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(Andrew Weil, M.D.) If you are not ready to give up coffee just yet but want to steer away from the sugar-laden versions, try these simple steps: you'll still get the flavor, but with less sugar. 1. Skip the chocolate sauce and instead opt for a small piece of high-quality dark chocolate (at least 70 percent cocoa solids) on the side. 2. Add cinnamon (which may aid digestion) rather than caramel or other sweeteners. 3. Forgo the whipped cream; a modest amount of unsweetened half-and-half is a better choice.
(Appetite for Health) According to recent studies…, women … tend to gain weight when they begin living with a man… Some researchers say that when women spend more time at home with their mates, they tend to shift towards eating more and exercising less… But by sticking to their habits and adopting even healthier ones, women can avoid relationship weight gain by staying focused on good habits.
(Keri Gans, MS, RDN, CDN, U.S. News & World Report) Eat like an athlete - not a couch potato - while cheering on your favorite football team.
(Discovery.com) Could you resist your favorite junk food after staring at it and sniffing it? A professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at University of California, San Diego’s School of Medicine is teaching overweight kids to develop willpower over French fries and Cheetos by doing just that.
Community: I’m reminded of the George Clooney movie, “The Men Who Stare at Goats.”
(Appetite for Health) In one study, New Zealand researchers identified 49 foods considered the most damaging for your diet. In another study, University of Pittsburgh obesity researchers found several foods that were linked with weight loss at six months and two years later. The Pitt study’s worst diet wreckers: desserts, fried foods and sweetened beverages.
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5 Foods to Keep When You Diet
(Appetite for Health) [D]eprivation, in most cases, does not lead to weight loss success.  At AppforHealth.com we encourage balance and variety — and sanity!  Many foods get put on the ‘diet don’t’ list for no good reason. Here are some foods that you can put back on your plate — in moderation of course — even if you are aiming to slim down this new year. Pasta… Potatoes… Fruit… Peanut Butter… Chocolate.
(Deborah Enos, CN, LiveScience.com) [T]he evidence that suggests that breakfast is a meal not-to-be-skipped is overwhelming. In fact, I have never encountered a study that suggests the opposite. Here a look at some of the research showing the possible benefits of breakfast: …Skipping breakfast may increase a woman's diabetes risk… Eating breakfast was associated with a lower incidence of heart disease in men between ages 45 and 82… A … review of 47 breakfast-related studies found that eating breakfast is likely to improve cognitive function related to memory and test grades… In one recent study, people who ate breakfast as their largest meal lost an average of 17.8 pounds over three months.
(Appetite for Health) If you’re always caving to your desire for calorie-rich treats, new research shows that protein-rich breakfasts help control appetite so that people eat fewer calories overall.
(Sharecare.com) Adding about half a cup of chickpeas to your daily diet can cut cravings for salty, sugary and fatty snacks. In this video, Robin Miller, MD, reveals what makes chickpeas such a craving stopper.
Community: Hummus is usually made with chickpeas, and it also contains appetite suppressing olive oil. I eat a stick of celery with hummus with my lunch salad, most days.
(Andrew Weil, M.D.) The less you sleep, the more likely you are to gain weight, and a new study suggests why: late night nibbling translates into too many excess calories.
(Appetite for Health) Fat not only delivers essential fatty acids to your diet, it doesn’t raise blood sugar levels like carbohydrates do.  In addition, fat is slow to digest, so it actually helps enhance feelings of fullness (not to the extent of protein). A  recent study found that olive oil-infused foods enhanced satiety, and just the smell of olive oil was found to trigger brain chemicals that help us feel full. Other studies consistently show that those who enjoy nuts, avocados and other better for you fats tend to be thinner than those who don’t eat these foods. Healthy unsaturated fats from foods like extra virgin olive oil, avocados, nuts and nut butters are considered heart-healthy too.
(Chatelaine) When it comes to weight loss, fat has a bad rap, because it packs more calories per gram than carbs or proteins. But the reality is a low-fat diet may do more harm than good. First, it can lead to deficiencies in fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K), which are critical for healthy cells and hormone production, says Ottawa nutritionist Rachel Caven. Second, when you cut fat, you may eat more unhealthy sugars and chemical fillers. Avoid this trap by planning your daily calorie intake to include 30 percent healthy fats (good-for-you polyunsaturated and monounsaturated). And no trans fats, please!
(Chatelaine) Here are seven [nutrients] that you should incorporate more often to lose your love handles… [M]agnesium… [I]odine… [Z]inc… [V]itamin C… [P]otassium… [C]alcium.
(LiveScience) A new diet fad claims that replacing one meal a day with mushrooms will help women shed fat, but only in certain parts of the body — the waist, hips and thighs — but not the bust… Experts say that there's nothing magical about mushrooms — replacing one meal a day with any vegetable would help a person lose weight, said Katherine Tallmadge, a registered dietitian, and op-ed contributor to LiveScience.
(Appetite for Health) The three worst diet-destroying habits for your waistline include drinking alcohol, not getting enough sleep and watching TV, according to new research.
(Sharecare.com) The connection between sleep and weight loss is one of the best kept secrets to dieting success. [A]ccording to research, getting enough sleep (8 or more hours every single night) helps your body burn fat when you're dieting.
(U.S. News & World Report) Is your mood for the day frequently tied to the number you see on your bathroom scale? You're not alone: Recent research reveals that in some people, frequent self-weighing is actually tied to depression, poor body image and an overall crummy mood, even though the subjects were normal weight. Worse, these feelings are also tied to disordered eating, making self-weighing a potential vicious cycle for some.

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