Fitness Matters

Calories

Did you know it takes 3500 calories burned to lose 1lb? To lose a pound per week, one just needs to be “negative” 500 calories per day. Being “negative” 500 calories per day means that you burn 500 more calories than you consume. It’s easy! When paired with a work out, this could mean just cutting one dessert or one... soft drink out of your diet per day!.
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Fiber

If you want more fiber in your diet, you need more plant foods. Fruits and veggies are loaded with fiber and studies show that you can increase your risk for heart disease with a low-fiber diet. The older we get, the less calories we need, and therefore less fiber. Generally if you are under 50, you need between 25...-38 grams of fiber per day and if you are over 50, you need between 20-30 grams per day..
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Since lunch is an entire 1/3 of the entire day’s food intake for most people, it deserves your time and attention. Challenge yourself to include protein (like lean meat or fish), color (like veggies and fruit), and dairy (like yogurt or low fat cheese) in every lunch to help maintain a balanced diet..
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Don’t skip the carbs! Although it is tempting to do so since many foods that are considered carbohydrates are higher in calories than other foods, carbs are the primary source of energy in your body. Because most carbs are higher in fiber content, you are likely to feel full longer if you include t...hem in your diet. Choose whole grain carbs as opposed to the refined, white counterpart..
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Stop Overeating! Chew slowly and enjoy every bite. Never eat standing up and make every sweet, chocolate, creamy bite count. Share your food with someone if it looks like it is over sized. Fill up on water and/or eat a piece of fruit before eating your meal, especially if you are trying to lose weight..
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