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Diet's Blog (Page 12)

September 7, 2012 - 10:39am

You might already know that you should limit your saturated fat intake to no more than 10 percent of your total daily calories. Why? Because it raises your cholesterol and is bad for your heart. (Are all saturated fats unhealthy? Find out how to tell the difference between good and bad fats here.) So, if you're eating 2,000 calories a day, that's 22 grams of saturated fat.

Here are some easy—and delicious—ways to slash saturated fat and incorporate more "good" unsaturated fats into your diet. Try these 6 tips and you’ll save a whopping 31 grams of saturated fat.

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September 5, 2012 - 12:16pm

Every weekday morning, I pack not only a lunch to bring to work, but snacks too. Maybe it’s the registered dietitian part of me, but I don’t like to be caught hungry with no healthy options around. A good-for-you snack can be an important part of a healthful diet. Research suggests that nutritious snacks can stave off hunger by stabilizing blood sugar—which may help you eat more sensibly at mealtimes.

Recipes to Try: 30 Healthy Snacks for 100 Calories or Less

So what should you snack on? Fruits and vegetables are a great place to start. Most people don’t get enough fruits and vegetables in their diet, so chomping on them during snacktime is a good way to help you meet your daily quota. But if you have some specific health goals—such...

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August 17, 2012 - 1:21pm

All things coconut seem to be über popular these days. (A few weeks ago I wrote about coconut water: is it worth the splurge?) To that end, more and more I’m hearing about replacing butter with coconut oil—because it’s (allegedly) healthier. The skeptical dietitian in me balked at the notion, but then I thought I ought to investigate. Here’s what I found.

Nutrition breakdown (per 1 tablespoon)
•Coconut oil: 117 calories, 14 grams total fat, 12 grams saturated fat
•Unsalted butter: 102 calories, 12 grams total fat, 7 grams saturated fat

Based on the numbers, butter seems to be the better choice: it’s lower in calories, total fat and saturated fat. Plus, the percentage of fat from...

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August 16, 2012 - 1:30pm

Losing weight is about calories in versus calories out. To lose weight, you need to eat fewer calories than you burn each day through exercise and general living. How much you need to eat each day varies based on your height, weight and activity level. (Find out how many calories you should be eating each day for weight loss by using this formula: [Your weight x 12] – 500 = Your daily calorie goal.) But most people will lose weight on a 1,200-calorie diet, which is also the lowest you really can go calorie-wise each day while still getting all the nutrients you need.

So what does a 1,200-calorie day look like?

Related:  What Does a 1,500-Calorie Diet Look Like?

Here’s a meal plan I created for EatingWell...

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August 3, 2012 - 3:26pm

If you’re juicing to slim down—a trend that is now back in vogue—lacking scientific evidence suggests that you should think twice. (Find out how many calories you should be eating daily.)

It is true that if your juicy diet delivers fewer calories than you need, you’ll lose weight, but you may not sustain it. Losing weight isn’t necessarily about depriving yourself of everything you love—it’s about eating fewer calories than you’re burning.

Related: 4 Healthy Ways Lose Weight Fast

Here’s another reason to think twice about juicing to lose weight: research shows that drinking your...

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