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Tweaking the diet

Posted May 28, 2009

Yesterday I posted my diet and exercise log for the first week of the Ten Pounds Down weight loss challenge. I asked registered dietitian and nutrition coach Avril Young of Life Time Fitness in Cary to look it over. She offered the following advice:


"In general, it looks like you go a long time between meals in the morning, which may be part of the reason you are so hungry after your workouts. Is there any opportunity for a small snack between your 3am and 9:30/10am meals? Maybe some fruit and nuts? I would also add a snack 30-90 minutes before your workout -how about some fruit and yogurt? Great post workout snack! If I am being really picky, there are better bars out there than the Quaker chewy bar - look for one with more fiber and less sugar (try Kashi).

So let's start there with the timing in the morning and before workouts. Remember, you are more active in the first part of the day and that's when you need more."


Excellent, Avril! Thank you very much. Here is my predicament. I have a four hour on-air shift in the morning on WRAL and Fox 50. I've tried eating during commerical breaks but food tends to adversely affect my voice. Nuts and granola bars cause the most problems while on air because small particles get lodged in my throat. Smoother textured food such as bananas seem to work better.

Also I will definitely try a Kashi bar. Plus, I will add a snack prior to my work-out.


Tomorrow, are abs of steel really possible? We'll find out.  And we will get more answers to your nutrition and exercise questions.

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  • bleslie May 28, 2009

    Thanks for the encouragement and advice! I really appreciate it. And for those of you who have already made great strides CONGRATS! I admire your will and tenacity. As for cottage cheese, I never thought I'd like it until a mountain man said it was awesome with grapes. He was right. I will try it with peaches this weekend.

  • blytle May 28, 2009

    Bill, good job and great that you are encouraging others. I've lost 30 pounds since December and I feel so much better! I have a long way to go to reach a really healthy weight. Have been working with a nutritionist who has helped me with meal planning and portion control. Keep up the good work!

  • Grandpeople May 28, 2009

    If you can stand cottage cheese, peaches and add a few almonds this makes a wonderful breakfast or snack. Don't turn up your nose until you try it. I did - but tried anyway and now I wake up in the morning and can't wait for my breakfast! You go Bill - we are proud of you.

  • br549znc May 28, 2009

    I eat somewhat as the dietician notes....breakfast, snack in between, lunch, snack in between, supper, and occasionally a snack before bed. Works well for me and I'm hardly ever hungry. My in between snacks are usually peanuts, an apple or some other type of fruit, or peanut butter ritz.

  • momnay May 28, 2009

    Good for you Bill!! Just started a workout routine and trying to balance the diet/meals/snacks.

    Aldi has a good selection of their store brand fiber granola bars, dried fruit and nuts and protein bars (Fit and Active brand). I have compared them to some brand name products and they are great and a great price.

  • shellyleslie May 28, 2009

    Lookin' good Bill....you can do it!
    Lara bars are delish...low in sugar, not processed and include no wheat. I've found them cheapest at Kroger. I particularly like the Lemon. Eating every 2-3 hours is a good trick to speed up your metabolism. Eating more often tells your body it won't have to wait long for food and thus it doesn't store it as fat.

  • 4Cats May 28, 2009

    I've tried the Lara bars and they are pretty tasty. The texture is different than a granola bar, but they sure gave me a lot of energy! My favorites are cinnamon roll, cherry pie and pecan pie. I did not like the chocolate one at all though.

    Have you thought about having a smoothie during commercial breaks?

  • gymjudge May 28, 2009

    Couldn't get on yesterday. I lost 2 pounds! I am so thrilled! I passed on cake and ice dream at lunch today! I do not do that!

  • bleslie May 28, 2009

    Has anyone ever tried Lara bars?

  • GRush May 28, 2009

    If you ever go to Sams Club, the Kashi bars are at the front of the store where all the vitamins and health and beauty products are, not at the back where the other cereal bars are. They have a multi-pack of the Kashi crunchy bars, and they are really good. I need a good source for lightly salted nuts in larger quantity than the 10 ounce cans at the grocery. My husband and I both eat a handful of nuts every morning to go along with our fruit and yogurt smoothies and the small cans just don't last long enough, but we're trying to watch our salt intake as well, and the big containers at Sams are not lightly salted.

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