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Not All Calories Are Created Equal

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When it comes to healthy eating, there’s a lot of talk around calories. You can track your food through Fitbit.com or with some of our partners and it will tell you how many calories you’re consuming, you can set calorie intake goals, and you can even measure what you’re burning compared to what you eat. But what if we told you that not all calories are equal?

Studies have shown that some foods are absorbed by our bodies differently than others. Nuts, for example, are high in fiber, and your body is actually only absorbing about 3/4th of the calories they contain. Foods high in sugar, like soda or sweets, also negatively impact our health more than lower-sugar foods in the same calorie range.

When choosing what to eat, try to read the whole label to figure out whether it’s good for you or not, rather than just the calories per serving. And here are just a few of our tips on which calories to favor, and which to avoid.

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4 Science-Backed Strategies for Keeping Your New Year’s Resolution

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Useful Science is a nonprofit run by 65 grad students and professionals. The author of this post is Andrew Blevins. The most recent Useful Science post was about how not to over-eat during the holidays. Email them at hello@usefulscience.org.

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Making a New Year’s resolution is easy. Keeping one is strangely difficult – so hard, in fact, that according to a recent study by the University of Scranton, the U.S. success rate for following through on resolutions is an abysmal 8 percent.

How can we do better? Useful Science is here to answer that question – and help you make more effective resolutions – with five of our favorite strategies from the often counterintuitive psychology of motivation and willpower.

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Holiday Recovery: How to Get Back On Track After Overindulging

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Between holiday meals, parties, and bad weather, it’s easy to fall off the healthy-living wagon. While a little indulging every now and again won’t make or break you diet, you can usually tell when you’ve gone a little overboard.

If you monopolized the cookies or hit the eggnog a little hard, it’s not too late to get back on track. Here are 6 things to focus on this week to help you start 2015 on the right foot:

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Tips for New Year’s Resolution Success from Top Fitbit Users

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2015 is looming. The new year is just around the corner. And we all know what that means: it’s resolution time.

Making that New Year’s Resolution is easy but achieving it is a completely different ballgame. So we surveyed active Fitbit users who walk more that 15K steps per day to find out just how they succeed in their health and fitness resolutions. Here’s what we found out.

We hope these experts tips help you find success this year. So go get ‘em…

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8 Ways to Combat Holiday Stress

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We’re deep into the holiday season, and we’re willing to bet some of you are feeling the heat. Maybe that heat only comes from the fireplace for some, but for many the holidays are also a time for plenty of added stress, with the added duties of travel, cooking large meals, holiday shopping (and holiday crowds!), and maybe even having to see a cousin you haven’t gotten along with since she insulted your figgy pudding back in 2003.

But if you’re getting bogged down instead of enjoying the holidays, here are simple things you can do to alleviate some of the stress: read more

4 Healthy Holiday Food Substitutes

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I’m so encouraged. Rather than viewing the holidays as a time of unbridled indulgence, then post-indulgence guilt, most people (and hopefully this includes you) are starting to rein it in.

Here at Foodtrainers, rather than clients going MIA until January, they are signing up for our Foodstalking program where we have daily email check-ins. And let’s be clear—I’m not here to insist that you avoid your favorite treats. Rather, I’m suggesting you stick to just those.

So if you’re in the healthy holiday camp, here are my “glutton free guidelines.” read more

6 Science-Backed Ways to Stop Overeating During the Holidays

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Useful Science is a nonprofit run by 65 grad students and professionals. The author of this post is Greg Traversy from the University of Ottawa. The most recent Useful Science post was about improving your life. Email them at hello@usefulscience.org.

Are there factors outside of our body – in the environment, for example – that influence how much we eat at a given meal? The short answer is yes, and they can make us eat more regardless of our feelings of hunger. Here is a list, with the science to back it up, of environmental factors that can cause us to eat more than we normally would.

And for each bit of science, we’ve provided a tip to help you counteract the science and avoid the overeating temptation especially during the upcoming holidays. So let’s go…

 

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5 Hottest Food Trends for 2015

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I’m conflicted on the topic of food trends. On one hand I live, breathe and sometimes dream nutrition (pathetic I know). I love to scope out what’s new or innovative, even on the fringe.

On the other hand, I roll my eyes over kale’s overexposure as the “it” vegetable. It’s almost Kardashian-like. Enough, right? If I am forced to pick sides—new or same-old—I’m going with the latest and the greatest.

And so, I bring you five hot food trends coming up in 2015. read more

Answer These 5 Questions to Avoid Thanksgiving Weight Gain

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Plenty of statistics can tell you what the average person will eat on Thanksgiving or the average amount of weight people gain. But from my many nutrition sessions over the years, I do know a few things about the average person who packs on the pounds over the holidays.

This average person says things like, “Holidays only come once a year,” or “Everything in moderation,” and then proceeds to eat everything not so moderately. And sometimes these average people conveniently miss appointments this time of year.

But you’re better than average right? You’re not going to partake in the pie-a-thon just because others do, right? You’re going to finish your holiday meal on Thursday with no need to “unbutton” or take an immediate nap. And if you’ve been a gainer in past years, have no fear— your Foodtrainer is here. Answer these five questions to “plan it thin.” And make sure to stick to your scale schedule with your Fitbit Aria. read more

The 5 Healthiest Ways to “Pasta”

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I love that desert island food question. You know, the one where you’re stranded on a desert island and can have three foods with you. While it’s unlikely that any of us will be stranded, or that if we were, somehow our favorite foods would show up. However, if I’m answering this question, my island has pasta (and cheese for the pasta).

Sure, I’m a nutritionist and like my green juices and kale salads, but if life had no rules I’d be eating more pasta. Sadly, real life has rules and in my case that means no gluten—I have a dietary issue with gluten. So I’ve done my pasta research to come up with my top five picks healthy pastas. So whether you have a gluten intolerance or you’re just looking to spice things up in the kitchen, these pasta alternatives are great choices. read more