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What's the Difference Between a Gluten-Free and Low-Carb Diet?

If you’re like many people, you may be wondering whether adopting a gluten-free diet could make you healthier and maybe even help you lose weight in the process. After all, visit any grocery store and you’ll see entire aisles devoted to gluten-free foods, many with tantalizing claims of health and vitality. 

 

At the same time, you’ve undoubtedly heard the talk — and science — behind low-carbohydrate diets (keto, anyone?). Maybe you’ve even tried a low-carb diet meal plan yourself and had success at dropping weight.

 

It does get confusing, though — are gluten-free diets the same as low-carb diets? After all, both avoid or limit some carbohydrates, and both have a reputation for helping with weight loss. But as it turns out, there’s more to the story than that. 

 

Read on for common questions about the two types of meal plans and find out if one is better than the other for helping promote health and weight loss. 
 

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Healthy Tip of the Week: Try Time Restricted Eating

Each week, we’ll highlight some of our favorite healthy habits and the benefits behind them. We’ll also share a quick and simple tip from Heather Lake, a Jenny Craig Health & Lifestyle Contributor, to help support your weight loss goals and inspire you throughout the day! This 12-week series will focus on everything from the benefits of a time-restricted diet, to delicious ways to incorporate more protein into your meals.

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How Much Sodium Should You Have In a Day?

How much sodium should you have in a day? If you’re trying to make healthier choices at mealtimes, you might be looking to cut back on your sodium intake. Everyone’s sodium needs vary, but the American Heart Association (AHA) recommends adults consume no more than 2,300 milligrams per day.1 But if you’re like many Americans, you may be consuming too much: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most people eat 3,400 milligrams of sodium a day, on average!2 And while it might make food taste good, too much sodium could have a negative effect on your health. High sodium intake is linked to high blood pressure, which is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease.3


So if you’re wondering how much sodium per day is healthy — we’ve got you covered. Here are some common questions about sodium intake and healthy ways to cut back — without sacrificing flavor or freshness.
 

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7 of the Best Foods to Balance Blood Sugar

If you’ve ever experienced a “sugar crash” or felt your energy wane, chances are, you’ve experienced a dip in blood sugar. And if you have prediabetes or Type 2 diabetes, you likely know how important it is to keep your blood sugar levels in check. But is there anything you can do to balance your blood sugar levels naturally? Turns out, certain foods can help you maintain a healthy blood sugar balance. We’ve rounded up seven of the best foods to balance blood sugar and ways you can include them in your diet.

 

Always follow your doctor’s instructions to maintain healthy blood sugar levels.

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Thanksgiving Survival Guide: Quiz

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching do you know how you'll navigate the holiday while staying on track with your weight loss goals? Take our quiz to test your knowledge and learn some healthy Thanksgiving alternatives to support your goals! 

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The Worst Foods to Eat if You're Trying to Get a Good Night's Sleep

It’s 3 a.m. … and you’re wide awake. Again. Did you forget something at work? Did you leave the stove on? While these thoughts are enough to keep anyone up at night, the food you ate before bed might be part of what’s really to blame. While there are plenty of snacks that can help you sleep (turkey, anyone?), there are certainly some foods to avoid before bed.

 

And if weight loss is your goal, getting enough sleep — at least 7-9 hours, according to the National Sleep Foundation1 — plays an important part. Deep, restorative sleep helps keep your body’s natural circadian rhythms running smoothly. Because circadian rhythms influence so many of the body’s functions, including your eating habits and digestion2 disrupting them could impact your weight loss. To keep your sleep schedule, circadian rhythms and weight loss on track, consider avoiding these foods, which might make it harder to get a good night’s sleep.

 

Check out the 4 worst foods to eat before bed and rest easy knowing you’ll be making healthy, sleep-friendly food choices from here on out.

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