Stay Well Secrets: Weight-Loss Tips from Natural Food Chefs

Forget no sugar/no fat/no carbs/no food diet plans! Try these 10 tips from the experts at New York City's Natural Gourmet Institute instead (11 Photos)

Nancy Christie on Aug 3, 2011 at 1:23PM

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Stay Well Secrets: Weight-Loss Tips from Natural Food Chefs

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Stay Well Secret: Eat a Balanced Diet

When planning a meal, gauge your hunger level, so you make the right amount. Choose a combination of protein, like fish, beans, nuts and seeds; high quality fat, such as extra virgin olive oil, unrefined sesame oil, or flax seed oil; and complex carbohydrates from whole grains and beans, sweet vegetables (yams, parsnips or winter squashes), and leafy greens. For snacks, try a smaller version of the protein/fat/carb combo such as a whole grain cracker with raw vegetables and hummus or nut butter. Protein is a star ingredient -- it satisfies your appetite and a little bit goes a long way. The USDA recommends about 5 to 6.5 ounces a day for adults.
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