Amy Culver - The Queen Of Lean

12/29/12
Holiday stress

12/15/12
Holiday season isn't all just about food

12/01/12
Plan ahead to stay on the right track

11/17/12
Prioritize this Thanksgiving

11/03/12
Choose treats wisely during the holidays

10/20/12
Starting a weightlifting routine

10/06/12
Healthy body has right signs

09/22/12
You need a livable food plan

09/08/12
Tailor your food according to needs

08/25/12
Plan strategies for when life gets hectic

08/11/12
Traveling can challenge eating habits

07/28/12
Parenting your own inner spoiled child

07/14/12
Long-term motives create long-lasting results

06/30/12
Interval training works for anyone

06/16/12
Check ingredients when eating out

06/02/12
Get out of the house for your workout

05/19/12
Lack of sleep may lead to weight gain

05/05/12
Cooking extra saves time and calories

04/21/12
Even small changes can make an impact

04/07/12
Swimming is a good
all-around exercise

03/24/12
Don't let slip-ups destroy your plan

03/10/12
Make your lifestyle and health compatible

02/25/12
A little exercise can yield big results

02/11/12
Food plans can help you eat right

01/28/12
Moderation is weight-loss key

01/14/12
Give your weight-loss plan time

12/31/11
Combat post-holiday blues with activity

12/17/11
Choose holiday calories carefully

12/03/11
Good kitchen tools make life easier

11/19/11
Enjoy feast in moderation

11/05/11
Start planning holiday meals now

10/22/11
Don't buy Halloween candy too early

10/08/11
Theaters offer healthy snacks

09/24/11:
Try to avoid evening snacking

09/10/11:
Tips to stave off hunger pangs

08/27/11:
Stuck?  Reassess your routine

08/13/11:
Avoid peaks and valleys in diet

07/30/11:
Measure size of food portion to help tip scale in your favor

07/16/11:
Learn to love being thin

07/02/11:
Change your lifestyle; don't just diet

06/18/11:
Fruity thoughts to keep fit

06/04/11:
Water can ease cravings

05/21/11:
Working a pool into your exercise routine

05/07/11:
Stay focused, move forward

04/23/11:
Delay caving to craving

04/09/11:
Review of daily plan should include diet & activities

03/26/11:
Holidays are never-ending

03/12/11:
Measuring food is key to weight loss

02/26/11:
Food-logging can help in weight loss

02/12/11:
Find ways to make exercise fun

01/29/11:
Reserve time for your exercise program

01/15/11:
Substitutions for your holiday treats

01/01/11:
Moderation is key to good diet

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Moderation is key to good diet

As we reach the end of the holiday season, you may be thinking about how to get back on plan in a couple of weeks.  You don't have to make any commitments right now, but here are some thoughts to keep in mind.

Moderation is always preferable over elimination.  As soon as you tell yourself you can't have something, that food is all you'll want.  Are you currently inhaling pies and cookies with the thought that you won't eat any sweets for the first six months of 2011?  Why not slow down a bit now, and plan for a treat or two per week after the holidays are over?  A small amount of sugary foods is OK now and then.
                          
People often try to eliminate fat.  Our bodies need fat to function.  The key is to choose good fats and limit them.  Fat makes you feel fuller.  A handful of almonds or a teaspoon of olive oil to sauté your veggies can help keep the hunger pangs away.  In addition, those good fats will help raise your good cholesterol and aid digestion.  And they taste good, too.

Watch your calories, make sure you eat enough.  When you don't eat enough calories, you get so hungry that you create out-of-control bingeing.  There is also a point of diminishing return on calorie restriction.  For most people, 1,200-1,500 calories per day is an acceptable range for weight loss.  This is a level that will keep you from feeling as though you are starving, but still allow you to lose weight.  If you are unsure, check with your doctor. 

If you create a moderate, livable food plan for yourself, you will be able to stick to it and will be more successful.