Convenience Food Tips

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While it would be ideal to make all of our own snacks and meals from scratch everyday,repparttar plain and simple truth is that most of us simply don’t have that kind of time. This is where we turn to convenience foods to meet our dietary and weight loss needs. However,repparttar 149555 right convenience foods inrepparttar 149556 right amounts can easily be integrated into almost any diet.

Shop Smart - Never shop on an empty stomach. This will only make it harder for you to make choices that are in your best interests. Always be prepared with a thorough shopping list and do not divert from it. If an aisle is full of tempting goodies but has nothing on your list, simply walk right by it, instead of down it. If you see something healthy that you would like, but it’s not on your list, jot it down and add it torepparttar 149557 list next time. This will provide you with something to look forward to. Reach forrepparttar 149558 smaller bags and boxes of what you need when possible. The less food you have leftover in your kitchen translates into less temptation.

Read Labels - All convenience foods are notrepparttar 149559 same. Depending on your chosen diet, some will fit much better into your routine than others. This is why it’s important to become an informed consumer and never place anything in your grocery basket unless you’ve readrepparttar 149560 label and determined it’s in your best interests to buy it. Many snack foods come in different versions—low fat, reduced fat, low calorie, low carbohydrate, low salt, etc. Chooserepparttar 149561 variety that best fits your dieting needs.

Remember that different labels can mean entirely different things. The following list may help you discern between them:

No calorie: Less than 5 calories per serving Low calorie: Less than 40 calories per serving (or less than 120 calories per meal) Reduced calorie: 25% less calories thanrepparttar 149562 same amount of a similar food

No fat: Less than 0.5g fat per serving Low fat: Less than 3g fat per serving (less than 30% of calories from fat per meal) Low saturated fat: Less than 1g fat per serving Reduced fat: 25% less fat thanrepparttar 149563 same amount of a similar food

No cholesterol: Less than 2mg cholesterol per serving Low cholesterol: Less than 20mg cholesterol per serving Reduced cholesterol: 25% less cholesterol thanrepparttar 149564 same amount of a similar food

No salt: Less than 5mg sodium per serving Low salt: Less than 140mg sodium per serving Reduced salt: 25% less sodium thanrepparttar 149565 same amount of a similar food

No sugar: Less than 0.5g sugar per serving Low sugar: No requirements—make sure to readrepparttar 149566 label Reduced sugar: 25% less sugar thanrepparttar 149567 same amount of a similar food

As you can see, eating six servings of a no-fat food can actually total as much as 3g of fat. For someone who is severely restricting their fat intake, this can greatly hinder their progress. It’s best to be informed and make wise shopping decisions. Take charge and be responsible.

Trimrepparttar 149568 Fat - Just because a macaroni and cheese frozen dinner is oozing extra cheese doesn’t mean you have to eat it. A common sense approach to preparing and consuming convenience foods can go a long way to making them healthier. When you take a frozen meal out halfway to stir it, remove or blot away any excess oils and fats. Transfer to a real plate when finished, so you can discardrepparttar 149569 excess sauces.

Weight Loss Managment

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The perfect diet should be combined with a healthy weight management or activity program. Weight management may conjure up that dreaded “exercise” word. And exercise to some means pushingrepparttar body beyond limits, experiencing painful in joints, muscles, bones – everywhere. No pain no gain, right? Wrong.

Instead, replacerepparttar 149554 word “exercise” with “activity” and incorporate this in your daily routine. And a general rule of thumb for guidelines about “activity” would be to strive for a minimum of 30 minutes for adults or 60 minutes for children of moderate physical activity daily.

Individual activity goals depend upon each person’s health and weight goals and issues. Begin by checking with your medical advisor or healthcare physician to get a green light on which activities would be suitable for you, what your target weight range should be and a strategic plan to improve your health.

In a nutshell, during activities, calories are burned, pounds are shed inrepparttar 149555 long run. Andrepparttar 149556 number of calories burned depends uponrepparttar 149557 duration and intensity orrepparttar 149558 activity. Slow and steady isrepparttar 149559 rule of thumb. And note daily progress.

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