Forget fad diets and focus on health

Published on Wednesday, February 18, 2015

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Forget fad diets and focus on health

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If you recently committed to managing your weight or dieting, it may be time to change your approach. For long-term results, ditch fad dieting and adopt a balanced approach to eating with a focus on healthy foods.

Being healthy isn't just about fitting into skinny jeans. According to a recent national survey, there are many reasons why women consider dieting: 68 percent want to improve their health, 51 percent want to look their best, and 39 percent want to have more energy.

With these goals in mind, it may not come as a surprise that survey participants reported being on an average of nine diets in their lifetimes. In fact, 76 percent of American women who have dieted admit to having tried a fad diet.

However, nearly two out of three women believe fad diets are difficult to maintain. What's more, these diets may even be unhealthy, according to the Weight-control Information Network (WIN).

Some fad diets fail to provide your body with the nutrients your body needs. In addition, sustained rapid weight loss can increase your risk of gallbladder problems, and heart problems can result from consuming too few calories for too long.

To maintain a healthy weight and healthier lifestyle, experts suggest focusing on establishing these healthy habits:

  • Choose healthy foods, with a diet rich in fruits and veggies.
  • Manage calorie intake and portion size. Keep on track by using a smaller plate, paying close attention to nutrition labels and weighing portions on a scale.
  • Make exercise part of your daily life. Even activities such as gardening or taking the stairs can make a difference.

Managing your metabolism — how your body uses calories — is another key to healthy eating. Eating foods that deliver plenty of protein and fiber are all keys to maximizing your metabolism.

When it comes to healthy food, look for wholesome, nutritious options, even when you snack.

A balanced approach to eating, coupled with a few lifestyle changes, are all the tools you need to succeed on your weight control quest. For smart eating tips and recipes, visit www.greatgrains.com.

Source: Post Cereals



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