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Medifast and Nutrisystem offer diet programs for weight loss that use a combination of packaged products and fresh foods in their meal plans. I tried Nutri System almost two years ago and lost 22 pounds pretty quickly. I've been on it for over a year and only lost 45 pounds. When I first started the program it was an adjustment I had to get used to. With Nutrisystem I have access to a website that allows me to track my weight loss progress. I pick the food I want to eat from the menu that Nutrisystem provides.

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Over time, people who downed more of the protein-packed stuff lost pounds without trying. Meanwhile, a Nestlé Nutrition Institute study review found that consuming dairy proteins increases satiety, reduces food intake and keeps blood sugar steady.

Top yogurt with fibrous foods like raspberries 4 grams of fiber per half cup or a cereal such as Kashi Go Lean Crisp Cinnamon Crumble 9 grams per three quarters of a cup. Apples are one of the few fruits that contain pectin, which naturally slows digestion and promotes a feeling of fullness, according to a study in Gastroenterology.

In fact, people who ate an apple as part of a meal felt more satiated and ate less than those who consumed a calorically equivalent amount of juice and applesauce. That means you can eat lots of this low-energy-density, high-satiety fruit and avoid feeling deprived while losing weight, adds Roberts. Add apple chunks to oatmeal or salad, or slices to a turkey-on-whole-wheat sandwich.

This movie-night fave is a low-energy-density food—for 90 calories, you could eat 3 cups of air-popped corn but just a quarter cup of potato chips.

Sprinkle on some red pepper. In a recent Purdue University study, people who added a half teaspoon of the spice to a meal felt less hungry. Sprinkle almonds on top of your bowl. Do what celeb chef Ellie Krieger, RD, does: They cause people to feel satiated and eat less at their next meal, according to a Penn State University study.

Put ice and fat-free milk or yogurt in a blender, add in fruit and give it a whirl. This article originally appeared on Health. Which is better for you: Half cup of ice cream or 3 scoops of sorbet? And scoop for scoop sorbet contains twice the sugar with none of the filling dairy protein and fat. Real butter or spray on fake butter? What on earth does that mean?

You're better off using a small amount of real butter as opposed to guessing how much you're using of the mystery melange of up to 20 ingredients. A turkey burger or a sirloin burger?

Just be careful with the toppings. Almonds Almonds are high in protein, fiber and fat and will keep you feeling fuller longer. Give high-sodium pretzels about an hour and you'll feel hungry again thanks to the high-carb no-fat or protein content.

Special K or eggs? Lowered testosterone means fewer muscle gains, and less muscle means a lowered metabolic rate. A lower metabolic rate will make the job of losing fat all the more harder. This is what governs the way we use energy. Those with a higher metabolic rate will burn more calories at rest.

By interfering with testosterone production, alcohol indirectly causes the body to lower its metabolic rate and thus the rate at which it uses energy and directly prohibits testosterone from exerting its powerful fat-burning effects.

Touched on briefly in point two, alcohol can increase appetite, making the combination of alcohol and a fattening meal all the more worse. A Canadian study showed that alcohol consumed before a meal increased caloric intake to a far greater extent than did a carbohydrate drink.

Also, researchers from Denmark's Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University showed that if a group of men were given a meal and allowed to eat as much as they wanted, alcohol, rather than a soft drink, would increase the amount of food consumed.

To gain an understanding of why alcohol affects us the way it does, it is important to known how it is processed in the body. Alcohol is generally absorbed fairly rapidly, but its absorption can be quickened depending on several factors:. The amount of alcohol in a standard drink will take around 10 hours for the average person to process, which means the more that is consumed at any one point, the greater the rise in blood alcohol content.

When the liver processes alcohol, it does so in one of two ways. For the most part, alcohol is broken down by the enzyme alcohol dehydrogenase ADH, which is contained in the liver cells. ADH then metabolizes the alcohol into acetaldehyde. Acetaldehyde is broken down into acetate by another enzyme, aldehyde dehydrogenase. In the final stage, the acetate is further metabolized to where it eventually exits the body as waste products carbon dioxide and water.

The other way alcohol can be processed is a less common alternative, which uses a different set of liver enzymes. This alternative pathway, called the microsomal ethanol-oxidizing system, is used when the blood has very high levels of alcohol. The alcohol content of our most popular beverages varies, so it is important to know exactly what percentage of alcohol is in any given drink if one is wanting to limit all the empty calories.

The following percentages are usually contained in each standard drink—five ounces of wine, 12 ounces of beer or 1.

If you really have to drink, what are the best choices? Some lower calorie brands to hit the market are showing promise, as are some of the more traditional alternatives.

As shown above, total caloric content of various alcoholic drinks varies, with beer generally containing the highest number, considering the smaller amount of alcohol found in this drink compared with others. Various spirits also known as liquor generally contain around 64 calories per nip, but these do add up depending on the strength of the drink for example, a double will contain two nips, or calories.

Wine generally contains around to calories per medium sized glass. It also contains more alcohol than beer given the same volume, making it a better choice calorie-wise, as less would be consumed at any one sitting. Liqueurs, although usually around calories per nip, are often consumed with other, often-higher calorie mixers such as coke or milk to make cocktails, bumping the calorie content way up.

It is usually consumed nips at a time given its lower alcohol strength. It is definitely one worth avoiding if weight loss is the aim. Drink alcohol with a lower caloric value, and a higher alcohol percentage like wine for example.

Less will be consumed, meaning lower overall calorie consumption. The worst alcohol choices would be the cream based drinks such as eggnog calories without the alcohol and an Amaretto Sour includes tequila and orange juice and contains calories. The highest calorie cocktail of the all would be the Vodka Mudslide, which contains coffee liqueur, Irish cream and vanilla ice cream and supplies calories. It would be better to drink a smaller quantity of liqueur with a healthier, lower calorie base such as trim milk or tomato juice the latter being the base for a Bloody Mary cocktail.

Given alcohol taste is an individual matter, and people will usually choose what they like, rather than what they are advised to consume based on the health content of the drink, it is no easy task trying to persuade someone to change their drinking habits. The above information can however be used by one who is wanting to make some physical changes by lowering the overall caloric content of what they drink.

These are extremely deceptive they taste so good and will add enormously to overall caloric content. Keep healthy food on hand when drinking. As mentioned, drinking will relax the inhibitions and cause one to compromise their nutritional habits. If drinking beer, try a lower calorie alternative. Also, drink diet sodas with various spirits to significantly lower the calorie content of these drinks.

Drink water between alcoholic drinks. This will increase feelings of fullness and may help to prevent over consumption of alcohol. So what is one to do? Given alcohol plays a large role in celebration and social cohesion, can one completely refrain from its use? It really depends on the goals a person has.

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