Portion Control Made Easier

Practicing portion control is probably one of the hardest things to do whether you're dieting or trying to maintain your weight. Especially when dining out, restaurants tend to give fairly large portions especially when it's pasta. Whole grain or whole wheat pasta is healthy when it's cooked properly - but a large portion is too much! Pasta dishes should be served as a side dish versus being the center of the entire meal. There are two things that I recommend: - 1) Use a smaller plate at home. When you're dining out, ask the waiter to bring you a "take home" box and immediately remove half of your meal. This will help you overcome the temptation of eating too much. - 2) Each … [Read more...]

Healthier Cooking Methods

Previously we discussed Alternative Methods of Cooking. I was asked to expand on that so we'll discuss some additional healthier cooking methods. Healthy Cooking Substitutes - Marinating foods adds flavor and helps tenderize meats. Instead of buying prepackaged mixes, make up your own using fresh spices and herbs. - When you bake goods, use whole grain or whole wheat flour. These are much healthier than processed white flour. - When you're baking a cake, brownies etc., replace the oil with pure apple sauce. Apple sauce will give it the moisture that it needs and it won't change the flavor of your baked goods, and you're cutting calories and fat. - Think high fiber … [Read more...]

Eating Breakfast – The Most Important Meal of the Day

You've heard it before - eating breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Why so important? First it gives you energy. Especially if you're working out. You should always eat something a little while before working out. Secondly, it helps control your appetite. If you starve yourself until lunch chances are you're going to over-eat on foods that aren't as nutritional. Most people pass up breakfast because they don't want to take the time to cool. But in today's world - you don't have to cook a huge breakfast! There are many breakfast cereals that are nutritionally balanced and not loaded with sugar. They're also high fiber which helps you feel full longer. Some of … [Read more...]

Denise Austin Thai Food Recipe

Thai food is delicious! However it's also high in calories. The coconut chicken soup is over 200 calories and an iced coffee is over 170 calories. I have a recipe from Denise Austin that you'll love if you love Thai Food! Broiled Beef Slices With Bangkok Salad Ingredients - 12 ounces lean boneless beef top round steak, trimmed of all visible fat - 1/2 tsp. crushed red-pepper flakes, divided - 1/8 tsp. salt - 3 tbsp. fresh lime juice - 2 tablespoons fish sauce (sold in the international foods aisle) - 2 tbsp. olive or canola oil - 1 tbsp. sugar - 1 garlic clove, crushed through a press - 6 cups shredded red and green leaf lettuce, romaine, or mixed greens … [Read more...]

Knowing What To Do For Successful Weight Loss

Most people really do know what is required in order to lose weight, but most people don't do what is required. Knowing how to lose weight and actually doing it are completely different. I've incorporated 4 powerful techniques into my lifestyle that have helped me lose weight and keep it off and I am going to share them with you in hopes that they’ll be helpful to you as well. 1) Create A Contract/Covenant With Yourself Make your health a priority. Outline clearly your weight loss goals. Determine how you're going to do it – food choices and exercise options. Write down your specific long-term and short-term goals. Be sure to include a non-food reward for both short-term … [Read more...]

Eat At The Right Time

Eat the right foods at the right time of day and you'll be assured of successful weight loss. The body processes proteins, carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables each in a different way, so it makes a significant impact on your weight if you eat the right foods during the right time during the day. Proteins and healthy fats are best eaten for breakfast so your body has an excellent source of energy to start your day. Lunch can still consist of lean protein, but be sure to add fruits and/or vegetables too. Dinner is best eaten prior to 7PM so your body has a chance to process your food before you go to bed. Otherwise you're setting yourself up for weight gain. Opt for smaller … [Read more...]

Successful Weight Loss – Trick Your Mind

Successful weight loss is really about changing your mind or tricking your mind in some ways. Don R. Powell, the President of the American Institute for Preventive Medicine, has stated that a lot of the eating we do is psychologically based. Is it really possible to trick your mind into helping you lose weight? Absolutely. For example, smaller portions of food on a smaller plate tricks your mind into thinking you are getting a lot of food instead of feeling deprived. You will find that you're more satisfied over time if you eat from smaller bowls and plates and drink from smaller cups. Try this technique for a few months and see if you’re not eating less, but feeling satisfied at … [Read more...]

Volumetrics Eating Plan


About the Program A well-respected nutritionist, Barbara Rolls, PhD, created the Volumetrics Eating Plan. She understands a human beings' need to eat more food rather than less food, even when trying to lose unwanted weight. Volumetrics is based on eating foods that have low-density energy rather than high-density energy. For example, foods that contain more water than heavy calories will fill you up make you feel satisfied, and help curb the cravings that come along with eating high-density energy foods. The diet focuses on eating more food, but foods that are not packed with calories. Dr. Rolls says that if you're told you can only eat a certain amount of food and nothing … [Read more...]

Fat Loss 4 Idiots


About the Program Fat Loss 4 Idiots (also known as an idiot proof diet) is an online weight loss program that promises you’ll lose up to 9 pounds every 11-day cycle. The diet is based on the idea that you eat just until you begin to feel “full”, at which time you cease eating for that meal. Meals are spaced throughout the day so your metabolism stays high in anticipation of the food the body receives at the next meal. This technique, according to the creators of Fat Loss 4 Idiots, burns more fat and you lose more weight. Once you have purchased the download, you simply go online and input your food preferences. The site then generates daily menus for you to follow based on … [Read more...]

The Big Breakfast Diet Review


About the Program The Big Breakfast Diet will appeal to anyone who loves the idea of eating a Sunday-style breakfast every day. This diet is based on the idea that by eating a huge breakfast that includes all of your favorite proteins and sweet foods, you'll rev up your metabolism first thing in the morning. Daniela Jakubowicz, MD created the diet based on evidence that people who eat a healthy breakfast lose more weight, are more satisfied throughout the day, and seem to be able to maintain their weight more successfully. Jakubowicz says that people who feel full will not experience the cravings that carbohydrates cause, cravings that usually make people eat things they shouldn't … [Read more...]