Julie Upton, MS, RD, CSSD

Julie Upton, MS, RD, CSSDJulie is a Registered Dietitian, writer and contributor to national news programs, including CNN, ABC World News Tonight, the TODAY Show,  MTV and many more. She is the co-author of “The Real Skinny” and “Energy to Burn,” a book on sports nutrition.

Late Night Snacking, a Notorious Culprit in Weight Gain
A recent study published in the medical journal Obesity revealed that late night snacking may lead to weight gain. The study’s findings have been covered extensively in the news media, with most of the coverage focusing on the reports that night owls tend to eat fast food, drink sodas, and eat less fruits and veggies compared to those who go to bed earlier.
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Healthy Pantry Essentials
A well-stocked pantry is essential to ensure you can create healthy and delicious meals at a moment’s notice. What’s more, having a kitchen stocked with good-for-you options can help you peel off unwanted pounds. That’s because home-cooked meals typically amount to smaller portions and fewer calories than restaurant food, less saturated fat and added sugars than in processed and ready-to-eat items, and more fruits and vegetables than in most dishes you get served away from home.
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How to Avoid Weekend Weight Gain
Do you eat well during the week only to indulge a bit too much on the weekend? If so, you’re not alone. Research reveals that most people eat 230 to 350 more calories between Friday and Sunday compared to the rest of the week. Saturdays are actually the worst when it comes to overeating.
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Best Gluten-Free Snacks
Gluten intolerance and sensitivities are on the rise, and while no one fully understands why this is happening, the fact is that the only way those affected can prevent the annoying GI symptoms, like gas, bloating, and diarrhea, is to avoid gluten. But that’s easier said than done because gluten is a type of protein found in all forms of wheat, barley, rye, and triticale.
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Six Healthy Holiday Favorites
Holiday dinners shouldn’t destroy your diet, especially since many traditional holiday foods are nutritional all-stars. Here are six holiday super foods, and tips how nutrition pros prepare them in ways that don’t pile on unnecessary and “empty” calories.
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Conquer Your Cravings for Sweets
Too much added sugar in your diet is harmful to your health. Period. Excess added sugars promote weight problems and obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, and increase the risk for many chronic diseases. In addition, newer studies suggest that added sugars have addictive qualities. Here are some strategies to help you lick your sweet tooth once and for all.
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25 Ways to Lose Your Blubber
Weight loss experts agree that the only way to win the war against fat is to develop simple modifications in how we eat and increase activity in our daily lives. Together, these help us consume fewer calories and burn more, thereby allowing for weight loss. Each of the following tips will shave approximately 100 calories from your daily diet without requiring any other major changes in your eating and lifestyle habits.
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Game Day Strategies for a Penalty-Free Party Menu
I’m a NFL Super Fan. I get emails from NFL Commissioner Roger Goddell, I buy NFL apparel, I subscribe to NFL network and NFL RedZone, and I spend September through January watching football or talking about it to anyone who will listen to me. When I’m watching football that also means I’m thinking about what to eat while watching. And, it means I can get out my favorite WinCraft Official NFL snack helmets to fill them up with better-for-you choices.
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What Olympians Eat
As the 2012 Olympic games begin, we can all look and admire the rock-hard, chiseled bodies of the Olympic athletes. Clearly, consistent training + clean eating = an amazing physique. But have you ever wondered what Olympians eat? I huddled with other sports nutritionists who work with U.S. Olympians – from gymnasts and cyclists to swimmers, weightlifters and sprinters – to compile the top-10 favorite foods of U.S. Olympians. You may be surprised at the competition-worthy eats. The best athletes don’t subsist on protein powders or engineered bars or gels. Instead, they eat wholesome, real foods.
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