Want to Spring into Your Right Weight For Summer?

When you are at your best weight you feel good and look great. Losing just a few pounds – 10 to 15 – can make you healthy. A healthy weight cuts your risk for some diseases, also. Therefore, if you need to lose weight, begin now. Don’t wait for more pounds to creep on.

Pay Attention to Your Calorie Intake

When you eat more calories than your body uses, the extra calories turn into fat. That happens with calories from any kind of food, not just fatty food. Cut back on fat and calories are good things to know and practice.

Vegetable & grainsCut fat from your diet with foods that are fat-filled and high in calories. Because one fat-filled meal and dessert could give you all the calories you will use in a day. These extra calories you don’t use up are stored as fat.

Foods with a lot of sugar and fat tend to be high in calories and low in nutrients. Cut down on these foods. Eat plenty of vegetables, fruits and whole grains instead.  These foods are lower in calories and high in nutrients. Eating them leaves less room for high-calorie foods.

To lose weight, you need to use more calories than you eat. Being more active can help you burn the calories you eat plus some of those stored as fat in your body.

13 Strategies to Use for Making Diet and Activity Changes Now

  1. Choose lower-fat, lower calorie foods.
  2. Don’t have seconds.
  3. Use low-fat or fat-free dairy foods.
  4. Eat a minimum of 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables each day.Fruit plate
  5. Drink water – half your body weight in ounces instead of sugary drinks.
  6. Choose low-calorie, healthy snacks.
  7. Eat slowly. It takes approximately 15 minutes for your brain to recognize your eating.
  8. Use the stairs instead of the elevator.
  9. Park your car farther out in the parking lot
  10. Get off the bus early and walk the last two blocks.
  11. Walk in the mall.
  12. Make a doggy bag for half of your big restaurant meal for another day’s meal.
  13. Treat yourself once in a while with a small serving of your favorite food.

Remember “miracle” diets and drugstore diet pills may be unhealthy. These diets don’t work or help you make lasting changes in the way you eat everyday for a lifetime. Once you lose the weight, you will want to keep it off. You need to have a plan for your weight loss with your doctor or a dietitian who can help you make healthy choices and do things the right way. You will reach the goal with a pattern of good decisions that can provide you with positive results from eating healthy foods.

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