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Healthy Cooking Swaps

Question: You have lists of foods that are better for you than others. You make It easy to make up a shopping list and buy healthier foods.  My problem is I am not much of a cook.  I don't know how I should be preparing these foods.  Do you have any helpful tips?

Answer:

 This is not an uncommon problem. Here is a list of cooking techniques that can vastly improve the healthfulness of your food:
  • Trim all visible fat from meats.
  • Season your vegetables with spices such as lemon, wine, garlic, onions and mushrooms. This will help you avoid salt and butter.
  • Remove the skin from poultry and fish.
  • Use buttermilk, cottage cheese or yogurt as bases for sauces and salad dressings instead of sour cream.
  • Use half the sugar that is called for in recipes.  Bet you can't taste the difference.
  • Use non-stick pots, pans and baking dishes so less oil or butter is needed to keep food from sticking.
  • Learn alternative cooking techniques such as steaming, poaching, baking, barbecuing or microwaving so you can avoid frying...especially deep-frying.
Simple cooking techniques can make a big difference.

 


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Question: Is running the best way to strengthen my legs?

Answer:  Running is an excellent way to keep you legs strong, but it is not the only way. A weight training program that targets your quadriceps and hamstrings is a good place to start. Running small hills is another good way to get results. I recommend you run up and walk down. The downhill is what causes wear and tear on your joints.
Taking step classes or even more traditional aerobics classes will also go a long way to increasing your leg strength.

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Question: I know I need start dieting but I keep procrastinating.  I am reluctant to give up all of my favorite foods.  Can you give me some tips on how to get started?

Answer: At no point will I ever tell you that you have to cut out every one of you favorite foods or go on some restrictive diet. That kind of thinking will not lead to long term success, and we are in this for the long term.
To me eating healthy is more a matter of education than anything else. Most of you know that I believe that getting on a scale every day to check your progress is a waste of time. I am not a big believer in calorie counting either. If you eat good healthy wholesome food that sustains your fit lifestyle you don't have to worry about counting calories. In fact, if you have to worry about how many calories are in something that you want to eat, it probably doesn't belong in your diet.
If you are serious about eating better I suggest you get a copy of my Eat Right Now nutritional plan simply for the knowledge of what foods are good for you and why. The more you know, the easier it is to make decisions on a meal to meal basis. And the next time you want to check your progress....look in a mirror.

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How To Lose Belly Fat

Question: I can't understand why I can't lose my pot belly. I have been doing sit-ups and crunches like crazy but it just doesn't seem to work. What am I doing wrong?

Answer: Attempting to lose weight in any particular area is called 'spot reducing', and unfortunately, it can't be done. Your problem area is your waistline and there is no possible way to get tight, defined abdominal muscles just by doing a million sit-ups when those abdominal muscles are covered with a layer of fat. You will develop the abdominal muscles all right, but you will never be able to see them until you shed some body fat. This means following a sensible diet and doing aerobic exercise as well as strength training.
The same principle applies to every part of your body. If the backs of your arms are flabby you can tone the muscles underneath, but you have also got to lose the fat on top. And fat loss never happens in one place. It happens simultaneously all over the body.
Now that you have the formula your goal is attainable. Think about it. You were motivated enough to do all those sit-ups. Now all you have to do is channel that energy into your revised fitness plan and watch that belly disappear.

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Running Versus Walking

Question:  I am considering starting to run for exercise but I have heard that you can get just as much cardiovascular benefit from walking.  Is that true?

Answer: If you are a beginner to exercising, or if you are more than 15 pounds over-weight, you don't want to go outside and just start running.  In fact, I would recommend that you go outside and start walking instead.  Walking and running can produce the exact same cardiovascular benefits and will burn the same number of calories.  The only difference is that with walking, you have to be out there longer.  Runners can get a great workout in half an hour of running, while walkers would probably have to walk briskly for about an hour to get the same results.

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Question: After my workout, how much stretching is enough?

Answer:  I suggest you do 3 sets of any given stretch. In the first set, you get into position, making sure you are maintaining good posture, and try to feel your range of movement by slowly breathing out. Then relax and let go of the stretch.
In the second set, start by taking a couple of deep breaths, and then on the third breath, slowly exhale and get back into position, trying to go a little further this time without feeling tense and uncomfortable. Keep breathing and reaching into the stretch. As you exhale, try to let all the tension in your body dissolve. Let go of the stretch and gently 'shake' out the area being stretched.
In the third set, repeat what you did in set two, and try to go just a bit further, still maintaining a relaxed posture throughout the whole stretch. Remember, you are stretching to the point of your own limitation and not to the point of pain.

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Cravings

Question: Why do I crave pastries and sweets so much?

Answer: The most common reason for experiencing cravings is a low blood sugar level.  A stable blood sugar level can only be achieved by having a good balanced diet of complex carbohydrates, essential fats and lean proteins.  However, not all carbohydrates support this goal.  High quality complex carbohydrates like vegetables, beans and brown rice are extremely effective in maintaining a stable blood sugar level.  On the other hand, low-quality refined carbohydrates like sugar-laden foods and white flour products actually provoke a low blood sugar level...which leads to cravings.   


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Question: Is counting calories a good way to lose weight?

Answer: I, personally don't count calories...but I do believe that you should be knowledgeable about calories. If you understand that calories are not created equal it can steer you in the right direction when you are deciding what to eat. Some foods are rich in calories and poor in nutrients and others are just the opposite.
For example: An average breakfast muffin has about 720 calories but since it is probably made with white flour it has very little nutritional value. On the other hand, for just under 720 calories you could eat this entire list of foods that are loaded with health promoting nutrients: 2 whole wheat roles, 1 pear, 1 apple, 5 ounces of grapes, half of a papaya, one kiwi fruit, ½ cantaloupe and a half of a pineapple...total? About 710 calories!
Which would you rather eat? The choice is yours.

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How often should I exercise?

Question: How often should I exercise?

Answer: No matter what kind of training you do I recommend you do something at least three times a week.  If your fitness level is high enough you should be exercising more often - maybe five or 6 times a week.  But I do believe that everyone should take at least one day a week off from any exercise program.  One day of complete rest for the body will vastly improve your performance on the other six days.

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Question: I always think of cross training as the way exercise fanatics and professional athletes train. Is there a place for cross training in a basic fitness program?

Answer: You'll find that even if you only enjoy one specific type of exercise, be it jogging or biking or jazz dancing, or whatever you do as a hobby, getting involved in a basic cross training program will greatly enhance your performance in your favorite type of exercise.
Even if you do only 2 activities a week...like playing softball on the weekends and jogging occasionally, you are already doing a basic cross training workout. Now if you add two workouts per week in the gym for strength training, and on one of those days you also incorporate a bike ride or an aerobics class, you are really on the cross training road.
Change your routine up every once in a while to keep it interesting and motivating and you will find that you will do everything better.

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