10 Calorie-Cutting Shortcuts

Dieting and counting calories for weight loss doesn’t have to feel like an exercise in advanced physics. Instead, take the approach of making smart food substitutions that could help you shave up to 100 calories, and in some cases much more, from the meals and snacks you already eat. No starvation, no calculations – just simple and satisfying food!

By Kate Geagan, MS, RD

Cut Back on Granola


Granola can be very calorie-dense and contain a surprising amount of sugar. Instead of eating a cup of it with milk, which approximately 400 calories (not including the milk), try topping an ounce of granola on some plain low-fat yogurt for just 250 calories.

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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