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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Food-logging can help in weight losss

When planning a road trip, you might first pull out a map to determine the best route to take.  But imagine trying to plan a trip if you didn't know where you are.  In other words, there is no "You Are Here" marker.  Without that crucial information, how will you ever get to your destination?

This is also true for weight loss.  You know how much you want to lose, and there are many possible routes to take, but if you do not know exactly where you are now, it is difficult to find a route to your destination.

With weight loss, the "You Are Here" marker is revealed through food logging.

Ultimately, there is only one way to lose weight.  You must take in fewer calories over time than your body expends.  However, how can you know how many calories you need to cut unless you know how many calories you are taking in?  The only way to know this is by logging your food.  You might find that 500 calories per day is all that is keeping you from losing one pound per week, or 52 pounds per year. 

Say you eat three meals and two snacks per day, and you cut 150 calories from the meals and 25 from the snacks.  That's 500 calories right there.  Those calories might be as simple as switching from full- to low-fat products, or buying a different type of bread.  But how will you know, if you don't assess your current intake?

Take a little time each day to log.  Carry a notepad; use your iPod or Smart Phone, whatever works.  Start by logging what you eat and the calorie content.  Just becoming conscious of all the calories you eat can lead to quickly losing a few pounds.