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January 17, 2017 1:03 am
Nearly everyone ‘goes on a diet’ occasionally – maybe to lose a substantial amount of weight, or maybe just to squeeze into that dress by Saturday night. But, say diet and nutrition experts, the real secret to shedding pounds is NOT necessarily which diet plan you choose, but your mindset going in.
Big changes can result from small lifestyle changes, according to nutrition experts at the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), who recently shared tips for achieving healthy weight loss based on attitude and small but healthy lifestyle changes:
Set small goals – Don’t go into any diet determined to lose 40 pounds – or 50 or 150. Resolve, rather, to meet manageable goals, such as losing three or four pounds this month, adding two minutes to your daily walk or exercise routine, or consciously switching to healthier meal choices at least five times per week.
Eat more veggies – Try some veggies you have not tried before and nibble on them often. You may find them to be really delicious, but even if you don’t, filling up on veggies throughout the day will make it easier to eat less at dinner time.
Move more –It’s no secret that exercise burns calories. But you don’t have to start with a rigorous daily routine. Walk more than you are accustomed to walking. Move your arms and legs while seated. Try out various types of exercise and find one or two you can handle daily.
Practice portion control – dialing down the amount you eat will result in weight loss. Don’t let your eyes rule your stomach. Be aware of how much you put on your plate. Put down your fork between mouthfuls.
Don’t drink sugar – For every sugary soda or alcoholic drink you replace with water or a zero-calorie beverage, you will save yourself from ingesting 100 to 300 calories.
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