Cardio vs. Strength Training: What’s Better

If you could only choose one, should you strength train or do cardio? Trick question! You don’t have to choose, and you shouldn’t. Both types of exercise are important not just for maintaining a healthy weight, but for your overall health. That’s why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends 150 minutes of moderate-intensity cardio each week, plus two strength-training sessions. Power Exercises: Arm Yourself Against Aging Read More Here’s a rundown of why both strength training and cardio work benefit your health and your weight loss goals,…

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Facts About Weight Loss from Health Experts

These days, we get so much conflicting information about weight loss that it’s hard to know what is actually true and what is just another weight loss myth. Just scroll through your news feed, look at magazines in the supermarket checkout line, listen to friends and neighbors, and you’ll start to think that weight loss is a puzzle that wasn’t meant to be solved. But don’t panic! We’ve dug through the latest research and conferred with top health experts to identify these cold, hard facts about weight loss: 1. Diet…

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How to make a guilt-free grilled cheese

Whether it’s the buttery exterior, the crunchy bread, or the gooey center, there’s a lot to love about a great grilled cheese sandwich. And when you’re feeling down and out, there’s a reason you reach for it: In one 2011 study, researchers in Buffalo found that so-called “comfort foods” helped ease feelings like loneliness. But other studies say the opposite: A 2014 study found that whether people indulged in high-calorie, high-fat comfort foods or not, eventually their moods improved—suggesting that all you need to beat a bad mood is time.…

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Chicken and Rice| The Leaf Nutrisystem Blog

There’s nothing quite like the comfort of a classic home-style meal. And the tried-and-true flavor combination of chicken and rice is one that always fits the bill. It’s a dish that is both delicious and filling, just as comfort food should be. Of course, it’s easy to feel as though your chicken and rice meals are lacking. If you don’t do anything to switch up the flavors, having the same meal again and again can get boring.But worry not because we’ve rounded up some chicken and rice recipes that are…

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How to Banish a Bad Mood

Feeling a little grouchy today? It happens. But waking up on the wrong side of the bed doesn’t have to translate into a whole day of grumpiness. Try these simple tips for bidding a bad mood buh-bye: Listen to MusicMusic might be your mood-boosting secret weapon. In a study published in 2011 in the journal Nature Neuroscience, researchers found that when participants listened to their favorite tunes, large amounts of the feel-good neurotransmitter dopamine were released, causing the participants to feel happy, excited and joyful. In another study published in…

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Social Life: Dieting While Socializing

One thing that makes Nutrisystem so great: You can lose weight without losing your social life. Unlike other diets that tie you to the kitchen, you can stay on-plan with Nutrisystem while meeting friends, family and coworkers for happy hours, dinners out or weekend barbecues. With Flex™ meals, you have the opportunity and the guidance you’ll need to stay on-track while preparing healthy foods at home with non-Nutrisystem foods or eating out. But maintaining a social life can still be tough when you’re trying to stay on track—there’s tempting appetizers,…

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Buffalo Sauce Lover Recipes | The Leaf Nutrisystem Blog

The smooth buttery taste, slight tang and spiciness in buffalo sauce pumps tons of flavor into every dish. Easy to pair with just about everything, buffalo sauce can turn a boring old dish into a family favorite. You can incorporate your love for buffalo sauce into a Nutrisystem-approved dish without using the usual buffalo sauce pairing of fried and greasy foods. We’ve created several buffalo sauce recipes with a healthy twist. And the best part? These recipes are even more delicious and mouthwatering than those not-so-healthy fried items you’re used…

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Oatmeal Recipes: Healthy Options That Taste Good, Too

You may have grown up with your mother or grandmother telling you to eat oatmeal because it will “stick to your ribs.” While that wasn’t meant in a literal way, the truth is that oatmeal is a very hearty breakfast food and it can help you feel fuller. Oatmeal is so filling because it contains soluble fiber, which is known to stay in your stomach longer. So, although it’s not sticking to your ribs, oatmeal is sticking around in your stomach and helping you prevent unhealthy snacking or overeating as…

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Instant Pot Recipes You Need to Try This Instant

If you got an Instant Pot as a holiday gift—or if you went out and bought one for yourself—you’ll be happy to learn that you can make Nutrisystem-friendly meals in a snap using your new kitchen toy. According to the manufacturer, Instant Pot speeds up cooking by two to six times using up to 70 percent less energy. The Instant Pot is the Swiss Army Knife of kitchen tools. It’s the next generation pressure cooker, but it also sautés, and acts like a slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker…

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Spices You Should Always Keep in Your Kitchen

Spices are invaluable tools when you’re trying to lose excess weight. Garlic, cinnamon and other flavorings bring out the best in other ingredients, and they pump up the satisfaction of eating. Better yet, spices protect your health in many ways. Many spices count as Free Foods on the Nutrisystem program because they have few, if any, calories. That means you can enjoy as much of them as you want. With these five spices, you can add zing to breakfast, dinner and everything in between. We’re here to tell you which…

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