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  1. Ways to lose weight

    The three secrets to exercising for weight loss

    Sometimes, the "best" ways to lose weight  lead to the worst results -- like when you join a gym.

    You pay the fee, meet with the trainer, show up two or three times a week and then a month later you get on the scale... and let out a scream.

    No, it's not a scream of delight. It's a scream of horror -- because you haven't lost a pound, and you may have even gained a little weight.

    Well, don't be too disappointed. You're not alone.

    More than a quarter of all people who start exercising actually gain weight, according to a new survey of ways to lose weight. In addition, nearly half don't lose any weight at all.

    All told, just 27 percent of exercisers report losing weight while on their workout program, according to the poll of more than 1,000 British exercisers.

    It's discouraging. Frustrating. Even downright infuriating.

    But don't let it bring you down -- and don't let it put a stop to your workout plan, whether it's in a gym or at your home.

    There are three main reasons people fail to lose weight when they start to exercise -- and if you've "been there, done that," you may have battled one, two or all three yourself.

    Today, I'm going to give you the power to fight back -- a guide to the top three obstacles to weight loss during exercise, and how to overcome them:

    1. Snack Attack: The new study finds that 40 percent of exercisers burn less than 300 calories during a workout. That alone isn't bad, especially if you're just starting out, but a sports drink and a small snack could quickly put all those calories back into your body -- and maybe more.

    Don't undo all your hard work.

    Make better choices instead. Pass on the sports drinks and choose filtered water, coconut water or a fresh vegetable juice. And instead of junk food, stick to something healthy such as a piece of fruit or sliced vegetables.

    If you get your exercise outside of your home, bring a drink and snack with you so you're not tempted to buy something unhealthy afterward.

     2. Diet Disaster: A workout program is part of a weight-loss program -- but it's only part. If you don't eat better, all the exercise in the world won't make much of a difference.

    So along with regular exercise at a gym or in your home -- or wherever else you choose -- make some adjustments to your diet. Skipping the processed foods, and eating fresh foods instead is one of the easiest ways to lose weight.

    I recommend a Mediterranean diet rich in healthy fats and lean proteins.

    3. Body Balance: Sometimes, you can eat right and get your exercise and still find the numbers on the scale just won't budge.

    Don't give up. Since the muscle you're building weighs more than the fat you're burning, it's natural to hit a plateau and at times maybe even gain a little weight back.

    But if you find you've hit a plateau that lasts for months, there could be something else going on -- such as a hormonal imbalance that can cause fat to accumulate around your waistline, especially if you're middle-aged or older.

    A holistic medical doctor can check your hormone levels and replenish them naturally if you're falling short.

  2. Fast food industry and diabetes grow together

    We are what we eat

    Two recent studies caught my eye -- and while they're separate studies, they're directly related.

    The first finds that fast food industry now makes up more than 11 percent of the typical American's calories -- and nearly 15 percent of the calories consumed by young adults between the ages of 20 and 29.

    That's actually a slight drop from the numbers we saw earlier in the decade... but while the fast food industry will tell you that 10 or 15 percent shows it's a "moderate" habit, the second new study shows the truth: it's far too much.

    That's because this second study of diabetes and the fast food industry shows that 1 in 8 Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes. That's close to 30 million of us, and that number doesn't include the millions more who have the disease but haven't actually been handed a diagnoses yet.

    They'll find out soon enough.

    And even that number is just a drop in the bucket -- because an estimated 79 million Americans have pre-diabetes.

    That means more than a third of us have either diabetes or the condition that will eventually lead to the disease -- and if people continue to get between 10 and 15 percent of their calories from the fast food industry, that number will climb even higher.

    The refined carbohydrates, unhealthy fats, and processed foods in these meals will cause weight gain as well as metabolic changes, even with a so-called "moderate" intake of 10-15 percent.

    That, in turn, will lead to metabolic syndrome, prediabetes, and diabetes -- and even if you manage to avoid diabetes, you'll still be at risk for heart disease and more.

    There's one way to avoid it, and it's not to find some magic level of moderate junk food intake. It's to stick to a diet of healthy, fresh foods prepared from scratch at home and not by the fast food industry.

    I'll have more on diet this weekend -- including the one common-sense diet that can help prevent these diseases instead of causing them. And the best part of all? This diet is rich in a wide range of the foods you already love -- even chocolate.

    Yes, chocolate. But, sorry -- no fast food.

    Stay tuned!

  3. High-glycemic index foods increase diabetes risk

    Foods high on the glycemic index -- especially sugars -- can dramatically increase the risk of diabetes, according to new research.
  4. How to avoid kidney stones

    More people than ever can expect to battle kidney stones, with new numbers showing the risk has nearly doubled over 16 years. Here's how to avoid them.
  5. New diet drug lorcaserin is not effective for weight loss

    New drug lorcaserin, approved by an FDA panel for weight loss, fails to meet even minimal FDA standards for effectiveness and is linked to cancer and heart problems.
  6. Unleash your inner caveman

    You don't need to hunt wooly mammoths to be a "caveman" these days. In fact, you don't even need a cave. The "caveman" diet is more about what you eat than where you live -- and if you can stick to a 100-percent natural lifestyle of fresh meats and vegetables with no processed foods, congratulations. You're officially a caveman.
  7. ADHD meds reach new highs

    Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder isn't a diagnosis designed to help identify and treat children -- it's a condition tailor-made to sell meds.
  8. Salt isn't the problem after all

    Salt has been called every name in the book and labeled Public Health Enemy Number One for its supposed role in heart disease and an early death.
  9. Obesity epidemic reaches new peak

    It's been obvious for some time, but the latest numbers lay it out plainer than I ever could: Americans are fatter than ever.
  10. Vitamins may help you ditch your inhaler

    A study shows a connection between nutritional deficiencies and asthma.
  11. What we don't know about diet

    Researchers have compiled the data from 200 studies involving millions of people that looked at how specific foods affect our hearts. The results were published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
  12. Hamburger, kidney disease and fries

    A new study has found that these foods are often loaded with phosphorous, which can be deadly if you have advanced kidney disease.

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