Reason #99 to Never Enter the Grocery Store Without Your Grocery List

The grocery store. Fraught with pitfalls. Even if you eschew the inner aisles and their processed pseudofoods in favor of the whole foods found around the outside of the store, you must still contend with the bakery and its temptations.

This is why all the experts advise us to come with shopping list in hand. Stick to the list! No inpulse purchases. It’s good advice, but the list serves another purpose as well. It turns out that we’re more likely to make emotional, impulsive choices when our rational brains are busy… [Read More]

Vacation Calories Are Free: How to bounce back from a dieting disaster

Tell me if this has ever happened to you before. You’re on vacation, say… camping. So you’re camping, and for breakfast you have pancakes, some potatoes (cheesy potatoes? Okay), and Spam.

For lunch, you’re in a hurry because the cruise for the shoreline tour is leaving soon, so you opt for the only fast-food joint in town – Hardee’s.

Your husband likes to call them “Hardly’s,” as in “hardly ever the right choice.” There are not many diet-friendly items on the menu.

There’s no Hardee’s where you live, and you discover that they still have your favoritist thing on the menu, a Frisco […]

Pay at the Pump

To lose weight, I try to incorporate a lot of little strategies. One strategy is to pay at the pump.

Not a strategy, you say? I respectfully disagree. The gas station convenience store is fraught with dieting pitfalls. Take this glorious, thigh-expanding, artery clogging example of heavenly goodness. I love love love these things. All 450 calories of them.

I'm pretty sure I've been in gas stations that sold nothing but Little Debbie chocolate pies.

In fact, whatever your dieting weakness, the convenience store seems to stock more of it than anything else.

Why put yourself through it?* Don’t go inside. Pay at […]

Your iPhone Means You Never Have to Count Calories Again

I hate tracking calories. If I had an iPhone, it’d apparently be a thing of the past.

Well, that’s what the makers of Meal Snap would have us believe. Sit down for a meal, snap a photo, and Meal Snap will give you a calorie range:

Bacon, eggs and hashbrowns? You’ll be taking in between 290 to 436 calories. Mixed salad with goat cheese? That’ll cost you 330 to 495 calories. You may be better off with roasted red peppers and toast for 111 to 166 calories.”

Quite a range on some of these dishes. Okay, so it might not have the accuracy […]

Food Journals: You Don’t Need to Track Calories to Lose Weight

Seems counterintuitive, right? Everyone knows that food journaling is one of the most effective ways to lose weight and keep it off. A well-known study in 2008 showed that people who kept a food journal lost twice as much weight as people who didn’t.

Food journaling is even more effective when you share your journal with others. That extra bit of accountability makes a real difference. I recommend reading the whole article, but if you’re pressed for time, just read this part:

“You’re accountable to yourself when you’re writing it down and you’re accountable to other people who are looking at your […]