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Stop Aging with 17 Day Diet’s Dr. Mike in Men’s Fitness

The second most popular diet of 2012 was 17 Day Diet, and the brand continues to make headlines in the new year. Since its debut in 2010, the book has grown in to a brand where you can apply Dr. Mike Moreno’s 17 Day principles to weight loss, cooking, and even slowing the effects of aging. This month, get some insight on his 17 Day Diet Plan to Stop Aging in Men’s Health Magazine.

Dr. Mike makes an appearance in the magazine’s January issue to talk about the book, but also set you up for your healthiest year yet.

Here are some of Dr. Moreno’s recommendations for prolonging the signs of aging.

1. Keep your heart healthy with exercise: As we age our hearts becomes more effective. In order for our hearts to become stronger with age, we have to do aerobic workouts. Walking, jogging, and running are just a few suggestions. Dr. Mike mentions that with the help of exercise and a healthy diet, “an older person can have the heart of a very young person.”
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Keri Glassman’s 13 Sneaky Ways to Add More Fiber to Your Diet

When we talk about weight loss, we often hear things like satiating, stay fuller longer, and satisfied. The reason is that if you’re eating the right foods, the kind that fill you up, you won’t need to go rushing for unnecessary snacks, especially the kind that do not fill you up. The answer in all of this is fiber, specifically psyllium fiber.

“It’s the kind that creates the bulk,” Keri Glassman, MS, RD, CDN told us. She’s a renowned dietitian who breaks down the science in to bite-sized morsels of nutrition information real people can actually use.

She explained that women should be consuming about 25-38 grams of fiber every day, while we typically get about half of that. The discrepancy exists for a pretty obvious reason – our diets. Keri pointed to the refined carbohydrates, like white bread and pasta, that fill so much of what we eat. As well, frequent dining out, especially fast food, contributes to a lack of fiber. These meals rarely have whole grains nor do they have ample serving sizes of fruits and vegetables (a thin slice of tomato on a burger hardly counts). Therefore we simply “don’t get enough fiber,” said Keri.

There are two ways to fix this, and both endorsed by this nutrition expert and author of Slim Calm Sexy Diet – adding more fiber-rich foods to your diet and a fiber supplement like Konsyl Fiber.

She makes adding more fiber-rich foods sound as simple as stirring in a spoonful of fiber powder to a smoothie or soup, and honestly it probably is.
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Pepsi Special Aims to Make the Japanese Skinnier with a High-Fiber Additive

Pepsi-Cola isn’t exactly in a healthy industry. Over the past years, big soda companies like Pepsi and Coke have been scrutinized for contributing to the obesity epidemic. In light of this, Pepsi just announced a new fiber-infused flavor, “Pepsi Special,” that claims to reduce fat levels in the body. The product is only sold in Japan.

Pepsi Special contains dextrin, “a type of ‘functional fiber,’” explained our resident dietitian, Mary Hartley, RD. “This is a fiber isolated or extracted from a plant (or, in some cases, manufactured) added to a food. Dextrins are true soluble fibers that can help improve digestion. They act as ‘prebiotics,’ undigested fibers that feed the friendly bacteria in the colon.”

Benefits of dextrin include stabilizing blood glucose, regulating insulin, reducing risk of heart disease, and reducing cholesterol and fat cell levels in the body. Dextrin can be found in glue products as well, but it’s not safe to consume in that form. There are a number of foods and medications that contain dextrin and have for about half a century, notes Hartley. “Most people eat some dextrins every day without noticing a change in weight,” she said.

Will drinking the new Pepsi product make you skinnier? Probably not.

“Pepsi Special is a gimmick. It is just another product to increase market share,” calls out Hartley.
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5 High-Fiber Foods You Should be Eating More Often

Foods with high fiber content provide many health benefits for both men and women, including improved digestion and greater satiety. Eating foods packed with fiber can help reduce hunger between meals, making them ideal for managing your caloric intake.

Here are five high-fiber foods you should consider adding to your diet:

Popcorn is one of the most popular snack foods in America. From movie theaters to baseball games, popcorn is easily accessible. Not all popcorn is created equal, however. The buttered popcorn you find at the store and the theatre can be loaded with fat from excessive butter and other unhealthy toppings. Plain popcorn without any additional toppings is the way to go. Because plain popcorn is also low in calories, it’s a great snack for those looking to lose weight.
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GNU Natural Food Bars Are a Tasty Snack with 12 Grams of Fiber

If you’ve ever been on the hunt for a truly healthy granola bar, then you know how difficult finding the perfect bar can be. With so many overly-processed, calorie- and sugar-laden bars on the market, it can be hard to know where to begin. But don’t worry – we’ve made your search a little easier with the introduction of GNU foods natural flavor and fiber bars.


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