Giving up gluten takes a real commitment, because you’ll find gluten in most packaged and processed foods. Going gluten free means that you’ll either make most of your food from scratch at home, become intimately familiar with the gluten-free sections of the major health food chain, or you’ll quickly memorize a list of gluten-free restaurants in your locale. Most likely, you’ll roll all three into your daily life.
Eating out at restaurants can pose challenges for the diet minded individual, but it’s not impossible, and it should be a pleasant experience—even on a diet. Follow the 5 Tips for Eating Right at Restaurants below to make eating out the pleasure it’s meant to be. Look on the bright side: When you’re finished eating, you won’t have to clean up after yourself.
Obviously, you’ll want to stick to ordering healthy foods, but there are several other strategies that help with self-control when eating out at a restaurant.
Fat provides much of the flavor in the foods we love. Manufacturers have to replace the flavor loss in reduced-fat foods to make them palatable. Often, that something else is as bad as or worse than the fat it replaces. Do you crave plain baked potatoes, or is the potato really just a carrier for butter, sour cream, bacon and cheese? You’ll probably agree that the potato (with no fat) is just a carrier for “the good stuff”—mostly fats.
Replacing fats with other harmful ingredients provides a net gain of zero, zip, nada—at best! At worst, these flavor enhancers cause even more damage than the fat they’re replacing. When you read ingredient lists, “ingredients are listed in order of predominance, with the ingredients used in the greatest amount first, followed in descending order by those in smaller amounts,” as required by the FDA. Trace ingredients are not even listed.
Writing is good for the soul, and it can also help you lose weight. I can almost see the disbelief in your eyes, but follow me on this. You have nothing to lose but a little computer time (or a few pieces of paper) and a few excess pounds.
Writing Down Your Goals
Even Purdue University agrees that writing down your goals, along with a specific action plan to achieve those goals helps you to not only achieve them, but achieve them faster. It’s important to define the overall goal as well as mini-goals along the way. That way, you feel a sense of accomplishment as you check off each of the mini-goals on the way to your master goal.
Giving up wheat doesn’t sound like a lot of fun, does it? The thought of eliminating “healthy whole grains,” i.e., wheat-based complex carbohydrates, goes against everything you’ve read for the past 30 years. Further, it’s a controversial subject, it goes against conventional wisdom, and the jury is still out. As an independent thinker, judge for yourself.
Over the past 40 years, obesity in the U.S. has skyrocketed, and that increase in weight gain has correlated to the swelling mantra to cut fat from the diet and replace it with “healthy whole grains.” If you give up bread, pasta, pastries, English muffins, bagels, etc., what’s left? Plenty! Wheat is not the only thing contributing to our national weight problem, but its role seems to be every bit as important as sugar.
Weight loss as you know is mainly a calories game. You need to reduce calorie intake to increase weight loss and a leading cause of excessive calorie intake is due to portion size.
Since many of us are so trained to eat large portions nowadays it can be difficult to cut calories, but here are some must-try quick tips for controlling portion size that will help your cut calories FAST and EASY.
Halloween is nearly here, and this gives us a great reason to try out some hauntingly good and healthy pumpkin recipes. The great thing about pumpkins besides the taste, is the fact that you can create endless meals with them such as pumpkin bread, soup, pie, snacks and more.
The list of ideas goes on and on when it comes to pumpkins, so don’t let them go to waste. Here are 10 great pumpkin recipes to try this fall that will make you and everyone around happy.
When it comes to building muscle, it’s all about calories and exercise. Without lifting weights an eating right, you will not build muscle. With so many websites and people claiming to know about weight training, it can be difficult to learn what works.
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One of the goals of a healthy diet is to consistently maintain optimum blood glucose levels. In the early 1980s, the Glycemic Index (GI) was devised to help measure the effect of different carbohydrates on blood glucose levels.
Each food containing carbohydrates is assigned a GI number, and they are ranked from low to high. Carbs with a low GI number break down slowly and release glucose into the bloodstream slowly and steadily, while carbs with a high GI number cause large spikes in blood glucose levels by breaking down rapidly and introducing large amounts of glucose into the bloodstream.
Healthy soups, a mainstay of the health-conscious diet, need never be boring. You’ll find flavors from around the world in our selection of top 10 diet soups as well as interesting ingredient combinations.
Hearty, freeze-ahead soups make a perfect one-meal dish for weekend lunches or busy weeknight dinners, and chilled soups reign supreme in the summer. Try some of our indulgent Top 10 best diet soups to help you stay focused on a healthy lifestyle.