It’s often said that it’s mind over matter.
This goes for dieting.
If you can believe in yourself, believe that you really can lose weight, and apply yourself to it, then you will.
Think positive about the whole thing. Don’t be defeatist. Don’t tell yourself that you’re an overweight slob that’s never going to lose weight. Instead look in the mirror, and tell yourself how much better you will look (to yourself and others) when you do shed those pounds. Tell yourself how much better you will feel.
You don’t have to eat everything on your plate. If you find yourself wasting food, and can’t afford it, or feel guilty about such a practice, then order smaller portions when you eat out, and cook less at home, or split portions in two where practical for another meal another day, and freeze it.
You don’t have to eat every time you do anything. It’s perfectly fine to go to a movie without a 32 ounce soda, and a large popcorn. If you’ve eaten before you went into the theatre, and you’re going to eat again when you leave or get home, you’ll survive quite well without those extra calories! Also think how much money you save each time you don’t eat stuff that you really don’t need. You’ll find after a while, you break the habit of heading for the concession stand in any case.
When you eat protein it requires more calories to digest than fruit and vegetables. Beans are good, as they also contain fiber, and like protein, fiber takes more time to digest, and leaves you feeling fuller longer, so you don’t feel a need to eat so much. Be careful what type of beans you eat though. Baked beans might be tasty, but some brands contain huge amounts of sugar.
Eggs are a good source of protein, but some sources recommend that you don’t eat too many eggs, because of the cholesterol content – no more than one a day.
Although fat in general has a bad name these days, not all fats are bad, and some can actually boost your metabolism. Avocados are a good source of good fat, and so is olive oil, because it helps regulate cholesterol.
Almonds contain good fats, the mono saturated kind, and are also a good source of protein.
Raw fruit and vegetables are good to eat also, as the enzymes they contain helps your body to rid itself of some of that belly fat.
It may well be America’s favorite and best-selling salad dressing but it’s the easiest way to turn a healthy salad option into little more than junk food.
It’s awash with calories – about 150 – and fat – around 15grams – per two tablespoon serving. try giving it a miss next time.
Many of those creamy salad dressings pack a huge penalty in calories and fat. Some are as high as 170 calories per two tablespoonsful, and almost 20 grams of fat.
The best dressing for a salad?
Go for something that’s olive oil based.
Here at TGFC, when we’re at home, we make our own. The juice of a lime, a little cane sugar, some olive oil, and some mixed herb. Just make enough for what you need right now. Mix it up, and leave to stand for an hour if you can, for the flavors to mingle.
Much healthier than most of the junk in a bottle you find on supermarket shelves!
Deep fried dough covered in sugar! What could be worse for your figure, and for your body in general really?
Around 800 calories for the average serving, and a huge amount of fat.
Laden with fat and sodium, and well over 1,000 calories apeice, it’s another ‘better to be missed’ on the go snack.
Chilli Cheese Fries
Fat, salt and calories galore in these. Best to be avoided if you’re trying to be healthy and/or shed a few pounds.
Did you know that the average one ounce bag of regular, salted potato chips contains 155 calories, over ten grams of fat, of which over three are saturated, and 150mg of sodium?
The average American eats over one hundred bags a year. Do the math, and it works out at around seven pounds of chips a year.
A much better option would be the pairing of hummus and some pita bread. Each pita has under a hundred calories, and less that one gram of fat. Hummus is one of the healthiest dips you can choose, and it tastes darn good too!
It depends how it’s cooked.
Swing by KFC, and get four pieces of their Original Recipe Chicken, and you’ve got 920 calories on your plate, along with 63g of fat, 350mg of cholesterol, and that’s just the chicken and not the sides.
You’re way better off eating a chicken breast that’s been grilled with the skin
removed. Now, you’ve got 120 calories, only 1.5g of fat, and 70mg of that darned cholesterol. Add a salad with a little low-fat dressing, and you’ve got a meal that’s easily as nutritious, and much more healthy.