The easiest way to eat healthy at work is to pack your own lunch. You can also save a lot of money that way. But here are four easy ways to cut down on calories, even if you go out for lunch . . .
1. Stop deciding what to eat at the last minute. A study last year found we consume fewer calories if we order lunch an hour ahead of time. Partly because we don’t make healthy choices when we’re starving.
2. Don’t schedule meetings or anything else that’s stressful right before lunch. A study in 2015 found we tend to make unhealthy choices right after a stressful event. There’s less activity in the part of your brain that’s associated with self-control.
3. Don’t always eat with other people. The portions at most restaurants are way too big. And we tend to eat more if someone we’re with is stuffing their face too. Don’t be anti-social about it, but it’s okay to eat by yourself sometimes.
4. Don’t eat out of the container your food comes in. You’re much more likely to eat ALL of it if it’s in the container, so put it on a plate first. Whatever won’t fit can be dinner, or lunch the next day. You’ll cut calories, and save some money.
If you HATE exercising, but like the idea of, you know, burning a few calories once in a while . . . consider this an early Christmas present.
A new study out of Loughborough University in England found that taking a HOT BATH can give you pretty much all of the same effects as exercising.
The researchers found that a hot bath reduces your blood pressure, gets your metabolism going, AND burns calories.
A half hour in a hot tub burned 140 calories, which is the same as a half hour walk.
Now, a bath doesn’t burn as many calories as more intense exercise, and there are plenty of other health benefits you can only get from exercising . . . but getting into a hot tub is definitely better than nothing.
According to the researchers, your body releases proteins when it’s exposed to exercise OR heat . . . which is why exercise and baths have similar effects.
Someone recently asked a neurologist to name the top five things we should be doing to keep our brains sharp as we get older. Here’s what he said . . .
- Keep socializing. You’re less likely to suffer memory loss as you get older if you have a social life. So pick hobbies that involve other people, not just stuff you do by yourself.
- Challenge your brain. Read, play games, and do crossword puzzles. And try something NEW every once in a while, like learning a new instrument or another language.
- Don’t stress out too much. A ton of studies have found that too much stress can have long-term effects on your memory and your decision-making skills.
- Exercise. It improves blood flow to your brain, which helps you stay focused. And it also helps with memory.
- Stop eating empty calories. Your brain works best when your diet is high in protein, healthy fats, and complex carbohydrates, which you can get from whole grains.
And a new study that came out this week found that even if you’re not overweight, cutting calories can improve your mood, your quality of sleep, and your libido.
The website EatThis.com put together a list of the worst things you can have for breakfast, in different categories. So, things like the least healthy cereal, and worst fast food breakfast sandwich. Here’s the list . . .
- Worst cereal: Honey Smacks. One bowl has 15 grams a sugar, which is more than Frosted Flakes or Cap’n Crunch. And it’s coated in partially hydrogenated oil, which has trans fat.
- Worst donut: Dunkin’ Donuts Blueberry Butternut. It has 35 grams of sugar, and 420 calories, which is more than any other donut on the menu.
- Worst breakfast burrito: Taco Bell’s A.M. Crunchwrap with Sausage. 710 calories and 47 grams of fat.Unless you’re eating a whole 12-pack of their Cinnabon dessert things, the A.M. Crunchwrap has more fat than anything else on the menu.
- Worst fast food breakfast sandwich: The Monster Biscuit from Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. It has as much fat and calories as the A.M. Crunchwrap, but TWICE as much salt.
- Worst breakfast that SOUNDS healthy: A Dunkin’ Donuts Multigrain Bagel with Reduced Fat Strawberry Cream Cheese. It’s 500 calories, has 17 grams of fat, and is pretty much nothing but carbs.
- Worst pancakes: Denny’s Peanut Butter Cup Pancake Breakfast. They’re stuffed with chocolate, and have hot fudge and peanut butter on top. You also get sausage, eggs, and hash browns, so it’s 1,670 calories, with 105 grams of fat.
- Worst omelette: The Chorizo Fiesta Omelette at IHOP. 1,300 calories and106 grams of fat. And you can add pancakes, which is another 700 calories.
- Worst overall breakfast: The Cheesecake Factory’s Bruleéd French Toast. It has 2,780 calories, and as much saturated fat as six cheeseburgers from Sonic.
Your favorite condiment might be ruining your diet if you eat it a lot. Here are seven condiments, and how bad they are for you.
- Salsa. It might be the healthiest condiment out there, because it’s mostly vegetables. One tablespoon only has five calories.
- Mustard is another one that’s not bad, because it’s loaded with antioxidants, vitamin B, and niacin, which can help lower your cholesterol. And a tablespoon only has about 15 calories. But it tends to be high in salt, so don’t use too much.
- Sriracha. It’s made from chili peppers, vinegar, and garlic, and one tablespoon has 15 calories. But again, don’t use too much, because it has a lot of sugar and salt.
- Relish. One tablespoon has 20 calories. But it usually has a TON of salt and sugar.
- Soy sauce. A tablespoon is only 10 calories, but has a full gram of salt. The low-sodium stuff has about half that, but that’s still a lot. Most people aren’t supposed to get more than two-and-a-half grams of sodium a day.
- Ketchup. The tomatoes are good for you, but that’s about it. And there’s a ton of added salt and sugar. One tablespoon has about 20 calories. But most people use more than that, and it’s usually with something bad for you, like French fries.
- Mayonnaise. It’s probably the worst condiment for you, because it’s basically pure fat. One tablespoon has a HUNDRED calories.