One of the hottest diets right now is also kind of a throwback: The Paleo diet is based on eating only what our ancestors chowed down on 10,000 years ago. Instead of limiting calories and fat, the Paleo diet focuses on eating from select food groups. And contrary to popular belief, it's not just for red meat-loving guys who do CrossFit--it can lead to major weight loss for women, too. Take it from Esther Blum, M.S., R.D., author of the new book Cavewomen Don't Get Fat: The Paleo Chic Diet for Rapid Results.
Blum follows the plan herself, but even she admits that at times, tweaks are necessary. After all, a strict Paleo diet is all about meat, seafood, fruits, vegetables, and nuts--and only meat, seafood, fruits, vegetables, and nuts. That means no dairy, grains, or processed foods since they weren't on the menu back in the Paleolithic era (a typical day might consist of an omelet for breakfast, sliced meat and nuts for snacks, a grilled chicken
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Smelling peppermint on the regular may help lower hunger levels and calorie intake, per a study we reported on in December. (Here's more on the scent that can ward off hunger.)
Your Dishware--If It's the Right Color
A study published last month found that using red plates could help you eat less. (Home goods stores probably have some awesome after-Christmas sales right now!)
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Cold Hard Cash
Paying with bills instead of a credit card may help you pick out healthier foods, according to research reported on in the fall.
Chowing down on the sweet stuff is associated with lower levels of abdominal fat, according to
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Thinking of signing up for a fruit juice cleanse? You might first consider how your body reacts to a week with no protein or fat and fewer than 1,000 calories a day.
After the first sip
Your brain's hunger signals are answered with a dump of pure fruit-juice sugar. And don't get any ideas--veggie-based body cleanses aren't any healthier.
The sweet stuff prompts the pancreas to squirt out insulin, which moves sugar--now in your blood in the form of glucose--into your cells.
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After 30 minutes
As your cells suck up the glucose, your blood sugar level can start to plummet and you may feel dizzy.
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After two days
With each shot of juice, your insulin levels
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The term comfort food is a bit of a misnomer. We indulge in stuff like milkshakes and cheeseburgers to soothe ourselves, but they can actually have the opposite effect once they pass our lips--and it's not just because our clothes feel distressingly tighter.
According to researchers who have studied the link, fast food and packaged pastries can cause inflammation that interferes with mood-regulating chemicals in the brain and can even lead to symptoms of depression.
Fortunately, there are plenty of yummy and satisfying options that will buoy your mood and slim you down.
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As a nutritionist, I always suggest that my clients get a jump-start on weight loss and a new way of eating with a short "cleanse," to help eliminate cravings, wake up the digestive system, and prepare the body for a new healthier way of eating.
Figuring out which foods are best for a "cleanse" can be tricky. So many foods feel refreshing and rejuvenating--hot tea, raw vegetables, and fresh fruit come to mind. And with good reason: foods with insoluble fiber (like raw veggies) or a diuretic effect (like green tea), promote speedy digestion and "flush" the GI tract. These foods can be considered the best "cleanse" choices. Here are some of my faves and why they just might work!
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Looking at Cameron Diaz, you'd never suspect that a normal lunch for the actress used include two Taco Bell bean burritos and a Coke--but that's what she ate every single day for three years in junior high, as she reveals in The Body Book, out now. So how did she learn to reinvent her diet for a healthier life? With these tips, which Cameron includes in the book, along with how to strengthen your body and sharpen your mind--because knowing how to care for yourself is the "most important information you can have."
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When your stomach growls, your body is saying that your cells have run out of nutrients and need more energy to function--and consequently, to help you stay alert. When you don't satisfy that hunger, "you'll eat any food you can find, no matter what it is," writes Diaz in her book. So to avoid overeating, she suggests squashing your cravings when they first start acting
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Do Breakfast Right
Meet your new favorite a.m. meal: Oatmeal keeps you full and satisfied longer than ready-to-eat cereal, per a study we told you about last month.
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Judge Treats Based on Their Packaging
Don't eat bite-sized junk food out of clear packaging: That's when people tend to chow down on larger amounts of it, according to a study we told you about over the summer.
Buy Healthier Groceries Without Thinking About It
Don't go grocery shopping when you're hungry! A study we reported on in May says you're more likely to purchase high-calorie foods then.
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Heading to a buffet? Serve yourself some
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Check your weight
The weight you're lifting, that is. A simple test to determine if you're getting all the calorie-burning and muscle-boosting benefits from your strength routine: Can you easily do the reps recommended in your workout? If so, it's time to grab heavier weights. When you do, watch your form carefully in the mirror. Aim to get through the prescribed number of reps, but if your posture suffers, do 80 percent of that number until you get used to the new load.
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Find a set of bleachers for an awesomely butt-lifting stadium workout. Hit the stairs by sprinting up and jogging or walking down. As you go up, pitch your body forward slightly, pump your arms, and shift your weight to the balls of your feet. Slow your speed--and watch your step--on the way back
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Banking on a trendy weight-loss plan to help you shed pounds? Before you give up gluten or get biotyped, check out this list of the top five celebrity-endorsed diets to avoid. Put together by the British Dietetic Association, these regimens are unhealthy and potentially dangerous (and sometimes downright laughable …conquering cravings with air?!).
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The Breatharian Diet
It's not exactly a surprise that this diet--which involves pretending you don't need food or water and can survive on air and sunlight alone--is the biggest fraud of them all. Earlier this year, Michelle Pfeiffer told an interviewer that she was briefly involved in a cult that followed this plan--and it's similar to Madonna's supposed regimen of gulping air rather than food to feel full. But--shocker--air is not sustenance, and it can't give you the nutrients you need to stay healthy and energized.
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