Some people prefer to work out on an empty stomach; some like a pre-workout snack. Which burns more calories, and which has the most impact on your performance? It depends. While exercising on an empty stomach may burn a few extra fat calories, research shows that total calorie burn is about the same, and that's all that matters when you're trying to lose weight.
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Fast food restaurants, convenience stores and other one-stop shops for junk food can be the ultimate landmine for even the most determined dieter. When hunger strikes, it's important to have healthy foods on hand. So instead of putting your diet on ice, put some healthy foods on it. When hunger strikes, convenience often outweighs common sense. It's easy to drop into the nearest gas station and grab a bag of chips, a candy bar... Read More
Take time to evaluate not only what you eat, but also how you eat it. When you sit down to a meal, do you rush through, gobbling as you go, without stopping for a breath? Take a look at your plate-- is it a dinner-sized one, overflowing with food? Smaller portions are the key to weight loss, but if you think you'll miss the extra calories, think again. There are tricks you can use to make yourself feel fuller, faster. Try filling a... Read More
As a dietitian and a mom of three young children, I naturally have a bowl of fruit on the kitchen table. You may think that this has always been the case. The truth is that it wasn't. The practice of having fresh fruit sitting out didn't occur to me until I had a friend from out of town visit me. This was during the time when I only had one young child and was studying nutrition. The light bulb went off. I realized fruit wasn't a big... Read More
Quick food is a big part of modern life these days, making it terribly laborious to show a child how he or she ought to eat healthy. The most cost effective and best foods are those that are normally the least healthy. If you offer your kid the choice between healthy food and junk food, you normally won't like the results.
Although it's not easy to urge a kid to love all healthy foods, there are some ways in which to get your... Read More