Sunday, June 15, 2008

Invest In A Reliable Calorie Book

FIFTH ENTRY: It's not possible to do this very well without one. Luckily, nutrition information that includes calories and the number of servings expected from most cans and boxes of food items, make it easier. But what about the foods that don't come out of a box or can? Do you know how many calories are in a banana or a bunch of fresh broccoli or a chicken breast? How about when you eat out? It might not be exact, but having the estimated caloric total of a couple of beef tacos helps you at least keep things in the ballpark and in perspective. And if you're lucky enough to have a book that includes a section on restaurants, that's even better. Really, it's not as overwhelming as it all sounds.
Calorie King's "Calorie, Fat, & Carbohydrate Counter," is an excellent little book. it's updated annually and contains the calories, fat grams, and carb grams for all kinds of foods including name brand items. There is a special section for ethnic fare and a special section for popular restaurant chains. I also like that the pocket size of this little paperback makes it incredibly easy to take along in your purse. When it's not there, I keep it in the kitchen for quick reference on items. I use mine daily.
There are several other calorie counter books in the nutrition section of most bookstores so find one you can easily work with and use it! They are invaluable. After awhile, you'll know the calorie count of your favorite foods by heart.
Now is also the time to make out your daily food diary, this time listing each food's calorie count. You'll see how quickly the numbers can add up with your old choices.
This is a critical step in moving forward in changing your lifestyle, eating better and eating lighter. It's really not that hard, but you have to want to do it. It's for you!

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