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Why the BMI Chart May Not be a Good Measure of Your Ideal Weight

How much you should weigh is part personal preference, part genes, and part science. Well, kind of — kind of, because the “science” behind the Body Mass Index (BMI) chart is not science at all, in fact, it is mathematical formula created for an entirely different purpose and was “tweaked”to force weight conversions that were otherwise somewhat incompatible. Despite its wide use today as a rule of thumb, this flawed method of calculating ideal weight is now over 200 years old.

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Getting fit through exercise can help reverse prediabetes.
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Exercise Myths: Lifting weights is not a good way to lose weight because it will make me “bulk up.”

Lifting weights or doing activities like push-ups and crunches on a regular basis can help you build strong muscles, which can help you burn more calories. To strengthen muscles, you can lift weights, use large rubber bands (resistance bands), do push-ups or sit-ups, or do household or yard tasks that make you lift or dig. Doing strengthening activities 2 or 3 days a week will not “bulk you up.” Only intense strength training, along with certain genetics, can build large muscles.

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Vegetarian Friendly Diets
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Vegan and Vegetarian Friendly Diets

If you are a vegan or vegetarian and want to lose weight or just change your diet to be healthier, choose a balanced diet plan that is adaptable, but that allows you flexibility to get the nutrients you need from non-animal sources. Best choices for healthy weight loss plans that can be easily adapted for vegans and vegetarians include …

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Finding Motivation

What to Do When You Feel Like Giving Up on Yourself and Your Healthy Lifestyle Goals

For those times when you have just had a bad day, are too tired to care, or just like giving in to something you know you will regret later, go through the following list of questions because sometimes, what is making you feel like giving up on something is not because it is hard, it is because you are thirsty, hungry, bored, stressed, tired, or just plain cranky. You won’t improve your mood by giving up, but you may be taking one of the following steps listed below.

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Food Nutritional Information Label

What is the difference between a serving and a portion?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Nutrition Facts label appears on most packaged foods (see Figure 1). It tells you how many calories and servings are in a box or can. The serving size varies from product to product.

A portion is how much food you choose to eat at one time, whether in a restaurant, from a package, or at home. Sometimes the serving size and portion size match; sometimes they do not.

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Diet Myth Busters: Fast foods are always an unhealthy choice. You should not eat them when dieting.

Truth: Many fast foods are unhealthy and over indulging in them will likely cause you to gain weight. However, you can eat fast food on occasion and simply choose menu options with care. Whether your are eating out, on-the-run, or at home the basic rules are the same: choose healthy foods that are nutrient rich, low in calories, and small in portion size.

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