Achooo! Is it a cold? Is it the flu? You may not know what you have, but you know you feel terrible. When SparkPeople members feel under the weather, they usually have the same questions: "What should I eat? Should I still count my calories? If... Read more
Hypothyroidism, the chronic condition of an under-active thyroid, affects millions of Americans. It's most commonly caused by chronic autoimmune thyroiditis or Hashimoto's disease, and can result in a variety of symptoms, including: weight ga... Read more
Fiber is one of the easiest nutrients to incorporate into your diet, and one of the most important. However, many Americans don’t get the much needed 25 to 35 grams recommended daily for a healthy diet. Insufficient fiber intake can increase yo... Read more
If you're concerned about heart health, then you probably take steps to reduce your cholesterol and keep your blood pressure in check. But there's another important measure you should be aware of: your triglycerides. People with high triglyce... Read more
The word "diet" doesn’t always mean eating less to lose weight—although that’s what we commonly associate it with today. Someone "on a diet" is trying to eat less, or stop eating sweets to fit into a smaller pant... Read more
I've been reading alot of posts about sodium intake, and how sodium retains water leading to temporary weight increase. If I eat something salty, I try to drink lots of water to 'flush it out of my system', but in turn that makes me feel bloated and... Read more
I hope Sparkpeople has done amazing things to you just like it did to me. Now that I have reached my ideal weight, I would like to know how can I know my ideal calorie intake without exercise just to MAINTAIN the weight. Right no... Read more
I was just wondering why on this site there is a limit on how much you can loose a week. It seems as it would be significantly healthier to loose maybe 2 pounds a week because that would mean you are getting rid of excess, heart-disease causing fat f... Read more
Today I gave away ALL my way to big clothes and for some reason feel somewhat sad. I should be feeling happy i'm no longer that size and that someone else can wear them! I never planned on wearing them again and didn't want to be "tempted" by keepi... Read more
Constipation is a gastrointestinal issue for most diabetics. Causes: not enough water, low fiber foods, high meat intake, lack of exercise, stress, nerve damage, thyroid issues, improper food and improper fluid intake& even medication. Drink lots of... Read more
For a healthy adult, eating more protein than your recommended daily range once a week or so won't have any major impact on your long-term health or weight loss (assuming you still eat approximately the same amount of calories for the day). Based... Read more
The body's immune system is a marvelous thing. When an unwanted antigen invades the body, armies of white blood cells work hard to provide protection. The body produces antibodies to destroy whatever it perceives to be harmful. Typically, that means... Read more
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