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Medifast Diet vs. Nutrisystem Diet

Medifast and NutriSystem are two of the most popular meal delivery diets on the market today. Both provide you with pre-portioned, calorie controlled meals and snacks that take most of the guess work out of preparing a healthy diet for around the same price. So which diet is right for you? We take a look at the similarities, and a few differences, between these successful diets. 

Overview

Medifast is a home meal delivery service that provides you with portion controlled, high protein meals. Named #7 on the list of the Best Commercial Diets by US News in 2011, Medifast claims dieters can lose up to 20 pounds in their first month. The success of the Medifast program has been proven in multiple clinical studies, including a Johns Hopkins study that found Medifast helps dieters lose weight quickly and safely, and helped type 2 diabetics lose twice as much weight as those following the American Diabetes Association’s dietary recommendations. Medifast also showed improvements in those with hypertension and high cholesterol.

NutriSystem is also a meal delivery service that provides meals and snacks that are calorie-controlled and pre-prepared, only requiring you to supplement in a few fresh foods. NutriSystem meals are available in both shelf-stable options and their fresh-frozen line of meals.


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NFL Quarterback Alex Smith’s Diet and Fitness Regimen

Alex Smith has been all over the news lately as he’s left the San Francisco 49ers, become a free agent, and is reportedly on the verge of signing with the Miami Dolphins. And that got us thinking. Who is Alex Smith, what’s his diet, and how does he stay in prime athlete shape? We did some investigating.

For starters, Alex Smith is a quarterback who stole much attention as the number one overall NFL draft pick in 2005. And although he didn’t turn heads early in his career, he threw for more than 3,000 yards and 17 touchdowns last season with virtually no interceptions, going 13-3.

So we get it. He’s a big deal. But what does the man eat? Several years ago during an appearance on Jay Leno’s The Tonight Show, Smith talked a lot about his diet, saying he eats “as much and as many things as possible.” And he’s probably right since the average athlete can consume anywhere from 3,000 – 5,000 calories a day. Unless he’s training like Michael Phelps, in which case he’s taking in nearly 12,000 calories.
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Jillian Michaels Body Revolution Just Released

Move over P90x and Insanity, there’s a new workout on the market that promises you’ll get “dramatic results at an accelerated pace.” Jillian Michaels, America’s Toughest Trainer, Jillian Michaels Body Revolutionhas just released Jillian Michaels Body Revolution—a 90 day fitness and diet plan that promises to give you the secrets for what really works when you’re striving for weight loss and total body transformation.

Michaels delivers her same “in-your-face” style that you have come to expect from her from her days on NBC’s The Biggest Loser TV show. Participants in the program are directed through a 3-phase weight loss program comprised of 15 30-minute workouts along with an accompanying meal plan, plus some more goodies that will help you achieve weight loss success.


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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. During this month, there is an added push to make people aware of this devastating disease and help them learn all they can as we all fight to end it forever. As research is being done everyday, we can’t wait to hear when the eventual cure is found. Until then, prevention and education are our strongest weapons.

We’ve collected many useful pieces to help educate and inform as we all work to find a cure.

Diet and Breast Cancer

There are many studies connecting the relationship between diet and cancer, specifically breast cancer. The research is yielding new findings all the time. Staying aware is often key in cure and prevention.

Weight Loss and Breast Cancer
Obesity has been linked to cancer in some studies. Learn how a healthy body weight can be a powerful cancer prevention method. Also read how the consumption of high fat foods can play a role in cancer connections.

Breast Cancer Prevention Diet
Dr. Bob Arnot, NBC News chief medical correspondent, has written a book outlining studies that point to certain lifestyle choices including diet, that may prevent breast cancer.


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How the New Charlie’s Angels Keep Fit and Trim

With every fall season comes an onslaught of new television shows that hope to gain your interest as a viewer. One of the most anticipated shows is a remake of an old television classic, Charlie’s Angels.

When looking at a show like this, one can’t help but wonder what the stars do to stay fit. The new version of the show stars Minka Kelly, Rachael Taylor and Annie Ilonzeh and is based in Miami. Each of the characters has a back story that includes a lifestyle of physical fitness, so it’s only fitting to look at what the actresses that play them do to stay in shape.

Minka Kelly often speaks about her fitness regimen. She trains with celebrity personal trainer Gunnar Peterson. She recently revved up her fitness routine specifically for this role. One of her fitness secrets is standing ab work using weights. Her workouts include helpful toning exercises with weights that work the entire body and puts in time on the treadmill doing an interval running routine to get her heart pumping. As far as nutrition goes, Minka tries to eat a sensible diet that includes egg whites and oatmeal for breakfast, a salad with protein for lunch and fish and veggies for dinner. Since she believes you should not deprive yourself, once in a while Minka will indulge in a cheeseburger with fries.


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