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Proper nutrition is vital to reaching a healthy weight and providing your body with the nutrients it needs to function at an optimum level. Learn how to plan meals and choose foods that boost your energy, help fight disease, and promote healthy weight loss. 

7 ways to kick sugar cravings for good

7 ways to kick sugar cravings for good

When individuals try to lose weight, one of the first steps they take is eliminating sugar and sweets from their diet. Eating too much sugar has several negative effects on the body; including interfering with leptin -- which is the hormone that controls your appetite, increasing insulin levels, and turning free fatty acids into triglycerides that eventually become stored in your body as fat. Naturally, it makes sense to stop eating sugar when you want to shed pounds -- especially for those who have had weight-loss surgery.

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8 ways to physically battle sugar cravings

8 ways to physically battle sugar cravings

While it’s true that some may crave sugar for emotional reasons, most of the time your body will crave sugar when it’s missing and craving actual nutrients. The most ideal way to stop sugar cravings once and for all is to eat healthy foods indefinitely, and not just when you go on a diet to lose weight. The more you nourish your body with healthy foods, the less you’ll find that you crave sweets and sugar products. As you become healthier, you’ll also notice that you’ll start turning to other ways to ease stress, such as exercising or engaging in your favorite activity.

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Avoid overindulging during the holidays

The holidays can be stressful for anyone trying to lose weight or maintain their weight. For many Americans, gatherings with friends, family, and coworkers during the holidays focus on food. Cakes, cookies, and cocktails abound during the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year's, meaning your resolve and ability to resist temptation have to be stronger than ever.

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Cut back on salt to accelerate weight loss

The average American consumes 3,400 milligrams of salt per day, which far exceeds the FDA-recommended limit of 2,300 milligrams. In fact, many Americans fail to understand that the FDA’s limit is only just that -- and not an actual recommended daily allowance.

Salt and sodium can be found in many foods, especially those that are packaged or processed. Even if you’re not an individual who adds table salt to food, you’re probably most likely already consuming far more salt than your body needs.

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FDA plans for 4 major changes on nutrition labels

Reading nutrition labels is one of the most important things you can do when shopping for groceries, especially when you’re losing weight and making an effort to become healthier. Nutrition labels can provide you with insight into how many calories your portion sizes will contain, as well as information about sodium content, sugar content, and overall fat content.

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