Get out of your dieting rut

July 28, 2008 4:38:11 PM PDT
Cut calories without cutting portion. Eat smart and get out of your dieting rut.

Why Eat Lower Energy-Density? Advice from Dr. Melina:

Energy density is a way of measuring calories per volume. If you lower the energy density of your diet, you can cut calories without cutting portions! Eating a lower energy density diet (higher water, higher fiber) can help you eat fewer calories without even realizing it! All of these suggestions cut calories per serving almost in 1/2 as long as you don't double your serving size!

For example: 1 tablespoon peanut butter = 90 calories
1/3 cup beans = 90 calories
1 1/2 cup of veggies (carrots, broccoli, cauliflower) = 90 calories

4 Plates of Food:

1. TURKEY CHILI
1 cup turkey chili = 230 calories
add 1 cup chopped tomatoes
New lower energy dense chili = 140 calories per cup (90 calories less; same serving size)

2. GUACAMOLE
1/2 cup guacamole = 180 calories
add 1 cup salsa
New lower energy dense guacamole = 100 calories per 1/2 cup (save 80 calories)

3. PASTA
Pasta bolognese 1 1/2 cups = 330 calories
Add 1 1/2 cups broccoli
New lower energy dense pasta = 180 calories saved per 1 ½ cups (150 calories saved over original version)

4. TURKEY BURGER
Turkey Burger (about 4 ounces) = 150 calories
Add 1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
New lower energy dense turkey burger = 80 calories (save 70 calories and 4 grams of fat)

Dr. Melina Jampolis is a physician and nutrition specialist in San Francisco. She is also the author of The No Time to Lose Diet.

Buy her book on Amazon: "The No-Time-to-Lose Diet: The Busy Person's Guide to Permanent Weight Loss"

For more info on Dr. Melina Jampolis: www.drmelina.com


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