Was Your New Year Resolution to Lose Weight???

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Many people start the new year with the “losing weight” resolution and plan on doing this by following a strict diet.

Please answer the following poll to find out how many of you want to lose weight.  Thanks!!

Halloween Candy For 100 Calories or Less

Here at GoGirlDiet.com the motto is to “Eat your cake and lose weight too”. That also means halloween candy. But we don’t want to sabotage the diet either. Here are some picks for 100 calories or less (pay attention to package size):

Almond Joy (snack size) -80 cal
Butterfinger (fun size)- 85 cal
Nestle Crunch (fun size)- 90 cal
Hershey Kiss (4)- 100 cal
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup (snack size)- 110cal
Whoppers (10)- 100 cal
Jolly Ranchers (3)- 70 cal
Smarties (1 roll)- 25 cal
Skittles ( 1 fun size bag)- 70 cal
M&M’s ( 1 fun size package) -100 cal

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Daily Weighing Promotes Weight Loss

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According to a recent study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, daily weighing was associated with greater weight loss than weighing most days of the week.  Participants who weighed daily lost an average of 20 pounds at 6 months compared to only an average of 7 pounds lost by those weighing less than daily.  The study concluded daily weighers adopted more weight control behaviors and strategies than those weighing less often.  This is a significant difference in weight loss demonstrating that daily weighing can have an impact on losing weight!

Lose Weight By Eating More Fruit & Veggies

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Celebrate Fruit & Veggies More Matter Month by consuming more! Here are the top 5 reasons you should eat more fruits & veggies:

They are very low in calories. A cup of green beans or broccoli is only 30 calories.
They are fat-free and high in fiber.
They are also high in Vitamin C, B vitamins and antioxidants which help support your immune system.
They make you fill full longer which will help reduce cravings.
They will help you lose weight and feel better.

Weight Watchers 3 Ingredient Pineapple Cake

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I stumbled across this Weight Watcher recipe a few years ago and it is fantastic.  It takes about one whole minute to whip together and it is low calorie and no fat!!

 

WHAT YOU NEED:

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  • 1- Angel Food Cake Mix
  • 1- 20 oz. Can Crushed Pineapple in juice
  • 1- Fat Free Cool Whip

 

 

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven  350 degrees F.  Mix package of Angel Food Cake Mix and one 20 oz. can of crushed pineapple.  Pour into an ungreased 9″x13″ pan and bake for 30 to 40 minutes.   Let Cool.  Spread Cool Whip on top.  Makes 16 servings!

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NUTRITION INFO:

  • 120 Calories
  • 28 g Carbohydrate
  • 2 g Protein
  • 0 Fat
  • 130 mg Sodium

 

Fat Free Yogurt Cake

I came across this recipe for yogurt cake on pinterest.  I made a few ingredient swaps to reduce the calories and fat.  I am absolutely amazed how moist and delicious it is.  Let’s not forget, it is really easy and quick to make!

yogurtcake WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1-1/2 cups nonfat yogurt
  • 3/4 cup egg beater
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1-1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

DIRECTIONS:

In a large bowl, beat on low speed egg, yogurt, sugar, and vanilla about 30 seconds. Add flour and baking powder and beat another 1-2 minutes. Pour into a round cake pan sprayed with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes. Let cool. Sprinkle with powder sugar. Makes 8 servings.

NUTRITION INFO:

  • 224 calories
  • 0 fat
  • 48 g carbohydrate
  • 8 g protein
  • 240 mg sodium

 

The New FDA Approved Diet Pill

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Contrave is the newest FDA approved weight loss drug.  It is not only for the obese (BMI >30); it is approved for overweight individuals with BMI = 27 who have risk factors (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes).

Contrave combines two drugs already on the market:

  1. Wellbutrin — an antidepressant.
  2. Naltrexone (Revia) — an anti-addiction drug that is an opioid receptor antagonist.

How does it work?  It takes away hunger and the cravings for food.  Experts do not fully understand the drug combination effects on weight loss.  However, they think wellbutrin decreases appetite and naltrexone probably blocks the receptors in the brain and curbs cravings.

You should not take this drug if you have a seizure disorder, eating disorder or are pregnant.  And, it is meant to be used with a healthy diet and exercise plan.

In clinical trials, participants loss 5% to 10% and kept the weight off for up to 1 full year.  On average, those who took contrave for 6 months combined with a weight management program loss 25 pounds.

 

Black Bean & Barley Soup

January is Soup Month!

How perfect is that!  It’s snowy, cold, and dreary outside setting the mood for home-made soup.  In addition, soup can be very healthy, low in calories, high in fiber and very satisfying keeping you on track with your diet resolutions.

If you like black beans and barley, this soup is delicious.  Of coarse, super easy to make.  You can have it as a main entree or as a side dish.

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WHAT YOU NEED:

1 tablespoon Olive Oil
3 tsp Garlic, raw
1 cup Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic and Oregano, can, all averages
2 can Black Beans, canned
32 oz Organic Vegetable Broth, all averages
1/3 Cup Dry Quaker Quick Barley
1 cup 8 fl oz Water
1 tsp, leaves Basil
1 tbsp Parsley, dried

DIRECTIONS:

In large stock pot, sautee garlic in olive oil over medium heat. Add canned tomatoes and 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed, and simmer for 5 minutes. Add vegetable broth, barley, water, and spices and bring to almost boil. Then cover and simmer over very low heat for 20 minutes. Stir in 2nd can of black beans, drained and rinsed, and heat for an additional 5 minutes.  Makes 8 servings.

NUTRITION INFO:

Serving Size = 1 Cup

  • 146 Calories
  • 2 g Fat
  • 0 Cholesterol
  • 840 mg Sodium
  • 25 g Total Carbohydrate
  • 9 g Fiber
  • 2 g Sugar
  • 8 g Protein

Leftover Turkey Barley Soup

I love this time of year and the holidays!  I especially enjoy using the leftover turkey for healthy meals.  Since the weather in the northeast has been cold and snowy, it made perfect sense to make soup with the turkey.  It turned out absolutely delicious and did not take much effort.

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WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp. Minced Garlic
  • 1/2 – 1 Cup Chopped Celery
  • 1 Cup Chopped Carrots
  • 1 Cup Leftover turkey, chopped or shredded
  • 32 oz. Low Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 1/2 Cup Barley, uncooked
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1-2 Dashes Black Pepper, Dried Basil and Parsley

DIRECTIONS:

In a large stock pot, heat oil and sauté garlic and celery.  Stir in carrots and turkey and heat for a couple of minutes.  Add broth, water, barley and spices.  Cover and bring to a boil over medium heat.  Reduce heat and let simmer for an hour or until vegetables are tender.  Makes 8 servings.

NUTRITION INFO:

96 Calories, 3 g fat, 1 g sat. fat, 12 mg cholesterol, 69 mg sodium, 9 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 9 g protein