Carbs and Calories – Plan for Success in the Gym or on Your Plate
Here are a few tips to help you save money and potentially reduce your carbohydrate levels:
· Don’t eat more calories than you can burn up daily through exercise or daily activity.
· Aim for at least 30 minutes of uninterrupted physical activity on most days of the week. Increase your physical activity as you increase your caloric intake. Regular physical activity can help you maintain your weight and to keep unwanted pounds at bay.
· Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Nutrient rich foods have essential vitamins, minerals, fiber and other nutrients your body requires.
· Unrefined whole grain bread or foods, enriched in vitamin B and iron, contain fiber that can help lower cholesterol, and manage your weight. Freeze bread so that you may use it over time. Use airtight containers or material that will keep your bread fresh.
· Try “no fat” baked goods. Be aware “no fat” labeling doesn’t mean fewer calories.
· Eat fish at least twice during the week. Research reveals that eating fish containing omega-3 fatty acids may lower your risk of coronary artery disease.
· Limit your intake of foods and beverages that are high in calories but low in nutrients.
· Limit your consumption of saturated fat, trans fats, sodium, and cholesterol. Eat less than 300 milligrams of cholesterol daily and no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day.
· If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation.
· Limit your intake of foods and beverages with added sugar.
· Choose lean meats and poultry without skin.
· Use pasta in conventional shapes, such as macaroni and spaghetti, which cost less than pasta in fancy forms. Try wheat pasta products-they contain more fiber and reduced carbohydrates.
· Packaged rice and noodle mixes cost more than the ingredients they are made from. Purchase conventional rice and noodles, then add the ingredients, such as cheese and spices, to shave your cost and you will have plenty left over to make other dishes.
· Cereals packed in individual serving sizes cost much more than larger sizes. Choose wheat, bran, or other unsweetened brands to reduce caloric intake and carbohydrates.
· Regular cereal costs less per ounce than sugarcoated brands. Purchase fruit-sweetened cereals or brands sweetened with brown rice sugar or other alternative sweetening products.
Being aware of good nutrition facts that will assist you in making wise decisions, and will ultimately result in positive outcomes.
Being well informed about how many calories you consume each day is a constructive way to control your weight and influence your long-term health. A healthy diet and lifestyle is your best protection against chronic illness. Living a healthy lifestyle is not as hard as you think – the key to optimal health is in the overall choices you make & the first step in that process starts with knowing where you’re at right now.