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Saturday, June 29, 2013

I'm Eating Healthy But Still Gaining Weight--What's Wrong??

If you are eating healthy, that's a great step in the right direction, and you should give yourself credit for making this important change in your life. The next important step is to make sure you are eating enough of the healthy foods, eating the correct proportions, and eating at the right times. Here are 7 tips that will help you accomplish this.

1. Eat protein at every meal, but only .7 grams for each pound of body weight. Sources of high protein can be found in lean beef, chicken breast, fish, lentils, and beans. If you're ordering steak for dinner, a steak the size of the palm of your hand is plenty.

2. Salads are great but watch the salad dressing. It can add calories to your meal. Use no more than two tablespoons on your salad. Ordering dressing on the side will help you control how much goes on your salad.

3. Watch the oils when cooking. One tablespoon of olive oil contains 126 calories. Broiling meats and steaming vegetables are an excellent way to keep the calories down.

4. Wine is OK but limit the amount to one glass. A glass of red wine (5 oz.) has 125 calories. Try a glass of ice water with lemon instead.

5. No eating after dinner. Keep snacks and other tempting foods away while watching TV. This is prime time for people who snack. If you have been very good with the calories during the day and planned ahead for a snack, measure the exact amount so you know exactly how many calories you are consuming. Even a healthy snack can add calories if you don't pay attention to the proportion. Make sure you eat the snack early in the evening and not right before bed.

6. Plan your meals. This will put you more in control of what you eat during the day. Not only planning meals but sticking to the plan will ensure that you do not go over the amount of calories you should be consuming in a day.

7. Stay active. Eating a meal and then heading to the couch for the evening does not help your body burn fat. Try taking a walk in the evening after dinner. Adding daily exercise will make you lose weight even faster.
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