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EatingWell Blogs (Page 6)

January 6, 2016 - 9:19am

Juicing is so 2015. “Souping” is gaining traction as the way to cleanse. Basically you eat vegetable soup (chunky or pureed) and nothing else for a prescribed amount of time—a day, three days, five days—and poof, you’re healthier, slimmer and cleaner, inside and out.

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As with juicing, eating just soup won’t rid your body of toxins. Your body does this naturally, thanks to your liver and kidneys. However, souping does hold some benefits over juicing.

Most soups are high in fiber and other nutrients because they contain whole ingredients, such as a whole carrot instead of carrot juice, and many are naturally lower in sugar because they’re more veggies than fruit...

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January 5, 2016 - 12:05pm

Resolved: I will lose weight, save money and be healthier in 2016. Sound familiar? If you made even just one of these resolutions this year, I have a tip for how to get started…use your slow cooker. Sound wacky? Find out how this one handy piece of kitchen equipment can help you meet your new year’s resolutions (and if your resolution is to revive 1970s cooking methods, even better!).

If your resolution is to: Lose weight
How the slow cooker can help: Cooking at home is a great first step in trying to get your diet under control. Since slow–cooked food relies on long, moisture-rich cooking, you can use less oil than if you were cooking with dry heat in the oven or on the stove. Using your slow cooker to make dinner means that dinner is ready when you get in the door—no more hungrily...

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January 4, 2016 - 10:41am

I think it’s a happy coincidence that January is not only national soup month, but also the peak of people’s efforts to lose weight. Research shows that soups can help you lose weight: in one study, published in the journal Physiology & Behavior, people consumed the fewest calories on days when they ate soup rather than the same ingredients in solid form. Soup has a high water content, which can help you feel full. Broth-based soups packed with veggies give you the biggest bang for your caloric buck. And, just like salad, soup is a good vehicle for vegetables (the fiber in vegetables also promotes feelings of fullness for few calories). And in a study published in Appetite, people who started lunch with vegetable soup ended up eating 20 percent less than those who skipped the soup.


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January 3, 2016 - 1:30pm

Losing weight is about calories in versus calories out. To lose weight, you need to eat fewer calories than you burn each day through exercise and general living. How much you need to eat each day varies based on your height, weight and activity level. (Find out how many calories you should be eating each day for weight loss by using this formula: [Your weight x 12] – 500 = Your daily calorie goal.) But most people will lose weight on a 1,200-calorie diet, which is also the lowest you really can go calorie-wise each day while still getting all the nutrients you need.

So what does a 1,200-calorie day look like?

Related:  What Does a 1,500-Calorie Diet Look Like?

Here’s a meal plan I created for EatingWell...

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January 1, 2016 - 9:00am
By Lisa D'Agrosa, M.S., R.D. in EatingWell Blogs

We want you to make 2016 your healthiest year yet. Join us January 4-29 for the Make Healthy Happen Challenge. We’ll be offering tips, recipes, dinner plans and inspiration to make healthy happen.

Pictured Recipe: Escarole & White Bean Salad with Swordfish

Welcome to the Make Healthy Happen Challenge. It’s our first week and a fresh start for the new year. We’ve designed the challenge to help you kick-start your goals and stay motivated this month. Don’t forget to take a peek at the...

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