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A Court Fight Over Who Was "Unhealthy First," Really?

The owner of The Heart Attack Grill in Chandler, Arizona is suing in federal court the owners of the Heart Stoppers Sports Grill in Delray Beach, Florida for copying his ideas for a heart-attack stimulating menu with unhealthy, cholesterol-raising fare.

This lawsuit has called attention to a weird, bizarre and shameful aspect of the American palate. As a nutritionist and health educator I am shocked and ashamed that anyone would offer this kind of food foolery to the public. 

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Can You Trust the Calorie Counts on Reduced-calorie Foods?

The accuracy of manufacturer calorie counts in reduced-energy foods questioned.

Tufts University researchers analyzed the caloric content of 29 chain-restaurant dishes and 10 frozen dinners--each one claiming to be a reduced-calorie option. The numbers varied widely, but on average the restaurant items contained 18% more calories than stated, and the frozen dinners 8% more. A few items contained as much as twice the number of calories as stated on the label! If this error had only been 5%, the difference could easily result in a 10 pound weight gain in just one year!

PositiveTip: Eating wholesome foods you have prepared at home is not only the most economical, but also the most healthy for you.

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Weight Control: It’s All about Simple Math

It's not magic! Losing weight is simple math--calorie math.

Here’s how to break it down: 3500 calories is equal to one pound.  There are 7 days in a week. So in order to lose about a pound per week—which is a healthy rate for weight loss—you need to cut out 500 calories each day. This can be done by either eating less calories or burning off more calories. There are 52 weeks in a year, so at this rate you can lose approximately 52 pounds per year! It’s that easy! If you want to gain weight, just reverse these steps.

Positive Tip: Take control of your weight—keep track of those calories.

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Diet Plans or Calories--Which is Most Useful?

Diet plans don't count--it's the calories that do!

Obscured in the media headlines over the findings of the largest controlled trial of weight loss plans ever conducted is the fact that losing weight is hard work, and keeping it off is even harder--regardless of the plan or diet followed.

The good news from this study published in the New England Journal of Medicine is that you can toss out those fad-diet books that promise you can lose the "easy way." More than 800 participants in this two year study were randomly assigned to four different diets that varied in the amount of fat, protein, and carbohydrate levels. They all lost an average of 9 pounds regardless of which diet they followed. It was the calories, and sticking to it, that made the difference!