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Nicci Micco's Blog (Page 9)

November 17, 2010 - 11:15am

I’m a big believer that Thanksgiving is not a day to diet. Once a year, you get to gather ’round the table with family and friends, count your blessings and eat delicious holiday dishes to your heart’s content. (Find healthier takes for your favorite classic Thanksgiving recipes that will save you 1,273 calories—and you'll never taste the difference.)

I’m not saying you should go nuts and have three servings of turkey, four different types of potatoes and two slices of pie with double the whipped cream. But I do think that you should definitely go ahead and eat a little of everything you like.

That said, as someone who has a master’s degree in nutrition with a...

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November 10, 2010 - 12:24pm

I love so many things about fall:  apples, squash, hearty soups...and Pumpkin Spice Lattes from Starbucks. I’m sure that part of the appeal is that I can only get them at this time of year. (I like to eat in-season, what can I say?)

I can’t deny that they’re simply delicious: spicy and yet oh-so-sweet—so sweet, in fact, that I knew they couldn’t be low-cal. But I had no idea how shockingly high the actual calorie count of this seasonal sip can be if you order it in its full glory. I’m not talking a 20-ounce venti, just a pedestrian grande (16 oz.) with whole milk and whipped cream. The “grande” total: 410 calories, 17 grams of fat, 10 grams of saturated fat, 48 grams of sugars.

Enough to make me revise my order. Starbucks isn’t the only place where ordering...

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November 3, 2010 - 11:02am

Slimming down after having my son last May took some work, but I had the season on my side. Summer’s glorious bounty of vegetables made losing weight seem relatively simple: I’d pick whatever veggies looked fresh at the market and then throw them on the grill with a lean source of protein, such as chicken or fish. Then, I’d round out the meal with a reasonable portion of a healthy carb-based side, such as brown rice. But as fall creeps on and winter draws near, I’ve realized that my secret weight-loss weapon—in-season vegetables—works all year round. Incorporating these five fresh-right-now vegetables into your diet plan can help you win the weight-loss battle this winter.

Potatoes: They’ve gotten a bad rap for scoring high on the glycemic index—which reflects how much blood glucose rises...

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October 27, 2010 - 11:58am

I’ve never been a fan of low-carb diets: our bodies and our brains need carbohydrates to work effectively. A few years ago, while preparing for a marathon with Team in Training, a fellow runner told me she was trying to lose weight. That’s cool. Then she told me about her super-restrictive low-carb diet. At the time, I was getting my master’s degree in nutrition and I couldn’t resist sharing my opinion. “You. Must. Eat. Carbs,” I told her, carrying on about how high-carb foods are essential for rebuilding the energy stores that you deplete running long distances. (Read 6 more reasons your body needs carbohydrates here.)

Of course, not all carbohydrates are created...

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October 20, 2010 - 12:11pm

Since having a baby five months ago, my belly isn’t quite as flat as it used to be, even though I’ve lost the baby weight. I’m not obsessed with the pudge that remains but I certainly wouldn’t miss it if it went away. And so I was intrigued by a story Ana Mantica wrote for EatingWell about three foods that might help melt away fat. My nutrition training has taught me not to believe in magic bullets for weight loss, but since all the ingredients Mantica mentions are nutritious, I figure that getting more of them can’t hurt.

Here are the three slimming foods—and how they might help us all to “whittle our middles”:

Whole grains: Eating whole grains...

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