This week, I am continuing with the second of a 2-part series of behaviors we think are healthy but really aren’t. Losing weight is already hard enough, why make it harder with stuff that doesn’t work? You’ll find out if all of your hard work is helping (or hurting) your efforts to get on the wellness track. You’ll also be able to download a free PDF guide I think you’ll find helpful. Read on to learn more!

#4 Sautéing and Roasting Everything in Healthy Fats

Fats are an essential part of a healthy diet. Oils like olive and sesame help the body absorb fat-soluble nutrients and can help in the weight loss process. But at 120 calories per tablespoon, it can add up fast! For weight loss, stick to a maximum of 1 tablespoon of added oil per meal for women and 2 tablespoons for men.

Tip: Be choosy when using oils. Making eggs for breakfast? Use extra virgin olive oil cooking spray instead of using liquid olive oil to coat the pan. If you ate roasted vegetables at lunch, try steamed vegetables with herbs at dinner or use an oil mister to keep calories down.

#5 Snacks

Snacks can be a needed bridge between our meals, but they must fit into your calorie budget. Mindless snacking is a major source of unaccounted calories.

Tip: Measure portions! Don’t guesstimate! Snack on a mix of high quality carbs and protein like one-quarter cup of trail mix or low-fat cheese and 3-4 small whole grain crackers.

Learn how to make your own delicious and good-for-you trail mix and granola, soon to be one of your favorite snacks! Get my free guide, How to Make a Healthy Trail Mix & Granola, when you download my Weight Loss Transformation App and create a user profile. You’ll get meal plans, daily encouragement, tips, and other resources to support your faith-based weight loss journey.

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