At this time of year, when weight control feels as though it’s impossible, there are sugary treats everywhere you look. Whether you’re at work, shopping, visiting with friends and family, or simply spending an evening at home, it’s as though sweet treats are multiplying it the pantry. If you have a sweet tooth, it’s easy to feel as though you don’t have a choice but to keep eating.
Fortunately, there are some things you can do to keep your weight control going while still appeasing your sweet tooth. Among the top options is fruit. These may not be the foods you’re actually craving, but if you have them handy and pop one into your mouth while you’re craving sweets, it can help!(more…)
If you’re feeling nervous about what December has in store for your nutrition, then you’ll want to have the right holiday eating tips on your side. These handy little tricks can make the difference between making the right choice or the destructive one. This doesn’t mean that you’re going to have to give up on all the meals and treats you love. However, it can help you to control your intake and reduce the harm overindulgence can cause.
As much as we’d like to resist, we also need to be realistic about participating in – and enjoying – the season. Use these holiday eating tips to help you out this year.
Permanent weight loss is the goal of millions of people across the United States. It’s no mystery why. The majority of us are obese or overweight. As information grows about the dangers of carrying excess weight, more people are attempting to reach a healthy BMI. That said, there are a lot of challenges that come with trying to drop the pounds.
The first is that it’s not typically easy to lose the excess weight in the first place. Next, even if you do lose it, trying to turn it into permanent weight loss is easier said than done. All too often, the yo-yo effect kicks in and back come the pounds. In fact, a significant percentage of people who lose weight will not only regain it, but will also find themselves weighing more than they did when they started. This can, of course, be extremely frustrating. It can cause considerable harm to the motivation to try again.
Many of us know we should choose a healthy diet but don’t realize how spoiled we really are to be able to do so. We turn up our noses at foods we don’t like or that we simply don’t feel like at a certain time. There isn’t anything wrong with doing this except that it has led us to start making bad food choices when we’re actually lucky to be able to make good ones if we want to.
Gratitude and being thankful is the theme of the season right now. As such, it’s a good idea to take a moment to think about how lucky we are to choose the foods we want to eat. In fact, we can choose a healthy diet if we want to. Not everyone has that opportunity.
It can feel impossible to get back on track with your diet after you’ve let yourself slip. Whether you’ve stopped altogether, or you’re just cheating all the time, getting back into it can be challenging. It’s not just a matter of knowing what to do. You know what you want to do. However, working it all back into your life doesn’t seem as obvious as it did when you have the motivation of novelty on your side.
Use the following tricks to get back on track when you’ve stumbled from your diet.
Plant based diets that are high in carbs may actually help with weight loss and body fat reduction. This style of eating may also improve the body’s insulin function in overweight dieters. A small study showed that this type of dieting may provide this range of benefits.
The current obesity epidemic in the United States indicates that the promise of benefits from plant based diets could be very helpful. At the moment, estimates show that more than 7 out of every 10 U.S. adults are overweight or obese. This is a considerable health risk when it comes to chronic conditions like heart disease and diabetes.
Cheat meals are a super-fun way to incorporate all your old favorites into your diet. For many people, they provide motivation to stick to a diet’s rules to the letter because they know they will be able to eat whatever they want on a specific day of the week. After all, the idea that you can eat carrot sticks for your snack all week, then eat a whole medium-sized pizza for dinner on Saturday is awesome, right? Especially if you still lose weight.
That said, as sad as it sounds, cheat meals may not be as beneficial as we’ve been led to believe. Many weight loss experts and a growing body of research is indicating that this technique does far more harm than good. The reason this technique stuck around for so long is that its downside is a tricky one. It has been very hard for scientists to measure.
When you think of losing weight, it usually calls to mind visions of eating less, but for some people, the choice to eat more calories is the right one. The thing is that while it’s certainly possible to eat too much – that’s often what causes us to gain the weight in the first place – we can also eat too little.
Eating too few calories can also work against your weight goals. In fact, if you don’t eat more calories to the point that you’re within the right healthy range, you can make it considerably harder to lose weight. It may even make it easier for you to gain weight in the future. (more…)
There is a growing trend in being able to personalize your nutrition. Although general guidelines in terms of nutrients and food groups can be helpful, they’re not everything. The truth is that every human body is different.
Based on many factors – age, gender, activity level, health conditions, genetics, environmental exposures, goals, and a great deal more – our bodies each require a unique balance of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and macronutrients. Therefore, being able to personalize your nutrition has great appeal. (more…)
Every year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) issues its Dirty Dozen Fruits and Vegetables. This is a list of the twelve types of produce that are likely to be highest in pesticides. These “dirtiest” among fruits and veggies have been making the list since 2004.
This year, as has been the case for many years, strawberries have topped the list. Strawberries have been the leader among the Dirty Dozen Fruits and Vegetables for many years due to the high amount of pesticides they absorb.
The list has been published since 2004 by the EWG, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan environmental organization. The Dirty Dozen Fruits and Vegetables include the “dirtiest” among 47 popular produce items commonly found in supermarkets. It specifically measures the pesticides on and in these items and publishes the list in its Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce. (more…)