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How can I avoid making poor food choices?

The best way to avoid making poor food choices or underestimating portions is to carefully track everything you eat (yes, candy counts). Use a small notebook and log the foods and beverages you eat for at least a few weeks. This will give you an idea of the types and amounts of foods you're consuming. Any food, whether it's healthy or not, that passes your lips has the potential to be stored as fat if you are not in a calorie deficit, so take the time to pay attention.

The second tip is to read the food labels! While baked chips may seem like a great snack alternative, read the label carefully. The calories may look low at first glance, but when you read the serving size, these calories may be listed for a small serving size of ten chips. One snacking session in front of the television and the next thing you know, you can't count how many chips you've eaten, but it's probably more than ten!

It's equally important to watch portions and calories in restaurant foods. Because restaurants often serve extremely large portion sizes and have hidden fat and calories in their foods, you need to educate yourself. Be sure to ask for nutritional information from your favorite restaurants.
Karen Ansel
Nutrition & Dietetics
With our busy lives and hectic schedules planning is really key for avoiding poor food choices. When we don't plan, and just wing it, it's too easy to grab high fat, high calorie foods when hunger strikes. A little advance strategy can ensure that you'll always have nutritious foods at your fingertips on a daily basis.

That strategy begins with the grocery store. Each weekend, take a few minutes to list a few quick meals (breakfast, lunch and dinners) that you can toss together in a hurry. Then make a grocery list and take it to the store to stock up on the foods you'll need to have on hand. By knowing in advance what you're going to prepare, and having the foods to prepare them, you'll be well armed to make healthy food choices instead of making the impulsive choices that can undo your diet.

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