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10 Simple Diet Tips to Help You Fit into That Party Dress (Slideshow)

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Who knew the key to losing weight was eating more? According to WebMD, “Having a small meal or snack every 3 to 4 hours keeps your metabolism cranking, so you burn more calories over the course of a day. Several studies have also shown that people who snack regularly eat less at mealtime.”

Eat every 2 to 4 hours

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Who knew the key to losing weight was eating more? According to WebMD, “Having a small meal or snack every 3 to 4 hours keeps your metabolism cranking, so you burn more calories over the course of a day. Several studies have also shown that people who snack regularly eat less at mealtime.”

Add Some Spice to Your Meals

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Eating spicy food increases metabolism. WebMD reports that “[s]picy foods have natural chemicals that can kick your metabolism into a higher gear. Cooking foods with a tablespoon of chopped red or green chili pepper can boost your metabolic rate.”

Water

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Water = Weight loss. CNN reports, “Drinking two 8-ounce glasses of water before breakfast, lunch, and dinner while also cutting back on portions may help you lose weight and keep it off for at least a year, according to research presented today at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society, in Boston.”

Sleep

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Sleep away the pounds. According to The New York Times, “The relationship between sleep loss and weight gain is a strong one, borne out in a variety of studies over the years. Large population studies show that both adults and children are more likely to be overweight and obese the less they sleep at night.”

Forget the Gym, and Go Outside!

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You don’t need fancy gym equipment to lose weight. Try easy, outdoor activities to get your heart pumping and shed those extra pounds. WebMD assures us that you can burn calories with fun activities including beachcombing, riding bikes, grass skiing, making snow angels, hiking, washing the car, playing Frisbee, or chasing the dog around the yard. Working out doesn’t have to be unbearable.

Forget the Take-Out!

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Ditch the take out, which is often loaded with salt and fatty oils, and try cooking at home instead. Preparing simple meals with lean protein, grains and vegetables can help you lose those stubborn pounds while saving some money. It’s a win-win situation.

Eat Breakfast

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You’ve all heard the saying, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” Milton Stokes, RD, MPH, and chief dietitian for St. Barnabas Hospital in New York City says, "Breakfast skippers replace calories during the day with mindless nibbling, bingeing at lunch and dinner. They set themselves up for failure."

Drink Less Alcohol

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Alcohol is loaded with unnecessary calories and sugar, and can send your body into addiction mode. In addition to these downfalls, when you drink alcohol you’re less likely to stay on track with your nutritional and personal goals. Stick to a glass of red wine or one cocktail per outing, and help yourself lose weight while staying focused.

Trade Your Happy Hour Activities

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Why not redesign your after-work plans? Instead of hitting the bar with coworkers, why not train for a 5K or take a yoga class? Trade unhealthy, meaningless activities for positive, spiritually and physically enlightening ones such as a group exercise class. Increase endorphins and stay focused with the help of a friend.

No Eating After 7 p.m.

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Nothing good happens after 7:00. Well, at least when it comes to eating and losing weight. According to Runner’s World, “By shutting down the kitchen (at 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. or 7 p.m., or even 8 p.m.) you’ll be more likely to eliminate consumption of late-night empty calories.”


14 Genius Packing Tips to Help You Travel Like a Pro

Going on vacation is the best. Not so fun? Trying to cram your cutest outfits into your suitcase. Indeed, the anxiety of figuring out what to pack (and how to make it all a fit) can put bit of a damper on your pre-getaway excitement.

To the rescue: These savvy packing tips from Good Housekeeping Institute experts. Whether you're someone who starts packing a week ahead of time or waits until the last minute, these hacks will ensure that your favorite dress doesn't get wrinkled and you have plenty of room for souvenirs. Keep reading to learn how to pack faster, smarter, and sans stress.

Roll clothes and pack them first.

The best way to prevent creases and make the most of your space is to use the roll method. Lay tops facedown, fold in the sleeves and roll from the bottom up. For pants, put the legs together and roll from the waist down. Once you&rsquove rolled everything, place pants and tops in your suitcase before shoes and accessories then, fit in other oddly shaped items like hair tools.

Choose travel-friendly fabrics.

Our Textiles Lab pros always recommend opting for knits and stretchy fabrics (like these Amazon Essentials t-shirts made with spandex). Even when these fabrics wrinkle, the creases will fall out when you hang them up. Woven fabrics (like linen or cotton twill) are more prone to wrinkling.

Pack the first outfit you'll want to wear on top.

If you know you&rsquore getting off the plane and going straight to dinner or a meeting, plan your outfit and put it into your suitcase last. That way, when you arrive, you won&rsquot have to dig through everything else to find it (plus, it will be less likely to wrinkle). This strategy is a great excuse to think about what you&rsquoll wear in advance so you don&rsquot make one of the biggest packing mistakes: waiting until the last minute to pack. Have trouble making a packing list and sticking to it? Check out this useful planner from Erin Condren.

Place heavy items at the base.

Keep weightier things like shoes and books by the wheeled end of your suitcase. This placement helps your bag stay stable when upright, and stops other items from getting smushed. (GH experts like Away&rsquos The Carry-On &mdash it topped our Lab&rsquos recent luggage test and has a 100-day trial period.)

Layer plastic dry cleaning bags between clothes.

The next time you pick up your dry cleaning, save the plastic bags. You can use them to protect delicate items from accidental pulls by layering them between your clothes. They help your clothing slide (not snag) when your bag gets jostled (and they help reduce wrinkling!).

Use packing cubes.

Our pros like Eagle Creek&rsquos set. These blocks keep your suitcase organized and stack together easily &mdash no more trying to fit in oddly shaped items like a puzzle. Plus, the durable cubes are lightweight and thin so you won&rsquot lose any precious suitcase space.

Avoid over or under-packing.

While you might be tempted to leave space for souvenirs, extra room means items can shift and crumple or break. Fill empty spaces with dry cleaner bags (and fill them later with mementos from your trip). It&rsquos important not to over-pack either (especially if you&rsquore only bringing a carry-on), since that&rsquos a surefire way to create crease marks and can make it extra tricky to repack when you're going home &mdash or heading off to another spot.

Get an extra tote for souvenirs.

You're going to want to shop so bring a foldable bag like this cute backpack from Baggu. It won&rsquot take up much space on the way to your destination (it folds into a small pouch!) and you can fill it with (almost) anything you buy on your travels.

Take a mini iron.

Despite your best packing efforts, some wrinkles and creases are inevitable. That's where Reliable&rsquos pint-size steam iron comes in. At only 1.6 pounds, it takes up very little space and is perfect for quick touch-ups anywhere (it works as an iron and steamer). It performed well in our Cleaning Lab tests (just don&rsquot expect it to de-wrinkle a full garment in record time).

Bring two small laundry bags.

Use one for lights and one for darks. If you forget, grab plastic bags from your hotel room&rsquos closet. When you get home, throw the presorted loads in the wash. Other Cleaning Lab must-haves: two-gallon resealable bags for wet bathing suits and an instant stain remover like Shout Wipe & Go ($27 for a pack of 12).


20 Tips that Could Help You Lose Weight for Your Wedding

--> There's nothing like an engagement ring to motivate a woman to get serious about weight loss. The dress. The photos. The honeymoon! You're dropping lots of cash for a fabulous event and will be standing with your butt&mdasher, back&mdashto dozens, maybe even hundreds of guests during your ceremony. With so many wonderful things happening on your special day, who wants to worry about their rear view?

It's no wonder women go to great strides to look their best on their wedding day. And if your upcoming wedding is serving as inspiration for you to tackle your weight or fitness issues, that's great. We all need to find our motivation, and a wedding has a deadline that can inspire you to take action.

Problem is, many brides-to-be resort to extreme measures and quick fixes to drop the pounds quickly. Some of those methods may work a little (even if they're not so safe or healthy), but often times they fail&mdashmiserably. That's because quick fixes, diet pills, and extreme exercise plans don't usually deliver, especially in the long term. When countless studies show that marriage itself tends to pack on the pounds, wouldn't you rather make smart, reasonable and sustainable changes to your current diet and fitness plan to help prevent the "inevitable" weight gain of wedded bliss? Ones that will not only help you look great by your wedding, but help you stay healthy, fit and svelte as you celebrate your first, second, and 22nd anniversaries? I hope you answered yes.

Even amid the stress of wedding planning, it is possible to stick with or even start a healthy diet and fitness program and lose weight. How? Commit to your plan. You just have to choose to stay in control, one day at a time, no matter what life and wedding planners may throw at you.

1. Track your food. That means all of it, from the spoonful of soup you sampled for your reception menu to the little bites of cake you taste. These "hidden" calories are easy to gloss over but can really add up. Plus, research shows that the simple act of tracking your food can help you lose twice as much weight than if you don't track at all (mental tracking does not count). If you do nothing else during the final days and weeks before your wedding, track your food diligently every day.

2. Sample smart. A continuation of tip #1, if you know you're going to be sampling a variety of foods in a short period of time, keep the portions small. Just one or two bites of cake or your caterer's signature fish dish should be sufficient for taste testing. And if you know you're going to sample a variety of sweets one day, cut back on sugary foods for the next few days to get back on track. Decide which foods you'll have (and how much) and use SparkPeople's free Nutrition Tracker to stay within your calorie range.

3. Eat breakfast. Breakfast is the easiest meal to prepare and it sets the stage for your day. Eat a healthful breakfast to get your metabolism fired up, and then you'll be more likely to make healthy choices throughout the day&mdashlike ordering a smart lunch and swinging by the gym after work. Even better: Eating breakfast can help you lose weight, as studies have shown breakfast eaters tend to consume fewer total calories during the day than people who don't eat a morning meal.

4. Make fitness a priority. I like to remind people that food is only one part of the equation that determines whether you'll lose or gain weight. Fitness is just as important. Don't let your workouts go by the wayside. If anything, you should be trying to work out more than before if you really want to drop a few pounds, especially around the days that you're sampling all of that rich and delicious food. With a hectic schedule, how will you fit it in? That's what this next tip is for.

5. Treat your workouts like an appointment. You wouldn't miss your cake tasting, pre-marriage counseling session or dress fitting, would you? Add your workouts to your calendar so that other obligations don't get in the way of your gym time. When meeting to discuss plans with your fiancé, parents, bridal party or wedding planner, head out for a walk (or pace around the room if you're on the phone) for a little multitasking. And when your bridal party wants to schedule your bachelorette party, tell them you'll be there, but not until after Pilates class lets out.

6. Get support. It can be tough to stay strong and accountable to your goals if you don't have anyone else cheering you on. It can be even more difficult to do so when people are trying to sabotage your efforts, perhaps unknowingly. The best way to get support is to tell someone&mdashanyone&mdashabout your weight and fitness goals and ask for their support. If you feel too uncomfortable to share those details with someone you know, the SparkPeople community is great for that. You can connect with people who have similar goals and get tips, motivation and your own personal cheerleading squad. Be sure to check out our brides-to-be SparkTeams as well because these women know exactly what you're going through.

7. Limit alcohol. It lowers inhibitions, making it more likely that you'll forget about your nutrition plan and overindulge. Plus, alcohol alone is pretty high in calories. If you can relax and de-stress without drinking at all, you'll be better off. If you must drink, nurse your glass slowly, choose diet-friendly drinks, and limit the number of servings. Oh and yes, alcohol does contain calories, so add every drink to your Nutrition Tracker.

8. Pick healthy venues for pre-wedding festivities. There will be showers, parties, and outings galore as your wedding gets closer. If you have any say in how these happen, pick a healthful restaurant where you know you can get a good, nutritious meal without going overboard. Need help? Refer to our Dining Out Guide for the healthiest choices at just about any chain restaurant. Focus on your friends and family while you're there, enjoying the good conversation and activities instead of hovering around the appetizers. Create lasting memories that don't revolve around eating, and you won't feel like you're missing out.

9. Catch your zzz's. Your mind and calendar may be full of to-dos, but is "plenty of sleep" on your agenda each day? It should be. Too little shuteye can hinder your weight-loss efforts, increasing cravings and leading to poor choices. Staying organized will help, but do you best to stick to a consistent sleep schedule, aiming for at least 7-8 hour hours per night&mdashincluding weekends.

10. Don't make mountains out of molehills. It's easy to go over your calories one day and feel like a failure. But remember that it takes much more than one day of overeating to thwart your progress. Accept your slip-ups, learn from them and move on. Here are 25 ways to get back on track today.

11. Steer clear of fads. When someone is desperate to lose weight quickly, she'll usually turn to some questionable measures. Be on the lookout for fad diets and don't fall for fitness gimmicks either. How do you spot them? By their too-good-to-be-true claims. Fad diets don't work and their results are fleeting. Rather than risk an approach like that, stick with simple, healthy habits that you know make a difference, like the items on this list.

12. Maintain an active lifestyle. Remember that "running" errands as you plan your wedding isn't the same as actually running&mdashor exercising for that matter. Don't confuse busyness with fitness. The more physical activity you can add to your days (in addition to planned fitness) the better off you'll be. Try short workouts and find simple ways to turn downtime into active time.

13. Keep an emergency snack on hand. Stashing some healthy and portable foods in your car, purse, and desk drawer can help satisfy your cravings and prevent you from going overboard on all the wrong foods. This is a good idea when you're hungry at work and cookies sound tempting, or when you're out all day and see the glowing fast food signs beckoning you.

14. Don't let yourself get to hungry. Between smart snacking and balanced meals, keeping your body properly fueled can help you keep hunger at bay. Eating too little, on the other hand, creates monstrous cravings that are too hard to ignore. When you let yourself become ravenous, you'll grab anything, and usually a lot of it, to quell your discomfort. Keep hunger at bay with proper planning. Bring snacks with you. Keep healthy options on hand. And never go more than 4 hours without eating.

15. Manage stress. What future bride isn't worried about the details, the planning, and even fit of her dress? Life doesn't stop just because you're planning a wedding, and all that stress can do a number on your mental health&mdashand your waistline. It's no secret that chronic stress can contribute to weight issues, especially if you're prone to emotional eating. Make sure a little R&R makes it into your day, even if it's as simple as a 1-minute breathing exercise or an extra couple of minutes in a hot shower. Of course, exercise is a great way to relieve stress and help you reach your goal weight.

16. Drink your water. Recent studies found that when people drink more water throughout the day, they end up eating fewer total calories. Another new study found that drinking water before each meal resulted in greater weight loss. Water and water-rich foods can help fill you up longer. Keep a cup of water in hand at parties, sip water between bites, and meet your daily quota to help prevent overeating.

17. Wake up with exercise. People who exercise first thing in the morning are more likely to exercise regularly than those who exercise later in the day. Even if you're not a morning exerciser yet, a.m. workouts might be the best way to squeeze fitness into your days before other things come up. Plus, when you exercise first, you're less likely to overindulge with food later.

18. Slow down. Savor your food and the experience of eating. You'll eat less, feel more satisfied, and recognize feelings of hunger before it's too late.

19. Keep your eye on the prize. Before you take a bite or hit snooze instead of hitting the gym, remember your goals. It's going to take work to reach your goals, and it won't always be easy. Before you act, ask yourself, "Will this help me achieve my goal by my wedding day?" If not, make another decision. And remember that YOU are in control of your life and your choices.

20. Use SparkPeople. When it comes to weight loss, we know what works&mdashand we offer all the tools, resources, tips, menus, trackers and support you need to take off the weight by the big day. Explore all that our site has to offer for daily motivation and real-world solutions. Don't worry: It's free, so you can save your money for the honeymoon! If you haven't yet, sign up for your 100% free account today!


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Stay hydrated

Whether you're heading off to spin class, boot camp, or any other exercise, it's always important to hydrate so you can stay energized and have your best workout. But you don't want to grab just anything for hydration purposes.

Electrolyte-loaded athletic drinks, for example, can be a source of unnecessary calories, so "drinking water is usually fine until you're exercising for more than one hour," Jackie Newgent, RD, author of The Big Green Cookbook, tells Health.

But if you are working out harder and longer, feel free to go for regular Gatorade-type drinks (and their calories), which can give you a beneficial replenishment boost. But worry not if you like a little flavor during your fitness: There are now lower-cal sports drinks available, adds Newgent, so look out for 'em in your grocery aisles.


"I love the Drop 10 happy calories!"

Erin McLaughlin, 26, of New York City lost 7 pounds!

MOTIVATION
McLaughlin noticed that her weight was creeping up on the scale and that her clothes weren't fitting the way they used to. Her usual workout routine, which included running and using weight machines, wasn't keeping off the pounds. She realized she needed to change her diet and switch up her exercise to see results.

PAYOFF
McLaughlin learned to plan ahead. She did a big grocery store run once a week, then made large portions of the Drop 10 meals on Sundays and Wednesdays and froze the extras. She wasn't as tempted to deviate from the plan because she had meals waiting for her. The happy calories also helped her stay on track. "Having the freedom to indulge made it feel less like a diet and more like a healthy life choice that I had control over," she says.


We cracked the cravings code! The key to turning them off: Don't make any food off-limits. The second you do, you'll only want it more, leading to those midnight pizza pig-outs (Trust us, we've totally been there.) And that's why:

Each day you have 200 happy calories to spend as you wish. Desire dessert? Go for it! Or save for a splurge by rolling over your happy calories for up to four days, giving you as many as 800 calories to play with. Bring on the wine-and-cheese party!


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12 Easy Ways to Cut 100 Calories

Start your day by consuming 100 fewer calories. &ldquoIt&rsquos a relatively small amount of calories that you&rsquoll hardly notice,&rdquo says Erin Palinski-Wade, RD, author of Belly Fat Diet for Dummies. In other words, you won&rsquot feel hungry.

If swigging OJ is among your morning rituals, skim your portion in half. Six ounces of juice (of any kind) contains about 100 calories, and if you&rsquore drinking from the standard 10- or 12-ounce bottle, you could be downing twice that amount. Better yet: Eat an orange instead (you&rsquoll get more fiber, making you feel more satisfied and helping you eat less) or switch to water. To add flavor, mix one ounce of fruit juice into the water or freeze 100-percent fruit juice in ice cube trays and add one or two cubes to the water, says Palinski-Wade. Or, extract flavor from fruits, veggies, or herbs and infuse them in your water with Zing Anything bottles.

Getting a milk mustache? Healthy. Getting a milk mustache with whole milk? Not so healthy. Switch to skim, &ldquobut wean down to help with taste adjustment,&rdquo says Palinski-Wade. The difference between a cup of whole milk and skim milk is about 50 calories if you drink two cups a day, you will save 100 calories.

Sandwich shops love their mayonnaise. It&rsquos great sandwich glue, after all. Yet give this lunchtime staple the boot in lieu of mustard one tablespoon of mustard versus mayo will net you a 90-calorie savings. Pair that with one less slice of deli meat and presto! You&rsquove just nixed 100-plus calories.

You can have your, er, bread, and eat it, too. Just make sure to choose whole-grain bread over those calorie-laden bagels. This easy swap will cut a whopping 100 to 200 calories from your diet. Do this daily, and you will be kissing that bread belly goodbye in no time.

Don't think you have to give up your java addiction. But if you're loading that coffee with creamer and sugar, you're going off the diet deep-end. Rein in those habits by cutting one tablespoon of sugar (worth 60 calories) and one tablespoon of liquid flavored creamer (for another 40 calories spared).

Give that afternoon chip-and-dip habit a healthy makeover. Swap the dip for a low-calorie salsa, and not only will you save 100 calories, you will also boost the nutritional profile of that snack. Salsa is loaded with lycopene, which has been shown to improve heart health and vitamin D, a powerful antioxidant, says Palinski-Wade.

Give yourself a pat on the back if you&rsquore serving up veggies with dinner tonight. But rather than sautéing those veggies in oil, cook them in low-sodium vegetable broth or cooking spray to shave off more than 100 calories. One tablespoon of oil contains roughly 120 calories.

The problem with pasta is not necessarily the noodles but the amount that you eat, making this a diet nightmare. Next time you&rsquore in the mood for a little comfort meal, replace spaghetti with spaghetti squash one cup contains 42 calories compared to 221 calories in a cup of pasta. Top it with marinara sauce just as you would with pasta, says JJ Virgin, CNS, nutrition and fitness expert in Palm Desert, California, and author of The Virgin Diet.

Baked potatoes and rice have their place on the dinner table, but if you&rsquore worried about that waistline, lay off these carbs. &ldquoAt all meals, keep starchy carbs to zero to two servings and get the majority of your carbs from non-starchy veggies,&rdquo says Virgin. Just replace that rice or potato with an extra helping of veggies. You will easily save 100 calories and get more nutritional bang for each bite.

Restaurants love to dress up their salads. Trouble is, those little accompaniments often come at a high caloric price. A quarter cup of candied nuts, for instance, can cost you 200 calories while the same amount of dried fruit can add about 100 calories to your day. &ldquoMost people use salad as an excuse to have dessert,&rdquo says Virgin. Ask for yours sans candied nuts and dried fruit or pick a different salad altogether.

Nobody&rsquos saying you should be a tee-totaler (there are some health benefits to certain alcoholic beverages), but get smarter about your drink choices. First, remember that every shot of alcohol contains about 100 (empty!) calories. If you mix that with six ounces of fruit juice, you&rsquore now sipping 190 calories. Instead, order a four-ounce glass of wine, which contains about 80 calories, and you&rsquove now lopped over 100 calories from your evening out.

It&rsquos tough to resist the basket of bread that magically appears on restaurant tables. Yet indulge too heavily, and you will pay the price. &ldquoOne small dinner roll or slice of toast contains about 100 calories&mdashand that&rsquos before you add the butter,&rdquo says Palinski-Wade. Instead, take one less roll or slice of bread than you normally would to nix those 100 calories. Don&rsquot want to be tempted? Ask your waiter to hold the basket.


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