependent on good nutrition than endurance events such as marathons and triathlons. Improved nutrition can be the [...]
Print PDF In all foods there is a balance between calories and nutrition. Foods that provide little or no nutritional benefit and have lots of calories are called “calorically dense” foods. Some people refer to them as empty calories. These include candy, alcohol, desserts and sweeteners. On the flip side, you have “nutrient dense” [...]
Print PDF U.S. News released its Best Diet Rankings this month. I’ll let you see for yourself which diets took the prize in each category, but it’s important to remember a few things when it comes to diets and nutrition. Not all diets are for everyone. Ultimately, the best diet for you is one that you [...]
Print PDF This month, we answer a question submitted by a member of the TD Fitness community. S.M. asks, “Can we combat cortisol and stress induced belly fat? Is it irreversible?” The immediate effects of stress are positive, and in fact, aid in the body’s fight-or-flight response. Continued stress over a period of time however, [...]
Print PDFPronounced: SAY she ate it. Being satiated means having a feeling of fullness or satisfaction when it comes to your appetite. Put another way, you’re not hungry anymore. (Not to be confused with gorging yourself or being completely stuffed after a Thanksgiving meal.) Why is this important? Simple. When you’re satiated, you don’t have [...]
As much as I’d like to say that I never eat fast food and that I’m always strict with my intake, I have to be honest.
At what point did our society ditch the small option for meals? I suppose we could contemplate this question, but what’s more important is this – what can we do about it?
Don’t stress over how you’re going to control your weight over the holidays. Follow these 10 tips to help you stay on track and still enjoy the season…
There are many questions surrounding nutrition and exercise. Allow me to make it a bit easier to understand. Think of time surrounding your workout as three distinct periods – prior to exercise, during exercise, and post-exercise.
We’ve all seen the organic label on foods in the produce section. But what exactly does this label mean? We answer three common questions regarding organic foods and lay out what you need to know.
The key to effective snacking is in finding something healthy, yet sustaining. Here, we list some healthy snacks you can munch on between meals.
Coconut water has been described as an all-natural sports drink with claims of reducing illness and fighting disease. It has even been used in some countries as an intravenous hydration fluid (IV) where medical saline was unavailable. With the growing popularity of coconut water, it’s time to ask, “What do I really need to know about this wonder liquid?”
The diet cola and zero calorie trends are more popular than ever. But does zero calorie really mean “healthier?” Here are three things to remember…
The USDA recently replaced their food pyramid with a plate icon. The previous symbol, known as MyPyramid, has now become ChooseMyPlate. ChooseMyPlate is a way of depicting the recommended quantities and ratios of different food types for nutrition.
Print PDFThese days, trying to read a food label can be pretty intimidating…but if you know what to look for, those labels can actually be very beneficial. As it turns out, a quick glance can go a long way. Food labels appear on almost all packages of processed food. They can even be found in [...]
Print PDF Proteins, carbs, and fats are not alone! True, these are three of the six types of nutrients, but water, vitamins, and minerals each have important qualities as well. Forms of Nutrients Our bodies are composed of nutrients. The foods that we eat and drink help us to continuously nourish our bodies [...]
Print PDFPerhaps the most talked about nutrient category is fats. Many believe that in order to lose weight, they must cut fats from their diet. Although it is wise to limit your intake of some types of fats, fats in general make up an entire group of nutrients. This article simplifies some of the “fat [...]
Print PDFLow carb…no carb. We’ve heard it all. The truth is that most people make the decision to follow these types of diets without knowing the nutritional importance of carbohydrates to the body. For example, carbs are the primary source of energy for almost all of the body’s requirements. Healthy diets consist of 45-65 percent [...]
Print PDF Healthy dieting is as easy to remember as the alphabet! This article provides an alphabetic way to remember some tips to help you eat better. It’s as easy as A-B-C! Add Healthy Items To Your Diet Think back to when we were kids and our parents told us not to touch [...]
Print PDF What should you consider when planning your diet? Well, it’s important to think about adequacy, balance, calorie control, nutrient density, moderation, and variety. Although diet experts use many procedures and techniques to develop diet plans, the six principles below are common among all effective diets. You can even use these to evaluate different [...]
Print PDF Ever wonder how the calories on a food label are calculated? As it turns out, proteins, carbs, and fats each have specific calorie counts that are common to all foods of those types. Calories are actually measurements of energy, so each type of food provides different levels of energy for the body. [...]
Print PDF It’s about time we rounded out our discussion on nutrients with a very important one – Protein. Protein is not only the building block of muscle, it’s also used for energy…in some cases. The Importance of Protein Proteins are involved in much of the body’s sustainment, including growth, repair, and tissue [...]
Print PDF It’s easy to read about what we’re “supposed to eat” but actually applying these guidelines can be more difficult. The food groups are pretty easy to remember, but how does this apply to the items you place in your shopping cart to prepare for yourself and the rest of the family? Below, we [...]