I work hard for every pound of weight I lose (and those last few post-baby pounds this year were stuh-born). And I’m sure you do, too, so the notion that something beyond pure willpower is derailing our efforts to shed pounds is downright infuriating. To that end, here are 3 diet “wreckers” to be aware of. Don’t let them erase all your dieting hard work.
Diet wrecker #1: Having a morning snack.
People who didn’t snack between breakfast and lunch lost nearly 5 percent more weight (an average of 7½ more pounds) over a year than morning snackers in a 2011 Journal of the American Dietetic Association study. Since breakfast and lunch can be only a few hours apart, researchers suspect that most morning snacks are fueled out of habit rather than hunger—and generally amount to mindless eating. So forgo your morning...
I love that many restaurants and food chains offer up nutrition information—on the actual menu or on their company website. I like knowing that scrumptious-sounding salad is actually a healthy choice or if the dessert I'm eyeing will blow my calorie budget.
But some restaurants don't offer nutrition information. And, according to a recent study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, the average meal at an independent or small chain restaurant is 1,300 calories. (At least in Boston, where the study was conducted.) Some even delivered 2,000 or more calories. Yikes!
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I eat breakfast every day regardless of the time of year—breakfast provides me with a much-needed morning energy boost and keeps me focused. And research shows that regular breakfast eaters weigh less and have an easier time keeping weight off. (Who doesn’t love that?)
In the cooler months, I almost always eat a hearty, healthy bowl of oatmeal. But in the heat of summer the last thing I want is a steaming-hot breakfast. Luckily, there are plenty of refreshing breakfast options to help me beat the heat and start my day right. Here are my 4 favorite breakfast ideas to stay healthy and cool all summer long.
Don’t be fooled by the book title. The FastDiet (Atria, 2013), by Dr. Michael Mosley and Mimi Spencer, doesn’t call for a total fast—or eating quickly. Also known as the 5:2 diet, it has you adopt a lifelong pattern of fasting two days a week and being “gloriously free from calorie counting” for five days. On those two fasting days, you can eat 500 or 600 calories—for women and men, respectively.
The promise is steady weight loss (about a pound per week). And in theory you don’t pig out on your eat-what-you-want days because your stomach shrinks and can’t handle large volumes of food. The added benefit is better health. The science supporting fasting is growing: research findings from lab animals suggest intermittent fasting may lower your risk of cancer, delay the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s and improve your body’s sensitivity to...read full post »
If you have celiac-disease, gluten-sensitivity or for some other reason you’re not eating gluten—the protein found in wheat, rye and barley—you probably know to steer clear of big, obvious offenders like bread, pasta and baked goods.
Related: 4 Easy Ways to Avoid Gluten
But there are also foods that are sometimes made with gluten-containing ingredients that you wouldn’t necessarily expect to contain gluten. Here’s a list of surprising foods that are not gluten-free—a must-read if you have celiac-disease, are eating gluten-free or cooking for someone who is.
• Bouillon cubes and broths
• Dairy substitutes, such as nondairy creamer
• Rice mixes