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5 Amazing Health Benefits of Avocados

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If your New Year’s resolutions have anything to do with eating better, you may want to start by loading your shopping cart with avocados. These super fruits are not only delicious, but they are also packed with nutritional and health benefits — to your heart, eyes and much more — that may surprise you.

1: Heart Health
Avocados contain the plant chemical beta-sitosterol which helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels. They are packed with monounsaturated fat and according to the American Heart Association, when monounsaturated fats are eaten in moderation in place of saturated and trans fat, this can help reduce the bad (LDL) cholesterol.

2: Healthy Eyes
The carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin are also found in these fruit. Both have been shown to keep the eyes healthy as we age and may help reduce the risk of macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss as we get older.

3: Growth and Development
Avocados contain 3.5 grams of unsaturated fat per 1 ounce serving (about 1/5th an avocado). Studies have shown that unsaturated fat is important for proper growth and development of the central nervous system and the brain of youngsters.

4: Blood Pressure
Avocados are free of sodium and are recommended while on the DASH Diet – which is the prescribed diet to help lower blood pressure. They also have a nice amount of potassium, which may also help lower blood pressure. Studies have found that when avocados are eaten in place of other fats (like butter and mayo), they can help control blood pressure.

5: Weight Loss
These babies are brimming with healthy fat, which takes the body longer to digest and help keep you full and satisfied (so you’re less likely to snack!). Further, avocados are nutrient-packed with over 20 vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients which is especially beneficial if you’re trying to cut calories and keep up with all the nutrition your body needs.

Avocado Recipes To Try:

Crunchy Avocado Salad
Soy Glazed Salmon with Cucumber-Avocado Salad
Avocado BLTs
Snow Pea and Avocado Slaw
Roasted Carrots with Avocado
Steak with Avocado Sauce and Tomato Salad
Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian and consultant who specializes in food safety and culinary nutrition. She is the author of The Greek Yogurt Kitchen: More Than 130 Delicious, Healthy Recipes for Every Meal of the Day.

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Celebrate the New Year with Tips for a Lifelong Weight Loss Transformation from the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center

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Aurora, Colo. (PRWEB) January 01, 2015

This year, resolve to make those weight loss resolutions stick. Holly Wyatt, MD and her staff at the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center have discovered several secrets that contribute to long-term weight loss success. Wyatt is the center’s associate director and co-author of “State of Slim,” the book that shows dieters how they can create their own state of slim no matter where they live.

Wyatt focuses on the mindset as much as diet and exercise in her transformational weight loss programs. Her newest program is Extreme Weight Loss: Destination Boot Camp. The first boot camps in October sold out and 2015 sessions are scheduled for March, June, and July.

To keep those resolutions long past the holiday and for lasting weight loss success, Wyatt encourages dieters to identify their personal “why” for losing weight, focus on positive aspects of weight loss, create a supportive environment and develop new habits to make healthy decisions. Her tips are just in time for the new year:


Find your “real” why: dig deep, identify your why and write it down. Recognizing your strong internal motivation will help you stick with new healthy behaviors for more than a few weeks.
Be honest, are you really ready to make a change: how high a priority is your resolution? If it’s not an 8 or higher on a scale of 0-10, you’re not likely to stick with the necessary behavioral changes for long-term success.
Out with the old, in with the new: new friends, new places, new routines and new behaviors all help with weight loss transformation success. Surrounding yourself with like-minded people makes it easier.
Road map to success: you know what your New Year’s resolution is, now you have to map out the transformational journey. Exactly what will you do to lose those 15 pounds or train for a 5K? Achievement is in the details.
Go public and get vulnerable: it’s scary but put yourself out there. Tell lots of people about your resolution. Good old-fashioned peer pressure makes you accountable. It’s harder to cheat when everyone’s checking up on you.
Nobody’s perfect: no weight loss transformation journey is perfect. Life gets in the way. Have a plan to navigate the bumps in the road and stay focused despite the slip-ups. The body achieves what the mind believes.
Don’t hold back: make the decision to achieve your resolution and jump in with both feet. Making a halfhearted commitment won’t cut it. Know your why, your what and your how, then go for it 100%.
Score a quick win: nothing makes you more determined or gives you more confidence than quick success. Take your big goal and break it into bite size achievable chunks and feel your willpower skyrocket.
Create an autopilot and cruise to success: resolutions get harder to keep after four to six weeks when the excitement wears off. Having a default autopilot plan in place makes it easy and boosts willpower.




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