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Each week, Dr. Charles Platkin, public health advocate, investigates timely topics in health, nutrition, food, and fitness.  Dr. Platkin's nationally syndicated health column called "Diet Detective," appears in more than 100 daily newspapers and other media outlets.

Great Abs

Great Abs

Experts disagree about the "best way" to work the abdominal muscles. Some say that these muscles are no different from any other skeletal muscles and so, theoretically, they should respond to the same stimuli.   read
Spring Clean Your Life and Get Healthy

Spring Clean Your Life and Get Healthy

Picture this: You wake up and can't find a thing to wear because your closet is a mess. Searching takes up five to 10 minutes of stress and wasted time. Stacks of mail are piled high on your kitchen counter; mounds of clothes are shoved under your bed and in your drawers; and there’s disarray everywhere you turn.   read
Low-Cal Healthier Fast-Food Breakfast Choices 2015

Low-Cal Healthier Fast-Food Breakfast Choices 2015

Can you find a healthy fast-food breakfast? It’s not exactly simple, but there are some choices that are the lesser of several evils.   read
Nutrition and Fitness Studies Update

Nutrition and Fitness Studies Update

Here a few key studies and what you can do to apply the research to your life.   read
Inspirational Health, Nutrition & Diet Quotes

Inspirational Health, Nutrition & Diet Quotes

Here are a few inspirational quotes with suggestions for how they can help you get moving and lose weight.   read
14 Tips for you and your Family to Eat Healthier

14 Tips for you and your Family to Eat Healthier

Keeping yourself and your family healthy is an important goal, but not always an easy one to achieve. Here are a few tips, suggestions and observations to help you in your pursuit of a healthy and happy family.   read
Diet Detective: Cold Weather and Winter Tips, Suggestions and Facts

Diet Detective: Cold Weather and Winter Tips, Suggestions and Facts

It's cold almost everywhere in the country. It's hard enough to exercise and eat right even in the best of circumstances, and the cold just adds an extra layer of difficulty.   read
Interesting Food-Tech Innovations, Websites and Apps

Interesting Food-Tech Innovations, Websites and Apps

There are some many great things occurring in food-tech innovation - here are a few stand outs:   read
Everything You Need to Know Before You Hire a Personal Trainer

Everything You Need to Know Before You Hire a Personal Trainer

Right about now you’re probably abandoning your New Year’s resolution, which means it might be a good time to think about hiring a personal trainer to keep you on track.   read
DietDetective.com Annual Airline Food Investigation with Health Ratings 2014

DietDetective.com Annual Airline Food Investigation with Health Ratings 2014

It's Thanksgiving time – which means travel. So, each year I contact the airlines to request nutrition information for the foods they serve economy-class passengers on domestic flights.   read
 Diet Detective: Thanksgiving Recipes 2014

Diet Detective: Thanksgiving Recipes 2014

It's Thanksgiving time. And once again there will be no calorie lecture or list of forbidden foods from me ­ just a few wonderful, healthy recipes from health-conscious cooks, chefs and foodies.   read
News You Should Use

News You Should Use

Unconscious Brain Knows the Calories; Is that Burger (or Soda) Worth the Calories in Terms of Exercise?; Dietary Supplements Still Have Banned Ingredients; GMOs in Soy and Corn, says Consumer Report; Eating with Your Family Can Help You Lose Weight; Slow and Steady Does Not Win the Weight-Loss Race   read
Cauliflower – A Powerful Fall Vegetable that is Often Underrated

Cauliflower – A Powerful Fall Vegetable that is Often Underrated

Mark Twain said that “Cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.” In fact, it is a super-powerful food that’s low in calories, carbs and fat, and high in vitamin C, fiber, folate, potassium and vitamin B6.   read
How to Stay Motivated

How to Stay Motivated

I was interviewing a well-known fitness expert, who told me about the following quote from Olympian Jim Ryan: “Motivation gets you started. Habit keeps you going.” That said, it’s important to stay motivated, because even if you develop a strong, healthy habit, there are still events, situations and circumstances that could derail you. You have come this far; don’t undo all the effort and hard work you have put into losing weight! Here are a few tips to help keep you motivated:   read
Cereal Investigation

Cereal Investigation

DietDetective.com evaluated 301 cereals, assigning each cereal a health score and then ranking them in order of healthiest to unhealthiest based on 19 different criteria. The following is a summary of the report.   read
Diet Detective:  Self-Audit Series.  Time for a Nutrition Checkup? Part 3:  Behaviors and Emotional Eating

Diet Detective: Self-Audit Series. Time for a Nutrition Checkup? Part 3: Behaviors and Emotional Eating

Well, it holds true in more ways than one. What you eat affects not only factors such as your weight, disease prevention and disease reversal, but also your energy level and sense of well-being. Even if you know what you should be eating, that knowledge doesn't always translate into action. Here are a couple of quick check-lists to audit your behavioral issues around diet and healthy eating.   read