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Are You Still Lose Weight

“Cheating” is the act of deceiving others or being dishonest. The word conjures up images of copying someone else’s answers during an exam, fudging your taxes, or counting cards.  Needless to say, these are not positive activities.  But does the same negative connotation apply to a cheat meal (or day) for a person on a diet?  Can “cheating” on one’s diet be beneficial—even fun—or is it just setting the stage for dieting disaster?

As a registered dietitian, I am often asked about cheat meals and cheat days.  Usually the dieter seems to be asking the question out of desperation. He or she often mentions feeling obsessed and exhausted of counting calories. “I want to have a cheat day once a week where I can eat whatever I want without worrying about my calories,” they often say.  “But will this cheat day hurt my weight loss?” In other cases, people eat so “clean” (i.e. perfect) on their diets that they simply can’t keep up with it day in and day out. They feel that they “need” a cheat meal or day to look forward to and keep them accountable to their strict diet all the other days.

I think everyone would agree that even though it has been documented to help people lose weight, daily calorie counting is a big pain in the butt.  You have to read labels, measure portions and keep track of so many details. Food selection is constantly on your mind.  Focusing so much on calories makes it easy to get into the trap of trying to eat a strict diet of “good” foods, then falling off the wagon and overeating the “bad” foods you tried to avoid.  Your vocabulary and thoughts are consumed with extremes: good foods vs. bad foods, cheating vs. being good, restricting vs. overindulging. It is easy to see why you’d want to “cheat” on a system like this. But is cheating on your diet really the answer?

Best Weight Loss Foods

1. Whats to eat to loss weight

Do you know what to eat to lose weight? You might be relieved to know that you don’t have to spend a lot of money or go to fancy boutique grocery stores to fill your fridge when you’re trying to slim down. In fact, most products on the best weight loss foods list are common items that you can find in any supermarket. Smart dieters eat these cheap and easy foods and slim down faster.

The best healthy foods for weight loss are naturally low in fat and calories, full of nutrients and easy to prepare. You can find foods like this in every section of the grocery store and sometimes even in convenience marts. These foods won’t break your budget, but they can break the cycle of overeating and help you to lose weight.

2 Radishes

Radishes are crunchy, packed with fiber and super low in calories. In fact, each large radish provides only 1 calorie, putting it at the top of the best weight loss foods list. The bright red veggie is also simple to store in the refrigerator and easy to pack when you need a snack on the go.

Not sure what to do with radishes? If you don’t like to eat radishes alone, chop them up and add them to your salad to give it a spicy pop of flavor. Or how about a delicious Radish and Olive Salad recipe? You can even cook radishes and eat them as a healthy side dish.

3 Cheese Minis

One of the hardest things about being on a diet is giving up the creamy rich foods that you love. Many dieters miss cheese the most. But you don’t have to give up cheese entirely when you are trying to slim down. You just have to eat less of it.

That’s why Jarlsberg Minis are great. These cute little snacks are so easy to carry with you and because each mini round is individually packaged it’s easy to control portion size. Each serving contains just 70 calories. Wanna reduce your calories even more? The new Jarlsberg Lite Minis are just 50 calories, 2.5 grams of fat and 7 grams of protein.

4 Grapefruit

Remember the grapefruit diet? Well, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend that program, but I would recommend adding grapefruit to your list of weight loss foods. A half grapefruit (which is a fairly generous serving) provides only 52 calories and is packed with nutrients like vitamins A, C, and B6.

If you don’t like grapefruit alone, add it to a fruit salad. Other fruits can be a little bit higher in calories. If you add this tangy citrus fruit to a salad with bananas and berries, you get more food for fewer calories.

5 Iceberg Lettuce

Iceberg lettuce is so not cool. But it really is one of the best weight loss foods. Why? Iceberg lettuce has only 7 calories per cup. So you can bulk up your food and feel like you’re eating more without adding calories. You can literally double the size of your salad, bust out your tacos and add an inch to the height of your sandwich for less than 10 calories.

Iceberg lettuce also adds crunch and color to your meals and this cheap, easy-to-find veggie is packed with water – so it’s hydrating too!

Morning sickness fixes that moms swear

As seen in the plot of almost every sitcom, morning sickness may be one of the first clues your body gives you when you’re newly pregnant but feeling wretched in the morning is hardly funny when it happens to you. This early pregnancy side effect may occur anywhere from 6 to 12 weeks into your pregnancy and could last all day long, according to the American Pregnancy Association. To get back on your feet (and get your head out of the toilet), figuring out how to manage this pregnancy symptom is a must.

For the most part, the medical experts agree that “morning sickness” is a misnomer. Anywhere from 70 to 85 percent of pregnant women experience nausea or vomiting during pregnancy for anywhere from two to six hours per day and often in the afternoon or evening. And an estimated 0.5 to 2 percent of women experience morning sickness so severe that it may cause a danger to mother and baby, often diagnosed as hyperemesis gravidarum, making it important to visit your doctor right away.

For the expectant moms who’d just like to keep some food down, one of these natural remedies might cure what ails ya, or at the very least, make you feel a little bit better.

1. Ginger

Pregnant ladies, get ready to make ginger your new best friend — a home remedy that new moms swear by and doctors endorse. Dr. Josh Axe, D.N.M., C.N.S., doctor of natural medicine, clinical nutritionist and author of Eat Dirt: Why Leaky Gut May Be the Root Cause of Your Health Problems and 5 Surprising Steps to Cure It, says, “Ginger has a long and safe track record in traditional medicine — healers have been using it for more than 2,000 years. Science is catching up to its longstanding health benefits too. Many preclinical and clinical studies show that ginger possesses natural nausea-reducing effects, particularly for pregnant women experiencing morning sickness. A study looking at ginger’s use in easing nausea from seasickness, morning sickness and chemotherapy-induced nausea found ginger performed better than placebo in all three areas.”

Dr. Axe recommends calming your stomach with his morning sickness-fighting tea. “Drinking ginger tea throughout the day can help ease morning sickness. You can buy organic ginger tea, but it’s easy to make your own too.” He explains, “To make it at home, cut ginger root into thin slices, and place them in a pot of boiling water for 10 minutes. Strain the ginger, and drink. It’s that easy.”

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Rosie Pope, star of Bravo’s Pregnant in Heels with four kids under the age of 10, tells SheKnows, “Natural ginger (if you can handle it) works well. Try it in a form you can take, from herbal tea to dried ginger or lollipops, but make sure it contains real ginger.”

2. Peppermint

Ginger may be one of the most popular at-home nausea remedies, but peppermint comes in a close second. Peppermint (in the candy or tea form) can reduce nausea and calm an upset stomach throughout the day, Dr. Ashe, D.O., M.D., medical director of Be Well Medical Group, explains.

3. Lemon

This may be one of the easiest DIY morning sickness remedies that you can tuck into your purse for later. According to Dr. Ashe, sniffing a fresh-cut lemon or adding it to your water may help to prevent the queasies. Likewise, Dr. Ashe recommends, “Drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.”