There are certain tricks you can use to change your food environment (think: your kitchen, pantry and desk) and set yourself up for weight-loss success. Research shows our behavior is directly influenced by what our eyes perceive, even when we know better. Using smaller plates can help you eat less without even realizing it. So, for example, you’ll serve—and eat—less of your meal on a 7-inch plate than a 9-inch plate because it looks more satisfying. Choosing a 1-cup dessert or cereal bowl instead of a soup bowl, and a 6-ounce wineglass rather than a goblet, should also help you feel more satisfied. It may seem counterintuitive, but big silverware may help too. A University of Utah study found that when people took bigger bites (using a fork that was 20 percent larger than a regular restaurant fork) they ate less overall.
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1. Track your weight: The age-old advice to step on the scale at least once a week really does help boost pound-shedding success. Daily weigh-ins work, too—the important thing is that you start to notice whether the numbers are going up, down or staying the same. When you weigh yourself, you’re more likely to notice if you go up a pound or two…and not let the number keep going up. The EatingWell menu planner has a weight-tracking feature or take note in your food diary. If you’re not a fan of the scale, pay close attention to how your clothes fit to help you keep track.
2. Write what you bite: There are other tracking tools to help you keep on the right path to meeting your weight-loss goals. Try keeping a food diary to record the foods you eat...read full post »
What if you turned on the news and heard that the world was flat? And, to support that bold claim, the news anchor shared the results of one study. Would you believe it at first pass?
While this example may seem far-fetched, something similar happened recently in the nutrition world: a new research review proposing upper intake limits for omega-3 fats sparked headlines that caused many to think the message was “dump out your fish-oil supplements.”
The review study, published in Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids, cautioned against “excessive intakes” of omega-3 fats. More specifically, the authors cited multiple studies to conclude that while omega-3s are undisputedly beneficial to heart health, consuming very high amounts may actually hinder immune function and increase risk of prostate cancer.
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My husband loves football. I love parties. So the Super Bowl is the one day a year when our interests happily meet. I love Super Bowl recipes, but I don’t want to make our party a four-hour marathon of fat-filled dips, salty chips and calorie-rich drinks. So this year, I’m giving our party a healthier spin. And the best part is that it will be so subtle, no one will even notice. Touchdown!
Here are 5 sneaky tips for throwing a healthy Super Bowl party:
Don't Miss: Healthy Low-Cal Football Snacks
1. Create a Food-Free Space
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Most tortilla chips contain just corn, oil and salt and less than 150 calories per serving—not bad stats for a food that normally gets relegated to the “junk food” aisle. We searched out the healthiest options (that still taste great). Here’s what we found:
Bye-Bye, Baked: The taste and texture of baked chips often leaves much to be desired and there’s no real nutritional benefit. Baked have about the same calories as fried chips, but more carbs and sodium.
Ditch the Bag: As tempting as it is, don’t eat straight from the bag. Research shows we eat up to 80% more from a large container or bowl. Instead, measure out a single serving to enjoy.
Sing the Blues: Blue corn tortilla chips get their color from anthocyanins, brain-boosting flavanoids, and...read full post »