We hear about calories all the time, but do you actually know if you're eating the right amount? It can be helpful to have an idea of your ideal calorie range.
Once you get a feel for how eating this amount of calories feels, you don't necessarily need to count calories—especially if you choose mostly whole foods and focus on eating your meals mindfully. I also like to include lots of nutrient-dense vegetables throughout the day (like my veggie-packed Citrus Quinoa Salad with Prunes) so I can fill up without focusing too much on the numbers.
How Many Calories Do You Actually Need?
Weight loss is a lot more complex than calories in versus calories out. But start with answering this question: Are you eating the right amount of calories for your body? And how are calories calculated? I asked fellow registered dietitians to share their best tips for maintaining weight without cleanses or restrictive diets in this FoxNews.com post.
Amy's Recipe of the Week: Broccoli Slaw Salad with Flax and Hemp
This nutrient-packed recipe is filled with satisfying fiber and fats from a combination of vegetables—plus avocado, nuts, and seeds. Eat this salad when you're looking for a veggie-packed lunch with staying power! (Searching for more easy salad recipes? I've got plenty for you!)
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