10 Simple Weight Loss Tips
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Healthy Weight Week is January 19-23. Try these simple tips to achieve your healthy weight loss.
- Bake your own bread, cookies, etc. You’ll use more “whole” ingredients. If you bake immediately after eating a meal, you’ll be less likely to sample the batter or the baked goodies.
- Go for grains. When baking or when buying, choose whole grains such as oatmeal, brown rice, whole grain bread or whole wheat crackers.
- Choose filling foods. Protein and fat help you feel full longer than do simple carbohydrates. Some good choices for filling foods include eggs, lean meats, skinless poultry and reduced-fat dairy products such as cottage cheese. If you don't eat meat or dairy you can choose beans, legumes or nuts.
- Don’t skip breakfast. We’ve heard this for years, and it is still true. Eating breakfast helps prevent afternoon munchies, oversized portions, poor food choices and overeating later in the day.
- Drink water throughout the day. You may think you’re drinking enough water – but have you measured it out? Fill a half gallon pitcher with water and drink it as the day progresses. Do this until you become accustomed to six to eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day.
- Eat your calories. Don’t waste your calories on beverages – especially soft drinks and juice. Instead, drink herbal tea, unsweetened iced tea with Splenda or stevia, diet flavored-water, bottled or tap water with a spritz of lemon or lime, or diet soda.
- Get enough sleep. Getting enough rest can have a direct impact on your ability to lose weight.
- Keep your freezer stocked. Have plenty of healthy frozen meals on hand, as well as frozen veggies in case you run out. Read the labels and try to choose meals with about 300 to 350 calories.
- Make half your plate veggies. Veggies and fruit are all nutrient-rich, low-calorie and filling. Skip the dips and dressings and choose salsa, soups, pasta sauce and steamed or roasted veggies. When choosing fruit, leave the skin on for more nutrients.
- Start with a salad. Instead of having a salad WITH your meal, have your salad BEFORE your meal. Try spray salad dressing to use less dressing. Skip the shredded cheese and cream-based dressings. Even fast food restaurants have reasonably-priced salads, so eat one guilt-free!