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EatingWell Blogs (Page 15)

December 18, 2013 - 2:34pm

You’re reaching for healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins, but that doesn’t give you license to eat as much as you want. The calories can really add up, so watch your portions. A 1-teaspoon pour of olive oil is 40 calories, while 1 tablespoon is 120 calories. 3 ounces of chicken breast is 100 calories, but most breasts at the store are upwards of 8-10 ounces, so you could easily be consuming an extra 150-250 calories. One-third cup of oatmeal has 100 calories, but a half cup has 150. One ounce of almonds has 165 calories; 2 ounces, 330 calories. Those differences may be small individually, but together can add up quickly. And while putting everything into measuring cups can get old, it will get easier to eyeball portion sizes as you go along....

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December 18, 2013 - 2:16pm

Craving something sweet—or salty—but think you can’t have it if you are trying to lose weight? Actually, having a small treat every day may help you stick to your diet. Research in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that a small daily treat didn’t sabotage weight-loss efforts. Some under-150-calorie snacks to try: a 16-oz. skim latte, two squares of dark chocolate, ½ cup (non-premium) ice cream or 4 cups of air-popped popcorn.

Pictured Recipe: Chocolate Nut Bark



Wendy RuoppToday’s Editor’s Tip:
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December 18, 2013 - 2:00pm

In one 2010 study, people who drank two cups of water before meals lost more weight than those who didn’t. Plus, drinking water can help edge out calories from calorie-laden beverages like juice, soda and even sweetened tea or coffee.
Find out how much water you should drink each day.



Breana LaiToday’s Editor’s Tip:
Breana Lai, M.P.H., R.D., Associate Food Editor
“I had no problem drinking water at home, but sometimes struggled to stay hydrated at work. That’s...

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December 18, 2013 - 1:53pm

There’s a reason they call it beauty sleep. Being sleep-deprived can affect your emotional well-being, your skin and your weight! Without enough sleep, you’re more likely to eat extra calories and reach for high-calorie food choices. Learn more about the sleep and weight connection here. Most adults need around 8 hours of sleep a night. Two things that can help you fall asleep faster: less screen time before bed and these 9 foods.



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December 18, 2013 - 1:45pm

Eating more produce can help you slim down because produce is low in calories and high in fiber. In fact, vegetables were ranked as the No. 1 food to eat for weight loss by Harvard University. On a 1,500-calorie diet, you should eat 1½ cups of fruit and 2 cups of veggies. At breakfast, add sliced fruit to toast or veggies to an egg scramble. For lunch, eat a big salad or pack a wrap with baby spinach. For snacks, try grapefruit, apples or carrot sticks. And at dinner, start your meal with a bowl of vegetable soup and be sure to include produce in your meal.

Pictured Recipe: Green Pizza



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