If you're ready to get off the white-stuff bandwagon, there are some definite ways not to do it that can potentially stymie your efforts. I often see people make these seven mistakes when they give up sugar.
You've probably encountered some variation of my recent dietary debacle at a super-popular Los Angeles bistro. I ordered an innocuous-sounding chicken dish and didn't quiz my server closely enough (I was a little distracted catching up with my friend).
Rather than reducing diets to points, carbs, calories, or whatever, let's acknowledge food is more complex and that multiple criteria -- including nutrient density, fructose, fiber, and glycemic load -- determine its overall impact.
At the same time you know, just like I know, that cola ultimately becomes an empty-calorie, health-robbing beverage. Nothing good comes from it. And no amount of PR or the latest campaign spin will change that. But nice try, Coke.
Really, put a dozen nutritionists in a room and we're apt to agree about very little. We'd probably bicker about whether certain foods become "free." I can practically guarantee, though, everyone will be on board with one "free" food: non-starchy veggies.
Fat loss can become lasting, and the right long-term strategies can bolster that success. Science confirms what I've learned over nearly three decades in my own practice: People who maintain their fat loss frequently employ these nine strategies.
Proceed with caution, whether you're using balsamic vinegar or its kissing cousin balsamic vinaigrette, which, as a salad dressing, can have added sugar, oil, and seasonings. And don't be fooled by those fancy-sounding commercial balsamic vinegars.
With a little planning and the right mindset, grilling out or otherwise cooking out doesn't mean you must succumb to potato salad, syrupy alcoholic drinks, high-sugar impact concoctions, or whatever else unhealthy resides on the buffet table.
The argument goes that people become overweight because they eat too much and exercise too little, so to lose weight they should reduce calories and increase exercise. Experts who espouse this theory completely neglect that your body is a biochemical lab, not a bank account.