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Calories in Halloween Candy Favorites

Calories in Halloween Candy favorites

Halloween season means the temptation to indulge in yummy candies surrounds you just about everywhere you go. But what are the calories in Halloween candy favorites that you love to eat, and how badly are you throwing your diet off track by eating these treats? Keep reading to learn more so can make sound decisions all month long.

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Pumpkin Health Benefits and Nutrition Information

Pumpkin Health Benefits

Many people are surprised when they hear there are pumpkin health benefits. After all, a lot of us have come to think of these gourds as Halloween decorations, not food. Think about it.  If someone says the word “pumpkin”, are you more likely to think of a Jack-O-Lantern, or a side dish?

For those of us who do eat them, it’s typically exclusively in the form of a rich, calorie-packed pie, or a teaspoon for flavoring our favorite fall latte (provided there’s any pumpkin at all and it’s not just artificially flavored).

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Start the Day Right by Designing a Delicious Weight Loss Friendly Breakfast

Weight Loss Friendly Breakfast Tips

A tasty, healthy weight loss friendly breakfast is a fantastic way to start the day.  For some people, the first meal of the day is indeed the most important one.  That said, everyone seems to have a different opinion about what you be eating.

How to Choose Weight Loss Friendly Breakfast Foods

To get the most out of your first meal every morning, it’s a good idea to choose weight loss friendly breakfast foods that are nutrient dense.  These are foods that provide you with more nutrients for every calorie you consume.  They help your body to be healthier and can also help you to feel fuller faster and longer. 

The following are some of the types of weight control foods and ingredients you should aim to choose tomorrow morning.

Lots of Fiber

When you’re trying to drop the pounds, fiber-rich foods can give you a considerable advantage.  For this reason, it’s a great idea to include them in your weight loss friendly breakfast as well as in the other meals you eat throughout the day.  Studies have shown that a fiber rich diet will help people to lose more weight, will help to fill them up more effectively and will help to improve metabolic syndrome symptoms. That last benefit is important as metabolic syndrome is a diabetes risk factor. Another study has shown that people who eat more fiber have less inflammation and less visceral fat than those who eat less.

Lots of Protein

Making sure you have enough protein can help you to ensure your diet friendly breakfast is balanced in terms of macronutrients. Several studies have shown that diets that contain an adequate amount of protein can be successful in helping with body mass management.  This is because enough protein in a meal can help to reduce the inclination to overeat.   Protein rich foods can also be high in other types of nutrients, letting you improve your nutrition without eating too many calories at the same time.

Dump the Empty Calories from Your Weight Loss Friendly Breakfast

It’s important to make sure you give good use to each calorie you consume. Get the most out of every part of what you eat.  Therefore, a weight loss friendly breakfast shouldn’t include processed foods or other empty calories. Another way to avoid empty calories is to avoid adding sugar to your breakfast foods.  Adding sugar – any sugar – will add calories without any additional nutritional benefit.



How the DASH Diet Stops Hypertension and Helps You Lose Weight

DASH Diet Stops HypertensionWhen doing your research into healthy lifestyle strategies, the DASH diet is bound to come up early in your queries.  Along with the Mediterranean diet, this perspective on eating is often applauded within the medical community.

If you have never heard of the DASH diet, then you may not realize just how helpful it can be for a variety of reasons. Amidst so many diets out there that are based solely on fads and trends that don’t make sense, this is a diet that can truly help you to get to where you want to be.

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Best Caffeinated Beverages for Dieters

Best Caffeinated Beverages for Dieters

You might think that if you are trying to lose weight that there are no good caffeinated beverages for dieters, but that’s simply not true. In fact, in some cases, that’s the opposite of the truth as there are some drinks containing caffeine that may actually benefit your weight loss according to some recent research

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How to Quit Drinking Diet Soda

how to quit drinking diet soda

When we want to lose weight, the idea of trying to quit drinking diet soda seems to be somewhat counter intuitive.  After all, if we want to drop the pounds but still drink something with flavor, a zero-cal fizzy drink sounds like a great option, right? What could be the harm in that choice?

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Low Fat Dinner Ideas for Busy Dieters

low fat dinner ideas for weight loss

Do you often feel that you can’t come up with creative low fat dinner ideas? This is a common theme especially for somebody that is dieting and has very little time to cook. The key to losing weight however is to prepare healthy and delicious meals that will help you to feel satisfied.

You need to try to find healthier alternatives of some of your favorite dishes. You need to be on the lookout for the best recipes to keep you going strong. You also need to take the time to shop for and prepare your meals so that there’s very little effort to expand each day. If you can get in touch with these tips then you can have a great dinner on the table that’s actually good for you. (more…)



8 Snacks That Increase Metabolism Quickly

increase metabolism with these snacks

You are busy, with work, family, friends, school, and other additional responsibilities. With so many things to do, it really is so easy to just stop and grab something on the way. Many fast food places offer salads and lower calorie alternatives, so why not right? Ask yourself if your selections increase metabolism or if you’re not doing yourself any favors.

Actually, it’s so wrong. Many “healthy” alternatives offered by fast food places are either the same or worse than other full fatty things on the menu. Many of these alternatives contain chemicals and additives that will slow your metabolism not to mention harm your health. If you are on the go, your best and healthiest bet is to pack your own snack. It can take very little time and is far healthier than anything you can ‘grab on the way’.

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Common Unhealthy Dieting Mistakes

Common Unhealthy Dieting Mistakes

Many people struggle with their weight, and with all the products and diets on the market, it’s hard to know where to start. Not to mention that every person is going to react differently to different diets, supplements, and exercises.

The key to knowing the difference is balance. Losing weight is going to take equal efforts of eating right and exercise. Use these common unhealthy dieting mistakes as a guideline to know what to avoid.

Top Unhealthy Dieting Mistakes

Eating Too Little

Not eating enough, or skipping meals is probably one of the most common unhealthy dieting mistakes. Surely you have heard about putting your body into starvation mode. While that is true, also consider that a significant calorie cut or going below 1200 calories will “appear” to work at first, but after a short time your metabolic rate will drop.

Then, you will be right back where you started from, except more hungry. Once this happens, it is going to take almost double the workout to burn off what you used to be able to burn off before by doing nothing. 1200 calories is considered a very low calorie diet.

Be Wary of Marketing Claims

Beware of things that say fat free, sugar free, or low fat. These “free” items are chemically infused, ample sugar amounts, and refined carbs. This is a sure fire way to fill open and expand fat cells, so the next time you do have any fat, ANY, being the key word, the fat will have a nice big home. Not to mention, all the chemicals that lead to other diseases and illness.

Skip the Fad Diets

Fad diets and going overboard does more harm than good in most cases. Avoid going to extremes such as cutting out dairy, carbohydrates, or fat. When you cut a certain nutrient out of your diet (carbohydrates/fats) your body loses the proper enzymes to break it down. In other words your body will lose the ability to break it down and process it, therefore, your body will most likely not be converting this stuff to energy and maybe storing most of it to fat.

Cheat Meals

Lastly, one of the biggest common unhealthy dieting mistakes is cheat meals. Cheat meals can be beneficial if they are eaten in moderate amounts. However, people generally let cheat meals, become cheat days, that become cheat weekends. Then you are basically undoing all the good things you did throughout the week. If that is not bad enough, most dieters tend to feel extremely guilty afterwards and stress about it. They then counter their mistakes over the weekend by counting every single morsel, also unhealthy.

Exercising to Justify Food

Do you let yourself have that fast food burger or your favorite dessert because you “earned it” with a great workout? If you do, you could be placing yourself at risk of weight gain instead of helping to promote your weight loss. This is by far one of the biggest unhealthy diet mistakes. Many people assume that they’re burning far more calories than they actually are.

It doesn’t help that many fitness trackers greatly overestimate the number of calories burned, as do many gym machines. Using those devices as guidance can make you feel as though you have room to consume a far larger treat than you actually can.  Be sure to know just how many calories you’re likely to have burned before you make your food choices.  Also make sure to remember that it is very unlikely that you will have burned enough calories from a workout to justify a fast food meal, particularly if your goal is to lose weight and not just maintain it.

The Takeaway

To avoid these and other common unhealthy dieting mistakes, the key is to balance. Keeping unhealthy foods in moderation, keeping away from fat free, low fat, and sugar free. Be sure you are eating enough of the right foods and not drastically cutting calories. Also, stay away from drastic fad diets, and stop going overboard by counting any one nutrient out of your diet. It is also helpful to listen to your body and know when you are hungry and when you are full, it’s best to eat slowly to determine this.



Make Your Very Own 100 Calorie Snacks

healthy 100 calorie snacks

You’ve probably seen those bags of 100 calorie snacks at your grocery store and thought that they were a great idea. In theory they are because they help you to manage your portions and see just what you get for 100 calories.

This is a good rule of thumb for a snack, but the truth is that you can do much better on your own. These packaged snacks may be good in a pinch, but you will quickly find that they can pack a whole lot more sugar, salt, and preservatives than you really need. After all, just because a packet contains 100 calorie snacks, it doesn’t mean that they’re good for you!  (more…)