Fat Busting Foods!

May 28, 2002

Eating a healthy diet goes hand in hand with fat burning exercise. Firstly you have to find out how many calories you need to consume each day to maintain your weight. All you have to do is multiply your current weight by 35 to determine your daily calorie intake. For example 55 kilos, equals 1925 calories. Now get your hands on a calorie and fat-counting book from the library or buy a copy from your newsagent or bookstore. This invaluable little guide will help you figure out how much you are actually eating fat and calorie-wise. Keep a record of what you eat and drink each day – you will definitely be surprised by the calories in certain foods!Confused? Well, here’s how to adjust your eating:

Try to limit your fat intake to 45-55 grams a day. Some top tips for lowering your fat intake day-to-day are by using mustard over mayonnaise, choosing pretzels over potato chips and using olive oil over a creamy salad dressing.

Nutritionists recommend that you eat all throughout the day to keep you active. Sound good? Well this doesn’t mean that you spend all day eating whatever you want! It means that you consume healthy-sized meals all day. A recent study has proven that you’re less likely to overeat when you get home from the office if you consume moderately all day. One of the best ways to start is with a 250- 300-calorie breakfast. Go for non-fat yoghurt or a piece of toast with a tablespoon of peanut butter and a glass of full-cream milk. Your mid-morning snack should be a piece of fruit. Eating something every two to four hours will stop you from getting too hungry and keep you from stuffing your face at dinnertime!

As hard as it can be you really have to be realistic about your servings. Always check the information on food packaging. That seemingly small bag of chips or health bar can contain twice the calories you’d thought. If you need measuring tools then just use your fist for a cup or the tip of your thumb is around a teaspoon for example.

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