Ten Comfort Foods That Help Weight Loss

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Chicken noodle soup

When the cold weather is getting us down or we just feel stressed, we often turn to comfort foods to cheer us up. Unfortunately, many comfort foods are full of sugar and fat and ruin our weight loss plans. However, they’re not all loaded with calories and some comfort foods can actually help us lose weight. Choose some of the following healthy options that are not only satisfying, but will also keep your waistline in check.

Chicken Noodle Soup

The actual act of eating soup means you eat more slowly, helping your body notice feelings of fullness sooner. Even the water in chicken noodle soup helps fill you up. Best of all, chicken is full of the protein, vitamins, and fiber you need to speed up your metabolism. In scientific studies, chicken soup was also found to contain anti-inflammatory ingredients that can help alleviate symptoms of the common cold.

Oatmeal

Probably the best way to start the day is with a warm bowl of oatmeal. Just one cup contains four grams of fiber and six grams of protein, helping you feel fuller for longer. The fiber in the oatmeal will also improve your heart health by reducing the amount of cholesterol you absorb. Make this comfort food even healthier by adding a handful of blueberries, a few chopped walnuts, and some sliced banana.

Pot roast

Surprisingly low in fat and calories, a pot roast is a hearty, nutrient-rich treat. The meat helps your body work harder to break down the protein and use it for energy, meaning you will burn more calories during digestion. Try using less meat and more vegetables to support weight loss and be careful not to add too much salt.

Roasted Vegetables

Whether they are served as a side dish or simply eaten on their own, roasted vegetables give your body many essential nutrients. Carrots have a high water and fiber content, so they fill you up quicker than other foods, and parsnips are full of complex carbohydrates, which take longer to break down in the digestive system and make you feel full for longer.

Chili

With its combination of fiber from the tomatoes and protein from the beef and beans, chili is one of the healthiest comfort foods you can eat. Research carried out at Canada’s Laval University suggested that the chemical compound capsaicin found in chilies could even boost your body’s ability to burn fat. The studies also showed that people ate considerably less at subsequent meals.

Chinese “Take-Out”

Instead of ordering a take-out, help your weight loss plans by cooking a Chinese meal yourself. Take-outs from restaurants often use higher quantities of oil in their cooking, and you’re not in control of any of the ingredients. Quick stir-fry cooking will make sure the vegetables retain more nutrients like vitamin C and folic acid. With added ginger, garlic, and chili, you’ll get even more health benefits.

Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

Turn a classic grilled cheese into a healthier lunch by using a smaller amount of reduced-fat cheddar and boost the flavor by adding more tomato, basil, and red onion. Cook a homemade tomato soup using garlic, onions, carrots, celery, and chopped tomatoes and you can pack in even more nutrients.

Baked Potatoes

Replace mayonnaise and full-fat cheese with Greek yogurt and reduced-fat cheese and you can enjoy a satisfying meal that is also healthy. Potatoes are not renowned for helping weight loss, but they’re actually full of nutrients and help fill you up without adding inches to your waistline. Alternatively, try sweet potatoes. They’re rich in vitamins A and C and beta-carotene – a powerful antioxidant that slows the body’s release of glucose and insulin.

Minestrone

Adding more soups to your diet is a smart way to increase your intake of nutrients and cut back on the calories. Obviously, avoid creamed soups and instead, choose broth-based varieties. Minestrone is a particularly good soup for weight loss as it contains beans and vegetables, which add extra protein and fiber to your diet and keep you full for longer.

Collard greens

A single serving of this healthy vegetable contains more than your daily recommendation of vitamins A and K. It will also add a good amount of fiber to any meal, which research studies have shown can lower the body’s absorption of calories from carbohydrates.

Fortunately for everyone on a weight loss routine, there are still plenty of comfort foods to enjoy that also have added health benefits. Try some of these healthy comfort foods next time you need a pick-me-up and you can satisfy your body and mind without feeling guilty.

How to Make Weight Watchers Work for You

For people looking to lose weight, there is a plethora of options on the market. Weight Watchers is one such program that has become quite popular over time. With its unique ‘Points’ system, Weight Watchers delivers what it promises in its title: enabling people to watch their weight. Yet, the program may not work for you. This may be due to the nature of the program itself but more often than not, customers don’t know how to make Weight Watchers work for them. This is something you need to know about from the outset so that there is no problem later on.

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After all, what’s the point of starting a weight loss program that you are eventually going to give up on? Keeping this in mind, here are some pointers on how to make Weight Watchers work for you:

Maintain a Journal

From the outset, you need to maintain a journal of your progress on the program. As mentioned above, Weight Watchers has its own ‘Points’ system. You need to earn a certain number of points to complete the program. You have to keep track of how many points you have earned since you started the program which you can do by maintaining a journal. This will not only help you understand which stage of the program are you at but looking at the points you have earned will serve as a source of motivation for you.

Work Out

Now, this is something which is a must for every person following the Weight Watchers’ program. If you are not getting enough exercise, you might not lose weight as quickly as you expect to. However, this doesn’t mean that you have to spend a couple of hours at the gym every day. A light cardio workout is all that is needed. You can walk, cycle or jog for half an hour on a daily basis. Surely you will be able to spare 30 minutes regardless of how packed your schedule is. Once you join Weight Watchers Online, you will get access to a library of video exercise demos that will guide you to perform the right exercises.

Cook Yourself

You should try and prepare your own meals to eat while following the program. Weight Watchers will provide the guidelines regarding what you should eat throughout the course of a day. Moreover, you can find hundreds of tasty recipes on their official website. You can try them at home and make your own food. It is better to eat organic, healthy meals. Convenient though they are, packaged and processed foods don’t pack the same nutritious punch as the food you cook at home.

Shop with a List

Studies have shown that shopping lists clearly affect the shopping behavior. Make a list of the food items you are allowed to eat on the program so that you will stay within your allotted Points Plus. Having to remember the food items you need while you are out grocery shopping could prove to be a challenge. Therefore, make a list of the stuff you need. Also, add some pointers as to the variant of each item you have to buy. For instance, you might want to buy fresh meat instead of frozen. Leslie Fink, RD, has put together a useful Weight Watchers Shopping Guide.

Use Coupons

Coupons will make your weight loss more affordable to you. Weight Watchers has promotional deals all year around. Go to weightlosstriumph.com/ for the current promo codes.

Drink More Water

Last, but not the least, you have to drink more water. This is a tip that works for non-dieters as well. Getting sufficient fluids in your body makes you feel fuller for a longer time. As you don’t feel hungry every few hours, your food intake is reduced naturally. Plus, drinking water is necessary for your health and wellbeing. You should drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of fresh water a day. Water was the fountain of youth for a woman who claims that drinking 6 bottles of water a day took 10 years off her face.

These are some of the tips that will you make Weight Watchers work for you. As you can see, it doesn’t take too much effort to stay on track and lose weight. If you are apprehensive about the cost of the program, you can always find coupons online. Avail the discounts and follow Weight Watchers. Who knows, it may be the perfect weight loss solution for you.

Bistro MD: Cost and Coupons

BistroMD is a home diet meal delivery service developed by doctors who specialize in weight loss. Physician Caroline J. Cederquist created Bistro MD to provide her overweight patients with a delicious food plan so that they will achieve a healthy weight loss. The company has over 10 years of experience helping people lose weight.

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The Cost of BistroMD

If you want to order food from Bistro MD you have two options. You either chose a  7-day program or a 5-day program. Both programs deliver to your door once a week breakfasts, lunches and dinners scientifically balanced for weight loss. You can pick from over 200 chef-prepared entrees.

  • The cost of the 7-day program is $159.95 plus shipping
  • The cost of the 5-day program is $129.95 plus shipping

Discounts for Bistro MD

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Enter the coupon at checkout in the coupon box. You can find the current BistroMD coupons at weightlosstriumph.com. Watch for hot deals around Christmas and New Years Eve.

Dr. Phil calls on Bistro MD to help the heaviest woman

A few years ago, Dr Phil had an interesting guest on his show—a woman who gets noticed anywhere she goes. Pauline Potter weighed 650lbs and held the Guinness Record for the heaviest woman alive. At this weight, life was really hard for her. Practically, she couldn’t move. Simple things like getting up from a chair, going to the bathroom or taking a shower were nearly impossible for her.

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When we look at super-obese people like Pauline we tend to think that they are responsible for the problem they are facing. “They can’t stop eating.  T12:59 PMhey have no willpower. They brought this into themselves” we may think.  But, like anyone else in this life, these people have hopes and dreams. They want to be free of the enormous shell they have been living.

As Dr. Phil pointed in his show, obese people need to completely re-arrange their lifestyle if they want to become fit. They have to change their thinking, how they talk about food to themselves. They have to heal the emotions that make them overeat, and of course they have to “clean up” their environment. You can’t eat food when it’s not available in your kitchen. People who want to lose weight should also introduce the right kind of foods so that they will not be deprived, hungry and depressed. After all, proper dieting is not about being deprived.

To help Pauline lose weight and regain her health, Dr Phil asked Bistro MD to design and deliver meals to her home every day. This food plan would provide Pauline with the necessary amounts of protein, fat, and carbs that her doctors said she would need to support a safe weight  loss.

One of the comments that Pauline left on Youtube said: “Once I come out again I will have a big weight loss thanks to Dr Phil and BistroMD.

Pauline is not the only person BistroMD has helped over the years. It’s an organization that was created to help reduce the obesity problem in America.

My Diet Coach II – Pro App Review #Android #app

Today I am sharing an app for your Android device that can assist in allowing you to lose the weight you are looking to lose. Having a personal Diet Coach at the tip of your fingers is really a great idea and in this technologically driven world, it’s easy to find an app for that. My Diet Coach II – Pro is a paid app {$3.99} but there is also a free version of My Diet Coach II for those who would like to test it out first.

Diet screen 1

First, upon installation of My Diet Coach II – Pro you will see a screen like the one above. from here you can go on to set your goal. Maybe you want to lose 30 pounds in six months to be ready for our next round of Summer or maybe you want to lose weight now to make room for the holiday season coming up. In all honesty, I usually see people looking to lose weight after the holiday season. It’s all a matter of what you are looking to reach for a personal goal. Remember that a goal should be realistic and attainable.

Diet screen 2

You will have a screen for challenges where you can edit or keep what My Diet Coach II – Pro has already listed there. I have my challenges set to 8 glasses of water, three meals and Park my Car Far Away. It’s easy for me to reach most of these first challenges I have set because I usually do drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water a day, I always eat at least three meals a day and I usually park my car further away from the door to any store I am visiting. It’s just how I live. Once I reach these first set of goals I plan to adjust the goals to push myself further, that’s the whole point in setting goals, is to reach them but also to continue to ensure you are being challenged.

There are rewards in the app for reaching your goals and you can have the app set up to remind you of your goals as well as challenges if you like.

About My Diet Coach II – Pro

Anat began developing My Diet Coach II after realizing that any diet plan utilized worked only about two weeks and left binge eating as the reward. One day Anat wished that a Genie would just come and hold their hand to keep dieting on track, that is when My Diet Coach II was created and offers the following features:

  • offers to copy repetitive meals and exercises to other days.
  • has integrated reminders that opens up the Journal and Weight Chart, all you have to do is open up the notification and check your next meal or exercise.
  • remembers foods and meals you have already logged.
  • allows you to take photos of eaten foods and log later.
  • has a widget that can allow you to log everything right from the home screen of your device.
  • has one diary page for logging both meals and exercises.

Overall this is a great way to have a free or pro paid version diet partner that will assist you in reaching your dieting goals. I have tried other apps in the past and this is the one that seems to be the most straight forward and user friendly.

Download My Diet Coach II – Pro today on Android or try out My Diet Coach II free version to see why I am loving this app so much. Be sure to leave a comment telling me what you think of this app too!

The 7 Year old Boy Now and Other Things

Sweet Aj is now 7 years old. He has grown so big in the past 7 years. About two weeks ago or three, he had a med change from risperidone to abilify. Due to many reasons, but as usual with a medication change it takes time to get the dosage right and it takes time to see if this is even the right medication. Finally Aj is on track and while he scowled at anyone who dare make a “big deal” out of him turning 7 today, he was a happy boy who had a day with Dad and came back with birthday presents.

On Monday my other son turns five. I don’t know why anyone ever says “terrible twos” for me, it was age 6 when my oldest and only daughter started acting “off” or in any way that I may deem “terrible two-ish” and my youngest boy has started being a tester of patience since age 4. As her nears 5 years of age I see no end in sight with his patience testing ways. This week it has been NO SLEEP. I don’t know what has gotten into him but he is wired.

I have been cooking better foods, from scratch. We have been eating healthier. This has helped with us all being fuller quicker! I also weighed Aj in today, each week on Tuesday morning I weigh him. We are suppose to keep track of his weight because it went pretty high on his rispderidone. The abilify is not known to really push weight onto kids, so I am making sure that is true. Aj is now down to 93lbs when he was up to 100lbs. I am happy to see his weight going down.

Anyways.. I know this was super rambling, but in all honest, with the lack of sleep from K-man this week I can barely speak, talk and I am really having a difficult time even being around people. This coming weekend there will be no kids in this house, that means Sat, Sun and Mon I will be able to recoup my brain, catch up on sleep and move forward for more happy week ahead! For now, I write when needed and take a break when needed.

Have a wonderful evening my friends! If you are looking for me, I will be the one on FB trying to keep my eyes open until my almost five year old decides to CRASH asleep!

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