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Mommyrexia: The Curse of the Pudgy Mummy

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Mommyrexia, also called momorexia, is a relatively new term coined to describe a woman who loses weight entirely too quickly and with unhealthy methods after giving birth. It might also describe a woman who goes to extreme lengths to avoid gaining more weight than is absolutely necessary during pregnancy. It isn’t (yet) recognized as an official eating disorder. The term itself is so new that there isn’t even that much information on it, but that’s likely to change very quickly, particularly when high profile celeb moms appear to fit the bill as a mommyrexic or a momorexic. Victoria Beckham, for example, has demonstrated extreme preoccupation with her figure during and after her pregnancies. She’s even gone into hiding after giving birth and used various crash diets to lose the baby weight as quickly as possible.

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The Ali Vincent Diet

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The Ali Vincent Diet was designed by Ali Vincent, the first female winner of the reality TV show, “The Biggest Loser.” She successfully lost 112 pounds from a starting weight of 234 pounds. Ali had been an athletic teenager, but years of stress, long hours at the office, and relationship issues had undermined her weight maintenance. She finally regained her figure on the competitive weight loss TV show and shared her weight loss advice in a book entitled “Believe It, Be It.” The Ali Vincent Diet is more like a series of helpful suggestions than an actual diet plan. It encourages dieters to use dieting strategies like keeping a food journal, eating balanced meals, thinking of food as fuel rather than a reward, and breaking up large goals into manageable steps.

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Daikon

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Daikon, also called daikon radish or Japanese radish, is a large, white radish that originated in continental Asia. The most common variety of daikon is shaped like a carrot. It can grow up to 14 inches long. Daikon has a milder flavor as compared to other radishes, but it is still tart and spicy. One of the most notable health benefits of daikon is its anthoxanthin. This is an antioxidant that gives the daikon its white color. Anthoxanthin has been associated with lower blood pressure and lower cholesterol. Daikon may also help aid digestion. In particular, it may assist with the breakdown of animal fats, dairy, and oil.

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Grapefruit

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The grapefruit is a subtropical fruit that can grow to six inches in diameter. It has an orange rind with pink, red, or white flesh. The grapefruit has a juicy flesh and tastes quite tart. Many people sprinkle sugar on top of the fruit; if it tastes too tart for you, try adding zero-calorie stevia instead. Grapefruit is a great weight loss food because it is packed with enzymes that help burn fat. It also has a high water content, which means that you’ll feel more full more quickly. Grapefruit can also help lower levels of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. It is an excellent source of vitamin C to help prevent free radical damage and boost the immune system.

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Maria Menounos Talks About Weight Gain

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Most celebs who go on “Dancing with the Stars” enjoy an extra burst of fame if they manage to lose weight on the show. Kelly Osbourne is a perfect example. You don’t hear too many celebs bragging about gaining weight while working out for hours on end, but that’s precisely what happened to former beauty queen and TV personality Maria Menounos. Menounos, who had been spotted flaunting her curves everywhere from Lakers games to the Indianapolis 500, was all too happy to describe her weight gain. She noted that she’d gained 6 lbs. and insisted that she was happy to keep her curves. Maria also pointed out that the weight she’d gained was all muscle. Since it’s hard to gain fat while dancing for 8 hours a day, we believe it.

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Drew Brees Has a Sensitive Diet

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Drew Brees might look like a tough guy on the football field, but deep down, he’s really sensitive. Sensitive to food, that is. NFL quarterback Drew Brees has a laundry list of food allergies and sensitivities, both minor and major. While it’s nearly impossible to eat a diet that is free of all foods that he is allergic to, Drew Brees does what he can to avoid trigger foods. He quipped that he’d likely lose 20 pounds if he avoided all of his trigger foods, which includes anything that contains wheat, gluten, dairy, eggs, and nuts.

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Combat Loose Skin with Nutrition

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You’ve lost a great deal of weight. Congratulations! Now what do you do with all that loose skin? First off, if you’ve lost the weight slowly (at the recommended 1 to 2 lbs. per week rate), you may be able to reduce or eliminate the loose skin problem. It’s also essential to stay well hydrated during and after your weight loss. As you lose weight, keep your body fueled with foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, collagen, and elastin. These nutrients contribute greatly to the health of your skin and can help maintain a tighter appearance. In addition to your skin-healthy diet, incorporate strength training into your workout routine. Building up your muscle mass will help reduce the appearance of loose skin, while speeding up your resting metabolism.

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Healthy Food for Hiking Trips

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Ideal hiking food gives you sustained energy for your long workout without weighing you down and making you feel like taking a nap in the middle of the trail. While you wouldn’t want to lug a three-course dinner in your backpack up miles of mountainous trails, it is important to properly fuel your body. When you pack for the trail, don’t neglect to bring plenty of water or sports drinks. Sports drinks replace lost electrolytes, but beware that many brands are loaded with sugar. Plan ahead for your hiking trip, whether it’s a day trip or a week-long adventure. Skip the usual chips and trail mix routine. Most people tend to eat trail mix by the bagful and then wonder why they haven’t lost any weight after such vigorous exercise. Instead, pack a mix of snacks and healthy meals with lean protein and complex carbs.

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Ugliest Health Foods

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You might remember your old high school librarian’s advice to never judge a book by its cover. But the same does not typically apply to your meals. Let’s face it: if something looks weird, gross, or discolored, it’s really not all that appetizing. Instead, many dieters happily munch away on their tasteless, colorless, odorless rice cakes and wonder why they splurge on a box of doughnuts the next day. Look at your diet as an opportunity to try new foods, rather than something that is going to restrict what you “can” and “can’t” eat. Just make sure that the exotic new cuisine that you’re trying doesn’t include the new slurpee flavor from the convenience store down the street. Instead, take a few extra moments to poke around the produce section at your grocery store and try new fruits and veggies that you’d normally pass by. Health food doesn’t have to be bland and boring.

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Weight Maintenance: You Mean I Still Have to Diet?!?

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For many people, weight loss is an ongoing battle. You lose the weight, you celebrate, and you gain it all back. This is called rebound weight gain. Weight maintenance, or keeping off all the pounds that you fought so hard to lose, can be tricky sometimes. The key to successful – and permanent – weight loss is to avoid fad diets. Remember that the dieting industry stands alone in the history of capitalism as the only growth industry in which most of its customers fail. To avoid adding yourself onto that statistic, focus on healthy lifestyle changes instead of radical diets that are not sustainable. These lifestyle changes will also serve to promote weight maintenance.

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