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This Could be Your Fitness Answer to Surving Holiday Buffets and Potlucks

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These Simple Ingredients Could be Your Answer to a Healthier Holiday Season

 

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Which type of dairy products are the healthiest: Non-Fat or Full-Fat?

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My life is hectic. Can you give me a ‘plan of action’ to help me lose 45 pounds?

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Do I have to do more than workout 3 times a week and avoid alcohol and snacks to lose weight?

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I don’t like vegetables, so what healthy meals and shakes should I have to lose 40 pounds?

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I have been exercising three times a week for several months, so why am I not losing weight?

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Should I drink my whey protein shake after my strength training, but before my cardio?

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What is the best way to incorporate bread, cheese and salads into 3 main meals for vegetarians?

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What is the best diet to follow for people with reactive hypoglycemia?

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Should I start drinking red wine to help me lower my cholesterol? Does red wine help your blood pressure?

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What are the best food groups to eat throughout the day to lose weight?

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5 Surprising Foods Full of Hidden Sugar

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I went gluten-free and gained a lot of weight, what am I doing wrong?

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Will intermittent fasting help me lose weight?

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Tailgating Revisited, 9 Delicious and Healthy Options for Football Sunday!

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Is there a way for me to go back to a vegetarian diet safely, and without gaining weight?

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Why am I gaining weight on a no-carb diet?

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How can I LOSE WEIGHT and GAIN MUSCLE?

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Why don’t I feel full after a 600 calorie meal?

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What diet and exercise combination is the best way to lose weight?

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How can I tell if food is high in saturated fat, and will unsaturated fat help me lose weight?

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I am confused about Carbs, Fat, and Protein intake to lose weight. Everyone says something different, what is the right amount of each for weight loss?

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Can nutrition help me with my thyroid and weight loss issues?

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How can I gain weight in muscle, not fat?

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Is the Macronutrient Distribution Diet the BEST for WEIGHT LOSS?

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SNACK SMARTER THIS SCHOOL YEAR!

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This article was contributed by Debbie M., MS, RD – 

It’s not just the kids and teachers heading back to school that need to pay attention and make sure that they are eating healthy snacks during the day. Many people are grabbing the wrong things to manage hunger outside of mealtimes.

Snack  noun \ˈsnak\ : a small amount of food eaten between meals

Look at the definition of “snack” above and you’ll see that volume and timing are mentioned, not content. No wonder so many people are clueless about what to snack on! Read on to find out what to pack in your work, school or gym bag.

Snacks only need to comprise 1-3 elements: a balance of protein, carbohydrates and fat — the 3 macronutrients. This is much less than the 4-5 elements food groups required for a square meal. This is because protein slows digestion, carbohydrates provide fuel and fat is satisfying. Having all three present in your snack means stable energy until the next meal, which means you have chosen and “A+” snack.

What is the best afternoon snack to curb hunger?

You can start with any one food group you like – fruit, starch, meats, vegetables, dairy or fat. Then add another item that fills any macronutrient gaps. Some things, like soybeans (edamame) or low-fat fruited Greek yogurt don’t need this macronutrient pairing because they are well-balanced by themselves. Here are some great examples of combinations that make the grade:

  • Oranges + peanuts
  • Wheat crackers + tuna salad
  • Half a turkey sandwich with avocado
  • Hard cooked egg + pretzels
  • Celery and carrot sticks + hummus
  • V-8 juice + string cheese
  • Cottage cheese + pineapple
  • Low-fat milk + protein powder
  • Almonds + banana

If you’ve forgotten your homework and didn’t pack a snack, you can still grab a small 1-2 ounce protein bar from a convenience store, a cup of soup from a deli counter, or a single street taco at a fast-casual restaurant. As a last resort from a drive through (detention for you!), select a snack wrap or fruit and yogurt parfait.

 

Don’t forget that portion matters! Keep it small, which is about a handful total to give a visual idea of a proper portion. This is about one cup. If you want to look at it from the perspective of calories, then somewhere in the 100-200 calorie range for women and 150-300 calorie range for men is suitable.

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Considerations:

  • True, sugar and caffeine give you energy, but only temporarily. Sorry, candy bars and coffee get a failing grade here!
  • You can’t eat what you don’t have. So shop and prepare options in advance.
  • Convenience and portability matter. A shelf-stable package or individually portioned container can make the difference of a snack eaten instead of skipped. Skipping a snack could lead to overeating later in the day.
  • Snacks are a great time to fit in some elements that you don’t get at your meals. Perhaps some vegetables or a serving of dairy?
  • Let hunger be your guide. Waiting until you’re “starving” means going straight for the junk. On the flip side, don’t force yourself to eat just because “it’s time.”

RECESS! Timing is important to the concept of snacking. Ideally, a snack would fit in the midpoint of the break between meals. If your meals are tightly spaced 3-4 hours apart, there may not even be a need for snacks. Conversely, you may want to increase the size of your snack if there will be an extended time before your next meal.

Now you have no excuse (though, the dog really can eat it) to have a healthy snack.  Feel free to share other great snack ideas in the comments section below!

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Are there concerns about too much protein, or other supplements, adversely affecting your kidneys?

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Will you lose weight if you replace some meals with protein shakes?

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How can you lose the last 15 pounds in your midsection?

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What should you do/eat to maintain your IRON level?

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Advance Your Abs with These Six-Pack Sculpting Exercises

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Is it bad to exercise right after eating a meal?

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What are vegetarian things I can eat that contain a lot of protein?

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Can you flatten your stomach with diet alone?

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What should your MACRONUTRIENTS intake be?

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One calculator says 1200 Cal/day, the other 2030 Cal/day to lose weight, which is correct?

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Why haven’t I lost weight or belly fat after two months of working out?

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How can I lose the last 10 pounds I gained during pregnancy?

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How much produce is too much, if I am trying to gain weight?

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How much fat, protein, carbs, fiber, water, etc. do I need to build muscle?

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Do I have to eat BEFORE an early morning training session, or can I wait until AFTER?

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Which food pairings are best for losing weight?

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Can I prevent my muscles from cramping by adjusting what I eat and drink?

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What is the best afternoon snack to curb hunger?

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Is eating before I sleep sabotaging my weight loss?

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Am I eating wrong to obtain 9% body fat, or is this just not realistic to achieve?

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7 Plank Exercises for a Tighter and Toned Stomach

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If you’re like most people, this is the time of year you’re trying to define your abs & lose your love handles. After all, we all want enviable abs for the summer. If this sounds like you, these 7 Plank exercises can help you achieve your goal.

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3 Answers to Feeling Full Without all the Calories

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