Anyone can eat healthy. Small changes make a big difference!
Want to lose weight but have tried “diets” and failed? I believe diets don’t
work because most people don’t learn how to change their lifestyle to a
healthy eating pattern. Diets are a temporary way to lose weight. Once
the goal is reached, they go back to normal eating and regain the weight.
Try making permanent small changes that make a positive impact on
your eating pattern. In my perspective, people should not diet, they
should adopt a healthy lifestyle and include healthy eating and exercise.
The United States Guidelines for Americans describes a healthy diet as
being rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fat free or low fat dairy
products and includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts.
It is low in saturated and trans-fat, cholesterol, salt (sodium) and added
Don’t set yourself up for failure by expecting to lose weight overnight.
You did not gain it overnight nor will you lose it overnight. Plan on losing
approximately one pound per week. Studies prove that the faster you
lose weight the faster you will gain it back! Remember, 3500 calories
make a pound, so losing that pound will take time. Eating less and
burning more calories through exercise is the key to losing weight. What
you eat needs to be nutritious and beneficial to your body. In a healthy
meal plan, there is room for treats and snacks - but high calorie low
nutrient foods should be kept to a minimum! Eating the appropriate
portion size is an important way to keep track of calories and meet your
goal for healthy food intake. Here are some small changes (try one or two
just to get started) then gradually adapt to a healthy eating lifestyle!
- Try to eat more fruits and vegetables.
o Try adding one serving a day, then additional servings until
you reach the goal of 8-10 servings per day.
o Include a fresh fruit or 100% juice at breakfast
o Make your snacks veggies or fruits with low calorie dip
o Use a 50/50 m