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One pound at a time, one tablespoon at a time

When it comes to weight loss, don’t discount the small things.  Though drastic measures may be tempting in moments of desperation, lasting weight loss can be yours with a few tweaks here and there.  Don’t get me wrong–weight loss almost always requires due diligence and commitment.  But!  If you are a clever one, you might just be able to lose a few pounds without too much heartache.  But like I said, it’s about the small things.

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Making the Most out of Your Calorie Budget: Carbohydrates

You’ve figured out how many calories you need for whatever your goal may be–now what?  Though staying ‘on budget’ is the bottom line when it comes to your weight, how you choose to spend those calories will have a huge impact on what kind of weight you’re losing (or gaining), your ability to stick with your plan over the long haul, and–of course–your health.  In this post, I’ll discuss carbohydrates and the vital role they play in any diet plan.

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The Calorie Budget

Your weight is a balance between the calories you eat and the calories you burn, yes?  (Here’s a previous post on the topic, if you’re interested.)  So let’s talk a bit more about how to put a calorie plan into action.

First, you must figure out just how many calories you need.  The easiest way to do this (outside of indirect calorimetry), is to use a research-validated equation, such as the Mifflin-St. Jeor equation which accurately predicts resting energy expenditure within 10%.  Here is a handy link that allows you to enter your personal information; the site then inputs that info into the Mifflin-St. Jeor equation and does all the number crunching for you.  A more labor intensive approach would be to carefully measure and record your food intake for a couple weeks, using an online food journal like SparkPeople.  Assuming your weight has been stable, you can use the calorie information from this food journaling to determine your average intake and–voila!–discover how many calories you need on a daily basis for weight maintenance.

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Easy Swaps on the Run

Let’s be real.  It is hard to lose weight if you’re eating out very often.  Greasy burgers and fries will bounce that calorie budget before you’ve even had the chance to lick the salt from your fingers.  That said, sometimes you find yourself staring down a drive-thru menu and hoping for the best.   Here are a few easy swaps that will help you stay on track.

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What’ll ya have?

So a guy is trying to lose weight and is looking for ways to cut calories.  While he doesn’t want to give up alcohol completely, he knows his weekend six-pack isn’t doing his gut any favors.  The solution?  He switches to liquor because beer, as everyone knows, is sky-high in calories because of all the carbs.  Problem solved! 

Sound familiar?  Over the years, I have heard this one over and over again.  In an effort to lose weight, dieters switch from ‘fattening’ beer to wine or hard alcohol, believing the latter options are more diet-friendly.  But are they?

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Figuring out weight loss… …minus the gimmicks.

Thanks to the booming diet industry, supplement-funded magazines, and tabloid-circulated celebrity eating plans, there is a ton of confusion out there regarding the ‘right way’ to lose weight.

Despite what you’ve been sold, there is no silver bullet when it comes to weight loss.  Your weight is simply a balance between the calories (or energy) you eat and the calories you burn.  Call it the Dieter’s Law of Thermodynamics.  If you consume more calories than your body needs, your body is frugal and will squirrel away the extra energy as fat for later use.  On the other hand, if you consume fewer calories than you burn, your body will have to tap into these fat stores and other tissues to make up the difference, which will ultimately result in weight loss.  Therefore, the trick to weight loss is to create a calorie deficit.

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