EatingWell Blogs (Page 255)
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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Move over trans fats, there’s a new health villain in town: sodium.
New York City is on the cutting edge of food regulation once again, this time with a new target. First the City banned trans fats in food, then it required restaurants to post calorie counts on their menus. Now the New York Health Department wants to curb the amount of salt we’re eating. Today the health department released draft guidelines for a new (voluntary) health initiative to encourage food manufacturers and restaurant chains to curb the amount of sodium in their food. While the city hasn’t made sodium reduction a law, its goal is a 20 percent reduction in the amount of salt in packaged products and restaurant food in the next five years...read full post »
I was well into my first week of cooking and eating 500-calorie dinners five nights a week as part of our 500-Calorie Dinner Challenge when I realized: cooking meals to help you lose weight is all about making it work for you. My challenge? I’m just too busy. Last week I was in Philadelphia to go on QVC to sell our new EatingWell 500-Calorie Dinners book, and the next morning I was back in the office in Vermont at 7 a.m. to start doing radio interviews for the book. Needless to say, things are...read full post »
As a new mom I don’t have a lot of time for exercise. So when I do get moving I want to make the most of it. I love it that there are foods I can eat to help me get more out of my workout. (Find 10 breakfasts that help you burn more fat during your workouts here.)
By eating more onions, apples, grapes, berries, cabbage and broccoli I could boost my exercise endurance. An antioxidant in these foods—quercetin—when taken in supplement form, helped people bike longer, according to one study. Researchers think the quercetin makes oxygen more available to the lungs.
Get supercharged for your workout with these recipes using quercetin-rich fruits and vegetables, such as:
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So it’s been a few days, and so far, I’m sticking to my New Year’s resolution to eat better. It’s around this time when I usually sabotage my efforts by giving myself a “reward,” in the form of a tasty treat, for staying on track. That usually involves a decadent chocolate dessert that doesn’t exactly fit under the healthy-eating umbrella.
It turns out that having a little treat is one of the secrets to losing weight. So this year I’m letting myself have some mini chocolate treats, but I’m going to be responsible by sticking to a 100-calorie...read full post »