Diet's Blog (Page 39)

January 5, 2011 - 11:07am

Now that there’s nothing left of the holiday cookies but crumbs, and the requisite holiday parties are no longer usurping your time at the gym, you might be getting fired up about the latest and greatest way you’re going to shed pounds in 2011. Awesome. Personally, my favorite way to lose weight is to plan delicious low-calorie meals that result in my eating fewer calories without even realizing it. (Take EatingWell’s 500-Calorie Dinner Challenge—and cut calories painlessly.) Of course, you need to pick the method that will work best for you—just don’t get tripped up by any of these silly diet myths.

Myth #1:...

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January 4, 2011 - 11:55am

I’ve always been a breakfast eater. Breakfast—along with a couple cups of coffee—gives me that much-needed energy boost to start my day and keep me going until I break for lunch. My breakfast-eating habit isn’t unique, but there are plenty of people—some of my friends and family included—who start their day on an empty stomach. It was a question from one of those non-breakfast-eating friends of mine that inspired this topic: did she really have to eat breakfast even if she wasn’t hungry

Related: 13 Biggest Diet and Health Myths Busted

To answer her question, I did a little research—and here’s what I found:...

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December 15, 2010 - 12:49pm

Unlike many people, I prefer the weeks leading up to Christmas and New Year’s over the actual holiday days. I love finding the perfect presents, wrapping them by the fire and baking holiday goodies. (Ahem, healthier-for-you ones like these 100-calorie cookies.)

Despite my cheer, I eventually end up stressed and cranky because I spread myself too thin trying to celebrate Christmas with both sides of my husband’s and my family (who live 400+ miles apart!) So for those of you who are likewise overwhelmed with all the holiday preparations and are cranky NOW (or will be soon, like me) here are some tips for what you can eat and what you can do to beat holiday stress.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to...

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December 14, 2010 - 2:38pm

Do you have a big holiday dinner or party coming up? Save some calories for splurging. I'm not talking about a traditional fast-before-the-fete where you starve yourself all morning and afternoon then go hog wild when you walk into the event because you've had nothing to eat all day but apples and plain lettuce. (Click here for a better pre-party plan to control calories!)

I'm talking about a strategic eating plan that allows you to bank calories painlessly—simply save calories in places you really won't miss them so you can indulge in the foods you really want and not eat too much by the day's end. Here are seven simple swaps to help you get there. Do one each day for a week and you'll have 700 extra calories to spend (...

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December 13, 2010 - 1:27pm

In a report likely to send shock waves through the dietary supplement industry, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released new Dietary Reference Intakes for vitamin D and calcium. The report summary (PDF) says Americans are getting all the vitamin D and calcium we need, and we do not need more:

The committee emphasizes that, with a few exceptions, all North Americans are receiving enough calcium and vitamin D. Higher levels have not been shown to confer greater benefits, and in fact, they have been linked to other health problems,...

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