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 plans can help you eat right

When people tell me that they struggle to lose weight, one of the first questions I ask is about the food plan they are following.  The most common answer I get is: "Well, I try to eat right most of the time."  I then ask them what they mean by "eat right."  The answer is usually rather nebulous.  And there is the problem.  If you have no idea what it means to eat right, it is quite unlikely that you are doing it. 

For those who have been successfully following a healthy lifestyle for a number of years, it can be done without a specific plan.  If, however, you are not finding success with what you are doing, finding a defined plan to work with is going to do a lot to help you on your way.  Typically, the best way to get started is to learn some form of portion control.

There are food plans that will provide all the food you need.  This means that they have done all the weighing and measuring for you.  What you will learn is what an appropriate portion looks like.  Other plans will tell you what a portion size is and then teach you how to weigh and measure.  Obviously that is more time-intensive, but you will also learn more.  And of course, there is the old-fashioned calorie-counting method.  There are many books and websites available that can give you the calorie content of various foods.  If you are not sure how many calories per day you should be eating to achieve your goals, be sure to check with your doctor.

So, if you are finding that "eating right" is not working for you, try to find a plan that will more objectively define your food limits.