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The Best Diets For 2019

January 03, 2019

It’s safe to say that a lot of Americans made a New Year's resolution to lose weight in 2019, which means a lot of people are probably trying to figure out the best way to do it. Well "U.S. News & World Report" is here to help, releasing the results of their 2019 Best Diets list, with health experts ranking 40 diets in categories like Best Overall Diet, Best Weight Loss Diet and more.

The Mediterranean Diet, which puts an emphasis on fruits and vegetables, olive oil, fish and other healthy fare, was named the Best Overall Diet for a second year in a row, although last year it tied with the DASH diet for first place. This year DASH, which previously held the top spot for eight consecutive years, is in second. And that’s not all. The Mediterranean Diet also tops the list for the Easiest Diet to Follow, Best Diet for Healthy Eating, Best Diet for Diabetes and Best Diet for Heart Health.

Meanwhile Weight Watchers, or WW as they are known now, tops the list for Best Commercial Diet and Best Weight Loss Diet. 

Best Overall Diets 

  1. Mediterranean Diet
  2. DASH Diet
  3. Flexitarian Diet

Best Commercial Diets 

  1. WW (Weight Watchers)
  2. Jenny Craig
  3. Nutritarian Diet 

Best Weight Loss Diets

  1. WW (Weight Watchers)
  2. Volumetrics
  3. Flexitarian Diet (tie)
  4. Jenny Craig (tie)
  5. Vegan Diet (tie)

Best Fast Weight Loss Diet

  1. HMR Diet
  2. Atkins (tie)
  3. Keto Diet (tie)
  4. OPTAVIA (tie)
  5. WW (Weight Watchers) (tie)

Click here for the complete 2019 Best Diet List

Source: U.S. News & World Report 

The States Where Most People Are Moving To

For some people, the New Year may bring a new place to live, and based on results of a new report, where a lot of people may be moving to may surprise you. 

According to United Van Lines' "42nd Annual National Movers Study," Vermont is the state where most people moved to in 2018, with 72.6% of moves to the state being inbound. Oregon is once again second with 63.8%, followed by Idaho with 62.4%. New states making the Top Ten this year include Arizona and District of Columbia.

U.S. States With The Most People Moving In

  1. Vermont
  2. Oregon
  3. Idaho
  4. Nevada
  5. Arizona
  6. South Carolina
  7. Washington
  8. North Carolina
  9. South Dakota
  10. District of Columbia

Meanwhile, on the flipside, New Jersey has seen the largest amount of people moving out of the state, with 66.8% of outbound moves. This is the tenth straight year New Jersey has landed in the Top Ten. New additions to the Top Ten this year include Iowa (55.5%), Montana (55%) and Michigan (55%).

U.S. States With The Most People Moving Out

  1. New Jersey
  2. Illinois
  3. Connecticut
  4. New York
  5. Kansas
  6. Ohio
  7. Massachusetts
  8. Iowa
  9. Montana
  10. Michigan 
  • ONE MORE THING! According to U-Haul, the state seeing the most moves in 2018 was Texas, which was named the U-Haul No. 1 Growth State in America for the third consecutive year. This is determined by calculating the number of one-way U-Haul Trucks that enter the state versus leave the state in one year. Coming in at two is Florida, followed by South Carolina.

Source: Market Watch

Is It Healthier To Work Out In The Cold?

A lot of people have probably already started their attempts to get healthy in 2019, and while many will do that indoors in a gym, where the temperature is controlled, some crazy folks may actually attempt exercising outside in the cold. So, is working out in frigid temps good for the body?

Well, a Dutch athlete named Wim Hof argues that it is. He swears by a routine that involves a combination of meditation, breathing exercises and immersion in icy cold water, saying that it allows him to control his body temperature in extreme cold, and notes that exercising in the cold makes people healthier. 

But it turns out, scientists don’t necessarily believe that to be true. It’s suggested that exercising in the cold helps people increase their levels of brown fat, which is said to be “good” fat, and burns calories and generates heat. But experts warn the number of calories folks will actually burn from that extra brown fat is relatively small, maybe 100 to 200 calories a day, and that’s really only for someone who’s cold all day, not for a short period of time.

  • Folks in the cold could also burn calories by shivering, but experts note that while they may start out shivering, once they begin exercising folks warm up, so that won’t help much. Plus, they note that most people are miserable when they are shivering, so what’s the point.
  • In the end, scientists suggest there is little evidence that exercising in the cold weather will help you burn more calories or make you healthier, so if you hate the cold, stick to your indoor workouts. It’s not important where you do it, just that you do it. 

Source: NPR

Girl Scout Cookie Season Is Here...With A New Gluten Free Cookie

There’s a lot of good food out there that will try and tempt us to break our New Year’s resolutions to eat well, get healthy and lose weight, and now you can add Girl Scout cookies to that list.

Girl Scout Cookie season officially kicked off yesterday, and in addition to everyone’s favorites like Thin Mints, Tag-Alongs, and Samoas, a new cookie is entering the mix this year. The 2019 lineup now includes the Caramel Chocolate Chip, featuring rich caramel, semisweet chocolate chips, and a hint of sea salt. Even better for some, this chewy cookie is gluten-free, joining the Toffee-tastic gluten free cookie, which was introduced in 2015.

This year, Girl Scouts who participate in the cookie program also have the chance to win a unique experience featuring the DC Super Hero Girls by entering the Cookie Pro contest. In total 24 girls will win a trip to California, featuring a VIP adventure at Warner Bros. studio, activities featuring DC Super Hero Girls, a special Girl Scout Cookie Pro recognition event and more. Click here for more info.

Source: Girl Scouts USA

United Airlines bringing back the Stroopwafel: 

United Airlines just made some of their frequent customers very very happy. The airline just announced they'll be bringing back the Stroopwafel, wafer cookies sandwiching caramel, traditionally served in the Netherlands steamed over coffee. The airline discontinued the Stroopwafel back in June, replacing it with “maple wafers” and folks were not happy. So far there’s no exact date for the cookie’s return. 

Source: Fox News

Report says average 10-year-old consuming too much sugar: 

We all know too much sugar isn’t good for us, and it seems the over consumption of sugar is starting at an early age. A report out of the UK finds that by the time the average kid turns ten they have consumed more than the maximum amount recommended for an 18-year-old. Kids are actually consuming the equivalent of 13 cubes of sugar a day, which is eight more than the recommended level. The recommended level for kids is currently 20 to 24 grams, while they are consuming on average 52.2 grams.

Source: The Independent

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