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Your Metabolism: What it is and How it Works

You may hear the word metabolism all the time, especially when you're talking about your weight. But just what does it really mean? You may hear the word metabolism all the time—especially when you're talking about your weight. But just what does it really mean? Metabolism is the set of body processes and chemicals that converts calories from the foods you eat into the energy you need to live.

Eating for the Weight You Want to Be

Looking to lose weight? Try this personal trainer's approach. If you’re been struggling with some extra pounds and are sick of diets that limit certain foods, Helena Collins may be able to help. With her book Nutritional Alignment (Living Your Life in Synergy Book 1), the Boston-based health expert and personal trainer educates readers on how to ditch the prescribed diet—and achieve a healthy weight.

10 Foods That Give You Energy

Sure, sleep counts, but so does the food you eat. Here are the foods that will put a spring in your step. Tired of being tired all the time? Skip the second (or third) cup of coffee and start noshing on food. Real food. That’s your ticket to all-day energy: "A combination of carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats provides the body with the nutrients and energy it needs," says QualityHealth’s Nutrition expert Alison Massey, RD, CDE, LDN, MS, Director of Diabetes Education at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore.

5 Hardest Foods to Digest

Plus simple advice to better digest any food you eat. Indigestion by any other name—gas, bellyache, heartburn, upset stomach, bloating—is still indigestion, or the inability to digest food properly. Whatever you call it, a digestive problem can be inconvenient at best, and often downright painful. ...

The Biology of Weight Loss

Ever wonder why it is so hard to lose weight? We take a very close look at how the human body loses pounds. What actually happens in your body when you try to lose weight? At one time, it was believed that weight control was simply a matter of balancing the amount of food you ate with the amount of exercise you got. Upsetting this balance resulted in either weight gain or loss.

The 10 Best and Worst Holiday Foods

What to eat, and what to avoid this season. If you're like many people, you have a love-hate relationship with the holidays—especially when it comes to traditional holiday food and drink. As the weather cools and the leaves drop, you start looking forward to Aunt Sandy's buttery Christmas cookies and Uncle Tony's famous lasagna.

The 6 Worst Diet & Exercise Trends of 2014

From hot exercise to gluten-free diets, the least healthy of the food and exercise trends sweeping the nation. In today’s very fast-paced world, most people expect immediate results when it comes to diet and exercise. As a result, a number of fad diets and dramatic athletic routines are all the rage—but can people really count on drastic approaches to get healthful and long-term results? In most cases, the answer is no, according to Janet Brill, PhD, RDN, CSSD, FAND, a Pennsylvania-based nutritionist and author of several books about nutrition and exercise.

Are You Ready to Eat For Life?

Could this thoughtful approach to eating work for you? If diets have proven unsuccessful and exercise hasn’t helped you achieve your weight loss goals, maybe it’s time to put mind over matter. That’s the idea behind a wellness program developed by researchers at the University of Missouri.

The Skinny on Brown Fat

What is brown fat? And why might you want more of it? In the 1980s and 1990s, conventional wisdom said that all fat was bad fat. This belief gave rise to countless low- and no-fat diets. But nutritional theories changed, and today healthy fats are an important part of many popular eating plans, such as the Mediterranean diet.

The Whole Scoop on the Whole30

This new and popular diet goes back to basics. When it comes to diets, everyone likes a plan. Weight Watchers, the Atkins Diet, week-long juice cleanses, and the cabbage soup diet—all provide consumers with strict regimens, and the promise of weight loss and a healthier lifestyle. Relatively new to the diet scene is the Whole30®, a nutritional program that promises to "change your life.