The Medifast Plan Feature Articles

The Medifast Plan is introducing a new set of more in-depth ‘feature articles’ and resources for our readers. While our blog will continue to serve as the primary outlet for breaking news, diet information and our mouthpiece to the internet world, the articles contained within this section will seek to dive deeper and take a more serious approach to the dieting and weightloss industry.

We spent a great deal of time researching core subjects that are driving interest around our readers and the diet industry in general. We will try to conver these subjects in an in-depth but concise manner with our articles but we also invite feedback. Hit us up on our contact us page if you have any suggestions for topics to cover or comments/feedback on articles we have already published.

Nutrient Glossary
The human body is like a well-regulated machine that functions well when it receives the proper fuel. Nutrients provide the fuel the body needs to survive. The following are the most common nutrients that the human body requires. Keep reading…

Weight Control FAQ
Weight control means plenty of exercise and eating the right kinds of foods. Portion control and eating the proper proportions of food listed on the food pyramid is essential to creating a nutrition regimen that is more than a fast fix, but that lasts a lifetime. Below are some frequently asked questions that will help you begin your journey to lasting weight control. Keep reading…

Calories Burned Chart
Trying to lose weight can be very challenging. One of the main things you need to watch when trying to lose weight is your calorie intake. Even when you are performing everyday tasks you are burning calories, and the following list will help determine how many calories you are burning during those activities. Keep reading…

Nutrition and Diet Tools
If navigating the sea of nutrition and diet information makes you feel like the boat overturned and you are drowning, take heart. The overwhelming amount of information – much of it conflicting with years of diet advice from respected health care professionals – is confusing. Keep reading…

Healthy Eating, Healthy Life
The consumption of food has significant effects on a person’s health. The human body requires certain nutrients to remain fit and healthy, and one needs a balanced diet to ensure that the body will get all the essential nutrients. Without a healthy diet, certain systems or organs in the body may become weaker, and they will not be able to function effectively. Keep reading…

Top Nutrition Plans for Schools
Growing children need to have the proper balance of nutrients, protein, and grains in their daily diet. While parents are largely responsible to help ensure that their kids get the nutrition they need, schools also play a very important role in the process of feeding our children. School nutritional plans can vary depending on the local district, and are often based on parental feedback. Keep reading…

Digestion and the Digestive System Facts and Resources
Human digestion is a constant process being dealt with in many ways with many individualized effects along the way. Explore these resources to find out how this mysterious process works, what happens when it goes wrong, and what can be done to keep operations flowing smoothly as often as possible. Keep reading…

The Metabolism Resource Page
Metabolism is the group of chemical reactions that take place in the organism to maintain life. Metabolism is normally classified into two divisions: catabolism and anabolism. In catabolism, or destructive metabolism, a larger molecule is broken down to release energy. In anabolism, or constructive metabolism, smaller molecules are converted to larger molecules of protein, carbohydrate, and fat. Keep reading…

Understanding The Glycemic Index
The glycemic index (GI) ranks the effect that foods high in carbohydrates have on blood glucose levels; it measures how much the blood glucose level rises within two to three hours after eating. When eating foods with a high GI value, the blood glucose level will rise more rapidly than that of a low GI value. With the GI, it is not necessarily how many carbohydrates you ingest, but more so the quality of them that are being ingested. Keep reading…

The General Guide to Acidic and Alkaline Foods
The pH level of a body is necessary to maintain life. pH is the measure of the acidity or alkalinity of the subject, and must be in balance to sustain health. pH stands for the potential of hydrogen, a common element in the blood of a person, and a normal pH level is around 7.35-7.45.The pH scale is measured from 0-14, with lower numbers signifying acidity and higher numbers meaning alkalinity. Keep reading…

Eat More Fruits and Vegetables!
When choosing a healthy diet, the number one thing you must remember is to include lots of fruits and vegetables. Fruits are an essential part of a diet because they provide nutrients and have healthy sugars and carbohydrates that our body craves. Fruits are even a great alternative when you’re in the mood for something sweet. Vegetables are full of vitamins and nutrients that your body needs. Most vegetables are also high in fiber, which is an important part of any diet. Keep reading…

Schools and Food Allergies
It can be a scary situation for a parent when a student with food allergies goes to school. The parent needs to make sure that the child does not bring anything that they are allergic to. In addition, they need to make sure that classmates don’t have anything that can cause a problem. And finally, it’s important to check with the school cafeteria to ensure that they are not using products that can trigger allergies. Keep reading…

Obesity Information and Resources
Obesity is a serious health concern in the United States, as well as globally. Affecting over one third of the people in America, obesity is at the root of America’s health problems and puts unneeded strain on the health care system. In order to tame the growing problem, Americans should educate themselves about the reality of obesity and the toll it takes on not only their body and health, but the health of future generations. Keep reading…

The Grains Resource Database
The grass family has five sub-divisions with about 10,000 species. The grass family plays a key role in ecological and economic development by providing cane sugar, food forage, renewable energy, fiber, timber, and many more. Cereals such as wheat, barley, oats, rye, and sugarcane also belong to grass family and they are very important for humans as they form the staple food for most people around the globe. Keep reading…

Carbohydrate-Active Enzymes
Carbohydrate-active enzymes break down complex carbohydrates. These enzymes are represented by superfamilies and subfamilies which degrade, modify or create glycosidic bonds, one of the most stable bonds found in our natural world. The following resources will assist you in your research of Glycogenomics. Keep reading…

Nutrition for Kids: Activities & WebQuests
Nutrition is extremely important to our overall health. This is especially imperative when it comes to kids, since they are in the early stages of physical development, and they need to have healthy and strong bodies. Getting the right nutrition each and every day will help to ensure that our children are healthy, well, and happy. Keep reading…

The Healthy Traveler
Nobody wants to get sick while they’re traveling. It’s unpleasant and hard to cope with and it can wreck a trip. There are some things you can do to try and prevent yourself and your family from becoming sick. Below is a list of tips and links that help explain what to do while traveling. Keep reading…

Food Handling Safety
Food safety refers to the handling, preparation, and storage of food in such a way that the food is free from toxins, germs, pesticides, physical contaminants, and other pathogens. Mishandled food can be a very good medium for the growth of bacteria, which can cause diseases and other health hazards. Good food safety practices will help to prevent the transmission of these food-borne diseases and ailments. Keep reading…

Micronutrient Malnutrition
Micronutrients are those nutrients that our bodies need in very limited amounts for optimum performance and to ward off disease. Nearly 33 percent of the world suffers from micronutrient malnutrition, even in developed countries. Micronutrient deficiency in vitamin A, folic acid, zinc, iron,and iodine can cause blindness, mental retardation, brain damage, birth defects, difficulties in learning, low IQ, and death. Keep reading…

Fats, Proteins, and Carbohydrates: Finding a Healthy Balance
A healthy diet requires the right combination of nutrients so the body has all the elements needed to sustain life. As nutritional science advances our understanding of human nutrition, the number of nutrients grows. Most nutrients are simple chemical elements presented to the body in their most basic form – calcium, iron, oxygen, for example. Keep reading…

Food Safety Tips for Seniors
Foodborne illnesses can be passed along to young and old alike, however the elderly tend to be much more susceptible to this kind of problem. As humans age, our immune system changes and weakens. In addition, the digestive system and intestines slow down production of helpful bacteria, and stomach acids designed to help kill and combat foodborne germs fail to work correctly. Keep reading…

All About Genetically Modified Food
Genetically modified foods (GM) have been on the market since the 1990’s. These foods are developed from genetically modified organisms (GMO). Keep reading…

Guide to Food and Drug Interactions
Medicines can treat and cure many health problems. However, they must be taken properly to ensure that they are safe and effective. Many medicines have powerful ingredients that interact with the human body in different ways, and diet and lifestyle can sometimes have a significant impact on a drug’s ability to work in the body. Certain foods, beverages, alcohol, caffeine, and even cigarettes can interact with medicines. This may make them less effective or may cause dangerous side effects or other problems. Keep reading…

How the Kidneys Work
Anorexia Nervosa is an eating disorder that affects thousands of people worldwide. People who suffer from Anorexia Nervosa are obsessed with the food and have in intense fear of weight gain. The disorder affects people both mentally and physically; they exercise to excess and are constantly dieting. Frequently, this obsessive behavior causes them to become dangerously thin.  Keep reading…

Pharmacy Resources
There are many places that people can find pharmaceutical related information on the Internet. For the student thinking about studying for a career in pharmacy, some of the top Colleges of Pharmacy are easily accessible online. Keep reading…

Your Ultimate Guide to Whey Protein
Protein is a very important nutrient for the body and it is required on a daily basis. The human body requires protein for bone health, to maintain muscle mass, raise metabolic rates, and maintain overall health. Keep reading…

An Introductory Guide To Celiacs Disease
Celiac Disease (CD) is a digestive system disorder triggered by the consumption of protein gluten found in bread, pasta, cookies or foods containing wheat or barley. When people who are affected with CD eats any food that contains gluten, the body immediately creates a toxic reaction that can damage the small intestine, preventing the food from being absorbed properly. Keep reading…

Diet and Medical Resources: ADD/ADHD Information
ADHD affects a significant amount of the population, and is closely tied with lifestyle early in life. While there is no single cause of ADHD many things can contribute. Keep reading…

A Guide to a Healthy Vegetarian and Vegan Diet & Lifestyle
When people think of vegetable based diets they mostly imagine health nuts and hippies eating granola, nuts, and vegetables, but there’s more to it. Most vegetarians eat and use some products that come from animals but generally those which do not involve harm to an animal. Keep reading…

Special Diet Needs: Peanut Allergy
A peanut allergy involves the body’s immune system reacting to specific proteins found in peanuts. Approximately 1% of Americans have a peanut allergy, a larger percentage occurring in babies and young children. Keep reading…

Shape Up Playing Basketball
Basketball can be a very intense workout that can be beneficial to anyone who decides to play. It produces a lot of sweat, which rids the body of toxins; encourages heavy breathing, which brings in more oxygen into the brain and muscles; and moves almost every part of your body, which tightens your muscles and loosens up your joints. Keep reading…

Healthy Living – Soccer Practice Plans & Drills
Help you kids stay healthy by playing one of the most popular sports in the world, soccer. Great drills and exercises. Keep reading…

Diet and Nutrition Facts for Kids
Growing and being healthy requires a proper diet. Kids should know that a balanced nutrition can lead to strong bones, strength, endurance and beautiful skin and hair. Keep reading…

The Gluten Free Diet
Before beginning an investigation into what is meant by a gluten free diet, the question must be asked, “What is gluten?” For most people mention of a gluten free diet means no grains, breads, or cereals. That is only partially true. Keep reading…

Daily Dieting 101: Vitamins and Minerals
Everybody knows that you’re supposed to get all your vitamins and minerals on a daily basis. Ideally, you’d get them from a variety of foods by eating a well-balanced diet, or short of that, you could take your average multivitamin. But what do all those letters on the side of the bottle mean? Keep reading…

Diet and Exercise Resources: Muscle Groups
Any effective exercise regimen, especially one that incorporates weightlifting, should include exercises that target all the major muscle groups. Not only does this help ensure all-around fitness, but it allows you to rest one or more muscle groups while other groups are being utilized. Keep reading…

Organic Foods – Kids Plan to Eating Healthy
“Organic” foods are on the shelves of supermarkets and grocery stores everywhere because more and more people are turning to organic food options. Keep reading…

Guide to a Healthy Diet: The Importance of Breakfast
Most people have had someone at some point during their lives tell them that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Keep reading…

Plan To Avoid the Flu – Signs, Symptoms, Prevention and Treatment
Influenza is one of the most common viruses known to man. It often strikes during winter and for many, what is known as the flu, is an approximate two-week period of feeling ill. Keep reading…

Diet of Early Americans and Settlers
Thanksgiving is a national holiday that honors the Europeans who settled America, and the harvest feast that they shared with the Native Americans in 1621. Keep reading…

The Medieval Diet: Foods and Recipes from the Middle Ages
Today when we get hungry, there is the option of quickly popping a frozen meal into the microwave or driving to a fast food restaurant and getting food in just a matter of minutes. Keep reading…

Water is the New Soda – Guide to Water and the Human Body
Water is essential to human life. Many people recognize the chemical formula of water, which is H2O. This formula means that water consists of two atoms of hydrogen and one atom of oxygen. Keep reading…

Poor Diet – A Closer Look at Child Hunger
While malnutrition describes the lack of proper nutrients a person receives, it can occur even when there is plenty of food if the person’s diet is poor. Keep reading…

A Complete Guide for Runners Diet, Techniques, Training and More!
Although originally developed over four million years ago out of the necessity to hunt prey items and escape predation, running is now used more commonly for endurance training, leisure, fitness and competition. Keep reading…

The Importance of a Healthy Diet
Healthy eating is the cornerstone of health living and can have a positive impact on every aspect of our lives. Keep reading…

Diet Maintenance Making Healthy Choices When Eating Out
Dining out can be one of the most difficult times when you are trying to eat healthy. Unfortunately, most restaurants do not cater to the healthy eater. Keep reading…

Good Nutrition and Healthy Recipes For All
Top-flight and trusted nutrition guides and healthy eating recipes are featured in this article. Keep reading…

Healthy Mind and Body, A Resource Guide to Suicide Prevention
Depression is the most common risk factor for suicide while substance abuse is the second most common risk factor. . Keep reading…

 

 

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