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Nicci Micco's Blog (Page 13)

February 4, 2010 - 11:23am

Can you believe it’s February already? If you’re anything like me, it may be time for a New Year’s resolution check-in. (My biggest resolution was to stop cursing so much...definitely a work in progress.) The key to keeping committed to your goal—whether it’s to lose 10 pounds by summer, or to cook lower-calorie recipes at home more often (EatingWell’s easy, delicious 500-Calorie Dinners can help you do both)—is to renew your vows. Then troubleshoot the obstacles that are getting in your way. Here’s some help:

The problem: You’re too busy to plan and cook healthy meals.

The solution: Simplify. Don’t...

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January 28, 2010 - 10:53am

My husband, Jon, can be awake for hours before he wants to eat breakfast. (Coffee—now that’s another story.) I, on the other hand, want food first thing in the morning—and so does our 1 1/2-year-old son, Julian, who literally wakes up saying, “Juice! ’Nana! [banana].” We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day (click here for healthy breakfast ideas) and, as a nutritionist, I believe that’s true. You’ve heard about the studies that show that kids who eat breakfast are able to focus better in school, right? Well, here’s another exciting boon of breakfast: research that shows people who are most successful at losing weight—and keeping it off—tend to eat...

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January 13, 2010 - 12:02pm

If you’re the kind of person who loves chocolate (or fill in the blank with your favorite treat), but bans it whenever you’re trying to lose weight, you might be making a big mistake. As a nutritionist who’s helped hundreds of people lose weight, I’ve noticed time and again that when people try to be “too good” they’re most likely to fall off the weight-loss wagon. Dieting isn’t about depriving yourself of everything you love—it’s just about eating fewer calories than you’re burning (calculate your daily calorie goal here)—a situation that can indeed be delicious. And a situation that most certainly can include dessert.

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January 4, 2010 - 11:50am

“I’m working so hard and I still can’t lose weight.” As a nutritionist who specializes in weight management, I’ve heard this a lot over the years. Yes, these people usually are working hard. Often too hard. One of the biggest mistakes people make when they’re trying to shed pounds is to focus on the wrong things: false promises, unproven gimmicks, misguided perceptions about what it means to diet. (Twelve things you should focus on if you really want to lose weight.)

A smart, balanced approach to weight loss may not seem “sexy” or easy but getting caught up in weight-loss myths will only sabotage your success. Here are three top weight-loss myths, busted.

Myth:...

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December 18, 2009 - 11:02am

At 19 months, my son Julian doesn’t know who Dora the Explorer or SpongeBob is, let alone request the yogurts adorned with their images—but I know that some of my friends who have older kids struggle with this very thing.

With them in mind, I was interested to read this week that officials from the Federal Trade Commission, the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control proposed restricting certain “unhealthy” foods for kids. It’s all part of a push to curb childhood obesity, a problem I care about both as a nutritionist and a mom. (Click here for tips on getting your kids to love healthy foods.)

The proposed guidelines focus on foods that exceed certain thresholds for saturated fat (1 gram),...

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