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Is there a nutritional difference between fresh and canned foods?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Tuesday, June 19, 2012


While dietary guidelines set by the federal government don’t distinguish between canned or fresh fruits and vegetables, you may be surprised to know there can be a difference in their nutritional value. So which one is healthier? Check out our analysis of how canned foods are prepared and how even fresh foods can lose vitamins and minerals.




What are some good options to fuel my cardio, strength training and weekend workouts?

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, April 25, 2012


To make the most out of your workouts, it’s important that you fuel and refuel right. We asked registered dietitians and sports nutrition experts to share some of their pre- and post-workout meal favorites to help give you the energy you need to get the results that you want.




What should I eat before and after my morning, afternoon or evening workout?

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, April 11, 2012


The foods you eat before and after a workout can affect the types of results you'll see. To ensure that you're maximizing your workouts at any time of day, registered dietitians and sports nutrition experts weighed in with some time-inspired, effective pre- and post-workout snacks.




Do men and women have different nutritional needs?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, March 21, 2012


The essentials of a healthy diet are similar for men and women. Eat when hungry, stop when full. Choose fruits, vegetables, whole grains, protein, and dairy sources that are low in saturated fat. Avoid trans fat, excessive sodium, and added sugar. While these general recommendations apply to everyone, a more detailed nutrition and exercise plan to carry out the recommendations do vary by gender.




What are 5 foods that people think are healthy (but aren’t)? Any healthy alternatives for them?

By Jessica Matthews on Thursday, March 15, 2012


There are a lot of food options out there and many of them hide under a guise of being healthy. It can definitely get confusing! We decided to take the guesswork out of healthy eating by asking registered dietitians and nutrition experts to weigh in. They told us which foods aren't as healthy as we may think and even better, healthy swaps for them.




Get Healthier by Celebrating National Nutrition Month

By ACE FITNESS on Friday, March 02, 2012


March is National Nutrition Month! Celebrate by checking out resources provided by The President's Council on Fitness Sports & Nutrition and of course, ACE.




What strategies can I follow to plan healthy meals and snacks?

By Gina Crome on Wednesday, February 22, 2012


Time constraints from work and family life may make it difficult to plan healthy meals and snacks. Instead of heading to a drive-thru restaurant, follow these simple steps to achieve eating healthy, balanced meals.




What's in a registered dietitian's pantry?

By Gina Crome on Wednesday, February 08, 2012


If you’ve ever wondered what foods you might find in a registered dietitian’s pantry, now’s your chance to find out. Gina Crome, R.D., shares how she stocks her pantry — from breakfast foods all the way to desserts — to maintain her 172-pound weight loss! By stocking your pantry like a registered dietitian, you too can learn how to eat healthier and maintain your weight — all without losing flavor.




Is it true that metabolism decreases with age?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, February 01, 2012


The scenario plays out time and again: last year’s clothes fit more snugly and the number on the scale reads higher. Is it true that as you age, weight gain along with a decreased metabolism is inevitable? Get the facts and learn how you can stay fit throughout the years.




Should I eat more (or less) soy?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, January 25, 2012


Many people trying to cut unhealthy animal fats and proteins from their diets have longed turned to soy products. And recognition that soy-loving Japan saw lower incidences of breast and prostate cancer, hot flashes, and heart disease fueled American interest in soy as a possible mediator of good health. But controversy has surrounded the food — get the facts on if you should be eating more or less of it.




What’s the best way to reach my weight loss goal this year?

By Gina Crome on Wednesday, January 18, 2012


When it comes to weight loss and maintenance, it’s important to keep in mind that it’s a journey, not a destination. Set yourself up for long-term success and lead a lighter, healthier, fitter life with these helpful tips from Registered Dietitian and ACE-certified Personal Trainer Gina Crome, who herself has lost (and kept off) nearly 200 pounds!




Do detox diets work?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, January 11, 2012


If your holiday diet consisted of eating too many heavily processed and artificial foods, you may be thinking about adopting a “detox” diet this new year. But does it really work? Do these regimens safely help the body rid toxins better than the normal metabolic processes of the liver, kidney, skin, lymph nodes, and other bodily systems?




How can I make sure I meet my fitness and nutrition New Year's resolutions?

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, January 11, 2012


Are you excited about setting your New Year's resolutions, but tired of always failing to meet your goals? ACE Fitness Expert & Exercise Physiologist, Jessica Matthews, provides practical tips on how to revolutionize your resolutions — so you can meet your fitness and nutrition goals this year.




What is a raw food diet?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, November 23, 2011


The raw food diet emphasizes intake of foods in their natural, unprocessed, uncooked form. Raw fruits and vegetables top the list of food options. But a closer looks reveals a more complicated, expensive, and questionable eating plan.




I’m sick of eating the same foods. What are some “superfoods” that I’ve probably never tried?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, August 03, 2011


Even the most inventive cooks sometimes find themselves in a food rut, eating the same few tried-and-true foods time and again. Here’s a list of five late summer “superfoods” that you may have never tried, but should definitely check out!




How do I avoid GI upset during a competitive endurance race?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, July 20, 2011


If you've ever participated in a long-distance endurance workout, you've likely experienced some gastrointestinal (GI) distress, such as cramping, bloating or severe stomach pain. Find out what causes GI upset and learn what you can do to avoid repeat episodes.




What are some tips for a healthier Fourth of July?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, June 29, 2011


Planning your Fourth of July backyard bash? Check out these five tips for spicing up your barbeque while still being kind to your waistline.




What is the new MyPlate, and how does it differ from MyPyramid?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, June 08, 2011


Out with the old, and in with the new! The federal government has retired the short-lived 2055 MyPyramid dietary tool in favor of a simpler icon- a dinner plate. Learn the basics about the new MyPlate, and the role it will play in helping to eliminate childhood obesity and improve the overall health and lifestyle of Americans.




Will Eating More Protein Help Me Get Stronger?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, May 25, 2011


From athletes to dieters, high protein diets and their promises of muscle gain, weight loss and improved health appeal to a wide diversity of people. But how much and what kind of protein is best, and does the macronutrient fulfill its promises?




What are the best ways to pick fresh spring produce?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, May 04, 2011


Spring has finally arrived and Farmer’s Markets and grocery stores across the country are blossoming with flowers and fresh spring produce. Here we highlight some of the season’s most nutrient-dense and tasty fruits and vegetables and how you can pick for maximum flavor and nutrition.




Can I Eat Healthy on $7 a Day?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, April 20, 2011


One of the most commonly cited reasons people give for not eating healthy is that healthy food “costs too much.” With a little bit of planning, a family of four can get by on about $28 per day ($7 each) including a wholesome breakfast, lunch and dinner and even a few snacks along the way.




Does a Gluten-Free Diet Improve Athletic Performance?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Friday, February 18, 2011


A strenuous endurance workout demands careful nutrition planning to optimize athletic performance and minimize the gastrointestinal (GI) distress – cramps, bloating, abdominal pain, and generalized fatigue – that plagues many recreational and elite athletes. In an effort to avoid these unpleasant GI symptoms, many athletes have experimented with adopting a gluten-free diet.




What should I eat when I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, January 26, 2011


What you eat plays a big role in your health and the health of your growing baby. Learn what you need to know to ensure a healthy prenatal and postpartum nutrition plan.




How do I keep a food log?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Tuesday, January 04, 2011


For anyone on a mission to lose some weight, or even just to adopt a healthier diet, assessing your current nutrition habits is essential. Here we describe five steps to keeping the type of food log that give you maximum benefit.




How can I satisfy my sweet tooth without all the calories?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, December 22, 2010


If you’re like most people, you’re probably going to have a bit of a sugar-binge this holiday season. From the frosting-decorated sugar cookies at the office party to the block of fudge from the next door neighbor, fatty desserts are hard to avoid.




How can I have a healthier Thanksgiving?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Tuesday, November 23, 2010


Ah, Thanksgiving — a day that is famous for its indulgences and, for many, an annual ritual to overeat and then lounge lazily for the rest of the day watching football games, napping, and spending time with family and friends. This holiday is a little bit of a challenge for highly health conscious individuals, however there are some simple changes you can make to your Thanksgiving plans this year that will save you some calories and add some fun to your holiday.




What popular diets do you recommend for weight loss, and which is right for me?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Thursday, November 18, 2010


Holiday season is just gearing up. Maybe you haven’t yet thought about your January strategy to drop off the holiday weight gain and any of those other extra pounds that seem to accumulate over the years. Let us help you make smart choices to successfully adopt a healthier lifestyle and drop a few pounds that you will permanently keep off.




How can I avoid Halloween weight gain without missing out on the fun?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, October 27, 2010


It’s hard for even the most disciplined “dieter” to avoid Halloween weight gain. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Follow our 10 steps below, you might just make it through the month without budging the bathroom scale.




For camping and hiking trips, what are the best foods to pack for proper nutrition?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, October 20, 2010


Putting a little thought into how you’re going to fuel your body for your planned hiking venture will go a long way into optimizing your camping experience.




What are omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, September 15, 2010


The health benefits of omega-3s have caught fire among consumers, and savvy food manufacturers and marketers have taken note and managed to add the fatty acids to a wide variety of foods. But what exactly are omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and what do they mean to your health? Find out here.




What are omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, September 15, 2010


The health benefits of omega-3s have caught fire among consumers, and savvy food manufacturers and marketers have taken note and managed to add the fatty acids to a wide variety of foods. But what exactly are omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and what do they mean to your health? Find out here.




Are eggs unhealthy for my diet?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, September 01, 2010


At just about 15 cents each, eggs contain a load of nutrients at a very cheap price. But is it safe and healthy to eat them? Let’s weigh the benefits and risks.




How much difference is there in nutritional value between fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, August 18, 2010


We always hear that one of the best ways to take care of our health is to eat a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. But what if you can’t always purchase the fresh stuff – whether due to cost, taste preferences, spoilage risk, items not being in-season or any other of several possible reasons?




I’ve been hearing a lot about “the female athlete triad.” What is this and who gets it?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, August 11, 2010


Participation in ample physical activity and consumption of a nutrient-dense and healthful diet are defining features of a healthy lifestyle. Oftentimes athletes are the model citizens of excellent health; however, a sizeable number of athletes have taken healthful habits to an extreme such that they become pathologic and detrimental to overall health and well being.




My 12-year-old plays soccer competitively. What should she eat to optimize her performance?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, August 04, 2010


A lot of attention has focused on the problem of childhood obesity and inactivity, but there’s been little mention of the growing number of highly active kids engaged in competitive sports. These youth athletes push themselves physically and mentally to achieve impressive levels of athletic performance. The high training loads create unique nutritional demands. Kids are not just “little adults” and the rules of adult sports nutrition do not necessarily apply.




My teenagers are picky eaters. What can I do to incorporate healthier foods into their diets?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Tuesday, July 20, 2010


Despite the recommendations for an optimal diet for teens, the vast majority of teens eat nowhere near what they should for optimal health. So what is a concerned parent to do? Find out here.




I typically work out for 45-minutes at a moderate intensity. How much water should I be consuming while exercising?

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, July 07, 2010


Staying hydrated during exercise is so important, especially during the warm months of summer, yet it is something many of us tend to overlook. Let’s discuss the recommendations for adequate hydration as well as strategies to ensure you stay properly hydrated before, during and after your workout session.




Are All Fats Bad? What Kinds of Fats Are Good to Include In My Diet?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, June 30, 2010


The dietary teaching of the 1990s warned Americans to avoid fats at all costs, but is there any truth to that recommendation? Are all fats created equal?




Should I take a multivitamin?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, June 09, 2010


If you’ve been paying attention to the latest on vitamin research and whether or not loading up on the nutritional supplements is worth it, you may be a little bit confused and frustrated.




Do negative calorie foods really exist?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, June 02, 2010


Forever in search of the perfect calorie-burning, fat-melting, do-it-in-two-weeks diet – “health gurus” seem to have come up with a million different concoctions of how to get thin quickly and easily.




My child is obese. Now what do I do?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, May 05, 2010


As doctors and health professionals do a better job diagnosing childhood overweight and obesity, more children and their families find themselves in the uncomfortable position of trying to figure out what to do next.




How many calories should I eat and how often should I exercise for optimal weight loss?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, February 10, 2010


Do calories have you confused? Find out how to estimate your caloric needs and learn more about how exercise factors into the equation.




What should I eat before, during, and after my workouts?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, January 06, 2010


It’s the age-old question – what (and when) to eat to set the stage for a great workout and optimal performance without nagging abdominal pains, hunger pangs, and premature exhaustion?




Are there health risks concerning eating too much protein?

By Jessica Matthews on Tuesday, December 08, 2009


The human body is unable to store extra protein. Protein consumed in excess of the body's needs is not used to build muscle; rather, it is used for non-protein bodily functions. If individuals consume protein in excess of their caloric and protein needs, the extra protein will not be stored as protein. Unfortunately such extra protein is converted to and stored as fat.




Are vegetarian diets safe?

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, November 04, 2009


Uncover what is fact and what is fiction when it comes to vegetarianism.