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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Tailor your food according to needs

There is no magic pill and there is no one-size-fits-all food plan.  Each person has a different body type and different issues to deal with.  That's why you need to tailor your food plan to your needs. 

Some people have arterial issues and need a diet low in fat.  Some, like me, have diabetes and have to watch their carbohydrates.  Others might need to limit sodium for kidney function, heart health or other reasons.

All plans have pros and cons.  When you are limiting carbohydrates, there is usually a lot of cooking involved.  Meat, cheese and vegetables can only go so far by themselves. 

It takes some creativity and research to learn to make things from low-carbohydrate ingredients.  However, this plan works well for many people, especially if they have time for food preparation.

If you choose to count calories, you will need to weigh and measure.  This is essential if this is the primary method you will use to control your food intake.

In any plan, you still need to practice portion control.  No matter how healthy the foods you eat are, it is possible to overdo it.  I have spoken to people who feel the need to eat large quantities, no matter the food, even fruits.  I have also met people who eat very healthy, natural, unprocessed foods, but their portions are too large.  By simply cutting the amount they eat by 25 to 50 percent, they were able to lose weight.

If you have special dietary needs due to health concerns, you might consider getting a recommendation from your doctor for a nutritionist.  In just a couple of sessions, they might be able to help you find foods you'll like but had never considered, or new ways of preparing old favorites.