got started by joining a weight-loss program and setting some goals. The
long-term goal was to lose 50 pounds. But rather than dwelling on that huge
hurdle, she focused on losing 1 or 2 pounds a week. She did it by making
choices one meal at a time. She also added more exercise to her life.
She has so changed the way she looks at food that "I don't feel good now
if I don't eat right. And when I say 'right,' I mean 'healthy,' " she
Maggie's strategies for healthy eating
Maggie lost weight by focusing on one meal at a
"I don't eat the way I used to. It's a matter of making
choices every day. One day I might decide to eat more than another day, and
that's okay, as long as I'm paying attention," she says.
some of the things that helped her pay attention to what she eats:
- Take it one meal at a time. "See it as a
journey with a destination," Maggie says.
- Read labels so you can
see how much sugar, fat, protein, and fiber are in foods.
- Cut out
most refined sugar. Maggie stopped drinking soft drinks and bottled teas with
sugar. "I used to really enjoy candy—a Hershey's bar or something like that.
What I started to do was substitute that with chocolate pudding that had
Splenda in it and no sugar, or the 70% dark chocolate with very little added
sugar, and that only on rare occasions."
- Eat whole fruit when you
crave something sweet.
- Eat 6 times a day. She eats small snacks 3 times a
day, including fruit or whole-grain crackers.
- Keep track of how much you eat from each food group to
make sure you balance meals.
Make a list of foods that are "worth it" to you to spend the calories
Maggie also advises that you exercise a little more on days
when you know that you are going out to eat or will have a treat at