Light Ice Cream: What’s the Scoop?

Almost everyone knows that ice cream must be eaten in moderation, as it is packed with fats and sugars that will pack the pounds on if consumed in excess. However, what about light ice cream? Over the past few years, ice cream companies have released “light” versions of popular flavors targeting dieters. But is this lighter choice really that much better for you?

Self Magazine put this to the test in a recent ABC News article. Results are listed below. It seems as if the best, lowest calorie ice cream flavors are the simplest! If you’re going to indulge, remember portion control and flavor choice. One choice can make the different.

That’s the scoop!

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Can packaged diet foods actually be good for you?

Who would’ve thought that packaged diet foods may actually spur more weight loss? According to an article published by Yahoo! Health, “In a head-to-head comparison with a traditional diet, people who stuck to a diet of portion-controlled packaged foods lost almost twice as much weight as those who only got advice on how to trim calories.”

The main reason? Structure. Packaged diet foods not only contain healthier, lower calorie foods, but they also control portions. Many dieters may be eating the right things, but not necessarily the right amounts.

In this study, researchers studied the Medifast 5&1 plan, a plan consisting of five packaged meals a day and an additional meal of vegetables and protein prepared by the dieter. Researchers asked 60 people to join this diet for free, and by the end of 26 weeks, people on the Medifast diet shed about 6.7% of their starting weight, or about 16.5 pounds, while people dieting on their own only shed about 8.4 pounds, or 3.4% of their starting weight.

The only problem with these strict diets is the price. The Medifast diet costs about $300 a month, a steep price to pay for people trying to save money.

Bobbi McCormick: Foodie, Athlete and Wife

Recently, popular blogger Bobbi McCormick commented on one of my curations saying that she loved my work and was going to post my blog on her blogroll. I thought she was so kind and interesting that I decided to profile her success in my curation. To read Bobbi’s blog, click here.

Bobbi is a food and exercise connoisseur! nHerShoes, her blog, is a blog dedicated to eating healthy and exercising to the best of your ability. Bobbi tells her story about how she never felt healthy in high school and college, but then discovered that the key to feeling good in her own shoes was in her own hands, all that she had to do was eat healthy and exercise regularly.

Her blog consists of recipes for a dinner for one or a major dinner party, exercise routines such as “At Home Boot Camp” and “20 Minute Tuesdays.” She has a tab that directs readers to some home and garden tips, along with a link to her personal training website. Bobbi’s blog is one that I will follow for years to come, and she is such an inspiration to dieters and bloggers everywhere!

A Day in the Life: Successful Dieting

Recently, Eating Well published an article taking the reader through a day in the life of a successful dieter. The article lists the times of day, and what the health conscious person eats in order to maintain a steady diet and a fast metabolism. The day is broken down as follows:

8:00 AM: Breakfast time. The successful dieter chooses oatmeal, with fruit (such as a banana) mixed in. Breakfast is crucial to losing weight, and eating “slow-release” carbohydrates, like oatmeal, can help you burn more fat in a day.

10:00 AM: Mid-morning snack. Fruit or a non-fat latte are great low-calorie snacks that keep you feeling full until it is time for lunch. They contain both fiber and calcium, two key nutrients.

11:00 AM: Late morning exercise. Eating Well suggests to take a brisk 40 minute walk that will help you burn off excess calories.

1:00 PM: Lunch time. The key to eating a healthy lunch is to focus on vegetables, particularly, choose salad. Stick with a salad containing lots of different colored vegetables, and a lean protein such as chicken to keep you feeling full.

4:00 PM: Afternoon snack. Snack smart with hummus or vegetables rather than reaching for a bag of chips or cookies. They provide fiber and nutrients that keep you feeling full until dinner.

6:00 PM: Dinner time. Start your meal with soup or salad to offset the protein and starch you’ll consume for dinner. They will make sure you stop eating when you’re actually full so you don’t stuff yourself.

8:00 PM: A small indulgence. Stick to a few squares of dark chocolate to satisfy that sweet tooth and keep your diet in check. Going overboard can ruin a successful diet day!

Stick to these healthy tips, and you’ll lose weight in no time.

Unhealthy Foods that Help Weight Loss: Can it be true?

Who would have ever thought that “bad” foods can actually accelerate weight loss? According to a recent study by Web MD, a list of foods that have been thought of as questionable can actually help to change your body.

1. Eggs: Although they are a controversial food, an egg a day, especially for breakfast, can help accelerate weight loss and keep you full all day because of the protein packed into them.

2. Steak: For many years, nutritionists have advised against red meat. However, steak is loaded with protein and not as much saturated fat as people think. Choose a tenderloin or sirloin for maximum protein and minimum fat.

3. Pork: Pork has always been a meat with a bad reputation, however, today’s cuts of pork tenderloin are 31% leaner than they were 20 years ago. This makes the meat a lean source of protein, so enjoy!

4. Pasta: Carbs have always been thought to pack on the pounds, however, switch to whole grain pasta instead of completely avoiding it while dieting. Eating whole grains has been proven to eliminate belly fat!

5. Nuts: Although they are high in fat, it is the good kind of fat! Nuts help you feel full, and are packed with protein and fiber. Grab nuts over cookies or sugar, they’re a much better choice in the end.

6. Cheese: The body actually burns more fat when fueled with a calcium source such as cheese, so eat low fat dairy products and you’ll watch the weight fall off.

7. Coffee: Drinking coffee black boosts the metabolism without added calories. Ditch the cream and sugar, or switch to a low calorie brand of both.

It is important to know that a healthy diet consists of all foods, whether they are “bad” for you or not. Sweets in moderation contribute to being healthy, so indulge some!


The Paleo Diet: A Seat at the Caveman’s Dining Table

The Paleo diet, a recent trend in dieting, has raised numerous questions among potential dieters and researchers. The diet, consisting of organic fruits, vegetables, and meat, stresses simplicity and cuts out major food groups, encouraging dieters to consume food the way that their ancestors did. USA Today explored the diet and its effects in a recent article.

Liz Wolfe, a nutritional therapy practitioner and advocate of the Paleo diet, said, ” ‘Paleo’ truly just means ‘old.’ It means getting back to basics, the raw materials for life…We are not living in the past, but we’re learning from the wisdom of our ancestors and honoring the way our bodies developed over thousands of years. I trust that vast, millennia-long historical record.”

Giving up massive food groups is definitely not easy, but is this diet truly worth the sacrifice? Dieters say yes, saying they feel healthier, happier, and have much more energy. Cutting out saturated fats, processed foods, salt, and dairy may be difficult, but worth it.

“My asthma got significantly better. I didn’t feel like I was having an asthma attack during cardio workouts anymore…my body is more lean and my muscles are more toned,”  said Julie Shannon, a new Paleo dieter.

Healthy living: so easy, a caveman can do it.

Conquering Cravings: Controlling Your Appetite

In a study published just a few days ago, Health Central discussed how to control your appetite in order to avoid over-eating and unnecessary snacking when your body isn’t actually hungry! Statistics show that shockingly, 67% of the United States population is either overweight or obese.

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The investigation by Health Central divulges into how to know when your body is full through a process called The Food Modulation Process. This process encourages a person to eat slowly, so that the Mu Opioed Receptors (MORs), or appetite controllers, can take the time to let your brain and body know that it is full. Eating at a fast pace doesn’t give these MORs the time that they need to operate properly, causing you to consume too many calories in one sitting. Sweets and starches allow MORs to tell the brain to eat more, while fiber and protein cause MORs to give the brain the message that the body is full.

Trick your brain into eating less by using smaller plates, changing your environment, or using contrasting colors on the plate. Researchers have found that this small trick triggers your brain into being more concerned about portion size. Drink lots of water and consume vegetables to fill your stomach so that you feel full more often.