Are you following a rigid diet plan; ie, low carb or vegetarian? And you aren’t losing weight? The main reason is you are consuming too many calories.
The bottom line — to lose weight you need to eat fewer calories than your body uses. Maybe you are eating more calories than you realize.
The best way to know what you are really eating is by tracking or keeping a food diary. There are numerous free apps available to track calories and keep you motivated on your weight loss journey.
This is just in time for Spring. If you need a quick side dish to bring to the friend & family luncheon or dinner, this fluff is the answer. It is super quick & easy to prepare. In addition, it is light and fluffy!
What You Need:
- 3.4 oz. box pistachio sugar-free instant pudding
- 1- 20 oz. can crushed pineapple in juice, undrained
- 1 cup thawed light whipped topping
- 1/3 cup mini marshmallows
Mix all ingredients in large bowl. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour. Makes 8 servings.
Nutrition Info (per serving):
65 Calories; <1 gm Fat; 14 gm Carbohydrate; <1 gm Protein; 122 mg Sodium
When I need to drop a few pounds quickly, I always rely on smoothies. If I use a smoothie as a meal replacement, I always add a scoop of protein powder and I eat a lot of fresh veggies and fruit. This particular smoothie is super low in calories and high in nutrients. It can be used as a snack and it’s great for controlling those unwanted cravings.
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 2 tablespoons low fat ricotta cheese
- 1 cup strawberries
- handful of ice
- 1 packet stevia
Mix in a blender until smooth.
89 Calories; 4gm fat; 8gm carbohydrate; 2gm fiber; 4gm protein
Are you a cheater? I’m not referring to cheating on a test or significant other. This is referring to diet and the reason you are not losing weight. Do you check in to your weekly or monthly weight loss session with the perfect food diary. Honestly, if you are consuming exactly what you have recorded then you should lose weight. Perhaps you snuck a few cookies or a piece of pizza when you swear to all that you’ve been on a strict diet. And let’s not forget those few beers or glasses of wine at the end of the day that you may have guzzled but refuse to acknowledge, even to yourself! These are just some of the ways we can tell ourselves and others that we are on a more straight and narrow path with our health goals than we actually are! Though in this case, the person we are really cheating is ourselves!
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Who said you can’t eat your cake and lose weight too?
Spring is great time for new beginnings and a perfect time to revamp your diet. Here are a few small changes you can try to get you started to eating healthier and losing weight.
- Start your day with a healthy breakfast.
- Cut the sugary beverages. Replace the soda pop and juice with water or any calorie free drink and you could lose 1# per week.
- Start walking. The Dietary Guidelines suggest 30 minutes on most days of the week.
- If you can’t avoid the temptation, get it out of the house.
- Stock your kitchen cabinets with healthy low cal snacks.
- Finally, track your progress.
Making healthy choices during the holidays can be difficult. Here are some tips for a healthy food choices using the plate format:
Fill ½ of your plate with vegetables, such as carrots, green beans, broccoli, salad, brussel sprouts, or asparagus.
Avoid casseroles or dishes that have heavy creams, sauces, butter, or crusts.
If your table is low on vegetables, consider adding fruit to this half of your plate. Cranberries, baked apples, and pears are good options.
Fill ¼ of your plate with starches such as stuffing and sweet potatoes.
Other choices for this section may include: mashed potatoes, rice pilaf, or corn pudding.
Skip the bread or rolls.
Fill ¼ of your plate with lean turkey slices (approx. 3-4oz).
Avoid dark meat, including drumsticks.
Remove the skin from the turkey before eating.
Instead of gravy, use a fruit-based relish special kick.