Join Cheryl Forberg for Tips to Shed Winter Weight

It’s that time of year for most of us, when warm weather gets us thinking about getting healthy. And Cheryl Forberg, Nutritionist for NBC’s The Biggest Loser for the past 15 seasons, will be in our Cooking Schools to help us shed some of that winter weight. 

She’ll give you lots of great tips based on her experiences with the contestants on the show, and you’ll sample some of the easy-to-make, tasty recipes included in her new book, A Small Guide to Losing Big.

Here are a few suggestions from the blog of one of the nation’s leading advisors on health and nutrition (and a James Beard Award-winning chef) that show you her sensible approach to healthy and sustained weight loss. 

"I’m happy to see so many people asking for healthy snacks. Snacking, in general, is underrated as a weight-loss tool.

When we are trying to lose weight, the temptation is to eat less, but, in fact, the smart strategy is to eat more — well, more often, actually. Eating small snacks at regular intervals prevents you from becoming famished at any point during the day. It’s when we are “starving” that we are most likely to reach for unhealthy foods and overeat.

The same goes for when we come in from a workout. The temptation is to raid the fridge or cabinets. Snacking at intervals before (and even during) exercise prevents this. Eating regular, small portions keeps your blood sugar stable and helps your body to recognize hunger cues. And of course, no matter how often or infrequently you eat, the name of the game is making the right choices.

Below are six quick and healthy high-protein snacks that will keep you on the right track. Each has near 150 calories and provides more than 10 grams of protein."

Good Eggs: “Deviled Eggs” — 3 hard boiled egg halves, whites only, each half-filled with 1 tablespoon hummus (140 calories, 10 grams protein)

Green Gobbling: ⅔ cup edamame in the shell (158 calories, 13 grams protein)

String Theory: 1 low-fat mozzarella cheese stick and 1 large fresh orange (140 calories, 10 grams protein)

Rye Society: 2 Wasa Rye Crackers and 2½ ounces lox (150 calories, 14 grams protein)

Gobble, Gobble: Half a turkey sandwich (1 slice whole grain bread with 1 ounce turkey, 1 slice low-fat Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato and 2 teaspoons mustard) (150 calories, 14 grams protein)

Greece-y Spoon:  ¾ cup non-fat Greek yogurt plus ½ cup blueberries and 1 tablespoon almonds (150 calories, 15 grams protein)
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