She’s eating less, weighing the same

Staff - - 03/06/2012
Weight Loss Theories

Q. I’m trying to shed 25 pounds by eating 1,400 calories a day, but it isn’t working. Is counting calories the best way to lose weight?

A. Calories do count — and they’re one way to measure your weight-loss efforts — but it makes sense only if the calories you’re counting are healthy. Imagine you’re tagging along with Harold and Kumar for a meal of just one 140-calorie White Castle slider. Is this meager serving going to help get you into top shape? Nope.

For optimal weight loss and good health, you want to avoid calories from trans fats — partially hydrogenated oils that are found in many baked goods and packaged foods — as well as calories from added sugars, saturated fats from four-legged animals, all skin on poultry, and palm and coconut oils.

Did you know that if you took in an equal amount of calories from saturated and unsaturated fats, you’d lose more weight and get a flatter belly from eating unsaturated olive or canola oil? Your food choices may be why a reduced-calorie diet isn’t working.

Diet smart, not hard. The YOU Docs believe in eating the amount of food that feels right — but only when your diet is based on lean proteins and unsaturated fats, veggies and fruit, and 100 percent whole grains. To help you get there, try this trick: Enjoy six walnut halves or a couple of slices of avocado 25 minutes before eating. You’ll start your next meal feeling well on your way to full. And set your goal to waist size, not weight: The ideal for women is 321/2 inches; for men it’s 35. Then kick up your weight-loss efforts by walking 10,000 steps a day. You’ll be able to tell those calories you’re eating, “Burn baby, burn!”

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