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Diet's Blog (Page 42)

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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June 18, 2010 - 11:50am

When we were kids, you were very grateful for the food on your plate—whatever it might be—and you finished every last morsel thank you very much. I’ve carried that mantra with me into adulthood, which does not bode well when I’m at some BBQ picnic having a standoff with the pound cake or craving an ice cream banana split sundae on a hot summer day. (Find 7 tricks to survive the temptations at summer BBQs here.)

But I’ve learned to be smarter than the sweets: If I’m invited to a summer potluck, I offer to bring a healthy dessert to share. For my after-dinner...

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June 11, 2010 - 11:48am

As a new mom, it is a big accomplishment for me to fit back into my skinny jeans again. After I had my son I was ready to say bye-bye to maternity clothes and then after a few more months, happy to pack up my transition clothes and roll out my pre-baby wardrobe. Unpacking each item, I felt like I was reconnecting with an old friend again, a piece of myself that I hadn’t seen in over a year!

Now more than a year postpartum, I finally (mostly) have my old figure back (I’m still not quite ready for my bikini ☺). But it took more than nursing and exercising, which I’ve finally found time to fit in. I’m also paying attention to what I eat. (What does a 1,500-calorie day look like? Find out here and get...

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June 8, 2010 - 10:51am

When it’s stifling hot outside and there’s nowhere to escape the heat, I like to treat myself to an ice-cold beverage. But some of my favorite summer drinks, such as milkshakes and iced coffees, are loaded with calories. Just because it fits through a straw doesn’t mean it’s good for me. (Check out 6 more healthy-sounding foods that really aren’t here.)

So when I’m craving a cool summer sipper that won’t take all day at the gym to work off, I turn to my favorite healthy summer drink recipes instead. The slushie I would have...

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