All posts in "Weight Loss"

Why You Shouldn’t Feel Bad About Your Last Supper Fantasy

By melanieavalon / February 29, 2016

Who doesn’t love the random questions game? That thing you do with your bored friend, family member, or potential love interest, typically on a scale of¬†“What’s your favorite color?” to “What’s your deepest, darkest secret?” And somewhere in the middle lands, “If you only had one meal left, what would you eat?” When this comes […]


5 Ways To Minimize Christmas Party (Weight) Damage

By melanieavalon / December 24, 2015

Who doesn’t love the crescendo of this merry time of year, with all its commercialized cookie cutter Christmas spirit?¬†It’s a time of friends, family, and peace on earth. It’s also a time of indulgences which we write off as collateral damage for next year. After all, what are New Years resolutions for, if not #dealing? […]


The Bottomless Soup Bowl

By melanieavalon / November 7, 2015

When it comes to food and fullness, perception is everything, and environmental cues matter. In¬†a 2005 study¬†conducted by Cornell University professors, 54 participants attended a lunch. Half of the participants ate tomato soup from normal bowls, while the other half unowingly ate from magical self-refilling bowls. No matter how much soup they ate, the bowl […]


How to Lose Post-Pregnancy Pounds (Which Are A Good Thing!)

By melanieavalon / September 21, 2015

I wrote the following article for a¬†guest post¬†and book giveaway at The Practically Perfect Baby website. ( The site is an awesome resource for new parenting tips and tricks, and I’m honored to partner with them!   Pregnancy is a beautiful testimony to how eating, storing, and using fat, are necessary and natural processes promoting […]


Trick Yourself Into Burning More Calories! (The Milkshake Study)

By melanieavalon / August 16, 2015

  Deluding¬†yourself is usually not a good thing… except when it’s a good thing.¬†A 2011 study¬†conducted at Yale,¬†found that¬†perception¬†of calorie intake influences the body’s hormonal and metabolic response to calorie intake.¬†Check out my YouTube Video on the study, or just keep reading! The study administered a 380 calorie milkshake to 46 participants, in two separate […]


Reader Q&A: Intermittent Fasting Beverages; Stubborn Fat

By melanieavalon / August 5, 2015

Today’s Q&A comes from Amy, who has experience with 24 hour fasts, but is now giving¬†Intermittent Fasting¬†a go! “I just purchased¬†your book¬†from Amazon and I’m anxious to jump in. I have two questions for you. All information that I read on IF talks about fasting from food but I haven’t yet seen anything in regards […]


Why You Eat Things You Don’t Even Like

By melanieavalon / February 6, 2015

While we may believe we’re in control of what we do each day, an estimated 40-45% of our actions are actually¬†habits.¬†Yep,¬†a large portion¬†of our day runs on an intensely dedicated autopilot, resistant to change. As discussed in Charles Duhigg’s¬†The Power of Habit,¬†habits function in a cue-routine-reward loop. We experience a trigger for our habit (the […]

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