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July 1, 2010 - 10:29am

We’ve all been there, me included: standing in line at a fast-food spot or convenience store for a quick breakfast trying to decide what the healthiest meal is to order.

You scan the menu for healthy descriptors—reduced fat, yogurt—and order accordingly. And then, if you’re like me, you log on to the chain’s website later to find out how many calories you actually ate, only to discover that healthy-sounding food was actually a diet-buster.

Yes, even though I’m a registered dietitian, I’ve been duped before. So, in the interest of not making that mistake again, here are some healthy-sounding fast-food breakfasts that you should skip—and lighter alternatives you can feel good about ordering.

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June 23, 2010 - 12:17pm

We all know—and you’ve heard me give my registered dietitian spiel before—that to slim down you have to eat less than you burn or burn more than you eat. Same difference.

Depending on the type of person you are, this might sound more math-intensive than balancing a checkbook. And downright dreadful if you’re the type who never balances your checkbook…

The good news, says Nicci Micco, author of EatingWell’s 500-Calorie Dinners book, is that most of us will lose weight on a daily diet of 1,500 calories. (If you want to be even more precise about cutting calories, use this calculation to get a daily calorie goal that can help you lose a healthy 1 to 2 pounds per week....

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June 14, 2010 - 11:31am

When I was in high school and college, I got a summer job as a lifeguard. All those hours in the sun gave me what I thought then was a beautiful, bronzy tan.

Today I realize the sun exposure just accelerated my skin’s aging process. Truth be told, I did wear sunscreen, but not always as much as a dermatologist would recommend. (Find foods to keep your skin looking younger and lower your risk of skin cancer here.)

Turns out, the vast majority of UV light that I was soaking up was UVA. UVA is a major contributor to premature skin aging (think: fine lines and wrinkles) because it penetrates deeper than UVB light and damages skin cells before there’s any visible sunburn.

Even worse, collagen—the fibrous...

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June 7, 2010 - 11:54am

I just finished booking a week-long summer vacation at the beach, and I can’t wait! But a week at the beach also means a week in a bikini. I’m not sure which is going to be the bigger challenge—finding a week’s worth of bikinis that I actually like or making my body bikini-worthy.

But with this diet trick, I’m thinking looking good in the bikini may not be that difficult.

As a registered dietitian and nutrition editor at EatingWell magazine, I know that I can prevent weight gain or even encourage weight loss—without dieting—just by eating more fiber, according to a recent study in The Journal of Nutrition. (Try these fiber-rich recipes to help you lose weight.)...

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June 4, 2010 - 11:36am

As a registered dietitian and nutrition editor at EatingWell Magazine, I’m someone who always tries to eat foods that are good for me. Until recently though, I didn’t extend this scrutiny to what I consume after I exercise.

Related: 5 “bad” foods you should be eating.

After going for a long run, I’d come home, feeling revitalized and spent, and mix up a sugary sports drink.

Related: What should you eat before you work out to burn more fat? Find out and get 10 breakfast recipes that fight fat.

But new research—presented at the American...

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