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Yo-yo dieting can lead to early death, study suggests

You pack on some serious pounds, then work hard to drop the weight — but then put it all back on again. Aside from being incredibly frustrating for the individual, experts are now warning that these dramatic fluctuations in weight are linked to a slew of negative side effects — including an increased risk of death. The new study was published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Researchers investigated the health risks of yo-yo dieting by examining the results from the 3,600 men and women who participated in the Korean Genome and Epidemiology Study. They found that dramatic weight swings was associated with higher risk of mortality. One exception to this study is for obese individuals who crash diet and experience weight loss. Those people were found to be less likely to develop type-2 diabetes over time. However, perfectly healthy people who quickly lose and gain…

How to cut sugar and calories from your Pumpkin Spice Latte order

Fall cool weather has arrived, and we’ve all got pumpkin spice on the brain. But before you head to Starbucks to wrap your hands around a warm cup of pumpkin spiced goodness, wrap your brain around the fact that each standard Grande Pumpkin Spice Latte has the sugar equivalent to 3.5 giant Starbucks sugar cookies. Yikes! At that rate, you’ll be packing on the holiday pounds before we even enter October. Plus, all that sugar can leave you feeling sluggish and cranky. So what’s a PSL fanatic to do? Each Grande PSL has four pumps of pumpkin spice syrup. At 7.5 grams of sugar per pump, it’s easy to cut back while still keeping the delicious pumpkin flavor. Order half the amount of syrup (2 pumps) and save 15 grams of sugar. Of course sugar isn’t the only problem. A Grande PSL will add a whopping 380 calories to your day.…

This is the hottest diet on social media right now

If you’re on a diet and you don’t take to social media to hashtag about it, are you really on a diet? With all of the #mealprep, #nocarb, and #foodporn hashtags topping the mega-millions on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, it seems just about everyone loves posting pictures of their eating habits. But whether it’s people going crazy for keto, those pushing paleo, or those running on nothing but #rawfood, it can be hard to tell which diet is actually trendiest. Within each diet there is undoubtedly an active community supporting each other and sharing tips and recipes. But which diet has the largest following online? Researchers at Brandwatch analyzed Twitter to uncover which diet floods feeds with the largest volume of related posts. Then they looked to top “influencers” — those with particularly large followings — to determine which diet trend is most common. It turns out that going vegan…

Keto Blackberry Smoothie

Berries are one of the few fruits that are allowed on the Keto diet. That’s because they are lower in sugar and carbs than most other fruits (don’t even try to eat a banana or grape on Keto!). Berries like blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries have exceptional anti-inflammatory properties as well, so they’re a great addition to any diet. A small handful can help new keto followers get a taste for something sweet and fresh while they’re getting accustomed to their new diet. Here’s a relish leto-approved berry smoothie to get your morning started: Keto Blackberry Smoothie Ingredients  1/4 avocado 1/4 cup frozen blackberries 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk (the full-fat kind) 1 cup cold water Directions Add all ingredients to blender and process until smooth. Pour over ice if desired, or drink as-is. Enjoy! Also see, Healthy candy corn popsicles. Get groceries delivered from everybodycravespantry.com, where shipping is always free. Follow us on…

Artificial sweeteners won’t help you lose weight, study finds

Listen up Diet Coke drinkers. Artificial sweeteners have given artificial hope to those looking for weight loss. For years, brands like Sweet ‘N Low and Splenda have claimed to be better for consumers than their real sugar crystal counterpart. It was said, the synthetic substitutes would give you the sweet-tasting foods and beverages you crave, without the extra calories, weight gain, or other negative health issues. But over time, research has reveled that it’s not so simple. While we’ve been questioning the validity of sugar substitutes for some time now, a new scientific review published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) on Monday, shows that not only is there no solid evidence supporting the weight-managing health claims of sweeteners like aspartame and sucralose, but those who regularly consume these alternatives are more likely to develop health problems in the future. For the 25 percent of children and 41 percent of adults who consume these sweeteners at…

These 10 foods have more potassium than that boring banana

If you know just one thing about potassium, it’s probably that it’s found in bananas.  Bananas are a portable, tasty source of potassium, but there other great foods that can help you reach your recommended daily intake, too. Potassium plays many important roles in the human body. You don’t hear as much about potassium as you do with say, vitamin C, fiber or even omega-3s, but 100,000 times every day, this electrolyte helps to trigger your heart to pump blood to the rest of of you body. It helps your muscles to move, your bones to stay strong and your nervous system to communicate. Low potassium intake has been linked with high blood pressure and kidney stones, according the National Institutes of Health. Less than two percent of people in the U.S. get the recommended 4,700 mg daily recommendation of potassium, according to The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Yes, that means a whopping 98 percent of…

You can lose weight twice as fast with this diet method, research shows

When we want to shed some pounds, we typically look to dropping sugars and carbs from our diets. But a new study reveals that cutting back on sweeteners and breads might not be the most effective method after all. The most successful weight loss could come from ditching something more dieter-friendly at first glance — meat. The research published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition revels that dieters adopting vegetarian diets not only boost their metabolism but end up losing more weight overall — twice as much weight, in fact. A group of 74 participants with type 2 diabetes followed strict vegetarian diets of grains, vegetables, fruits and nuts. What researchers saw was that the vegetarian diet was twice as effective as the more common diet method at helping people shed pounds. Participants on the veggie diet lost on average 14 pounds vs. the typical 7 pounds. But the participants didn’t…

Adopting these 5 habits can add years to your life, study shows

Everyone wants a long, healthy life, but are we doing what is necessary to actually get there? A new study conducted by Harvard suggests that if American adults integrate five specific habits into their daily lives, their life expectancy will be increased by more than a decade. The recommended five habits are:  1. Don’t smoke 2. Eat a healthy diet 3. Get at least 30 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous exercise, daily 4. Maintain a healthy weight 5. Consume alcohol only in moderation The research, published last month in the journal Circulation, says that adopting these five healthy-habits could prolong your life expectancy at age 50 by a little more than 14 years of woman and a little more than 12 years for men. “The general population just needs to adopt a small step forward toward a healthier lifestyle,” says the lead researcher, Yanping, Li, MD, PhD, a scientists at the Harvard T.H. Chan School…

Creamy avocado, mango, smoothie with hemp hearts

Hemp hearts have been on the health food scene for quite a while now, but, for whatever reason, many people still haven’t given these delicious nutty seeds a chance. If you wish you could add even more nutritional oomph to your smoothies, salads and yogurts, it might be hemp seeds that you’re looking for. Hemp hearts are the edible insides of hemp seeds. They are said to have many health benefits because of their rich and diverse nutritional content. For starters, hemp hearts are a complete protein, so for vegetarians, or those trying to eat less meat, hemp hearts are a easy dietary substitution. They also contain essential fatty acids omega 6 and omega 3 as well as soluble and insoluble fiber. They’re packed with vitamins A, B1, B2, D and E as well as the minerals calcium and iron. But wait. There’s more! The combination of complex carbohydrates, protein and calories in…

Women who eat fast food, not enough fruit increase chances of infertility

Women who eat less fruit are harming their chances of getting pregnant, a new study has found. Australian researchers reported that women who ate fewer than three pieces of fruit per month were more likely to experience infertility in the upcoming year. The study, published in the peer-reviewed medical journal Human Reproduction, examined the diets of more than 5,500 women in Australia, New Zealand, the U.K. and Ireland. The collected data revealed that women who ate fewer than three pieces of fruit in a month took 50 percent longer to conceive than the women who ate more than three pieces of fruit in their diet each month. The study also looked at junk food consumption. Women who rarely ate fast food got pregnant on average a month faster than women who ate fast food at least four times a week. “We recommend that women who want to become pregnant should align their dietary intakes toward…