Winter’s hearty foods and frosty weather have left many of us with an extra layer of padding that it’s time to shed. The good news is that a lot of the spring foods can help you lose weight. Here’s a look at some of my favorite slimming spring foods:
Strawberries: Who knew “diet” foods could taste this delicious? But strawberries really are a superfood for weight loss. All those seeds studding the strawberry’s surface are packed with fiber — one of the most important factors for weight loss. Fiber helps to add bulk to food, filling you up without adding extra calories, and one cup of strawberries gives you three grams of fiber. If you’re wondering just how many pints to devour, women need 25 grams a day, and men need 38.
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The holidays can be stressful enough without adding the burden of trying to lose weight. But if you know you’re going to want to whip yourself into shape come January, you can at least help yourself out by not putting on any new pounds during the holiday season. While that may seem like a tall order, you might already be doing more than you think. A lot of everyday activities help boost your calorie burn. See how much you can burn without even trying:
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Working in an office can have a way of making you snacky. And if you’re caught unprepared, it’s all too easy to make a not-so-healthy choice (the cookies your baking-happy coworker brought yet again, the nutrition-less pretzels at the vending machine). Here are 13 ideas for office-friendly snacks, plus some “best practices” for snacking at the office.
A few tips on snacking at the office:
1) Be considerate of your coworkers — anything too loud (crunchy chips) or smelly (microwaved popcorn, canned fish) is a no-no for eating at your desk or prepping in the office kitchen.
2) Think of taking a walk instead of eating a snack — sometimes what you’re really craving is a little break. Re-energize yourself with a walk outside (or even just around the office) before snacking.
3) If you find that you can keep on eating … and eating, then bring snacks that are already portioned for you. Many of the ideas below fit the bill.
13 Snack Ideas
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As I dietitian, I’m frequently asked whether cleanses are safe. There seems to be a deep fascination with cleanses out there—they carry a promise of pushing a reset button and purging your body of all those “toxins” that supposedly are building up. Cleanses usually take one of two turns: juice cleanses (replacing all solid foods with freshly pressed organic juices) or water cleanses (essentially fasting and just drinking water, and maybe adding a dash of lemon juice, cayenne and maple syrup a la the Master Cleanse).
But does your body need a break from digesting food in order to cleanse itself more efficiently? And are cleanses safe?
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Aarti Sequeira and Samantha Cassetty after indulging in some pizza on Drop 5 Lbs with Good Housekeeping.
As the resident nutritionist on Drop 5 Lbs
, people tend to think that I eat healthfully 100 percent of the time, or that I don’t have a sweet tooth, let alone ever give in to one. But my friends and family can vouch for me: I give into my sweet tooth regularly — every day, in fact. But I keep my weight in check with a few simple strategies. Here’s how:
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