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Brierley Wright's Blog (Page 29)

August 17, 2010 - 11:38am

I have a love/hate relationship with “superfoods.” What I love about them is that they’re multi-taskers—brimming with various disease-fighting nutrients, usually without providing too many calories, and delivered in a delicious form (think: blueberries).

What I dislike is that some foods deemed “super” are exotic (ahem, the goji berry?!) or something—like, say, sardines—that you’d only have once in a while. Healthy? Yes. Would you eat them every day? Probably not.

With all the other healthy-eating recommendations we need to remember (eat fish twice a week; replace half your grains with whole grains), I don’t want to have to remember a list of eat-this-once-a-week or once-a-month foods.

So, I’m keeping it simple: here are 10 easy-to-eat, easy-to-find, everyday...

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August 5, 2010 - 11:05am

I’ve never been the type of person that counts calories on a regular basis. For me, the “are my pants getting too tight?” method works well enough to let me know when I’ve been overeating. Everyone is different though—and for some, counting calories is the only way to keep their weight in check.

That said, when my pants are feeling a tad snug, I become more mindful of how many calories I’m eating and drinking versus how many I actually need. 

Most people will lose weight on a daily diet of 1,500 calories. (Find out what a 1,500 calorie day looks like in pictures here.)

If you want to be even more precise, this simple calculation will give you a...

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July 28, 2010 - 11:17am

Who isn’t looking for easy ways to get fit for a summer party or vacation? Anyone…? For me, the simpler, the better.

Related Link: 8 Secret-Weapon Foods for Weight Loss

So, with less than a month to go before my summer vacation, I’m trying these 6 nearly effortless, sneaky ways to burn more calories*. Workout clothes are not required!

Related Link: 28-Day Meal Plan for a Slimmer You

1. Do your own yard work.
Calories Burned: about 300 calories

Tell the teenage kid from down the...

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July 19, 2010 - 10:56am

I’ll let you in on a little secret of mine: I don’t take a multivitamin. I know, I know, I’m a registered dietitian, how could I not take a multivitamin? Like some people go on and off the diet bandwagon, I go on and off the multivitamin bandwagon. It’s not for lack of trying, it’s just a habit that never stuck because I don’t remember everyday—and I get most of the nutrients I need from the food I eat anyway.

Related Link: 8 secret-weapon foods to power up your diet.

But when this new research came across my desk showing that taking a multivitamin may help you lose weight, I jumped back on the bandwagon. After all, I’m always...

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July 12, 2010 - 12:04pm

I’m not naming any names, but I have a family member who rarely eats carbs. The reasoning? In their words, not mine, “they make you fat.” (And chances are, thanks to the Atkins craze, you too know at least one of these no-carb eaters.)

It makes no difference to me that this person avoids carbs, but what does bother me is the misinformation “carbohydrates make you fat.” (Find 5 more nutrition myths busted here.) They don’t. Sure, if eaten in unnecessarily large quantities they could contribute to weight gain, but, then again, so could too much of any food. In fact, carbohydrates are a healthy addition to your diet. Here are 6 reasons to keep carbs in your diet.

1. Carbs can...

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