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Osteoporosis warning as THIS diet plan branded ‘ticking time bomb’

“Without urgent action being taken to encourage young adults to incorporate all food groups into their diets and avoid particular ‘clean eating’ regimes, we are facing a future where broken bones will become just the norm,” she said.

“We know that osteoporosis is a painful and debilitating condition and young adults have just one chance to build strong bones and reduce their risk of developing severe problems in later life.”

How to reduce the risk of osteoporosis:

A healthy balanced diet, including all food groups, is essential for good bone health.
The foundations of good bone health are built before the age of 25, so diet in early adulthood plays a key part in protecting the future health of bones.
Calcium and vitamin D are essential components of a healthy diet and particularly essential for bone health
Specific foods that are rich in calcium and vitamin D include most dairy products, green leafy vegetables, salmon, sardines, broccoli and baked beans.
Vitamin D can also come from the sunlight and it is important to spend some time with skin exposed to the sun.


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Diet Doc Combines Emotional Eating Prevention with The Mediterranean and Dash Diets for Better Success

CHARLESTON, WV–(Marketwired – April 12, 2017) – The promotion of brain health is the drive behind the new MIND Diet. MIND stands for Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay. By combining the Mediterranean and DASH diets, the goal is to lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and other conditions involving mental decline. Individually, each diet is rated highly by nutritional experts including, Diet Doc Medical Weight Loss. Both diets emphasize the consumption of an array of green, leafy vegetables, fish, legumes, whole grains, olive oil and seasonal fruits, while leaving out lots of dairy, red meats, processed, sugary and fried foods.

Apart from the potential weight loss benefits these diets provide, studies conducted within the U.S. have found that individuals who eat more vegetable servings experience slower cognitive decline and better memory retention as they age. Most consumers would probably stick with the MIND diet and those that are similar if it weren’t for the emotional eating habits that lead to ongoing struggles with portion control and healthy eating choices. Examining one’s level of stress, hormonal changes and propensity for anxiety-related disorders are what researchers are increasingly pointing to as the key to unhealthy eating habits. This is in addition to low-income levels and the lack of nutritional education in many communities.

If consumers are struggling to stick to the MIND diet, enrolling in a medical weight loss program such as Diet Doc might be the key to long-term success. Diet Doc’s programs provide unlimited support from doctors and nutritional coaches who can keep you on track. In addition to their one-on-one guidance, Diet Doc offers exclusive, pharmacy-grade medications such as Low-Dose Naltrexone (LDN) to help suppress the appetite, control cravings and reduce incidences of emotional eating.

New Diet Doc patients can call or easily and effortlessly visit Diet Doc to complete an initial comprehensive, yet simple, health questionnaire and schedule an immediate personal, no-cost consultation. Diet Doc Physicians all received specialized training in nutritional science and fast weight loss. Diet Doc reviews each patient’s health history to create a personalized diet plan geared for fast weight loss, or that addresses life-long issues causing weight loss to slow down or stop. Nutritionists work personally with each patient and use their own algorithm to craft meal and snack plans that are compatible with each patient’s age, gender, activity level, food preferences, nutritional needs and medical conditions. They combine these state of the art diet plans with pure, prescription diet products that enable their patients to resist the temptation to reach for sugary snacks, eliminate fatigue and curb the appetite. Over 97% of Diet Doc patients report incredible weight loss results with the majority losing 20 or more pounds per month.

At Diet Doc, all patients gain unlimited access to the best minds in the business. Their staff of doctors, nurses, nutritionists and coaches are available 6 days per week to answer questions, offer suggestions, address concerns and lend their professional guidance and support. Because of this, more and more people are turning to Diet Doc for their weight management needs. Diet plans are tailored to be specific to the needs of those of any age, gender, shape or size and for those who are struggling to lose that final 10-20 pounds to those who must lose 100 pounds or more. Call today to request a private, confidential, no-cost online consultation.

About the Company:

Diet Doc Weight Loss is the nation’s leader in medical, weight loss offering a full line of prescription medication, doctor, nurse and nutritional coaching support. For over a decade, Diet Doc has produced a sophisticated, doctor designed weight loss program that addresses each individual specific health need to promote fast, safe and long term weight loss.

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How a cruel comment prompted this mom to lose 90 pounds

Motivation can come from the most unlikely places. For one mom, the push to lose weight came from a particularly surprising source: a cruel comment from an unknowing child at an indoor swimming pool.

“I was called a hippopotamus,” Peggy Pullen, 48, told TODAY, recalling the moment in November 2014 she realized she needed to change. “In front of everybody, in front of my kids. The hardest part was the look on my children’s faces. It wasn’t just me who was humiliated — it was them, too.”

At the time, Pullen, a mom of four kids in Lehi, Utah, weighed over 200 pounds. That afternoon, she went home and cried, too embarrassed to even face her own family.

“I was just bawling,” Pullen said. “I didn’t want to eat. I didn’t want to come out of the room or anything. I was in a really bad place. I needed to do something about it. I knew I had to make a choice that my children could learn from.”

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Getting started

She had tried to shed the weight before through fad diets and pills — Atkins, Weight Watchers, cabbage soup and more. But nothing really worked.

“Basically, any diet that has come out to the market, I’ve done,” Pullen said.

“I knew that diets didn’t work, so I wasn’t going to go through that anymore,” she added. “I needed to be challenged.”

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For Pullen, the answer was joining a 12-week program through BodyBuilding.com that helped her figure out what to eat and how to work out. She found support through other people in the program, who were also trying to lose weight and had shared their stories online.

The first step was the hardest: posting her “before” picture.

“It was a tough moment when my husband took my picture,” she said. “I like to wear a lot of black and hide, and not show my husband my whole body. We as women like to hide sometimes, and I had my whole gut out and everything.”

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“I posted my picture and the second I did, I had a nervous breakdown,” she added. “It was worse than the pool. (But) some young kid said he liked my picture, and then all these people started to show their support. I think they knew it was tough, what I had done.”

Making new habits

Of course, what happened next wasn’t much easier. Pullen had to curb her cravings for sweets and carbs. She also loves to cook and had to learn to alter her recipes to be healthier. As a newbie at the gym, she felt unwelcome and even bullied.

Courtesy of Peggy Pullen/BodyBuilding.com

“When you are fat — very fat — and you want to go and lift weights with the cool guys, they own the machines,” she said. “You’re not welcome and those cool guys are very close friends with the people who work there. They laugh at you, and they don’t like an old, fat lady in their space, so they bully you.”

But Pullen, who is 5 feet 3 inches tall, stuck to her routine and within 10 months was down to 120 pounds. For her, clean eating and lifting weights are what worked. She now weighs 110 pounds, and has kept the weight off for about a year and a half.

“One of the biggest things I (noticed) before I got fit was that I was always so tired,” she said. “Junk food makes you tired. Today, I eat clean and whenever I get hungry, I eat protein first.”

Courtesy of Peggy Pullen/BodyBuilding.com

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That’s not to say she doesn’t allow for the occasional cheat meal — or deprive her kids of things like birthday cake. Pullen knows the best diets allow for moderation. While she’s figured out what works best for her, she still keeps in touch with the online community that helped get her there.

“You have to have a support group — it’s the most important part of your transformation,” Pullen said.

Because even when you think you can’t do it, other people do, and eventually, the feeling is contagious.

“It’s something that clicks inside of you,” she said. “You start to believe in yourself.”

For more inspirational stories, check out our My Weight-Loss Journey page. If you’re interested in starting your own journey, sign up for our One Small Thing newsletter. It’s filled with healthy tips!

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Dear Cosmopolitan magazine: ‘Cancer is not a diet plan’

Cosmopolitan, one of the country’s most widely distributed consumer magazines, has long come under fire for its focus on physical attractiveness above most everything else. ‘’

On Monday, many people thought the publication went too far with a tweet: “How This Woman Lost 44 Pounds Without *ANY* Exercise.” It featured a photo of a fit woman in a revealing pink lace-up crop top.

Readers who clicked on the link to find out about an astonishing weight loss secret were taken aback by the story of a woman who lost 44 pounds after being diagnosed with a rare cancer. The story’s focus on slimming down infuriated them.

As Jenna Amatulli wrote in the Huffington Post, “the weight loss aspect of Harbinson’s story is unrelated to everything she suffered through.”

Cosmopolitan has since deleted the offending tweet but not before several journalists took screenshots. The story, though, was still on its website as of early Wednesday morning. And neither Cosmopolitan nor its parent brand Hearst had yet commented on the controversy.

The story’s headline on Cosmopolitan’s website now reads: “A Serious Health Scare Helped Me Love My Body More Than Ever.” An editor’s note below the article said the story had been updated, but it’s unclear whether the headline was changed.

The article begins:

Simone Harbinson is a 31-year-old from Melbourne, Australia, who’s healthier than ever, but the mother of two still has a complicated relationship with her body. “I was never satisfied with my shape or weight,” she says.

The story then describes Harbinson’s painful battle with a life-threatening illness. She endured various surgeries, a partial lung collapse, PTSD and a damaged disc in her back.

The piece then shifts to focus on her weight loss and promotes a diet called “The Bod” designed by an Australian fitness model. Harbinson said she lost 44 pounds on the diet, even though she wasn’t able to make it to the gym.

The articles links to The Bod’s product page, where “Starter” version of the diet program can be purchased. Throughout, the piece includes Harbinson’s Instagram posts that offer discount codes for the program.

While the story doesn’t state cancer directly helped her lose the weight — it was merely the inciting incident that led Harbinson to stumble upon The Bod — many on Twitter took it that way.

Some shared personal stories of their brushes with cancer.

Others compared the tweet to the recent United Airlines incident in which security officers dragged a “battered and limp” man from a plane because he refused to give up the seat he had purchased.

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How to Spring Clean Your Diet Like Drew Barrymore, Salma Hayek and Jennifer Aniston

Clean eating for spring with a Hollywood chef and nutritionist.

Hollywood insiders are no strangers to strict eating guidelines. Whether prepping for a role or just maintaining a camera-ready figure, plenty of those in front of and behind the scenes turn to personal chefs, food services and nutritionists to stay on track.

Now that spring is in full swing, the terms “detox,” “carb-free” and “cleanse” are on everyone’s lips. But extreme measures are not necessarily the key. Just ask the founders of Studio City-based Kooshi Gourmet and the Beverly Hills Kitchen Coach, who are go-tos for the entertainment industry.

Kooshi Gourmet is a food delivery service that Drew Barrymore, Salma Hayek, Jennifer Aniston, David Geffen, Bill Gates and many more boldfacers count on. Created and run by Le Cordon Bleu trained husband-and-wife team Albert and Amanda Melera, the service is known for a highly customizable menu to suit any dietary need — from a hearty comfort meal to a super-clean, free-of-just-about-everything plan. Registered dietician Sarah Mirkin, founder of Beverly Hills Kitchen Coach, offers the same customizable approach in her nutritional practice, which sees clients looking to address issues from weight loss to eating disorders and making permanent healthy lifestyle changes.

Here, the celebrity chefs turned culinary entrepreneurs and sought-after nutritionist address what to eat (and not eat) when trying to shape up for the warmer season.

What are the most common food trends, likes or dislikes people ask for most in Los Angeles?

Kooshi: Gluten-free meals have been trendy for a long time, but many clients avoid wheat gluten for a variety of reasons including weight loss, digestive conditions like Celiac and autoimmune health. Many also avoid dairy, with the exception of sheep’s dairy. We love to add a little goat’s cheese or French feta to our dishes, which works nicely to curb cheese cravings. For heart health, many clients shy away from red meat. We use Grade A, free range, hormone-free beef and try to limit red meat servings to roughly twice a week. So many clients, especially on the Paleo program, like to keep red meat in the mix as a special treat. Sugar, especially refined sugar, is on the “avoid” list for many of our clients. We stick to mainly natural sources of sugar (i.e. fresh fruit, honey and agave). Nightshades like tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, eggplant and potatoes, are another recent fascination. Many clients avoid these foods, which according to some can cause internal inflammation.

Kitchen Coach: When I talk to people about what to eat, and eating small frequent meals, they are frequently worried that it’s too much food and they may gain weight. I tell my clients to trust their bodies. Eat when they feel hungry, not “starved” and stop when they are satisfied not stuffed. Deprivation diets don’t work in the long run. Once people learn to eat to nourish and fuel their bodies, they don’t feel hungry and that’s when they see results.

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As we go into spring, what is one food group or ingredient people can eliminate or cut down on to detox from winter?

Kooshi: If weight loss is the goal, removing sugar and starches (even natural sugars and low-glycemic carbohydrates like sweet potato, quinoa and brown rice) is the fastest way to achieve healthy, targeted weight loss. Don’t worry too much about fat from sources like whole milk, butter, meat and other healthy fats like nuts, seeds and avocados (as long as you enjoy them in moderation). Portion control is also key. When you cook for yourself, it can be really difficult to eyeball the weight of raw ingredients or avoid the allure of second helpings. If you go out to eat all the time, you’re never exactly sure what’s in your food.

Kitchen Coach: Cut out processed carbs and sugars. Focus on protein, vegetables, small amounts of healthy fats and small portions of high-fiber carbohydrates. Think color when it comes to fruits and veggies for a higher nutritional content. Eliminate sugary juices and sodas and all artificial sweeteners. Try to stick with whole foods. Eat small frequent meals to avoid overeating or making poor food choices. Include proteins in every meal or snack. Reduce red meat intake to once per week maximum. Avoid processed meats.

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Do you ever consider and use ingredients that help skin and hair?

Kooshi: Omega-3 fatty acids, present in fresh fish and our signature Kooshi Super Green Smoothie, are a staple for many of our programs. These help promote shiny hair and glowing skin. We also cook exclusively with cold pressed organic olive oil and grape seed oil. These ingredients can help to regulate oil production in the hair and scalp and brighten complexion. Aloe, which we use in a number of our infused mineral waters, can promote hair growth, moisturize and restore a natural pH balance.

What are the best kinds of snacks to have on hand in order to avoid the temptation of the craft services table?

Kitchen Coach: Easy portable snacks are string cheese with baby tomatoes or baby bell peppers and whole grain crackers. A 100- or 200-calorie nut pack with a piece of fruit is another good choice. Greek yogurts with berries are popular. If you have a small cooler pack, fresh deli meat with lettuce wraps to snack on. Many of my clients wrap the deli meat and lettuce around a string cheese with mustard for a satisfying high-protein snack! Almond butter pouches are also popular. Tuna and salmon pouches are great with veggies. Cottage cheese with strawberries, cinnamon and slivered almonds is also popular.

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Cosmo’s Latest Hot Diet: Get Cancer

As the weather gets warmer, bikini season is just right around the corner. So how are you going to trim a few pounds and get beach body ready?

Well if you listen to the good folks at Cosmopolitan you too can lose a whopping 44 pounds without even exercising! All you have to do is get a severe kidney infection, a rare form of cancer, a partial lung collapse, back surgery, then sign up for a 12-week Australian fad diet program. It’s just that easy!

The article tells the story of Simone Harbinson, a 31-year-old Australian woman who gained 60 pounds from two pregnancies. Then after enduring a series of awful medical ailments and surgeries, then signing up for a diet plan she somehow managed to lose weight.

Following backlash on social media to the implication that this was a relatable diet strategy to anyone, Cosmo deleted the tweet and changed the headline to “A Serious Health Scare Helped Me Love My Body More Than Ever.” A much less sexy title, but at least it doesn’t give the implication that cancer is an effective means of weight loss.

For more Cosmo tips on how to live a healthy, happy life, why not try, “Why Guys Get Turned on When You Orgasm — and Why That’s a Bad Thing,” or “5 Rusty Trombone Sex Positions That Will Change EVERYTHING.” You’re welcome.

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