Should I weigh myself every day?

Studies have shown that people who weigh themselves daily may be better at keeping the weight off. But for some it may be counter-productive as our daily weight fluctuations may not reflect actual weight gain or loss. So for some, including myself, weighing once a week works best. I say do what fits your...

Peanuts, Cracker Jacks…and a Whole Lot More!

“Take me out to the ball game, take me out with the crowd, buy me some… Twinkies split down the middle, stuffed with a hot dog, and topped off with whipped cream and rainbow sprinkles with a cherry on top… It may be an edible heart attack, but I don’t care if I never get back…” – Zoe Zellers, TheDailyMeal.com Yes, you read it right. This excerpt from a recent article in USA Today is a bit funny and it made me laugh. It’s pretty clever but in reality quite concerning. There’s actually a ballpark in Michigan that sells this hot dog and Twinkie concoction. Another one offers a burger with a whopping 4,889 calories. That hits it out of the calorie ballpark! But don’t worry if you don’t live in Michigan. Other sporting venues throughout the U.S. are in on the unhealthy meal team as well. In an Arkansas ballpark you can get a batter fried hot dog with a funnel cake sprinkled with powder sugar. Other offerings include a taco with a bacon shell. And unfortunately the list goes on. Take a look at the article for more at http://usat.ly/10FpaFQ. I know it goes without saying, but these are not healthy nutritious foods. What makes it worse is that they’re being served at sporting events. What are we saying to kids and adults alike who attend athletic games where we can choose to eat items that are the polar opposite of what keeping fit is all about? I call a foul on this. Let’s take a time out, rethink our strategy and go out there and win...

Add the Pounds to Your Suitcase, Not Your Person

Summer is right around the corner and many of us are dusting off our suitcases with visions of vacations dancing in our heads. We’ll travel by trains, planes and automobiles, as well as by boat, bus, cycle and foot. Our vacations will run the gamut from visiting family and friends, exploring our own states and countries to immersing ourselves in cultures foreign to our own. All are wonderful pursuits. And while we will all utilize our time off in different ways, there’s certainly one thing that we’ll all do. We’ll eat. And we may eat too much. The consequence of this is that many of us will end up gaining a pound or two…or more. Now don’t get me wrong. Vacations are for letting go a bit and having fun. And when we find ourselves in different environments with different cuisines, we should definitely sample the local fare. But, it’s important that we not abandon our health entirely or pack on a lot of unwanted pounds. After all, a vacation is a short-term retreat. Our bodies are with us for life. So how do we navigate the sometimes dangerous waters of travel with regard to weight gain? By employing a few strategies, it’s not so difficult. Here are some tips: Stay active. If possible, keep up with your exercise regime. Also, while exploring the sites, do it on foot or by bike as much as you can. Wear a pedometer and make sure that you walk at least 10,000 steps per day. Don’t drink your calories. Enjoy water and other calorie-free/low calorie beverages. Aim to not completely abandon healthy...

Ask Lisa

Thanks to everyone who has asked me a question through either my Facebook page at Lisa Tillinger Johansen, on Twitter @LisaTJohansen or via my Web site at www.fastfoodvindication.com It’s been great to receive them and I’ve been happy to provide the answers. To better respond to your questions and to have them and my answers readily available for viewing, I have retooled my other Web site, www.consultthedietitian.com to accommodate Ask Lisa inquiries. If you have a nutrition related question, just visit www.consultthedietian.com Please feel free to ask me any dietitian-oriented inquiries about a variety of things like diabetes management, cholesterol, hypertension, gout, irritable bowel, diets, different foods, weight management and more. Please be advised that by sending me a question, you are giving permission for it to be posted on my Web site. If I choose it for posting on the Web site, not only will you get my answer, but I’ll send you a free e-reader version of my book FAST FOOD VINDICATION. So, ask...