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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 »
U.S. News & World Report’s Best Diets 2016, released earlier this month, ranked 38 diet plans. But the No. 1 diet may surprise you. The “Best Diets Overall” winner (for the sixth year in a row): the DASH diet.
Pictured Recipe: Corn & Black Bean Quinoa Salad
The DASH diet—or Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension—was developed to combat high blood pressure (hypertension is the medical term for high blood pressure). So it certainly doesn’t fall into the realm of trendy diets like Paleo or the Alkaline Diet. To earn a spot on the “Best Diets” list, the diet plan has to help with weight loss and diabetes (research shows the DASH diet does)—as well as be easy to follow and nutritious (check and check). Their panel of...read full post »