Don’t you wish the people around you loved to eat healthy food? Especially those who won’t eat this or that and won’t even try! Well, Brian Wansink, PhD, Professor of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University, Director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab and best-selling author, has some advice for you. You may know Dr. Wansink from his research on the bottomless bowl andContinue reading...
“Lose 15, 35, 100+ pounds and never feel hungry… eat what you love and get slim for life… eat the carbs you love, lose weight fast”… these are some claims made in The CarbLovers Diet, a new book from the Editors of Health magazine.Continue reading...
When my girlfriend Heather and I first met and started dating more than three years ago, we quickly fell in love and out of shape. During that early stage in our relationship, we enjoyed our time together so much that we forgot about everything else in the world, including our diets. Eight months later, after moving in together, we stepped back on the scale and realized the wining and dining had taken a serious toll; I had gained more than 40 lbs and Heather had gained nearly 30 lbs, our BMIs were showing us both as moderately overweight, and clothes were getting too tight to fit.Continue reading...
We at Calorie Count generally don't look for a quick fix to a life-long weight problem, but our members in the Forums remind us that everybody is not the same. Some folks have good reasons for wanting to lose 10 pounds in 5 weeks, and that goal is entirely within the clinical guidelines, which recommend a loss of ½ to 2 pounds per week. And so, we have a few thoughts about how to sustain your rapt attention for the next 5-week period – and then again for the next 5 weeks after that.Continue reading...
Last week marked our three month anniversary on the road, traveling through Central America as part of a trip around the world. While Heather and I consider ourselves extremely lucky to be able to see and experience so many amazing destinations, staying on the move and living out of a backpack the past 100 days has left us missing a number of things from home. When we’re feeling a little homesick, or craving a little familiarity, one of the things we often find ourselves indulging in is good old-fashioned comfort food. Sometimes, there really is no “taste” like home.Continue reading...
Powerless thinking is the root cause of a sedentary lifestyle. Rewire your brain with more powerful thoughts to create the vibrant, healthy life you desire. Here are six examples...
Preparing your own home-cooked meals and snacks is one of the best ways to maintain a fresh and nutritious diet. And with the use of Calorie Count’s tools like the Recipe Analyzer, it’s possible to precisely control ingredients and serving sizes to accurately stay within daily calorie limits. But access to a proper kitchen isn’t always possible or practical – like when traveling, living in a college dorm, or scavenging around a cubicle at work. Luckily, there are a number of tools and “hacks” you can use to continue preparing your own healthy and economical food in a pinch.Continue reading...
Growing up in my house, it was expected (and in some cases, demanded) that I would “clean” my plate, finishing every bite. My loving, but firm, parents tried everything from threats such as “no dessert until you eat everything” to classic guilt trips about starving children in other parts of the world. While I might have hated and resisted this pressuring as a child, years later I still find myself feeling required to leave a clean plate after every meal, making it difficult to maintain an appropriate caloric intake.Continue reading...
Having attended two so-called “fat camps” as an overweight teen, and as a registered dietitian who has devoted her professional life to helping people—especially overweight children and their families—live more healthful lives, I eagerly anticipated the premiere of Huge on ABC Family TV. This original dramatic series chronicles the trials and tribulations of overweight teens at an overnight weight-loss camp. Would Huge accurately depict (but not exploit) the struggles of overweight teens? And would it motivate and guide them towards improving their food and fitness behaviors in a healthful way and feel better about themselves in the thin-obsessed world in which we live?Continue reading...
The statistics are jaw-dropping. In the US, consumption of bottled water now surpasses that of milk, coffee, and beer, generating some 50 billion plastic bottles per year. Despite the fact that most Americans have access to safe drinking water from public water sources thousands of times cheaper, bottled water consumption continues to rise exponentially. While the debate at home rages on over the safety and environmental implications of our changing water supply, in much of the developing world bottled water consumption is also increasing at breakneck pace. Here, though, it’s needed for survival.Continue reading...
Do you want to lose weight while feeling inspired and confident? Do you want to make your diet stick? If so, practice hypnosis and strengthen your conviction to lose that weight!Continue reading...
When I decided to become a long-term traveler and set off on a round-the-world trip, I knew I would be saying goodbye to most things routine, familiar, and comfortable and opening myself up to the unknown. Living this nomadic lifestyle of constant flux has made it nearly impossible to stick to the daily practices we espouse at Calorie Count, but along the way I’ve learned and adapted new ways to control my weight and continue eating healthy.Continue reading...
Gwyneth Paltrow may be a famous movie star, but she’s just another gal when it comes to bone loss. In her newsletter, GOOP, she revealed that she was recently diagnosed with osteopenia, a decrease in the quantity of bone that is common in postmenopausal women and an early form of osteoporosis. Gwyneth said, “…the orthopedic surgeon… gave me a bone scan, at which point it was discovered I had the beginning stages of osteopenia. This led my … doctors in New York to test my Vitamin D levels, which turned out to be the lowest they had ever seen.” ABC News wondered if Gwyneth’s extreme dieting behaviors were to blame.Continue reading...
Healthy vs. Restrictive Eating
Nutrition information is a tool, not a weapon—and certainly not a religion!
As you drank your daily cup (or three) of coffee this morning, chances are you gave little thought to the amount of work that went into producing that hot and stimulating beverage. From a coffee plant’s first few days in the nursery to the final roasting and brewing of the beans it produces, the journey coffee takes from plantations around the world to your favorite mug is a long and interesting one. While in Guatemala, I had the opportunity to visit one of the local fincas to learn more about this fascinating process, in addition to learning how to properly select, store, and drink this magic bean.Continue reading...
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