Diet's Blog (Page 43)

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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July 6, 2010 - 3:32pm

I recently blogged about fast-food breakfasts that sound healthy, but aren’t—ones that duped even me, a registered dietitian—and I received dozens of (passionate!) responses on EatingWell’s Facebook page. Some readers commented on how fast food can’t possibly be healthy.

I’m debunking that myth: sometimes fast food can be healthy. Here are 4 diet-busting fast-food lunches to skip—plus lighter options to order or make at home and bring along. Because sometimes we don’t want to—or don’t have time to—make three meals a day...

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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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