Thursday, May 30, 1996

Peanut-butter dieting question?

Every morning for breakfast, I have a toasted whole wheat english muffin with chunky peanut butter and jelly. However, I'm looking to lose weight. Would switching to a diet peanut butter (you know, the kind with low fat and a lower number of calories) and using bananas instead of jelly to sweeten it be a good way to cut some calories out of my day? Or should I just find a new thing to eat for breakfast?

Additionally, what else can I do to increase weight loss? I usually eat some pistachios or trail mix (whole wheat chex, sesame sticks and raisins) for lunch sometimes paired with fruit (usually melon or strawberries); and dinner usually consists of some kind of starch, a few servings of different kinds of vegetables, and salad (I'm a vegetarian). I run for about 15-30 minutes a day, and usually do some kinds of light anaerobic exercises (like yoga, crunches, etc.) I'm about 5'3" and around 116 pounds. I'm looking to lose be-tween five-ten pounds.

Thank you very much :)

Answer on Peanut-butter dieting question?

Seems like a high % carbohydrate meals. I'd probably axe the breakfast bagel all together. Jelly/Banana both are high sugar - and obviously the bread which it's on. Perhaps if your vegetarianism allows scrambled egg whites - as a better alternative. Or if that isn't cool, peanutbutter celery sticks (but try using the naturally seperated peanut butter).

Trail mix is hit or miss. I'd check the packaging for calorie content and sugar content. You'd be better off eating something like a bag of carrots.

Your lunch is a bit meager - but I won't gripe on it too hard. Especially because I love raisins.

Your dinner seems fine too. But try to keep the starch-portion small. By lowering your sugar/carb intake you'll put your body in a state of ketosis which will help you burn off fat instead of relying on sugar to fuel your body. You'll know when you're in ketosis because you'll be hungry more often, and eating (non carbs won't fill you up rigt away. You'll be more likely to be less hungry an hour or two after you eat something). This will be the beginning of weight loss. Keep up that cycle for a few weeks/months and the lbs will melt away (as long as you keep your activity level high).

Best of luck!