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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Food plans can help you eat right

When people tell me that they struggle to lose weight, one of the first questions I ask is about the food plan they are following.  The most common answer I get is: "Well, I try to eat right most of the time."  I then ask them what they mean by "eat right."  The answer is usually rather nebulous.  And there is the problem.  If you have no idea what it means to eat right, it is quite unlikely that you are doing it. 

For those who have been successfully following a healthy lifestyle for a number of years, it can be done without a specific plan.  If, however, you are not finding success with what you are doing, finding a defined plan to work with is going to do a lot to help you on your way.  Typically, the best way to get started is to learn some form of portion control.

There are food plans that will provide all the food you need.  This means that they have done all the weighing and measuring for you.  What you will learn is what an appropriate portion looks like.  Other plans will tell you what a portion size is and then teach you how to weigh and measure.  Obviously that is more time-intensive, but you will also learn more.  And of course, there is the old-fashioned calorie-counting method.  There are many books and websites available that can give you the calorie content of various foods.  If you are not sure how many calories per day you should be eating to achieve your goals, be sure to check with your doctor.

So, if you are finding that "eating right" is not working for you, try to find a plan that will more objectively define your food limits.