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9 Weight Loss Tips to Kick Off Your New Year

on January 05, 2022

1. Avoid quick weight loss schemes

People often make resolutions to lose weight and turn to quick fixes that may not be right for them.

Eating fewer than 800 calories a day drops pounds quickly, but when you return to more normal eating patterns, your metabolism will have slowed, and weight will creep back.

For most people, we recommend starting with one small change and building healthy eating and activity habits from there. Cutting cooking oil and avoiding fried foods are a good start. So is focusing more on eating fruits and vegetables.

Fruits and veggies lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels and help stave off heart disease and obesity. You can read more about the benefits of plant-based diets here.

 

 

2. Check serving sizes

Watch your portions. Serving sizes for pasta, rice and other packaged foods are often smaller than you’d expect. It can be shocking to measure out a serving and realize we are often eating several servings at each meal or snack. Check the nutrition facts label for information about serving sizes and calories and see if you really need more than one serving. Also, use the label to help you make healthier choices about fat, sugar and salt

 

3. Know “fat-free” doesn’t mean low-calorie

A low-fat or fat-free food may have fewer calories than its full-fat equivalent, but not always. In fact, added sugar or starches can raise the calorie count. In fact, small amounts of healthy fats, such as avocado or walnuts, can help you feel full sooner, so you eat less overall.

 

 

4. Try to slow down eating

It takes your body about 20 minutes to send the “I’m full” signal to your brain. When you eat quickly, you tend to eat more. Eat mindfully, chewing every bite 15 to 20 times and enjoying the taste, smell and texture of your food.

Did you know?

  • We eat more when we eat in front of screens like computers, phones or television.
  • Eating with others and talking with family or friends creates breaks that naturally slow you down.

 

 

 

5. Drink water before you eat

Water can help curb your appetite. A study found that overweight individuals who drank two cups of water before every meal lost more weight than those who did not. Moreover, people often mistake thirst for hunger, and reach for a snack when a glass of water is really all they need. Add a small splash of fruit juice or squeeze of lemon to water if you want more flavor.

 

 

6. Build a healthier plate

A restaurant-size serving of potatoes or a “gourmet” hamburger is far more than most people need to (or should) eat. We recommend serving healthy choices on larger plates and less healthy foods on smaller plates, to trick the brain into feeling satisfied with less.

A healthy eating plan includes lots of vegetables and fruits. When you eat at home, cover half of the plate with fruits and vegetables, a quarter with lean protein, and a quarter with whole grains.

 

 

7. Know what you are eating when dining out

If you need a quick meal while you’re out, read the calorie information on fast-food menus before you order. Look for places that offer fresh salads but watch the salad dressings, which are often high on calories. 

Build your own sandwiches but skip the mayonnaise and other calorie-laden condiments. Order a baked potato, but avoid loading it with sour cream, cheese and bacon. Choose grilled or baked chicken or fish. Swap fries for fruit or yogurt and select water or a low-calorie drink.

 

 

8. Make time to exercise

Healthy eating combined with physical activity can help you to reach and maintain a healthy weight. Getting active is easier than you may think. Find something you like to do, such as walking, swimming or hiking, and just do it. Remember, it’s better to do moderate and consistent exercise every day than to try to be a weekend warrior and risk injury or giving up.

 

 

9. Get a workout buddy

Your spouse and kids can also benefit. Get creative together; mix up healthier versions of grandma’s favorite sauce or dessert. Exercising with others is usually more fun too. Invite a family member, relative or a friend who also wants to lose weight to join you. Together, you can keep each other motivated and on track.

Making healthy changes can be challenging. We invite you to follow these weight loss tips to help you meet your weight-loss goal. Be patient. Results will not happen overnight. If you take in fewer calories while burning more, you will get results.

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