End the Year With These Fabulous Freebies

Some fabulous freebies to end the year with and ring in 2014: Free Video From Santa: Hurry! Time is running out to send the kids a personalized video from Santa via this website. If’ you’ve already sent out your Christmas cards, remember it for next year. Free 2014 Calendar: Click on the link for these free, downloadable calendars. You can customize them to meet your needs and track your schedule. Free Financial Planning Tools: Several websites like Mint, Bankrate and AARP offer free calculators …

Calories on Menus: Boomers, Women Are Paying Attention

Who pays attention to calorie counts on menus? By next year, all large chain restaurants will be required to post those harsh numbers, so the Gallup research people decided to find out who really takes note of them. In a survey conducted last month of 2,027 American adults, they found that only 43 percent  pay “a great deal” or a “fair amount” of attention. In fact, more Americans – 68 percent – look at nutritional information on food packages than …

Losing Weight: When Two Rights Still Make a Wrong

Denise, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has a common problem. She is doing everything she can to lead a healthy lifestyle, but the stubborn pounds refuse to leave her body. I’ve read your advice, and I have completely revamped my nutritional intake to high-quality proteins, whole grains, vegetables, fruits and fat-free dairy. I even started buying salmon to cook for myself a couple of times a week. On the exercise front, I am walking and using my pedometer, but the weight is …

The 9 Unhealthiest Restaurant Meals Are …

A Cheesecake Factory chicken entrée that contains as many calories as a 12-piece bucket of KFC fried chicken. A Johnny Rockets’ bacon- cheddar double burger, fries and 1,140-calorie milk shake blended with an entire piece of apple pie. An Uno Chicago Grill deep-dish macaroni with three cheeses that’s equivalent to eating a family-size box of Stouffer’s Macaroni & Cheese – with half a stick of butter melted on top. These are among the nine Xtreme Eating “dis-honorees” on the annual …

Does Drinking Water Trigger Weight Loss?

 Perhaps so. Researchers studied middle-aged adults who were placed on a low-fat, low-calorie diet (1,200 calories for women and 1,500 for men). After three months, the subjects who drank two glasses of water before breakfast, lunch and dinner lost an average of 15.5 pounds, compared to the non-water drinkers who lost 11 pounds. The difference occurred because the adults who drank water ate 75-90 calories less per meal. Also promising were the long-term losses. Researchers continued to monitor the water …

Dining Out On A Diet: How To Save Calories, Money

Americans love to eat out. Of every dollar we spend on food, nearly half — 48 cents — goes to the restaurant industry. (Compare that to 1955, when only 25 cents of every food dollar went toward dining out.) All told, each day Americans shell out a whopping $1.7 billion on meals out, says the National Restaurant Association. Obviously, the restaurant industry is quite happy about this, but the health experts who look at our ever-expanding waistlines are not so …