Every bite and sip that passed our Diet Doctor's lips during one 24-hour period.
As our resident Diet Doctor, Mike Roussell, Ph.D., answers reader's questions and provides expert advice on healthy eating and weight loss in his weekly column. But we're trying something new this week, and instead of telling us what foods we should be eating, we asked him to show us. And we're not talking about an illustrated grocery list (we've all seen what fresh produce and Greek yogurt look like). We asked Dr. Mike to take a photo of every bite and gulp that passes his lips during one 24-hour period. And he said yes!
Read on to see how SHAPE's Diet Doctor stays slim and satisfied from morning to night.
I didn't lift weights today so my total carbohydrate intake is lower than if I had. On weight-training days, the two main differences in carbohydrate intake will be during breakfast and during the meal right after my workout. For example, the Greek yogurt here would be replaced with oatmeal or sprouted grain bread.
I take my coffee black so there is no worry about extra calories from coffee additives. Things like sugar, syrup, and whipped cream are what instantly take coffee from healthy to unhealthy. Coffee itself is loaded with antioxidants and caffeine that prevents the breakdown of cyclic AMP, a compound which helps keep your fat-burning machinery working longer.
Foods like cured olives, roasted red peppers, or sun-dried tomatoes are a simple way to add flavor to salads without having to turn to calorie- and preservative-laden salad dressings.
What you can't see here is that I also enjoyed a glass of wine.