Get Set for Summer

Ah summer: warm weather, long days, and outdoor fun. But if shorts and tank tops have you feeling nervous about the approaching months because of your weight, now is the time to do something about that. Start this summer with renewed confidence and these six smart strategies to shed pounds.

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Change Your Perception of Food

Redefine Your Perception of Food

Transform your relationship with food into a healthy one and you’ll set yourself up for a lifetime of success!

There are many events in our lives that shape who we are and who we will become. Food has a way of becoming integrated with these events and the feelings and memories that surround them.

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Avoid Winter Weight Gain

Packing on the pounds seems to be another holiday tradition, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are 5 tips to help you avoid the common traps that lead to winter weight gain.

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A Healthy, Happy Thanksgiving

A lot of dieters dread Thanksgiving, thinking they only have two choices:
1) join in the festivities and pay the price with an expanding waistline or
2) stick to a diet and be miserable while everyone else chows down
Since Thanksgiving is centered around a lavish dinner, where traditionally we give thanks by eating as much as we can, it can be a dieter’s nightmare. But here are five tips to keep you both slim and sane.

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Thanksgiving Dinner Do’s and Don’ts

After Halloween, Thanksgiving is the next big diet buster holiday. You may be dreading the thought of overindulging or missing out of the fun. Here’s some tips to make sure you enjoy your Thanksgiving celebration.

DO! Even though, as the saying goes, you can’t out-train a bad diet, it’s still a great idea to get a pre-Thanksgiving workout. Not only will it mitigate the caloric impact, but you’ll feel stronger and will be more likely to make healthy choices.

DON’T! Don’t skip breakfast or lunch, trying to save all your calories for the big dinner. You’ll end up starving and could eat more than you might have all day.

DO! Focus on family, togetherness, gratefulness and all the other intangible aspects of the holiday, instead of just making it all about the food.

DON’T! Don’t load up on the simple carbs and sugary food. Worst offenders? Stuffing, bread and butter, canned cranberry sauce, anything with “casserole” in the name, and pecan pie.

DO! Enjoy lean turkey, vegetables, roasted potato, salad, and perhaps a little sliver of pumpkin pie. We want you to enjoy your dinner without overdoing it. If you’re the cook, you have even more opportunity to make the dinner more healthful for your family by limiting sugar, oil and butter in the preparation.

DON’T! Don’t reach for the alcohol. It will add calories and stimulate your appetite, as well as impairing your judgment on whether second helpings are a good idea (they’re not).

DO! Eat slowly, and savor every bite. Instead of rushing through your dinner to get to the next full plate of food before you feel too stuffed, just reward yourself by relishing every bite of your holiday favorites.

DON’T! Don’t feel as though indulging at Thanksgiving has ruined your diet and you might as well give up until January. Be realistic. This is a time of year when there will be a lot of temptation, so try to adopt a 80/20 mindset. Keep up your healthy diet at least 80% of the time, and allow some room for indulgences.

DO! Get back on track as soon as possible. Take a walk after dinner or start the next day off with a nutritious breakfast and a workout.

Planning for Weight Loss

Often diets fail because we start out with good intentions, but no concrete plan. If your goal is to lose weight, it is important to determine the steps you’ll use to reach that goal. In order to make healthier choices, you’ll need to plan ahead. In this article, we’ll help you to formulate your plan and give you tips for keeping on track every step of the way.

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Pros of Probiotics

First of all, what are probiotics? While they are generally described as “good bacteria,” the World Health Organization officially classifies probiotics as “any living microorganism that has a health benefit when ingested.” Many types of bacteria (such as the more commonly known L. Acidophilus and Bifidobacteria) are probiotics and even some types of yeast (such as Saccharmyces) can act as probiotics. And what health benefits do these microorganisms provide?

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A Healthy Spin on Dieting

If you are like most people, you probably eat the same meals daily or weekly, because they might be easy dishes, favorite foods, or just familiar foods. For example, we’ve heard many dieters tell us that they eat the same thing for breakfast every morning because it makes it easy to maintain a healthy habit. But here’s an idea: switch it up!

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Food Journaling for Weight Loss

Perhaps you’ve heard the old joke that calories don’t count when no one sees you eat them. While we may sagely agree that this is nonsense, we do sometimes live as if it is true. We grab free food samples while shopping, eat some of the kids’ leftovers, or sneak a snack in the office break room. And those don’t really count, right?

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Eat Breakfast to Lose Weight

Eating breakfast can help you eat less the whole day. Leptin is a hormone that suppresses appetite. Meg Jordan, PhD., R.N, says that eating breakfast “ensures our body’s leptin production.” Studies correlate that those who eat breakfast, eat fewer calories throughout the day. What’s the best breakfast to eat? You should aim to consume complex carbohydrates, fiber and protein. Here are some of our favorite healthy breakfasts and some suggestions on how to grab a good breakfast even on your busiest mornings.

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