Weight Loss Does Not have to be a major battle

United States
September 12, 2009 11:17pm CST
Don't make yourself miserable by counting every calorie and buying every fat-burning product you see on TV. There are so many weight loss programs out there. Some good ones and not so good. Start with simple steps. I'd like to share these four:1. When eating out, order two appetizers and skip the main course. E. Politi, nutrition director at Duke University's Diet and Fitness center says "this keeps portion size small while satisfying you with a couple different flavors."2.Instead of pouring cooking oil into the pan, spray it on for your stir-fried dishes. Each spray releases about one-eight of a teaspoon of oil, compared to two or three teaspoons when you pour it on. 3.Watch your portions, "people who correctly identified portion sizes of foods such as chicken nuggets and cheese still ate more than the portion size" states a study taken from Sam Houston State University. So resist the temptation by sticking to single servings and put your left-overs in the fridge. 4. Stay active - try to walk each day.
3 responses
• United States
21 Sep 09
Exercising whenever possible- yes, especially walking- is very important. I remember reading somewhere that you should be taking around 10,000 steps every day. Buy a cheap pedometer and look at how many steps you take every single day. If it's not 10,000, start planning little walks. Between classes, or during your lunch break, take a brief 10 minute walk around (if you can). Every few steps adds up. Also, try to look up nutrition for whatever restaurant you plan to go to. I do like the appetizer idea, but what if none of the appetizers in a place interests you? Besides, even appetizers can have horrible nutritional value. If I can't find information, then I just don't go. If you can, look up your favorite dish. If it's high- say, over 1,000 calories for the entire thing- that doesn't mean you can't have it. But instead of eating the whole thing in one go, set aside half of the dish as soon as it reaches your table, and enjoy the other half you left for tonight's meal. You still get what you want, at half the calorie cost. Plus, you have lunch/dinner for another day! if you don't like saving, then consider splitting your meal with someone else at the table. Thanks for the post.
@LaurenInLA (2272)
• United States
13 Sep 09
I recently read about a life exension diet that was featured on Oprah that also can be used for weight loss. The diet is one that is followed by David Murdoch (the owner of Dole Foods). He calls himself a fish vegetarian. It incorporates fish, veggies, fruits, nuts and whole grains. You don't need to worry about portion control because I've found that I really have to work hard to squeeze in 1200 calories. I've lost 7 lbs in 2 weeks but one of the best benefits is the surge of energy that I've had since adopting this plan. I also exercise for 45 minutes a day.
@coolcat123 (4392)
• India
13 Sep 09
the best way which i can ever suggest to any body is walking everyday. I have experienced it and it had worked excellent for me. no diet, no running away from food and no much excercises. only wacking long distances or an hour two will work. I love food and cannot be away from it or cannot be on diet also so its a best option for me.