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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Tips for Weight Loss Success

Tips for Weight Loss Success
Here are some tips for weight loss success:
1.     Eat regular meals.  People who eat regular meals consume fewer calories than those who eat irregular meals.
2.     Use a plate, sit down, and enjoy your meals. Folks who do this eat 43% smaller portions than those who eat out of containers or on the run.
3.     Get at least 30 minutes of moderate activity each day.
4.     How much and what you eat makes a big difference.  Enjoy normal portions of foods that are high in fiber (fruits, veggies, whole grains) and rich in lean or low fat protein is the secret to feeling full.
5.     Think positive: Focus on the benefits of a healthier lifestyle rather than the scale.
Eat at the same times every day (including snacks). Sure you can't do this all the time, but some people find that knowing when to expect their next meal or snack makes them a lot less likely to graze. Our body appreciates rhythms, from seasons to tides, so why not give it what it craves?
6.     Make only one meal. Instead of making something high-cal for the family and low-cal for yourself, get everyone on the same healthy-eating page. Weight loss and maintenance is easier when everyone's eating the same thing -- and you're not tempted to taste someone else's calorie-dense food.
7.     Remember that little things add up. So keep eating a little fruit here, some veggies there, continue grabbing 10 minute walks between meetings. Weight loss is a journey guided by your unique needs, so hook into what works for you -- and do it!

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