Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Myth: I have to count calories to lose weight.

Answer: Busted!

There are many ways to cut calories without having to keep track of them. Here are a few simple ways:
  • Cut back on fat. Choose lean cuts of meat and low-fat milk or dairy products.
  • Eat smaller portions. Even low-calorie foods can add up when your portions are bigger than you need.
  • Use low-fat cooking techniques. Try baking, broiling or grilling.
  • Use a smaller plate. Your plate will be full but will have less food on it. Less food equals fewer calories.
  • Don’t drink your calories. Drink sugar-free beverages or water.
  • Eat slowly. Take 20 minutes to eat your meal. It takes that long for your body to realize the stomach is full.
  • Fill up on fiber. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. They fill you up but not out.
  • Limit extras. Gravy, sauces, salad dressings and margarines can add up quickly. Use them sparingly-a little will give you a lot of flavor. Many restaurants add butter to steaks or vegetables, so make sure to request no extras be added to food when eating out.

Remember all foods fit into a healthy eating plan. You’re more likely to stick to your plan if you don't deprive yourself. Everything fits in moderation.

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