Sunday, November 23, 2008

Substitution vs. Elimination

Diets ask the dieter to eliminate foods. This leads to a feeling a deprivation and then bingeing. How about substituting foods for healthier versions? Here are some examples: Gatorade contains high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) Substitute; Water Flavored water Natural juices Smoothies Desserts contains large amounts of sugar and fat Substitute; Smoothies Larabars Nuts Fruit Smoothie recipe; Banana Berry Add ice, banana, frozen berries in blender with soy milk or water. Blend until ice is chopped Banana Chocolate Add ice, banana, unsweetened cocoa in blender with soy milk or water. Blend until ice is chopped Add agave nectar as a sweetener if desired. Agave nectar is a natural sweetener that has a low glycemic index. It can be found in health food stores. Larabars are natural energy snacks or they could be used as an on the go meal. Both the agave nectar and the Larabars can be found at the Vitamin Shoppe. htt p://www.vitaminshoppe.com/
3500 Calories = 1pound of fat
It all depends how you look at it: Add 3500 calories to your diet per week and you will gain one pound of fat. Reduce 3500 calories from your diet per week and you will lose one pound of fat.
3500 calories divided by 7 days is 500 calories per day. Reduce 500 calories per day and lose one pound of fat per week. Burn 500 calories per day and lose one pound of fat per week.
Look to substitute high caloric foods with lower caloric foods. And pay attention to the ingredients. Get as natural as possible. Try to stay away from processed foods with long ingredients that sound like a science project! Nutrition informtion source Jennifer Cassetta at http://www.healthandthecity.net/blog/