What Ails You? I Put On Weight This Winter

by The Martha’s Vineyard Times 
On behalf of those of us who partook in too much comfort food over this long — so very long — winter, we asked our panel of practitioners if they had a single tip that would help us take off a few pounds and keep them off.


Josh Levy, Vineyard Nutrition

Eat your calories, don’t drink them.

A big, fancy coffee drink has about the same amount of calories as a large bowl of clam chowder. And for that same amount of calories, you would feel satisfied for hours and load up on nutrients with a 100 percent whole-grain wrap filled with grilled chicken and vegetables, a side salad with low-calorie dressing, and a small bowl of berries. Liquid calories, including specialty coffee drinks and juices, while tasty, do not keep you full, and many are loaded with extra sugar and fat. And they are an expensive way to spend your calories. In place of high-calorie drinks, try aiming for no-calorie options like water, seltzer, herbal tea, or unsweetened iced tea or coffee. You can also try adding a squeeze of lemon, lime, or orange or adding cucumber, mint, or a packet of True Lemon to your water.

Remember, you don’t have to totally eliminate all liquid calories — just keep them small and limited to special occasions. This small change will help you lose weight and feel better.

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