Changing Habits is Hard – Why Our Challenge Will Help

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I’m so excited for the launch of our newly designed and updated New American Plate Challenge website! I love this program because it takes you on a journey of eating and physical activity changes, rather than a prescribed, one size fits all weight loss diet. Each week you’ll take on a new challenge for a healthier life – the goal is to find a way that works for you and practice it until eventually you make it a lifelong habit.

Making changes is hard, especially long held eating habits and trying to get more active, so we provide plenty of tips, recipes and support from the NAP Challenge dietitians and other participants to help you succeed. You may also decide to go at your own pace and just work on a few of the challenges and skip some as we go along. Read more… “Changing Habits is Hard – Why Our Challenge Will Help”

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    Why finding healthy foods you love beats avoiding treats

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    Don’t eat the ice cream. Seriously, don’t eat that smooth, chocolaty ice cream. How much do you want ice cream now?

    Many people will try this method of avoiding treats to improve their diet. Another common diet strategy is to eat more healthy foods. We know that maintaining a healthy weight is important for preventing cancer and other chronic diseases. But how effective are these avoid and approach strategies for adopting a better eating pattern?PicMonkey Collage

    The newest study on these diets finds out why people with high self-control have more success. Read more… “Why finding healthy foods you love beats avoiding treats”

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      Study, poor hydration links to higher weight

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      You know water is good for you. And a lot of the healthiest foods, such as fruits and veggies, are loaded with water. It’s common dietary advice, but how much does this nutrient matter when it comes to losing and staying a healthy weight?

      Today a new study reopens the water-weight discussion suggesting that not having enough water — from any form — increases the likelihood of being overweight.

      The study was published today in the Annals of Family Medicine and it simply shows a correlation between being hydrated and a healthy weight, not that less watery intake causes weight gain. Yet it adds to the research on behaviors that could help people with weight control. For lower cancer risk, staying a healthy weight is one of the most important steps you can take. Read more… “Study, poor hydration links to higher weight”

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