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Eat more and weigh less with Volumetricsupdated: Wed May 02 2012 07:16:00

You're no diet dummy -- your "unrealistic" detector is on high alert. Cut out carbs? Fast on herbal juice blends? Please.

'Diet goggles' may trick the stomachupdated: Wed May 02 2012 07:16:00

Are your eyes bigger than your stomach? Maybe you just need a new set of glasses. CNN's Wayne Gray reports.

2011: Sugar a toxin, doctor saysupdated: Fri Apr 27 2012 06:49:00

Dr. Robert Lustig tells CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta that processed sugar is so unhealthy that it's toxic.

Soft drinks: Public enemy No.1 in obesity fight?updated: Fri Apr 27 2012 06:49:00

Pushing her meal cart into the hospital room, a research assistant hands out tall glasses of reddish-pink liquid, along with a gentle warning: "Remember, you guys have to finish all your Kool-Aid."

Benefits of fish oil for heart patients questioned updated: Mon Apr 09 2012 18:35:00

Fish oil supplements, which contain omega-3 fatty acids believed to promote heart health, may not benefit people who have already had a heart attack or stroke, according to a new review of previously published studies.

Dangers of eating red meatupdated: Tue Mar 13 2012 10:40:00

CNN's Elizabeth Cohen on a new study that shows eating even one serving of red meat could increase your chance of death.

Study: Too much red meat may shorten lifespanupdated: Tue Mar 13 2012 10:40:00

Want to live longer? Trade some of the red meat in your diet for fish, nuts, whole grains, and other healthier protein sources, Harvard researchers say.

Avoid the afternoon stress-eating bingeupdated: Wed Feb 08 2012 09:55:00

That foods can soothe, reduce anxiety and boost your mood is well known to anyone who has kept a vise grip on a pint of Chunky Monkey at midnight or dived into the deep end of a party pack of chips at the end of a day gone awry.

Why blogger ate student lunchesupdated: Wed Jan 25 2012 13:51:00

Sarah Wu blogged anonymously for years showing what students are served for lunch.

USDA issues new rules for school mealsupdated: Wed Jan 25 2012 13:51:00

School meals will have to offer fruits and vegetables to students every day under standards issued by the United States Department of Agriculture on Wednesday.

Paula Deen, change your dietupdated: Fri Jan 20 2012 21:18:00

"I'm just gonna put a little more butter in there, y'all," she said as she plopped a large chunk into the skillet. "Oh my," she added, "I've gone and put a whole stick in by now."

Dr. Drew: 'Don't make Paula Deen go away'updated: Fri Jan 20 2012 21:18:00

Television personality Paula Deen has disclosed she has type 2 diabetes. Hear HLN's Dr. Drew's unique take.

What should I feed my dog?updated: Fri Jan 13 2012 07:44:00

Dogs don't exactly have discriminating tastes. Many will even eat their own poop. What dogs do have working in their favor is a multibillion-dollar pet food industry vying for a place in their food bowls. The ever-growing list of options -- all natural, holistic, organic, human-grade -- can cause plenty of consternation among pet owners. Here are a few tips to help identify the best food option for your pets:

How to get your metabolism movingupdated: Sun Jan 08 2012 08:55:00

Here's something to feel good about: Your body is a calorie-burning machine. You'll even torch a few while reading this article.

When eating healthy turns obsessiveupdated: Thu Jan 05 2012 07:28:00

In a vegan café in New York City, Nisha Moodley pushes a glass crusted with the remnants of a berry-açai-almond milk smoothie across the table and begins listing the foods she excised from her diet six years ago.

Dieters in Weight Watchers study drop up to 15 pounds in a year updated: Wed Jan 04 2012 16:18:00

Overweight and obese adults who followed the Weight Watchers program lost more than twice as much weight as those who received weight-loss advice from a doctor or nurse, according to a new yearlong study funded by the company.

Too little protein may equal too much body fatupdated: Tue Jan 03 2012 16:30:00

People who consistently consume more calories than they burn each day will lose lean muscle and accumulate body fat more easily if their diets contain too little protein and too much fat and carbohydrates, suggests a study published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

How to get your favorite fruits in the winterupdated: Fri Dec 23 2011 07:33:00

You've been told a trillion times not to buy produce out of season. But that doesn't mean you have to skip the fruits you love this time of year. It's just a matter of knowing which version is the healthiest and tastiest.

Lunch prices go up for children of U.S. troops stationed overseasupdated: Tue Dec 13 2011 23:56:00

When children of American servicemembers who are living with their parents overseas go back to school after the holidays, the Grinch will be waiting for them in the cafeteria.

Wake up slimmer with these easy tipsupdated: Wed Dec 07 2011 07:16:00

We get it: You want to lose the jiggle but don't want to blacklist your favorite eats, count every single calorie, or overdose on gym hours. The great news is, you can drop weight without dieting: Experts say making small change-ups to your day is one of the best ways to lose.

Sweet drinks expand waistlinesupdated: Wed Dec 07 2011 05:33:00

A new study finds that sweet drinks expand women's waistlines, causing heart disease and diabetes.

Night shift work may raise diabetes riskupdated: Wed Dec 07 2011 05:33:00

Women whose jobs require them to rotate through day and night shifts may be increasing their diabetes risk, especially if they maintain that schedule over a long period of time, a new study of nurses suggests.

Study questions benefits of reducing sodium in dietupdated: Wed Nov 09 2011 11:02:00

Consuming less sodium has been shown to lower blood pressure, but for many people the health benefits this provides may be offset by a slight uptick in their cholesterol levels, a new analysis of previous research suggests.

Young vegetarians: Getting the nutrition they needupdated: Fri Oct 21 2011 10:45:00

Niki Gianni was 11 or 12 when she found a video on YouTube called "Meet Your Meat." Saddened and disgusted by the footage from a slaughterhouse, the Chicago girl announced she was no longer going to eat meat. Her parents were less than thrilled.

Is it possible to lose 15 pounds in one month?updated: Fri Oct 21 2011 07:44:00

I'm 16 years old, 5 foot, and 125 pounds. I would like to lose 15 pounds in one month. Is this possible?

What's healthy eating for a diabetic?updated: Fri Oct 14 2011 20:42:00

Being a type 2 diabetic, I have too many different ideas coming at me. Do you have any advice on what diet to follow?

Helping Haiti's malnourished childrenupdated: Wed Oct 12 2011 12:02:00

Gary Strieker reports on the fight against malnutrition in Haiti's youngest citizens

Study: taking some supplements could be bad for youupdated: Tue Oct 11 2011 13:46:00

One study finds that older women taking some supplements were at increased risk of dying earlier. Elizabeth Cohen reports.

Study: Some supplements may pose risks for older womenupdated: Tue Oct 11 2011 13:46:00

Older women have a slightly increased risk of dying at an earlier age if they take multivitamins or certain other dietary supplements, according to a new study published today in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Healthy diet may reduce risk of birth defectsupdated: Mon Oct 03 2011 17:02:00

Women run a lower risk of having babies with certain birth defects if they eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains during their childbearing years, a new study suggests.

Money Magazine: Stop paying so much for vitaminsupdated: Fri Sep 09 2011 17:27:00

Few health products have more price variation than supplements. Scan the drugstore aisle and you'll see some multivitamins priced at $1 for a month's supply -- and some at $73.

Is the Paleo diet healthy?updated: Fri Sep 09 2011 10:06:00

I am obese and have been working on losing weight for three years. I have been working with nutritionists and personal trainers instead of fad dieting. On the Web, I stumbled upon the Paleolithic (Paleo) diet. Is this lifestyle change beneficial despite the promotion of saturated fats and cholesterol?

A drink a day linked to healthy agingupdated: Tue Sep 06 2011 16:08:00

Middle-aged women who drink alcohol in moderation have a better chance than nondrinkers of staying healthy as they age, especially if they spread out their consumption over most days of the week, a new study from Harvard researchers suggests.

Study highlights five keys to diabetes preventionupdated: Mon Sep 05 2011 09:21:00

Would you be willing to change one aspect of your life -- such as eating healthier or exercising more -- if you knew it would reduce your likelihood of developing diabetes? Would you make two, three or five lifestyle changes to bring down those chances even more?

How good is coconut oil for you?updated: Fri Aug 19 2011 08:35:00

How good is coconut oil for you? Nowadays in gym and in vitamin shops, they mention to have some coconut oil in our diet. Is it supposed to be good for you? If yes, in what ways, and what are some good tips to use it in our diet?

Help me balance career, new baby, weight lossupdated: Fri Aug 05 2011 13:17:00

Since I had a baby at 44 after several years of fertility treatment, I personally have been struggling with addressing all that with the "no time" problem of new motherhood, career balance, etc, and yes, an extra 20 pounds gained pre-pregnancy due to fertility treatments. I bet there are LOTS of women out there who could benefit from some of your no-nonsense information and guidance on this issue, regardless of what point and circumstances they became new mothers. Any tips?

How much vitamin D do I need?updated: Fri Jul 22 2011 08:26:00

I have some 2,000 IU vitamin D capsules that I am about to take. I'm a 60-year-old male, in pretty good health and not overweight or underweight. I'm also active. I've read that 2,000 is the upper limit for daily dosage, and I don't think I need to take that much anyway. The capsules I have cannot be split, so could I use them every other day and be OK? Thank you very much, and have a great week. I appreciate your site and the info.

Salt controversy: New study links high sodium to earlier mortalityupdated: Tue Jul 12 2011 06:23:00

People who eat more sodium and less potassium may die sooner of heart or other problems than people who consume the opposite, a large, 15-year-study has found.

Put down the salt shaker, USDA saysupdated: Tue Jul 12 2011 06:23:00

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains the USDA's new dietary guidelines, which include limiting sodium intake.

How do I deal with food temptation on a holiday?updated: Fri Jul 01 2011 07:00:00

I've been working really hard at losing weight since April, and I'm concerned about all the food temptation over the Fourth of July weekend. Any suggestions?

What foods have healthy fat?updated: Fri Jun 10 2011 08:07:00

I recently starting tracking my calories, carbohydrates, fat, and protein. So far I have been meeting all of my goals except for the amount of fat grams. Do I need to meet a minimum number of fat grams? If so, what are some healthy options to get enough fat grams into my diet?

Plate icon to guide Americans to healthier eatingupdated: Thu Jun 02 2011 14:33:00

The food pyramid has been dismantled in favor of a simple plate icon that urges Americans to eat a more plant-based diet.

Goodbye food pyramid, hello plateupdated: Thu Jun 02 2011 14:33:00

Michelle Obama unveils the replacement for the food pyramid, a plate that aims to help people make better food choices.

Eating baked, broiled fish protects the heartupdated: Tue May 24 2011 19:14:00

For years, doctors have been telling their patients to eat more fish in order to boost heart health.

Post-baby weight gain raises diabetes risk in next pregnancyupdated: Tue May 24 2011 07:06:00

Women who gain weight after giving birth for the first time dramatically increase their risk of developing pregnancy-related diabetes during their second pregnancy, a new study suggests.

Can I safely diet while I'm breast-feeding?updated: Fri May 20 2011 08:18:00

I recently had a baby and gained 32 pounds (BMI was 19.1 to start). I am eager to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight but am breast-feeding and can find little guidance on caloric needs and optimal diet to maintain breast-feeding but to also lose weight. Any Ideas?

How can I stop being hungry?updated: Fri May 13 2011 07:39:00

Losing weight has always been tough for me. It's even tougher for me now that I'm in my 40s. However, I made a resolution for 2010, and with diet and exercise, I've managed to lose 35 pounds. I've managed to lose weight through grit and determination. The problem is, I am always hungry and my appetite is ravenous, difficult to satisfy. I want to eat until I'm full EVERY TIME I eat. If it wasn't for force of will, I would continue to eat and pack the pounds back on. Is there anything I can do to fight the hunger? I try to snack on things that are healthy, but it seems no matter what I snack on, I get penalized with putting weight back on. I worry that if the only thing I have going for me is grit and determination, that might not be enough to stay in the fight.

Healthiest restaurant lunchesupdated: Fri May 06 2011 11:33:00

That bling-worthy lunch tote may pull in the compliments, but sometimes it's hard to feel the love about what's inside, particularly if it's last night's leftovers.

How to build a healthy PB&Jupdated: Fri Apr 08 2011 08:33:00

My daughters ask for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for breakfast several times a week, instead of the whole-grain cereal we offer them. This seems awfully sugary to me. Is this nutritionally OK?

Man's change began when he couldn't fit in ride with sonupdated: Fri Mar 25 2011 09:55:00

John Memmer said his light bulb moment occurred when he couldn't fit on an amusement park ride with his son.

How can I eat healthy if I have to buy in bulk?updated: Fri Mar 18 2011 07:19:00

I live in a very remote location: Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park. I have a hard time buying groceries that are healthy. There is no way I could get to the store even once a week. I end up buying in bulk: frozen (limited space), cans, dry just-add-water type stuff. Any suggestions for better eating?

Vegan diet for dogs: A question of thriving vs. survivingupdated: Sat Mar 12 2011 16:49:00

It began when Shelley Boyle's veterinarian recommended she stop feeding meat and dairy to her beloved mutt, Cleo, to determine whether a food allergy was to blame for the dog's chronic ear infection.

How can I lose weight if I have hypothyroidism?updated: Fri Mar 11 2011 10:34:00

How can I lose weight when I have hypothyroidism and I can't do strenuous exercise? My doctor is still adjusting my thyroid medication, so my TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) is still high at 22. Added to that, I've got heart problems and have been told by my cardiologist not to do strenuous exercise! I do a lot of walking and typically do 10,000 steps a day. I've been doing a low fat 1,400 calorie diet with no result. I was thinking about a low-carb 1,200 calorie diet and upping my steps to 15,000 a day but I'm wondering what else I can do when I can't exert myself.

How can I stop being hungry?updated: Fri Mar 04 2011 10:24:00

Losing weight has always been tough for me. It's even tougher for me now that I'm in my 40s. However, I made a resolution for 2010, and with diet and exercise, I've managed to lose 35 pounds.

America's healthiest fast-food breakfastsupdated: Fri Feb 18 2011 08:26:00

Used to be, when you grabbed breakfast on the go, it was a diet disaster: nothing but fat-and-calorie bombs like butter-soaked croissants and jumbo muffins. Now, it's much easier to do right by your body: Fast-food legends like McDonald's and IHOP, as well as newbies like Cosi and Panera Bread, offer surprisingly healthy options that are filling, light, and much easier on your arteries.

CNNMoney: Weight-loss stocks post large-scale gainsupdated: Thu Feb 17 2011 11:22:00

If going on a diet was your New Year's resolution this year, Wall Street is betting that you'll succeed.

Whole grain fiber linked to longer lifeupdated: Mon Feb 14 2011 17:49:00

Eating a diet rich in fiber - especially the kind of fiber found in whole grains - reduces the risk of dying at an early age from a range of causes, a new government study suggests.

New dietary guidelines outupdated: Tue Feb 01 2011 09:17:00

Ninette Sosa reports on updated dietary guidelines that urges limited salt intake for some and trans fat cuts for all.

The 51 fastest fat burnersupdated: Sat Jan 29 2011 22:34:00

Erase extra flab with these super-effective tricks.

She ate 162 school lunches -- and blogged itupdated: Fri Jan 21 2011 09:22:00

After a year of eating school lunches, Mrs. Q survived to blog about it.

Mom fights for healthier school lunchesupdated: Fri Jan 21 2011 09:22:00

In September 2010, school food activists told the government it was time to help districts serve better, healthier food.

What should I eat if I have diabetes?updated: Fri Jan 14 2011 13:52:00

I am type 2 diabetic trying to create a daily diet, and snacks, food program that I can use to prevent getting the terrible sick feeling that comes when my sugar goes too low. I would like to store these foods and snacks in my home so that I can reach them when necessary. Please name the foods, and snacks, as well as the proper times to consume them. Also when is the time to take Metformin even if your readings are regular and you feel OK? Thank you for your answer to these questions.

2010: Obama signs child nutrition lawupdated: Thu Jan 13 2011 13:42:00

In December, President Obama signed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act into law.

Feds to tighten school nutrition standardsupdated: Thu Jan 13 2011 13:42:00

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released a new proposed rule Thursday designed to strengthen school breakfast and lunch nutrition standards -- part of the Obama administration's attempt to crack down on an epidemic of childhood obesity.

Do vitamins help against type 2 diabetes?updated: Wed Jan 12 2011 19:04:00

Are vitamin D, calcium and magnesium effective in preventing type 2 diabetes? If so, how much should one take?

Is your diet good for your skin?updated: Tue Jan 04 2011 08:09:00

Sure, your diet keeps your body slim and healthy, but its impact doesn't stop there.

Best way to jump-start your metabolism after a plateau?updated: Fri Dec 31 2010 08:12:00

I'm 5-foot-8 and 26 years old and started at 247 pounds and am at 203 pounds now, in about 22 weeks. I've seemed to stop losing weight when I used to average about two pounds a week. I've tried other exercises but almost to no effect. Any suggestions?

Could I be getting too much iron?updated: Mon Dec 13 2010 08:57:00

I began taking an iron supplement because I thought I might have a case of running-induced anemia. It seemed to help, but now I wonder if I should continue taking the supplement or let it go. Am I getting too much iron?

What are the best supplements for a diabetic?updated: Fri Dec 03 2010 08:20:00

My husband has adult-onset diabetes. He is 43, but was diagnosed about five years ago. His mother is diabetic as well. Both are very small-framed people who are not overweight nor very muscular. There is no doubt the disease is genetic for them.

How much vitamin D, calcium is right?updated: Tue Nov 30 2010 12:18:00

Vitamin D and calcium have long been touted as the best nutrients for strong bones, muscles and teeth. Recent studies have shown that vitamin D could be used to fight cancer, heart ailments, autoimmune diseases, even diabetes.

America's healthiest mall foodupdated: Fri Nov 26 2010 08:07:00

After zooming from one end of the mall to the other, don't you deserve a quick bite? Of course.

Four steps to reduce diabetes riskupdated: Tue Nov 23 2010 12:40:00

Half of all Americans may be diabetic or prediabetic by 2020, a report from an insurance company warned Tuesday. That's an even bleaker projection than the Centers for Disease Control's recent estimate that one in three Americans would have diabetes by 2050.

Twinkie diet helps nutrition professor lose 27 poundsupdated: Tue Nov 16 2010 17:45:00

Twinkies. Nutty bars. Powdered donuts.

Energy drinks linked to alcohol problemsupdated: Tue Nov 16 2010 16:36:00

Caffeinated alcoholic beverages such as Four Loko have come under fire from lawmakers and public health officials in recent weeks, following reports of hospitalizations and even some deaths tied to the potent drinks.

The bottom-line diet: Eat lessupdated: Tue Nov 16 2010 15:19:00

There were no diet pills, shakes or detoxes. And no, it wasn't caveman food, grapefruit, Twinkies, Taco Bell or Subway sandwiches.

What's inside alcoholic energy drinks?updated: Wed Oct 27 2010 16:44:00

Neon, caffeinated alcohol drinks often boast exotic-sounding ingredients such as taurine, guarana, ginkgo, bitter orange and ginseng.

Is it possible to lose 15 pounds in one month?updated: Fri Oct 22 2010 10:08:00

I'm 16 years old, 5 feet tall and 125 pounds. I would like to lose 15 pounds in one month. Is this possible?

Study: Vitamin B12 may help ward off Alzheimer'supdated: Mon Oct 18 2010 19:33:00

People who consume lots of foods rich in vitamin B12 -- such as fish and fortified cereals -- may be at lower risk of developing Alzheimer's disease than people who take in less of the vitamin, a small study conducted in Finland suggests.

How can I eat right on a business trip?updated: Fri Oct 15 2010 08:55:00

Hi. I am being sent away for travel for two weeks. How do I eat healthy, knowing I will be eating out every meal?

Folic acid pills don't protect heartupdated: Mon Oct 11 2010 16:25:00

Folic acid supplements have long been thought to have potential heart benefits, but a large new study suggests that they don't lower the risk of heart attacks or strokes.

Can supplements block benefits of probiotics?updated: Fri Oct 08 2010 10:23:00

I've started adding probiotics to my diet and feel tremendously better. Are there any supplements I should not be taking with the probiotics that will kill them: vitamins, garlic, cranberry gels, etc.?

How much vitamin D should someone over 55 take?updated: Fri Sep 24 2010 14:28:00

How much vitamin D is recommended for those over 55?

10 foods to help boost your brain powerupdated: Wed Sep 08 2010 08:55:00

Just like the right diet can prevent heart disease, high blood pressure, or cancer, health experts are finding that certain foods may boost your mind.

Study: Men have earlier memory lossupdated: Wed Sep 08 2010 08:55:00

HLN's Susan Hendricks reports on a new study that finds men have earlier memory loss than women.

What are healthy options to frozen entrees?updated: Fri Sep 03 2010 08:58:00

My husband, who is 50, learned he had type 2 diabetes in March 2008. He also has hypertension. Are there any healthy alternatives to the processed frozen entrees we find in the grocery stores? I am trying to make him healthy foods but it is difficult.

Will eating meat help recovery after long runs?updated: Fri Aug 20 2010 08:24:00

I have been a vegetarian and long-distance runner for about nine years. I am now wondering if re-introducing meat into my diet will help with recovery after long runs/races and improve my endurance and speed.

Binge drinking, high blood pressure a lethal comboupdated: Thu Aug 19 2010 16:33:00

It's no secret that high blood pressure increases your risk of heart disease and stroke. Nor should it come as a surprise that binge drinking isn't the healthiest habit. But a new study suggests that combining the two may add up to double the trouble -- and much more, in some cases.

Calcium supplements may boost heart attack riskupdated: Fri Jul 30 2010 09:45:00

The millions of people who take calcium supplements to strengthen aging bones and ward off osteoporosis may be putting themselves at increased risk of a heart attack, a new study has found.

Calcium pills linked to heart riskupdated: Fri Jul 30 2010 09:45:00

CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports on a study suggesting calcium supplements can increase heart attack risks.

Shopping smart for groceriesupdated: Mon Jul 26 2010 12:12:00

If you load your shopping cart with the same foods every time you visit the grocery store, it's time to shake things up.

What's new at the grocery storeupdated: Mon Jul 26 2010 12:12:00

Cooking Light's Holly Grainger describes 10 foods at the grocery store that give new life to your meals and snacks.

Should I put my 11-year-old on a diet?updated: Fri Jul 23 2010 08:22:00

How do I put my 11-year-old daughter on a diet? She is 50 pounds overweight, though she looks only about 20 pounds over. She has a lot of muscle. She plays sports year-round. She is a picky, picky eater.

Is 9 daily servings of veggies (not fruits) OK?updated: Fri Jul 16 2010 08:22:00

The USDA recommends nine servings of "fruit and vegetables" per day as part of a healthy diet. What am I missing if I get my nine servings by eating only vegetables and no fruits? Are there other things I can eat to specifically make up for the lack of fruits in my diet? I eat an otherwise healthy diet full of lean protein, veggies, legumes, and whole grains, but I am allergic to many fruits.

Fish oil linked to lower breast cancer riskupdated: Thu Jul 08 2010 01:08:00

Millions of Americans already take fish oil to keep their hearts healthy and to treat ailments ranging from arthritis to depression. Now, a new study suggests that the supplements may also help women lower their risk of breast cancer.

Are vitamins and supplements effectively absorbed?updated: Fri Jul 02 2010 08:26:00

I've heard a lot about vitamins and supplements passing through the body unabsorbed, especially when in pill form. I've also heard that this can be a more common problem with low-cost and generic versions, even though the ingredient list is identical. My solution lately has been to crush the pill to powder and down it with some milk. Does this solve the problem or is there something inherent in cheaper supplements that inhibits absorption?

How bad are your past sins really?updated: Tue Jun 29 2010 16:18:00

Let's be honest: Many of us -- OK, most of us -- weren't exactly paragons of health in our youth. And we can't help wondering: Will those margaritas, junk-food binges, forgotten condoms, or even that one bong hit eventually come back to haunt us?

Is quick brown rice as healthy as regular?updated: Fri Jun 25 2010 13:36:00

Do quick-cooking brown rice and regular brown rice have the same health benefits? Or is the quick-cooking brown rice no better than white?

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