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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Tailor your food according to needs

There is no magic pill and there is no one-size-fits-all food plan.  Each person has a different body type and different issues to deal with.  That's why you need to tailor your food plan to your needs. 

Some people have arterial issues and need a diet low in fat.  Some, like me, have diabetes and have to watch their carbohydrates.  Others might need to limit sodium for kidney function, heart health or other reasons.

All plans have pros and cons.  When you are limiting carbohydrates, there is usually a lot of cooking involved.  Meat, cheese and vegetables can only go so far by themselves. 

It takes some creativity and research to learn to make things from low-carbohydrate ingredients.  However, this plan works well for many people, especially if they have time for food preparation.

If you choose to count calories, you will need to weigh and measure.  This is essential if this is the primary method you will use to control your food intake.

In any plan, you still need to practice portion control.  No matter how healthy the foods you eat are, it is possible to overdo it.  I have spoken to people who feel the need to eat large quantities, no matter the food, even fruits.  I have also met people who eat very healthy, natural, unprocessed foods, but their portions are too large.  By simply cutting the amount they eat by 25 to 50 percent, they were able to lose weight.

If you have special dietary needs due to health concerns, you might consider getting a recommendation from your doctor for a nutritionist.  In just a couple of sessions, they might be able to help you find foods you'll like but had never considered, or new ways of preparing old favorites.