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February 19, 2009 - 3:36am

When you first start trying to lose weight, the pounds seem to come off easily. You’re motivated, you’re careful to stick with smaller portions and you’re good about keeping track of everything you eat. But, eventually, your rate of weight loss slows and then… stops. Is this the beginning of the end? NO! It’s the beginning of the second phase of your weight-loss journey.

Why not try some of my 4 secrets for kick-starting your diet:

1. Don’t deprive yourself! Denying yourself favorite foods usually ends up backfiring. Budget in satisfying treats that come in discrete units, such as Chocolate-Dipped Gingersnaps (157 calories for...

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February 18, 2009 - 3:36am

I know that one of the secrets to successful dieting is planning ahead—and that includes snacks. I also know that for me, I absolutely have to have a game plan in place to stay on track—and avoid the candy dish and snacks at work—when hunger strikes.

So I stock my fridge with ingredients for quick, healthy and low-calorie snacks. But when I get tired of my go-to snacks, I get creative in the kitchen. These 10 easy snack recipes under 100 calories are my secret to staying lean.

10 days of my favorite 100 calorie (or less) snacks:

Day 1. Chocolate & Nut Butter Bites
Top each chocolate square with 1/2 teaspoon nut butter for sweet satisfaction in seconds. Make...

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February 17, 2009 - 3:36am

If you’re like me, both time and money are tight these days. I would love to spend all afternoon cooking an elaborate meal, but that’s not reality. I love pork, and boneless pork chops are my pick of the pig when it comes to quick and easy dinners. Plus at about $3.50 per pound, they make great budget-friendly meals. Perfect for a quick and tasty weeknight dinner that won’t break the bank.

For example, Pork Chops with Orange & Fennel Salad are a terrific antidote to a dreary winter day. Serve them with crusty whole-grain bread or brown rice.

Like that? Here are some more of my favorite...

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February 16, 2009 - 3:36am

There’s something about layer cakes that I just can’t resist. Sure, those homey sheet cakes taste good, but a layer cake is cause for real celebration. And I love banana in any dessert recipe.

Many banana cake recipes are a butter-and-cream bonanza with just a bit of banana. Luckily this yummy cake already has a jump-start on being healthy. Bananas are one of the best dietary sources of potassium. So we set out to develop a banana cake recipe that kept the healthy ingredients and cut or reduced the less healthy ones to yield a cake that is low in cholesterol and sodium. Many of the healthier cooking tricks we used can be applied to other...

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February 13, 2009 - 3:36am

I’m a big believer that, most of time, teaming up to get something done is more fun and more effective than going it alone. Take, for example, shoveling snow or painting a room. When you do it solo, these are chores. But throw another person (or two… or a few) into the mix and you’ve got yourself a “party.” And when you work as a crew, you’re able to reap the rewards of your hard work (cocoa, or pizza!) faster.

This is also true when you’re trying to eat better or to get in shape. Running with a friend motivates me to jog further—and faster. It always helps, too, to be on the same page when it comes to sharing meals: it’s tough to stick with a salad when others at the table are loading up on big dishes of pasta smothered in cream...

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