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Sneaky reasons you’re struggling with unexplained weight gain

If your clothes are getting tight or the number on the scale is going up, one of these issues could be the reason why Here’s a common scenario when attempting weight loss:  You think you’re doing everything right – you’ve cut calories and increased exercise – but the pounds keep piling on, making it a…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Sep 24, 2023
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Bitter foods – The taste of good health

Instead of scrunching up your nose at bitter foods – embrace them!   Many people do not enjoy the taste of bitter foods, preferring sweet, salty, or sour flavors instead. However, those who have avoided bitter-tasting foods may miss vital nutrients and compounds essential for gut and digestive health and significant bone, brain, and liver…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Jun 24, 2023
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Why Crash Diets Will Only Capsize Your Weight Loss Efforts And What To Do Instead

Crash diets rarely last for the long term. The best diet plan is one that stresses realistic long-term expectations.   One of the worst things you can do when attempting to reach a healthier body weight is to follow a ‘crash” diet.  Crash dieting takes on many forms – fasting, detox programs, yo-yo diets, ‘cleanses,’…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Jan 3, 2023
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Sensible Weight Loss Tips That Actually Work

    Build long-term habits with practical lifestyle changes for weight loss success   It’s challenging to eat a healthy diet when living in a drive-thru, ultra-processed food world. Food temptations seem to be everywhere. And forget gimmicky, fad diets when trying to reach a healthier body weight. Just like buying a pair of shoes,…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Aug 27, 2021
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The Harmful Health Reality of Excess Belly Fat

Carrying extra weight – especially belly fat – can be risky.    If zipping up your favorite jeans or buttoning a shirt over your belly has become problematic, it’s time to face reality…you’re likely carrying excess belly fat. Whether you’re a man or woman, carrying an excess band of fat around your abdominal or midsection…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Oct 27, 2020
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Small weight loss leads to big health gains

Rates of obesity in the U.S. show little sign of slowing down.  In 2017 and 2018, more than four in 10 American adults, or 42.4% had obesity and over 9% had severe obesity according to a report from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. In 10 years, a 2019 study in the New England…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Mar 2, 2020
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Expert advice on avoiding holiday weight gain

The season of holidays is almost here beginning with Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years, and Valentine’s Day. Even the best intentions of staying on track with your healthy lifestyle habits can be derailed during this time. One of those healthy lifestyle habits at risk of derailing may include watching your waistline. How do you get…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Nov 19, 2018
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How to lose weight for good without going to extremes

There are all kinds of crazy weight loss diets out there many people flock to.  From high-protein to low-carb to ketogenic, the weight loss industry is a steady business.  But if these “diets” all claim to be the best for taking the weight off for good, then why has the number of people overweight to…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Nov 27, 2017
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Positive practical advice parents need to fight childhood obesity

We all want what is best for our children and one of the ways we show this is through how we feed them.  Food is intricately linked with love and if that’s the case with American parents, we love our kids a lot. The notion that “food is love” and a way to show our…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Oct 20, 2017

Say good-bye to belly fat once and for all

  Having trouble getting rid of belly fat?  It’s a common problem for many people but with some dietary and fitness changes, it can be reduced.  Dr. David Samadi (www.samadimd.com) and I address this issue in an article we wrote together.  Be consistent, believe in yourself and don’t expect changes overnight.  You can do this….

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Jan 21, 2016