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Exercise isn’t an excuse to pig-out

You need little more than a sensible portion of healthy carbs and protein before and after your workout. (For Spectrum Health Beat) A typical workout doesn’t give you license to eat whatever you want.Even a full hour of vigorous skiing burns just 600 calories—less than the amount in a super-sized fast food sandwich. That’s why...

In the chili game, fowl is fair

If it’s protein you’re after in your chili, turkey is a great alternative to red meat—as long as you buy the lean version. (For Spectrum Health Beat) When cold weather hits, a hot bowl of chili is a great way to fuel up. High-protein turkey chili contains a lot less fat than traditional recipes, yet...

Lose fast, lose slow

While the rate of weight loss may matter little in the long run, it is suspected that a slower, steady loss can help avoid gallstone problems. (For Spectrum Health Beat) Losing weight quickly doesn’t offer any more health benefits than slimming down slowly, a new study shows.Canadian researchers analyzed data from more than 11,000 people...

Count your crunch

Calorie-logging can be helpful in pursuing weight loss goals, but it’s also time-consuming. A quick alternative? Aim to reduce your bite count at every meal. (For Spectrum Health Beat) Weight loss wisdom suggests chewing every bite 15 or more times to give your brain time to process what you’re eating and send the signal that...

BMI, meet DNA

Why do some folks manage to lose significant weight with casual dieting, while others will lose nary a pound with a strict plan? It often comes down to genetics, researchers say. (For Spectrum Health Beat) While some people fight the “battle of the bulge” for a lifetime, others seem to effortlessly stay slim. And now...

Diversify your diet

It looks mighty plain, but the humble jicama is big on fiber and vitamin C—and it packs a satisfying crunch. (For Spectrum Health Beat) The start of a new year is a ripe time to branch out and try those fruits and vegetables you may have noticed but keeping passing by at the supermarket.Perhaps the...

Power of the sweet potato

Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of potassium, calcium, and vitamins A, B and C. Sweet potatoes are also a source of antioxidants, which are important to reduce cancer and heart disease risk. (For Spectrum Health Beat) Midlife and menopause are stages of life when weight gain happens fast and weight loss can be very...

Don’t sweat late-night eats

Late-night snacks may not be as harmful as once thought, according to researchers—but you also have to account for the quality and quantity of the food. (For Spectrum Health Beat) Avoiding food before bedtime probably won’t help your blood sugar levels and health, a new study suggests.Some experts say not eating for two hours before...

Study: Change palate, save planet

To ensure everyone has food, humankind will have to make drastic shifts in its food consumption habits over the next 30 years, researchers say. (For Spectrum Health Beat) The average person’s daily diet will need to change drastically during the next three decades to make sure everyone is fed without depleting the planet, a panel...

New year, new diet, new you

Whatever your meal plan in the weeks and months ahead, plants should be front and center. (For Spectrum Health Beat) For many, the start of the new year signals the start of a new diet. But what’s the best way to eat if you want to lose weight?For overall healthy eating, the best diet plan...

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