Category Archives: Diet Plans

Living Alone Encourages Unhealthy Eating

If you’re single, you’re probably very familiar with the benefits and drawbacks of living alone. While it’s nice to have your own space without the annoyances of having another person around, living by yourself can also be lonely. New research out this week has found that living alone can bring with it more than just an occasional case of the blues. Those without partners may also find it tough to stick to a healthier diet and may […]

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Same Food Leads to Different Effects in Different People

Have you ever gone on a diet with one of your friends and noticed that they seem to get better results than you? How about switching the food you eat to stave off diabetes or weight gain, only to find that it didn’t help with either? A new study published last week found that your experience may not be so unique. The researchers set out to understand how different people digest different types of food, and their results reveal […]

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10 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Starting a Low-Carb Diet

A low-carb diet can be extremely effective for dropping excess fat, and studies show it may also help reduce the risk of insulin resistance and diabetes. As it eliminates foods we have a tendency to overeat (can you say bread basket?), you end up saving calories. And since carbs spike blood sugar, you’ll have more stabilized blood glucose levels, too. However, there are stumbling blocks you may run into when you embark upon a specialized diet that restricts certain foods. From expecting […]

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What to Know About Medications and Low-Carb Diets

More in Diet Plans You’ve heard it a million times: “Before you start a new diet or exercise program, check with your doctor.” But do you follow this important advice? Before starting a low-carb diet, it’s important to check in with your doctor—especially if you are being treated for certain health conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure. When you make changes to what you eat, how much you eat, and when you eat, your medications may […]

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4 Things to Know About the New Federal Dietary Guidelines

The federal government has released its new dietary guidelines, the official recommendations that influence everything from what goes into school lunches to suggestions on the best way to feed your family. This time, they’re focusing less on individual foods and more on eating a varied, well-balanced diet overall. Here are four things you need to know. 1. Add more variety. Eating a wide range of nutrient-dense food helps ensure that you’re getting all the vitamins and minerals […]

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How to Balance Blood Sugar on a Low-Carb Diet

There are different reasons that people follow low carb diets. In addition to weight loss, a primary reason is to manage blood sugar (blood glucose) levels. Many of us follow a low-carb eating plan to keep our blood sugar normal and stable. To fully understand the connection between carb consumption and blood glucose, it’s helpful to familiarize yourself with how the body processes blood sugar in a normal state and how the process changes if someone has […]

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Introducing the Brand New Dr. Oz App!

My team and I have been hard at work on something I’m thrilled to share with you today — the Dr. Oz App, which was built to make losing weight and maintaining a healthy lifestyle easier than ever. It’s no secret that trying to lose weight and staying healthy can be a daunting task, especially when it comes to the prepping and planning stage. With the new Dr. Oz app, we’ve gone ahead and done the work for […]

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10 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Starting a Low-Carb Diet

More in Diet Plans A low-carb diet can be extremely effective for dropping excess fat, and studies show it may also help reduce the risk of insulin resistance and diabetes. As it eliminates foods we have a tendency to overeat (can you say bread basket?), you end up saving calories. And since carbs spike blood sugar, you’ll have more stabilized blood glucose levels, too. However, there are stumbling blocks you may run into when you embark upon a […]

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The Scoop on Finding Healthy Ice Cream

Ah, ice cream — it’s the creamy and satisfying frozen treat that’s always a crowd favorite. But pint-by-pint, it’s easy to go overboard, especially in July, which happens to be National Ice Cream Month. In fact, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) points to ice cream as a major source of added sugars, which account for an extra 13 percent of calories on average per day in the standard American diet. […]

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Low-Carb Diets: Changes in Weight, Mood, and Metabolism

When you’re setting out to make changes to your diet in hopes of improving your health, it’s important to remember that everyone’s experience will be different—especially if your goal is to lose weight. One change you might be considering is committing to a low-carb diet. When you start out, you may have high expectations—especially if you’ve seen the change work well for others. Remember: your experience may not be the same as someone else’s, even if you […]

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Should You Eat a Low-Sodium Diet?

As a cardiothoracic surgeon, I know how heart disease can affect an individual and his or her loved ones. That’s why I’m a strong advocate when it comes to preventing disease in the first place. Prevention can be as simple as adopting healthier eating habits, illustrating how proper nutrition can make all the difference when it comes to your wellbeing. Watch: How High Blood Pressure Kills One of the most common and reversible health problems is excess […]

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How Does Resistant Starch Work?

Resistant starch is simply starch that passes through the small intestine without being digested. Thus, the starches are resistant to digestion. Instead, the fibers pass through to the large intestine where they ferment and feed your healthy gut bacteria. Resistant starches are sometimes man-made and sometimes naturally present in food. Cooking and preparation methods can affect the amount of resistant starch in your food. Research suggests that there are benefits to consuming these starches as a regular […]

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