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How many time have you been told that starches are bad for you? Well guess what? Potatoes are one of the highest sources of potassium next to red meat. One medium red potato can contain up to 800mg of potassium, a sweet potato can contain up to 700mg and a russet potato can contain up to 1000mg. So if you have a hard time meeting your potassium needs like I do and want something that is actually not that high in calories, reach for a spud! :^)
Your resting metabolic rate is the minimum amount of calories your body burns on a daily basis. If you consistently eat more than this number and don't burn it off, you'll gain weight. However, if you consistently eat less, you can slow or even shut down your metabolism, making it almost impossible to lose the weight. There are websites that can help you determine your RMR. Take that number and eat within 50 calories above or below. Bear in mind, as you lose weight, this number will change.
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and it truly is for many reasons. Breakfast should be your BIGGEST meal of the day. Plan a breakfast high in protein, carbs, and fiber. It's so important because it jumpstarts your metabolism in the morning. If you skip breakfast because there's no time, I recommend a protein bar like the Detour Lean Muscle Bar. 370 cal, 3g fiber, 33 carbs, and 32g of protein and a slice of Nature's own white wheat w/2.5g fiber and 55 calories.
Breyer's Ice Cream has come out with a new 90 calorie, low carb, and high fiber ice cream! 4g of fiber to every serving, which, by the way, is 1/2 cup. So, if you like ice cream like I do, but don't want to feel bad about eating it, pick up the Breyer's Low Carb Ice Cream! (May not be available everywhere, but is definitely sold in most Publix stores in the south.)
I used to find myself fighting for time to get to the gym until I learned that even the simplest things can burn some SERIOUS calories. How long do you usually spend cleaning your house? For me, with a toddler, baby, and a very messy husband, I find myself cleaning for 2-3hours at a time. I burn a little over 245 calories an hour just moving around the house, and that's just basic cleaning. Pick up the pace and that number goes up more.
Did you know that 8 glasses of water a day may not be enough for your body to be completely hydrated? ESPECIALLY if you work out? I learned from my nutritionist when I started a weight loss plan after my first pregnancy in 2009, that you should drink AT LEAST half of your body weight in ounces per day. EX: If you weigh 200lbs, it should be 100oz or just over 3 liters. If you exercise, you should drink 3 liters MINIMUM to stay hydrated. (Environment factors in more if its hot)
Did you know that eating the same amount of calories every day over a long period of time, can be detrimental to your weight loss? I learned that 'shocking the system' once or twice a week actually 'startles' your metabolism and helps avoid plateaus. Not switching up your calories can cause your metabolism to become stuck on burning just that amount daily. You may start to gain weight, or plateau. Shocking simply means plan a day or two a week to eat more, even if only by 100 calories.
When you look in your fridge, what do you see? How long have those brownies been sitting there? That leftover casserole that was so good (and bad for you) you couldn't toss it? I find that if I empty my fridge of leftovers at least once a week, I'm less tempted to keep munching on stuff that probably was not good for me to begin with. (esp. brownies) It also frees up space for you to fill those empty holes with more fruits and vegetables. I love having a full fridge! More options...