5 Surprising Foods That Help You Lose Weight

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We often make the mistake of viewing our weight loss plan in terms of “things we can’t eat”. That’s actually a bad habit for several reasons: Making foods “off limits” can trigger more cravings for them, it teaches you to view healthy foods as a punishment, and it trains your brain to resent your weight loss plan.

But beyond those reasons, you shouldn’t be so quick to throw so many foods into the “can’t eat” category, anyway. Many dieters are making the mistake of removing these foods from their eating plans, when they could actually be part of a balanced, healthy diet.

Nut butters. There’s no need to completely avoid peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter and the like. Nut butters actually contain plenty of heart-healthy fats, protein, and fiber. And we have even more good news: You can skip the low-fat versions, because they’re actually higher in sugar. Just watch your portions, and pair your nut butters with fruits, veggies, or whole grains.

Eggs. Years ago, eggs earned an undeserved bad reputation for containing cholesterol. Now we know that they’re actually high in “good” cholesterol, which helps to lower “bad” cholesterol in the body. Plus, eggs are a terrific source of protein.

Dark-meat poultry. Contrary to popular belief, the “dark meat” of a chicken isn’t much higher in calories. Just skip the skin and you’ll keep your caloric counts about the same as white meat. Plus, the dark part of the bird actually contains more iron and zinc. Since dark meat is more flavorful and juicy, you might find that you feel more satisfied after meals.

Pasta. You’re really going to love this one. Pasta is actually relatively low on the glycemic index, at least compared to many obviously unhealthy choices like white bread. Whole grain pasta is a little better, of course, but you can indulge in the regular variety as well. Just avoid heavy cream sauces, go easy on the portions, and include lots of veggies with the meal.

Chocolate. Research has shown that chocolate can actually be good for your heart and brain. There’s a catch, though: You have to avoid the sugary, milk chocolate varieties. Not only are they higher in sugar and calories, but they contain much less actual chocolate. Switch to dark chocolate, and within a few weeks we promise you won’t notice the difference. And of course, mind your portions. An ounce of dark chocolate is a great, healthy after-meal treat.

You might be surprised to learn that you can still enjoy many of your favorite foods while losing weight. Give us a call, and we’ll discuss how you can incorporate them into your weight loss plan.

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8 Signs of a Sugar Addiction

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You know sugar is one of the worst things you can eat, and that you should avoid it if you want to lose weight. But surely just one more bite can’t hurt… Can it?

 Technically, a small amount of sugar here and there is acceptable, and certainly not the end of the world. But the problem with the “just one more bite” mindset is that it can be eerily similar to having “just one more drink” or “rolling the dice just one more time”. Like drinking alcohol, gambling, and many other activities, eating sugar can actually be addictive.

 Some people eat a little bit of sugar here and there, and they’re completely healthy. Others can’t seem to shake their sugar addiction. Even worse, like many other types of addicts, those who can’t say no to sugar might actually be in denial about how much they’re really eating. If any of these eight signs point to you – especially if several of them do – you might have developed a physical or emotional dependence on sugar.

  • You crave sweets regularly.
  • You battle skin conditions like acne.
  • You feel moody, cranky, or depressed (especially when you’re craving something sweet).
  • You experience memory or “processing” problems (especially after a meal).
  • You’ve put on some weight, and it’s hard to lose it.
  • You frequently feel tired, despite getting enough sleep.
  • Foods taste bitter, even things that most other people seem to enjoy, and you don’t like many foods that don’t contain sugar.
  • You’ve had several (or more) cavities in your teeth.

 Does any of this sound familiar? That’s because sugar acts very similar to a drug. You crave it, you consume it, and then not long afterward your mood and energy crashes. You crave more of it, just to feel “normal” again, and then the cycle starts over. Some people even crave increasing amounts of sugar, to the point that all other foods taste bitter or bland.

 If you have a sugar addiction, one of the best things you can do for yourself is either cut back gradually or go cold turkey on the stuff. Give yourself a few weeks on a healthy, balanced, and sugar-free diet, and you will start to feel like yourself again. You’ll even notice that healthy foods begin to taste better over time.

 If you need help with your weight loss program, or you seek nutritional advice, give us a call. We can help you put together an eating plan that best suits your goals and lifestyle.

Change Your Mind, Change Your Life

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7 Easy Sources of Protein

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5 Common Food Myths, Debunked!

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As you put together your weight loss plan, it can be difficult to sift through the mountains of nutritional advice on the internet. On top of that, a lot of that advice is based upon complete myths! The following five myths have been debunked for quite some time now, but not everyone has caught up with science. Ignore any “advice” based on these myths, and remember to come see us for expert nutritional guidance. Read more

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