Nutrition / Diet News

Losing Weight Without Thinking

Dieters may not need as much willpower as they think, if they make simple changes in their surroundings that can result in eating healthier without a second thought, said a consumer psychologist at the American Psychological Association’s 119th Annual Convention.

“Our homes are filled with hidden eating traps,” said Brian Wansink, PhD, who presented his findings and strategies for a healthier lifestyle in a plenary address entitled “Modifying the Food Environment: From Mindless Eating to Mindlessly Eating Better.”

Only Eight Percent Follow Restrictive Diets (e.g. Dukan, Atkins) Or Weight Control Programs (e.g. Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers)

Despite all the recent hype, restrictive diets such as the Dukan Diet and Atkins – and dieting programs such as Jenny Craig or Weight Watchers – appear at the bottom of the list of popular weight control methods, according to a new national survey released this week by the Calorie Control Council (CCC). At the top of the list are cutting back on sugar, eating smaller portions, using low-calorie, sugar-free foods and beverages and combining calorie reduction with exercise.

Walnuts best for heart when compared to other nuts

The latest research has shown that walnuts are the best nuts to prevent heart disease. Eating seven of the protein-rich walnuts a day could also help cut the risk of some cancers and type-2 diabetes say researchers. These nuts contain more antioxidants than almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, peanuts, pecans and pistachios.

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