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Healthy Eating Tips For Losing Weight

Dec 25, 2007
Making small changes in the way you eat can help you shed unwanted pounds and lead to long term success in managing your weight. Try to incorporate the following healthy eating tips into your day and you will be amazed at what a difference these small changes can make in helping you achieve your weight loss goals.

1. Portion control is a highly effective way for you to control the calories you consume while still being able to enjoy the foods you love. Enjoying the foods you love in healthy portions and in moderation prevents feelings of deprivations. When you do not feel deprived, you can stick to your healthy eating plans for the long term.

2. Do not skip meals to try to lose weight. All this does is slow your metabolism and could lead to you consuming more calories at your next meal because you are so hungry by then. Instead focus on eating smaller meals throughout the day to keep your metabolism going all day long.

3. Do not consume too few calories. Your body becomes more efficient at surviving at the lower calorie intake making it even harder for you to lose weight.

4. Do not be afraid of having some fat in your diet. Your body needs some fat daily and it will help you feel fuller longer. Instead, switch to reduced fat products such as reduced fat dairy products and use healthy fats in cooking such as olive oil. Also check the nutrition label of fat free foods. Sometimes you find they have increased the sugar content to make up for the fat.

5. Do not be afraid of carbohydrates. You need a balanced diet for proper nutrition. If you eliminate an entire food group you also remove essential nutrients from your diet. You give yourself the highest chances of success when you do not cut out total food groups. Instead switch to healthier carbohydrate options such as whole grains and high fiber choices.

6. Do not restrict yourself to only eating at certain times of the day. Eating a healthy snack at 10:00 p.m. if you really need one is better than mindlessly snacking on empty calories at 4:00 p.m. The quality and quantity of the food you are eating in addition to how active you are throughout the day are much more important.

7. Track the food you are eating each day in a journal. Research has shown that the people who write down everything they eat have more success at weight loss than people who do not. The act of monitoring your food intake helps you to become more aware of the food choices you are making.
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Nina Greene is owner of BennettHealthArticles.com and writes on a variety of subjects. To learn more about this topic Nina recommends you visit: http://www.BennettHealthArticles.com
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