Thursday, February 5, 2009

Have a question?

I'm dedicating this post for all of you to ask us questions. They can be personal, nutritional, they can be ANYTHING. If I don't know the answer, I will research it and get you the correct one. For now I have some popular diet questions below answered for you, and don't forget, WEIGH in is tomorrow!

Is there one small diet fix that will help me lose weight?

YES, stop drinking your calories. Fruit juices, soda, and milk are packed full of calories, choose no calorie beverages like tea, skim milk, and diet sodas.

When eating fast foods, what things should I avoid?

One slice of Pizza Hut's pizza with Italian sausage packs 320 calories and 20 grams of fat; Burger King's Double Whopper with Cheese weighs in at 1,070 calories and 70 grams of fat. So if your stomach is craving for the Golden Arches control your portions by ordering a small grilled chicken sandwich minus the cheese, or opt for thin crust and vegetable toppings on your pizza. If you have to have a burger, make it at home. Buying lean ground meat is not high in points at ALL.

Do I need to cut back on salt if I don't have high blood pressure?

A high-sodium diet has also been linked to osteoporosis; taking in more than 3,000 milligrams daily may interfere with calcium absorption, which can weaken bones over time. You also hold more water, which you know this :). Frozen dinners, canned soups, popcorn, and cookies are all loaded full of salt.

What are my triglycerides? There simply a form of fat. When a blood test indicates that your triglycerides levels are high, it's a tip-off that they're hovering in the bloodstream instead of being stored in the body for energy. Losing weight, reducing alcohol consumption, quitting smoking, and excising regularly can all help lower triglyceride levels.

Are organic foods more nutritious?

They contain the same amount of vitamins and minerals. However, they have higher levels of disease-fighting antioxidants, since their grown without pesticides, herbicides, and chemical fertilizers.

Hope this helps some of you!