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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Check ingredients when eating out

There are many types of food plans available because there are many types of people.  However, there is one issue that is of concern no matter what your dietary needs are:  eating out.

If you are going to a family restaurant or fast food chain, that is pretty simple.  The food is relatively uniformly prepared and most of these restaurants have their nutritional information on the web, making it easy to preview and plan your meal.

It's the higher-end restaurants that I have found tend to have more hidden ingredients.  I have heard some people say that if you are eating at a fancy restaurant, then you shouldn't be concerned about the calories.  But there are many people who do eat at them regularly, either due to business, travel, or personal lifestyle.  So, I would like to share some things I've learned.

Steaks are usually brushed in butter, sometimes liberally.  If you have ever wondered why you just can't cook a steak to taste as well as it does when you eat out, try brushing it with butter just before you serve it.  You will likely have your answer.

Once, when eating at a churrascaria for my father's birthday, I was trying to focus on the lower-fat items.  So, I had several slices of the grilled pineapple.  Later, when speaking to the manager, I found out that the reason it tasted so wonderful was because they cook it with lots of brown sugar.

Recently, when eating at a chain family restaurant that focuses on breakfast items I saw a note on the menu:  "The reason our omelets taste so good is because we add pancake batter to them."

So, whether you are watching fats, sugars or carbs, it pays to ask:  "How is this prepared?"