Around the holidays you probably attend numerous luncheons, dinner parties, and other social gatherings that restaurants will cater. If you travel, you likely make less-than-stellar meal or snack choices. While dining out can be a pleasurable experience and a welcome deviation from home cooking, you want to be prepared whenever you find yourself in any of these situations.
If asked why they eat, most people would respond because they are hungry. But that seemingly obvious reason is the exception rather than the rule, according to a recent study on the psychology of food intake and portion control. The fact is that our eating decisions are motivated by numerous factors, and only a small fraction of those is based on actual hunger.
As a nutritionist counseling on healthy eating and weight management, I am often asked by clients how to choose better snack foods. Let’s face it, most of us don’t just eat three meals a day without any additional snacks or treats. And snacking can be a good practice if you make the right choices. It can even be a great way to boost your intake of fruits and vegetables as well as important nutrients such as protein and fiber, which so many people fall short of.
In order to shed pounds, you have to diet and exercise – that’s common knowledge. But what if your fitness regimen makes you even heavier? It may be counterintuitive, but unwanted weight gain despite of strenuous physical activity is not uncommon, especially among people with an otherwise sedentary lifestyle.
Grocery stores are among the most deceptive places out there, filled with confusing and oftentimes misleading front-of-package claims that trick shoppers into thinking their food choices are healthy when in fact they’re not. That’s why it’s left to us consumers to make better choices for ourselves. Here’s a simple guide to the best shopping cart I can think of…
Even so-called diet sodas make people fat. How so? If losing weight were all about calories, then consuming diet drinks would seem like a good idea. That’s certainly what soda makers like Coca-Cola want us to believe in their ads, pretending to join the fight against obesity. They promote their low or no calorie drinks and that they cut sugary drinks in schools. That should be a good thing, right? In fact, it may be worse than having a regular Coke.