It can be difficult to make sense of all the latest – often conflicting – news and research about weight loss and weight management. SPLENDA LIVING™ bloggers have been addressing weight loss topics on this blog for several years now, providing credible, science-based information on timely food, nutrition and health topics. We hope the weight loss tips and information from our expert bloggers will help you make your own informed choices and provide support for your healthy lifestyle.
Who are the SPLENDA LIVING™ Bloggers? Please check us out! We are food and nutrition experts with graduate degrees in fields like Medical Sciences, Human Nutrition, Cultural Anthropology and Life Sciences Communications. We bring decades of experience educating consumers about healthy lifestyle choices, food, nutrition, and the role of low-calorie sweeteners in the diet.
Below are some featured blog posts to help you separate fact from fiction on weight management topics and provide useful weight loss tips that are practical and proven.
Weight Loss Tips: Can SPLENDA® Sweeteners Help with My Weight Loss Goals?
January 19, 2016 by Robyn Flipse, MS, MA, RDN
If all you ever hear is “diets don’t work,” it’s easy to become discouraged about trying to lose weight. You even may have tried a few fad diets yourself and gained first-hand experience with their long-term ineffectiveness. But that doesn’t mean there is no hope in controlling your weight. What it may mean is you’re ready to forget about fad diets and turn to the research on what does work for weight management. Here’s a short recap of some of the latest findings that can help. Get weight loss tips »
Enjoying Foods Sweetened with Low-Calorie Sweeteners Can Support Weight Loss Efforts
February 3, 2015 by Robyn Flipse, MS, MA, RDN
We’ve learned a lot about weight loss and weight loss maintenance from members of the National Weight Control Registry. Information gathered from both the adolescent and adult members shows us that creating an energy deficit is a key factor contributing to their success. That means they take in fewer calories than they expend in physical activity. Using low calorie sweeteners and beverages sweetened with low-calorie sweeteners is one way to do that. How do low-calorie sweeteners help? »
Dear Dietitian – Will Artificial Sweeteners Cause Me to Gain Weight?
June 15, 2016 by Hope Warshaw, MMSc, RD, CDE, BC-ADM
As a dietitian and diabetes educator who counsels people who want to lose weight (and keep it off), I often hear concerns about whether using so-called artificial sweeteners cause the side effect of weight gain. Understandably, there’s been plenty of media hype and headlines touting this notion.
Before delving into the research, let me briefly respond to this concern with an emphatic no! Here’s the bottom line: if you use low-calorie sweeteners, whether it’s SPLENDA® Sweetener Products or others, along with carefully counting your calories, selecting healthier foods, slowly changing your eating habits and exercising regularly, using artificial sweeteners can, especially for people with a sweet tooth, offer you an extra edge to lose weight and keep it off. But not a “magic bullet” for weight loss »
Is There an Ideal Weight Loss Meal Plan?
May 17, 2016 by Sylvia Meléndez Klinger, MS, RD, LDN, CPT
You are probably wondering if there will ever be a diet plan that can honestly help you lose weight without making so many sacrifices. Not a day goes by that someone doesn’t ask me to create for them a diet plan for weight loss or give them personal nutrition advice. The reality is that according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), millions of people struggle not only with weight issues, but also with many other serious chronic conditions such as diabetes, cancer or heart disease. The struggle is real and it continues to affect us in many areas of our lives, which is why I’m going to share with you a few “tricks of the game” that I believe can help you deal with the weight loss battle, while at the same time keeping your sanity. Where do food diaries fit in? »
Weight Loss Success: Lessons Learned from Successful Losers
September 16, 2014 by Robyn Flipse, MS, MA, RDN
Anyone who has ever tried to lose weight knows the work isn’t over once the pounds are off. Keeping them off can be an even bigger challenge. That’s because so many people still think all they have to do to lose weight is go “on a diet,” and once they lose weight they can get “off the diet.” Sadly, it’s often just a matter of time before their weight is right back where they started, or even higher.
If this sounds familiar, there’s a group I want to tell you about who have beat that system. They are members of The National Weight Control Registry and they have all lost weight and kept it off – and for most of them, for more than five years! What are their secrets to weight loss success? »
Weight Loss Tips for Teens to Lose Weight and Feel Great
September 21, 2016 by Robyn Flipse, MS, MA, RDN
About one-third of American children and adolescents ages 6 to 19 are overweight or obese, as reported by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. The only thing sadder than that statistic is the one that predicts 80% of these teens will become overweight or obese adults. The single most important step we can take to reverse this trend is to prevent excess weight gain right from the start in childhood. And if excess weight gain begins in adolescence, the next step is to stop or slow down the rate of weight gain during the teen years. Tackling that problem is important for health, much more so than body image, and is the focus of this blog. Weight loss tips for teens »
Low Calorie Sweeteners and Weight Loss: There Are No Magic Bullets
April 22, 2014 by Robyn Flipse, MS, MA, RDN
In my 30+ years as a registered dietitian I can no longer recall the number of times I’ve had to remind a client, “I am a dietitian, not a magician.” That was my way of steering them away from magical thinking about weight loss and helping them focus on the lifestyle changes they needed to make to get the results they wanted, and to maintain them.
The continued popularity of fad diet foods and programs is evidence that this magical thinking about weight loss is still going strong. This concerns me because there are unintended consequences every time another quick fix scheme fails to deliver what it promises. Instead of becoming discouraged, people tend to blame the product or plan that let them down while holding out hope that the next one to come along will do the trick. Making every calorie count »
Can You Count on Popular Diet Programs to Lose Weight?
January 4, 2017 by Robyn Flipse, MS, MA, RDN
If you started the New Year off by making a resolution to lose weight, there are many things you can learn from all of the popular diet programs out there. While you may not be able to adhere to all of the recommendations, all of the time, any change you make that improves what and how much you eat – and that you can stick to - is a win for you!
Over the years I have had clients tell me they started to eat breakfast regularly after being on a popular diet, even though they dropped the rest of the plan. Others have said they started using a no-calorie sweetener, like SPLENDA® Brand, instead of sugar as part of a diet program and continued using it long after giving up on the rest of the plan. And then there are those who formed the habit of eating a salad before dinner each night, or bringing a piece of fruit to work to snack on in the afternoon every day, even though they skipped the rest of the “rules”. These are all success stories in my book. What’s the best weight loss diet? »
Can Low-Calorie Sweeteners like SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener Help You Lose Weight? Facts vs. Fiction
March 1, 2017 by Sue Taylor, MS
A new year is well under way and many of us are now trying to lose weight and form healthy weight loss diet plans. That being the case, it probably is time to revisit a few facts about the positive role SPLENDA® Sweeteners can have as part of a healthy weight management program. Here are key facts and some fictional statements that have been made on this very topic (we will discuss here some of the nonsense that floats around the Internet without substantiation). Low-calorie sweeteners associated with healthier diets »
Do Low-Calorie Sweeteners like SPLENDA® Cause Weight Gain?
February 24, 2014 by Robyn Flipse, MS, MA, RDN
Myths often begin as a way to explain things we don’t understand. Based on my 30+ years as a consulting dietitian I know that over time myths can become “common knowledge” as more and more people accept and repeat them. Soon, there’s no one left to question whether that information is true or not, and the myth becomes part of our reality.
That is why it can be is so hard to accept some of the scientific reports we hear these days. When they challenge our long held beliefs, our initial reaction is to reject them, even if we have no evidence to support our version of the truth. Too much myth-information about weight gain »
Do I Really Have to Exercise More?
February 24, 2016 by Robyn Flipse, MS, MA, RDN
Don’t you hate it when you swear off your favorite banana nut muffins (or fill-in-the-blank treat) for an entire week only to find you haven’t lost an ounce when you next step on the scale? It’s easy to jump to the conclusion that you might as well eat all of the muffins (or whatever you gave up) that you want since omitting them from your diet didn’t lead to weight loss, but that isn’t what your little experiment proved.
Losing weight is hard, but not complicated. As we all know, the hard part is giving up (or cutting back on) foods and drinks that we enjoy eating whenever we want. It’s difficult because we have to disrupt well-worn habits and deliberately do something else instead. But it’s not complicated once we understand why we are changing our habits. In order to lose weight we need to create an energy deficit, and the best way to do that is to increase our energy output (through increased activity) at the same time that we decrease our energy (calorie) intake. Tips for staying active »
Save a Little, Benefit a Lot: 100 Calories a Day Can Make a Difference
March 24, 2014 by Sue Taylor, MS
A study published in the research journal Pediatrics concluded that eliminating a mere 100 calories a day from one's diet can be extremely valuable in weight control. In addition, the researchers found a positive outcome for weight management that can come from small amounts of daily exercise.
The study found that a “small-changes” approach to diet and exercise can be both appropriate for all family members and a simple long-term lifestyle option that may positively impact weight gain and weight maintenance. It also noted that no-calorie sweeteners can be a useful tool in achieving those small changes. Cutting 100 calories a day can result in how much weight loss over the course of a year? »