Infographic: How Soda Makes You Fat

Sodas contribute to tooth decay, heart disease, asthma and osteoporosis. But it’s how they make you fat that will really shock you.

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Woman Killed by Coca Cola

Eight children lost their 30-year-old mother when she died from drinking too much Coca-Cola, says a coroner in New Zealand. Is it possible to drink soda, yet be healthy and lose weight?

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Here’s Why You Won’t Lose Weight with Coconut Milk

One cup of coconut milk (let’s not even mention coconut cream!) has almost the same calories as a big cheese omelette. Here’s why it’s no weight loss food.


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10 Ways to Make Any Smoothie a Weight-Loss Powerhouse

Smoothies almost always get a free pass by dieters and exercisers. Something with fruit in it must be good, right? Here’s why conventional wisdom is wrong, and 10 ways to make your smoothie a better weight-loss tool.

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Coconut Flesh: Weight Loss Food?

Lately, I’ve started to imagine the world’s coconut marketers as evil magicians. They seem to have the entire health food community under their spell.┬áBut, does coconut help you lose weight?

Read on to find out.

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Do GM Foods Make You Fat?

New research shows the genetically modified (GM) foods may help make you fat. So, today’s weight loss tips are 1. Go organic and 2. Cut out high-GM fast food and sodas.

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Weight Loss Tips from Rip

Rip Esselstyn is the guy who got me to finally go all the way and eat healthy.

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Which 5 TED Videos Should You Watch for Weight Loss Tips?

If you don’t know about TED videos, you are in for a treat. There are already over 1,000 of them, all free. Some TED talks are 20 minutes long, others just 180 seconds. I’ve picked the 5 best TED talks for helping you lose weight and their weight loss tips.

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How Far Do I Have to Run to Burn Off a Donut?


The next time you order a Venti Frappuccino from Starbucks, think about this weight loss tip:

It will take you 30 minutes of step aerobics to burn off the calories inside that tall white cup with the green logo on it.

The Frappuccino is just one item in the typical diet that comes so loaded with calories that not even a full-time bike messenger could burn them all off.

Have you ever slurped down a 12-oz. bottle of Gatorade after your work out? The 310 calories in that drink probably add up to more than you burned with all your sweaty exercise.

In case you think Gatorade is a healthy drink for during or after a workout, this fact should put that idea to rest. The less of it you drink the better, if you’re trying to get slim. (If you only pick up one weight loss tip from this post, let this be it.)

This is affected by metabolism, of course, but put metabolism aside for a moment and look at food vs. exercise on a strictly calorie-for-calorie basis.

I put together the following chart to show you why changing the way you eat will help your weight loss more than increasing the amount you exercise.


The Calories in These Foods

Require 30 Min. of These Exercises to Burn Off

Starbucks Venti Frappuccino (323 calories)

Step Aerobics (beginner)

Large cake muffin (280 calories)

Basketball (leisurely)

Regular-sized 2 oz (or 57 g) Snickers bar (271 calories)

Bicycling, 15kph

20oz. bottle of coke (240 calories)

Golfing (walk w/o cart)

Large plain bagel (360 calories)

Hiking, no load

13 oz. serving of cheese omelette (460 calories)

Jogging, 8kph or 5 mph

Medium 6 oz. cooked rib eye steak (450 calories)

Stair climbing machine

One jelly-filled donut from Dunkin Donuts (290 calories)

Slow weight training


Losing Weight vs. Losing Fat

How many calories do you think they have burned? Photo: Mike Barid, Flickr.

When I talk about losing weight, I am really referring to losing fat. Exercise builds muscles, which are heavier than the same amount of fat.

It is possible to lose some of your fat while still not losing weight, if you are adding muscle weight at the same time. You would be healthier, and your body would have a more attractive, fitter shape.

But it might not weight much less.

So, don’t get caught up by the number on the scale, especially if you are exercising and building muscle.


What You Can Do Today

Here’s that weight loss tip again: If you drink energy drinks, stop it. Just stop it. Starting right now.

Instead, take a bottle of water with you and squeeze some lemon into it, if that appeals to you.

Better yet, keep a jug of chilled green or hibiscus tea on hand, and fill your bottle with it when you work out. Both have a nice taste, are exceptionally high in cancer-fighting antioxidants and will not make you fat.

Are Eggs a Diet Food?

One man died after eating more than two dozen raw eggs. But, are eggs a good diet food?

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