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Lactose Intolerant?  Easy Ways to Handle the Holidays

12/08/2015

A cup of eggnog and a slice of cream pie may be some signature treats of the holiday season, but if you’re lactose intolerant, dairy products like those can literally make you sick to your stomach. Here, some top questions answered: What exactly happens when I drink milk? Lactose is a sugar found in milk and other dairy products. To break down the lactose into smaller sugars called glucose and galactose, which then get absorbed into your bloodstream, your body needs to produce an enzyme called…

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New Study Says Binge—And Don’t Feel Bad

12/01/2015

While many women feel pressure not to eat too much during the holiday season, researchers want the public to know that some women may actually be hard-wired to eat more. Study researcher Kelly Klump, Ph.D., advised women not to feel guilty for binge-eating, especially during holiday seasons. “There are multiple factors that can contribute to binge-eating during the holidays, including the presence of a lot of food and biology.” Klump went on to say that due to hormonal fluctuations, women…

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Ward Off Holiday Weight Gain

12/01/2015

Emily Myatt, RD, and a Clinical Dietitian Specialist at Indiana University Health, shares smart strategies for keeping your weight in check when temptation is everywhere. Don’t drink your calories. This goes for alcohol and other high-calorie holiday sips, such as hot chocolate, seasonal lattes, and apple cider. View them as you would dessert: Stick to one serving and make it your only indulgence of the day. Be picky. Limit yourself to special treats you can’t get…

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New Study Says Ladies with Apple Shaped Bodies More Likely to Binge Eat

11/24/2015

Women with "apple shaped" bodies—meaning more weight in the midsection—may be more prone to feeling out of control when it comes to food, reports a new study. This so-called "loss-of-control eating" is associated with binge eating disorder and bulimia. According to the researchers, one possible explanation is that belly fat might actually alter the hormones that signal to the brain that we're hungry or full. So should you work on shrinking your middle to avoid an eating disorder?…

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“Diet” Foods That Can Make You Fat

11/17/2015

Trying to lose weight? Your efforts could backfire if you opt for these seemingly healthy foods, explains Rachel Zimmerman, RD, CNSC, CD, a clinical dietitian at Indiana University Health. Reduced-Fat Foods It's true that fats of all kinds contain a hefty dose of calories. But many low-fat and fat-free packaged foods are loaded up with extra sugar to make up for a lack of taste, and those refined carbs won't help your waistline. And even though we've been trained to think that fat is…

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Which Tailgating Food Is Worse For Your Health?

11/13/2015

Tailgating can be a fun way to kick off an afternoon of cheering on your favorite team. But most popular party foods are nutritional losers. Here’s how Emily Myatt, RD, a registered dietitian at Indiana University Health, says some foods score. Which is worse? Barbecued beef ribs or beef and bean chili Worse: Barbecued beef ribs The ribs may seem simpler, but they’re high in calories (around 365 per 4 ounce serving) and fat (32 grams, 13 of them saturated). Chili is naturally lower in…

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Living Alone Derails Your Diet

11/13/2015

Flying solo can be a challenge physically and emotionally—but according to new research, living alone can affect the way you eat as well. Researchers recently analyzed 41 studies on living status and food intake. They found a correlation between living alone and inadequate food consumption. Researchers concluded that "persons who live alone have a lower diversity of food intake, a lower consumption of some core foods groups (fruits, vegetables, and fish), and a higher likelihood of having an…

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New Study Says Fatty Foods Don’t Make People Fat

11/11/2015

You can no longer blame candy bars, chips and other high-fat fare for your extra pounds, say experts. In their new study, scientists analyzed people’s intake for a variety of foods high in sugar and fat. They found that, for the majority of the population, junk foods like pizza, soda, and French fries have a negligible effect on Body Mass Index (BMI). BMI is a measure of body fat based on height and weight. A BMI calculation between 25 and 29 indicates that an individual is overweight, while…

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Fall Foods That Can Help You Lose Weight

10/27/2015

Pumpkin pie, caramel apples, Halloween candy: Autumn is filled with foods that can derail your diet. Fortunately, there are plenty of in-season picks that can help you peel off unwanted pounds, explains Anna King, RD, Clinical Dietitian at Indiana University Health. Butternut squash “High in Vitamin A and an excellent source of potassium and magnesium, butternut squash is a versatile vegetable,” explains King. Diced, this fiber-rich, figure-friendly veggie, in season from August through…

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Which Holiday Dish Is Worse For Your Health?

10/19/2015

Worried about your waistline this season? Learn what Anna King, RD, a clinical dietitian at Indiana University Health, has to say about these classic choices. Which is worse? Roast turkey, light or dark meat, with skin, or glazed ham Worse: Ham Any way you slice it, ham is higher in saturated fat than turkey. And that’s even if you eat the turkey skin, says King. What’s more, she adds, “premade, glazed hams contain a high amount of salt.” So if you’re on a low-sodium…

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