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Are Plant Proteins Complete Proteins?

People who are trying to eat more plant protein—as nearly 30 percent of Americans are, according to market-research firm Mintel—often wonder how to …

Top Vegetarian Protein Sources

If you're following a vegetarian diet, try these meatless and plant-based options to get your protein.<p>These vegetarian protein sources make it easy …

Healthy Eating

Is Paleo Bad For Your Body?

Adherants of the latest fad diet say it can ward off a host of modern diseases—but think twice about buying that next paleo product.<p>I laughed the …

Extreme Workouts: The Nutritional Needs of Elite Athletes

People who are competitively active — such as college athletes or those training for an Ironman event— typically work out several hours a day.<p>For …

Fats vs Carbs: What’s the Best Fuel for Athletes?

<b>Pity the carbohydrate.</b> For decades, serious athletes couldn't get enough of them, loading up on pancakes, bagels, and pasta before big races. But in …

Nutrition

Is diet or exercise more important for weight management?

An exercise scientist has claimed that diet is more effective than exercise for those wanting to maintain a healthy weight.<p>Speaking to <i>The …

Fitness

Nutrition for cycling: 10 tips to get your food and drink dialled

If you are keen on cycling, you’re probably interested in your diet, health and weight as well — but if you find nutrition information dry, chewy and …

Running Into a Thin Body: It Is Harder Than It Looks

The body fat content of Boston dropped precipitously the weekend before Marathon Monday. Most of the blue and gold jacketed (the Marathon colors) people wandering in and out of stores, running the length of the river or on our long city blocks were thin... quite thin. And there were thousands of …

How to Know If a Diet Is Legit or Just a Fad

Our BS meter spikes sky-high when we hear about a new miracle plan that promises fast and easy weight loss. But as this video from TED-Ed explains, …

Something we have no control over could be playing a huge role in weight gain

America's waistlines are getting thicker, and it's not simply because we're choosing to pile our plates with more food.<p>Rather, the baseline portion sizes of our snacks and meals have ballooned — and so have the plates and cups we serve them on.<p>The average size of many of our foods, be they from …

Diet And Lack of Exercise Main Reasons For Dramatic Rise in Diabetes

Sundeep Ruder, <i>University of the Witwatersrand</i><p><i>The World Health Organisation (WHO) has released the first Global Diabetes report. In 1980, WHO reported that 108 million adults were living with diabetes. Since then the numbers have quadrupled, with the disease claiming more lives every year. Health</i> …

Fruit juice isn't much better for you than soda. Let's stop pretending otherwise.

One of the biggest public health wins of recent decades has been America's slow shift away from soda.<p>With more awareness about the very strong correlation between guzzling sweet, fizzy drinks, and obesity and tooth decay, sales of beverages like Coca-Cola and Pepsi have slumped.<p>But there's pretty …

Nutrition

A popular diet trend could actually lead to an increase in weight gain

The high-fat, low carbohydrate diet has no scientific evidence to back it as a weight-loss technique and poses particular risks to people who are already overweight and lead inactive lifestyles.<p>Researchers from the University of Melbourne had originally been looking to see if the Paleo diet could …

A Little Mistake That Wasted 3 Years of My Life

No one likes to admit that they made a mistake. They worry about what people might think, how it will make them look and of course, they worry about the consequences associated with their mistake. I'm a big believer that mistakes aren't always a bad thing. You learn from your mistakes and that's …

Eating right will better fuel your performance on and off the ice | The Star

Hockey is Canada’s national winter sport, and while only a select few players will get the chance to play on the sport’s biggest stage, more than …

'Biggest Loser' Trainer Settles The Diet-vs.-Exercise Debate Once And For All

It's not even a close match-up, says Bob Harper.<p>What's more important: diet or exercise?<p>You might expect a fitness expert to toe the line between the two, emphasizing the importance of balance rather than one over the other. But not Bob Harper -- not anymore, anyway.<p>Harper, a long-time trainer for …

Americans are relying on a broken system to lose weight — here’s why it’s useless to count calories

Bo Nash is 38. He lives in Arlington, Texas, where he's a technology director for a textbook publisher.<p>And he's 5'10" and 245 lbs - which means he is classed as obese.<p>In an effort to lose weight, Nash uses an app to record the calories he consumes and a Fitbit band to track the energy he …

10 Saucy and Flavorful Ways to Cook Tofu

Tofu and I have a special relationship. In the time of a year or so, I went from someone who demanded no tofu ever touch my plate to someone who has …

Cooking

Exercise Alone Won't Cause You to Lose Weight, Study Says

A study published in Current Biology suggests that diet, not exercise, is the most efficient way to control weight.

Germany Opens Bicycle-Only Autobahn

It's every cyclist's dream: no red lights, no trucks, just a clear, smooth lane to zoom down with the wind in your face. Welcome to Germany's first bicycle Autobahn. Fans hail the smooth new velo routes as the answer to urban traffic jams and air pollution, and a way to safely get nine-to-fivers …

Cycling

The next big thing in hockey training is personalized smoothies

I'm surely not the only one who wants one of these.<p>Dietary supplements are not an uncommon occurrence in sports. Athletes and teams in today's sports world feel more and more pressure to perform at their very best and will do anything to get there within the bounds of what's legal.<p>Football fans …

Benefits of Bike Riding - 5 Reasons You Should Ride a Bike Every Day

For most, kitting up for hours-long rides every day might seem like an unattainable dream. Clocking serious mileage on a daily basis <i>does</i> require more work than your average amateur cyclist can manage, but daily riding itself is not only very feasible, but it can also positively affect your life. …

Mayo Clinic

Salt is New York City’s new public-health enemy

Starting on Dec. 1, diners in New York City are seeing a new symbol on menus.<p>It becomes the first city in the U.S. to require chain restaurants to …

Public Health

4 Dietary Mistakes That Lead To Weight Gain During Menopause & How To Avoid Them

We change our hairstyles as we age, we adjust our wardrobe as the years roll by, but we never look at our diet as something that may need tweaking a little as we enter our middle years.<p><b>Why is this?</b><p>Just as some hair and make up mistakes can have you looking older than you are, some foods can be …

101 Best Bike-Riding Tips

Want to be a better cyclist? Just ride. Every time you turn the pedals, you naturally improve a little. Of course, one well-placed tip, trick, or nugget of wisdom can help you achieve something you might otherwise not learn for years. Drawn from my <i>Bicycling</i> book, <i>1,100 Best All-Time Tips</i>, here is a …

Cycling

Why eating more fruit and veg doesn’t always help you lose weight

<b>Will eating more fruit and vegetables make me thin?</b><p>Want to get thin? Eat more fruit and vegetables – they’re a low-calorie way of filling up, right? The health site WebMD has “eat more fruit and vegetables” as one of its “22 best diet tips ever” and the next US Dietary Guidelines are likely to push …

Holistic Medicine

Climb Mount Everest—on a Bike

If you’re searching for some kind of fitness goal this summer—and, in the quantified-self age of Fitbit, who isn’t these days—it’s hard to find a, well, higher target than Everesting.<p>Dreamed up by the guys behind Hells 500, an Australia-based group of cyclists obsessed with climbing, Everesting is …

Mountaineering

Not all processed foods are unhealthy

Nutrition gurus often urge us to spurn processed foods in favor of whole ones. But not all processed foods are necessarily bad.<p>"Most food needs to go through some sort of processing for it to even be edible and digestible," says Stacey Nelson, a registered dietitian and manager of clinical …

How Giving Up Refined Sugar Changed My Brain

Consuming refined sugar can impact mood, decision-making, and memory. Here’s how good it can be to give it up.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This article is one of the top 10 Leadership stories of 2015. See the full list here.</i><p>I have a love-hate relationship with food. I love it; it generally hates me. Matter of …

Nutrition