Author: Fitness Definition Team

Is It Healthy to Do a Detox?

It can be tempting to try a detox or cleanse this time of year. After the excesses of the holidays, with so much food and booze, you might be feeling tired and bloated, and you may be carrying a few extra pounds. Flushing out toxins and feeling renewed and refreshed sounds so appealing. But science says your body is perfectly able to rid itself of toxins—your liver, kidneys, and digestive tract can do the job! And liquid diets may do more harm than good. “I have a hard time with those words,” says Jae Berman, MS, RDN, CSSD, and head...

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Do You Really Need that Post-Workout Smoothie?

If you’re burning more calories than you’re taking in by cranking up your exercise, you should notice nice, steady weight loss. But there’s often a glitch in thinking when people ramp up their exercise. Some people feel they deserve a reward for their increased efforts, and more often than not that reward is edible—it’s something I like refer to as “marathon syndrome.” When I look at the food journals of my clients who are training for a marathon, I often see pancakes, cookies, and other extras the day they complete a long run. I’m open to some additional calories...

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All Calories Are Not Created Equal

When it comes to healthy eating, there’s a lot of talk about calories. You can track the number of calories you’re consuming, you can set calorie intake goals, and you can even compare how much you’re burning to how much you’re eating. To maintain your weight, calories in should equals calories out. Seems fairly straightforward, right? It turns out, it’s not that simple. In many instances, a calorie doesn’t equal a calorie. Studies have shown some foods are digested by the body differently than others. For example, 100 calories of almonds do not equal 100 calories of cookie. Thanks to the high...

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