diet Archives | Dr. Stephen Gullo

diet Archives | Dr. Stephen Gullo

Broccoli Soup

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Serves 6

At only 24 calories a cup, this soup is a nutrient-rich, satisfying alternative to creamed soups.

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
1 teaspoon dried marjoram or 1 tablespoon fresh
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
2 celery stalks, finely chopped
2 scallions, trimmed and coarsely chopped
1 1/2 pounds broccoli, washed and separated into florets and stems
6 cups vegetable stock or water
2 tablespoons minced fresh dill
Salt
Black pepper

1. Warm the oil in a large stockpot over medium heat. (Don’t let the oil get so hot that it smokes.) Add the onion and cook until it is translucent, then add the garlic, marjoram, thyme, and nutmeg. Sauté 3 minutes. Add the celery and scallions and cook 5 minutes. Add the broccoli stems and the stock, cover, and simmer 30 minutes.

2. Add the broccoli florets and cook 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and blend in a food processor or blender, adding the dill as it’s blending. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

Stay On Track In Your Weight Loss Journey

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Your weight loss journey could be one of the most frustrating, most challenging personal journeys you’d take on in life. But you know you want it. You know the rewards waiting for you at the end will make everything worth it.

To help keep you motivated, here are some things to keep in mind.

1. Stop Trying So Hard

Take it slow and easy. Don’t beat yourself up for your slips. Instead, look at them as reminders of the many challenging and rewarding steps you need to take. If you need to slow down, then do it. Just please don’t quit.

2. Stay Away From Super Skinny Models

Quit pinning photos of very skinny models. Research has found that doing so may actually hurt your progress. These images set unrealistic self-standards. Understand that you’re weight loss journey is your own personal journey. Be your own model.

3. Plan

A successful weight loss journey relies partly on how you plan it. I always encourage my clients to review their past food histories and from there build the necessary steps to take. This way past mistakes are not committed again.

4. Focus On The Now

Many of us wait until we achieve our ideal weight before we can finally say we’ve made it. What we fail to remember is that by just showing up today and deciding to move forward with your weight loss journey is already something to be proud of. So be proud of this moment, of this now.

5. Invite Healthy Into Your Life

Surround yourself with health. Ditch foods you are likely to abuse and instead replace them with healthier alternatives. Adjust your environment according to the lifestyle you want to lead.

Your weight loss journey can indeed become frustrating, but it’s also one of the most rewarding undertakings. So don’t give up. Trust in yourself. You’re doing great!

Source:
http://www.shape.com/weight-loss/tips-plans/22-ways-stay-motivated-lose-weight

Weight Loss Tips Backed By Science

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Weight loss has become an “industry” in the USA. Unfortunately, the weight loss industry is full of fad diets and dieting tips that are not evidence based. And following these diet trends has been proven to be disadvantageous since they do not work in the long term. With these diets, you are more likely to go back to your earlier bad habits and regain the weight you have lost.

That is why it is important to be familiar with weight loss tips that are actually backed by science and research. Here are some of them.

1. Drink water, especially before meals

Drinking water can boost your metabolism by 24-30% over a period of 1-1.5 hours, helping you burn more calories.
(Source: “Water-induced thermogenesis”)

2. Green tea

Other than coffee (preferably black), another drink that aids in weight loss is green tea. Green tea has small amounts of caffeine, and it has been reported that caffeine works together with powerful antioxidants present in green tea called catechins in enhancing fat burning. (Source: “Green tea catechins, caffeine and body-weight regulation”)

3. Cut back on (added) sugar

It has long been established that added sugar is the worst component of the modern diet, and yet most people are still eating too much of it. Research has found that sugar consumption is strongly associated with the risk of obesity. So naturally, it helps to cut back.
(Source: “Consumption of high-fructose corn syrup in beverages may play a role in the epidemic of obesity1,2”)

4. Keep it spicy

Spicy foods like Cayenne pepper has Capsaicin which helps boost metabolism and reduce appetite.
(Source: “Effects of capsaicin…”)

Remember, be vigilant when picking up fad diets. An effective weight loss strategy is one that considers your unique food history and takes into account the foods you are most likely to abuse.

Keep the Weight Off With These Practical Tips

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For many, losing weight or maintaining the desired weight can be challenging, especially when the diets they subscribe to do not work in the long run. I am a believer in finding a weight loss strategy that works best for you, according to your unique weight loss history. And knowing the basics is a good place to start.

  1. Drink water (or calorie-free beverages): Hungry? Drink a glass of water first. Many people easily confuse thirst with hunger. If you tear into a bag of potato chips right away, you risk ending up with extra calories when all you really need is a glass of water. If water does not work, try flavored sparkling water or fruit-infused herbal tea.
  1. Think before snacking: You have to be choosy about what you snack on, especially at night when you decide to park yourself in front of the television after a long day at work. A lot of people easily fall into mindless snacking. Find a low-calorie snack if you can’t help it, or better yet, call it a day and give yourself a much-needed sleep.
  1. Don’t skip on protein: Protein helps fill you up and for a longer time too! Incorporate healthy protein into your diet like seafood, lean meat, egg whites, yogurt, cheese, soy, nuts, or beans.
  1. Shop (and stock) healthy: The food you have around the house could either make or break your weight loss goals. Be sure to shop healthy. Find healthier, low-calorie alternatives. And rid your pantry with foods that you have the tendency to abuse.

The above are just some of the many practical tips to help you in your weight loss journey. Losing weight is a commitment, a lifestyle change. The changes may be difficult for the first few days or weeks, but once you get used to the rhythm and you see the results, you will never look at weight loss the same way again.

Are there other tips you know? Share them in the comments below!

Blender Gazpacho

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Blender Gazpacho
Serves 6 to 8

Gazpacho is the ultimate summer soup—easy to make, easy to store, and delicious served chilled right from the refrigerator.

1 ½ pounds ripe tomatoes, peeled (6 to 7)
3 to 4 cups tomato juice or 1 22-ounce can plum tomatoes and 6 ounces tomato juice
2 garlic cloves, peeled
1 small onion, chopped
1 small cucumber, peeled and coarsely chopped
1 carrot, coarsely chopped
1 green pepper, seeded and coarsely chopped
2 parsley sprigs, coarsely chopped
4 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt and black pepper, to taste

1. Submerge tomatoes in boiling water for 1 minute; remove and peel.
2. Blend together all the ingredients in a blender until smooth.
3. Chill for several hours if possible. Adjust the seasonings to taste.
(The soup will keep in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days.)

Substitute, Don’t Eliminate

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Many dieters fall into the trap of not eating anything to lose weight. What many forget is the fact that our body needs to be fed; it needs to have enough nourishment in order for it to function well. Many also believe they can achieve their weight loss goals through willpower and portion control. Willpower or portion control, however, isn’t enough. This technique even poses the danger of “overconsumption.” That is why I have been a strong advocate of food substitution. The key is to find healthier, better substitutes for the foods that we have a tendency to abuse.

Below are some good food substitutes to help guide you.

Avocado instead of mayonnaise: If you’re looking for something creamy to spread on a sandwich, avocado is a good substitute for you. Per tablespoon, avocado contains half the fat of low-fat mayonnaise and half the calories. It’s a healthy source of fiber, folate, niacin, and vitamins B6 and K, too!

Oatmeal instead of granola: Half-cooked serving of Quaker Steel Cut Oats contains only 150 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, and 1 gram of sugar. Compare that to a half-cup serving of Quaker’s Apple, Cranberry, and Almond Granola which contains 200 calories, 5 grams of fat, and 13 grams of sugar.

Cafe Americano instead of latte: Coffee is a great source of antioxidants, especially when consumed straight. If black coffee is not your thing, you can add a little low-fat milk, honey, or cinnamon. You still save hundreds of calories over a latte.

Spaghetti squash instead of white pasta: Trust me, it’s still as delicious! Spaghetti squash is a good low-calorie, high-fiber replacement. It helps you save around 200 calories. Plus it’s a generous source of vitamin C, folate, and magnesium.

Kale chips instead of potato chips: For just 84 calories, you get a cup and a half of kale chips, whereas the same amount of potato chips can cause you 200 calories. Kale is also a good source of vitamins A and C, calcium, and folate.

The above are just some of the many healthier food substitutes available. Be creative. Try healthier recipes. Don’t be afraid to let go of the unhealthy habits you’re in.

Green Beans with Sauteed Mushrooms

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Green Beans with Sauteed Mushrooms

Serves 4

Mushrooms and green beans are a classic mix that goes well with almost any meal. For added crunch, sprinkle in some slivered almonds.

¾ pound green beans
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 small garlic cloves, chopped
2 teaspoons chopped fresh basil
¼ teaspoon salt
Dash of Tabasco (optional)
1 cup sliced mushrooms
Dry white vermouth (optional)

1. Trim the ends off the beans and place in a steamer over about an inch of water. Cover and cook for 10 to 15 minutes, or until bright green and tender.

2. Heat the oil in a saucepan. Sauté the garlic, basil, salt, and Tabasco, if using, for a minute or two. Add the mushrooms and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, for 4 to 5 minutes, or until the mushrooms just begin to release their liquid. (If the mushrooms stick to the pan, you can add a dash of vermouth.)

3. Add the beans and mix well.

Low-Fat Tomato Sauce

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This tomato sauce isn’t just for pasta. Try it over fish, chicken cutlets, or even lightly sautéed vegetables. For a slightly heartier sauce, add some chopped green or red peppers and some sliced mushrooms along with the spices.

1 tablespoon olive oil
½ teaspoon dried thyme
1 small onion, finely diced
Dry white vermouth or red wine (optional)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 whole bay leaf
1 28-ounce can whole tomatoes in juice
2 teaspoons dried basil
1 teaspoon chopped parsley
Salt and pepper, to taste

  1. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over low heat. Swirl it around so the bottom is coated with oil and then wipe up the excess with a paper towel. Add the onion and cook over medium heat until golden, about 5 minutes.

  2. Add the garlic and cook 2 minutes.

  3. Add the bay leaf, basil, parsley, and thyme. Cook 2 minutes. If the herbs are sticking to the pan, you can add just a splash of dry white vermouth or red wine.

  4. Add the tomatoes and their juice. As they simmer, break the tomatoes into pieces with a spoon. Add the salt and pepper. Reduce the heat to low and let simmer partially covered for 20 minutes. Remove the bay leaf, taste, and adjust the seasoning as desired.

How Lauren Conrad Got Rid of Her ‘Boyfriend Layer’

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Lauren Conrad found fame on the MTV reality series, “Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County.” She later starred in the spin-off series, “The Hills,” which was one of MTV’s most popular reality shows ever. Lauren Conrad has always been athletic, but after she started dating former boyfriend Kyle Howard, she noticed her midsection was getting a tad bit pudgy.

She calls it her “boyfriend layer.”* Her abs, that is. Meaning that she attributed her weight gain to entirely too many high-calorie romantic dinners and entirely too little exercise. When she realized that she had gained weight, Lauren Conrad decided to enlist her BF in her quest to drop a few pounds. In addition to embarking on a low-cal diet, Lauren and her boyfriend started working out together by hitting the gym and doing fun activities like kayaking.

Lauren Conrad starts her day with coffee diluted with nonfat milk, a healthier alternative to coffee creamer. For breakfast, she might eat a bowl of oatmeal or another type of whole grain cereal. Conrad likes to add dried apricots to her oatmeal. She’s also a fan of veggie omelets, Greek yogurt, and breakfast smoothies.

A typical lunch on Lauren Conrad’s diet is a Cobb salad with turkey bacon, avocado, balsamic dressing, and plenty of veggies. She often eats a low-fat yogurt or some low-fat cottage cheese for a mid-afternoon snack. Dinner typically consists of a lean protein like tilapia or a chicken breast. She pairs it with a salad or some roasted veggies.

Other favorite dinner menu items include a chicken salad, a sesame tofu stir fry, or a whole grain pita filled with arugula, chicken, and feta cheese. Overall, this is a well-balanced diet, but we’d add some fresh fruit to breakfast for an extra boost of vitamins.

While Conrad’s relationship with Howard did not last (the pair broke up in 2011 and she married singer William Tell in 2014) she has stuck to her healthy eating and exercise habits. Conrad enjoys outdoor activities such as kayaking, bicycling, and hiking around L.A.’s canyons. She also plays tennis, swims, and surfs. In addition to her outdoor physical activities, Lauren Conrad also keeps her weight down by jogging on the treadmill and lifting weights.

*Source: http://skinnyvscurvy.com/lauren-conrad/lauren-conrad-diet-boyfriend-layer.html

Lauren Conrad Sample Daily Diet Plan

  • Breakfast: Oatmeal & dried fruit
  • Lunch: Cobb salad
  • Snack: Yogurt

Emily Blunt Lived on Carrots and Almonds

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Emily Blunt’s character in “The Devil Wears Prada” was the archetype of a bad role model for young girls. She famously declared that her new diet involved not eating anything at all, except for a cube of cheese when she felt as though she would faint. Fortunately, that was her character, and Emily Blunt’s actual diet wasn’t anything near as extreme. Or was it?

In an interview with “Harper’s Bazaar,” Emily Blunt insinuated that the producers of “The Devil Wears Prada” put her on an extremely strict diet (quite possibly a starvation diet). According to Blunt, she was “watched like a hawk”* to ensure that she didn’t eat very much. Very strict starvation diets are known for causing later weight gain. Emily Blunt also admitted that toward the end of the filming, she was “sneaking in doughnuts just to annoy the producers.”*

This isn’t the only time Emily Blunt has subjected herself to severe diets for the sake of a movie role, nor is it the only time she’s rebelled against the diet and scarfed down junk food as a result. Emily has admitted that she uses food as a form of stress relief, stating, “you need some kind of comfort when you’re on a film set all day, and mine’s usually food.”*

This attitude toward food has led her to take “revenge”** on her diet for “The Adjustment Bureau,” co-starring Matt Damon. After staying ridiculously slender for the re-shoots, Emily Blunt was moved to tears by steamed pork buns. We suppose if we had been asked to live on carrots and almonds alone, a little bread would make us cry, too.

Emily Blunt claims that carrots and almonds were all she ate for her “Adjustment Bureau” diet. These are both healthy foods when they’re used as a garnish for a salad, rather than the entire meal. Either her nutritionist was looking the other way, or he/she isn’t really qualified to be a nutritionist.

When she isn’t working on a movie, Emily Blunt does appear to actually eat meals. She’s raved about pizzas with burrata cheese and basil. Blunt also enjoys roast chicken and lasagna.

Emily Blunt played a ballerina in “The Adjustment Bureau.” To get in shape for the role, she used intense dance practices along with her starvation diet. Emily Blunt worked out every day for six weeks. She did two hours of cardio and strength training, followed by another two hours of dance training.

*Source: http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/lifestyle-fashion/stylebeauty/Emily+Blunt-7338.html

**Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/30/emily-blunt-in-elle-uk-we_n_664894.html

Emily Blunt Sample Daily Diet Plan

  • Breakfast: Probably not
  • Lunch: Carrots & almonds
  • Dinner: Carrots & almonds

 

Emily Blunt’s character in “The Devil Wears Prada” was the archetype of a bad role model for young girls. She famously declared that her new diet involved not eating anything at all, except for a cube of cheese when she felt as though she would faint. Fortunately, that was her character, and Emily Blunt’s actual diet wasn’t anything near as extreme. Or was it?

In an interview with “Harper’s Bazaar,” Emily Blunt insinuated that the producers of “The Devil Wears Prada” put her on an extremely strict diet (quite possibly a starvation diet). According to Blunt, she was “watched like a hawk”* to ensure that she didn’t eat very much. Very strict starvation diets are known for causing later weight gain. Emily Blunt also admitted that toward the end of the filming, she was “sneaking in doughnuts just to annoy the producers.”*

This isn’t the only time Emily Blunt has subjected herself to severe diets for the sake of a movie role, nor is it the only time she’s rebelled against the diet and scarfed down junk food as a result. Emily has admitted that she uses food as a form of stress relief, stating, “you need some kind of comfort when you’re on a film set all day, and mine’s usually food.”*

This attitude toward food has led her to take “revenge”** on her diet for “The Adjustment Bureau,” co-starring Matt Damon. After staying ridiculously slender for the re-shoots, Emily Blunt was moved to tears by steamed pork buns. We suppose if we had been asked to live on carrots and almonds alone, a little bread would make us cry, too.

Emily Blunt claims that carrots and almonds were all she ate for her “Adjustment Bureau” diet. These are both healthy foods when they’re used as a garnish for a salad, rather than the entire meal. Either her nutritionist was looking the other way, or he/she isn’t really qualified to be a nutritionist.

When she isn’t working on a movie, Emily Blunt does appear to actually eat meals. She’s raved about pizzas with burrata cheese and basil. Blunt also enjoys roast chicken and lasagna.

Emily Blunt played a ballerina in “The Adjustment Bureau.” To get in shape for the role, she used intense dance practices along with her starvation diet. Emily Blunt worked out every day for six weeks. She did two hours of cardio and strength training, followed by another two hours of dance training.

*Source: http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/lifestyle-fashion/stylebeauty/Emily+Blunt-7338.html

**Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/30/emily-blunt-in-elle-uk-we_n_664894.html

Emily Blunt Sample Daily Diet Plan

  • Breakfast: Probably not
  • Lunch: Carrots & almonds
  • Dinner: Carrots & almonds