How Much Protein Do You Need to Lose Weight?

how much protein do you needWritten by Michal Yaron, nutritionist and GreenLite educator

When it comes to weight loss, protein is king.

From Atkins to Paleo, you’ve no doubt heard that the way to slim down is to cut carbs and up your intake of things like fish, chicken, eggs, legumes, nuts and seeds.

And it’s really not just a nice theory — a huge body of research on the topic suggests that reducing carbohydrates and replacing them with protein can not only help you lose weight, but also help you lower your body fat percentage, which is an important marker for overall health.  Continue reading

5 Tips for Finding the Best Weight Loss Program

tips for finding best weight loss programIf you’re looking for the best weight loss program around, there’s just no getting around it – you’re going to have to do your homework. 

Whether it’s Jenny Craig, Medifast, Weight Watchers, or Atkins, every program is different, and it’s definitely not a one-size-fits-all approach. People are unique. Our challenges are unique. Our health histories are unique. So shouldn’t a weight loss program also fit you like a glove? We think so.  Continue reading

Crunchy Kale Chicken Salad – Low Carb and Gluten Free

low carb crunchy kale saladSometimes salad night just needs a little “oomph.”

Adapted from “The Omni Diet,” this low-carb salad includes golden raisins, crunchy sesame seeds, and chopped pecans. Tossed with a simple dressing of honey, olive oil, and sea salt, we know you’ll love the unique flavors going on here. If you make and prep your chicken ahead of time, you can assemble the ingredients quickly or make up some pre-prepared salads for lunches during the week.  Continue reading

The Truth About Alcohol and Weight Loss

wineWe hate to break it to you, but it may be time to cut back on your weekly wine consumption – if you want to lose weight, that is. 

More than any other beverage, alcohol of any kind – whether it’s wine, beer, or hard liquor – really can slow down the weight loss process. Also, drinking doesn’t offer any kind of nutritional bang for your buck, just a bunch of empty calories – and the potential to cause vitamin deficiencies that can interfere with both weight loss and overall health.  Continue reading

Cheesy Cauliflower Popcorn

cheesy cauliflower popcornWhen you’re looking for something crunchy and salty, look no further than this popcorn — made of cauliflower, that is. 

All you need are two heads of cauliflower, spices and salt, a little oil, and nutritional yeast (which you can find at most any health food store or Whole Foods). And don’t skip the nutritional yeast, either, because that’s what lends this snack it’s cheesy flavor.  Continue reading

What You Need to Know About Nutrition Label Changes

Old-and-New-Nutrition-FactsIf you think you’ve finally mastered the art of reading nutrition labels, we’ve got bad news for you.

Changes to nutrition labels are officially on the horizon, but the intent behind them is good: help combat obesity and enable consumers to make better nutritional choices. We can definitely support that. Here’s what President Obama had to say:  Continue reading

A Gene That Causes Binge Eating?

frostingWhat can rats and frosting tell us about the nature of binge eating?

Potentially a lot, according to a new study from Michigan State University. A lab experiment involving two different types of rats and some vanilla frosting might offer new cues about the genetic nature of binge eating disorder, and the biological factors that might contribute to eating patterns.  Continue reading

Low-Carb Trail Mix

low carb trail mixWhile you may love that traditional trail mix with the salty raisins and chocolate pieces, this low-carb version is much healthier — and it still tastes great.

The best part? Superfood goji berries add just the right amount of sweet. Divide this up into snack-size portions and you’ll have something to satisfy hunger on those days you’re strapped for time.  Continue reading