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Diet's Blog (Page 50)

March 5, 2009 - 3:36am

Going to a movie before dinner is a recipe for diet disaster. I used to end up sharing a large (translation: humongous) popcorn with my husband and sneaking some of his Sour Patch Kids to boot. I left the theater feeling full but hadn’t eaten any “real” food. Now, before I go to a show, I try to have a dinner with plenty of lean protein and fiber to keep me satisfied, such as Seared Steak Salad with Edamame & Cilantro. Then I’m not ravenous at the movie and I’m content to split a small popcorn. It took a little trial and error to find a healthy-eating solution but it’s one that works!

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February 19, 2009 - 3:36am

When you first start trying to lose weight, the pounds seem to come off easily. You’re motivated, you’re careful to stick with smaller portions and you’re good about keeping track of everything you eat. But, eventually, your rate of weight loss slows and then… stops. Is this the beginning of the end? NO! It’s the beginning of the second phase of your weight-loss journey.

Why not try some of my 4 secrets for kick-starting your diet:

1. Don’t deprive yourself! Denying yourself favorite foods usually ends up backfiring. Budget in satisfying treats that come in discrete units, such as Chocolate-Dipped Gingersnaps (157 calories for...

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February 3, 2009 - 3:36am

I want to (and know I should) exercise more. I actually like to run—but I often go long stretches (weeks!) without running. I find all kinds of excuses to skip exercise: the baby didn’t sleep well, I’m too busy at work to break at lunch, I’m too hungry at dinner to run first. You know what I mean, life stuff.

When I get into these ruts, I try to remind myself that even President Obama makes time to exercise. But that sort of reasoning doesn’t really get me out the door on a run.

What does work for me? These are my 4 tricks to get myself to exercise more:

  • Rewards—such as a hazelnut nonfat latte from my favorite coffee shop as a post-run treat—help...
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February 2, 2009 - 3:36am

My biggest diet downfall is tortilla chips. The problem isn’t so much that chips are unhealthy, it’s that I don’t stop at one serving. Or two. For a time, I tried to keep the chips out of the house but that wasn’t really fair to my husband, Jon. Plus, I missed them.

So I figured out that I could enjoy my chips without going overboard by pairing them with yummy, low-cal Chile Con Queso. It may seem counterintuitive that eating more would help me to eat less. But it works for me—and here’s why: Grabbing a couple of chips on the fly always results in eating a few more chips… until I’ve eaten three or four times what I should. But my chip-and-dip combo is a legitimate “snack.” I measure out a portion of the dip—a quarter cup, which has only 84 calories—and count out one serving of chips....

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January 12, 2009 - 3:36am

I spent a lot of time in the kitchen during the past month baking, cooking and roasting up a storm. And some of what I made and ate—dozens and dozens of cookies, decadent desserts, super-cheesy appetizers—wasn’t the most healthful fare. I’m not ready to get on a scale just yet to see how much damage was done. But I am ready to switch gears and eat a little more healthfully. This week’s menu is made up of dinner recipes with 350 calories or less that are ready in 30 minutes or less.

MONDAY: Moo Shu Vegetables (171 calories per serving)
Start-to-finish: 20 minutes
This vegetarian version of the classic Chinese stir-fry, Moo Shu, uses already-shredded vegetables to cut...

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