Do you really have a sweet tooth?

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A common question I’ve been hearing during our 10 Pound Challenge is “how can I control my sweet tooth?” While it’s true that some people are less sensitive to sweet tastes than others (and hence require more sugar to achieve the same level of sweetness), the problem isn’t that you have a sweet tooth, it’s that sugar causes you to want more of it. Find out why.

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Counting calories won’t save your life

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Everyone is looking for a magic pill to cure society’s mounting health problems from obesity, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome, but a recent review of published studies shows that the solution may be in eating better food rather than trying to lose weight. They have shown that improving the quality of our diets improves our health independent of weight loss and that weight loss through calorie restriction actually does not.

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NY Times: Coca-Cola Funds Obesity Science

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More and more, people are beginning to understand that sugary beverages significantly contribute to obesity and diabetes. City governments are moving to tax sugary beverages and sales are slipping. It’s similar to the backlash leveled against the cigarette industry, and just like Phillip Morris and RJR Nabisco, these embattled companies have decided to fund their own scientific research to inject confusion into the discussion. The New York Times has just published an article detailing Coca Cola’s efforts to twist the discussion to their benefit.

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Excuses hurt you more

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I’ve heard thousands of excuses over the years of why people can’t exercise and most of them boil down to a handful of concerns. The most common excuse, of course, is that they don’t have time, but I reject that one outright. People will always find the time to do things they consider important. The point of this article isn’t to focus on the mental excuses. I can’t talk you out of those. Either you’ll decide exercise is important enough to add into your schedule or you won’t. What I want to focus on are some legitimate physical concerns that keep people from exercising, and why avoiding exercise over those concerns is far more likely to harm you than exercise itself.

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