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 »
Sometimes it’s not easy to motivate yourself to cook on a weeknight. You’re tired from working all day or maybe your kid’s soccer practice ran late. You feel rushed while you’re cooking, rushed while you eat, and then of course there’s the cleanup. You could go out to a restaurant, but that gets pricy. Plus it’s hard to monitor whether what you’re eating is healthy when you’re ordering off a menu. What if you could eat a delicious, healthy meal at home without cooking? No, I’m not talking about frozen dinners from the grocery store. With a little planning, you can enjoy 5 healthy dinners on busy weeknights with very little kitchen time.
Here’s your 7-day game plan:
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:
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1. Create a Food-Free Space
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