by Gina Paulhus, Owner of Home Bodies
The biggest source of excess calories in the diet for almost everyone is high-fat foods. If you can get to the point that you limit your intake of high-fat foods to one or twice per week, you will find achieving and maintaining your ideal weight much easier.
Action Step 1:
Keep a food journal for a week, and mark the high-fat/high-calorie foods that are typically your favorites.
Action Step 2:
Gradually downshift your intake of said foods, as that will allow your newfound habits to really stick. If you're typically eating six of those foods a week, try to go down to five. Each week, drop another until you are at no more than one or two.
Action Step 3:
At the same time, add a good-for-you choice to your meals. You want to replace a worse choice food with a better one.
Typical high-fat foods include: Cookies, candy, chocolate, cakes, cheese, cream (lots that start with ‘c’!) Fried foods, foods made with butter, and even excessive ‘good fats’ like nuts and nut butters, olive oil and salad dressings are also foods you want to limit especially if weight loss is desired.
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