Food, Nutrition and Diet

Your Diet Tune-Up

Between spending long days at work and evenings and weekends attending to personal and family concerns, few Americans have time to eat right. But you don't have to remodel your diet to improve its healthfulness. Read more about giving your diet a tune-up ›

Types of Diets for Heart Attack Prevention

Whether you have had a heart attack before, or are trying to avert one from the get-go, you’ll want to include a heart-healthy diet into your heart disease prevention plan. The aim of a heart disease prevention diet is to lose weight if you are overweight, and to lower your cholesterol, blood pressure, and triglycerides. Organized diet plans can help make these goals a reality.

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When Willpower Isn't Enough

When you're significantly overweight, nobody has to tell you that you'd probably be happier and healthier without the extra pounds. But what if the weight won't come off, no matter how hard you try?

Willpower alone might not be enough for people who are significantly overweight. If you've honestly tried to lose weight and failed, medications or surgery could be helpful under certain conditions.

Most medical weight-loss programs first try to help you make the long-term behavioral changes necessary to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. This includes exercising regularly and eating healthy food.

If you still remain seriously overweight, you and your health care provider might discuss these other options.

When the Weight Won't Come Off

The Lowdown on Low-Carb Diets

Low-carb/high-protein diets—such as Atkins, South Beach, the Zone, and Sugar Busters—are getting a lot of attention these days, as alternatives to the more traditional weight-loss diets that stress carbohydrates and limit fats. But while some studies show people on these diets can lose weight in the short term, questions remain as to whether they can maintain their weight loss and their health over time..

Weight loss is a hot topic, because nearly two-thirds of American adults are overweight and 30 percent are obese, according to the CDC.

Atkins and other low-carb/high-fat diets focus on the fact that carbohydrates raise blood sugar and insulin levels in the body. Insulin drives blood sugar into the cells and prevents fat from breaking down in the body; this keeps you from losing weight. Proponents of low-carbohydrate diets take this one step further. They say that if carbohydrates raise blood sugar and insulin levels and cause weight gain, a decrease in carbs will result in lower blood sugar and insulin levels, leading to weight loss. And because you're not eating the carbs, your body breaks down fat to provide needed energy.

Are Low-Carb Diets Effective?

Prepare for Your Appointment

With just 13 minutes on average to meet with your doctor, pre-visit planning is important to your overall care experience. Get better results by following the ABCs of doctor visits: Arrive early. Be prepared. Communicate. Your doctor appreciates the active role you are taking in your health. Search HealthGrades for Top Rated Local Dieticians and Nutritionists ›

Food and Nutrition Decision Guides for Children

It is essential that even young children eat healthy and learn healthy eating habits in order to develop normally and reach their full growth potential. Early nutrition also helps children avoid childhood health problems directly related to nutrition, such as iron-deficiency anemia, poor growth, obesity, and cavities. Answering the questions in this guide will help you learn more about healthy eating habits you want your child to possess. Begin the Nutrition Assessment for Infants and Toddlers ›