Good tips. I liked adding honey to cereal. I tried to cut back too much to lose weight, but I have since learned that that is not the way to do it.
12/16/2007 10:48:48 AM
I've found myself low on calories a few times and my body seems to want to make up for it the next day so I believe it's a good idea to add those calories. To answer one of the posts, V-8 juice is a nutrient rich drink, I happen to like it even in the low salt version. I would add low fat sour cream, low fat milk, etc. and agree with the posters who disagree with adding more sugar. We get way too much of it in packaged foods as it is, along with way too much salt. Try finding a high fiber cereal without sugar added in the grocery store for example.
12/16/2007 9:30:54 AM
I think most of these are good tips. I have to agree with the other comments about adding the sugars, creams, and fats. However, peanut butter is good for you. Don't eat a lot of it. But a serving of peanut butter a day is fine. Here is one article http://www.getwiththeprogram.org/pb.html and if you do a search you'll find plenty more. As mentioned in one of the comments if I need extra calories I eat a nutritionally dense food not something sugary or fatty.
I am surprised to see a recommendation to ADD honey and sugars to cereals (that are already, usually, high in sugar and carbohydrates). Most of these recommendations would be very bad advice to anyone sensitive to blood sugar fluctuations (diabetics, people on Atkins etc)- since most them include increased carbohydrate consumption.
And the recommendation of consuming nutrient rich drinks? Can you name a low-sugar nutrient-rich drink?
On the one hand, I have frequently found that decreasing exercise and increasing nutritional eating (calories from nutritionally dense foods) can help with weight loss. For my body, three days to a week of this is plenty, and I see a 1-2 pound drop at the end. However, I don't think it makes sense to add sugar to foods or increase portions of unhealthy fats, which are in many of the foods suggested. Adding healthy foods that also happen to be high in calories has always worked for me: avocados, nuts, an extra banana. Also, don't forget whole grain rice, whole grain pasta! An extra half a cup of those give you healthy carbs and fiber, and won't increase cravings for unhealthy foods. Just because more calories are needed doesn't mean one has to go on sodium or saturated fats. Of course, ice cream and a square of chocolate now and then won't hurt - everything in moderation.
I know we all need some fat but ice cream, peanut butter, cheese, creamed soups, dips? Why would I want to go back to eating all that fat when I'm trying to burn the fat I've got on me from eating exactly those things? I occasionally have trouble getting the recommended number of calories, but I've been looking more to complex carbs, small servings of almonds, walnuts, & lean protein to get them. That stuff is a once in a blue moon for me, and in very small amounts. I don't like having it in the house because I know I'll ultimately overindulge.
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