By SHAPE.com Diet Doctor, Mike Roussell, PhD
Ideally I would have you pick neither, but if you had to make a choice, pick sweeteners. Eating lots of foods and drinks with added sugars is the number one nutrition behavior that I change with a new client. It is very detrimental to both health and weight loss efforts.
Oftentimes it is too hard to completely stop eating or drinking these empty calories, as they are addictive, so I recommend replacing some of the things you consume which contain added sugars with versions that do not. This could be as simple as drinking diet soda instead of regular soda.
Eventually you'll want to replace that diet soda with a drink that does not contain any artificial sweeteners, like green tea or black tea either unsweetened or with an all-natural sweetener like stevia or xylitol.
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Stevia, or the extract from the stevia plant, has become a very popular choice for people looking for a natural sweetener.
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From chocolate and chewy candy cravings, to salty and crunchy snacking, see how much (or how little) of your favorite candy you can eat for only 100 calories.Read More »from How Much Candy Can You Eat for Only 100 Calories?
Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate Kisses
100-Calorie Serving: 5
Studies have shown that dark chocolate lowers both blood pressure and cholesterol. Only five of these bittersweet kisses and you can cure any heartbreak-the low-calorie way, of course.
100-Calorie Serving: 2
Reach for these miniature Twix instead of the full-size version (which is actually two candy bars) to satisfy that same chocolate, caramel, cookie craving for half the calories.
100-Calorie Serving: 4
This original chocolate candy bar is meant for sharing, but for a low-cal serving size that allows us to eat as many as four little ones, it's likely we may get greedy indulging in that fluffy, nougat filling.
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100-Calorie Serving: 10
Who doesn't love peanuts and
Forget the portion police. Chicago nutritionist Dawn Jackson Blatner, R.D., told us which snacks wouldn't violate any healthy-eating laws. "The bottom line," she says, "is vegetables are the lowest calorie food group. So they're the only food you can eat with abandon." She shared this list of the best snacks for days you don't want to pay attention to portions.Read More »from 5 Foods You Can't Overdo
Homemade Cucumber Pickles
Make it: 1.Thinly slice cucumbers; 2. Douse in rice vinegar. Pretty simple, right? "Cucumbers only have 16 calories per cup and the rice vinegar only adds 1 calorie per teaspoon but tons of flavor," Blatner says. This low-calorie snack should be a staple in your healthy diet (along with these 40 great foods for weight loss).
"Because popcorn is mostly air, you can eat a lot for minimal calories," Blatner says. "You get about 3.5 cups for only 100 calories." And since popcorn is naturally a whole grain, you also get 4 grams of filling fiber. For extra flavor add paprika, chili powder,
These treats are not only delicious - they're also low in calorie. Whether you're trying to lose weight or just want a healthier alternative to your favorite high-calorie desserts, these five recipes are sure to please.Read More »from 5 Summer Desserts That Keep You Slim
Nectarine and Raspberry Sundaes
Cool down on a hot summer day with a refreshing sundae that takes just 10 minutes to make. Want to have dessert for breakfast? Swap frozen yogurt for lowfat plain. Get the recipe!
Lavender Lemon Cupcakes
Who doesn't love a cupcake-especially when it's only 152 calories? This lemon-lavender combo is a fun, healthy twist on this traditional treat. Get the recipe!
Blackberry Yogurt Cheesecake Parfait
Get the flavor of cheesecake without the fat. This chilled parfait is protein packed, so you'll stay satisfied. Mix it up by trying different fruit like raspberries or strawberries. Get the recipe!
Need to whip up dessert for a BBQ this weekend? With an almond shortbread crust and creamy filling, no one will ever suspect these
- SHAPE magazine | Healthy Living – Thu, Jun 16, 2011 5:09 PM EDT
Get inspired to take your workout routine outside with these fun ideas from Olympic swimmer Dara Torres.Read More »from 6 Reasons to Ditch the Gym from Olympian Dara Torres
Plunge into Something New
Summer's almost here…and it's time to think outside the gym. Olympic swimmer (and model) Dara Torres, 44, is full of ideas for taking your workout into the great wide open. "I love doing laps in the pool or biking along the beach," says Torres, who is the first U.S. swimmer to compete in five Olympics. Exercising in the pool, at the beach, or even in the park can provide the same cardio, toning, and strengthening as a gym regimen…with a blast of invigorating air, to boot. Just don't forget the sunscreen.
Got a pet? Use the 'call of nature' to your advantage. "Taking your dog for a walk or to play Frisbee is also a great way to stay active outdoors," says Torres, who calls her dog Scarlet her "best workout companion."
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Stretch Your Limits
"When I'm not in the pool, I love to stretch by practicing yoga
- SHAPE magazine | Healthy Living – Wed, Jun 15, 2011 4:13 PM EDT
Betty White cracked up The Late Show viewers recently when she delivered the top-10 list, "Betty White Tips for Living a Long and Happy Life." While most of the tips listed were tongue-in-cheek ("Avoid tweeting any photo of your private parts," and "Try not to die" are two examples), we thought we'd dig into her past to see what other funny quotes White has said that are inspiring or related to health and wellbeing. Read on for her - often hilarious yet true - life wisdom!Read More »from 4 Most Memorable Betty White Quotes About Healthy Living
1. "Keep the other person`s well-being in mind when you feel an attack of soul-purging truth coming on." That helps your wellbeing stay intact, too!
2. "You gotta use everything you possibly can!" White said this about the slit on her dress when accepting the SAG's Lifetime Achievement Award. Funny!
3. "I have a two-story house and a bad memory, so I'm up and down those stairs all the time. That's my exercise. " White said this last year. Hey, at 89 years old, it's definitely all about working your fitness into
Follow these 20 easy fitness tips to make your next abs workout more effective, so that you have more time to show them off!Read More »from 5 Tricks to Get Flat Abs Faster
Just like you wouldn't jump in the deep end of the pool before you know how to swim, you shouldn't tackle a complicated or advanced core move on your first try. Start small by working in a smaller range of motion (holding a plank for 15-20 seconds), and then as your core strength improves and you master proper form, make the movement to larger and more difficult exercises.
Engage Your Pelvic Floor
You've probably heard of Kegels before, right? By engaging your pelvic floor (act as though you're trying to stop your urine midstream) before and during any abs exercise you perform, you better engage your transverse abdominals, which act as a girdle for your entire core. This helps give you a tighter midsection-quite literally-all the way around!
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Focus on the Burn
Many times we completely zone out while
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Nikki James has scored a Tony award for her leading role in Book of Mormon, the musical from the creators of South Park that's racking up awards and acclaim this season. Here James reveals how she got in shape for the Tony awards on Sunday, June 12.Read More »from How Book of Mormon Star Nikki James Stays Fit
Snacking Like Elvis
"I'm pretty adventurous when it comes to fruits and veggies; I'll eat anything, but I love mango and bananas. My secret energy food is a peanut butter and banana sandwich with honey on whole grain bread. I also love snacking on a handful of nuts. And one of my snacks from Fresh Diet today is a piece of cheesecake, which I'm saving for dessert."
Stretching Her Limits
"I have become a yoga addict. For the past year I've been doing bikram yoga, where you're in a room that's 104 degrees for 90 minutes, so you have to drink lots of water. Lately I've been relying on coconut water: a great way to get your electrolytes and stay hydrated without added sugar. I do bikram three times a week and it's challenging both mentally and
He lives for barbecue and you follow a vegan diet. He wants to eat out when you're ready for a healthy meal at home. If opposing eating habits are causing food fights between you and your mate, look out-it can affect more than just intimacy. "Food issues are also obstacles to weight loss, cholesterol control, stable blood pressure, and increased energy levels," says Cynthia Sass, author of Your Diet Is Driving Me Crazy: When Food Conflicts Get In the Way of Your Love Life. Sass serves up simple and satisfying solutions to help keep your diet-and your relationship-from spoiling.Read More »from Is Your Diet Sabotaging Your Relationship?
"We're Not Hungry at the Same Time"
Ann is a teacher who gets home from work several hours before her husband Dennis, a realtor. She used to wait around snacking on chips and cookies to satisfy her hunger until mealtime. Naturally, Ann gained weight and felt self-conscious. "Postponing meals is incredibly problematic and can lead to under-eating, overeating, fatigue, irritability and mood swings," says Sass.