Diet's Blog (Page 2)
Eating more produce can help you slim down because produce is low in calories and high in fiber. In fact, vegetables were ranked as the No. 1 food to eat for weight loss by Harvard University. On a 1,500-calorie diet, you should eat 1 1/2 cups of fruit and 2 cups of vegetables. At breakfast, add sliced fruit to toast or veggies to an egg scramble. For lunch, eat a big salad or pack a wrap with baby spinach. For snacks, try grapefruit, apple slices or carrot sticks. And at dinner, start your meal with a bowl of vegetable soup or salad and be sure to include produce in your meal.
Do This Today: Eat at least one serving of fruits or vegetables at...read full post »
Having a plan helps you reach for healthy foods when you get home ravenous or need a snack in a pinch when you’re on the go, instead of relying on convenience foods or vending machines. When you make a plan and stock your fridge with cut-up fruits, veggies and other healthy snacks, these nutritious choices become “convenience” food because they’re ready when you need them. If you are following our meal plan, you’re in luck—all the meals and snacks are planned for you. And if you’re not, check it out here—you might like to try it.
What you eat is only part of your weight-...read full post »
For some people, it can help to know how many calories your body needs in one day. Counting calories and knowing how many you're eating can be a good way to assess if you're taking in too much or not enough.
Most people will lose weight on a daily diet of 1,500 calories. (Get a 1,500-calorie meal plan here.)
If you want to be even more precise, this simple calculation will give you a daily calorie goal—and can help you lose a healthy 1 to 2 pounds per week.
Calculate your calorie goal:
YOUR CURRENT WEIGHT X 12 = calories needed to maintain your weight
• To lose 1 pound per week: Cut 500 calories/day
• To lose 2 pounds...
As a registered dietitian, I'm asked for plenty of advice on how people should be eating. But people often seem curious about what I eat in a day too. So I set out to photograph my meals on a typical weekday. I eat my fair share of vegetables and drink plenty of water, but I'm constantly trying to keep my sweet tooth in check (only sometimes successfully).
Here's everything I ate on a random day in February. And if you're looking for advice on what you should eat, I highly recommend checking out our meal plans.
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If stressing out makes you reach for a brownie here's a strategy to try to beat your food cravings: walk them off. It may seem like a silly strategy when your stomach seems to be demanding all the chocolate (and now!) but science shows it really works.
In a 2015 study in the journal PLOS ONE, researchers asked overweight adults either to walk briskly on the treadmill for 15 minutes or to sit quietly. Everyone then completed a stressful task and unwrapped sugary treats—two known craving triggers. Those who hoofed it had less of a desire to chow down compared to their sedentary peers, likely because exercise helps regulate food urges that aren't related to physical hunger, such as stress eating. Count it as another reason to move every day.
So next time a food craving hits—especially if it's stress related—take a stroll outside. When you...read full post »