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Practically Painless Weight Loss Tips

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The BBQs and beach parties are over--and it's time to pick up where we left off in June. While some of us hit the gym and skipped the potato salad, others may slacked off (we confess). Registered dietitian Diane Henderiks has easy tips that will help you drop the summer pounds.

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It's time to get back on track. With the family schedule getting way more hectic (with school, PTA meetings,  sports practices, and the like), you now also must add healthy eating and exercise to your jam-packed to-do list. Fun, fun. But who has the time? Don't psych yourself out by "biting off more than you are ready to chew" (figuratively and literally). Registered dietitian Diane Henderiks offers some simple, practically painless steps you can take today. You may have heard some of these before, but it's proven truth. So put down the M&M's and remind yourself of these healthy tips we so often forget.

1. Give your refrigerator a makeover.  Toss out the pound-packing foods and bring on the greens. Make sure you leave the junk food at the grocery store. Having it in your cupboard is just asking for trouble.
2. Learn how to read labels--an educated consumer is a healthy consumer.
3. Don't completely deprive yourself of sweet treats. This only leads to overindulgence--treat yourself to small portions of the higher-calorie foods on occasion so you won't constantly be thinking about them.
4. Avoid cooking with butter and oils. We're lucky that there are healthy alternatives like Pam, and I Can't Believe It's Not Butter to choose from. 
5. Watch your portions--calories are still at the core of weight loss and weight gain. Keep your portions as big as the size of your fist.
6. Exercise at least 30 minutes (cardiovascular and resistance training) 5-6 days a week. (Yes, taking a walk with your kids counts.)
7. Stay hydrated with plenty of water.  This will also make you feel full when you're having a nasty craving. 
8. Accept the fact that there are no quick fixes--visualize success and take it one day at a time!

Remember "It's all about lifestyle changes, not diets!"


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