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Can I lose weight?

Yes, you can overeat ‘good for you’ foods!

Previously I wrote about a common reason someone might hit a plateau in their weight loss efforts. This post is not about plateaus but just weight loss in general—why someone may not make the progress they feel they deserve.

Let me tell you about another client I had and not an uncommon issue I see amongst individuals doing all the right things but lamenting, “I just don’t get it. I don’t eat fast food, fried food, refined white flour, highly processed foods, etc. but I’m not losing weight. I should be losing weight eating the way I do.” Continue reading

One reason you hit a weight loss plateau!

Hit a weight loss plateau? I get that. It happens.

Years ago when I worked at Cooper Clinic I acquired a client when another staff dietitian left. The client had great success losing about 60 pounds in less than a year—just over one pound per week which was fabulous weight loss! But she had hit a plateau and her weight had not budged for several months. Continue reading

Write before you bite – keeping a food journal

Years ago I had a client losing weight but hit a plateau. She was frustrated her weight loss had come to a halt. On several occasions I had asked her to keep track of her food so I could help identify where she might need to make modifications. She was very resistant to keeping a log—too busy, always forgot etc. At one appointment she said to me, “You know, I eat different when I write it down.”

I let that statement sink in for a moment and it didn’t take long for her to start laughing. She realized, that’s the point right? Indeed. It is. And eating different in a positive way. Continue reading

9 Quick Tips to Manage Weight (and why I won’t eat beets and Brussels sprouts)

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Fruit and Oatmeal Breakfast Parfait
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Have you ever been so hungry that you ate so fast and too much? All of a sudden your stomach is about to explode? It has been said it takes 20 minutes for the brain to register fullness. If hungry I’m sure you know you can eat a lot in a short period. Gradually brain chemicals and stomach hormones catch up to one another—then it’s the oh my gosh why did I eat so much feeling. Sound familiar? You’re not alone. Continue reading

No need to deprive – just follow the 80/20 rule

One of my favorite nutrition and weight management tips is the 80/20 rule. What is the 80/20 rule? Eighty percent of the time you want to be doing the right thing—20 percent of the time you can afford some indulgences.Cobbler blueberry - neily

It’s an especially good rule this time of year—around the holidays but like all my tips it’s pertinent all through the year. Of course celebrations are expected and it’s not always easy to tighten the belt. So just follow the 80/20 rule and you’ll be good to go! Continue reading

Mind the BLTs! (The bites, licks, and tastes that make managing weight a challenge)

No, I’m not talking bacon, lettuce, tomato sandwiches—although love that kind of BLT (as a treat of course!). BLTs are nutrition speak for bites, licks and tastes. Have you ever considered calories consumed throughout the day that aren’t a part of meals you’re consuming? A little here, a little there – it can add up making it challenging to meet weight management goals. Continue reading

What to eat for breakfast – interview with the Nutrition Babes*

Interview with the Nutrition Babes*—What to eat for breakfast

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The Nutrition Babes* (nutritionbabes.com) and I had the opportunity to meet in Philadelphia at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics annual conference in October, 2012. Kathy Siegel, RDN, CDN and Lauren Harris-Pincus, MS, RDN are registered dietitian nutritionists passionate about better health through balanced nutrition, exercise, and cleaner living.

My clients are often challenged with breakfast ideas so I wanted to talk to them about that. Watch video or read transcript.
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If you don’t love it, don’t eat it!

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If you don’t love it, don’t eat it!

Have you ever taken a bite of food that wasn’t all that great but you went ahead and ate it anyway? I have been guilty of that and perhaps you too. It happens a lot around the holidays but it can happen anytime throughout the year: at a party, or someone brings something to the office or someone maybe even gives you a box of chocolates – great chocolates and something that you expect to be wonderful. You take a bite and it’s not what you expected. (You thought it would be much better.) But you ate it anyway. Why? If you don’t love it, don’t eat it!

If however it’s great, then savor the flavor and enjoy every single mouthful! Really take advantage of how wonderful it is. Because it’s a treat. BUT, if you don’t love it, don’t eat it. It will just be a waste on your waist. Wasted calories.

 Jennifer Neily, MS, RDN, LD, FAND
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist | Wellcoach® Certified Health Coach
http://NeilyonNutrition.com
@JenniferNeily

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