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FDA Committee Endorses the Weight Loss Drug Qnexa


An FDA advisory committee voted to move forward in approving a new weight loss drug called Qnexa. The final approval will not take place until later this year. This is an extremely rare occasion, considering the FDA hardly ever puts its seal of approval on weight loss pills and only one such drug currently remains available, Xenical. The last weight loss drug to be approved by the FDA was way back in 1999, Meridia, which was subsequently pulled due to various side effects experienced by users. The makers of Qnexa claim the drug is safe and offers minimal side effects. Read More…

The Link Between Sodium, High Blood Pressure and Potassium

The link between sodium (salt) and high blood pressure (hypertension) has been well-documented for years. If you suffer from high blood pressure, as over 50 percent of all Americans do, your doctor has probably already directed you to lower your consumption of sodium. The problem is that so many foods today contain added sodium, so it’s tough to stick to a low-sodium diet when it’s nearly impossible to escape it. There is a solution; however, and it’s consuming more of a nutrient called potassium. Read More…

19 Easy Ways to Burn 500+ Calories per Day without Exercise

“I don’t have time to exercise”…Yeah, we’ve all said it. The fact is that there are opportunities to burn extra calories throughout the day without having to spend 60 minutes or more at the gym. I’ve compiled some tips that can help you burn 500 or more calories per day by making minor adjustments to your daily routine. Think about it; burning an extra 500 calories-a-day is equivalent to burning 1 lb. of body fat per week! That’s over 50 lbs. per year without adding any intense exercise! Hopefully you’ll find some of these tips useful, and if you have any of your own to add, simply post it in the “comments” section below – we love great tips from our readers! Read More…

Free Personalized Weight Loss Plans

Not all effective weight loss plans are expensive. In fact, some diet and exercise programs are free to use. It’s important to find a weight loss plan that is based on proven scientific research and promotes safe weight loss. So, rule out any weight loss plan that eliminate certain nutrients from your diet, such as carbs, fats or extremely low calorie diets. Consult your doctor if you have a question about a diet or exercise program. Read More…

Extra Easy Diet Plans for Weight Loss Success

Have you ever heard of the KISS concept? ”Keep It Simple Stupid” is a great concept when talking about dieting and weight loss. By keeping your diet plan simple and easy to follow, you will greatly increase your odds of long term success. Complicated diet plans and fad diets are not effective choices when you’re looking to lose weight and keep the weight off for good. The key is to get back to the basics; eat low-calorie meals that are full of nutrition. Yeah, that means veggies, fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy and lean protein sources. Read More…

5 Cold and Flu Season Prevention Tips

As the cold and flu season approaches, it becomes increasingly important to be health conscious. There’s nothing worse than catching an annoying cold or being stuck in bed all day with the flu. One option is to get your flu shot each year, but for those who choose not to — myself included — taking a proven, all-natural approach is the most effective way to go. It basically all comes down to following a few healthy habits and eating right. Although you’ve probably heard about many of these cold and flu prevention tips, it never hurts to reiterate them to help refresh your memory.

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Information about Carbohydrates and High-Carb Diets

Carbohydrates supply energy for the body in the form of glucose. This process occurs with the help of an enzyme called amylase, which helps to break down carbohydrates into a usable energy source by the body. Carbohydrates an essential part of any diet plan, and according to most health organizations, should be the most abundant source of calories in your diet. Contrary to what most low-carb diets encourage, eliminating carbs from your diet is not a healthy way to live and can even be dangerous long term. A moderate to high-carbohydrate diet plan may be the ideal choice for athletes or physically active people, but talk to your doctor before increasing your daily carb intake because eating too many carbs can lead to weight gain. Read More…

Eating Healthy: A 24-Hour Meal Plan for Weight Loss

Over the course of a day, it’s easy to consume far more calories than you probably should. Planning out a daily meal plan is one of the best ways to get organized, focused and to improve efficiency when it comes to eating healthy. Over the course of a 24-hour period, breakfast, lunch and dinner should consist of well-balanced food choices low in sugar, salt and within your daily calorie range. Read More…

Weight Loss Strategies May Vary Depending Upon Your Body Type

Eating a well-balanced diet and exercising on a regular basis is the best way to lose weight, but the specifics of this plan vary according to several factors, including your body type. In general, the bigger your body, the more calories you need to support your bodily functions. Your age and sex also play an important role in how you should design your weight loss plan. As with any diet program, talk to your doctor if you need help designing a program tailored specifically for you. Read More…

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