Magazine article Work & Family Life

Did You Know That

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Did You Know That

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Cutting calories can be as easy as 1, 2, 3. Various calorie-cutting strategies were tested at Cornell University food labs and also in a Dutch study. Here's what works:

( 1 ) Eat a smaller treat. Smaller portions were found to be equally satisfying.

(2) Use smaller utensils-a teaspoon rather than a tablespoon, especially if you tend to eat while distracted. People who took smaller sips of soup consumed 30 percent less and were just as satisfied as people who ate more, using a large spoon.

(3) Don't shop for food on an empty stomach. In one study, hungry shoppers bought 31 percent more high-calorie foods, including more meat and snacks, compared to shoppers who were not hungry.

Weight lost from fasting tends to come right back. Experts explain: it's mostly water loss. They also suggest that fasting or going on an extreme liquid diet to "cleanse the body of toxins" isn't necessary-and would definitely be something you'd want to talk about first with a health professional. …

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