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5 Proven Ways to Stop Yo-Yo Dieting

John McGran, chief editor at Diet-to-Go, has been covering the fields of diet, fitness and health since 2000. He writes from the perspective of a dieter rather than a dietitian.

They call it the yo-yo effect – losing weight only to gain back the lost pounds and more. It’s one of the most frustrating occurrences for dieters. But if you follow five simple tactics, you will avoid regaining lost weight.

1. React quickly – It’s natural for your weight to fluctuate a few pounds, but if you see the scale needle jump five pounds, take action NOW! Don’t wait until you find yourself on that slippery slope back to your old weight. Simply renew your commitment and pick up the calorie-burning pace of your fitness plan and you’ll see the extra weight come off again. (more…)

The 10 Worst Foods in Your Fridge

John McGran, chief editor at Diet-to-Go, has been covering the fields of diet, fitness and health since 2000. He writes from the perspective of a dieter rather than a dietitian.

I bet you didn’t know that November 15 is “Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day” or that November 29 is “Throw Out Your Leftovers Day.” But I bet you do know that your refrigerator is crammed with foods that don’t fit well with your desire to eat healthy and lose weight.

So please join me, Mr. Bad Food, for our first annual “out with the old, in with the new” push for a healthier tomorrow – and an easier start to our next great weight loss attempt.

It’s time to turn a cold shoulder to the 10 worst foods in your fridge.

1. Mayo If you’re like me, more is better when it comes to mayo. So while a little won’t hurt you, a lot will. A quarter-cup of mayo will make your sandwich savory, but at the cost of an extra 360 calories and 40 grams of fat. (more…)

5 Ways We Fool Ourselves into Failing at Weight Loss

John McGran, chief editor at Diet-to-Go, has been covering the fields of diet, fitness and health since 2000. He writes from the perspective of a dieter rather than a dietitian.

They say a fool and his money are soon parted. I say a dieting fool and his weight are doomed to stay together!

Today we’re turning our attention to the five ways we fool ourselves into failing at dieting.

1. I’ll start my diet Monday… or tomorrow.

The best time to start a diet is today… right now, in fact. I’m a procrastinator. I know how easy it is to set a future date to get started on a project or a diet.

But, by giving yourself extra days before getting serious, you’re simply allowing yourself to continue on with the bad habits that led you to being overweight in the first place. (more…)

10 Healthy Foods That Ain’t All That Healthy

John McGran, chief editor at Diet-to-Go, has been covering the fields of diet, fitness and health since 2000. He writes from the perspective of a dieter rather than a dietitian.

Face it friends… we’re suckers for flashy food labels and cleverly worded marketing claims that lead us into temptation by making us think a food or drink is good for us.

Acai berries anyone? You’ve probably seen the deluge of ads for this “amazing… as seen on Oprah… fat fighter… grown in the Amazon rainforest”… blah, blah, blah…

Trouble is, according to the food watchdogs at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, “there’s no evidence whatsoever to suggest that acai pills will help shed pounds, flatten tummies, cleanse colon, enhance sexual desire, or perform any of the other commonly advertised functions.” (more…)

Chill Out: Frozen Treats That Won’t Ice Your Diet

Fitness-friendly Slice Cream

John McGran, chief editor at Diet-to-Go, has been covering the fields of diet, fitness and health since 2000. He writes from the perspective of a dieter rather than a dietitian.

As I sat in front of my TV enjoying my healthy lunch, I found myself suddenly craving ice cream or some other decadent frozen treat. Could it be the commercial for the Snicker’s ice cream bar that triggered the urge? Um… DUH… of course!

Okay, so I am so easily led astray. But, instead of hopping in my car and racing to the local market for an ice cream fix, I dragged myself back into my home office and started surfing the Web for healthier ice cream treats.

The first fact that caught my eye: Americans enjoy nearly 21 quarts per person, per year.

The second scoop on ice cream: August is National Ice Cream Month – and for good reason. Not only is August the hottest month of the year for most of us, but it’s also the month that hosts most of the ice cream holidays. (more…)

Best Way to Beat Diabetes: A Healthy Diet

John McGran, chief editor at Diet-to-Go, has been covering the fields of diet, fitness and health since 2000. He writes from the perspective of a dieter rather than a dietitian.

Since an estimated 300,000 deaths each year are associated with poor nutrition, obesity and the related illnesses of diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer, it should come as no surprise that your best weapon is a healthy diet.

According to WebMD.com, “Healthy eating is one of the best things you can do to prevent health problems, such as heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and some types of cancer.”

Type 2 diabetes, the most common form of diabetes, can be prevented or delayed if you maintain a healthy body weight and make time for regular fitness. As simple as it sounds, a balanced diet and regular exercise have proven effective for many people suffering diabetes. (more…)

5 Exercises You Shouldn’t Do and 5 You Should

Fitness pro Brad Schoenfeld, MS, CSCS, is a regular contributor to DiettoGo.com, a website that caters to busy professionals wanting to eat great while they lose weight. Schoenfeld is one of America’s leading fitness experts and is the best-selling author of Sculpting Her Body Perfect, 28-Day Body Shapeover and his latest book, Women’s Home Workout Bible.

Poor exercise choices will not only not get you your desired results, but they can ultimately lead to a debilitating injury. 

Here are five of the all-time worst exercises and five super substitutes. Out with the bad, in with the good!

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Stop Making Excuses and Start Losing Weight

John McGran, chief editor at Diet-to-Go, has been covering the fields of diet, fitness and health since 2000. He writes from the perspective of a dieter rather than a dietitian.

We’re good at making excuses.

We would have caught the ball, but the sun was in our eyes… We would have bought you a birthday gift, but we couldn’t get to the store… We would have lost weight, but we just couldn’t commit to a diet…

When it comes to losing weight and getting in shape, excuses are like snowflakes – they’re all different, but they all pile up to keep you fat and unhappy.

Let’s deconstruct five common excuses for not dieting or working out.

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5 Ways to Keep the Weight Off

John McGran, chief editor at Diet-to-Go, has been covering the fields of diet, fitness and health since 2000. He writes from the perspective of a dieter rather than a dietitian.

Over the past 30 years, I’ve lost hundreds of pounds by following a variety of diets. The problem: At the age of 50, I am still 40 pounds overweight because I never seem to fail at regaining the weight I work so hard to lose!

It’s called yo-yo dieting and it’s not only frustrating, but unhealthy as well. And I am not alone.

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The Simple Secret for Boosting Your Weight Loss

John McGran, chief editor at Diet-to-Go, has been covering the fields of diet, fitness and health since 2000. He writes from the perspective of a dieter rather than a dietitian.

Each year Americans spend billions upon billions of dollars on fancy diets, pills, gizmos and gadgets, when the real secret to more effective weight loss is the price of a pen and notebook.

Yes, my fellow dieters, the right way to double the number of pounds you lose is also the write way – keeping a food journal!

That’s no misprint. Keeping a food journal – and jotting down every last bite of food you eat throughout any given day – can lead to double the weight loss for those who pick up a fork more than they pick up a pen.

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