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Svelte Shopping Part 2


Well, I have a long way to go. How about you? If you’re still out and about picking up gifts, here are a few more tips I hope will help:

-If you stop for coffee, order carefully. A chilled medium blended coffee drink typically provides over 500 calories (about a quarter or more of your daily needs), 22 g of fat (about half a day’s worth) and 59 grams of sugar (15 tsp worth). Order hot coffee drinks made with skim or soy milk (add ice if needed) and flavor them with spices instead of syrups or added sugar.

- If you need to eat in a food court, choose wisely. Lower calorie healthier options include: grilled chicken sandwiches without the sauce; veggie burgers; grilled chicken salads with low fat dressing minus the bacon and croutons; chicken soft tacos; bean burritos; half subs on whole wheat made with lean deli meat without mayo or bacon.

-Snack smart. Mall snacks are more than tie-overs to your next meal. Most have close to as many calories (or more) than an actual meal should provide. For example: one original style soft pretzel provides over 350 calories; one classic cinnamon bun has over 800 calories; a half cup serving of premium ice cream provides about 300 calories; and a 16 ounce smoothie can contain 300 calories or more. Bring your own healthy snacks instead or split a higher calorie snack with a friend (or two).

Now, according to studies, most Americans only gain one true pound of body fat between Halloween and New Year’s Day, but the problem is they never lose it. That means those pounds accumulate each year. So statistically, you’ll be ten pounds heavier ten years from now. And when you consider that one pound of fat is the equivalent of four sticks of butter, you can see that even one pound makes a big difference to your health. But, by using savvy strategies you can beat the odds! Happy shopping!
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Tara Gidus is a nationally recognized expert and spokesperson on nutrition and fitness.

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