Jillian Michaels On Eating Healthy At Work

It would be much easier to eat healthy foods if you didn’t have to go to work or watch the kids everyday. You could take all the time you wanted to prepare healthy meals for yourself. Most of us have obligations though, so we are stuck eating what is quick or convenient. When you are trying to burn stomach fat and get a six pack, eating whatever is quick and easy can be your biggest enemy.

I’m not really a big fan of obsessing over calories, but when you eat out or at a work place cafeteria on a regular basis, it would be beneficial to you to learn how to count and keep track of your calories. Being conscious of calories allows you to make informed decisions when you are making food choices.

Jillian Michaels is a personal trainer on the NBC show Biggest Loser and she is a proponent of counting calories. Watch the video below from TIME.com for some tips from Jillian on how to choose the healthiest foods when you are eating away from home.

There are a few things that stuck out to me in this video. One of the main things was Jillian’s comments about diet soda. I have heard several nutrition expert recommend avoiding all sodas, including diet, but I have never heard a good explanation about why you should avoid diet sodas. Jillian points out that the artificial sweeteners used in diet sodas trigger the release of a hormone called Neuropeptide Y. Wikipedia has the following to say about Neuropeptide Y (NPY):

The main effect is increased food intake and decreased physical activity. NPY is secreted by the hypothalamus, and in addition to increasing food intake, it increases the proportion of energy stored as fat…

Another thing Jillian Michaels points out is that you need to educate yourself about the amounts of calories in different kinds of foods. As she says, you can buy a calorie counting book or even a calorie counting iPhone App to make it really easy for yourself.

Portion control is another thing that stood out to me. When you know how many calories are in a particular food, you know how much of that food you can eat. If you are really hungry, fill up on lower calorie foods. If you really must have something that is high in calories, only eat a little bit of it.

The video has some great tips in it. Anything you can do to make your meals healthier is a good idea. You should also check out Jillian’s new book, Master Your Metabolism: The 3 Diet Secrets to Naturally Balancing Your Hormones for a Hot and Healthy Body!. For more tips on exercise and healthy eating, visit Jillian’s website.

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