Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Eat Less, Exercise More

It looks like we need to exercise at least an hour a day, according to a recently released study.
We also need to keep our intake of calories to 1200-1500 daily. That is if we want to fit into our tight jeans.
I know, boring!
But maybe not, if we watch what we chow down on.
Let's look at some of our favorite foods.

Each ounce of potato chips or cheese puffs is roughly 160 calories, and that can add up if you sit with the entire bag. Try portion control, fill a small bowl with lighter, leaner snacks. Low-fat popcorn. Fruit. Carrot and celery sticks.

A 20 ounce T-bone steak can weigh in at 1,540 calories, but many lean options share the grill. Look for the words "loin" and "round" as in pork tenderloin. Skinless chicken, fish. And again, portion control, The Food Guide Pyramid recommends 5 to 7 ounces from the meat group each day, which can be eaten as two 3-ounce servings or as one larger portion. A cooked, trimmed 3-ounce serving of meat, fish, or poultry is about the size of a deck of cards.

A small half-cup portion of typical potato salad has 180 calories, the mayo will get ya. But try a German-style potato salad, using mustard, balsamic vinegar, chives and a little olive oil for flavor.

A daiquiri floors you with 300-800 calories. Wine cooler anyone?

Lighten up, keep it lean, stick with it. Results will reward you.

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