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What is the F-Factor Diet and Why is Fiber Important for Weight Loss?

Have you heard of the F-Factor Diet? It capitalizes on one important thing that 95% of Americans1 aren’t getting enough of: fiber. 


So, what is the F-Factor Diet, exactly? Founded by Tanya Zuckerbrot, MS, RD, the F-Factor Diet’s goal is to help you lose weight. It emphasizes eating high-fiber foods and lean proteins, without making you give up carbs, fats or alcohol. But could it work for you? Find out how the F-Factor Diet works, why fiber is so important, and how you can use fiber to support your weight loss goals.  

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Warm Salad Recipe Ideas You've Probably Never Tried

There’s nothing better than a hot meal on a cold day. When you think of warm dishes, salad probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But a warm salad can be a comforting and filling addition to any meal.


A healthy warm spinach salad recipe comes together in a flash, makes a great side dish that adds color and flavor, and is just the right temp when it’s cold outside. The key is to combine a warm mix of veggies with the raw crunch of baby spinach, which heats up just enough to wilt. Salads are nutritional superheroes, loaded with fiber and nutrients, and a warm spinach salad is an easy and delicious dish to add to your list of go-to meals.


Here are three warm salad recipes to get you started, but feel free to experiment. The warm part of the salad should include cooked veggies, like eggplant, carrots, asparagus, broccoli and cauliflower. Sauté, steam, roast or grill them to perfection. Mix with raw greens: You can substitute chopped kale, thinly sliced collard greens or arugula for the spinach, if you prefer.


Toss with your favorite salad dressing (such as Jenny Craig’s Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing), fresh citrus juice or hot sauce. You may not need much if your veggies produce enough liquid when they are cooked. Try adding fresh herbs for a little extra zing.


With only a few ingredients, these warm salad ideas will add impressive variety to mealtime. Each recipe features Fresh & Free Additions and makes at least two servings — try one for dinner tonight and bring the rest for lunch tomorrow. Veggie side dishes have never been so easy and tasty!

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7 Fun Ways to Exercise As a Family

Remember the days before you had kids? Leisurely lunches with friends, long nights out and mornings spent sleeping in, virtually unlimited time to work out. Now that you’re a parent, though, your reality has undoubtedly changed.

 

Yes, you’ve gained the incredible gift of having a child (or children), but long gone are those hours-long bike rides and gym sessions — you may be finding it difficult to fit any exercise into your hectic days! Work commitments, after-school and weekend activities, and the ins and outs of daily life can sap you of the time you need to get in a good sweat session on the daily, that’s for sure. Plus, after spending much of the day away from your kids, you’re probably wanting to enjoy time with them — not with strangers at the gym! 

 

Rest assured that there is a way to accomplish two goals at once: family workouts. Whether they’re structured or impromptu activities, family exercises can benefit you and everyone involved — not only in the health benefits they offer, but in family bonding and in quality time spent together. Plus, they’re just fun!

 

Read on for our complete guide to exercising as a family.
 

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Our R.D. Created a Grocery Store List to Make Shopping a Breeze

If your grocery store list is a mile long and you’re looking for healthy ways to keep up with your weight loss goals, we’ve got a solution for you. De-clutter that disorganized grocery list and start fresh with one that’ll complement your busy schedule, not complicate it. Jenny Craig’s Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Briana Rodriquez, shares the foods that always make it into her cart — and the ones you won’t want to leave the store without.

 

If you’re a Jenny Craig member, all your meals are taken care of, but this list of healthy foods is handy when you’re shopping for nutritious snacks.

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Simply Inspired Cauliflower Fried Rice Recipe

Swap white rice for cauliflower fried “rice” to add extra nutrients and fiber to this simple and delicious meal. This recipe for cauliflower fried rice is packed with a variety of colorful vegetables, fluffy eggs and a splash of soy sauce. It makes enough to serve a family! Enjoy a bowl and share the rest or save the leftovers for later.

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Ask an R.D.: What's the Quickest Way to Lose Weight Safely?

Are you gearing up for a big event? Have a tropical getaway around the corner? If so, you might be wondering how to lose weight quickly. We understand: You want to look and feel your best! But it’s important not to fall prey to fad diets that promise dramatic, fast, ongoing weight loss, especially if they’re too restrictive. 


“Diets that overly limit or eliminate nutrients can backfire and actually cause you to gain weight over time,” explains Briana Rodriquez, Registered Dietitian at Jenny Craig. “It’s far more effective — and safer — to follow a well-rounded diet plan that moderately restricts calories and includes adequate amounts of all necessary nutrients.”


I spoke with Briana to find out the quickest way to lose weight that’s still safe and sustainable. She emphasized that the most effective type of weight loss plan (like Jenny Craig) may help you lose weight rapidly at the outset but at a healthy, moderate rate of weight loss of 1-2 pounds per week. Here are her top tips to lose weight fast and keep it off. 


Before beginning any weight loss program, talk to your healthcare provider.  

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