How running can stop weight loss

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Many people run for long distances every day in hopes of shedding the unwanted fat. Unfortunately, depending on various factors, running can actually prevent you from losing weight. “A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association followed the exercise habits of more than...

4 Common Additives That Make you Gain Weight

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It’s all too common for people in the weight loss industry to focus only on how many calories or macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins, and fats) one needs to lose weight. However, there are many more things to consider when you are trying to shed some kilos....

5 ways to stick to your weight loss goals

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Most people start every Monday with the hope of getting healthy and losing weight. Unfortunately, many do not anticipate the road blocks and challenges that are associated with this task. They don’t plan meals, they don’t think about when they might have time in the...

Need motivation? Here is some for you.

Need motivation

The one thing that has been consistent in my practice as a dietician is watching how my clients start out with the best of intentions only to give up 3 weeks into the process. Why is giving up so common so soon after trying to...

Forget Your New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions

Forget making New Year’s resolutions. With the New Year upon us, it is very easy to say things like, “This year, I will lose 20 kg” or “This year, I will quit smoking” or “This year, I am going to exercise more.” Instead of making...

The control of water consumption

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Why drink a lot of water? Up to 70% of our body is made up of water and is needed in most biochemical reactions that take place in the body to function. What does this mean? Without any water, you can feel tired, you won’t...

Weight loss is difficult. Get over it!

Weight loss is difficult

Everywhere you turn you see ads promising you miracle weight loss in a matter of days or weeks. Your better logic tells you, however, that weight loss is a lot harder than that! You try over and over again only to end up feeling more...

The 3 Questions I hate hearing as a nutritionist

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I have been a nutrition counselor for the past 16 years. I have heard every excuse in the book for why someone didn’t lose weight as well as witnessed almost miraculous transformations in people’s bodies and health. But on my journey as a healthcare practitioner,...

This holiday season, have your cake and eat it too!

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The holiday season is upon us and for those of us that are trying to lose weight, this season could bring stress. For many, fear of weight gain could make them avoid their favorite holiday treats. There is no need to worry, however. With a...

How to lose weight when you have hypothyroidism

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According to the American Thyroid Association, 20 million Americans have some sort of thyroid disease and up to 60% of those with thyroid disease are unaware of their condition. In Europe, there are over 4 million cases reported in Greece and Italy alone (1). With...

Could a leaky gut be hindering your weight loss?

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If you haven’t already heard of the term, ‘leaky gut’, it’s a condition that is getting a lot of attention within conventional and alternative medical professions.  No, it’s not something disgusting that forces you to be in the bathroom for a large portion of the...

This ONE ingredient stops weight loss! Find out which one.

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Soy Lecithin is used in food products as an emulsifier. Unfortunately, unfermented soy is linked to MANY disease states which can contribute to a decreased metabolism. These include thyroid issues, digestive distress, and hormonal imbalance. When included in food in this very processed state, soy...

The Glycemic Index – What you need to know

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In order to lose weight, you need to count calories, right? Not exactly. A diet’s caloric value is not the only thing to consider. In addition to paying attention to how many calories a food has, it is important to assess the value of each...

The truth about fats

Fats

Although fats have been demonized in the past, they actually make up a very important part of a healthy diet. Your average food intake should consist of approximately 30 percent fat, which is more or less equal to 15-60 grams in a 24-hour period. What...

Tips on Meal Planning

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In the busy and demanding times we live today, most people neglect to think about what they are putting in their mouths. Many go through a drive-through for breakfast or even skip important meals. Many even forget to eat throughout the day allowing them to...

What is balanced eating?

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Over the years, there has been much debate as to what constitutes a balanced diet. In 1992, the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) provided the food guide pyramid in order to address what foods should be included in a healthy diet. This food guide...

Why diets make you fat

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“Lose 10 kilos (22 pounds) in 1 week!”, “Take these supplements and you will be ready for bikini season in only 2 weeks.” These are examples of common claims you will read or hear from the weight loss industry. Unfortunately, what seems too good to...

Too much choice makes you fat.

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The human organism is an amazing work-in-progress that has been shaped by millions of years of evolution. As a result much of our behaviour may not be as free as we think. We make unconscious decisions all the time that result from instincts that have...

Micronutrients: vitamins and minerals

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You may hear nutritionists refer to food as nutrient-dense or as nutritionally empty. What this refers to is a food’s ability to provide us with the vitamins and minerals that are responsible for a myriad of biochemical processes which fuel our metabolism. Without them, even...

Carbohydrates

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Media consistently tries to single out ONE main cause for all of our health issues. Diet trends are always set by marketing giants in order to sell the latest fad to many willing and desperate consumers. With the turn of the millennium, carbohydrates became the...