If I see one more person throw away their rice but eat the fatty, sauce-laden chicken with broccoli…
The rice is not the problem. The bagel is not the problem. The tortilla is not the problem. The ADDED fat is the problem! And if you are eating huge serving bowls of rice and pasta instead of a cup size, there is problem there too, because you don't move your assets enough to warrant such ginourmous portion sizes…you just don't. Obviously the whole grain versions of the above would be a better choice than the "white" versions, with limited portion size!
Where did this type of "logic" come from that tells you that eating almost solid fat like sausage (yes, even turkey, chicken and tofu sausage) is healthier than eating a plain baked potato???
If those scenarios sound like you, you are eating WAY too much "bad" fat, which is why your "bad" cholesterol is so high and why you have excess fat in specific areas like the back of your arms. (I always observe this in high-fat eaters!) Don't get me wrong, I am all for fat that comes naturally in foods such as salmon, avocado and even hamburgers. (You already know that I will never toss sticks and stones into a blender and call it a meal, eeww!) When I do eat a burger, I don't add any other fat to it…no cheese, no bacon. My rule is "one fat per meal" and that hamburger has more than enough without having to pile on more. I do add avocado when I'm eating a lower fat, higher protein meat such as turkey or chicken. Avocados are chuck full of essential nutrients that bacon can never offer. I know what you're thinking…yes avocados are almost solid fat. You are correct but remember, I'm ok with the fat that occurs naturally in foods.
If you want to eat better and smarter, like I do and most of my “svelt” clients do, then follow these little rules and you’ll NEVER diet again:
1.Read your labels!
If you are consuming lots of foods where more than half the total calories comes from ADDED fat (such as cheese, sour cream, mayo, dressing, etc.,) then I can guarantee that half of YOUR body weight will be from fat too! You are what you eat!
Make sure that most of the foods you consume have 25% or less of their calories coming from fat. You can find this information right on the food label, so you have no excuse not to know!
This is one of the most awesome resources to get you to choose to eat healthy. Please use this and save lots of dollars. (Spend the money you save on a few personal training sessions–much better long-term benefits!) You don't need fancy “diet” pills, potions and lotions!
3. Choose the World's Healthiest Foods.
Let the majority of your food consumption come from the World's Healthiest Foods list. As a rule, vegetables have the least amount of calories of all the food groups on the list (except for spices) so it would be wise to consume foods from this group in great abundance as compared to the others.
4. Make sure sugar isn't in your top-5.
Food labels list ingredients in descending order according to how much of it is in the product. The higher up something is on the list, the more you'll find in that product. So in general make sure sugar (nor one of its relatives such as high- fructose corn syrup) is not one of the 1st 5 ingredients in the majority of foods you consume.
In my next post I'm going to share with you some of my favorite “swaps and tips.” (And you'll notice how well I use the World's Healthiest Foods!) Stay tuned.
Meanwhile put down that sour cream! Don't make me come and get you.
PS: If you don't believe eating this way can make a difference in your life, check out Puffy Bethy: My Before and After Pix.
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