Don't "Diet," Eat Healthy Instead

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One of the biggest problems with “diets,” is that they almost never work in the long term. The rules are difficult to follow for a long-term, so most people give up. The weight they worked so hard to lose comes back, and they find a new diet, lose the weight once more, and end up on a weight loss roller coaster. This kind of yo-yo dieting may or may not be bad for your health. At the very least, it’s frustrating and disappointing.

Instead of going on a diet, make it your goal to become a healthier, happier and fitter person. Focus on nourishing your body, instead of depriving it. Weight loss should follow as a natural side effect.

Weight loss is 70% what you eat and 30% exercise. Many people often think exercise is more important in weight loss and they disregard the healthy eating part. You don’t have to train for a marathon to lose weight, however, exercise will speed up the process and, perhaps more importantly, tone your body.

It’s easier than you think to start eating healthy! Take small steps each week to improve your nutrition and move toward a healthier you. Here are some simple ways you and your family can eat healthier:

INCLUDE

• Fruits and vegetables
• Whole grains
• Beans and legumes
• Nuts and seeds
• Fish (preferably oily fish with lots of omega-3 fatty acids), skinless poultry, and plant-based alternatives
• Low-fat and fat-free dairy products
• Healthier fats and non-tropical oils

LIMIT

• Sweets and added sugars, especially sugary drinks
• Sodium and salt
• Saturated fat
• Fatty or processed meats – if you choose to eat meat, select leaner cuts

AVOID

• Trans fat and partially hydrogenated oils

Take the time to fully enjoy your food as you eat it. Eating too fast or when your attention is elsewhere may lead to eating too many calories. Pay attention to hunger and fullness cues before, during, and after meals. Use them to recognize when to eat and when you’ve had enough.

Sources & References:
healthyforgood.heart.org
www.verywellfit.com
www.hhs.gov

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