Are all fish oil pills equally effective in helping to prevent heart disease? The simple answer: No. With so many options available for increasing your omega 3s it is easy to be mislead into buying something that is ineffective or not scientifically proven to work.

The facts: For people with existing heart disease, the American Heart Association recommends 1000 mg each day of these two essential fatty acids: docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). For people who just want to improve their overall health and do not have existing heart disease, 500 mg of DHA and EPA should be enough.

Who says you have to catch a cold or the flu this year? While there is no way to prevent 100 percent of all seasonal colds and viruses you can help protect yourself with food, exercise and a couple of common sense tips. Here are my top four common sense tips to help keep you healthy this cold and flu season:

Now that you have learned the secret to weight loss success is to eat fewer calories, here are 3 easy ways to cut calories:

  1. Choose lean meats instead of high fat meats. Basically, the "white stuff" on uncooked meat is the fat, which is where the majority of calories come from. You can decrease a significant amount of calories by trimming the fat from all of your meat. Lean meat only contains 45 calories per ounce, whereas medium fat meat contains 75 and high fat meat contains 100. Here are some examples of lean meats: skinless chicken breasts, center cut pork chops, a beef tenderloin or "filet," a salmon or tuna steak, egg whites and a lamb chop or leg. By choosing a leaner cut of meat you can potentially cut half the calories without changing your portion size. For example, when dining out, if you choose a 6 oz filet, which contains around 270 calories, instead of a 6 oz ribeye, which contains around 600 calories, not only will you be saving 330 calories, you will be cutting your risk for heart disease by decreasing your intake of saturated fat.

How many times have you run out of the house without breakfast, only drinking coffee on your way to work, and then forget to eat until your stomach screams, "It's lunchtime!!" Then, when you sit down to eat lunch you eat two to three times as much as you wanted to eat, blowing your calorie budget and weight loss goals for the day.

If this has happened to you, you're not alone. The reason is simple: not eating every three to four hours causes fluctuations in your blood sugar that leads to overwhelming hunger and binge eating. The solution to this problem is simple as well: plan your day by bringing healthy snacks with you to avoid overeating at meals.

For everyone trying to lose weight this year, I'll tell you a secret: there is no secret when it comes to losing weight. Regardless of what diet books tell you there is no magical combination of foods that will make the pounds melt off. When it comes to weight loss the secret to success is a matter of how many calories you put in your body and how many calories you burn.

Every person burns a different amount of calories at rest, which is called your basal metabolic rate (BMR). This is the amount of calories you need to stay alive, basically. The more active you are, the more calories you burn, and in turn, the more calories you need on top of your BMR.