Tips for Keeping the Extra Pounds Off During the Holidays

You don’t have to skip the sweet stuff in order to fit into your jeans.  Here are five tips for keeping the extra pounds off during the holidays.

By: Dona Collins

The holiday season is here, and with it comes a whole barrage of home-baked goods. You don’t have to skip the sweet stuff in order to fit into your jeans, but you will need to at least be conscious of your holiday habits if you want to come out on the other side the same size. Here are five tips for keeping the extra pounds off during the holidays

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Healthful Food Tips for Dieters

We tend to believe that foods described as healthy, low fat, and light are a perfect match with our dieting goals. Ignore the label and focus on the food.

By: Alexander Chernev

Our food choices are clouded by our tendency to stereotype foods into virtues and vices and to rely solely on these stereotypes — rather than on the actual nutritional content — to select what and how much to eat. Stereotyping foods into vices and virtues polarizes our judgment, canonizing foods we consider healthful and demonizing foods we regard as indulgent. We can reduce this stereotyping bias by following …

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The Serotonin Weight Loss Connection

Carbohydrate cravers who consume a sweet or starchy snack are increasing serotonin naturally and blunting their appetite.

By: Judith J. Wurtman, PhD and Nina T. Frusztajer, MD

Serotonin is nature’s own appetite suppressant. This powerful brain chemical curbs cravings and shuts off appetite. It makes you feel satisfied even if your stomach is not full. The result is eating less and losing weight.

A natural mood regulator, serotonin makes you feel emotionally stable, less anxious, more tranquil and even more focused and energetic.

Serotonin can be made only after sweet or starchy carbohydrates are eaten.

More than 30 years ago, …

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