5 Quick Tips

 With Thanksgiving coming up, I though you all might like some quick easy tips to get through the holiday season and not feel too guilty about your feast this thursday! I think we all want a quick fix when it comes to diet and weight loss, which is why those crazy diets like grapefruit or squash soup fads are so popular.  We would all like a remedy that’s so simple. Well unfortunately nothing is that easy, but I scoured the internet and have come up with five simple techniques that can aid in living a healthy life style.  Now I will warn you, these are not all original ideas, but they are ones that I have found helpful in my own life. If you have any tips of your own feel free to leave a comment!  I would love to hear them.


1. Buy natural varieties of peanut butter and pour off some of the oil sitting on top. Each serving will have 20 fewer calories and 2 to 3 fewer grams of fat. It’s a small difference that’ll add up to a couple of pounds per year. —Amelia Winslow, personal chef in Los Angeles and founder of the healthy food blog Eating Made Easy


2. “Cutting out after-dinner snacking is a quick way to help you shed 5 pounds in a week. At night, we’re usually scaring down junky foods in front of the TV—and it’s easy to consume a meal’s worth of calories, plus belly-bloating sodium. If you’re typically hungry before bed, it might mean you’re eating dinner too early, so push it back. Snack on fruit at 3 p.m. Then at 5 p.m., have a snack bar. At 7:30, you’ll be ready for dinner, and you’ll be eating late enough to stay full for the rest of the evening.” —Heather Bauer, RD, author of Bread Is the Devil: Win the Weight Loss Battle by Taking Control of Your Diet Demons

3. “Downsize your wine glass to cut calories. Wine glasses today are giant goblets, so it’s easy to pour 6 ounces, or one-and-a-half servings, without noticing. That means those two glasses a night might actually be closer to three (almost half a bottle!), adding up to 300 calories. Instead of drinking this way every day, have a regular-size 4-ounce glass a couple of times a week. You could drop more than 20 pounds this year.” —Tim Church, MD, director of preventive medicine research at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana


4. “Make sure you’re the last one to start eating and also the last person to finish. I do this, and it helps me slow down and chew my food properly instead of inhaling what’s on my plate—and more. Eat this way and you’ll take in fewer calories at your meals.” —JJ Virgin, PhD, author of Six Weeks to Sleeveless and Sexy: The 5-Step Plan to Sleek, Strong, and Sculpted Arms


5. “Stop eating when you’re at a 5 or 6 on a scale of 1 to 10 (where 1 is famished and 10 is Thanksgiving full). When you stop at 5 or 6, chances are 20 minutes later; you’ll feel like a 7 or 8. This tactic is great for parties and vacations—and could save you lots of calories per meal.” —Ellie Krieger, RD, host of Cooking Channel’s Healthy Appetite and author of Comfort Food Fix.

 Happy Thanksgiving!



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