31 January 12 Dietary Control of Blood Pressure – It's Not Just About Sodium

Dietary Control of Blood Pressure – It's Not Just About Sodium Controlling blood pressure can be accomplished by exercise, losing weight if overweight, diet, and/or medication. Although most messages we hear about dietary control of hypertension focus on salt or sodium reduction, it is only one of four...

26 January 12 Four Keys to Losing Weight While Injured

Four Keys to Losing Weight While Injured Let's face it, sometimes injuries happen, especially if we're new to regular exercise or stepping up our training routine. And though they can be a setback to our exercise regimen, they don't have to be a setback to our weight loss goal.

24 January 12 Important Tips for Calories Tracking Using MyNetDiary

Important Tips for Calories Tracking Using MyNetDiary If you are new to MyNetDiary or to calories tracking in general, then please read these tips for ensuring a safe and effective tracking experience. MyNetDiary Articles MyNetDiary has a library of articles on nutrition, weight, and exercise on the...

19 January 12 Living the Organized Life

Living the Organized Life The New Year always brings with it new aspirations, and for many, a renewed commitment to improving their lives. So what better time than the present to consider how living the simple, organized life can not only improve your state of mind; it can also improve your health.

17 January 12 How to Exercise While in a Hotel without a Gym or Pool

How to Exercise While in a Hotel without a Gym or Pool Getting exercise while traveling for business can be a real challenge - we are often limited to exercising in our hotel room. If you have a choice, then choose a hotel that has a gym or a pool, even if it means spending a little bit more money.

13 January 12 Strong to the Core: It's about more than Sit-Ups

Strong to the Core: It's about more than Sit-Ups It seems that a perennial topic of discussion when it comes to working out is why do ab exercises and how much should we be doing. Not everyone is out to build a chiseled six-pack, but core exercises are extremely important because they can do a lot to...

10 January 12 Size Matters: A Quick & Dirty Guide to Controlling Portion Size

Size Matters: A Quick & Dirty Guide to Controlling Portion Size Although most of us think we are good guessers when it comes to portion size, we aren't! We are easily tricked into overestimating or underestimating portion size, and therefore, calories.

5 January 12 10% Off: The Best ‘Deal’ in Weight Loss

10% Off: The Best ‘Deal’ in Weight Loss No, we’re not trying to sale you something at a discount. We’re trying to help you set a realistic and helpful weight loss goal to start the new year off right. And what is that goal? It’s losing 10% of your starting body weight.

3 January 12 Is Your Weight Goal SMART?

Is Your Weight Goal SMART? Happy New Year, Everyone ! A New Year means a New Year's Resolution for many of us. If you struggle with meeting the same weight goal year after year, then it is time to rethink how you set your goal. Start the New Year off on the right foot by setting a SMART weight goal...

28 February 12 Maximize Your Movements, Minimize Your Time

Maximize Your Movements, Minimize Your Time Working out can be about more than just burning calories; it can be a way we live and practice efficiency. Ideally, our workouts should allow us to burn the most calories and see the biggest gains in the least amount of time.

23 February 12 Don’t Make a ‘Bee-Line’ for a Slim Waistline

Don’t Make a ‘Bee-Line’ for a Slim Waistline In a presentation by Dr. Kevin Hall, a researcher with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Vancouver, Canada, it was posited that losing weight...

21 February 12 Veggies for the Great Recession. Part 1: Cabbage & Carrots

Veggies for the Great Recession. Part 1: Cabbage & Carrots While I was checking out at the grocery store last night, I couldn't help but marvel at how inexpensive my veggies were –they were by far the least expensive items in my basket. Fresh fruits and vegetables can be very expensive depending...

16 February 12 Fatty Food Cravings - Is It in Our Genes?

Fatty Food Cravings - Is It in Our Genes? In a new study published by the journal Obesity , researchers are considering the complex reasons why some people crave fatty foods more than others. Scientists from the study say they found the reason why it can be hard to adhere to a low-fat diet for some...

14 February 12 Romance Me with Chocolate!

Romance Me with Chocolate! Move over wine and flowers, there is another aphrodisiac to compete for winning my heart this Valentine's Day – chocolate! What is it about chocolate that makes us so darn happy and perhaps, "in the mood?" It's probably a combination of factors - naturally occurring psychoactive...

9 February 12 Six Scientifically Validated Nutritional Tips for Heart Health: with Dr. Eric Ding

Six Scientifically Validated Nutritional Tips for Heart Health: with Dr. Eric Ding Guest post for MyNetDiary by Dr. Eric Ding February is National Heart Month I believe in the importance of evidence-based translational medicine. There is so much fluff and false claims in the nutrition world that I want...

7 February 12 Trying to Build Muscle? Don't forget about calories!

Trying to Build Muscle? Don't forget about calories! Building muscle requires some additional protein but not as much as you would think. There are three keys to building muscle: 1. Additional calories to support an increase in muscle mass. 2. Additional protein to support an increase in...

2 February 12 Keep Your Diet Out of the ‘Red Zone’ During Super Bowl XLVI

Keep Your Diet Out of the ‘Red Zone’ During Super Bowl XLVI Super Bowl XLVI is this Sunday, and while it serves as one of the largest televised events of the year (sports-related or otherwise), it’s also an unspoken excuse to sit on a couch for four hours while downing high-calorie...

30 March 12 Losing Weight, Exercise May Improve Mobility for Those with Diabetes

Losing Weight, Exercise May Improve Mobility for Those with Diabetes A new study from Wake Forest University researchers, published in the New England Journal of Medicine , says that the sooner people can get their weight down and start exercising the better their mobility can be, with those who are...

27 March 12 Tips & Tricks for Using MyNetDiary's Huge Food Database

Tips & Tricks for Using MyNetDiary's Huge Food Database I often get asked questions about MyNetDiary's food database so I thought that I would summarize a few important tips in a blog post. Food Item Sources MyNetDiary has over 440,000 food items – these include items entered and quality-assured...

22 March 12 Time to Stop ‘Treating’ Yourself?

Time to Stop ‘Treating’ Yourself? As Easter nears, yet another food-laden holiday, perhaps it’s time to stop and give thought to how we “treat” or “reward” ourselves with food. Think back on all those suckers we got at the doctor’s office, the big birthday...

20 March 12 Good for You Healthy Snacking Ideas

Good for You Healthy Snacking Ideas Guest post by Julie Maxwell, RD, with credit to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Are you looking for ways to improve your health and prevent overeating? Then consider the current guidance from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics which recommends that adults...

15 March 12 Go Green and Healthy on St. Patrick's Day

Go Green and Healthy on St. Patrick's Day Forget the calorie-laden "green beer" this Saturday, and instead harness your inner Leprechaun with something green and healthful. Juicing is a great way to take in valuable nutrients without having your body word hard to break down the fibers; however, fiber...

13 March 12 How to Break a Bad Food Habit

How to Break a Bad Food Habit Last week, I listened to National Public Radio's "Fresh Air" program, " Habits: How They Form and How to Break Them ." To my delight, Charles Duhigg, New York Times business writer and author of "The Power of Habit," was talking about how he finally broke his long standing...

8 March 12 Do No Harm! MyNetDiary Supports Healthful Eating Behaviors

Do No Harm! MyNetDiary Supports Healthful Eating Behaviors After reading Tumblr's updated Community Guidelines , I was intrigued (and relieved) that they highlighted that Tumblr is not for the "promotion and glorification of self-harm." This opens a timely door to discussion about eating disorders,...

6 March 12 Nutrition Facts Labels Now Required on Meats

Nutrition Facts Labels Now Required on Meats Back in 1993 the USDA made nutritional labels on meat completely voluntary. Last week, however, the USDA made them mandatory. The new rule affects all ground meat and ground poultry, as well as 40 of the most popular cuts found in the U.

1 March 12 Eating Tips from Former ‘The Biggest Loser' Nutritionist Include Food Journaling

Eating Tips from Former ‘The Biggest Loser' Nutritionist Include Food Journaling From an interview with Fitness Magazine , Cheryl Forberg, Registered Dietitian, James Beard award-winning chef and creator of The Biggest Loser meal plan, said her tip for anyone wanting to lose weight is to work within...

26 April 12 MyNetDiary Integrates with Withings Devices

MyNetDiary Integrates with Withings Devices Popular calorie counter and diet tracker now works wirelessly with Withings body scale and blood pressure monitor MyNetDiary, a comprehensive food diary and calorie counter with online and mobile app services, announced its integration with two popular Withings...

24 April 12 Tips for Entering Your Recipes Into MyNetDiary Like a Pro!

Tips for Entering Your Recipes Into MyNetDiary Like a Pro! Get the most out of using MyNetDiary's recipe feature! These tips and tricks are helpful for new and experienced users alike. Recipe Basics Once you enter and save a recipe in MyNetDiary, it acts like a food item.

20 April 12 Why Smart Eating, Exercise and MyNetDiary Work for Weight Loss

Why Smart Eating, Exercise and MyNetDiary Work for Weight Loss Fad diets are so out of the loop, at least according to a new study published online in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine . Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center analyzed data from over 4,000 obese people who participated...

17 April 12 Bulimia: the other eating disorder

Bulimia: the other eating disorder 

 Guest post by Donna P. Feldman MS, RD, Nutrition journalist and consultant, Radio Nutrition Usually when we think ‘eating disorder', we imagine an emaciated-looking young woman, possibly a celebrity. Anorexia is typically what comes to mind.

12 April 12 Keeping Track of More than Calories

Keeping Track of More than Calories Calorie tracking apps like MyNetDiary are designed to make counting calories and recording exercise an easy process, thus encouraging users to log accurately and daily for the best results. In fact, MyNetDiary does a lot more than lets users keep track of calorie...

11 April 12 Are You Getting Enough Iodine in Your Diet?

Are You Getting Enough Iodine in Your Diet? Public health messages about not using the salt shaker have worked. In the United States, the salt shaker no longer accounts for the majority of sodium added to foods at the table. Unfortunately, sodium from iodized table salt has been replaced with sodium...

6 April 12 What Else is Making You Gain Weight?

What Else is Making You Gain Weight? Weight gain is fundamentally an issue of energy imbalance – we eat more calories than we burn. But why are we eating more calories than we burn? Most of us have already thought about the obvious culprits regarding too many calories consumed – e.

3 April 12 Fast Food Breakfast – Limiting the Damage

Fast Food Breakfast – Limiting the Damage I just stumbled upon WebMD's " Slide Show: Best and Worst Fast-Food Breakfast ." Their list got me thinking – some breakfasts are better left uneaten. I know that folks are busy and sometimes run out the door hungry and empty handed yet want something hot...

31 May 12 Healthfully Eating on Your Camping Trip

Healthfully Eating on Your Camping Trip As summer nears, the camping season is again upon us. There are few things more revitalizing than a weekend (or week) in the woods with family or friends. And while camping comes with varying degrees of exercise, whether through backpacking into the wilderness...

29 May 12 Better Beverage Choices for a Hot Summer Day

Better Beverage Choices for a Hot Summer Day Most of us are aware of the problem of "drinking our calories" – we add extra calories without compensating with a reduced intake of calories from food. Drinking water is the most direct way to hydrate during a hot summer day but sometimes we simply want...

24 May 12 LATEST NEWS: MyNetDiary Adds Diabetes Tracking Service to Its High-Performing Lineup of Weight Management Tools

LATEST NEWS: MyNetDiary Adds Diabetes Tracking Service to Its High-Performing Lineup of Weight Management Tools MyNetDiary , a comprehensive food diary and calorie counter with online and mobile app services, announced its new Diabetes tracking service available to Maximum members.

22 May 12 Mediterranean Diets: Good Food, Good Fats, and Healthy Eating!

Mediterranean Diets: Good Food, Good Fats, and Healthy Eating! If you want to lower your risk of heart disease yet consider low fat diets to be a miserable stain on the art of cooking, then consider Mediterranean-style eating. Healthy fats from fish, nuts, and seeds have the ability to help us lower...

17 May 12 What Helps Adults Lose Weight & Maintain Weight Loss?

What Helps Adults Lose Weight & Maintain Weight Loss? Did you watch HBO's " Weight of the Nation " earlier this week? It is a four-part film series made for the general public – it combines compelling personal accounts along with accurate, evidence-based information about weight control.

15 May 12 What Helps Us Make the Better Food Choice?

What Helps Us Make the Better Food Choice? What motivates you to make the better food choice – the one that supports your health, your weight, or even your mental health – despite the huge number of tasty, less healthy options? Is it willpower - a form of mindful eating that allows you to pause and...

10 May 12 The Weight of the Nation - HBO Documentary Premiers May 14-15

The Weight of the Nation - HBO Documentary Premiers May 14-15 HBO and the Institute of Medicine have joined forces to create a new documentary about America’s obesity epidemic. Airing in four parts over May 14 and 15, “ The Weight of the Nation ” considers everything from how we got...

8 May 12 Eating Gluten-Free & Struggling to Get Enough Fiber?

Eating Gluten-Free & Struggling to Get Enough Fiber? Many folks in the U.S. rely on wheat for meeting their fiber need but that is not an option for folks who must avoid gluten. Wheat, rye, and barley all contain gluten. So how do you get enough fiber (25 grams for women, 38 grams for men) from...

3 May 12 What the Belly Really Holds

What the Belly Really Holds Excess body fat doesn’t always distribute itself evenly over our bodies. Sometimes we see a concentration of it around our midsections, including our belly, hips and thighs. Unfortunately, when this happens it can signal that our excess weight can lead to more serious...

1 May 12 Portion Distortion

Portion Distortion Guest post provided by Martha Henze, MS, RD, Traveling Taste Buds, LLC; marthahenze@gmail.com How many inches in diameter was a bagel 20 years ago? How many ounces were in an average soda 20 years ago? A bagel 20 years ago was 3 inches in diameter and had 140 calories.

28 June 12 Does Hot Weather or Hot Food Affect Appetites?

Does Hot Weather or Hot Food Affect Appetites? It seems that summer and hot weather can affect more than our exercise regimen and sodium levels . Studies are showing that hot weather, and warm foods, can affect our appetites as too. Of course, who doesn't like a wedge of ice-cold watermelon or a scoop...

26 June 12 Tweaking Sodium Intake with Heavy Sweating

Tweaking Sodium Intake with Heavy Sweating Basic public health guidelines for sodium intake (1500 mg - 2300 mg) are not necessarily appropriate for those engaged in high intensity activities, especially in hot and/or humid climates. We need more water and sodium with profuse sweating.

21 June 12 The Mental Challenges of Losing Weight

The Mental Challenges of Losing Weight There is an awakening statistic out there from the Weight and Eating Disorders Program at the University of Pennsylvania that says 65 percent of dieters will return to their pre-dieting weight within three years. Repeat, 65 percent.

19 June 12 Just Getting Back into Exercising? Think FIT!

Just Getting Back into Exercising? Think FIT! Congratulations if you have just decided to start an exercise program, or if you are returning to exercise after a long hiatus! To help you ease into improved fitness with a low risk of injury, think "FIT" to create a plan that helps you get there safely...

12 June 12 Don’t Limit Yourself

Don’t Limit Yourself A recently published study found that limiting your choices may not limit your calories. According to researchers at the University of Tennessee, limiting your options for “junk food” may get you to consume fewer calories from junk food, but people made up for...

7 June 12 5 Things You Can Change to Lose Weight

5 Things You Can Change to Lose Weight It’s not always that one extra big meal or the one day we skipped going to the gym that keeps us from losing the weight we aimed for that week. Instead it’s the small habits we have picked up during our lives that we perform almost unconsciously.

5 June 12 Seriously? You want me to walk how many steps per day?

Seriously? You want me to walk how many steps per day? Did you know that the current recommendation for fitness, heart health, and weight control is to walk a whopping 10,000 steps most days of the week? If you think that is no big deal, then think again.

31 July 12 “Why Calories Count” – Interview with Marion Nestle

“Why Calories Count” – Interview with Marion Nestle Guest post by Donna P. Feldman MS RD of Radio Nutrition People use MyNetDiary to count calories. But what exactly are calories and why are we counting them? As Marion Nestle points out in the beginning of her new book " Why Calories...

26 July 12 Above All, Write it Down

Above All, Write it Down You may have noticed that a new study on women, weight loss and keeping a food journal has been garnering a lot of press in the last couple weeks. The study was published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics . Upon review, one interesting finding stuck out...

24 July 12 Traveling Taste Buds: An American Dietitian Peaks into the European Kitchen

Traveling Taste Buds: An American Dietitian Peaks into the European Kitchen Guest post by by Martha Henze, MS, RD, Traveling Taste Buds, LLC Before attending cooking school in Spain last month, I had high expectations that I would travel home to Colorado with the perfect healthy cooking nugget for...

19 July 12 Weight Control & Calories – Is Your Target Accurate?

Weight Control & Calories – Is Your Target Accurate? How on earth do calories tracking apps come up with our caloric goals for weight loss, weight maintenance, or weight gain? Equations! All apps use equations that are estimations or approximations of our energy expenditure.

17 July 12 MyNetDiary Launches Diabetes Tracker for iPhone

MyNetDiary Launches Diabetes Tracker for iPhone The easiest and most comprehensive mobile diabetes tracker has arrived and is combined with the most powerful food database MyNetDiary, a comprehensive food diary and calorie counter with online and mobile app services, just announced the release of its...

12 July 12 National French Fry Day on July 13

National French Fry Day on July 13 Did you know this "Fryday" July 13 is also National French Fry Day? Why we need a day to celebrate a food that Americans eat, on average, four times a week, equal to nearly 30 pounds a year, is not clear. Perhaps it's just another misnomer that this particular food...

10 July 12 What You Eat for Breakfast Can Help You Lose Weight!

What You Eat for Breakfast Can Help You Lose Weight! Most of us already know that eating breakfast is important for both health and weight control. But it looks like what you eat for breakfast can also affect your success with weight loss and maintenance of weight loss.

5 July 12 MyNetDiary Mid-Year Check-In – Success Stories

MyNetDiary Mid-Year Check-In – Success Stories Now that 2012 is half over, we would like to hear from our members about how their journeys are progressing. We are asking that members who would like to share their stories and have them featured on our blog, please send in your responses to the questions...

4 July 12 Watermelon for July 4th – It Fits Into Any Meal Plan!

Watermelon for July 4th – It Fits Into Any Meal Plan! Are you celebrating the 4th of July today? Then consider including watermelon in your festivities. Watermelon is a nutritious fruit that is friendly to both calories and carb counters! When I work as a diabetes educator, I occasionally hear from...

30 August 12 New Study: Weight Cycling Doesn’t Affect Ability to Lose Weight

New Study: Weight Cycling Doesn’t Affect Ability to Lose Weight A new study in Metabolism shows that one’s past experience with “weight cycling” (aka. “yo-yo dieting”), doesn’t wreck one’s metabolism and make it impossible to lose weight again.

28 August 12 Beyond Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches

Beyond Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches Guest blog for MyNetDiary by Martha Henze MS, RD, Traveling Taste Buds, LLC The lunch bell rings. Are you ready? Print out these two handouts and attach them to your refrigerator, and you will be ready! 1. Packing Healthy Lunches: Plan Ahead 2.

23 August 12 Five Power Fueling Foods for Exercise

Five Power Fueling Foods for Exercise How many times have we sabotaged our sweat-pouring exercise routines by consuming all the calories we just burned, and then some, in a post-workout snack? Balancing food and exercise should be simple, even if it feels otherwise at times.

21 August 12 Eating Disorders Can Come in Different Shapes and Sizes

Eating Disorders Can Come in Different Shapes and Sizes Guest Post for MyNetDiary by Donna P. Feldman MS RD Nutrition blogger at Radio Nutrition When you hear the term "eating disorder", you usually imagine a stick-thin female with anorexia. Images of obese people gorging on bags of cookies or containers...

16 August 12 Getting Your Diet “Clean”

Getting Your Diet “Clean” You may have heard of “clean eating,” but what is it? It’s not something that requires scrub pads or spray bottles. Clean eating is about eating simple, wholesome foods and reflects more of a lifestyle and mindset than a strict diet to follow.

14 August 12 Diabetes Resources at MyNetDiary

Diabetes Resources at MyNetDiary Diabetes Tracker App & Web If you read our blog regularly, then you already know that last month, MyNetDiary launched their super Diabetes Tracker app for the iPhone . Since I work as a diabetes educator, I am always looking for useful tools for my patients with...

9 August 12 Details, Details, It's What Matters When Dieting – Watch Those Labels!

Details, Details, It's What Matters When Dieting – Watch Those Labels! When grocery shopping, we often don't have the same mentality as "window shopping," but perhaps we should. When we're shopping for clothes we are faced with those slim plastic models showing off how this shirt may look with those...

7 August 12 Manage Stress to Help You Manage Calories

Manage Stress to Help You Manage Calories According to HEALTHbeat , a newsletter from Harvard Medical School, people often handle stress in ways that can be harmful. Do you see yourself in any of these pressure-relief tactics – these can directly affect your ability to control weight: - Watching endless...

2 August 12 Be An Olympian (Kind Of) with Simple Sports Nutrition

Be An Olympian (Kind Of) with Simple Sports Nutrition As teams representing their countries compete for gold in London, now is the time to consider the dedication each puts into his or her sport. Training hard is just one aspect of becoming an elite athlete capable of the high-level competition that...

28 September 2012 What Makes a Good Mobile Calorie Counter?

Researchers at Brigham Young University in Utah analyzed 127 popular health apps from iTunes (available in 2009) and rated them for the ability to get users to change their lifestyles.

25 September 12 Tips for Reducing Pain with Insulin Injections

Tips for Reducing Pain with Insulin Injections For those of you with diabetes who take insulin, take heart! While insulin injections can sometimes cause pain or discomfort, there are tips for reducing or eliminating pain. Most of the tips reported here are taken from a presentation given by Stacey...

20 September 12 The New 80/20 Rule

The New 80/20 Rule A long-held rule in the dieting world says that as long as you eat healthy for 80 percent of the time, you can indulge in your favorite foods the other 20 percent. This is fine advice, and following it could help keep your diet plans on track.

18 September 12 Popular Blog Posts at MyNetDiary - Did You Miss Them?

Popular Blog Posts at MyNetDiary - Did You Miss Them? Since MyNetDiary started a blog in August 2010, there have been 214 posts published on topics related to healthy eating, physical activity, and weight control. There are two regular blog writers, myself (a registered dietitian and diabetes educator)...

13 September 12 Manual and Machine: Two Sides of Fitness

Manual and Machine: Two Sides of Fitness This week we want to present two different ways to approach a fitness routine. One using the simple and effective kettlebell, and the other with a high-tech treadmill. The aim is to show that both have their place in your fitness routine and that you don’t...

11 September 12 Use of Protein Shakes in Weight Control

Use of Protein Shakes in Weight Control First, let me share my bias that the use of whole, minimally or unprocessed foods is the ideal base for all of our meals and snacks. They are typically more nutritious, and depending upon the food, are higher in fiber, protein, vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals...

6 September 12 September is National Yoga Month - Here’s How You Can Celebrate

September is National Yoga Month - Here’s How You Can Celebrate According to the Yoga Health Foundation , September is National Yoga Month ( a national observance designated by the Department of Health & Human Services ), designed to educate about the health benefits of yoga and to inspire...

4 September 12 Almonds Have Fewer Calories Than Listed on Food Labels!

Almonds Have Fewer Calories Than Listed on Food Labels! Almond lovers take heart! Apparently, food labels overestimate the true caloric content of almonds, and most likely, other nuts, seeds, and peanuts. Hurray, and thank goodness! Almonds are nutritious, satisfying, and deserve a place at the table...

30 October 2012 Boo! Do Halloween Calories Scare You to Death?

I understand that many of you who are trying to lose weight are going to struggle with Halloween tomorrow. If you are still buying candy for Halloween parties or for "trick or treaters" then consider these few options to help minimize the calories burden.

25 October 2012 Consistency Through Change

By choice or happenstance, things change. Just like the leaves of fall, our lives can take on new colors. Perhaps it's a new job, a new house, a new school, change can be a big obstacle, but it doesn't have to derail our efforts to exercise and be healthy. Here are a few tips on keeping consistent through a lifestyle change.

23 October 2012 What Form is Your Fruit & Veggies?

Did you know that there are over 200 varieties of fruits and vegetables? This means a ton of options for flavor and texture! And the best part is that we have the ability to purchase them in many forms — fresh, frozen, canned and dried. Each type has its share of benefits in terms of access, nutrition and cost. Here's what you need to know about fresh, frozen, canned and dried fruit and vegetable options and how each type fits into a healthy diet full of variety.

18 October 2012 Don't Let Autumn Make Your Healthy Lifestyle "Fall" Off

Summer seems to make exercise effortless – it's warm outside, the days are long, you can wear comfortable shorts. Now that fall is in full swing, it's time to use this seasonal shift to your advantage instead of hibernating until it's time to make a New Year's resolution.

16 October 2012 Can You Use Calories Tracking Apps If You Have Had Bariatric (Weight Loss) Surgery?

Yes! Logging is an excellent way to stay on top of the eating and hydration protocol that your bariatric team (e.g. doctor and dietitian) has asked you to follow. However, you will not be using the typically recommended intake (e.g. DRIs/RDAs) for calories, fat, carb, and protein. Instead, use the nutrient goals and intake guidelines given to you by your bariatric team. These are life-long requirements that are very important to follow so please do not confuse yourself by trying to follow values produced automatically from tracking apps. Use an app that allows you to customize nutrient goals. For instance, MyNetDiary allows customization of nutrient goals with Maximum membership.

11 October 2012 Obesity Rates on the Rise: It's Now or Never

Last month, a new report released by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation predicts that half of U.S. adults will be obese by 2030 unless they change their health and eating habits. This is not good news.

9 October 2012 Protein Needs for Muscle Growth

Guest Post for MyNetDiary by Jacque Maldonado MS, RD, CDE
Building muscle can seem like the Holy Grail for both athletes and people working on weight loss. The first and most essential ingredient is resistance training, also known as weight lifting, at least twice a week. Mix in a regular routine of cardiovascular exercise that includes some days of increased intensity. Fold in a recovery day and plenty of high quality sleep, and muscles receive the signals and rest needed to build up or at least not break down during weight loss.

4 October 2012 13 Weeks of Healthy Living Till 2013: A Challenge

It happens that it's 13 weeks from October 1 to the last Friday in December. What better time than now to challenge yourself with a health goal and get a big leg up on your New Year's resolutions!

2 October 2012 Principles of Intuitive Eating

I am always looking for good books on weight control for my patients and I have definitely found one with Intuitive Eating, Third Edition by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch. Getting away from a narrow focus of eating solely for weight control, these authors remind us that eating needs to meet multiple needs, with satisfaction being one of them.

30 November 2012 SKIPPING THE GYM CAN AFFECT MORE THAN YOUR WAISTLINE

As we all enter into one of the busiest times of the year, it's important to remember that exercise should remain a constant in our lives. If we skip going to the gym, the effects can be much greater than gaining a pound or two. It could affect our mood.

29 November 2012 Gut bacteria – a new twist on weight loss

Guest Post for MyNetDiary by Donna P Feldman MS RD Do you ever feel like you've been cutting calories and sticking faithfully to a diet, with little effect? Frustrating, right? Well, what if it's not just about calories. What if the type of bacteria in your gut affects how many calories you metabolize? Simply restricting calories might not be the answer, if you don't also change your gut bacteria.

23 November 2012 Use Black Friday to Burn Calories

Now that Thanksgiving is behind and today millions of people are hitting the stores to save on gifts, that does not mean we have to skip the opportunity to exercise. In fact, if yesterday was a "cheat day" for most of us, it's all the more important to burn some extra calories today. Here are some fun and creative ways to incorporate a little calorie-burning into your checklist this holiday season. These can be done on any shopping trip, not just on Black Friday!

20 November 2012 Thanksgiving: Lighten Your Load!

I work with a lot of patients who are caring and nurturing people – but maybe too much so. They willingly and lovingly sacrifice their own health and happiness for their loved ones. And I see this played out during Thanksgiving. Despite struggling with weight and/or chronic disease that requires time to manage, I see these folks putting their health on hold for long periods of time in order to be the host of all things wonderful for others. Everyone's favorite dish is present, and apparently, without any or much assistance. And the home is clean and decorated for the special occasion. Who invested all of those hours for the occasion and at what physical cost? My patients and clients! I am not criticizing these loving souls – I am only sharing my perspective as a health care professional. The holidays take a huge toll on their health and I want that to change.

15 November 2012 What Does a Calorie Counter Look Like?

Ever wonder what a devoted calorie tracker looks like? Not literally, mind you. But what mindset must one have to track calories and exercise day in and day out to lose weight and get more healthy? Today we'll take a "sneak peek" at what makes a person take charge of their health and record their actions.

13 November 2012 What Does It Take to Keep The Weight Off?

Weight maintenance is not easy and many of us feel that it is a harder task than losing weight. But there are strategies for keeping the weight off and it is helpful to know what has worked for others. Think of these strategies as tools in a well-stocked toolkit for successful weight control.

8 November 2012 A Food Journaling Best Practice for Getting Started

On Tuesday, Kathy Isacks wrote a terrific article on strategies for getting started on a weight loss journey. From goal selection to understanding balance in eating, it's important to have a plan in place before you launch into a new weight loss lifestyle.

6 November 2012 Feeling Overwhelmed Before Starting Your Weight Loss Journey?

Are you hearing tons of recommendations from your health care providers and don't know where to start first? It can be really intimidating to start a weight loss program. There are dietary changes to make to help you trim calories but there are also basic healthy eating guidelines to ensure an adequate nutritional intake. Then there is the recommendation to engage in moderate-intensity exercise for about an hour a day. And on top of all that, foods you should or should not consume to help control blood pressure, blood cholesterol, and blood glucose levels. What takes top priority?

1 November 2012 Wait to Lose Weight?

It may sound strange, but a new study put forth by Stanford researchers is suggesting that long term weight loss may benefit from having a little patience. But why wait? To learn the tools you'll need to know post-weight-loss before you actually lose weight.

28 December 2012 Get healthy, feel better & lose weight

Guest post for MyNetDiary by Susie Pearl

How can you set goals that will work?
How can we avoid the pitfalls of setting goals and not keeping up?
Here's some fail-safe tips and techniques from Susie Pearl, author of "Instructions for happiness and success"

This time of year our thoughts start to turn to how to make lifestyle changes and get ourselves healthy for the New Year ahead. It's been the season to be merry and many of us have been eating and drinking too much and want to feel better and lighter.

It's time to make some changes. It's time to set some goals and intentions to be healthier, fitter and lose some weight so that we can feel better and be more energised for the year ahead.

25 December 2012 Merry Christmas

We hope you've had a wonderful holiday, everyone! Whether you choose to track or not, MyNetDiary is here to support you 24/7. Enjoy.

21 December 2012 12 Months of Healthy Habits

It's about to happen. Christmas is next week. New Year's the week after, and then we'll all be working toward our newly set resolutions. To help put us in the right frame of mind, here is a recap of a recent article published on CookingLight.com about 12 healthy habits you can make to get you through 2013 with better health.

The idea is to devote yourself to improving one area of health or fitness for each month of the year. When next December rolls around, you will have (hopefully) mastered 12 new habits that will keep you fit and happy.

18 December 2012 Easy Peasy Ways to Curb Calories during the Holidays

I am knee deep in the holiday season and as I bake presents and attend holiday parties, I am thinking of all the calories I am confronted with on a daily basis right now. I want to enjoy the moment yet not overdo it. After all, I don't want to be burdened with having to lose weight after the holidays are over. So if you struggle to lose weight or want to maintain that hard-earned weight loss, then consider having a plan so that you only spend your calories on foods or beverages that are truly worth it.

13 December 2012 Five Holiday Fitness Tips

Does life feel a little extra busy right now? Do you already have a house full of guests or are you getting ready to travel yourself? Now is not the time to put exercise on the back burner. It's the time to commit to staying a step ahead of your health. In order to do this, here are five fitness tips you can do this holiday season.

11 December 2012 Is Your Heartburn Getting Worse?

Tis the season to be merry! Along with the merriment and festivities, perhaps you are finding that you are experiencing more heartburn or reflux? This can happen when your typical eating pattern changes to include more parties, dining out, and alcohol.

Here is a hit list of diet and lifestyle factors that can make reflux worse during the holidays. This information was obtained from the Nutrition Care Manual of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics.

6 December 2012 OPTIONS FOR MEASURING BODY FAT

Ever curious about your exact about of lean muscle and body fat? Many of us are, but what ways can we accurately measure it? We can get a fairly accurate BMI based on height, weight, gender, etc., but there are ways to get a better reading; some are reliable, some are expensive; some are neither.

4 December 2012 WHY IS MY BLOOD GLUCOSE SO HIGH WHEN I WAKE UP?

It doesn't seem fair, does it? You haven't eaten anything all night and you still wake up with high blood glucose! What is going on and how can you lower it? For those of you with diabetes, this post is for you!


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