How to Add Healthy Fats to Your Diet

More and more research suggests that healthy fats should be incorporated into the diet in order to improve cholesterol. Cholesterol is primarily comprised of LDL ("bad") cholesterol and HDL ("good") cholesterol. High cholesterol is a condition in which you have too much LDL cholesterol in your blood. Buildup of LDLs in the blood leads to plaque formations in your arteries that cause heart attacks and strokes. However, having high HDL levels is ideal as this good cholesterol is responsible for removing LDL from arterial walls. 

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Is Aspartame Making You Sick and Fat?

I have a confession to make: When I drink coffee, I prefer to add an Equal low-calorie sweetener to it. Yes, that would be aspartame. And guess what? My reason for using an occasional packet of Equal has absolutely nothing to do with a desire to avoid carbs, spare calories, or even lose weight. Quite frankly, I just prefer the quick burst of sugariness that this particular sweetener provides in my coffee – only my coffee. That’s it!

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The Secret to Achieving Permanent Weight Loss in the New Year

For many people, January is the most important month of each year. It's the month when most of us feel renewed, refreshed and full of hope and promise. It is also the month during which people start working towards their goals to lose weight, get healthy and become physically fit. Unfortunately, without proper planning and foresight about 90 percent of these goals result in failure and this usually occurs by January 31st.

If you have resolved to lose weight in the new year, here are three tips for making your weight loss a success, permanently. 

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3 Ways To Rid Your Body of Stubborn Back Fat

Not satisfied with the appearance of your back? Do you have excess 'flab' lingering around your lower back and sides that you simply can’t get rid of? What about your upper back? Are you tired of turning around in the mirror only to see flab hanging over your bra strap? If you’ve answered yes to one or more of these questions and are one of the many individuals out there struggling with an unsightly appearance of stubborn back fat, read on to learn why it occurs and what you can do about it.

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Are You Snoring Your Way to Chronic Disease?

These days it's pretty clear that a lack of physical activity, poor eating habits, smoking, and other lifestyle-related factors elevate the risk of chronic disease but did you know that a lack of sleep can also increase disease risk?

Yes, it's true! Insufficient sleep (less than 6 hours) is related to obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes, all of which elevate the risk of heart disease and related complications like heart attack and stroke.

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Free Weight Training Anatomy: A Book Review

I always emphasize that weight training is an absolute must for weight loss, long-term weight management, and overall good health, as it is critical for building and maintaining adequate muscle mass. In addition to improving your general physique, muscle mass enhances the strength and integrity of your bones and joints in ways that reduce your risk of injury while also improving your metabolic efficiency, which essentially means you’ll burn more calories throughout the day.

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