Body fat has a negative connotation, but fat plays an important role in your body. In fact, it has a number of benefits for health. The first purpose of fat is to store extra calories in a safe way so you can mobilize that energy when you’re hungry. Second, fat releases hormones that help control metabolism.
There are several types of fat each with a different function. Let’s take a look.
Nighttime snacking: it happens to the best of us sometimes. Maybe you’re exhausted at the end of the day and turn to food to help you cope with your stress and fatigue. Or, maybe you just haven’t eaten enough during the day, and you find yourself trying to pack in some extra calories at night. Then, there’s the common scenario of kicking back on the couch, enjoying a Netflix and goodie binge.
You’re a month or two out from your weight loss surgery. You’ve graduated from liquid and pureed foods. Now, it’s time return to “normal” eating. But that doesn’t mean going back to the way you ate before surgery. Whether you had gastric bypass, gastric sleeve or one of the other types of bariatric surgeries, you need to learn a new way of eating.
The dietitians at WeightWise are here to help you succeed with a post-bariatric diet. Besides their science-based advice, you’ll need a bunch of go-to recipes for healthy meals. After surgery, your reduced stomach size can handle only small portions. Each meal needs to be packed with nutrients. It’s a good idea if those meals are also fast to prepare. And, of course you’ll want them to taste good. Salads to the rescue!
Ketosis is a word that you’ve probably seen around if you’re looking for information and ideas on how to lose weight effectively. Ketosis is a normal metabolic process that your body completes every day when it does not have enough glucose for energy. If it does not have enough carbs to burn for cells to create energy, it will start burning fat instead. This process creates ketones and can serve as a weight loss solution for some people.
Looking to burn calories, get healthy and have fun? You don’t need bulky or expensive equipment to get a good workout. There are a variety of low-impact exercises that will help you lose weight. These exercises are time-tested favorites. Choose one or more of the these activities and get moving.
I’m in a hurry. You’re in a hurry. We are ALL in a hurry most of the time. Especially in the middle of the day. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve had a patient tell me, “I need a lunch that is quick and convenient. Can you help me?” And my answer is, Yes! There are so many different meals that you can do in a time crunch. One of my favorites? Tuna salad.
- With the High Protein Pretzel Twists from the WeightWise store. Find them here!
- Rolled up in a Savoy Cabbage Leaf.
- On top of a red and green leaf salad.
This quick and convenient lunch can be done up in so many ways! What is your favorite??
Do you ever feel like if you have to eat the same old salad again you might just keel over? Yep, me too. An Antipasto Salad is your ticket to something different.
Food fatigue is a quick way to get off track with your eating plan. So mix it up a bit when you can! Get re-excited (excited again?) about your food! This FANTASTIC antipasto salad is just the change of pace you might need…
You can put this together one evening for grab ‘n go lunches during the week. Or maybe even use it for a cookout/pot luck. One thing is for sure…my salad life just got a little bit better!
Tacos can be funny….
Tacos can be delicious…
And tacos can be easy. I have several “go to” meals that I use when I’m in a time crunch or an “I don’t want to cook tonight” crunch. A taco salad is one of them. Give it 15 minutes and a few skillets and you are set with a great dinner.
Plus, you have a built in joke next time you make dinner…people will taco bout it for days!
You will have a tasty dinner that is ready in no time- you will nacho what hit you!
**Further puns not included in recipe.
It’s the little things in life that make the most difference, don’t you think? Like someone waving you into a long line of traffic or a stranger holding the door open for you or getting a real letter in the mail. While these things do not seem like much, they can definitely put a smile on my face during a pretty crappy day.
The same thing happens with nutrition. It’s the little things that can make a big difference. Are you frustrated because your weight loss has slowed down in the past few months or maybe you have hit a weight loss plateau? Look at the little things!
- How much oil do you use when cooking?
- How much cream do you use in your morning coffee?
- Are your veggies saturated in margarine?
- Is there more dressing than salad on your plate?
I’m not saying that you shouldn’t use any of these things, but the quantity matters. If this hits home with you, that’s okay…I have a trick up my sleeve to share.
Plain greek yogurt. It is such a versatile food. It can be use as a substitute for mayonnaise in many recipes, on taco salad instead of sour cream, and my favorite…as ranch dressing.
Here’s the skinny on how to use plain greek yogurt as ranch dressing.
This is a very complex process….so I hope you are ready.
This protein ranch dip is probably one of the easiest substitutions you can make to your meals to make it just a little healthier. Remember, it’s the little things!
Do you have a busy schedule this week? Stay on track with these quick and easy chipotle lime shrimp! I like to keep a bag of frozen shrimp on hand for the days I’m too tired to cook, haven’t made it to the grocery store, or need something simple for a busy night. Pair pre-cooked frozen shrimp with some chipotle seasoning and fresh lime juice and dinner is ready to go!