Oct 232014
 

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There’s so much information out there on what it takes to lose weight, that it all becomes information overload after awhile. It can be very easy to toss your hands up and say “Forget it!,” not knowing which way to turn, which tips to use and which to discard. Well, we completely understand the frustration. We get just as frustrated with all the dos, don’ts and maybes of weight loss, and what this expert has to say vs. the next expert and her recommendations.

So to help make your (and our) life easier we’ve compiled a very thorough list of all the best weight loss tips we’ve read over the years. These are practical tips that are often very easy to implement, but still yield amazing results. We want you to succeed and the easier it is to know what you should be doing, versus what you don’t have to worry about or shouldn’t be doing, the better.

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Read labels

Tip 1: Read and Understand Labels

If you don’t understand what’s on the labels…don’t buy it. If you’re serious about your weight loss then you’re going to have to be able to read and understand lables. Serving size, calories, no-sugar added and fat grams are all terms you’re going to have become familiar with. You need to know what you’re buying and ultimately what you’re putting into tour body. It’s not all as simple as it seems and if you’re eating blindly how are you ever going to take control of your weight and your overall health.

Tip 2: Have Whipped Cream as a Snack

Got a nagging sweet tooth? Want to keep the fat and calories at a minimum? Freeze a container of lite whipped topping and you’ll satisfy a craving for ice cream. Add sugar-free chocolate syrup and a cherry for that extra “oomph”!

Tip 3 Replace a Meal with Cereal

Replace a meal with cereal. Studies have shown that people who replace either lunch or dinner with cereal, lose more weight over the long haul then those who don’t. People who use cereal as a meal replacement eat fewer calories and learn portion control as well.

Tip 4: Make Water Your Primary Drink

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Drink up

After breakfast, make water your primary drink. At breakfast, go ahead and drink orange juice. But throughout the rest of the day, focus on water instead of juice or soda. The average American consumes an extra 245 calories a day from soft drinks. That’s nearly 90,000 calories a year — or 25 pounds! And research shows that despite the calories, sugary drinks don’t trigger a sense of fullness the way that food does.

Tip 5: Don’t Compare Yourself to Others

Tip: Don’t compare yourself to others. Every body is different. It stands to reason that everybody will lose weight differently. Even if you do the exact same things that I do, you won’t lose weight at the same rate. The key is in finding your triggers. Keep your goal in sight, and do whatever you have to do to meet that goal. When you start looking at another person’s habits, you’re only going to become discouraged and quit without even realizing that it’s physically impossible to be anybody but yourself.

Tip 6: Set Your Dieting Rules

Set your dieting rules. What are dieting rules? Dieting rules are a set of guidelines that you will follow to help you achieve your weight loss goals and hopefully, by the time you’ve reached your goal weight, they become habits and an everyday part of your life.

On average you have to do something 17 times before it becomes a habit. 17. So don’t think you’re just going to wake up one morning, decide you’re gonna lose weight and all your old habits will just fall by the wayside. No, you have give yourself a set of rules to follow to make that transition possible. And remember these have to be things you can live with FOR LIFE. Not just something you’re doing until you get fit into the little black dress.

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Weigh Away

Tip 7: Weight Yourself Daily

I know many nutritionists, dietitians and what not say “Don’t be a slave to the scale.” And that’s good advice for when you first start losing weight. Those first couple of weeks of weight loss can be frustrating. You can go up and down, or not move at all. It is easy to get discouraged. So yes, during those early weeks of weight loss I would (if you can) keep your weigh-ins to once a week.

However, once you lose the weight, weighing yourself everyday becomes a necessity. Some of us become slack once we reach are goal weight. We go back to our bad habits that made us fat to begin with. We don’t notice how our skinny jeans are getting tighter, or how are middle tends to be expanding, and the next thing we know what was probably a five pound gain turns into a twenty pound gain and we’re right back where we started.

For some of us, without a constant reminder of our weight, we will always put the weight back on. Weighing yourself everyday will help you maintain your weight. If you see the scale creeping up then you know you need to makes some changes either by exercising more or eating less. If hitting your goal weight and maintaining your goal weight is a priority to you then becoming cozy with your scale is the best way to make that happen.

Tip 8: Drink Hot Water

Drinking hot water as appose to cold water can increase the speed of your metabolism and burn more calories.

Tip 9: Don’t Skip Breakfast

You would have gone hours without eating since the previous night, hence eating breakfast would not decrease your tendency to overeat later during the day.

Tip 10: Eat More Fruits, Vegetables and Whole Grains

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Eat More Fiber

People who eat healthy, mostly unprocessed foods, including fruit, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and limited amounts of lean animal protein, often find that they can eat as much as they want without gaining weight. If they are switching from a diet containing lots of processed foods, they find that they can eat more yet consume fewer calories — and they lose weight.

Tip 11: More Muscle = More Calories Burned

The more muscle tissue you have, the more calories you will burn. This is why world class weight lifters must eat thousands of calories a day to maintain their weight. Muscle is active tissue, fat is not. Thus, muscle “burns” a significant number of calories each day for its own maintenance. In her book Strong Women Stay Slim, Miriam Nelson, a Tufts University researcher, showed that a group of women who followed a weight loss diet and did weight training exercises lost 44% more fat than those who only followed the diet. While aerobic activity can help burn calories, muscle’s where it’s at when it comes to giving your metabolism a significant daily boost even at rest.

 Tip 12: Try Portion Control – It Works

One the easiest and least painful ways to get your diet started is to use portion control. So often, in much of diet literature, portion control is overlooked or not discussed seriously. Many “experts” claim that it’s too hard and the everyday individual is loathe to practice it because of its difficulty. The reality is portion control is quite easy and if you follow a few simple steps you can be on your way to a slimmer waistline:

  1. Fix your plate the way you normally would. Pile the food on. Don’t worry about whether you’re putting too much on your plate, just follow your normal routine.
  2. When you’re done take half the food off your plate and put in a container for later.
  3. Eat the half you have left.
  4. After you finish eating, wait 10 minutes and if you still feel hungry go and get the food that you put away and take half of that, put it on your plate and eat it.
  5. Wash. Rinse. Repeat.

Try it for a week. After the first couple of days you probably won’t even need that second helping and my guess is, by the end of the week, you may have lost a couple of pounds. Ultimately, portion control is about eating less food so you consume fewer calories. If you’re now eating half of what you normally eat then you’re consuming half the calories and pounds will begin to come off.

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Watch Those Portions

Obviously what you eat matters, but if you’re just starting a dieting regime and you feel overwhelmed with all of the health and fitness advice from the “experts” this is a simple way to get the ball rolling. Once you see those early results you will feel motivated to keep it going and make even bigger changes in your diet and lifestyle.

Tip 13: Limit Salt in Cooking

Limit salt in cooking as well as check for hidden salt in your favorite foods. Other names for salt include baking soda, baking powder, MSG and soya sauce.

Tip 14: Know Your Danger Zones

If you know sitting in the kitchen is going to cause you to raid the pantry… leave the room. If lingering at the dinner table makes you long for dessert… vamoose! For example, don’t use the kitchen table for other activities like paying bills if you know you can’t fight temptation. (The cookie jar always calls my name when I’m busy crunching numbers.) Or, even better … as soon as you’ve finished your meal, head outside and take a walk. Not only will it get your mind off of eating, you’ll have the extra benefit of exercising!

Tip 15: Make Lunch Your Main Meal

Although they do this throughout Europe, a good explanation for eating your big meal at midday comes from ayurveda, India’s 5,000-year-old approach to wellness.

“According to Ayurvedic principles, we’re actually designed to eat the larger meal at lunch because our digestive ‘fire,’ called agni, is strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., so we digest more efficiently,” explains Jennifer Workman, a Boulder, Colorado-based ayurveda specialist, registered dietitian and author of Stop Your Cravings (Free Press, 2001). “I’ve seen people in my practice lose 5 to 10 pounds just by doing this.”

Tip 16: Start With Soup

This Japanese tradition is one of the best weight-loss strategies. That’s because eating soup, particularly the broth-based vegetable kind, before your entrée fills you up so you eat less during the meal, explains Barbara Rolls, Guthrie professor of nutrition at Penn State University in University Park, and author of The Volumetrics Eating Plan (Harper-Collins, 2005).

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Start With Soup

A two-year French study of 2,188 men and 2,849 women found that those who ate soup five to six times a week were more likely to have BMIs below 23 (considered lean), compared with infrequent- or noneaters whose BMIs tended to be in the 27 range.

Tip 17: Don’t Give in to Buffet Thinking

Do you suffer from buffet thinking? If the availability of more food items adds to your temptation level then, you’ll have to answer “Yes.”. A recent study suggested that the more food choices you have, the more you consume. Stick to a healthy variety of a fewer number of items and you may be less likely to overeat.

Tip 18: Don’t Eat Out of the Container

Avoid eating anything directly out of the container, particularly foods that lend themselves to binges like ice cream or potato chips. It’s virtually impossible to practice portion control when you eat straight out of a container. Plus, the experience of eating the food in and of itself will be different. As you eat from a container, you’re likely to feel out-of-control, thinking, “If I’m being this ‘bad’ then I should just go all the way.” You’ll feel more in charge of your actions by eating one serving mindfully from a dish.

Oct 152014
 

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Just because you’re working out doesn’t mean you can’t look cute while you’re sweating. Whether you’re working out in a gym or running outside or even working out at home, running dresses and skirts are a great way to look stylish, feminine and still be practical. Here are a few really cute options that will turn any workout session into a fashionable one.

1. Nike Running Dress

 

This Nike running dress is an awesome color and super cute to boot. It’s lightweight with an adjustable drawstring so you can customize the fit. This particular running dress also has a secure back pocket, perfect for storing keys and ID while your run or workout. You can cop it at Dillards for $84.

2. Dri-FIT Nike Running Dress

 

 

This sleek Nike running dress is made from Dri-FIT high-performance polyester fabric that keeps you dry by wicking perspiration away from your body and towards the surface where it can evaporate. There’s also a cord management loop at the back of the neck that keeps your media player cords tucked away. The drop waist features has an adjustable drawcord to adjust the fit and the back right zip pocket provides secure storage as you workout. You can purchase this running skirt from Zappos for $84.

3. Running Skirt by Zella

 

 

If you want to show off all the hard work you’ve been doing this cute little running skirt by Zella will get the job done. It’s practical for running as it comes with shorts attached underneath and is cut from a stretchy moisture-wicking knit that helps keep you dry as you workout. This running skirt is definitely made for function and showing off a nice pair of legs. You can get it for $35.90 at Nordstrom.

 

Oct 082014
 

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We focus a lot on exercise and working out here on Sweet Potato Pie, for obvious reasons, most people just flat out don’t most people just flat out don’t move enough to have and maintain a healthy weight or life. With that said, exercise is only half of the equation; what you eat is the other half. Your attitude towards food can either make or break your weight loss regime. Follow these simple rules to help you slim down and keep the weight off.

The Way to Eat

1. Eat MUFA. Monounsaturated fats (MUFAs for short, pronounced MOO-fahs) come from the healthy oils found in plant foods such as olives, nuts, and avocado. Include a MUFA at every meal. Incorporate a serving of one MUFA-rich food every time you eat.

2. Have a clear calorie goal. Consume four 400-calorie meals a day. Significant weight loss requires calorie control. For the average woman, 1,600 calories per day is ideal because it’s low enough to create weight loss while maintaining energy and preserving calorie-burning muscle.

3. Eat often. Have a meal every 4 to 5 hours to help control your blood sugar and hunger and keep your metabolism in high gear.

4. Eat your fiber. The easiest way to cut calories and feel full is to load up on your fiber. A cup of broccoli goes a long way to getting you to your weight loss goals than a cup of pretzels. The extra fiber keep your full while whittling your waist and keep you regular. Can’t ask for mote than that. Women should aim for 30 grams a fiber a day.

The Way to Think

5. Manage stress. This emotion causes a spike in the hunger-stimulating hormone cortisol, sending you straight for the sweets. And when cortisol is high, extra calories are deposited directly as belly fat.

6. Ask for help. Among people who have permanent weight loss, 70% reported having strong social support, compared with only 38% of those who lost and regained weight. Recruit others to join you (or encourage you), or sign up for an online support group to help encourage you and hold you accountable on your weight loss and life transformation journey.

7. Uncover Emotional Obstacles. Sadness and anger are two of the most common reasons women overeat, but food won’t quell either one. Your diary can provide valuable insights into what may be causing you to binge occasionally. Once you start evaluating your eating triggers, you’ll be able to develop more effective strategies to deal with the underlying emotions. Keep in mind, too, that the very act of committing to a diet plan can bring its own challenges.

Sound Off

Which of these tips are you doing already? Which are ones you think you struggle with? One you can absolutely achieve today is the “ask for help” tip. Just become a member of  Sweet Potato Pie and join any of our groups and you’ll have all the support you need to achieve your weight loss and lifestyle transformation goals.

Oct 012014
 

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Winter time can be hell on a running/walking workout if you’re used to working out outside. And for those of you ladies with hair concerns, the wetness of the winter time ain’t exactly encouraging you to go exercising outdoors either.

I’m always really impressed when I see the pics of Ms. Tracy running around out there in the snow. Lord knows it couldn’t be me. It hits 40 degrees ’round here (I’m in Florida) I”m like, “Hmm…looks like I’ll be jumping rope today.” The cold on my native Floridian behind is no joke.

So that brings me to today’s post – a walking workout on a treadmill that will have you burning 2000 calories – becasue the best way to avoid those winter workout blues is to get thee on treadmill. Be it one at home or in the gym, the treadmill is a great way to avoid freezing your bullocks off in the name of staying fit.

Here’s the week long workout:

Monday

  • Power walk: 30 minutes
  • Strength-train: 20 minutes

Total: 50 minutes

Tuesday

  • Warm up: Walk easily, then briskly: 3 minutes
  • Power walk: 2 minutes
  • Run fast (but don’t sprint): 2 minutes
  • Repeat Steps 1 & 2: 10 times
  • Cool down: Walk easily: 2 minutes

Total: 45 minutes

Wednesday

  • Warm Up: Walk easily: 5 minutes
  • Do your favorite strength-training move: 12 reps
  • Power walk at 4% to 6% incline: 3 minutes
  • Repeat Steps 1 & 2: 6 times
  • Cool down: Walk easily: 5 minutes

Total: 40 minutes

 Thursday

  • Warm Up: Walk easily, then briskly: 3 minutes
  • Power walk: 2 minutes
  • Run fast (but don’t sprint): 2 minutes
  • Repeat Steps 1 & 2: 6 times
  • Cool down: Walk easily: 3 minutes

Total: 30 minutes

Friday

  • Repeat Monday’s routine

Saturday

  • Warm Up: Walk easily, then briskly: 5 minutes
  • Power walk: 2 minutes
  • Run fast (but don’t sprint): 4 minutes
  • Repeat Steps 1 & 2: 6 times
  • Cool Down: Walk easily: 4 minutes

Total: 45 minutes

Sunday

  • Rest

 

Sep 152014
 

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Yes, I know this is a health and fitness blog and black women’s health isn’t dependent on being cellulite free, but let’s face it, none of us wants wrinkled thighs. Unfortunately, because many black women tend to carry the bulk of our weight in the hips, thighs and buttocks we are definitely prone to thos dreaded dimples. So, as swimsuit season nears I thought I’d leave you all with some tips on how to get those nice smooth thighs you’ll need to rock this seasons bikinis:

1. Drop Some Pounds

Essentially cellulite is fat. The less fat you have, the less cellulite you will have. There’s a reason why you don’t see too many ballet dancers or Olympic athletes with cellulite; they have very little body fat. It’s been shown that weight loss generally reduces the fat that causes dimpling in the butt and the thighs. When your body fat drops, your fat cells shrink and your skin looks smoother and more contoured.

2. Tighten and Tone to Work It Off

Losing the fat is only part of the battle. We’ve all seen skinny people who had plenty of cellulite. This happens because, while they are slim, they aren’t toned. The skin is loose, allowing what body fat they do have to show through in the dimply, puffy fashion that characterizes cellulite. Adding resistance training to your workouts will help to tone and tighten up your skin to give your butt and thighs a more firm and smooth appearance.

3. Massage Your Thighs

Massage is a temporary and easily to administer cellulite remedy. While it won’t make the fat go away, it will redistribute the fat, giving your thighs a smoother, firmer look, temporarily. To get the desired results, follow a daily routine. After getting out of the shower, sit on the edge of the tub and, using your fist, massage the skin on your thighs. You should apply quite a bit of pressure over all of your cellulite heavy areas. Repeat a few times on each leg. The massaging will help prevent fat from collecting in one area and break up and smooth out the fat that is already there.

4. Coffee Is for More Than Just Drinking

Most cellulite creams have one main ingredient–caffeine. Caffeine, outside of being a morning pick-me-up, also helps to keep the fat cells moving. You can use coffee grounds in a twice per week routine for this purpose. Start by placing newspaper on your bathroom floor. Sit on the edge of the bathtub with a can of coffee grounds. Rub the coffee grounds into the cellulite-laden areas of your body with your hand or a loofah. Wrap your legs with seaweed or plastic wrap and let sit for a few minutes. Unwrap your legs and rinse off thoroughly. For extra intensity, take a rolling pin and apply it to your legs while wrapped. For extra intensity, take a rolling pin and apply it to your legs while wrapped.

5. Give Mesotherapy a Shot

Mesotherapy is a more invasive remedy to rid your body of cellulite. Administered by a doctor, mesotherapy is a combination of amino acids, minerals and vitamins, injected directly into the problem areas. The treatment usually is recommend for two weeks for an affected area and the results can be dramatic. Mesotherapy has few side effects and the biggest health risk may be an allergy to the ingredients used in the shot.

Aug 152014
 

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Struggling to maintain your weight loss?  Often a refusal to make long-lasting changes is the culprit to weight creep: the slow regaining of all of the weight you lost To avoid weight creep, here are 5 tips that get to the heart of your struggle with maintaining your weight loss and what to do about it.

1. Weigh Yourself Often

Once upon a time, experts said to stay off the scale—it can be discouraging. But after studying 3,500 individuals from the National Weight Control Registry (NWCR) who’ve maintained 60 or more pounds of weight loss for at least a year, researchers found that 44 percent weighed themselves daily. Unhealthy obsession? No. They use it as an early warning system for preventing weight regain. If your goal is to keep your weight at a certain level, you have to have feedback to see whether you’re successful.

2. Turn the TV Off

Scientists at Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York recently determined that simply seeing food can trigger a physiological “feed me” response. In the study, visual food cues caused brain activity to jump by 24 percent—mostly in the orbitofrontal cortex, the area of the brain that is related to drive and acquisition. So a constant barrage of pizza-delivery ads on TV could test your limits. And don’t get us started on the Food Network.

3. Pray the Fat Away

Christians who report feeling greater intimacy with God through prayer are more likely to be physically active than other christians, according to research from Cornell University. Studies have shown that those who have more social support move more, and being closer to God may give men that support. Another possible reason: General religion in the United States encompasses theological teachings about the body as a temple, which may also lead to the consumption of a healthier diet and increased physical activity. Amen to that.

4. Beware of Taste Bud Betrayal 

Hunger increases taste sensitivity to sweet and salty substances. This means vending-machine snacks (which come in two flavors: sweet or salty—coincidence?) will taste even better when you’re hungry. You could trust that you’d savor the flavor by eating only a small amount. (Right.) Or you could sidestep this land mine altogether. Eat offensively. Eat regularly during the day to stave off cravings and the bingeing that can result.

5. Snack On Almonds

Seventy per day, to be exact. That’s the number that people in a City of Hope National Medical Center experiment ate daily for 6 months, in conjunction with a reduced-calorie diet, to drop 18 percent of their body weight. Almonds are a nutrient-dense food that provides healthful monounsaturated fat, protein, and fiber, which together contribute to feeling full. Go for whole almonds in their unsalted, raw, or dry-roasted state. Fifteen to 20 will do the trick for a quick snack. Try 50 as a meal replacement.

Sound Off

I think for me one of the most important ones on the list is the “weigh yourself often” step.  It’s easy to notice that your pants are getting tight or your belly is getting a little bigger but to dismiss and say, “Oh it’s only a couple of pounds,” and before you know it a couple of pounds turns into 20. If you have a constant reminder of where you are weight wise, you will be able to make the necessary changes to your diet/exercise regime early enough to prevent your weight gain from getting out of hand and having to start again from square one.

Which one, if any, resonated with you? Are you already doing some of these tips? Which can you see adding to your life today?

Jul 152014
 

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Something as simple as getting enough sleep at night (9-10 hours) can be the difference between keeping the with off of not gaining it at all and putting on the pounds:

A recent study from the United Kingdom reports that the lower the number of hours you sleep, the higher the likelihood you will put on extra weight. These findings apply to all age groups including children. The research team reviewed the findings from 696 studies on the effects of sleep time on weight gain. They found a solid relationship between hours of sleep and risk of obesity. All the studies of adults as well as children showed a significant and consistent negative association between Body Mass Index and hours of sleep.

There also appears to be a link between lack of sleep and stroke:

Another study reports that sleeping too little is linked to increased risk of stroke. While the researchers point out that their findings can be applied only to the postmenopausal women in the study, other experts are saying that the same relationship between sleep and stroke risk is universal.

I remember watching a Dateline where some university was conducting a study on the link between sleep deprivation and weight gain and what they found was not only dd people eat more but they had gravings for the high fat, sugar salt foods and did a lot of sleep eating: munching while not fully awake. So, instead of making a resolution to lose weight, maybe your resolution needs to be to get enough sleep at nght.

Jun 152014
 

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When it comes to changing your eating habits I’m a fan of making changes that best fit your life. If you’re trying to lose weight, or simply to eat better, the ideal thing to do would be to prepare most of your meals at home. However,  If you’ve never been much of a cook, expecting you to change your eating habits and your life habits can seem daunting and may ultimately mean you end up not making any changes at all.

So for those who frequent fast foods restaurants as part of their daily or weekly routine, here are five healthier meal options you can choose from some the more popular fast food chains. Each option is less than 500 calories. And while calories isn’t the only thing you should take into consider when changing your diet it is a good starting point.

1. Wendy’s – Ultimate Grill Chicken Sandwhich

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An Ultimate Chicken Grill Sandwich with a Mandarin orange cup and medium iced tea.

Nutrition Facts
  • Calories: 480
  • Fat grams: 7 (1.5 g saturated)
  • Sodium: 980 mg

This is the healthiest sandwich on the menu. To make it an even healthier option, toss aside one of the buns and make it a one bun sandwich. You can even pair it with a salad if you’re looking for some variety with the mandarin oranges.

2. Subway: 6in Double Roast Beef Sub

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Complete Meal

6in Double Roast Beef Sub with fat free Italian dressing and a medium iced tea.

Nutrition Facts
  • Calories: 455
  • Fat grams: 8 (3.5 g saturated fat)
  • Sodium: 2100 grams

Yes you could get a single meat sandwich, or a turkey or even chicken sandwich and fall even lower on the calorie scale,  but if you eat out often you want variety and this is an option that, even with double the protein, is still less in fat and calories than say the tuna salad or one with different condiments.

3. Pizza Hut – Two Slices Thin ‘N Crispy Pizza (12″)

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Complete Meal

Two Slices Thin ‘N Crispy Pizza (12″)  with quartered ham & pineapple, and a medium Diet Coke

Nutrition Facts
  • Calories: 360
  • Fat grams: 12 (5 g saturated fat)
  • Sodium: 1,110 mg

If you want meat on your pizza that’s not chicken, ham seems to be the way to go. A Hawaiian pizza with ham and pineapple seems to be the healthier option for those who want meat on their pies. A veggie pizza on thin crust would be even healthier for those who don’t mind meatless pizzas.

4. McDonalds: Premium Grilled Chicken Classic Sandwich

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Premium Grilled Chicken Classic Sandwich with a side salad with Newman’s Own Low Fat Balsamic Vinaigrette, and a medium iced tea

Nutrition Facts
  • Calories: 480
  • Fat grams: 13  (2 g saturated fat)
  • Sodium: 1,945 mg

Turns out the Premium Grilled Chicken Classic Sandwich has the same number of calories as the Quarter Pounder with Cheese, but lacks the trans fat of the popular burger. And with most fast food options choosing a salad or fruit keeps the calorie count down instead of the standard french fries.Once again toss one of the buns aside to further lower the calorie count.

5. KFC: 3 Crispy Strips with Green Beans

Complete Meal

3 Crispy Strips with Green Beans and 3″ corn on the cob with a medium Diet Pepsi

Nutrition Facts
  • Calories: 475
  • Fat grams: 22.5 (6 g saturated fat)
  • Sodium: 1,165 mg

The side of green beans is a good source of fiber and vitamins K, A & C which are good your bones and reducing cancer-causing free radicals.

Sound Off

Now looking at this list it would be easy to point how high the sodium count in much of these meal options. But as I mentioned before it’s about making healthier options when you eat out, and if you’re of the – burger and fries, pepperoni on my pizza – school of fast food eating this list gives you some much needed alternatives.

Do you eat out often? Does this list help you make better choices? For even more healthy eating tips be sure to become a member Sweet Potato Pie and joint the Tasty Healthy Recipes and Meal Plans group. Nothing like having steady support to help you achieve your diet and nutrition goals.

Dec 012013
 

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Losing the weight is only winning a battle, keeping it off is winning the war. The major issue with maintaining weight loss is that people often view a diet as short term instead of a long term, permanent lifestyle change. So instead of embracing the new habits that let them lose the weight, people go back to the old habits that had them over weight and unhealthy to begin with. It then becomes a vicious cycle. To help with that we’ve gathered 1o tips to not only help you lose the weight, but keep it off as well.

1.Accept that weight management is an achievable goal: If you approach weight management with the concept that small steps will add up to make a big difference over time, then the idea of losing weight does not seem so complex.

2. Make a plan to succeed: Identify 10 food items that you currently purchase that you know are bad for you and that you can live without. Make a consistent plan to start eliminating 2 of these items each week from your grocery list.

3. Contact a nutritionist and make an appointment: Every individual should have a customized plan tailored to their age, weight, height, metabolism and activity level. This plan is best created with a professional who will dedicate time to working with you one on one.

4. Schedule regular exercise: Make it a goal to double the distance that you walk each day until you are walking at least 30 minutes each day.

5. Set realistic goals: Rapid weight loss that can’t be sustained only results in frustration. The goal should be to lose approximately 2 pounds every week. Depending on how much you choose to lose, over the course of a year this would result in a substantial amount of weight loss.

6. Develop a support system: It is important to join a support group and to develop a network of individuals who are committed to your success. Some of the most accessible groups exist at Weight Watchers, Ediets.com and faith-based organizations. Inquire within your health plan for resources that also may be able to help you maintain your goals.

7. Weigh in regularly: It is important to check your weight regularly. Every week you should check your weight in the morning before you get dressed on the same scale.

8. Positive Reinforcement: Feel good about the success that you are making and provide a small reward for yourself each week that is not food related. Some excellent suggestions include a manicure, a massage, taking a scenic walk, purchasing a new CD or new clothing item.

9. Congratulate yourself: Weight loss is similar to a marathon that is not always won by leaps and bounds. The goal is to stay focused on your goal even if there are small setbacks from time to time.

10. Love Yourself: while absolute weight loss is a goal, it is important to love yourself no matter what your size may be.

Sound Off

What do you think about the advice? Is there anything new here that you think will make a difference in your weight loss goals?

For me step #3 resonates with me since it has never occurred to me to meet with a nutritionist for a consult about my weight loss goals. A personal trainer – yes. A nutritionist – not so much.

So what, if anything, can you take away form these steps? Don’t forget to become a member of Sweet Potato Pie as a way to get the community support and positive reinforcement you need to maintain your weight loss and lifestyle changes.