Monday, November 8, 2010

Holiday favorites are Calorie Friendly.

Holiday food favorites are calorie friendly. But beware of other unsuspecting offenders.

With the holidays soon upon us, the guilt factor becomes more pressing. You skip a little here, but add a little there, always sub-conscious of the impending consequences. But the biggest offenders may just be those carbonated, sugar laden soft drinks, and fruit juices that we all forget to tally in.

Already loaded with natural fructose, fruit juices can have devastating results as can your soft drink soda selection. Always be on the lookout for the High Fructose Corn Syrup additive that’s a dead give away that this drink may have hidden caloric consequences. Diet drinks aren’t much better, and may be more harmful since they include artificial sweeteners that may have unhealthy consequences in another way.

Skipping Meals

If you thought that skipping meals will help you lose weight, that thinking can be dangerous. Skipping means that you will likely be hungrier the next time you eat. Shaving off calories and substituting healthier choices are a smarter choice for weight loss.  And don‘t skip breakfast. Research shows eating a good breakfast can aid and maintain weight loss.

Some Carbs are good

Your body actually needs carbs to function properly. In all honesty, when you block out one food group, you're more likely to ditch the diet and quickly be discouraged. Carbs are used for energy and keeps your body going. When you eliminate all carbs, you could be missing out on all-important fiber.

You must focus your carbohydrate intake on foods that have more fiber and take longer to break down, also known as "complex carbohydrates." Foods like whole grains, beans, fruits and vegetables. 

A good rule to follow is that If it’s white, it’s likely not right for your waste line. The biggest offenders are white rice, pasta, potatoes, and white breads.

Diet Rules To Follow

The golden rule of losing weight is when you're burning more calories than you're consuming. Don't look for fast fixes. Make weight loss and maintenance more of a lifestyle change. It's OK to lose weight "gradually and steadily" because crash diets often lead to less success.