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Published on January 29, 2015

What is the Answer to Fad Diets?

January 29, 2015

woman holding grapefruit halves up to her eyesApproaching the annual New Year’s resolution to get healthier by increasing activity may feel intimidating, especially if your previous year’s resolution was not successful. It is important to keep in mind that many of the “miracle” or “quick fix” methods advertised on television and in magazines may not be the best way to take and KEEP the weight off.  Here are some tips to help keep you on track without the tempting fad diets.

  • Start Right: Eat breakfast every day and aim for three, nutritious, well-balanced meals. Skipping meals will only lead to overeating later.
  • Choose (and limit) Your Fats: Focus on healthy fats like olive oil, canola oil, nuts, avocados, seafood and wild game keeping in mind that fats have the most calories per serving. Budget your calories wisely.
  • Increase Activity: Anything that gets you moving is going to burn calories. Vary your routine to prevent boredom and find an exercise partner to keep you accountable.
  • Hydrate: Drink plenty of water. This helps to promote a feeling of fullness.
  • Fill up on Low Density Foods: Focus on soups, salads, vegetables, fruits- food high in fiber, nutrients, vitamins and minerals and low in calories and fat.
  • Portion Control: Eat reasonable portions of your favorite food instead of aiming for all “diet” foods. You will be less likely to binge or “blow it” when allowing yourself small portions of the foods you love.
  • Watch for Calorie Havens: The more variety of foods, especially high-calories foods, that we are exposed to, the more we tend to eat. Steer clear of buffet tables if possible and choose foods that you are familiar with, eat often, and know the nutrition information (e.g. calories, fat, etc).
  • Reduce Refined Carbohydrates: Limit carbohydrates such as white bread, sweets, chips, and soft drinks. This is where we tend to overeat; cut back and replace them with more healthful options like whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
  • To Weigh or Not to Weigh: For some people getting on the scale weekly or bi-weekly is good motivation to help them stick to their plan. The scale can often be deceiving, so consider using the fit of your clothes and your increased feelings of well-being to gauge your success
  • FINALLY, BE REALISTIC, TAKE A CHANCE ON NEW FOODS, BE FLEXIBLE AND SENSIBLE, BE ACTIVE!

Source: SodexoUSA.com

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