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The 25 Most Popular Diets of 2014: The 17 Day Diet Dominates Weight Watchers and Jillian Michaels Once Again

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** UPDATE: Our 2015 Most Popular Diets List is available

It’s time to reveal our 2014 Most Popular Diets List, and this one even threw some surprises our way. It’s the seventh annual publishing of our list that started in 2008, and one of the few curated exclusively by the readers. That’s right, we use your traffic behavior* throughout the year to determine which diets, programs, books, pills, and the like are the most talked about, searched, and used for the year.

Here are the 25 Most Popular Diets of 2014 as determined by our readers:

1. 17 Day Diet

2. Plexus Slim

3. Medifast

4. Nutrisystem

5. Weight Watchers

6. 21 Day Tummy

7. Jillian Michaels

8. Skinny Fiber

9. Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle

10. Diet to Go (more…)

Apple’s Health App Confirmed; to Sync with Nike+, Mayo Clinic, and More

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Remember a few months ago when we speculated about the release of a new Apple product for tracking all things health? This month, Apple Insider confirms its upcoming release.

HealthKit and its related app, simply named “Health,” will collect and store a variety of personal health data. Apple’s Senior Vice President Craig Federighi “took the wraps” off Apple’s response to the growing trend of tech-based health tracking devices. “Health” is an app that can track and store steps taken, blood pressure, blood sugar (key for diabetics!), quantity of sleep, and many other metrics.

One of Apple’s first partners on the project is Nike and their digital interface Nike+, who previously quantified activity through their own NikeFuel and the FuelBand–their response to the FitBit.

The Only Fitness Tracker Review Guide You Need (more…)

Summer Heat Dangerous for Diabetics

Warmer weather is here, and scorching weather is probably just around the corner. Unfortunately, this will pose a danger that most diabetics will not be prepared for.

If you suffer from diabetes, you are mainly concerned with what you eat and drink. But the weather could be an enemy as well. According to a new Mayo Clinic survey, diabetes not only raises the chances of heat illness, but many diabetics don’t know how to reduce their risk.

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Canned Goods Don’t Last Forever

open-canAre you stocking up your cabinet with canned goods, prepping for the impending world economic apocalypse? Well, if the doom doesn’t come, you’ll still need to eat the food that’s taking up all that space. Just don’t think you can sit on canned goods until the end of time. Contrary to popular belief, they don’t last forever.

Commercially prepared canned food has a long shelf life. But like all good things, they eventually come to an end. The ending date just depends on the kind of food you’re talking about. This is how it works, according to the Department of Agriculture: (more…)

Broccoli is a Super Food for Diabetics

A very interesting article was written on the Mayo Clinic website about broccoli’s ability to reverse diabetes damage. The Mayo Clinic is a very credible and highly renowned hospital that has a great reputation as a pioneer and innovator in medicine – patient care, medical research and academic education. The article discussed a research study in which scientists examined the phytochemical sulforaphane, found in broccoli.

Research has shown that sulforaphane seems to help:

  • Produce enzymes in the body that protect blood vessels, which is achieved by reducing tissue damaging substances triggered by high blood sugar. Vascular disease is a major complication of diabetes. This type of disease can lead to heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney failure, and circulation issues in extremities, which could lead to possible amputation.
  • Activate genes that regulate protective antioxidant (scavenger harmful free radicals) and detoxifying enzymes. (more…)

Men: Your Waist Size is a Big Indicator of Health

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The inches around your waist should be no more than half your total height.

Men and women battle different fat demons. Men usually have it accumulate around the waist, while women have problems in the thighs and rear end.

One thing I get a little jealous about is when guys are just naturally thin in the waist. But even the best of them lose that advantage with age. I’ve always been pretty naturally thin, but when I let myself go even a little, the only thing that is natural is the mid-section bulge that comes with slacking on my nutrition and exercise.

It doesn’t take a ton of weight gain around the waist to start inching toward serious health risks. So what’s the best way to tell? A great way is to check your waist size. (more…)

Treadmill Desks Create New Office Trend

In 2005, endocrinologist Dr. James Levine of the Mayo Clinic led a study showing that lean people burn about 350 more calories a day than those who are overweight, by doing things like fidgeting, pacing, or just routine things like walking to the copier.treadmill desk

Wow, a little nervous energy may be a good thing for your health.

So this gave Dr. Levine an idea: Why not develop a treadmill-style work area for cubicle dwellers?

Levine constructed the first known treadmill desk (which would end up being dubbed The Walkstation) by sliding a bedside hospital tray over a $400 treadmill.

Dr. Levine’s Walkstation costs about $4,000 and comes in 36 laminate finishes with an ergonomically curved desktop. The first thing that probably comes to mind is “who wants to sweat when you’re working.” Well, they have you covered.

You can get plenty of benefit without breaking a sweat. You can burn an estimated 100-130 calories an hour at speeds slower than two miles an hour, according to research. For some, it totals about five miles of walking during each work day.

Oh, by the way, there’s a social networking site for this growing niche fitness community, too.

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