In the News: Carrie Underwood Shares Her Daily Diet, Feeling Bad About Weight Gain Linked to Illness, Potato Chips and Fries May Be Carcinogenic

Carrie Underwood shares her daily diet. Ever wondered how Carrie Underwood balances being a musician, mom, wife, and having a fitness apparel line, all while looking extremely toned and fit? It all comes down to a few factors. First, she wears her workout clothes all the time when she’s home, so she can squeeze in a workout (a mix of strength training and cardio) whenever an opportunity emerges. Next, she eats predominantly vegan, and prefers smaller portions throughout the day to keep her metabolism fired up. Third, she keeps a journal of her workouts and eating habits so she can stay aware of how much food she consumes and track her progress over time. Want to give the vegan diet a try? Here’s how to start. (COSMO)

Feeling bad about weight gain could lead to sickness. Feeling depressed about being overweight is nothing new, but a new study from the University of Pennsylvania has found that obese participants who were hard on themselves and self-stigmatized were at an increased risk of metabolic syndrome, high triglycerides, and cardiovascular disease. Many people assume that self-stigmatizing can actually inspire weight loss but in fact it leads to more calories and less gym time, thanks to an overwhelming sensation of stress and sadness. While further research is required, it’s clear that fat-shaming yourself isn’t the way to go. If you want to learn more about health weight loss tips, check out this collection of recipes and diets. (NYP)

Potato chips and fries could be carcinogenic. Love to eat foods that are extra crispy? You may be unknowingly putting yourself at risk. The brown crust that forms on burnt chips and fries indicates the presence of acrylamide, a chemical contaminant. Based on animal studies, this substance is considered to be a likely human carcinogen, though more research is required to know for sure. The foods which are most affected include those made from plants and grain products that are cooked at high heat. Dairy, meat, fish, and other foods that are steamed or boiled tend not to be affected. While the FDA isn’t suggesting that you quit eating the foods you love, it is advised that you stop over-frying and over-toasting. Feeling stressed? Here are 22 ways to cut your cancer risk. (TODAY)