Easy Steps to Shedding those Holiday Pounds
The New Year offers a chance to get a fresh start on losing weight, and there’s a smart way to do it. Resolving to go on a diet hardly ever produces good results. A better approach is to be on the lookout for hidden calories that can add pounds.
Read nutrition labels
Everyone knows that losing weight requires consuming fewer calories than you burn. One of the keys to successful weight loss is finding calories so you can avoid them. Nutrition labels tell you everything you need to know to make lower-calorie choices.
Fill your plate with three times more vegetables than meat
Start your grocery shopping in the produce department. Fresh vegetables contain so few calories, you can eat as much as you want. They’re also an excellent source of fiber. Choose one of every color in the rainbow – and add deep green and purple shades, as well.
Limit your trips to the middle aisles
Avoid traps that can derail a worthy effort to improve your health and fitness. Boxed foods often have high fat content in addition to chemicals with names that are hard to pronounce. If you don’t know what the ingredients are, don’t eat it.
Frozen meals are easy to prepare, but they’re usually high in salt and fat. Convenience food and weight loss rarely go together. Prepare meals yourself from fresh ingredients.
Leave anything refined, enriched or processed on the shelf
Choose brown rice instead of white, whole wheat bread instead of enriched white, and a block of cheese instead of a processed cheese food. Altering a food product may change its color, but it also removes much of its nutritional value. Make it a rule to bypass anything sealed in a vacuum bag.
Keep temptation out of the house
Salty snacks that make it into your shopping cart will eventually tempt you when you have them in your kitchen.
Think twice at the meat counter
The saturated fat that makes red meat taste good is high in calories.
Let fruit be your snack choice
Bananas, apples and sweet pears contain healthful levels of natural sugar and make for satisfying snacks at around 100 calories.
Tree nuts make great additions to salads and vegetable dishes.
Try low-fat dairy products
Stick to 2-percent milk. It tastes as good as the whole variety but lacks the fat and calories.