Amy Culver - The Queen Of Lean

Holiday stress

Holiday season isn't all just about food

Plan ahead to stay on the right track

Prioritize this Thanksgiving

Choose treats wisely during the holidays

Starting a weightlifting routine

Healthy body has right signs

You need a livable food plan

Tailor your food according to needs

Plan strategies for when life gets hectic

Traveling can challenge eating habits

Parenting your own inner spoiled child

Long-term motives create long-lasting results

Interval training works for anyone

Check ingredients when eating out

Get out of the house for your workout

Lack of sleep may lead to weight gain

Cooking extra saves time and calories

Even small changes can make an impact

Swimming is a good
all-around exercise

Don't let slip-ups destroy your plan

Make your lifestyle and health compatible

A little exercise can yield big results

Food plans can help you eat right

Moderation is weight-loss key

Give your weight-loss plan time

Combat post-holiday blues with activity

Choose holiday calories carefully

Good kitchen tools make life easier

Enjoy feast in moderation

Start planning holiday meals now

Don't buy Halloween candy too early

Theaters offer healthy snacks

Try to avoid evening snacking

Tips to stave off hunger pangs

Stuck?  Reassess your routine

Avoid peaks and valleys in diet

Measure size of food portion to help tip scale in your favor

Learn to love being thin

Change your lifestyle; don't just diet

Fruity thoughts to keep fit

Water can ease cravings

Working a pool into your exercise routine

Stay focused, move forward

Delay caving to craving

Review of daily plan should include diet & activities

Holidays are never-ending

Measuring food is key to weight loss

Food-logging can help in weight loss

Find ways to make exercise fun

Reserve time for your exercise program

Substitutions for your holiday treats

Moderation is key to good diet

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Check ingredients when eating out

There are many types of food plans available because there are many types of people.  However, there is one issue that is of concern no matter what your dietary needs are:  eating out.

If you are going to a family restaurant or fast food chain, that is pretty simple.  The food is relatively uniformly prepared and most of these restaurants have their nutritional information on the web, making it easy to preview and plan your meal.

It's the higher-end restaurants that I have found tend to have more hidden ingredients.  I have heard some people say that if you are eating at a fancy restaurant, then you shouldn't be concerned about the calories.  But there are many people who do eat at them regularly, either due to business, travel, or personal lifestyle.  So, I would like to share some things I've learned.

Steaks are usually brushed in butter, sometimes liberally.  If you have ever wondered why you just can't cook a steak to taste as well as it does when you eat out, try brushing it with butter just before you serve it.  You will likely have your answer.

Once, when eating at a churrascaria for my father's birthday, I was trying to focus on the lower-fat items.  So, I had several slices of the grilled pineapple.  Later, when speaking to the manager, I found out that the reason it tasted so wonderful was because they cook it with lots of brown sugar.

Recently, when eating at a chain family restaurant that focuses on breakfast items I saw a note on the menu:  "The reason our omelets taste so good is because we add pancake batter to them."

So, whether you are watching fats, sugars or carbs, it pays to ask:  "How is this prepared?"